19 The Last Polka (Feat. Collin Olham) by portlandcelloproject published on 2012/12/21 17:25:11 +0000 Announcing Portland Cello Project’s digital release of their recordings of all twenty songs from Beck’s sheet-music-only Song Reader (published by McSweeney's). Recorded in just a few days with numerous special guests, in three different studios across Portland, their album showcases Beck’s monumental and refined songwriting achievement. The album flows with the diversity of an Oregon weather report... whether you like or don’t like what’s happening at one moment, don’t get too attached, because it has nothing to do with what will be happening a moment later. Portland Cello Project and their collaborators were amazed by how many epiphanies appeared as they learned and recorded the songs. Here is not a satire of the Song Readers of the past, though the humor is not to be missed. Here is not just a beautifully produced livre d’artiste from McSweeney’s, though the beauty of the presentation is not to be missed. Here is, at its core, a collection of well-written, highly refined songs, one that seems to have allowed Beck to expand upon the beauty and insight of his words more than ever before. The Song Reader is a fearless collection of songs. Special guests performing on the record include Jolie Holland, Lizzy Ellison and Patti King (Radiation City), Adam Shearer, Chanticleer Tru, Nate Query (Decemberists), Daniel Hunt (AgesAndAges), Damon Boucher, Matt Berger (Laura Gibson Band), Sam Howard, Brian Wright (Grand Hallway, Gold Leaves), and Dave Depper (literally every band in Portland).