Published Nov 18, 2009Earlier this month, Fiery Furnace mouthpiece Matt Friedberger dropped some misguided disses on Radiohead over their song about World War I veteran Harry Patch. Saying he thought the track was about composer Harry Partch, Friedberger laid into Radiohead for trying to be cool by referencing the music great.
In his follow-up statement, Friedberger said that he knew it was about Patch all along, and though it would be interesting to pretend the song was about Partch. It was a bizarre statement, to say the least. And besides cementing his "fuck you" to Radiohead, it also contained this diss towards Beck: "Matt would have much preferred to insult Beck but he is too afraid of Scientologists."
Now, in his characteristically laid-back manner, Beck has responded to Friedberger's statements. Not with any direct words, however. Instead, Beck has written and recorded a song about Harry Partch.
The song is simply called "Harry Partch" and it will be put up on Beck.com some time today (November 18). As the site explains:
"We have a new Beck song that we'll be putting up later today called 'Harry Partch.' It's a tribute to the composer and his desire to make the body and music unified into what he termed 'Corporeality.' The song employs Partch's 43-tone scale, which expands conventional tonality into a broader variation of frequencies and resonances."
While the song hasn't been heard yet, it doesn't really matter what it sounds like. In this weird, quiet feud, Beck has clearly taken the high road and come out victorious.
Your move, Friedberger.