VETERAN PROGRESSIVE POPSTER
"The consummate creative character"
Low Profile of R. Stevie Moore: Improviser, composer, arranger, producer, musical conceptualist, comedy writer, vocal stylist, filmmaker, sketchpad artist, drama example, self-taught instrumentalist and bon vivant, r.stevie moore was born 1952 in nashville TN to famed elvis bass player bob. since '66 rsm has recorded nearly 2,000 songs on over 400 very original homemade albums of alarmingly idiosyncratic variety and styles, often considered a seminal pioneer in the DIY ethic. remaining virtually unknown, he quietly resided in new jersey as curator of his own museum. until now... based back in tennessee. and touring the planets.
"I had always heard about R. Stevie Moore through other musicians. It took me a while to finally dig in. Once I did I was fucking blown away. I wish I would've discovered him earlier so i'd have more time to listen to his entire 400 album catalog. The chord progressions and melodies are so complex but easy to listen to. That's why I wanted to put this compilation together. To spread the R Stevie seed. This guy is no joke. He's definitely worked his way into the Lennon/Wilson category in my book. Hats off to the man himself for naming the album and letting us try to record his music!"
- DUSTIN LOVELIS
"No matter how prolific, the lo-fi recording pioneer and DIY hero, now 66 years old, has inspired many (Ariel Pink credits Moore as a mentor), spreading his legend via mail-order cassettes. Next month he will be honored with a tribute album — released by Long Beach’s Porch Party Records via cassette, of course — that features a host of Southern California artists (including Matt Costa, Joel Jerome, Lens Mozer and Greater California) covering Moore’s songs."
"Porch Party Records is on board and then some with their new tribute comp Sensual Harrassment: Various Artists Outperform the Hits of R. Stevie Moore, titled (and subtitled) with particularly R-Stevie-an elan. (Says Porch Party’s Casey Terrazas: “We hope this release introduces more curious listeners to his incredible music.”) There’s a heavy Long Beach presence here and plenty of L.A. RECORD alums, too, including Joel Jerome, Dustin Lovelis and William Alexander, and this cover by the indomitable (Rachel) Rufrano
"Largely unknown and highly influential."
-The New Yorker
"more than 400 separate full-length albums. That's right: 400. So why haven't you heard this guy?"
"Moore deserves a wider audience."
"A national treasure unrecognized in his homeland."
"R. Stevie Moore is a true original... he has remained true to his fiercely independent vision."
-All Music Guide