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July 8th, 2009
Beck’s website has been filled with random neat things lately! It seems like every time I visit it there’s a new surprise waiting for me!
First there was the Record Club, were Beck and his friends covered songs without rehearsing them, releasing a new video/song every week. Here is the most recent one, Femme Fatal.
So great right?
The next new little gem was Planned Obsolescence, a weekly released DJ set made of up what songs Beck’s been listening to lately. The DJ sets are either mixed by Beck himself or a guest. Give it a listen. The beginning is a bit weird, but trust me it gets awesome!
So what could top this? Interviews titled Irrelevant Topics! Irrelevant Topic is described on the site as, a new section featuring conversations between musicians, artists, writers, etc. on various subjects, without promotional pretext or editorial direction.Up first is amazing and legendary Tom Waits. You can read their full hour long conversation, but here’s just a small snippet…
Beck: … There’s something maybe uncomfortable now to just hearing somebody’s voice in a room singing.
Tom Waits: I guess it’s like when you make dinner at home. You shove the bowl across the table and you throw a fork and you drop the napkin.(Laughs.) You make due. I don’t know if it’s all cosmetic. I guess you can tell when something is primarily cosmetic and lacks the structural integrity. I think we all have an instinct about that. Where does this “Best” thing come from? Is that human? Is that American? Is it all over the world? Everyone wants the best eye surgeon, the best babysitter, the best vehicle, the best prosthetic arm, and the best hat. There’s also the worst of all those things available and they’re doing rather well. (Laughs.) Denny’s is doing great. It’s always crowded. You have to wait for a table.
B: Also this obsession with ranking. All the “Best of” lists. I get asked to write “Best of” lists occasionally. An emphasis on ranking things. Having a hierarchy and having it be written in granite, written in stone.
TW: It’s economic. So you can charge more.
B: Yeah, it must be. But maybe it’s just a need to have some order that’s been established, and that everybody has been notified. I don’t know.
TW: There’s too much of everything.
Music journalism done by musicians! I can’t wait to see what will pop up next on Beck’s site! Anyone know any other artists doing interesting stuff like this on their website? Let us know!Tweet