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Record Club: Songs of Leonard Cohen "Teachers" from Beck Hansen on Vimeo.

"One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong"

Record Club: Songs Of Leonard Cohen "One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong" from Beck Hansen on Vimeo.


We're 5 months into the Record Club project now, and it's time for our third installment.

This one took place last June when Wilco was in town for the release of their new eponymous album. They came by after a long day filming a TV appearance and still managed to put down 8 songs with us. Jamie Lidell was in the studio with me working on his new record. Leslie Feist happened to be in town editing her documentary and heard we were all getting together. Recording took place at Sunset Sound Studios in the room where the Stones did a lot of Exile On Main Street (and looking at the records on the walls it appeared that the Doobie Brothers recorded most of their output there too). Sitting in on drums, we had James Gadson, who's played on most of the Bill Withers records and on songs like 'Express Yourself' and 'I Will Survive.' Jeff Tweedy's son Spencer played played additional drums. Also, Brian Lebarton, from the last two Record Club sessions is back.

The record chosen this time was Skip Spence's 'Oar.' Running sequentially, the first song up is "Little Hands". Our friend Danny Kalb engineered.

For those of you who are wondering what the deal is with this Record Club thing, please read on below.


Record Club is an informal meeting of various musicians to record an album in a day. The album chosen to be reinterpreted is used as a framework. Nothing is rehearsed or arranged ahead of time. A track is put up here once a week. As you will hear, some of the songs are rough renditions, often first takes that document what happened over the course of a day as opposed to a polished rendering. There is no intention to 'add to' the original work or attempt to recreate the power of the original recording. Only to play music and document what happens. And those who aren't familiar with the albums in question will hopefully look for the songs in their definitive versions.

Skip Spence "Little Hands"

Record Club: Skip Spence "Little Hands" from Beck Hansen on Vimeo.

"Cripple Creek"

Record Club: Skip Spence "Cripple Creek" from Beck Hansen on Vimeo.


Record Club: Skip Spence "Diana" from Beck Hansen on Vimeo.

Record Club 2 T-Shirt Now Available

With the end of Record Club 2, we are giving away 20 Leonard Cohen DVD+CD packages. Sign up for our newsletter and enter to win the Leonard Cohen Live at the Isle of Wight 1970 CD/DVD package including a festival documentary with appearances by Joan Baez, Kris Kristofferson, Judy Collins and others.

If you haven't heard the originals from Songs of Leonard Cohen, here's a chance to hear great live versions of the songs we covered including "So Long, Marianne," "The Stranger Song" and "Suzanne." The songs were recorded on August 31, 1970 at the Isle of Wight festival.

So sign up for our mailing list today and get your own copy! If you're already signed up, you're automatically entered. .

JTV: 5: Glory Of The Dance
JTV: 6: Plaid Tears
JTV: 7: Kid Vid Miasma
JTV: 8: A Whiter Shade Of Bonkers
JTV: 9: Instant Wife, Inc.

Odelay has been added to the Collected Works page and its videos have been added to the Videotheque page.
"Where It's At"
"New Pollution"
"Devils Haircut"

Mutations is now available for streaming in the Collected Works section

Midnite Vultures 10th Anniversary
Today is the 10th anniversary of the release of Midnite Vultures. Released in the weeks leading up to the Y2K scare, while Nu Metal and Boy Bands were storming the charts, the record was a satirically bent experiment in R & B, funk, and general millennial weirdness, as well as anticipating some of the 80's revival to come in the next decade.

With artwork designed by Eye from the band the Boredoms and freak out videos referencing Japanese children's show, William Klein and men's support groups, the album launched a two year tour extravaganza that combined an R & B soul review with Fluxus performance art and a road side accident site.

We've added the album to our music page Collected Works. This week we'll be putting up videos, rare b-sides and other surprises commemorating the anniversary

Midnite Vultures 10th Anniversary T-Shirt

No. 14: These Are Not Fall Colors
No. 14: These are not fall colors by planned_obsolescence
Here's a new one after a little break. Been in the studio, so no time for homemade mixes the last month.

"Mixed Bizness"
"Nicotine & Gravy"
"Sexx Laws"
Here is the lead off video from 1999's Midnite Vultures, directed by Beck and featuring a young Jack Black, as well as a cast of Japanese robots, space ninjas, a hermaphrodite bass player (who plays a kitchen broom with a cleaver attached), anthropomorphized appliances and a zebra headed banjo player. Part surrealist tableaux, part satirical commentary on masculinity, and a bit of homage to filmmaker William Klein's masterpiece of political weirdness, Mr. Freedom, the clip won the award for video of the year in Japan while at the same time being featured on MTV's special 'Worst Videos of All Time.' The original version had an 8 minute intro, marking the emotional upheavals and breakthroughs of the 'Vision Warriors Men's Circle' support group. Without saying, MTV rejected the 8 minute opening opting for the shortened 10 second intro. In the future we will share the original version in its unadulterated form
This was a bonus video we made during the shoot for the Sexx Laws video. Bass player Justin (JMJ) volunteered to dress up as a Kenny G style Smooth Jazz soprano sax player and serenade the destruction wrought by the day glo football team. (Coincidentally, Kenny G sat behind me on a flight to Seattle (regrettably not Ojai) a few months after this shoot). It was shot in a few takes before the lunch break and assembled later during the editing for the actual clip, essentially for our own amusement. The track came about when the idea arose to get some one to do a Smooth Jazz arrangement of the song instead of a remix. The music was played by the band, except for the sax player, who was an actual jazz session player. The track beautifully evokes the abandon of smooth. Its a little long, but if you stay with it, it will reward you with a smooth outlook for the rest of the day.

Charlotte Gainsbourg "Heaven Can Wait"

Charlotte Gainsbourg "Heaven Can Wait" from Beck Hansen on Vimeo.

As you may have heard, Beck has spent most of the last year writing and producing an album for Charlotte Gainsbourg, which gets released internationally in December and domestically in January. We have the first video from the album for the single 'Heaven Can Wait', which was recorded in April of last year. The video was filmed over the summer during a particularly intense record breaking 105º+ heatwave, as evidenced by the weary delirium of the imagery in the clip.

Official video of the new Charlotte Gainsbourg's single, in duo with Beck. Directed by Keith Schofield. «Heaven Can Wait» single available now on iTunes : US : http://bit.ly/6eaBuP France : http://bit.ly/2PzvHT IRM album pre-order on iTunes : US - Deluxe (iTunes LP) : http://bit.ly/8nSLlI US - Standard : http://bit.ly/8fAP8u France - Deluxe (iTunes LP) : http://bit.ly/35Hq66 «IRM», le nouvel album, dès le 7 DECEMBRE 2009 The Very Limited Deluxe Box is available for pre-order worldwide. The «IRM» CD is available for pre-order only in France, Swiss, Belgium, Canada, Netherlands and Germany (will be released for the rest of the world on Jan 26th). Précommande IRM CD (Edition collector) >> FNAC : http://bit.ly/3YxeSK >> Amazon : http://bit.ly/w62M5 >> Virgin Mega : http://bit.ly/6LC25o Précommande Very Limited Deluxe Box Pre-order on charlottegainsbourg .com (OpenDisc shop) : http://bit.ly/8eUbMB . 26cm x 26cm x 6cm box . CD + DVD Limited album edition . The complete album as 3x10" Vinyls . Exclusive 4th 10" Vinyl including 3 unreleased remixes . 4 photographs (26 cm x 26 cm) of Charlotte Gainsbourg

FOUND MUSIC Nº4: Harry Partch
Harry Partch was a composer of what is termed Microtonal music. He developed his own systems of tonality using frequencies and notes found between those in western traditions. He felt they could elicit emotions and reactions from the listener conventional tonality couldn't. He built his own proprietary instruments to play his work. Similar in the sound to instruments found in eastern music such as the koto, taiko, or gamelan, they are ultimately uncategorizable. He spent years traveling as a hobo during the depression and incorporated everyday speech into his melodic lines. He transcribed graffiti and used it as text. He is one of the great musical thinkers and innovators of the last century. Here are a few clips from one of his last major works "Delusion Of The Fury":


We have a new Beck song that we'll be putting up later today called "Harry Partch." Its a tribute to the composer and his desire to make the body and music unified into what he termed 'Corporeality.' The song employs Partch's 43 tone scale, which expands conventional tonality into a broader variation of frequencies and resonances

A thruway from the external to the internal, in tribute to California bred composer Harry Partch's concept of 'Corporeality'--- the integration of the body with all art forms. The song uses a 43 tone scale in reference to Partch's innovations with alternate tonalities. A peregrination across disparate territory to ascertain an unassumed frame of reference.

Harry Partch Documentary

A clip from a '68 documentary of the namesake of Beck's new song, where he explains his home made instruments.





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