Sunday, 29 April 2012

#09 BECK & THE FLAMING LIPS - KCRW 2002 (Flac)

Beck’s Sea Change was a downbeat album reflecting on his broken relationship with long-term girlfriend, the designer Leigh Limon. It was released in September 2002 and the resulting tour featured the Flaming Lips as his opening and backing band.

They also recorded together for this partly acoustic session on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic radio show, Christmas Eve 2002, and previously in November for the Austin City Limits show.

This is a more collaborative performance than Austin City Limits where the Flaming Lips sound like any other backing band, here there can be no mistaking their influence on Beck’s live sound.

Versions exist with the interview sections but this remastered source by thir13en contains only the music.  The ten-minute interview with the camera running is available on YouTube, the look on Beck’s face while Wayne dominates the interview is priceless

1.       Golden Age
2.       We Live Again
3.       Cold Brains
4.       Do You Realize ?
5.       Lonesome Tears
6.       Lost Cause
7.       Little One
8.       Paper Tiger
9.       New Pollution

Beck Hansen (vocals, acoustic guitar, tambourine)
Wayne Coyne (vocals, guitar, keyboards)
Michael Ivins (bass)
Steven Drozd (guitar, keyboards, vocals
Kliph Scurlock (drums)
Greg Kurstin (keyboards, vocals)

     KCRW FM Radio Broadcast
 December 24 2002
 KCRW, Santa Monica, CA
original notes

**Remastered** by thir13en

w/ Flaming Lips
Santa Monica, CA

Another great in-studio Beck performance, and during his tour with the Flaming Lips as his band. This is fine quality stuff here, from the first to the last note, it's a real nice ride.

I've heard a few sources of this show and come across a few different lossy sourced ones as well. While I wouldn't suggest taping shows from a Grundig radio, this one was the best source I've heard. Much gratitude to our taper for making it happen with the tools that were handy at the time. I cleaned up the static a bit and then smoothed over the spectrum, maximized.

It's a very clear recording, KCRW does exceptional work yet again.


Lineage: Grundig Yachtboy FM radio>G4 OEM minijack input>16 bit aiff>edited, normalized, tracked with Sound Studio>FLAC8 via Xact.

Recorded with a portable radio because my thrift store tuner died the day before.
A stellar performance, more FM noise than usual due to the Grundig radio.


  1. thanks for sharing this :) Let's hear how this sounds.

  2. Muchas gracias! :)