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Beck: “I’m trying to get to this place where you can stand outside the parameters of what’s possible.”

Profile and Interview by Paul Moody, Dazed & Confused, 1996

BECK’S OFFBEAT HUMOUR and devil-may-care demeanour usually leaves journalists baffled, and interviews that reveal very little. But this time Beck is unafraid to drop his ...

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Beck in Los Angeles, part 1 (1997)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, January 1997

Beck talks to Barney Hoskyns about hip hop, folk, blues and the making and success of Odelay.

File format: mp3 File size: 27.6mb Interview length: 40 minutes 18 seconds Sound quality: ****

Beck in Los Angeles, part 2 (1997)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, January 1997

Beck talks to Barney Hoskyns about country music, Los Angeles, his artist grandfather, Tom Waits and more.

File format: mp3 File size: 24.4mb Interview length: 35 minutes 39 seconds Sound quality: ****

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Beck: Folk Futurist

Interview by Mark Kemp, Option, March 1994

Why do people like Beck? You know he's a loser, definitely. How do you fans like a song about Beck being a loser? He isn't ...

Kip Winger With A Protein Shake: The Punknology According to Beck

Interview by Gerrie Lim, Big O, April 1994

THOSE OPENING NOTES attempt to warn you: a slinky salvo of slide guitar and then some hip-hop percussion, and then some dude starts rapping, wending ...

Beck: Mellow Gold

Review by Michael Azerrad, Rolling Stone, May 1994

WHETHER BY preference or rationalization, slacker victims trumpet their dropout status with dilapidated jeans, greasy hair and a sarcastic, defeatist posture. Enter 23-year-old Beck singing, ...

Beck and Sebadoh: It's Saturday, It's Two O'Clock and It's... Slackerjack!

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, November 1994

It seemed like a good idea at the time. Get BECK, the blue-eyed, wigged-out Californian space baby whose slacker anthem 'Loser' topped the American charts, ...

Beck: Manchester University

Live Review by Simon Warner, Guardian, The, November 1994

IS THIS the age of the neurotic self-obsessive? Sold out signs at Beck's debut UK gig suggest that his curious blend of twitchy unease and ...

Beck

Profile by Andy Gill, MOJO, February 1995

Prolific post-grunge Dylan type records dozens of songs for several labels, then rolls-up and smokes the rejects. ...

Beck: New Weird Order

Profile and Interview by Erik Himmelsbach, Pulse!, June 1996

IT'S THE MIDDLE of a lazy Los Angeles spring day, and the view from the roof of the Griffith Observatory reveals a sprawling basin shrouded ...

Beck: Odelay (Geffen)

Review by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, June 1996

BECK is back. But is the slacker guru's new opus a celebration of eclectic musical styles or just an aimless shambles? ...

Beck: Ogden Street Concert Hall, Buffalo, NY

Live Review by Ben Edmonds, MOJO, October 1996

"Who are you?" a voice asks Beck not long into the goofball savant’s utterly delightful new album O-de-lay. "I’m the Enchanting Wizard of Rhythm," he ...

Beck: the Mix-up Kid

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, March 1997

ON A WARM January afternoon of the kind that’s almost unique to Los Angeles, an enormous lime-green 1969 Chevrolet pickup is lumbering noisily up a ...

Beck: The Rolling Stone Interview

Interview by Mark Kemp, Rolling Stone, April 1997

"YOU gotta do the chicken thing again." Beck's manager interrupts the 26-year-old singer's lunch on the set of the British popular music show TFI Friday ...

Beck: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Paul Morley, Uncut, July 1997

HOWDY. America is always new. The world is always new. Go ask Beck. If you can catch him! ...

Beck: El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles

Live Review by Marc Weingarten, MOJO, January 1998

BECK MAY be Modern Rock's master ironist, but he takes his roots music very seriously. They're just very gnarled roots, is all. ...

Beck: Mutations

Review by Jim Irvin, MOJO, March 1998

Supposedly one of his "parenthetical" releases in the vein of Stereoscopic Soul Manure and One Foot In The Grave. The "official" follow-up to Odelay is ...

Beck, Al Hansen, and the new Art Rock

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, World Art, September 1998

LAST MAY, "Beck and Al Hansen: Playing With Matches" opened at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. This fall and winter the exhibition can be ...

Beck: Mutations

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, December 1998

Downbeat apocalypse: US master of ironic eclecticism unearths a diamond in the trash. ...

Beck: Mutations (Geffen) ****

Review by Ian Gittins, Q, December 1998

New album which isn't the new album, but which still has a certain genius. ...

The Shock of the Old: Beck and the New Roots Explosion

Report and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, December 1998

"...to be an American (unlike English or French or whatever) is precisely to imagine a destiny rather than to inherit one; since we have always ...

Pete Waterman: Style Counsel

Interview by Stephen Dalton, NME, January 1999

Last week, Pete Waterman the Brian Clough of pop, stoutly defended his new teenpop cadets Steps and his revitalised label PWL. Here Doctor Waterman offers ...

Beck: Live at Town Hall, NYC

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, February 1999

With the MTV Unplugged era now firmly behind us, Beck is at some pains to explain that tonight’s show - one of only two in ...

Beck: The Town Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Q, March 1999

He's released an odd new album. Oddly, he's only going to play it once. ...

Being For the Benefit of Mr. Hansen

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, Observer, The, September 1999

THE GANG’S all here: Yoko Ono and Gwyneth Paltrow, Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson, Kate Moss and Evan Dando. All have ventured out on a ...

Beck: Midnite Vultures (Geffen)

Review by Kit Aiken, Uncut, December 1999

Beck out-hips himself with his fourth album for Geffen, his sixth in all ...

Beck: Beck To The Future

Interview by Erik Himmelsbach, Request, January 2000

BECK WAKES up at 8 a.m., alone on the rock-star bus, wondering what the hell happened last night. He and his band were in Santa ...

Radiohead/Beck/Supergrass/Sigur Ros/Humphrey Lyttelton/Rock Of Travolta/Hester Thrale: South Park, Oxford, Saturday 7th July

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, July 2001

IF IT WASN'T quite the summer garden party it should have been, Radiohead's big homecoming bash at Oxford's South Park was mostly (or at least ...

Low Down and Low Key: Taking the Road Less Travelled

Essay by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, September 2002

BECK SOUNDS like he's channelling the long-dead British folk-rock poet Nick Drake on his latest album, Sea Change (Geffen). For ‘Round the Bend’ the pace ...

I'm a Muso, Baby: Beck

Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, September 2002

Beck's new album, written after a nasty split with his fiancee, is so forlorn that the music press is afraid for his health. But, he ...

All Change: Beck

Interview by David Dalton, Another Magazine, Fall 2002

LATE AFTERNOON, hotel room in L.A. I’ve just downloaded four tracks from Beck’s new album. A song is playing. ‘The Golden Age’. "Desert wind cool ...

Beck: 'Loser'

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Blender, April 2003

Vital statistics on Beck's 'Loser' ...

Beck: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, April 2003

AS A PROFESSIONAL ENIGMA, Beck Hansen has a reputation to maintain, and it is tiring work. He feels compelled to stay one step ahead of ...

Beck: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, May 2003

BECK HAS thrown Bob Dylan's career into reverse. He has arrived at a venue famous for being scandalised by Bob going electric to unplug his ...

Beck: ...Bottle of Blue

Interview by Mac Randall, Harp, March 2005

With every album he creates, Beck Hansen's music shifts in shape while his lyrics gain sharper focus, revealing a fascination with the dark side of ...

Beck: Guero

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, March 2005

Funky-go-lucky yin to the mournful Drake-meets-Gainsbourg yang of Sea Change. ...

Beck, Guero and Scientology

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Scotland on Sunday, March 2005

ON THE SURFACE, nothing is wrong with Beck Hansen. No wires protrude from his dirty-blond moptop. No glazed expressions, no shifty answers, no sense of ...

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