Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Third Man Records To Release Beck's Blue Series Single, 'I Just Started Hating Some People Today' b/w 'Blue Randy'

Posted By on Wed, May 23, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Remember when The Spin spotted Beck at Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks' show at Mercy Lounge back in October? It didn't come as too much of a surprise, considering the fact that Beck produced the Jicks' Mirror Traffic, and also considering all the rumors that Mr. Hansen was in town working on his next record. So maybe it shouldn't come as any enormous surprise that the boyish Gen X figurehead worked with the biggest rock star in Nashville, right? Peep this:

On May 28, Jack White's Third Man Records will release a Blue Series single from Beck. The single will feature the slide guitar-adorned country-rock stomper "I Just Started Hating Some People Today" backed with the more down-tempo, whispering but mirthful ballad "Blue Randy." Of course, I'm basing my descriptions of the two songs on the 30- and 40-second previews (respectively) you can currently hear on TMR's homepage, so if it turns out that they mutate into dub-step bangers or something, then I apologize. Here's what the Third Man folks have to say:

The record will be available day of release from our online store, iTunes, our storefront in Nashville and other finer retailers nationwide. There will be no pre-orders for this single.

Both tracks were recorded in 2011 while Beck was in Nashville working on new material for his long awaited next album. The songs spontaneously came together at the Third Man studio on Beck's final day in town.

Inspired by the title of "Blue Randy," an extremely limited run of 100 Tri Color 7-inches will be available beginning 10am on Saturday June 2nd at Randy’s Records at 157 East 900 South in Salt Lake City. An even scarcer scattering of 50 Tri Colors will be randomly inserted in mail orders for the single placed through our online store.

Rad. Dig the leather-and-zipper theme going on in the album art. And just for fun, informal survey: What's your favorite Beck record? Sea Change, Mutations and One Foot are obviously all pretty mighty, but I just can't deny the fact that I listen to Midnite Vultures more than all of those combined.

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