Wow! This is freaking me out. I finally got a couple of R. Stevie Moore albums from Stanislav. I’m very much into this stuff. Not only does he prefigure Ariel Pink, but Guided by Voices and every other indie band that aped ’70s AM radio hooks with shoestring production, either deliberately cultivated facsimile or true product of circumstances like Moore. (yes, i know he predates the ’70s, but i hear some of those bands in him anyway.) It makes perfect sense as i read more, as he fills a missing niche in the evolution of the indie ghetto. I cannot see why he doesn’t get namechecked more often, but it warms my heart to see that Ariel Pink plays shows and records with him.
R. Stevie Moore “California Rhythm” It’s as if Moore distilled all of Big Star’s Radio City into a single song, and decided, “Sorrow? Doom? To hell with all that.”
R. Stevie Moore “Goodbye Piano” Yup. Daft. Twee. All of that nonsense. I went through a few years where i had managed to incorporate Frank Zappa into my music listening as more than a tangent from Captain Beefheart, embracing the psychedelia of the first few Mothers of Invention albums. He fell back out of favor as he just gets on my nerves with his smugness. I might get annoyed with the shrillness of this song, but there’s nothing smug about this loopiness. It’s probably more Bonzo Dog Band anyway.
R. Stevie Moore” “Showing Shadows” Heh. This actually reminds me of a nerdier Damien when he’s reinventing the idyllic memories AM pop of his youth.
It’s easy for me sometimes to think about bands that record a few good or great songs, and quite whiel they are ahead, but there’s something even more special about someone who never stops recording, regardless of critical attention. To know that he’s recording music that’s sonically interesting and fun for so damned long (over 37 years, over 400 LPs) is mindblowing.