Turning Off My Sinatra Holiday Radio Station On Pandora, Turning On Beck’s RECORD CLUB For Some Velvet Underground & Nico, Leonard Cohen and Skip Spence… And Hitting Repeat


While I’m sitting here on my Nigel Godrich trip, Aimee Kramer (thank you!) just woke me up to this newish Beck project. Beck and friends gather informally as a RECORD CLUB to record a full album in a day. So far they’ve done Velvet Underground & Nico, Leonard Cohen and (most recently) Skip Spence. Here’s a track from the Leonard Cohen one…

Record Club: Songs Of Leonard Cohen “One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong” from Beck Hansen on Vimeo.

Check it out and you’ll recognize some familiar faces besides Beck and Nigel, like Feist, Jeff Tweedy and Wilco, Giovanni Ribisi and others. Here’s how Beck describes RECORD CLUB:

Record Club is an informal meeting of various musicians to record an album in a day. The album chosen to be reinterpreted is used as a framework. Nothing is rehearsed or arranged ahead of time. A track is put up here once a week. The songs are rough renditions, often first takes that document what happened over the course of a day as opposed to a polished rendering. There is no intention to ‘add to’ the original work or attempt to recreate the power of the original recording. Only to play music and document what happens.

Here’s their unrehearsed interpretaiton of “Waiting For My Man” by Velvet Underground & Nico:

Record Club: Velvet Underground & Nico ‘Waiting for My Man’ from Beck Hansen on Vimeo.


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