Beck Preps For Benefit With Low-Key Warm-Ups
Beck played the second of two warm-up gigs Sunday night at the Knitting Factory in Los Angeles, in preparation for his acoustic performance tonight (Feb. 26) at L.A.'s Wiltern Theatre, as part of theBeck played the second of two warm-up gigs Sunday night at the Knitting Factory in Los Angeles, in preparation for his acoustic performance tonight (Feb. 26) at L.A.'s Wiltern Theatre, as part of the Recording Artist Coalition benefits. On Sunday, the artist played a two-hour set, concentrating on acoustic guitar and harmonica while backed by his long-time band of guitarist Smokey Hormel, multi-instrumentalist Jon Brion, and bassist Justin Meldal-Johnsen.
The intimate surroundings prompted Beck to unveil a selection of newer songs, including "Lost Cause" and "Sleepless Nights" from his forthcoming DGC album, due sometime this year. In a set heavily biased towards tracks from the semi-acoustic "Mutations" album, the singer also took the opportunity to play a number of songs he had never performed in public before, such as "Fourteen Rivers, Fourteen Floods" from his K Records release "One Foot in the Grave."
The show opened with a humorous 15- minute "talking blues" version of "Pay No Mind" which ranged from the perils of being a political folk singer to the secret home life of Eminem. Beck went on to pepper the set was such covers as the Velvet Underground's "Sunday Morning," Hank Williams' "I Heard That Lonesome Whistle," Captain Beefheart's "Grow Fins," and the Zombies' "Beechwood Park."
In the meantime, Beck has collaborated with veteran U.K. vocalist Marianne Faithfull for three tracks on the latter's "Kissin' Time," due March 4 from Hut. Among the songs Faithfull tackles is Beck's own "Nobody's Fault But My Own," which can be sampled on Beck's official Web site.