Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Beck's Record Club

Only recently have I begun to appreciate the crazy awesome coolness of Beck.

Case in point... Beck's Record Club.

I can't really describe this better than they do themselves, on the website:

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.

If you follow the blog, it works out to be a month or two of weekly music videos from one group of artists. Previous Record Club's have covered: The Velvet Underground & Nico, Songs of Leonard Cohen, Skip Spence's Oar, and most recently INXS's Kick.

Artists involved in the past: Feist, Jamie Lidell, MGMT, Annie (from St. Vincent), and Liars, just to name a few.

The new Record Club has just been announced and it will cover Yanni's Yanni Live at the Acropolis. Should be fun. Lineup includes Thurston Moore (from Sonic Youth) and Tortoise.

Check it out!

And I can't hold back, from the previous Record Club... check out Annie's vocals on INXS's Never Tear Us Apart and Need You Tonight. Amazing.

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