Beck To Publish His Next Album With McSweeney's... Wait, What?

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via Galleycat

Beck's next album will be a 108-page package with booklets, lyrics and sheet music--but don't expect to actually hear the songs unless you can play them yourself. Would you be surprised to find out it's being published by McSweeney’s

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Beck’s latest album comes in an almost-forgotten form—twenty songs existing only as individual pieces of sheet music, never before released or recorded. Complete with full-color, heyday-of-home-play-inspired art for each song and a lavishly produced hardcover carrying case (and, when necessary, ukulele notation), the Song Reader is an experiment in what an album can be at the end of 2012 … The songs here are as unfailingly exciting as you’d expect from their author, but if you want to hear “Do We? We Do,” or “Don’t Act Like Your Heart Isn’t Hard,” bringing them to life depends on you.

Sounds interesting. Though given my zero musical talent, I have to wait for someone to actually put them together and play them before I get to hear them, so there's that. But still, you know, art!

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Renfield's picture
Renfield from Hell is reading 20th Century Ghosts August 9, 2012 - 10:23am

Sounds fun. I'm not that big a fan of Beck's music but I don't dislike him, he's kitschy and I admire that. This sounds like something fans of Beck and fans of McSweeney's will really dig.

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Gordon Highland from Kansas City is reading Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore August 9, 2012 - 10:53am

So you know what this means: a deluge of homespun YouTube covers. Most people will probably just read the chord names and make up their own melodies for lack of music literacy. Not that that mightn't be just as interesting. I wonder if the music will be the full charts for all instruments (like my awesome Beatles anthology), or just for guitar/piano.

I love the idea, but think it'll tank in reality.

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