Beck and His Record Club
I am a big fan of Beck and pretty much all the music he makes. I’ve been listening to him since I was in high school, and when I went to Bonnaroo in 2006 I had the pleasure of getting to see him perform live (one of the best overall performances at the whole music festival. Probably second only to Radiohead). Along with listening to his latest album, “Modern Guilt” I’ve also been replaying old classics like “Odelay.” Beyond that though I am very pleased to discover Beck’s Record Club.
Basically Beck has been partnering with a bunch of other artists to record full covers of various albums by other musicians. The list of artists contributing to this effort is fantastic and includes the likes of Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Leslie Fiest, Devendra Banhart, amongst many others. The albums covered so far have included works by The Velvet Underground, Leonard Cohen, and Skip Spence. Really it is fantastic stuff.
Personally I think that Beck is one of the most creative musicians out there right now. He has been around for a long time and still continues to make some really original and awesome music. Even his covers have a sense of newness in all their familiarity. Check out his Record Club, it is very cool stuff.