Opinion tends to be divided on Beck – you either get him or you don’t. Personally, I love the guy. Brilliant thing is, even if you’re a doubter, recently he seems to be doing his damnedest to win you over.
Never one to slouch, he’s relaunched his website and, in my humble opinion, is showing big bands how things should be done from now on. Getting together in the studio with groups of mates from bands (think Devandra Banhart, MGMT, Nigel Godrich), family and possibly bonkers Scientology chaps, he has set about re-recording classic albums in one day and putting the resultant tracks up on the site on video. The first in his Record Club series is ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico’. Even better than that – coming up soon is Skip Spence’s ‘Oar’ recorded with Wilco.
If you head over to Beck’s site, he’s also posting acoustic versions of every track off his last album (the slightly under-cooked ‘Post-Modern Guilt’) alongside one-on-one conversations with the likes of the notoriously publicity shy Tom Waits and best of all properly barking wig-out DJ mixes featuring everyone from Alice Coltrane and Black Moth Super Rainbow through to Simple Minds via Sheila E. Wow – never thought I’d be typing that into CBTR.