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Customer Reviews

Beck's beeps and blips rock my inner video gamer

Beck is at it again with a new EP called Hell Yes, a blipping, buzzing portent of his album Guero (which means "white boy" in Spanish). I can only guess that Beck, 8-Bit and Paza must be circuit bending and using emulators, old-school software and other modified equipment to create these sounds, because they are incredibly authentic. I doubt it's anything like the guy on the EP's cover plugging his GameBoy into a stack of amps, but it's a great mental picture. All four tracks are filled to the brim with a sort of geeky energy that any vintage video gamer will identify with immediately. GHETTOCHIP MALFUNCTION and GAMEBOY/HOMEBOY take Hell Yes and Que' Onda Guero in directions that the listener would never expect having heard only the originals. If I could write a poem about this EP, it would be written in COBOL.

Hell Yes!

This is perhaps the best $4 I have ever spent.

Dot matrix with STEREO SOUND, baby!

I cannot get enough of this short and sweet set. Every time I hear the beginning of "Bit Rate Variations," a bulky little gray box from my childhood caresses my senses once more. I'm pretty sure I even recognize one of the samples in "Bad Cartridge" from a game I used to play much too often. But it doesn't take a nerd like me to appreciate the pure music value of these tracks. You can't go wrong here.


Born: July 8, 1970 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Initially pegged as the voice of a generation when "Loser" turned into a smash crossover success, Beck wound up crystallizing much of the postmodern ruckus inherent in the '90s alternative explosion, but in unexpected ways. Based in the underground anti-folk and noise-rock worlds, Beck encompassed all manner of modern music, drawing in hip-hop, blues, trash rock, pop, soul, lounge music -- pretty much any found sound or vinyl dug up from a dusty crate -- blurring boundaries and encapsulating how...
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