Monday, February 28, 2011

Music Monday: That Bad Boy Beck

Good morning afternoon friends!

I write from the comfort of my double sized bed, complete with silk duvet. Alas, I am allergic to feathers. My bed is shared with the one and only Newf (no Beasts allowed) but lucky for me, the Newf is off making breakfast.

Eggs and turkey bacon. Yum.

Despite the mounds of homework, it is almost like a vacation, and for that, we need some cheeky beats.

Today features a song that has lived in mystery for years and years. I have yet to meet someone who does not like it.

Hopefully, you can continue the tradition.

Now to the musician. Beck is a good old boy; his first studio album was released in 1993 on cassette tape. CD was available only in limited quantity.

Beck is a true amazing musician - if you can imagine, none of his music includes sampling of any sort. Sampling is the use of pieces of other people's songs. It can sound cool, but it is a cop out.

Fast forward five years, Beck is ready to release his sixth album, Mutations. This bad boy was recorded over the span of two weeks, one song a day. Some of these songs are older tunes, and some of them were brand new. They were all produced by Beck and Nigel Godrich (you may recognize his name from the numerous Radiohead albums he's produced).

Anyways, before the release of his album, Beck had gotten special permission fro, his major record label to release his album on a small indie label (I *heart* indie), Bong Load Records. Unfortunately, when Geffen executives heard the record, they released it under their label against Beck's wishes.

This was the firestorm for a massive legal battle, one that none of us really know the result of.

In the meantime, you have a fabulous tune for today! Please, take a listen to Beck's Tropicalia:

It's too bad such a cool song has to be surrounded with such drama. Although, drama does make the world go 'round, or so says the soap I'm watching. I think some girl is going to get pushed off a cliff, um, exciting.

What do you do with your limited vacation time?

Fired up for some breakfast food,


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