Time Out New York 1998
September 3-10, 1998
R. Stevie Moore .
generally overdubbing all of the vocals and
Tonic; Sunday, September 6 .
Eccentric New Jersey legend R. Stevie .
Moore began making one-man home .
recordings a couple of decades before .
doing so became a movement or .
a viable route to underground stardom. .
After his initial efforts as a teenager in .
the late '60s, Moore quietly churned out .
a prodigious stream of personal gems .
that pre-figured the lo-fi explosion by a .
couple of decades. Since then, he's built a
remarkably accomplished body of work .
that reveals an idiosyncratic, far-rang- .
ing and wholly unique talent, even if he's .
too much of an individualistic home- .
body to milk his status as a DIY .
innovator into late-blooming fame. .
The son of noted Nashville session bass- .
ist Bob Moore, childhood phenomenon R. .
Stevie balked at the prospect of a conven- .
tional music career. Instead, he set up .
shop in Jersey and began recording his .
compositions at an impressive pace, .
instruments himself. Since the early '80s,
he has distributed the bulk of his output
via his mail order Cassette Club (14
Place #4, Bloomfield NJ 07003),
catalog includes literally hundreds
album-length collections ranging
quirkily personal, wryly humorous
tunes to more esoteric, experimental
just-plain self-indulgent outings. Over
years, Moore has released more than
dozen proper albums (some of them
recorded in professional studios)
variety of labels here and abroad.
Although his dizzyingly prolific output
slowed down in recent years,
to make music that's as
affecting as it is technically
sensitive soul as well as an
craftsman, Moore is
ripe for discovery by a
new generation of
listeners. He rarely
performs in public,
so this show is a
special event indeed.
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