Jack White, Sean Lennon, Baseball and Beck

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Beck was full of surprises this past Saturday night, as he opened and closed his set at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Rhode Island with two notable guest appearances. The band opening the show was none other than Sean Lennon’s own Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger and headlining the Newport Folk Festival apparently wasn’t enough for Jack White, since he ran over to the Providence Performing Arts Center and hopped on stage with Beck immediately after wrapping up his other Rhode Island gig. Beck knew what was up though, as he introduced White as “the best bartender in the world” according to The Future Heart Reports. The dynamic duo then played “Pay No Mind” and “Loser” from the 1994 album “Mellow Gold” and finished the show’s encore with an extended version of “Where It’s At,” featuring Sean Lennon on stage again, this time on tambourine.

Beck releases “Song Reader,” on Tuesday July 29th as well! A recorded version of his sheet music collection, originally released quietly in 2013 in notated form prettily packaged in 20 individual songbooks. According to the LA Times, Beck said the goal of the reader “was for musicians to learn and share the songs themselves.” Financed by Warby Parker (the eyewear company), the profits of the project go to 826 National, a non-profit creative writing program for kids. Over the past year, many new musicians have shared their interpretations of the songs from the reader via YouTube, but this re-release of the “Song Reader” features many well-known artists, including Jack White, while Beck himself only appears on one song.

Besides collaborating with friends, White announced on Twitter that he will be throwing the ceremonial first pitch on Tuesday, July 29th at the Detroit Tigers versus the Chicago White Sox game. No baseball game is complete without a mobile record store, so White will be providing his Third Man Rolling Record Store van at the stadium, from 4 -7 pm today.  And dress in your tiger gear, folks, because today is “Tiger Tuesday” ; any record store customers in Detroit Tiger wear will get 15% off! Meanwhile, let’s hope Jack White throws better than 50 Cent.

Jack White, Sean Lennon, Baseball and Beck

For you Beck fans, check out the Encyclopedia of Music‘s article on the Pitchfork Music Festival and for Jack White fans, read up on FDRMX about his recent collaborations with Jay Z, a review of “Lazaretto,” and how the vinyl edition of the album is revolutionary.