A live celebration of
scheduled to coincide with the
Outsider Art Fair in New York City
at FEZ - Under TIME
FRIDAY JANUARY 24, 2003
- THOTH -
singer-dancer-violinist who was the subject of an Oscar-winning
documentary. A potent cocktail of Bartók, Hendrix, and
Yma Sumac -- or Paganini in a loincloth. | SITE
|| - B.J. SNOWDEN -
crowd-pleasing singer-songwriter who undercuts any concept of
achieves the lo-fi innocence all the indie kids so crave -- but
she'd have no idea what you were talking about if you said that
to her." -NY Press | SITE
R. STEVIE MOORE -
granddaddy of DIY home-recording and always-unpredictable performer.
American record industry's failure to recognize and promote the
unique gifts of this giant talent is a case of criminal neglect."
-Trouser Press Record Guide | SITE
|| - BINGO GAZINGO -
by My Robot Friend)
Always entertaining if disheveled lyrical poet who declaims in
rhyme about his current musical peeves, passions and delusions. | SITE
Review from Yahoo Outsidermusic Newsgroup:
The Outsider Music Fair on Friday in NyC Was great! It was my first time
seeing any of the acts live.
I have to say the highlight for me was BJ Snowden. She's just so
truly enjoys doing what she's doing. Everybody was singing along to "In
Canada" and several other tunes. She did a new "techno" instrumental at
end where she started dancing and that was cool to see. She also threw
the audience during "Schoolteacher" which was lots of fun. I also really
enjoyed R. Stevie Moore's set on guitar and piano. His lyrics are quite
insightful and his tactic of throwing them out like "trash" to the
afterwards is very clever. He was a really nice person to talk to, as
Thoth's performance was also very enticing, though I have to say meeting
him after the show, I think he takes himself a bit too seriously ...
think he's a bit too conscious of 'being an outsider.' Bingo Gazingo's
performance was also quite interesting.
Just the shock value of a man his age
spouting sexual epithets about Mariah, Eminem, and J. Lo was
humorous...though it gets a bit repetitive (not to mention my food came
as he was starting on lines about sexual positions and body parts).
It was a very refreshing evening...the kind I think is hard to get
New York. Big thanks to Irwin for putting together such an eclectic
a cool venue! (This was my first time there.)
Goodbye Piano/I'm In The Mood For Love/Topic Of Same/Traded My Heart For Your Parts/I Want You In My Life/What Was I Thinking About/We Love Ourselves, Don't We/Various Artists/The Bugs Felt Sick/Dewey Decimal System/Linger Longer Lucy/God Song
from the Diaries of SPORT MURPHY:
Tuesday, January 28 2003
Remind me to tell you all about the Outsider Music Show at Fez last Friday, hosted by impresario / gadfly Irwin Chusid. Mostly a wonderful evening, especially seeing the greatest performer on Earth, B.J. Snowden, and the justly legendary, unjustly neglected R. Stevie Moore. Mr. Moore and I are keen to collaborate, which would be a glorious thing for me, as his 1970s self-releases Phonography, Stance, and Delicate Tension changed my life. As gifted as any songwriter / performer who ever plugged in an amp, RSM said "eh" to an industry that ignored his magnificent songs; he rigged up a home studio, played everything himself and just put 'em out anyway. He did this LONG before it was commonplace or convenient to do, and the results were (and continue to be... he's never let up) equal to or greater than the work of every pop wunderkind who's received the acclaim and do-re-mi RSM's been denied.
His participation in the "Outsider" fest is apropos, since he's been locked "outside" for longer than I've even written songs or thought of doing so. It also demonstrates the elasticity of the concept of "outsider music." Chr*stgau has had the audacity to publicly characterize Irwin Chusid as a "tedious ideologue with a hustle," but he is more like the Alan Lomax, John Hammond and Broadway Danny Rose of the uncool, the unsung and yeah, sometimes the unhinged. Chusid celebrates artists too "out there" to fit standard definitions of "artistry," irking standard definers whose entire theology is thereby blasphemed. R. Stevie Moore, though, has produced shelves full of work even THEY would consider valid if only he'd had the courtesy to either succeed in the biz or fail in a way they could regard as noble.
He just keeps rolling along, though, outside the radar, outside the gravy train, outside the ordinary and outside categories. Out here, he's the Beatles.
mooreshow available on DVD and CDR
More info on the
Outsider Art Fair
Saturday January 24
Fez/Under Time Cafe
380 Lafayette Street
Produced and hosted
by Irwin Chusid
WFMU radio personality and author of
Songs in the Key of Z:
The Curious Universe of Outsider Music