Thursday, June 25, 2009
[Pitchfork.com] Earlier this year, Beck and Sonic Youth released a split 7" for Record Store Day. SY covered Beck's "Beercan" and Beck had his way with Sonic Youth's "Green Light". It turns out this isn't going to be the last Sonic Youth cover we'll hear from Beck.
In a recent Pitchfork interview, Beck revealed that the "Green Light" cover will appear on a forthcoming and mysterious Sonic Youth box set, which will include Beck covering SY's entire classic 1986 album EVOL. On cassette. Yes, cassette.
Beck's been making a habit of covering entire albums lately. As part of his Record Club project, he's currently in the process of releasing his version of The Velvet Underground and Nico on his website, one song at a time. He wouldn't let slip any of the other albums he'd covered, but he did say that he and MGMT came pretty close to doing Ace of Base's Happy Nation, which would've been incredible.
Here's what Beck had to say about that Sonic Youth box: "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. So I signed up for the cassette. I thought it would be an interesting idea, at least, something that's on cassette." The Sonic Youth box has yet to be confirmed.
Beck also mentioned that he'd recorded an entire collaborative album with the French singer/actress Charlotte Gainsbourg, though he didn't know when that album would come out. Beck said, "We started it about last spring, last year, and we've been working on it off and on. We finished that a couple months ago." Beck is busy!
Posted by Dan Goldin at 12:54 PM