Beck working on cover albums with MGMT, Devendra Banhart, Jamie Lidell, and more
Beck is one busy man. The indie star, once saddled with the clearly-no-longer-accurate “slacker” tag, will cover an entire album in a one-day recording session! And he’ll recruit the likes of his recent tour openers MGMT, Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, freak-folkie Devendra Banhart, and British retro-soul maestro Jamie Lidell to do it with him! And he’ll upload it for all the world to hear!
Each week on Beck’s website, a track from these off-the-cuff, unrehearsed recording sessions will be found under Future Record Clubs (which will be up and running next month.) Beck will kick things off with the 1969 classic The Velvet Underground and Nico, with more to follow.
There’s no voting button on the site (yet!), but what other albums would you like to see him try this little experiment with, Music Mixers? Does this seem like too tall of an order for Beck to pull off, or are anxious to hear how the quickly-recorded tracks will sound?
Watch Beck and MGMT jamming on the latter’s “Electric Feel” last year, for a hint of things to come:
Update: The VU covers are up now at Beck.com — check them out!