One of the more interesting online novelties to pop up this summer has been the kickoff of Beck’s ongoing Record Club.  If you have yet to check it out: in a nutshell, Beck invites a bunch of his musician friends over to jam for a day covering an album track-by-track, then releases the results piecemeal via his website.  The first foray into the series tackles one of my all-time favorite LPs of any genre/era — 1967’s The Velvet Underground & Nico.  So far they have posted the album’s covers up to “Heroin.” The music blog We All Want Someone To Shout For has been ripping/posting these tracks as mp3s the past few weeks – below are a couple of his audio rips to sample.

Reportedly, future installments of the Record Club involve the Wilco gang who decamped in Los Angeles earlier this summer to join Beck in covering Skip Spence’s Oar. Bring it on.

Beck’s Notes: For this first edition, after lengthy deliberation and coming close to covering Digital Underground’s Sex Packets, all present voted in favor of the ‘other’ Underground’s The Velvet Underground & Nico. Participants included this time around are Nigel Godrich, Joey Waronker, Brian Lebarton, Bram Inscore, Yo, Giovanni Ribisi, Chris Holmes, and from Iceland, special guest Thorunn Magnusdottir, and myself.

I’m Waiting For The Man: The second song from ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico’, in which everyone untunes their instruments and nigel thrashes a dx-7, coaxing sounds hitherto unheard from the 80’s power ballad beast.

MP3: Beck :: I’m Waiting For The Man

Venus In Furs: Possibly one of the first, if not the first goth song ever? For the occasion, we dragged out the sitar, Nigel took a bow to his white SG and Joey played a flute bought on the street in Japan fondly referred to as ‘The Dying Goose.’

MP3: Beck :: Venus In Furs

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8 Responses to “Beck’s Record Club :: Velvet Underground & Nico”

  1. thanks for the mp3 of venus in furs, i’ve been looking for that for ages!

  2. Not very good. Lacks a serious approach to an album that really should be taken seriously.

  3. Hey Justin its will from we all want someone, thanks for the link. Its pretty rad to think you have come across my blog, as I have been reading yours for years! Your blogs was one that got me interested in starting my own.

    Just figured I would throw in a friendly hello!!

  4. Hey Will, thanks for posting those mp3s on your blog. They sound great.

  5. These are awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. […] have an Internet connection you’ve heard about Beck’s ongoing Record Club. We featured the first installment (Beck and assorted friends covering The Velvet Underground & Nico) back in August. I love that […]

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