For a while, Beck's "Record Club" project - in which he recruits various musicians like Charlotte Gainsbourg, MGMT, Wilco, Feist, Jamie Liddell, and Devendra Banhart to spend a day in a studio and record a cover version of a full album - was more intriguing in theory than in practice. The first two album choices - Velvet Underground and Nico and Songs of Leonard Cohen - were good, but a little safe, and the third choice, Skip Spence's Oar, was just okay. The fourth edition, though, where Beck, Annie Clark, Liars, and Sergio Dias of Os Mutantes did INXS's Kick was outstanding, as Kick actually benefitted from these unique, fresh interpretations, particularly the hits.
When Beck revealed that the next installment of "Record Club" would feature Thurston Moore and Tortoise covering Yanni's Live at the Acropolis, I rolled my eyes, expecting a clichéd exercise in the tired "no, really, I like this terrible music!" trope. But instead, they actually manage to figure out a way to make this music almost intriguing: Thurston's improvised lyrics about torching a city actually work really well, giving this whole thing the feel of an apocalyptic scene in a 16-bit video game. It's weird, but now I'm intrigued.