Beck’s unforgettable performance/live taping at Apogee Studio

There’s a handful of moments in life when we’re lucky enough to experience something so breathtaking and perfect that we’re reminded of just how much of a blessing it is to be alive. Beck’s private concert/live taping at Apogee Studio on April 16, 2014, was one of those moments.

Beck performs to an intimate audience at Apogee Studio in Santa Monica, CA  BY LARRY HIRSHOWITZ

Sandwiched between his two Sunday night main-stage Coachella sets (the music festival spans two weekends), Beck’s intimate Apogee Session, a live concert taping for the public radio station KCRW, was indeed a unique live music experience. The shape-shifting, genre-defying musician treated the Santa Monica audience of just 180 people to a two-part set, the first part consisting primarily of material from his gorgeous, subdued new album Morning Phase, with the second part taking the form of a blistering, career-spanning 7 song encore. Beck and his unstoppable band (Justin Meldal-Johnson, Joey Waronker, Roger Manning, Smokey Hormel, and Gus Seyffert) blazed through hits like “Devil’s Haircut” and “E-Pro” with total finesse, even stunning the crowd with an impromptu cover of “Billie Jean”.

“This wasn’t just a concert. It was a party.” –The Daily Beast

As with all of KCRW’s Apogee Sessions, the show was recorded by legendary mixing engineer Bob Clearmountain with the help of Apogee’s flagship Symphony I/O converters to capture the performance in all of its sonic glory. You can watch/hear the session (recorded for KCRW’s signature music show Morning Becomes Eclectic) online today.

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Update: Hear 4 songs from Beck’s special Apogee Studio performance on Spotify’s exclusive release, “Live from KCRW”