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Feist, Beck Brighten Up Skip Spence's "Weighted Down"

December 14, 2009 12:00 AM ET

We haven't heard much from Canadian songstress Feist lately, save for her contributions to Beck's Record Club covers of Alexander "Skip" Spence's 1969 album Oar. The LP was the Moby Grape frontman's last (he died in 1999), and Beck first expressed his interest in the record by covering "Halo of Gold" on the tribute comp More Oar. Today, Beck unleashed his cover of "Weighted Down (The Prison Song)" featuring Feist singing lead vocals on a version of the song that's far more funky and upbeat than the original, though still haunting.

As RS reported, Beck gives his special all-star guests just one day — and no rehearsal time — to lay down the albums he covers with his Record Club. Along with Feist, the recent Spence sessions feature Wilco and Jamie Lidell. The recordings went down in Los Angeles this past June when Wilco were in town for a TV appearance and Feist was around, editing her forthcoming documentary. Watch their rendition of "Little Hands" here.

Click the video up top to hear Wilco's Nels Cline rip it up on his acoustic, and Beck prove he can still hit that high falsetto. Beck's Record Club — which has featured guests like MGMT, Devendra Banhart, Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich and the singer's actor/brother-in-law Giovanni Ribisi — has also taken on Velvet Underground & Nico's self-titled album and Leonard Cohen's Songs of Leonard Cohen.

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Beck Recruits MGMT, Wolfmother, Banhart For Leonard Cohen Redo
Beck and Co. Cover Velvet Underground's "Waiting For the Man"

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