Breaking The First Rule of Record Club. Discussing Beck’s Record Club.
Have you been following Beck’s web page and his Record Club project?
Beck describes it as “an informal meeting of various musicians to record an album in a day. The album chosen to be reinterpreted is used as a framework.”
He adds that there is no pre-production rehearsal or arranging involved and promises to deliver a track to the site every week. It seems to be an honest and sincere attempt to have fun recording songs from albums Beck likes, with no apparent ambition beyond his initial promise of regularly updating. So far, Beck’s guest stars are as interesting as the album chosen for Record Club.
Last fall, they tackled Leonard Cohen’s Songs of Leonard Cohen, and featured guest support from Devendra Banhart, Ben Goldwasser & Andrew VanWyngarden & Will Berman (from MGMT), Andrew Stockdale from Wolfmother, Binki Shapiro ( Little Joy), and Brian Lebarton and Bram Inscore who play in Beck’s band.
Here’s “So Long Marianne” from that session, with Banhart on lead vocals.:
See what he means about not rehearsing. It’s a club! This ain’t Phil Spector’s Wrecking Crew. Beck also does versions of Skip Spence’s Oar album, and their first Record Club was the Velvet Underground’s Velvet Underground And Nico album with Brian Lebarton, Joey Waronker, Bram Inscore, Thorunn Magnusdottir, Chris Holmes, Giovanni Ribisi, and Nigel Godrich.
Here’s them doing “All Tomorrow’s Parties”:
For more information, and to keep following go to http://www.beck.com/