Thursday, February 3, 2011

...Record Club...

Over the years, I have gained an increasing amount of respect for Beck Hansen. Not simply for his music, but more importantly, for the man himself. Whether you feel his records indicate it or not, he is a well-informed individual and the influences he has chosen reveal excellent taste. The thing that impresses me the most about Beck, though, is his powerhouse network of friends and collaborators. It's in the spirit of that collaboration that I share this post.

Beck has created a fun project called the Record Club, in which an ever changing line up of his friends (including, but not limited to, Thurston Moore, Jeff Tweedy, Niles Godrich, and Devendra Banhart) join him in the studio and cover a chosen record in one practice or rehearsals. The video footage, below, is from two separate occasions. In one session, the group covers War In Peace taken from Skip Spence's Oar album, while the second is from their take on The Velvet Underground & Nico. It's inspiring to watch these people have fun and record these nice sounding interpretations of great tunes. It makes me want to get together with somebody and make something.

Record Club: Skip Spence "War In Peace" from Beck Hansen on Vimeo.

Record Club: Velvet Underground & Nico 'Sunday Morning' from Beck Hansen on Vimeo.


  1. dead on.
    couldn't agree with you more on this one.
    recently found myself longing to hear some of the early singles he put out as well as early nirvana singles. ever heard "marigold" with dave on lead vocals?
    check it:

  2. Dave Grohl actually wrote that song when he was recording under the name Late! back in 92. It's on the Pocketwatch cassette....ever hear it? The name of the song on the tape is actually "Color Pictures of a Marigold".

  3. Yes, I have heard of it, though I've never actually heard it. Too bad the Foo Fighters couldn't sound that good. Almost called 'em something else - better judgement wins again. D