:::::: 12.19.03: Sea Change 5.1 DVD ::::::
Sea Change will be getting a 5.1 Surround Sound DVD release just in time for the holidays on December 16th, 2003, OUT NOW!!. Here are the details:
Regular DVD players:
- 5.1 Surround Sound (48kHz/24-bit Dolby Compressed) of Sea Change Album
- 6 Music Videos in 5.1
- 5.1 Surround Sound (88.2kHz/24-bit MLP 'Loss-less' Encoding) of Sea Change Album with Sea Change Art Gallery while music plays
- 6 Music Videos in 5.1
The 6 music videos, 5 of which have NEVER been seen are in 5.1 Surround Sound (A first for any Universal DVD-A). Here are the videos and their directors:
Lost Cause - Garth Jennings ("Falling Beck" version)
Guess I'm Doing Fine - Spike Jonze
Little One - Michael Palmieri
Round the Bend - Jeremy Blake
Lonesome Tears - Jason Lee
The Golden Age - Steven Hanft
The DVD should be in the Emporium early next year, but for now go to your local store and find it there.
:::::: 12.11.03: Preview Sea Change DVD Videos ::::::
Hope you enjoyed "The Golden Age," Now check out a clip from Michael Palmieri's "Little One" video, which appears exclusively on the new Sea Change 5.1 DVD coming out December 16th. All you have to do is sign up for email updates and you're in!
:::::: 12.08.03: Sea Change 5.1 Nominated ::::::
The 5.1 Mix of "Sea Change" has been nominated for "Most Adventurous Mix" in this year's 2nd annual Surround Music Awards. Winners are announced on December 11th. Check out Surround 2003's website for more information.
:::::: 12.03.03: Elliott Smith Memorial Poster ::::::
Posters from the November Elliott Smith Memorial Concert in which Beck participated in are available at the Emporium now. All proceeds go to the Elliott Smith Memorial Fund, a non-profit organization established by Elliott's family for the sole purpose of providing financial support for children who are victims of abuse.
:::::: 10.27.03: Elliott Smith Memorial Show ::::::
Beck will be playing the Elliott Smith Memorial show on November 3rd at the Henry Fonda Theater in Los Angeles. Other artists signed on include Lou Barlow, Radar Bros, Rilo Kiley, Beth Orton, Bright Eyes, Alaska!, Future Pigeon, and special guests. All artists will be doing short sets, covering Elliott's tunes. The excellent short film about Elliott, "Strange Parallel" directed by Steve Hanft, will also be screened. Tickets are onsale now through Ticketweb, with all proceeds going to the Elliott Smith Foundation for Abused Children.
Those who are unable to attend the show can still contribute to the Foundation by sending your donations here:
Elliott Smith Foundation for Abused Children
2658 Griffith Park Blvd. #195
Los Angeles, CA 90039
Update: Thanks for all who showed up to support and remember Elliott. We raised a ton of money thanks to all of you. Beck played a 3 song set consisting of Ballad of Big Nothing, Alameda, and Clementine. The show was recorded for a possible tribute record. More on that as the info comes.
:::::: 10.22.03: Goodbye Elliott ::::::
I heard the news this morning that Elliott Smith had passed away. It is a terrible loss for myself and many of my friends, who knew, worked and hung out with him. Needless to say he was one of the best songwriters of our day and a formidable musician. He was also soft spoken, intelligent and extremely humble. He had an acute sense of justice. At one of my shows last year he tried to intervene with security who were harrassing a kid, and was in turn beaten and arrested by them. We know he's had his struggles over the years and I was heartened by word that he was on an upswing and preparing a new album. We even talked a few times about getting together and making some music when I got off tour. Nobody was to know what would happen, but I am grateful for the times we got to tour and hang out together. He will be missed and the ramifications of his absence will long be felt. - Bek
I have a good memory of him, from when I recorded a few songs for the xo album: we were at Sunset Sound, and on a break we were playing basketball, and he had all these wigs and costumes. He brought out this pirate hat that somehow had an eye patch built into it. Anyway, we devised a game where we all had to take turns doing a lay-up wearing the pirate hat and patch, and we each had to do our best pirate impersonation while trying to make the shot. It was ridiculous and somehow so sweet! At least he had a light side in there at some point. I'm going to hold on to that image of him hobbling towards the the basketball hoop in pirate garb, shouting, "Ahrrrrr!", and laughing. - Joey Waronker, longtime drummer for Beck
:::::: 10.20.03: KCRW Show, October Update ::::::
Beck will perform a special solo acoustic set at KCRW's Sounds Eclectic Evening 2003 at the Universal Ampitheatre on Saturday, November 22nd. Tickets go onsale today (10.20.2003) at Noon. For more information check out KCRW's SEE2003 site.
In other news, Beck is workin' on the new record, and just finished 5 videos for the Sea Change DVD which is tentatively set for a December release. Expect work from Spike Jonze, Steve Hanft, Michael Palmieri and more.
:::::: 10.08.03: Win Tix to L.A. Southlander Screening ::::::
Southlander is having it's L.A. premiere tomorrow and we have 3 pairs of tickets to give away.
Update: The contest is over, thanks to all who entered!
:::::: 09.30.03: Southlander in Theatres ::::::
SOUTHLANDER, featuring Beck, Beth Orton, and more, will have a limited theatrical run starting now and going through mid-October. Here's the theatre info:
Allston Cinema Underground
214 Harvard Avenue, Allston, Massachusetts
September 19-21, October 9
New York City
September 26 - October 9
The Roxie Cinema
3117 16th Street, San Francisco, California
Ritz at the Bourse
Laemmle Sunset 5
Madstone Laguna Village
:::::: 09.12.03: Beck in White Stripes Video ::::::
Beck makes a small cameo appearance in the latest White Stripes video, "The Hardest Button to Button." You can check out the video at whitestripes.com
:::::: 09.12.03: Fare Thee Well Johnny Cash ::::::
:::::: 09.09.03: Fall Update ::::::
Beck has wrapped the Sea Change World Tour and is going into the studio this week with the Dust Brothers to start on a new record that he'll be working on throughout the fall.
Beck is also shooting 2 to 3 videos this month for a special Sea Change DVD. He'll be directing 1 video himself, and working with longtime friend and collaborator Steve Hanft (Southlander, Loser, Pay No Mind, Beercan, Jack-ass) on two others. More info as it comes.
:::::: 09.08.03: SOUTHLANDER on DVD ::::::
The feature film SOUTHLANDER, in which Beck appears, is finally getting it's release on DVD. The film, directed by ye olde Beck video director Steve Hanft was filmed in 1999 & 2000 and follows the journeys of a struggling musician making his way through Los Angeles trying to find his stolen keyboard. Beck plays a past version of himself from the early 90's and has two musical sequences in the film. The film also stars Beth Orton, Rory Cochrane (Dazed and Confused, CSI: Miami), Ross Harris (Sukia, DJ Me DJ You), Hank Williams III, and Laura Prepon.
The DVD will be released on October 7th through Music Video Distributors and includes commentary by Steve Hanft and Ross Harris, deleted and extended scenes, music videos, photo gallery, and the theatrical trailer.
Pre-order the DVD now at the EMPORIUM. Each DVD order comes with a free Beck sticker!
Check out www.southlander.net for more information and clips from the movie.
:::::: 08.22.03: Bek Congrats Sonic Youth ::::::
Sonic Youth was inducted onto Hollywood's RockWalk on Monday, August 18th. Unable to attend, Bek sent his congratulations from the European tour:
"Sonic youth, may the gates of the Sunset Strip enfold you in its tattoo-encrusted arms. As I sit in an alpine village at a festival next to Metallica's dressing room, who are warming up shredding Flying High Again in all its glory, guitar effigies burn in my mind for you. Basses are launched out of cannons, and amps and drums avalanche down craggy mountains where streams meander and loose goats find safe passage.
Congratulations to you, friends.
:::::: 08.22.03: Beck on BBC ::::::
Beck recorded some acoustic tracks for BBC Radio One, due to be broadcasted sometime in September. Songs recorded: Do You Realize, Round the Bend, Side of the Road, and Kangaroo.
:::::: 08.19.03: Sea Change Nominated in Shortlist ::::::
Sea Change has been nominated by Spike Jonze in the Shortlist of Music Awards. The Shortlist is compiled by a panel of "Listmakers" in the Entertainment and Music industry. As some of you may recall, Beck served as a listmaker for the Awards in 2002. Out of the 86 nominated records, 10 finalists will be announced the first week of September, with the winner being announced at a later date.
For more info on the awards and the rest of the nominees, check out their website.
:::::: 06.16.03: Tour Update ::::::
Both Portland and Vancouver have venue changes. Portland's show will now be at Keller Auditorium, and Vancouver will now take place at the Orpheum. Previously sold tickets will be valid at the door.
Dashboard Confessional is not on the rest of the tour.
:::::: 06.09.03: Sweet Relief Auction ::::::
The Sweet Relief Musicians Fund is auctioning off a pair of front row tickets with meet-and-greet passes to the June 24th San Diego show at the SDSU Open Air Theatre. The winner will get to meet Beck, along with receiving a European tour t-shirt and Sea Change sticker. For more information, check out the auction page at eBay.
Thanks to all that bidded, Sweet Relief was able to raise $1,350 for their cause. Congratulations to "sofia" who won the pot.
:::::: 06.08.03: Field Day Info - Updated ::::::
While watching Blur from the side of the stage Beck was accidentally slammed in the ribs by a local working stage hand. The festival medical crew were very concerned that there may be a broken rib, an injury that could puncture Beck's lung if he were to perform. The medics ordered immediate X rays at a nearby hospital. Fortunately there was nothing broken but Beck was in considerable pain and discomfort. He tried to go back and do something acoustically but the complicated logistics of the festival made it impossible. He sends his sincere apologies to his fans and hopes that despite the weather and his absence they managed to have a fun day at the show.
:::::: 05.27.03: Philadelphia Show ::::::
Another Philadelphia show has been added on June 5th at The Factory. Tickets are $35 and on sale Saturday, May 31 at 10am at all Ticketmaster locations, EFC box office (1231 Vine Street), to charge call 215-336-2000. There will be no pre-sale for this show due to the time.
:::::: 05.09.03: UK Press Airdates ::::::
Beck's April 28th Union Chapel show will air on BBC4 on May 30th.
A radio interview and acoustic performance with Beck will also air on BBC6 on Saturday July 19th between 1-4pm.
Beck also appeared on Radio Virgin on Sunday, June 8th. You can listen to the interview and a performance of "The Golden Age" here.
:::::: 05.05.03: Warm-Up Show ::::::
Beck will bring his new band to the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, MA for a special warm up show for the summer "Sea Change" tour on May 22nd 2003. Tickets are onsale Tuesday, May 6th at 10am at the Northampton Box Office. Here's the details:
On sale: 10AM EST Tuesday 05.06.03
Tickets only at: Northampton Box Office
Phone Sales: 413-586-8686
Walkup Sales: 150 Main Street, Northampton, MA
:::::: 04.29.03: Summer Beck Band ::::::Josh Klinghoffer - Guitar (Bicycle Thief, Vincent Gallo)
Redd Kross' Steven McDonald - Bass
Greg Kurstin - Keyboards (Action Figure Party)
Jay Bellerose - Drums (Suzanne Vega, Duncan Sheik)
Beck's band for the 2003 Summer Tour will be:
:::::: 04.28.03: Flaming Lips Cover Golden Age ::::::
Ye olde Beck touring partners, the Flaming Lips, have covered "The Golden Age" on their new "Fight Test" EP, which is out now. You can order it through their online store.
:::::: 04.22.03: European Festival Shows ::::::
Check out the TOUR section for Beck's European Festival dates. There's still more to be added to keep checking.
:::::: 04.22.03: Air joins Beck in France ::::::
Air joined Beck onstage tonight at the Grand Rex in Paris, France and performed "The Vagabond", their collaboration from 2000's "10,000 Hz. Legend" and "Whiskeyclone Hotel City 1997" from "Mellow Gold." Check out the rest of the setlist and many more.
:::::: 04.03.03: USA Summer Tour Dates ::::::
Check the TOUR area for the current dates of Beck's summer "Sea Change" Tour. Dashboard Confessional and The Black Keys will open select shows.
Keep checking back for more dates and ticket info.
We will again be doing an online pre-sale for these dates (with the exception of festival shows such as radio festivals or the Field Day festival), so if you want the scoop, make sure to sign up for the mailing list and specify your location, as we'll be doing regional emailings with the pre-sale info for each show a few days before the actual pre-sale.
You can also check each date in the TOUR section for pre-sale and onsale date info, but you NEED to be signed up for the mailing list in order to get the details on how to purchase the tickets come pre-sale time.
:::::: 03.24.03: Beck on Triple J ::::::
Listen to Beck's interview on Australia's Triple J radio from 03.24.2003
:::::: 03.23.03: beck journal ::::::
check out the new journal section for entries written by beck while on the road.
:::::: 03.20.03: Beck Nominated in CAMA's ::::::
Beck is nominated in three categories in this years California Music Awards: Outstanding Album, Outstanding Songwriter, and Outstanding Male Vocalist. Support Beck and vote for him starting April 1st through the CAMAs Web site
:::::: 03.07.03: message from bek ::::::
Hello kiddies... feast your eyes on the visual melee. A lab of fourteen researchers have been toiling day and night seven days a week for sixteen months, scouring the archives for vestiges of our trespasses. These photos are a visual truth of a work in progress, and life as a run-on sentence. A five-gun salute to all those who have shared and cared and bared themselves in these photos. To all our loose associates, stay loose.
:::::: 03.05.03: Beck and Macy Gray ::::::
Beck will make an appearance on Macy Gray's forthcoming record, "The Trouble With Being Myself", due to drop this May. Beck sings on the track "It Ain't The Money."
:::::: 02.19.03: Beck on Conan ::::::
Beck will perform solo on tonight's "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" on NBC, check local listings for times.
:::::: 02.16.03: Beck on Letterman ::::::
Beck appeared on CBS's "The Late Show with David Letterman" on Monday, February 17th. Joined with Jason Falkner, JMJ, Greg Kurstin, and Joey Waronker, they played "Lost Cause." Due to the Northeast blizzard, Beck also played Letterman Tuesday night as well, this time playing "Sunday Sun."
:::::: 02.12.03: Ask Beck! ::::::
We're in cahoots with Juice Magazine to do a Beck Q and A with all y'all.
If your question is one of the chosen ones, you will receive the Japanese version of Beck's album "Sea Change" that includes an extra bonus track exclusive to Japan only. Please include your full name and address along with your question. Beck's answers to the chosen questions will appear in Australian music magazine, Juice, on sale March 31.
If you live outside of Australia or New Zealand, stay tuned to beck.com for a full transcript at a later stage.
update: we are not longer taking questions, thanks to all who submitted!
:::::: 02.11.03: Beck Solo European Tour ::::::
We've just announced Beck's upcoming solo European tour for Sea Change. Check out the TOUR section for the dates.
:::::: 02.03.03: Beck on SNL ::::::
Beck will appear on NBC's Saturday Night Live on February 15th, with guest host Jennifer Garner. Check local listings. Beck will be backed by JMJ, Joey Waronker, Greg Kurstin, and Jason Falkner.
:::::: 01.30.03: Sea Change Australia/Japan Tour ::::::
Beck will be bringing "Sea Change" to both Australia and Japan during March and April of 2003. Check TOUR for the dates, as we'll be adding more every day. Beck's band for this tour will be Smokey Hormel, JMJ, Joey Waronker, and Greg Kurstin.
:::::: 01.24.03: Beck on Sundance Channel ::::::
Beck's performance from the 22nd will be shown on the Sundance Channel's "Live From the Sundance Film Festival" tonight at 8pm. Check local listings.
:::::: 01.21.03: Win Tix to Sundance Show ::::::
Utah folks, enter now to win a pair of tix to tomorrow nights show at Sundance, act now.
The contest is now closed. Congratulations to Amy Dabb!
:::::: 01.15.03: Beck at Sundance ::::::
Beck will be performing at this years Sundance Film Festival on January 22nd in Park City, UT. The show is only open to Sundance visitors and closed to the public. Ben Lee will be opening.
:::::: 01.07.03: Sea Change Nominated for Grammy ::::::
Sea Change has been nominated for a Grammy award as Best Alternative Music Album. The awards ceremony will take place Sunday, February 23 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.