Posts Tagged ‘Beck’

ToDo ToDay: The Fresh & Onlys, Beck, and Free Movies

Last month, a writer for Consequence of Sound argued that House of Spirits, the latest album from San Francisco’s Fresh & Onlys, was “the band’s descent into turmoil, its hero’s journey,” but one that “no one asked them to embark on”—a tortured, dulled betrayal of the band’s earlier verve. That inspired Fresh & Onlys leader Tim [...]

10 Versions of the Song in Doug Aitken’s “Song 1″

No dearth of hipness went into the soundtrack of "Song 1," Doug Aitken's sublime, monumental work of video art currently ringing the curved exterior of the Hirshhorn Museum. The looped, 35-minute "Song 1" could be a series of interlinked music videos—romantic, unquestionably; universal, but not quite comforting, in their lack of specificity; chilling in their anomie, [...]

The Pragmatist – Three Songs For A Robot Apocalypse

It's coming. The exponential rate at which technological progress keeps happening, according to respected futurist Ray Kurzweil and his kin, points toward an impending Singularity, when artificial intelligence will suddenly exceed the capabilities of its human creators in wildly unpredictable ways. In other words, remember pre-gubernatorial Schwarzenegger? Turns out the underlying plot of Terminator (aside [...]

Leak Proof: Beck, Wu Tang Clan, She & Him, Gareth Williams

Beck: "I'm Waiting For My Man"
The Velvet Underground's original version of this song made scoring drugs sound exotic and cool. Beck's cover, on the other hand, is probably a little closer to reality. The second offering from the singer's Record Club website, where the singer will be covering The Velvet Underground & Nico in its [...]

Seeking Joe Pug: A Discursive Interview

I’ve come to be untroubled in my seeking
And I’ve come to say that nothing is for naught
I’ve come to reach out blind, to reach forward and behind
For the more I seek, the more I’m sought
These lyrics, from Joe Pug’s “Hymn 101,” might as well be the tagline for Pug’s current year-long tour, which has taken [...]