Beck Hansen just put out his latest release last week, except it's not a new album. It's not even a recording. Instead, this new project comes in the form of an old-fashioned, "gather the family around the piano"-style songbook filled with sheet music of his new songs. Published by McSweeney's, the project is titled Beck Hansen’s Song Reader, and his fans are already putting their own stamp on the songs and posting video and audio at Beck's Website.
And, New York singer-songwriter Amy Regan -- who is organizing a local Song Reader event on Dec. 18 at CSC Theater at which all 20 songs from the book will be performed -- chats about learning the songs, asks Beck for tips, and then plays live in the studio.
Studio 360's Kurt Andersen and staff and hosts of WNYC and WQXR also performed a song from Beck's Song Reader, "Saint Dude."