Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall + More Cover Velvet Underground on Tribute Album
Several of the bands on Castle Face Records, the California label co-run by John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees, are contributing covers of songs from the 1967 classic ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico’ for a tribute album, appropriately titled ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico by Castle Face and Friends.’
Thee Oh Sees (‘European Son’), Ty Segall (‘Femme Fatale’), the Fresh & Onlys (‘All Tomorrow’s Parties’) and White Fence (‘Run Run Run’) are among the groups that have recorded versions of VU tracks for the new collection, which is due out Nov. 6. It will only be released on vinyl, but a preview of each track will be posted online, one per day, from Oct. 15 through Oct. 29.
“Covering ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico’ in its entirety sounded like a great idea, and since we had already planned a label wide sleepover it just felt right,” jokes label co-head Matt Jones in a statement. “If you listen closely you can hear that most of the percussion is the sound of popcorn kernels and empty nitrous canisters being shaken in the box my digital delay came in.”
Castle Face Records isn’t the first to pay tribute to ’The Velvet Underground & Nico,’ as Beck and an assortment of his friends got together to record the album back in 2009 for his Record Club project.