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Beck’s Record Club

Okay, I would usually not want to focus on one artist like this, but Beck is doing something new and exciting. Artists self-releasing random recordings on their website is nothing new, but until Radiohead did it with an entire album it wasn’t the most popular thing to do for a successful artist. Why would they want to go through the trouble of recording and posting their music? They have better things to do. They’re busy people. Well, the record companies just get in the way of doing something fun and exciting, that’s why…

Then Beck comes along and decides to start the Record Club. What an awesome idea! I hope it sticks!
His explanation of the idea is as follows:
We’ve been working on changes to the website for the last few months. We’ll be adding new sections as they’re ready. The first one to be added is called Record Club, an informal meeting of various people to record an album in a day. An album will be chosen to be reinterpreted and used as a framework. Nothing rehearsed or arranged ahead of time. A track will be uploaded once a week on beck.com as well as through the web sites of those involved with the project.

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. Thanks to everyone who helped put this together, and to all of you for indulging in this experiment. More soon.

Here are the videos in the order that they were posted on his website:

“Venus in Furs,” “Run, Run, Run” and the newer videos are not available on YouTube.
Please let me know if you find them!
“Venus in Furs” is an amazing cover.
You can watch them on his website, which gives you much better quality and sound, but I know you’d rather I post them here so you don’t have to click on this link…it’s a lot of work…plus you’d be navigated away from my awesome website!


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