When home recording pioneer R. Stevie Moore left New Jersey last year to return to his birthplace of Nashville TN, it left a void in our hearts here at WFMU, where R. Stevie is a former DJ and our most frequent live guest. Fortunately, we now have the opportunity to lend a hand in his first album since returning to Nashville.
RSM has been doing the "Direct-to-Fan" thing since way back before the Internet came along. So this feels like a natural step for the DIY icon to be going the crowd-funding route via Kickstarter. RSM is also an innovator in home video since before the days of YouTube -- he now shares over 400 videos via RSMTV. The video for our hero's Kickstarter campaign finds RSM swingin his guitar around Nashville past sights like the Parthenon replica, the Ernest Tubb Record Shop, and the Batman building.
R. Stevie Moore's been keeping busy in Nashville, as a 2-hour special appearance on WRVU-FM's Loud Love program can attest (click the link to listen). It's no surprise for the man who's been recording constantly since the 1960s, building a cult following that seems to be growing exponentially in our interconnected online era. One fantastic example is the free ongoing tribute project from Sick Of The Radio, which has now reached 8 volumes and over 200 contributions including some prominent followers like Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Throwing Muses, Jad Fair, Jason Falkner, Penn Jillette (Penn & Teller), Dave Gregory (XTC), and James Richardson of MGMT. To further this spread of his music, R. Stevie Moore has kindly offered two tracks off of his recently released REPLICA series under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license. REPLICA is available in three volumes via iTunes: vol 1 / vol 2 / vol 3
For those in the Nashville area, catch a rare live performance TONIGHT when R. Stevie Moore opens for Deerhoof at the Mercy Lounge!