Beck’s giving his website an overhaul. One of the new sections, Record Club, launched today with a cover of the Velvet Underground’s “Sunday Morning.” The idea behind the Record Club’s for Beck and friends to go into the studio sans rehearsal, re-record entire albums, and then post one song a week from that session in, it seems, grainy live and layered video form. He opted to start it all with VU’s absolutely essential 1967 collection The Velvet Underground & Nico, which means we’ll also get to hear Beck weigh in on sadomasochism, the Factory, Downtown NYC, copping heroin, thinking about heroin, taking heroin, etc. But as he cheekily notes at the site, they almost opened by getting busy in a Burger King bathroom (not really):
[A]fter 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.
Take a look.
The upcoming Record Club installments include contributions form Devendra Banhart, MGMT, and Jamie Lidell. Wait for “I’m Waiting for the Man” at www.beck.com.