I know I've only been doing this for a week-and-a-half but I'm ready to break the mold and crush on something that isn't quite a band. UnderCover Presents is a (fairly) quarterly project that selects an influential album to be completely reinterpreted by SF Bay Area musicians. Each song on the chosen album is arranged by a different local band to reflect their unique sound. Last month, I took in UCP's take on Joni Mitchell's Blue at the beautiful Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley. This past Monday, I got to see them present one of my all-time favorite albums, Radiohead's Kid A.
When we did our tribute to Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot in November, we took care to try and reproduce the album as faithfully as possible, but at a UCP show, all bets are off. Whether it be Gamelan X's Balinese-inspired stab at the title track, flamenco dancing during How To Disappear Completely or an electronic and chamber music rendition of Idioteque, UCP artists showed how great music can unite artists of all different stripes. UCP also succeeded at their stated mission to "Expose audiophiles everywhere to the diverse pool of talent that the SF Bay Area has to offer."
UCP has announced that they will be next attempting Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited though dates haven't been announced. All attendees to UCP shows get a free download of the re-interpreted studio album by all of the artists through Faultline Studios. Check out their website, the brilliant rotating cast of artists that they use for their shows, and stay tuned for the Highway 61 Revisited announcement.
Also, please enjoy another take on the Kid A show from Chloe Veltman's Lies Like Truth.