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Beach House leads an all-star group of local and national musicians in a performance of Gene Clark’s No Other

December 3, 2013

Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally of Beach House have put together an all-star, Last Waltz-but-indie lineup for a limited run of four performances of Gene Clark’s  solo album No Other in its entirety, with a show scheduled for January 23 at Floristree.

A founding member of the Byrds, Clark released the album in 1974 to poor reviews calling it excessive and weak sales. But many have discovered and appreciated it in recent years. In a press release announcing the show, the members of Beach House said of No Other: “It feels like a special moment in Gene Clark’s songwriting. At first, the overdone, studio nature of the album feels overbearing: the electric violin, the female chorus, the bass riffs, the layered guitar sequences. However, with more listens, Gene Clark’s very unique lyrics, voice and spirit become the central focus. It’s one of those records where each time you listen, you love a different song the most.”

Beach House hopes the four-show tour they are organizing “will spread awareness of the album even more.” And they’re going to get their point across with a stellar roster of musicians. Clark’s lead vocal parts will be sung by Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes, Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear, Iain Matthews of Plainsong/Fairport Convention, and Hamilton Leithauser of The Walkmen. Um, holy shit.

They will be backed by a ten-person band that features a vocal chorus comprised of Legrand, Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak, Dungeonesse), and Tony Drummond (Celebration), and a long list of other locals, which reads:

Steve Strohmeier (Chris Cohen, Cass McCombs, Beach House) – Lead Guitar
Walker Teret (Lower Dens, Cass McCombs, Celebration) – Acoustic Lead
Geoff Graham (Lower Dens, 13 Falls) – Acoustic Two
Alex Scally (Beach House) – Bass
Dominic Matar (Carloman) – Piano
Sean Antanaitis (Celebration) – Organ/Synths/Guitar
Mike Lowry (Mt. Royal) – Drums

Again, holy shit.

In addition to the Baltimore date, there are shows scheduled for Philadelphia’s Union Transfer Jan. 22, D.C.’s 9:30 Club Jan. 24, and Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg Jan. 25. Each show will be preceded by a DJ set highlighting No Other-related ‘70s music and a screening of the documentary The Byrd Who Flew Alone.

You can buy tickets here.

Let this writer be the first to eat some crow. This summer, I called out Beach House in a live review for not playing enough local shows. Well, this is a nice little glass of “go fuck yourself,” and one I’m willing to guzzle down.

(Photo credit: Liz Flyntz)

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