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Ubiquitous folk freak


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I noticed the photo to the left in the music section of this week’s Reader; it’s a promo shot of Beck, but that hirsute guy just behind him is who grabbed by attention. Will Devendra Banhart please go away? The guy’s becoming music’s version of Where’s Waldo? A little while ago I called him king of the cameo whores—he’s recently turned up on new or forthcoming albums by Antony & the Johnsons, Vashti Bunyan, Cibelle, and Bert Jansch—and at the Pitchfork Music Festival this summer he barged onto the stage to sing with Os Mutantes. He’s not on the new Beck album, but he appears in the video for the single “Cell Phone’s Dead.” Is it just me, or is this guy intent on crashing everyone’s party?