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Post-modern indie rocker Beck has delivered the second installment of his newly-established online Record Club: “I’m Waiting for the Man” from The Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground and Nico. The Record Club features the musician and a host of friends recording single-session covers of entire classic albums, to be released song-by-song each week.
The project’s first collaborators are Beck, Nigel Godrich, Joey Waronker, Brian Lebarton, Bram Inscore, Yo, Giovanni Ribisi, Chris Holmes, and Icelandic special guest Thorunn Magnusdottir. Pitchfork reports that future contributors will include Devendra Banhart, MGMT and Lamie Lidell.
On June 19 Beck also added a DJ segment called Planned Obsolescence to the site, featuring sets of noise and music crafted by either Beck or musician friends. Beck accurately and succinctly describes the first track (entitled “Autobahn Hologram”) as “a laminated miasma colliding on the bavarian trans expressway with american analog and voicemail emeritus… alabama nukes, rhineland jukes, pony tailed arch dukes, and the anatomically correct scapegoat…” At just under 40 minutes long, Autobahn Hologram is an auditory adventure of sounds ranging from actual song samples to noise-like squawking horns.
With the revamped website up and running and both The Record Club and Planned Obsolescence well underway, Beck fans can look forward to the final installments of The Velvet Underground and Nico as well as more collaboration in the realms of both classic rock and DJing.
– Avery Spofford
“Here is 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.” – Beck