Amazon.com lists Beck’s new album —Guero — as coming out next week, but today I found copies in my local Starbucks, bless their hearts. The sound is muddier and murkier than usual, with plenty of rhythm changes and scratching. On first listening it is at least as good as Odelay (and similar in style), but not quite up to my favorite, Mutations. But then again, I’ve underrated every other Beck album on first listening, so why should this one be any different?
While we are off the topic of economics, Entertainment Weekly lists the 20 Best Monty Python sketches. Most of the picks are on target but "Miss Anne Elk" and "Summarize Proust" are conspicuous for their absence. And "The Argument Clinic" (the original inspiration for "Markets in Everything," I might add) deserves to be way higher than #20.