Beck has finally revealed the followup to 2014’s Morning Phase, Colors will be released on October 13th.

The new song ‘Dear Life’ is a Beatles-esque 60s stomper and the album will also feature the previously released ‘Dreams’ and ‘Wow’ .

Tracklist

  1. Colors
  2. 7th Heaven
  3. I’m So Free
  4. Dear Life
  5. No Distraction
  6. Dreams
  7. Wow
  8. Up All Night
  9. Square One
  10. Fix Me

Colors was produced by Greg Kurstin and Beck, with the exception of “Wow” produced by Beck and Cole M.G.N., and “Fix Me” produced by Beck. The album was mixed by Serban Ghenea, except “Dreams” and “Up All Night,” which were mixed by Greg Kurstin and Beck.

Posted on August 28th, 2017

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It’s a surprise in 2016 to see artists of any kind, established or otherwise actually make a really good music video (or make a music video at all really) and Beck has done just that.

Channeling the whimsy of his peak for the buzz, the video he co-directed with Grady Hall features random imagery of kids dancing, slow motion jumps, zebra crossing zen, weird animations, rose eyes and Beck Hansen himself. It showcases different types of Instagram-friendly artists as linked here. The brief given to them was a “music video art gallery.”

Beck’s new album is supposedly coming on October 21. It’ll be his thirteenth album.

Posted on September 14th, 2016

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Tuesday June 16

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  • Beck, Johnny Greenwood @ Royal Hospital Kilmainham (€57.50)
    [indie/rock] New song from Beck  / The Radiohead man is joined by an Orchestra.
  • Nils Frahm @ National Concert Hall (SOLD OUT)
    [Neoclassical] Berlin based composer and pianist
  • A Night For Ray @ The Sugar Club (€25)
    [Leukaemia fundraiser] Ham Sandwich, Booka Brass, Mongoose, Foil, Arms and Hog plus Kevin McGahern and a special Bosco appearance

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Posted on June 16th, 2015

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Here are the top tracks of the last week:

  1. Shura – ‘White Light’
  2. Nao – ‘Golden’
  3. The Galleria – ‘Calling Card’
  4. Delorean – ‘Crystal’
  5. Hudson Mohawke – ‘Indian Steps’ (feat. Antony)
  6. Slow Riot – ‘City Of Culture’
  7. Lyttet – ‘Saint Etienne’ (Adultrock remix)
  8. Rudi Zygaldo – ‘Sympathies Scrapbook’
  9. Daphni – ‘Usha’
  10. Beck – ‘Dreams’
  11. The Weeknd – ‘Can’t Feel My Face’

Like your new music on Spotify instead? Follow the Nialler9 New Music playlist on Spotify. Updated weekly.

Posted on June 15th, 2015

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The Chemical Brothers have news of their first album in five years out on July 17th (they play Longitude two days later). Their eighth album in total, Born In The Echoes features 11 tracks of “lean, propulsive machine driven music,” taking in “juddering robotic funk” to “unhinged futurist Freakbeat”, “icy spectral psych” and “rhapsodic analog synthetics.”

Sounds a lot like a classic Chems album. Guests include Q-Tip, Beck, Cate Le Bon, Ali Love and St. Vincent.

‘Sometimes I Feel So Deserted’ kicks off the whole thing and harks back to Exit Planet Dust-era electronic synth style.

The song is on Spotify.

Track listing:

  1. Sometimes I Feel So Deserted
  2. Go (featuring Q-Tip)
  3. Under Neon Lights (featuring St. Vincent)
  4. EML Ritual (featuring Ali Love)
  5. I’ll See You There
  6. Just Bang
  7. Reflexion
  8. Taste of Honey
  9. Born In The Echoes (featuring Cate Le Bon)
  10. Radiate
  11. Wide Open (featuring Beck)

Posted on April 24th, 2015

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After the announcement of his gig at the Marquee in Cork for Tuesday June 16th, Beck has today been announced for the Royal Hospital Kilmainham for Wednesday June 17th, this time with guests Jonny Greenwood and the London Contemporary Orchestra.

The Radiohead guitarist and composer will play music from his soundtrack scores as well as new music, while Beck’s set is expected to feature music from his entire career like last year’s Electric Picnic performance.

Tickets €57.50 + on Sale this Friday at 9am from Ticketmaster.

You can read an interview with Jonny Greenwood on the site and watch his Boiler Room performance with the LCO:

Posted on March 2nd, 2015

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Two shows were announced for The Marquee in Cork today.

Recent Grammy winner Beck is playing the Marquee on Tuesday June 16th. Tickets are €57.15+ on sale Friday March 6th at 9am from Ticketmaster. Presumably Beck is bringing his big band for that price.

Ellie Goulding is also playing on Wednesday June 24th. Tickets are €44.05+ on sale Thursday March 5th at 9am from Ticketmaster.

The lineup for the Marquee all looks like this:

Riverdance 11 – 14 June tickets: €39, €44, €55
Beck 16 June tickets: €57.15
Billy Idol 17 June tickets: €55
The Vamps 18 June tickets: €44.05
The Coronas 19 & 20 June tickets: €35.50
Nathan Carter 21 June tickets: €27.90
ZZ Top 22 June tickets: €55
John Legend 23 June tickets: €54.65
Ellie Goulding 24 June tickets: €44.05
Kodaline 25 June tickets: €39.05
Lionel Richie 27 June tickets: €70.45, €81
The Waterboys 28 June tickets: €44
Dara O’Briain 3 July tickets: €33.50
Christy Moore 4 July tickets: €35, €40, €45
Van Morrison 9 July tickets: €65.45 & €76
The Frames 11 July tickets: €35
Status Quo 12 July tickets: €54.65
Damien Rice 13 July tickets: €45

Posted on February 27th, 2015

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After last year’s GIF marathon, we returned to Stradbally this year with the intention of more GIF action. As captured by Killian Broderick and turned into GIFs by me, this is a selection of what went down at Electric Picnic in moving form featuring St. Vincent, Tune-Yards, Outkast, Beck, Sleep Thieves, Portishead, Glass Animals, Girl Band, Clu, Neneh Cherry, Le Galaxie and a lot of festival randomness.

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Foals crowd

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Kelis dances during ‘Trick Me’

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How to dance to Mogwai

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Posted on September 4th, 2014

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All of the Electric Picnic stage times are now here. Do download my EP mix or my recommendations to see.

All of the main times are in the Clashfinder now.

Also:
Body & Soul
Global Green


Main Stage

Friday

10.45pm – 12.00am Pet Shop Boys
9.00pm – 10.15pm Foals
7.15pm – 8.15pm Blondie
6.00pm – 6.45pm The Strypes
5.00pm – 5.30pm Tvvins

Saturday

12.30am – 1.45am: Chic
10.35pm – 11.50pm: Portishead
8.45pm – 9.55pm: Paolo Nutini
7.00pm – 8.05pm: Bombay Bicycle Club
5.30pm – 6.25pm: Hozier
3.45pm – 4.45pm: Wild Beasts
2pm – 3pm: The Stranglers
12.30pm-1.30pm: Trinity Orchestra

Sunday

10.15pm-12am: Outkast
8.30pm-9.45pm: Beck
7pm-8pm: Lily Allen
5.25pm-6.25pm: Simple Minds
3.50pm-4.50pm: Sinead O’Connor
2.20pm-3.20pm: The Wailers
1pm-2pm: Dublin Gospel Choir


Electric Arena

Friday

10pm – 12pm: James Murphy

Saturday

12.30pm – 1.45am: SBTRKT
11.00pm – 12pm: James Vincent McMorrow
9.30pm – 10.30pm: London Grammar
8.00pm – 9.00pm: Metronomy
6.30pm – 7.15pm: Clean Bandit
4.45pm – 5.30pm: We Cut Corners
3.15pm – 4pm: Raglans
1.45pm – 2.30pm: Daniel James

Sunday

10.30pm – 12am: Mogwai
8.30pm – 9.45pm: Hercules & Love Affair
7pm – 8pm: St Vincent
5.30pm – 6.30pm: The 1975
4.15pm – 5pm: Laura Mvula
3pm – 3.45pm: Ham Sandwich
1.45pm – 2.30pm: Nick Mulvey
12.30pm – 1.15pm: TBC


Red Bull Music Academy Stage

Friday

2am-4am: Sunil Sharpe
1am-2am: Dark Sky
11.35pm-12.35am: Clu
10pm-11.35pm: Republik DJs

Saturday

2am-4am Joy Orbison
1am-2am: Dorian Concept
12am-1am: Colm K
11pm-12am: Handsome Paddy
10pm-11pm: Kobina

Sunday

2am-4am: Boddika
12am-2am: Rift
11pm-12am: Boya
10pm-11pm: Open Mind


Rankin’s Wood Stage

Saturday

11.10pm-12.30pm: Le Galaxie
10pm-11pm: Omar Souleyman
8pm-9.30pm: Annie Mac
6.45pm-730pm: Walking On Cars
5.30pm-6pm: Cathy Davey
4.15pm-5pm: Twin Shadow
2pm-2.45pm: Vann Music
1.30pm-2.15pm: Booka Brass Band

Sunday

11pm-12pm: The Minutes
9.30pm-10.30pm: Kelis
8pm-9pm: Flume
6.45pm-7.30pm: Jungle
5.30pm-6.15pm: Neneh Cherry
4.15pm-5pm: Stephen Malkmus
3pm-3.45pm: Jenny Lewis
1.45pm-2.30pm: Acrobat


Little Big Tent

Saturday

01.30am-3am: Bicep
12.15am-01.15am: Krystal Klear
11.pm-12am: Kaytranada
9.45-pm-10.30pm: SOHN
8.30pm-9.15pm: FKA twigs
7.15pm-8pm: John Wizards
6pm-6.45pm: Phox
4.45pm-5.30pm: Sleep Thieves
3.30pm-4.15pm: Spies
2.30pm-3pm: The Academic
1.30pm-2pm: Buffalo Sunn

Sunday

11pm-12am: Shit Robot
9.45pm-10.45pm: Rustie
8.30pm-9.30pm: Duke Dumont
7.15pm-8.15pm: Sampha (DJ)
6pm-6.45pm: Vaults
4.45pm-5.30pm: Glass Animals
3.30pm-4.15pm: Moko
2.30pm-3pm:Seinabo Sey
1.15pm-2pm: Nightbox


Cosby Stage

Saturday

11pm-12am: BP Fallon
9.30pm-10.30pm: The Blades
8pm-9pm: White Denim
6.45pm-7.30pm: Temples
6.45pm-7.30pm: The Orwells
3.45pm-4.30pm: Benjamin Booker
2.15-3pm: Sheppard
1pm-1.45pm: Wyvern Lingo

Sunday

11pm-12pm: Slowdive
9.30pm-10.30pm: The Horrors
8.15pm-9pm: Asgeir
7pm-7.45pm: Wolf Alice
5.45pm-6.30pm: Drenge
4.30pm-5.15pm: Unknown Mortal Orchestra
3.15pm-4pm: The Districts
2.15-2.45pm: Vancouver Sleep Clinic
1.15pm-1.45pm: The Whereabouts
12.15pm-12.45pm: Matt McGinn


Casa Bacardi

Friday

10pm: Dimitri From Paris
8pm: Bill Scurry
6pm: Disconauts
4pm: Leigh Farrell

Saturday

10.30pm: Greg Wilson
8.30pm: Ejeca
6:30pm: Jonas Rathsman
5pm: Ghostboy
3pm: Get Down Edits
1pm: Discotekken
12pm: Monophat

Sunday

10pm: The 2 Bears
8pm: Pleasurekraft
6.30pm: Nancy Whang
4.30pm: Mother
3pm: Decent Perks
1.30pm: Kelly Anne Byrne
12pm: Eddie K

Posted on August 28th, 2014

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Beck appears in Bergman black and white for a new video for one of the standout songs from his recent album Morning Phase. The video is by Sophie Muller and features a nod to Beck past, ‘Loser’ era.

The Song Reader album, a release featuring interpretations of Beck’s sheet music (coming out in a joint venture between Capitol Records and the glasses website Warby Parker -?) from Jarvis Cocker, Jack White, Jeff Tweedy, Fun., Jack Black and Beck too, is out now. I couldn’t get into it myself.

Still, one superb album a year is enough.

Beck was on Colbert Report last night – US only.

Beck plays Electric Picnic too.

Posted on July 29th, 2014

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The Nialler9 TXFM show airs every Thursday night at 10pm for two hours. You can listen on FM, online, the TXFM app or if you missed it, on the listen back function on the site. Here is last night’s show, a best of 2014.5.

Listen: Hour One

Listen: Hour Two

Hour One

  1. Ships –  ‘Space Inside’
  2. Little Dragon  – ‘Paris’
  3. Future Islands –  ‘Sun In The Morning
  4. Angel Olsen –  ‘Forgiven/Forgotten’
  5. Girl Band – ‘Lawman’
  6. St. Vincent  – ‘Prince Johnny’
  7. Beck  – ‘Blue Moon’
  8. James Vincent McMorrow –  ‘Cavalier’
  9. Tvvins –  ‘You Better’
  10. Warpaint  – ‘Hi’
  11. Talos –  ‘Tethered Bones’

Hour Two

  1. Jungle –  ‘Busy Earnin’
  2. Todd Terje  – ‘Delorean Dynamite’
  3. Shamir –  ‘If It Wasn’t True’
  4. MØ –  ‘Waste Of Time’
  5. Kelis  – ‘Runnin’ (Machinedrum Remix Radio Edit)
  6. Glass Animals –  ‘Gooey’
  7. Hundred Waters –  ‘Cavity’
  8. Jamie xx  – ‘Girl’
  9. RATKING  -‘ Canal’
  10. Banks  – ‘This Is What It Feels Like’
  11. SZA –  ‘Childs Play’ (feat. Chance the Rapper)
  12. The Gloaming  – ‘Sailor’s Bonnet’

Posted on June 23rd, 2014

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Electric Picnic has announced their first names for 2014 and it is impressive. Hitting Stradbally this year from Friday 29th – Sunday 31st August 2014 is Outkast! for starters plus:

Portishead, Outkast, Beck, Foals, Pet Shop Boys, Paolo Nutini, Chic Featuring Nile Rodgers, Lily Allen, St. Vincent, Simple Minds, London Grammar, Metronomy, Slowdive, Laura Mvula, Annie Mac,Flume, The Stranglers, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, The Blades, The Wailers, Omar Souleyman, White Denim, Temples, Sohn, Jungle, Fka Twigs, Bicep, Kaytranada, John Wizards

TICKETS:

Tickets on sale today (Wednesday 19th March) at 7pm and discounts are available to previous festival goers:

Between March 19th – April 18th
€154.50 if you can prove you’ve been to 3 or more Picnics
€174.50 if you can prove you’ve been to the Picnic once/twice before
€194.50 if you haven’t been before
Family Weekend Camping ticket as above (2 kids U12 permitted per adult FOC)
Sunday Day Tickets; €90 (No camping permitted)

April 19th – July 4th midnight
€194.50 weekend tickets

After July 4th midnight
€229.50 weekend tickets [price remains the same as 2013]

Here’s a video by Little Beast of last year:

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Posted on March 19th, 2014

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Despite an audience willing Beck Hansen to do what he does best, it’s been six whole years since Beck gave us an album in the form of Modern Guilt, nine years since Guero and frighteningly 18 fucking years since Odelay.

He started as a sonic slacker became a playful post-modern hoodwinker, turned into a serious songwriter and then found a common-ground amongst all of those shades of himself. Since 2008 though, Beck has been exploring: there was his sheet music album, immersive 3D concerts, reimagining the music of Bowie, a few stray singles, production work for Thurston Moore and Jamie Lidell, songs written specifically for soundtracks and contributions to a Philip Glass remix album. He also suffered a spinal injury that kept him away from playing instruments.

But a Beck album, is always a fully-realised conception and Morning Phase, is the man’s return to the serious music making. The album’s own press release draws a parallel between this album as a “companion piece of sorts” and his other “serious” album Sea Change, an album written in the aftermath of a breakup. It probably hasn’t helped that comparison that all of the same musicians who played on that album participate here.

Apart from those parallels being drawn, they are largely red herrings. Morning Phase is an album that uses some of the same instruments, orchestration and players but it isn’t just a return to the same hallowed ground. The mood of straightforward contemplation is shared with both albums but Morning Phase has a more steady and wise outlook.

Beck isn’t despairing, he’s more resigned than content now but that means that the lyrics make less of an impact. There’s less insight into the human condition but more mantric and general – “If I surrender / And I don’t fight this wave / No I won’t go under / I’ll only get carried away,” he sings on album highlight ‘Wave’. Yet his melodic tendencies are strong, his voice is omnipresent, clear and leading. While the album lacks lyrical weight, sonically it offers alluring warm comforts.

The arrangements, the beautifully-drawn, sumptuously-recordings present, were captured in what sound like vintage Los Angeles music studios, Capitol Studios in Hollywood to be exact, with the best high-end equipment around. It makes for one of the best sounding albums since Random Access Memories.

Beck’s father David Richard Campbell reprises his orchestral string arrangements as he did on Sea Change, most notably on the elegant but heavy ‘Wave’. The overall tone and employment of those strings leads to the creation of a twilit atmosphere. It’s the spellbound sound of dusk on record. On ‘Unforgiven’ the instruments clump at a slow place.

While there’s not much personal revelation to be derived in the lyrics, the album’s music serves as a serene reveal after tumultuous uncertainty. Morning Phase is a comforting sonic dawn, that’s easy to get carried away in.

Posted on February 28th, 2014

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For the last few years, it had felt like Beck has been teasing us with new music with the proviso that an actual album was on the way. There were his sheet music album, immersive 3D concerts, reimagining Bowie, a few stray singles, production work for Thurston Moore and Jamie Lidell, songs written specifically for soundtracks and contributing to a Philip Glass remix album but there hasn’t been a proper Beck album since 2008’s Modern Guilt.

Last month, Beck finally gave us news of a new album called Morning Phase out on Capitol Records on February 21st. And pleasing for fans of his 2002 breakup album, Sea Change, it has been described “as a companion piece of sorts” with many of the same musicians involved.

‘Blue Moon’ then, the first song from that record we’re hearing, is a melancholic acoustically-arranged song true to the mood of Sea Change with Beck pleading “don’t leave me on my own” and that he’s “tired of being alone.” This song is a comfort to feeling lonely as he does.

You can buy the song from iTunes and it’s on Spotify too.

Posted on January 21st, 2014

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