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A Dummy’s Guide to Beck’s Many Collaborations

On the same day that Demolished Thoughts, the album he produced for Thurston Moore, hits stores comes news of yet another high-profile Beck collaboration: He’s producing Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks’ new record, Mirror Magic. To tide us over until that album’s release, August 23, we’re taking a look back at Beck’s rich history of working with other artists. From Calvin Johnson in 1994 to Moore in 2011, we present a fairly comprehensive guide to Beck’s collaborations.

Beck feat. Calvin Johnson — “Atmospheric Conditions” (1994)

Beck got his start on the indie label K Records, which was founded and is still run by Calvin Johnson, the all-around underground pop hero known for his instrumental role in the bands Beat Happening, The Go Team, Dub Narcotic Sound System, and countless more. So it’s only natural Johnson would collaborate on the closing track to Beck’s final album for K, One Foot in the Grave. “Atmospheric Conditions” is certainly lo-fi by Beck’s 2011 standards, but we think it’s catch, and Johnson’s signature bass hum really adds something.

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