Beck Tapes "Futurama" Guest Spot, Reteams With Air

Having wrapped a series of dates opening for Neil Young over the weekend, Beck is turning his attention toward a variety of music and TV-related projects, including a guest appearance on an upcoming episode of the animated FOX series "Futurama."

Beck has already taped the voice-over for "Futurama," making him the second contemporary musical act to get "drawn in" to the show, the brainchild of "The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening.

Last year, the Beastie Boys lent their likenesses and voices to an episode of "Futurama" titled "Hell Is For Robots" that began with the hip-hop trio's concert at "Madison Cube Garden" (see "The Beastie Boys Get Animated For 'Futurama'").

It apparently took a bit of persuading for Beck to get into the "Futurama" groove, as the avant garde singer-songwriter originally turned down the producers' offer to appear on the show, according to a source close to Beck.

No word yet on

when Beck's guest appearance on "Futurama" will air, although the series' third season is currently scheduled to premiere on November 5.

In addition to the TV voice-over, Beck has also contributed to a pair of tracks on the new album by French pop outfit Air. Beck previously worked with Air on a remix to the group's "Sexy Boy" single.

The new Air record is tentatively due out next spring and comes on the heels of the band's original score for the film "The Virgin Suicides," an album that has already sold more than 72,000 copies since being released in February.

As for Beck, he recently teamed up with Timbaland to cut a cover of David Bowie's "Diamond Dogs" for the soundtrack to the Baz Luhrmann-directed film "Moulin Rouge" (see "Beck, Fatboy Slim, Ozzy Among 'Moulin Rouge' Oddities").

Beck will also join Rage Against The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, and the Dave Matthews Band in Mountain

View, California on October 28 and 29 for the fourteenth annual Bridge School Benefit concerts (see "Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, Dave Matthews To Play Bridge School Benefit").

Beck plans to warm up for the charity gig with a two-night acoustic stand at the Wilshire Theatre in Beverly Hills, California on October 24 and 25.