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07.14.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Perhaps jealous of all the buzz Radiohead gets whenever that band so much as offers a free JPG download on its Web site, Beck has upped his online game this summer, unleashing an onslaught of freebies, almost all of which are good enough to charge for. He re-launched his site in June with a "Record Club" where a different band is enlisted to cover a classic album in day, beginning with his own tak...
07.15.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Judging from Metacritic, critics have formed a predictable consensus on each new Danger Mouse project: Good but not great. Here are the Metacritic scores for three recent Danger Mouse albums: The Good, The Bad & The Queen � S/T: 76 Gnarls Barkley � The Odd Couple: 76 Beck � Modern Guilt: 76 One other 2008 Danger Mouse album, though, topped t...
Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Odelay Deluxe Edition (Geffen)

Until Beck Hansen released Odelay in 1996, he was a one-hit wonder: In the period when indie-rock was making its way onto the pop charts, his “Loser” was one of its iconic novelty songs. Odelay informed listeners that Beck was to be taken seriously, although he didn’t actually sound like he intended to be. Twelve years later, the double-disc deluxe version of Odelay has it the same two ways. It bulks up the original release with plenty of bonus material, but spurns reverent, meaningful liner notes in favor of consciously rambling reminiscences—at least that’s what they might be—from Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore, and variously irrelevant and intriguing opinions on the album from 15 teenagers interviewed by . . .

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