In this strange epoch, it is fitting that Beckwhose "Loser" touched off a major-label bidding war when it debuted on KCRW Santa Monica in 1993has released his latest collection of songs not as a recording at all, but as a collection of sheet music called The Beck Hansen Song Reader.
Anyone can buy the Song Reader and play it, provided they know several skilled multi-instrumental musicians. One such group is the Portland Cello Project, which has released a recording of all 20 Song Reader tracks that is simultaneously the most modern and the most old-timey album I have heard all year.(Dan Brooks) $18/$15 adv. This event is sold out.