Rocker Beck has blamed a "severe" spinal injury for forcing him to scale back his music output in recent years. The Loser hitmaker, 43, went public his health issues in an interview with Argentina's Pagina/12 newspaper, admitting the ailment has hindered work on the follow-up to 2008's Modern Guilt.
In the article, which has been translated into English on TheFutureHeart.com, he says, "I had some injuries. I had severe damage to my spine, but now it's improving so I'm back in the music. It was a long, long recovery. Lately I concentrated on playing guitar. Do not think I can move again as before, although I can give a lot onstage."
Beck, who is due to release his 12th studio album, Morning Phase, next year (14), also reveals he had an album of new material in late 2008, but the tracks "stopped ringing fresh" for him and he abandoned the work until 2010, when he resumed the project.
The musician has not been completely out of the public eye during his health struggle - he contributed to albums by Charlotte Gainsbourg, Thurston Moore and a collection of Philip Glass remixes, and he also reworked David Bowie's Sound + Vision earlier this year (13).
Morning Phase, which is set to be unveiled in February (14), is described as a "companion piece" to Beck's 2002 album Sea Change, which focused on acoustic tracks.
Former Sonic Youth star Kim Gordon is set to lift the lid on her life in the music industry in a new memoir. The rocker has signed a deal with publishing house HarperCollins and is working on an autobiography titled Girl In A Band.
The book will reportedly document her career as a member of the iconic group, as well as her complicated relationship with her bandmate husband Thurston Moore.
Gordon is also set to publish a book of essays which she wrote in the 1980s, according to the New York Times.
Rocker Thurston Moore is open to reuniting Sonic Youth if he can rebuild the "trust" with his estranged wife Kim Gordon. The exes announced in 2011 they were separating after 27 years of marriage, and the split seemingly spelled the end of the band they had both been in for 30 years.
Moore went on to form new group Chelsea Light Moving but he has confessed Sonic Youth still feels like unfinished business - and he has not ruled out reforming the rock band if he can work out his differences with Gordon.
He tells NME magazine, "I think it's something that had an incredible run that most bands don't have. Nobody in the band or in the company of Sonic Youth has signed off on it as something that's completely gone. It remains to be seen. Everybody's communicative. We'll let time define the future for this band.
"Nobody wants to say that it's something that's hung up to dry, that's for sure... I think it would take a lot of dialogue and some kind of understanding. And it would take renewed vows of trust between the members of the band."
Cult rocker Kim Gordon has suggested another woman was to blame for her split from her husband and Sonic Youth bandmate Thurston Moore. The indie rock stars, who wed in 1984, stunned fans when they announced the end of their marriage back in October 2011, and Gordon has now opened up about the split in a candid new interview, in which she appears to confirm her husband had an affair.
An extract from the Elle magazine article reads, "Some years ago, a woman Gordon declines to name became a part of the Sonic Youth world, first as the girlfriend of an erstwhile band member and later as a partner on a literary project with Moore. Eventually, Gordon discovered a text message and confronted him about having an affair. They went to counselling, but he kept seeing the other woman."
Discussing the split, Gordon tells the publication, "It ended in a kind of normal way - midlife crisis, starstruck woman," and adds of their marriage counselling sessions, "We never got to the point where we could just get rid of her so I could decide what I wanted to do. Thurston was carrying on this whole double life with her. He was really like a lost soul."
Gordon admits the breakup came at a trying time for her as she had also been diagnosed with a non-invasive form of breast cancer called ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS).
She explains, "I'm fine. It's literally the best (form of cancer) you can have. I didn't do radiation or anything, but I was like, 'OK, what else is going to happen to me?'"
Gordon and Moore, who have a 19-year-old daughter, Coco, are still not officially divorced, but they are both dating other people.
It's Anger Management without the comedy or One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest without Jack Nicholson. Sounds cheerful eh? Lyle (Third Rock From the Sun's Joseph Gordon-Levitt) a quiet but rage-filled 17-year-old is committed to a juvenile mental institution when he beats some kid senseless with a baseball bat after being teased relentlessly. Unlike the other kids in Dr. Monroe's (Don Cheadle) therapy group which includes rich Goth kid Sara (Sara Rivas) bully Michael (Elden Henson) and bipolar Chad (Michael Bacall who also co-wrote) Lyle is stoic and silent refusing to discuss his problems in any other way than with his fists. Lyle is increasingly attracted to the equally silent Tracey (Zooey Deschanel) who wakes the ward up every night screaming from nightmares and sympathetic to his painfully shy roommate Kenny (Cody Lightning) who has been raped by his stepfather. Despite Lyle's determination to hold on to his anger the doctor's words and advice slowly seep in. He begins to discover he has an inner strength that not only helps him learn to deal with his own issues but also gives him the desire--if sadly not the ability--to help others.
Gordon-Levitt owns this film doing a 540-degree shift from his lively Third Rock teen and demonstrating there's way more to this young actor than first meets the eye. Instead of chewing the scenery (as most actors playing angry people are wont to do) his Lyle is understated and forceful his seething fury at everything--including himself--masked by an unnervingly calm expression. You've no doubt that he's pissed as all get out as he whales on bellicose Michael for insulting Tracey without blinking an eye. As the wide-eyed and sweetly damaged Tracey Deschanel is quietly effective as is Lightning whose Kenny is heartbreaking without saying three words throughout the movie. The dialogue even that tossed off by the bit performers is so authentic that for a minute you could be convinced you're watching a documentary. Of everyone Cheadle is the least realistic as he spouts trite plastic-chair psychology and panders to the troubled teens ("Why are you here Michael?" "What makes you angry Chad?") while remaining strangely MIA during their biggest freakouts.
If big studio films are to commercial radio what indie films are to college radio then IFC's Manic could be the latter's Sonic Youth (which in fact would be appropriate given that the band's founder Thurston Moore provides music for the film). Director Jordan Melamed's debut has been on the shelf since it screened with some critical success at Sundance in 2001; two years later Melamed's Dogme95 style of absolute nonconformity (he follows the rules laid by directors like Lars von Trier by not using any fixed cameras special effects or anything that would peg the film to an existing genre) seems dated. From the get-go you're dizzied by jittery cinema verite camerawork that might once have seemed edgy but now is just flat-out annoying. In addition some of the metaphorical imagery is way too obvious--Van Gogh artwork birds the books the kids read. However Melamed pulls out some fascinatingly understated performances that are just restrained and youthlike enough to be startlingly believable (helped no doubt by being filmed in an actual abandoned mental institution).