Qué Onda Guero?

I’ve been dreading writing this entry for some time, because I know that if I say everything I want to say, no one will read it. Not much use writing to myself, right? I’ll break it down for you.

Two months ago I wrote about an EP Beck had released that I loved. I wondered aloud if the album would sound like the EP when the album was finally released.

The album, titled Guero (short for “whitey”) came out five days ago. It doesn’t sound like the EP, but it’s okay because it totally rocks.

To find out a bit more about the album, watch or listen to the interview Beck gave on KCRW in Los Angeles last Thursday, or the one he gave to the BBC the day before that (with some really great videos there).

Notable tracks: E-Pro, Qué Onda Guero (wow), Girl, Black Tambourine, Hell Yes, Scarecrow, Go It Alone, Farewell Ride… who am I kidding? Buy the frickin’ album, cheapskate! It’s all good.

Beck is now unquestionably my favorite artist. Yes, that means I like him more than I like U2. Or Harrod and Funck, Daft Punk, John Mayer, Caedmon’s Call, The Flaming Lips, Lemon Jelly, and everyone else. Just check out my Audioscrobbler stats if you don’t believe me.

9 thoughts on “Qué Onda Guero?

  1. Okay, the list wasn’t totally complete. I forgot Beastie Boys, United State of Electronica, Death Cab for Cutie, Coldplay, Art of Noise, The Postal Service, and The Beta Band. 😉

    If you’re talking about my Audioscrobbler list, then you’re right, I don’t listen to Tribe. I am vaguely familiar with their music, but I’ll have to pay more attention next time, or just buy a song or two, just to see what I think of them.

  2. I hear ya, Josh. Let me put my love for Beck this way.

    After the first couple listens, I had to force myself to listen to the new U2 album an eighth and ninth time. I had to go back and listen to their old stuff to get a feel for how it fits and compares. I had to try and appreciate it.

    I bought the new Beck album on Tuesday and haven’t been able to stop myself from listening to it. The first 10 listens came so easily. Appreciating it is second nature.

    So go ahead and say what you want to say. I’ll read it.

  3. What is Audioscrobbler? Is it a place to listen before you buy?
    I went there but didn’t see an explanation. I love the statistics and graphs.

  4. Good question, Mom. My guess is that a lot of people were wondering the same thing, but didn’t bother to ask.

    Audioscrobbler is an online service that allows you to track your music listening habits. You can download a little plugin that runs on your computer and watches what music you listen to. When you finish listening to a song, it uploads basic info about the song to Audioscrobbler’s database, which allows you to go onto their site and see all those graphs about what artists you listen to a lot, and all that.

    The neat part is that you can use Audioscrobbler to find other people who have similar listening habits to yours, and see who else they’re listening to that you haven’t yet discovered. So it helps you to discover new artists too.

  5. tpy, thanks for the encouragement! I totally agree with what you wrote. It’s funny, because I felt something similar. When I realized how much I liked this album, I also felt like I was turning my back on U2 somehow. I just knew that it was better than their stuff. It hits me more squarely. Not sure how else to put it.

    I’ll be sure to write more so that you and any others who enjoy the topic can geek out about Beck a little bit.

  6. I still can’t believe you allow your computer to track what music you listen to. Not only that, but you allow it to upload usage stats to an online database that’s accessable by the general public.

    //puts on extra layer of tinfoil for added protection from The Man

  7. Yeah, Josh. Tell us about AudioScrobbler. Is it really of the devil as Gos would have us believe? It sounds kind of cool.

  8. It is a great album, and don’t worry about people not reading this, i found you on google when i typed in Qué Onda Guero… i wanted to know what it ment, and you were like # 6… and the 1st one i kicked on…. this is s FRCKIN AWESOME album. i just got it… but modest mouse is still better… :)… i just SAW them in milwaukee.

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