Tuesday, April 3, 2012

R. Stevie Moore and Ariel Pink Collaborate on the Epic Ku Klux Glam, and You Can Stream All of It [Fresh Tracks]

Posted By on Tue, Apr 3, 2012 at 2:57 PM

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Fairly frequently, I breeze around on Bandcamp looking for new Nashville tunes. Fairly infrequently, I find something both new and exciting. And roughly once in a blue moon, I find something jaw-droppingly noteworthy. Today, dear friends, is one of those blue-moon days.

Last we heard from locally residing lo-fi legend, godfather of home recording and self-described "cult hero" R. Stevie Moore, he was making an onstage cameo with Dr. Dog at their War Memorial Show. But on my aforementioned Bandcamp-based tune quest, I came across something quite intriguing: a 61-track, fully streamable collaboration between Moore and Ariel Pink by the name of Ku Klux Glam. As you no doubt know, Ariel Pink, too, is known as something of a lo-fi originator, and is often regarded (sometimes earnestly, and sometimes not earnestly) as a precursor to the genre unfortunately known as "chillwave," or even more unfortunately known as "glo-fi."

Anyhow, I hadn't heard anything about this immense collection, but a quick search turned up this recent Pitchfork report, which notes the following:

L.A. weird-pop scene leader Ariel Pink's collaboration with one of his major influences, the lo-fi figurehead R. Stevie Moore, is finally getting an official release. The collection, which bears the exceptionally awful title Ku Klux Glam, has been floating around for awhile. Twenty of its 60 tracks will be released on April 30 as a cassette in an edition of 100 for London "stoner pop" label Stroll On Records. Each tape is numbered and accompanied by a fold-out poster.

It appears as though the tape can be pre-ordered via Rough Trade, and a note on the Bandcamp page reads thusly: "DOUBLE LP *** C O M I N G S O O N ***** attention, labels!" I haven't yet made my way through the full, extended Ku Klux Glam — it's 61 damn tracks, after all — but thus far, it's primarily composed of characteristically Moorian playful musical asides and tape-hissy, stream-of-consciousness madness, though punctuated with vibrant nuggets of gripping sonic gold. There's some quality weirdo pop in these here hills, friends. Oh, and what do you think of that NSFW album art? Buy all of the tunes via Bandcamp for $29, or stream the whole thing below. "No Zipper" and "Come My Way" are particularly badass.

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