R. ‘reclusive genius’ Stevie Moore brought to the masses via Kickstarter-funded world tour

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He’s a favorite of Ariel Pink, Mike Watt, and MGMT. He’s the son of Elvis/Dylan/Quincy Jones backing bassist Bob Moore. He’s released over 400 albums in the four decades he’s been making music. And now underground legend R. Stevie Moore is about to embark on his first-ever tour.

But who is this “national treasure unrecognized in his homeland,” as Rolling Stone so succinctly put it? And how (and why) is he just now going on tour? It’s the Glee effect, isn’t it? Those happy-clappy musical teenagers decided to sing a song off Moore’s 1976 debut Phonography in the middle of their pottery workshop and it was time to cash in. Okay, so that’s not entirely it. Not at all. It’s that other wondrous phenomenon of the early 21st century: Kickstarter.

So. To get back to your first question, R. Stevie Moore is the type of home recording pro who music journalists like to call a ‘reclusive genius.’ He releases work through his own R. Stevie Moore Cassette Club, which he founded in 1981. But recently, like many of us, Mr. Moore fell on some hard times. He moved back to his hometown of Nashville after finding himself dangerously close to being homeless. Once in Nashville, he recorded a new album, Advanced, with the help of funds raised via Kickstarter.

From then on, things started looking up. Moore went to Brooklyn to rehearse with tourmates/backing band Tropical Ooze, and the rest is history! Moore and the Ooze hosted the Culture Shock! Festival at SUNY Purchase and headlined Davis, CA’s Operation: Restore Maximum Freedom Festival, and now they’re about to travel the dusty roads of these United States together before jetting off to Europe later this summer. The tour will be documented by Jon Demiglio for an upcoming film about the Forgotten Wizard of Home Recording.


06.01.11 - New York, NY - Kim’s Video and Music (solo)
06.02.11 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza *
06.10.11 - Bordentown, NJ - The Record Collector Store (solo)
06.12.11 - Brooklyn, NY - The Bell House
06.13.11 - Providence, RI - Machines with Magnets
06.14.11 - Boston, MA - Church
06.15.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
06.16.11 - Baltimore, MD - The Talking Head Club
06.18.11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Modern Formations Gallery
06.19.11 - Detroit, MI - The Magic Stick
06.20.11 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop
06.22.11 - Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle
06.23.11 - Milwaukee, WI - The Cactus Club
06.25.11 - Minneapolis, MN - 400 Bar
06.26.11 - Iowa City, IA - Blue Moose Taphouse
06.27.11 - Kansas City, KS - TBA
06.30.11 - Denton, TX - Hailey’s
07.01.11 - Austin, TX - Emo’s Outside
07.02.11 - Little Rock, AR - White Water Tavern
07.03.11 - Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone
07.05.11 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In
07.06.11 - Athens, GA - Farm225
07.07.11 - Asheville, NC - The Grey Eagle
07.08.11 - Raleigh, NC - King’s Barcade
07.09.11 - Greensboro, NC - The Blind Tiger

* Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti

• R. Stevie Moore: http://www.rsteviemoore.com

The Fresh & Onlys only tour west of the Mississippi in respect for their heroes, Lewis and Clark

Always happy to survey the still-unexplored wild country of the US west of the Mississippi, The Fresh & Onlys have announced a tour of the western US in support of their recent Secret Walls EP on Sacred Bones. The band has offered up this official statement: “In reverence and respect to our heroes, Meriwether Lancelot Lewis and William Peabody Clark — Lewis & Clark to the layman — we will be celebrating their great Expedition of the Lousiana Purchase, completed a mere 205 years ago, by performing on a 16-date tour.”

The band goes on to promise that, just like L & C, they will be “canoeing from gig to gig,” “surviving on hunted and foraged food,” and “will only seek directions and advice from local Native Americans and the secret population of French fur-trappers who survive, removed from the progress of society, in Colorado’s hidden Paradise Valley of the Ancients.”

The band has also announced that, following their summer expedition, they will next honor their hero Hulk Hogan by ripping their shirts in unison as they “Hulk Up” amid joyful cheers from their fans.

The Great Expedition of The Louisiana Purchase by The Brave and Honorable Fresh & Onlys:

07.13.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
07.14.11 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
07.17.11 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Festival
07.18.11 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry #
07.19.11 - Fargo, ND - The Aquarium #
07.22.11 - Seattle, WA - Capitol Hill Block Party #
07.23.11 - Vancouver, BC - Electric Owl #
07.24.11 - Bellingham, WA - The Shakedown #
07.25.11 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir #
07.27.11 - Sacramento, CA - Sol Collective #
07.28.11 - Santa Cruz, CA - TBD
07.29.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent #
07.30.11 - Big Sur, CA - Fernwood Lodge (Woodsist Festival)
07.31.11 - Big Sur, CA - Henry Miller Library (Woodsist Festival)
08.02.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex #
08.13.11 - San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands

# Woods

• The Fresh & Onlys: http://www.myspace.com/thefreshonlys
• Sacred Bones: http://www.sacredbonesrecords.com

Musician from the future releases new single as experimental app, possibly consciousness-altering

Is there one reality, or are there perhaps, parallel realities? Are we but cogs in a greater, all-encompassing consciousness? Our greatest thinkers have oft pondered these questions. On many a starlit night, Aristotle would look up to the heavens and ask himself, is the future but a mere dream, mutually evolving in the slumbering, tube-connected minds of say, Throbbing Gristle, the guys who invented the Buddha Machine, and the tiny science-fiction elves working the controls that power Björk’s brain and vocal chords? (There are two different elves; no one elf could operate that much crazyamazingness.)

This was all very confusing to Aristotle, since most of these people/mystical beings had not yet come into existence whilst he was alive, but if ever humankind were to receive a grand signal that the great philosopher’s theory were true, it would be the release of Gwilym Gold’s new single as something called a Bronze App. Gold’s first solo single since leaving the XL-signed band Golden Silvers is called “Flesh Freeze,” and it’s available as a Mac desktop download, with Windows and iPhone versions in the works.

Wired breaks down the Bronze app for those of us who — unlike Mr. Gold — are NOT from the future, detailing how the application was “founded on an algorithm that fluctuates the sections of a song around a waveform.” Which is to say that basically every time you listen to “Flesh Freeze” via Bronze you get A DIFFERENT SONG, with the potential for rearranged lyrics, no drumbeat, or toooootally enhanced drumbeat. THE SONG COULD EVEN START OR END AT A DIFFERENT PLACE THAN THE TIME BEFORE. Whoa. Wrap your head around THAT, mere present-day, non-elf being. The app was invented by Gold (hereby known as The Man from the Future), producer Lexx (Wild Beasts, Björk, possible elf person) and scientists from Goldsmiths University, London.

• Gwilym Gold: http://gwilymgold.com

Odd Future announce series of West Coast riots

Odd Future, who are certainly controversial and definitely young, have announced that, in addition to their already announced gigs in Europe and Australia, they will be spending a little time in California spreading the joy of riots and reveling in the attention they so desperately crave as bored teenagers in America.

Already planning for wave after wave of teenage rebellion and angry GLAAD members, the quiet California towns of Indio, San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco have already boarded their windows and locked up their daughters.

Odd Future, who just completed a set at Spain’s Primavera Sound over the weekend in support of Tyler, The Creator’s recent Goblin (TMT Review), have already taken to Twitter and offered up a series of “artistic and praise-worthy” tweets that attempt to show (falsely) that overly violent and tasteless lyrics about raping women and murdering people is creative. Seriously, it sucks when ICP do it, it sucked when it was all that mainstream rap talked about, and it sucks now. But feel free to buy into the hype at one of the following shows.


06.01.11 - Sydney, Australia - Vivid Sydney
06.02.11 - Sydney, Australia - Vivid Sydney
06.03.11 - Melbourne, Australia - Prince of Wales Hotel
06.04.11 - Fortitude Valley, Australia - The Zoo
06.05.11 - Brisbane, Australia - The Hi Fi
06.15.11 - Indio, CA - Indio Performing Arts Center
06.16.11 - San Diego, CA - Epicenter
06.18.11 - Los Angeles, CA - House of Blues
06.21.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Regency
06.30.11 - Werchter, Belgium - Rock Werchter
07.01.11 - Arendal, Netherlands - Hove Festival
07.02.11 - Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival
07.03.11- Malsaucy, France - Les Eurockéennes
07.08.11- Kinross, UK - T in the Park
07.09.11- Naas, Ireland - Oxegen
07.17 .11 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
08.06.11 - Los Angeles, CA - HARD Festival
08.13.11 - Osaka, Japan - Summer Sonic
08.14.11 - Tokyo, Japan - Summer Sonic
08.27.11 - Reading, UK - Reading Festival
08.28.11 - Leeds, UK - Leeds Festival
09.08.11 - Isle of Wight, UK - Bestival

• Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All: http://www.oddfuture.com

Domino Radio will bring joy to our hearts and ears for one all-too-brief week

For a brief, glistening moment, like early morning dew on the first rose of summer, Domino Radio will rule the airwaves. Future generations will look back on those halcyon days with regret that they were born too late. Our contemporaries will remember it as “that one week there was something good on the radio so I didn’t have to listen to that damn Katy Perry song about doin’ it with an alien (ugh) all the time.” So that’s why I’m telling you about it ahead of time. Mark your calendars contemporaries, and read these dates and mourn, future generations. (If you’re not already mourning and chowing down on some dude’s arm in the future post-apocalyptic hellworld while you drive your spacecar around and ponder with fond confusion, “What was a Katy Perry? Why did it take our forebears so long to legalize gay marriage? A confusing place, that old world, hahahaha zim zam.” That is how future people will laugh. WEIRD, right?)

But back to the very near future: the week of June 6, 2011, to be exact. This is the day Domino Records launches Domino Radio, where you can find “non-stop twenty-four hour music, conversation, and good times” either on 87.7 FM for London-area residents or on the internet for those of us in the world who don’t live in London. You’ll find specially-commissioned shows from the Domino roster, label buddies, and “admirable public figures.” (Please be Penelope Cruz, please be Penelope Cruz ohhhhh she is so beautiful.) So far, promised guests include Animal Collective, Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip/About Group, Four Tet, Franz Ferdinand, Dirty Projectors, Robert Wyatt, Steve Mason, Smith Westerns, Wild Beasts, Owen Pallett, Anna Calvi, and Austra, along with tastemaker types like Dennis Bovell (producer), Bobby Gillespie (Primal Scream/Jesus & Mary Chain), Faris Badwan (The Horrors), Frieze Arts, The School of Life, Transparent Records, Angular Records, No Pain in Pop, Caught by the River, and London record shop/label Honest Jons.

“Domino Radio, a pop-up radio station for the world outside of pop” is the station’s slogan. I really like this slogan.

• Domino Radio: http://dominorad.io
• Domino: http://www.dominorecordco.us

Godspeed You! Black Emperor say new material is being discussed; music journalists desperate for discussion transcripts

According to a report on Pitchfork, recently-reunited cult-favorites Godspeed You! Black Emperor have begun working on new material.

The post-rock blockbusters, who reunited last year for an aptly titled Reunion Tour, revealed (through bandmember Bruce Cawdon and an interview with Montreal’s Voir magazine) that the band will convene after the end of their July tour to discuss the logistics and creativistics of a new album.

The important details, such as a release date or record label, have yet to be revealed, but music journalists (such as myself) are already fighting in bare-knuckle cage matches for the right to learn the juicy details of this highly anticipated project.

• Godspeed You! Black Emperor: http://www.brainwashed.com/godspeed