By Zachary Swickey
It seems like Beck is taking a page out of the Flaming Lips’ playbook by releasing new music in a particularly unique fashion. The eccentric singer-songwriter is set to reveal three songs through a new PS3 video game titled "Sound Shapes."
The tracks – “Cities,” “Touch the People” and “Spiral Staircase” – will each be found on a different level of the game, which is set for release in a just a few weeks. Sony states that the new PS3 game is “a classic side-scrolling platformer where your actions make the music.” Sounds like quite the intriguing concept to us.
Other artist tracks set to appear are Deadmau5, I Am Robot And Proud and Jim Guthrie.
Beck is on a roll, having recently released his Jack-White produced track “I Just Started Hating Some People Today” as well as a new B-side “Blue Randy” after a lengthy period without new material. Of course, the tracks were recorded at White’s Third Man Studio in Nashville while Beck was in town working on the follow-up to his ’08 effort Modern Guilt.
Third Man Studios is boasting an eclectic group of artists who have recently recorded there: Tom Jones, Laura Marling and, recently, Radiohead.
Details on Beck’s next official album have been scant. The only mention of it seems to come from postings by bass player Justin Meldal-Johnsen, who tweeted that the new songs “would blow your mind.”
In the meantime, "Sound Shapes" is expected to be released on August 7.
Late yesterday, the MTV Newsroom was all aflutter with excitement, and not just because Brangelina might have just had twins!!!
No, it was because Beck's much-anticipated new album, Modern Guilt (which we sorta totally hipped you about back in May), finally made its worldwide debut via — of course — the vast file-sharing nether-regions of the Internet. And while some of the younger members of the News Team (ahem, Rya) have already criticized the album based on a few listens to one track, there's a whole bunch of us who couldn't wait to hear what Beck and co-producer Danger Mouse had cooked up, because we love both of them (and because we're old enough to remember the halcyon days of 1994, when "Loser" blared on every boombox and there was a flannel-clad chicken in every pot).
So what's the verdict? Was Guilt worth the wait? You can find out below the jump. Read More...
· Beck has finally confirmed the release date for his upcoming Danger Mouse-produced album, Modern Guilt. The 10-track LP — featuring the trippy first single, "Chemtrails" — will drop July 8. A release announcing the disc describes it as vacillating between "economy and experimentation, hybrid and pop classicism, while consistently manifesting Beck and Danger Mouse's shared interest in psych-rock, folk, electronic minimalism and orchestration." What, no space-age polkas? No drum-machine-assisted cumbias?
· Mötley Crüe shout at ... their former manager. The band has filed a suit against Burt Stein and his companies, alleging that Stein screwed them out of lots of cash.
· It's the battle of the century! Perez Hilton has been saying mean things about Lily Allen, and she's pissed! Go, Lily go!
· Michael Jackson might be coming out with his own clothing line. Blah, blah, blah, designer surgical mask joke.