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Gem of the week: “Turn Away” by Beck

11 Feb

beck My gem this week goes to my favorite track “Turn Away” from Beck’s Grammy winning album Morning Phase.

I’m a huge Beck fan and I’m happy that he won for Best Rock Album and Album of the Year for Morning Phase.

I previously wrote about my anticipation for the album in my post from Jan 22, 2014 and in my post from July 2, 2014 I covered how much I loved Beck in concert. His live show in Detroit was one of the best shows I have ever been to. Beck is truly a super talented artist.

As for Kanye West rushing the stage acting like a jack ass once again I think Beck’s reaction to his stupidity was perfect and I’m going to leave it at that.

Congrats to Beck for his well deserved win!

Below is the link for “Turn Away” shared from U2ultravioletero’s You tube channel.

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Gem of the Week: Beck’s Unforgettable Live Show in Detroit

2 Jul

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Beck had no problem pulling double-duty for his Detroit show Saturday night at The Fox Theatre after his openers canceled. Detroit fans got treated to one amazing night filled with a crazy animated extended set.

His performance was one of the best and most diverse shows I have ever been to. Watching him live changed my initial perception of thinking he was still this odd guy from the 90s who marches to his own drum. I found that Beck is sexy, fun, charismatic and clad in his black suit and hat.

The opening act scheduled was Sean Lennon’s Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger who According to an article from The Detroit News, canceled because of issues with crossing the Canadian border.

With Beck’s sense of humor loosely in tact he decided to open up for himself and kicked off the first half of the show by performing a slower melodic acoustic set. He opened with The Golden Age from his 2002 album Sea Change and he ran through songs from his latest album Morning Phase.

Beck then took a short break and what came for the second half of the show was an unforgettable break dancing, beat slammin’ party kicking off in full force with Devils Haircut and the vibe ran from there.

Beck absolutely killed it performance wise. He poured through hits like New Pollution, Hell Yes, Girl, E-Pro, Loser (of course) and he even tossed in a Donna Summer cover of I Feel Love. He can throw down rap, funk, slow jams and hip-hop all in one big explosive punch.

He is pure talent who knows the art of putting on a great live show. If you can do that for your fans then I say you are as good as gold and Beck is definitely golden.

I also have a lil’ bit of Beck fever now because the impact of the show has left me talking about him to my friends and family like a nerdy teen. My husband and friend were with me at the show and it’s now days later yet we are still reflecting about our favorite moments from the show.

A few reasons I feel Beck’s performance came out so strong is that he actually has a bond with his band mates and you can sense it. He also has a great sense of humor, James Brown dance skills and the talent and freedom to create music in whatever mood and genre he has his mind-set to.

My music taste is not pinned to any specific genre and neither is Beck and that is what attracts me most to his music.

I actually found some fan shot footage from the Detroit show. This clip is of the encore shared from Robert Ferry’s You Tube channel.

 

Gem of the Week: Beck’s New Single Blue Moon

22 Jan
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My ode to Beck Illustration

Beck is back with a new album called Morning Phase which I am anxious to listen to since he’s been out of the spotlight for so long.

This is his 12th studio album set to come out on February 25th. Beck’s last album was Modern Guilt. (2008)

After listening to the new single Blue Moon accessed though his official site the vibe is very acoustic-folk and I like it.

I am looking forward to picking up the new album and checking out the rest of the tracks.

According to Rolling Stone, Beck has been recovering from a back injury and he stated in the article :

“I was in bad shape. There were a number of years where I couldn’t pick up my guitar.”

I was definitely happy to hear that he is on the mend and making music again.

Rolling Stone is also comparing this new album to his 2002 album Sea Change. I haven’t listened through the entire new album yet to say that I agree but Sea Change is Beck’s gold album and my favorite song off it is  The Golden Age so we will see.

What I appreciate about Beck’s style is that he explores blending his influences from hip-hop, classic rock or country into his music. I also love that he releases his albums on vinyl.

I distinctly remember his debut as a new artist on MTV and when the music video for his breakthrough hit Loser first aired back in 1993. I have never forgotten that moment and the video and song had a lasting impression.

The glimpses of cheerleaders in a cemetery and that old man with the guitar was memorable along with lyrics that still ring in my head today like:

“Get crazy with the cheeze whiz.” and “Don’t believe everything that you breathe you’ll get a parking violation and a maggot on your sleeve.”

It’s been cool to see Beck transition over the years from his alternative grunge start to psychedelic and into the folksy mood he projects now and as a fan I love it all.

My heart mostly hangs on to his early 90s stuff from albums like Mellow Gold and Odelay and songs like Where It’s At and The New Pollution are still in my favorites list.

I found a link from BeckVEVO You Tube channel for the video to Loser enjoy flashin’ back to 1993!