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Friday, June 26, 2009

All You Need is Evol

Beck To Cover Sonic Youth Album

Inexhaustible musician and Thurston Moore lookalike, Beck is set to cover Sonic Youth's seminal 1986 album EVOL in its entirety for a new box set chronicling the influential New York ensemble.

Due to be released on handy cassette format, Beck's take on EVOL will form part of a new Sonic Youth box set. "They are doing some kind of box where they are getting artists to do photographs and art and pamphlets related to Sonic Youth, and one of the things they were requesting was a cassette."

Sonic Youth have not yet officially confirmed news of the box set.

You may recall that earlier this year the songwriter released his take on the Sonic Youth track "Green Light" for a split seven inch to commemorate Record Store Day. Recently, the singer unveiled his plan to release a series of Velvet Underground covers. Recorded with no rehearsal in just one day, the singer has already posted a ramshackle version of "Sunday Morning" on his official site. More covers are set to follow, with the singer due to release a track bi-weekly for the interim.

In a recent Pitchfork interview, Beck discussed a possible collaboration with French singer Charlotte Gainsbourg. (Charlotte is the daughter of legendary artiste Serge Gainsbourg.) At this time, a release date has not yet been announced.

Record Club: Velvet Underground & Nico 'Waiting for My Man' from Beck Hansen on Vimeo.


Barbara Bruederlin said...

I sure hope that Beck will also throw a few stickers into the box too. He must have a few left over.

I never noticed how much he resembled Thurston Moore, but you are right.

The Mad Hatter said...

Coulda sworn I'd heard that Beck had also recently covered Velvet Underground.

Can't wait to give that a listen!

Allison said...

This is exciting news. I must say, this has been the most brilliant year for music. Its so inspiring!

p.s. Beck did cover the VU.

Westcoast Walker said...

I love when a classic album is covered in it's entirety. My favourite recently covered album is Easy Star All-Stars covering "OK Computer" (aka "Radiodread"). The Beck project sound appealing (thankfully I still have a functioning tape player).

I agree with Allison - it has been a great year for music - there seems to be correlation between the decline of the traditional music industry and an increase in the amount of amazing kick-ass music being made.