Without further ado, head over to Beck’s ‘Record Club’ for some real heavenly jukebox vibes and see Beck and Tweedy and Feist and Jamie Lidell doing a killer cover of Skip Spence’s ‘Little Hands’. Then go listen to ‘Oar’. Hallelujah.
In Beck’s words – 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. As you will hear, some of 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. And those who aren’t familiar with the albums in question will hopefully look for the songs in their definitive versions.