RECORD CRACK: Cutting the mother disc for Beck’s “Morning Phase”

The video you’re about to see serves two purposes:
1) The process of cutting a record, which involves creating a “mother” disc where the grooves are etched from an audio source (i.e. digital file or audio tape) and onto a platter. This mother will then be used to stamp out the records that you’ll be able to play at home. At least that’s a basic way of describing it, and you’ll also see the mastering engineer write into the run-off groove, most likely the catalog or master number and perhaps a signature of some sort to let collector’s know “I was here”.

2) It’s a chance to hear a song from Beck’s forthcoming album Morning Phase and as you can see, Beck is now a Capitol artist. Since Capitol is now owned by Universal, it makes the conversion from Geffen a bit more easier. no inter-label hoo-haa. Morning Phase will be released on February 25th.

REVIEW/RECORD CRACK: Beck’s “I Just Started Hating Some People Today” (7 inch 45)

Photobucket It was sometimes hard to keep track of Beck when he was signed to DGC/Geffen, but now as an independent artist, he seems to be back to recording and releasing music at… maybe not furious, but at an unpredictable pace. He has released a new 45 on Third Man Records as part of their Blue Series. This one begins with the country blues of “I Just Started Hating Some People Today”, and while it may start out sounding perfect for The Grand Ole Opry, there’s a bit of funk in the drums that shows that this is a different song, equipped with the lyric:
I just started wanting to punch your face
you might want to wear a helmet, just in case
what was once your face is gonna be replaced
and I just started wanting to punch your face

It’s tender in a sarcastic way, at least Beck and Jack White, who joins Beck throughout the song, makes it feel that way. When the song is over, you can only hold your breath and wonder what Beck will do next, and he punks/fucks it up in a fashion that will make Beck fans pee pee in their pants. Others online have commented on why he always likes to ruin music this way. Screw them. Then Karen Elson gets sexy and evil at the end of the song.

The B-side also sounds like a country workhorse, but again, it’s Beck. It may bring to mind the rustic and raw vibe of the One Foot In The Grave album, or even Stereopathetic Soulmanure but with a bigger budget. If you’ve been a longtime fan of Beck as I have, this will please and surprise.

SOME STUFFS: Sasquatch 2012 music festival line-up announced

When music festival line-ups are announced, even in early February, it makes enduring cold temperatures worth it. The annual Sasquatch Music Festival in The George at George (Washington, as in state) will be happening during the weekend of May 25-28, tickets go on sale next week Saturday, February 11th at 10am. Some of the artists scheduled to play there include The Roots, Shabazz Palaces, Grynch, The Physics, Beck, Bon Iver, Tune-Yards, Mogwai, Childish Gambino, St. Vincent, The Walkmen, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, The Mark Lanegan Band, Shabazz Palaces, Araabmuzik, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Howlin Rain, The Physics, and many more. The big headliner will be Jack Black, who recently announced the forthcoming release of his solo album.

For the complete line-up, along with ticket information, head over to

VIDEO: Tobacco featuring Beck’s “Grape Aerosmith”

When you bring two lords together, you can’t help but wipe your feet in front of the House of Lords, and nobody was really sure if these two guys were from there.

Anyway, Tobacco + Beck = one of two released collaborations found on ‘Bacco’s latest album Maniac Meat (Anticon). Now it’s in visual form, feel the firmness of the sights.

SOME STUFFS: The Chain Gang Of 1974 work the quarry towards summer tour

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The Chain Gang Of 1974 sound like a vicious crew of mufalakas who are ready to slit your throat, but instead it’s a pop-music loving guy named Kamtin Mohager, who some want to credit as being someone who has sparked ” the rebirth of New Pop”. I don’t know about that, but I will say that he is someone who is a contributor to the cleverness of pop that many have forgotten but continues on the independent side today. The Chain Gang Of 1974 started out with nothing but an iPod and a bass guitar, and now it has expanded in a live setting to a four piece, and you will be able to become familiar with this “gang” as they go on tour:

Friday, July 16 – New York, NY @ The Beach at Governors Island w/ Phantogram, Caribou
Saturday, July 17 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl – MIA CD release party w/ special guest
Monday, July 20 – Lawrence, KS @ The Granada Theatre w/ The Faint
Tuesday, July 21 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Saturday, Aug. 14 – Commerce City, CO @ Mile High Music Festival
Thursday, Aug. 19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Pershing Square Summer Series
Friday, Aug. 20 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
Friday, Sep. 4 – Austin, TX @ Stubbs Jr. w/ The Black and White Years
Sunday, Sep. 5 – Rockdale, TX @ Apache Pass Event Center & Grounds

This is a small pinch of what they’ll be adding into the pot. If you are a fan of Beck, The Chain Gang Of 1974 will appeal to you.

SOME STUFFS: Tobacco + Beck = a slice of “Maniac Meat”

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Black Moth Super Rainbow has spawned a lot of interesting things, with primary member Tobacco doing a lot of interesting music and video projects, while The Seven Fields Of Aphelion recently coming out with her debut solo album (review from me coming very soon).

As for Tobacco, he is about to release his brand new album in May on Anticon called Maniac Meat, and it has been revealed that Beck is making an appearance on it, or make that two appearances, “Grape Aerosmith” and “Fresh Hex”. Anyone who has heard of Beck’s B-sides or more obscure tracks will know that this is a perfect match, so perhaps it means Tobacco has or will be doing some Beck remixes.

Meanwhile, Tobacco will be coming out with Fucked Up Friends 2, a DVD featuring many of his video projects. You can only purchase this at his shows during his late winter/early Spring 2010 tour, dates were posted here.

Still no word on if Tobacco and Biz Markie will collaborate. I’ll keep you posted.

SOME STUFFS: Sonic Youth are indie again, new album finished

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After many celebrated years with the Geffen/DGC ohana, Sonic Youth have been released from the John Black chains (Days Of Our Lives fans take note) and are once again completely independent. The group will be releasing their new album, The Eternal, on June 9th through Matador Records, to be available as a 2LP set, compact disc, and in digital (no word yet if lossless will be an option. Here is the confirmed track listing:

1. Sacred Trickster
2. Anti-Orgasm
3. Leaky Lifeboat(for Gregory Corso)
4. Antenna
5. What We Know
6. Calming The Snake
7. Poison Arrow
8. Malibu Gas Station
9. Thunderclap For Bobby Pyn
10. No Way
11. Walkin’ Blue
12. Massage The History

The band and Matador will be offering “extras” when the album is available to pre-order.

On top of this, Sonic Youth and Beck are releasing a split 7″ on April 18th to honor this year’s Record Store Day.