Between a surprise performance alongside Jack White and headlining set at XPoNential Festival, Beck has had a pretty eventful last 72 hours. On Monday night, he found himself playing another high-profile gig, appearing as a guest on The Colbert Report. He performed “Heart is a Drum” from his latest LP, Morning Phase. Then, as a web exclusive, he unfurled “Heaven’s Ladder”, one of the tracks from his Song Reader LP.
During the interview portion of Beck’s appearance, Stephen Colbert was quick to point out the musician’s unique style. “Rabbi, thank you for joining us — unless, this is an Amish look you’re going for?” He was then asked by Colbert why his new album was quieter and more contemplative than past releases, Beck responded by saying it’s “good for massages.” Colbert once again poked the bear toward the end of the interview, asking, “Why Beck sad?” to which Beck replied, “I just need a hug.”
Another funny part of the interview came when the two attempted to describe Beck’s sound. “Neo-lo-fi-ray funk,” Colbert noted. Beck, meanwhile, put it at “jungle-dub-cool-out-lounge-banjo.”
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Beck’s appearance on Colbert also came on the eve of the music version of Song Reader, which features contributions from Jack White, Jeff Tweedy, Jarvis Cocker, and more. Discussing the release with Colbert, Beck admitted he thinks these musicians do a better job performing the songs than he does.
“Heart is a Drum”: