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
doing so becamse a movement or
a viable route to underground stardom.
his initial efforts as a teenager in .
late '60s, Moore quietly churned out .
prodigious stream of personal gems .
pre-figured the lo-fi explosion by a .
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.
balked at the prospect of a conven- .
music career. Instead, he set up .
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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