Friday, September 28, 2012

12 O'Clock Track: Ty Segall & Dillon Watson, "Needles in the Camel's Eye"

Posted By on 09.28.12 at 12:00 PM

Ty Segall obviously has exquisite taste. If the broad range of styles he's mastered isn't enough evidence, take a look at some of the outstanding covers he's done: he's released a handful of T. Rex songs (as Ty Rex) and a couple of David Bowie tracks (in collaboration with Mikal Cronin), he's been known to play Misfits and Sabbath tunes live, and he even graced this summer's Pitchfork fest with a ripping cover of AC/DC's "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap." Today's 12 O'Clock Track is Segall (this time collaborating with Dillon Watson of Nashville garage rockers D. Watusi) tackling one of the greatest album openers in the history of rock 'n' roll, "Needles in the Camel's Eye" from Brian Eno's 1974 solo debut, Here Come the Warm Jets.

While this cover strips away the space-age sheen of the original, all the other things that make Eno's version great are still intact and reproduced faithfully, from the dual drum sets to the oddball vocal harmonies.

This track is the B side of a special third-birthday seven-inch put out by Nashville's Dead Records, available only at the celebration show the label threw in its hometown last week. The A side is another Ty Segall collab, this time with Seth Sutton of Useless Eaters—a gnarly punk banger called "I Hate the Kids".

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