The alt icon, now 43, talks bad career moves, passing on 'Mad Men,' his indifference to commercial success and his first album in five years: 'I put all my time into music, and I still feel like I'm figuring it out'

Turns out Beck can make heartbreaking music, even when he actually is doing fine. Dressed in all black except for the tiny white polka dots on his scarf, Beck sits in Silver Lake's popular Cafe Stella during a quiet Friday morning, holding his wide-brimmed fedora in his lap. He's wearing a lean, buttery motorcycle jacket, and his hair is close-cropped except for an asymmetrical shock of strawberry blond whose precise hue could be called -- get it?

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