Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Beck vs Velvet Underground

Beck recently launched a new project called “Record Club” where he plans to cover entire classic albums with the help of some of his musically-minded friends. A few of the cohorts I've seen listed include Devendra Banhart, Jamie Lidell, and MGMT. According to a press release, none of the albums covered will be rehearsed, and the artists involved only have one day to lay down the entire LP. A statement at therecordclub.com reads:
"An album will be chosen to be reinterpreted and used as a framework. Nothing rehearsed or arranged ahead of time. A track will be uploaded once a week on beck.com as well as through the web sites of those involved with the project."
The first album they chose to cover is the essential The Velvet Underground & Nico. Participants for Beck's re-imagination of this one include Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, Joey Waronker, Brian Lebarton, and... Giovanni Ribisi? It looks like the first tunes to pop up from this recording session are "Sunday Morning" and "Waiting for the Man."
Beck’s web site will be going through some changes to accommodate not only the covers project, but also a weekly DJ set called Planned Obsolescence. Go over to beck.com for more.