Beck Record Club #3: Skip Spence’s Oar Featuring Wilco, Feist and Jamie Lidell

Following up on covering The Velvet Underground & Nico and Songs of Leonard Cohen, Beck’s Record Club takes on Skip Spence’s classic Oar along with Wilco, Feist and Jamie Lidell. The first fruit from the sessions, album opener “Little Hands,” is up on Vimeo now:

Beck shares some notes on the session:


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.