The R. Stevie Moore thread (S/D, C/D)

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DIY avant-pop genius/compulsive music maker. Out of his 300+ releases, what are classic/dud? Seems to me his coolest period is late 70s, early 80s - but I haven't heard his newest stuff.

-- dleone (d_leon...), April 29th, 2004.


are you kidding? RSM should be an ILM goldmine.

-- dleone (d_leon...), April 29th, 2004.

I saw the thread but had little to offer -- he was on my Sparks list for a bit and contributed to a sort-of in-house tribute album that was put together. Friendly fellow but I know him more by reputation than anything else.

-- Ned Raggett (ne...), April 29th, 2004.

i wish i knew where to start myself. some him live once, at tonic in nyc, and he sat there with his guitar and a music stand with many many pieces of paper on it. he played in the neighborhood of a hundred million songs over the course of about an hour, and after each one he'd ball up a piece of paper from the music stand and toss it dramatically away, as if to suggest that any given song need only be played once. ever. probably two-thirds of 'em were throwaways, one-third were pretty damn sweet, and two or three were drop-dead gorgeous pop songs that i wished i could capture and keep forever.

-- fact checking cuz (factcheckingcu...), April 29th, 2004.

Geez... doing a S/D on Mr. Moore might be a task and a half. I think people could do worse than starting with the compilations "What's the Point?" (Cuneiform) and / or "Everything You Wanted to Know About R. Stevie Moore But Were Afraid to Ask" (New Rose, I think). There's a bit of overlap, but both are great, if you want something curated. A lot of the fun is not knowing what the hell is going to happen next, but I grant that sometimes that kind of fun is hard to appreciate / rife with annoyance.

-- jazz odysseus (nomorespa...), April 29th, 2004.

I want him to produce my rekkohd. His studio rates are hella cheap!
5 bux an hour to use his 4-track or sumtn' like that.

-- Franco Wanko (peppermintschmuc...), April 29th, 2004.

Phonography. Legendary debut. Do you have this one?

I also have "Contact Risk" which is lovable but not as consistent.

I love "Phonography" so much, I'm feeling silly I haven't already gone further. Have heard great things about "What's The Point?".

-- (milto...), April 29th, 2004.

Yeah I have Phonography, as well as Delicate Tension from a couple of years later. I also have What's the Point, but it has a lot of mid-80s synth and drum machine stuff on there which I'm not wild about. Same idiosyncratic songwriting/singing though.

I also listened to an internet/download only comp last night called Tra La La Phooey which is all over the place (even for him).

-- dleone (d_leon...), April 29th, 2004.

the synth and drum patterns are a problem with "Contact Risk" as well.

Delicate Tension's much like Phonography though?

-- (milto...), April 29th, 2004.

Recording is better, and there is also some punk influence on some songs. Other than that, I'd say if you like him, you'll like this.

-- dleone (d_leon...), April 29th, 2004.

There is a song on there called "Don't Blame the Niggers" that sounds like This Heat.

-- dleone (d_leon...), April 29th, 2004.

the web site makes 1977's 'swing and a miss' sound like the goods, and there's the new 'hobbies galore' compilation. ok good then.

-- (milto...), April 29th, 2004.

Swing and a Miss is excellent, maybe even a shade better than Delicate Tension. I still like Phonography the best though, five star record, alternate universe hit singles lined up one after another.

-- (milto...), May 31st, 2004.

Yeah, I need to get this. I keep planning on just sending him money and just asking him to send me his coolest stuff.

-- dleone (d_leon...), May 31st, 2004.

he filled out the CDRs with the complete Sheetrock album, even though I didn't order it, including a tracklisting. I get the feeling if I'd ordered Sheetrock as well he'd have just put on something else... handwritten CDRs, they look great.

he's the patron saint of home recording really.

he said Delicate Tension might be coming back into print later this year, and he still has some copies of the pressed CD version of Phonography for sale.

-- (milto...), May 31st, 2004.

Phonography is the shizz, listened for about 2-hours today. Listening to Report Card (2003) now (which has a rough redo of "Goodbye Piano" from Phonography), and have already rated Conscientious Objector as a fave of 2004. He just put out Far Out, and it sounds like another must-have. Should I be proud that I'm in his "hall of fame"?

-- Dominique (d_leon...), September 14th, 2004.

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