I am a huge Beck fan as I have made clear in the past. I was so excited when I heard he was working new material that I squealed like a little girl. But Beck’s new record will come in the form of Beck Hansen’s Song Reader; 109 pages of sheet music of eighteen original songs with lyrics and two instrumentals. Basically, if you are a musician, YOU get to decide what the songs will sound. As far as I know he has made no plans to record these songs and that readers and select musicians’ renditions of the written material will be featured on the McSweeny’s site. Kudos to Beck for doing something different and still staying original as always but a Beck song should be played by Beck damn it. I want to hear YOU play the songs as YOU intended them to be played please. I can read a bit of musical notation and tablature is the easiest thing in the world but I can guarantee mine or anyone’s version of the song will be as good as Beck’s original idea. Anyway, the Song Reader will be out in December if you are interested.