When Ariel Pink started hanging out and recording with cult music icon R. Stevie Moore, it wasn’t much of a surprise. While Pink is credited with recording a ridiculous number of lo-fi tracks onto a shitload of cassette tapes since 1996, Moore has been doing the exact same thing since way back in the sixties. A lo-fi hero, Moore is a major pioneer in home recording and has been offering up a consistent output of high quality jams pushing 5 decades now, and with over 4 hundred releases, all from his bedroom. Ahead of his time, the effects of the prolific output by the highly influential and underappreciated multi-instrumentalist on the music industry can still be clearly heard in modern day music; perhaps even more so now than during any time period prior. At one point, the one-man music factory’s influence was spread even further as an on-air personality on New Jersey’s legendary WFMU (“the longest-running freeform radio station in the U.S”) and he spent the 80s popping up on lo-fi television as well, via Jersey public access program The Uncle Floyd Show. Maintaining a self-sufficient approach to his work, of which he generally produces and records everything himself, the musical mastermind has adapted over time to utilize the CD-R and, more recently, has become a major fixture of Youtube; more or less embracing the technology that still allows him to maintain the DIY approach that he’s known for. And with a tremendous output, comes a tremendous range, with R. Stevie Moore venturing into styles as varied as spastic no-wave to psych pop to Western tinged guitar ditties.
Right now Moore is embarking on a tour with another one of our favorites, Olympia, Washington band LAKE (they rotate instruments and lay out some really great pop numbers that have drawn comparisons to such varied acts as Stereolab and Steely Dan). WANT TO SEE THEM IN SEATTLE FOR FREE? Cool, because, thanks to our friends at The Crcodile, we’re doing a really last minute giveaway for a pair of tickets to the show eing held at the venue this Thursday, Feb. 21st. Come on out and find out why R. Stevie Moore can claim an impressive fanbase that includes such high profile artists as MGMT and Ariel Pink, aswell as fellow fellow pioneers, like Jad Fair (Half-Japanese), whom he recorded an album with in 2002.
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