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Beck Reveals Some "Modern Guilt" at Secret L.A. Show

June 10, 2008 11:19 AM ET

As is tradition in the days before he releases a new album, Beck played a secret show last night at the Echo in Los Angeles. In addition to a set list full of the singer's greatest hits (sans "Loser"), Beck also used the evening to reveal five songs off his could-be-released-any-day-now new album Modern Guilt, including the album's title track, which you can watch in the video above. For more info on the album, click here.

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