As contributor Seth Graves mentioned in the second half of his two-part piece on music's most intimidating discographies, father of lo-fi/DIY home recording and Nashville's native cult hero, R. Stevie Moore, has "400 or so home-recorded, self-released cassettes and CD-Rs in his 40-year-old catalog." It stands to reason, then, that when we asked the inimitable Mr. Moore to come in and play some tunes for our ongoing in-office performance series, Conference Call, that he'd showcase a sizable chunk of his material. And boy, did he ever. We're currently sitting on a goldmine of Moore nuggets, and here in the first part of our latest Conference Call, we have for you performances of "What Was I Thinking About / We Love Ourselves, Don't We?" and "Table for One."
When Moore came into the Scene HQ to film with us about two weeks ago, Mayor Karl Dean just happened to be in our conference room. Therefore, those of us lucky enough to be waiting in the lobby got to witness what was likely one of the greatest meetings of the minds Nashville has ever seen. A handshake between the mayor of Music City and the sultan of Internationally Beloved Home Recordings — not something you see every day, even in Blogworld. If only I'd had the presence of mind to snap a quick shot of it. While I don't have a picture for you, I do happen to have about six videos of Moore playing songs and reciting some of his poetry, not to mention my very own copies of his Advanced LP and the Ku Klux Glam EP he released with Ariel Pink (no distributor for the full LP yet, reportedly). While I'm not about to share the aforementioned vinyl with you, we will happily — in three parts — share all of his performances. "I have a running joke that says, 'Bring me the head of Jack White!'" begins Moore in the first performance (embedded above). Seeing as how Moore's father — noted sideman Bob Moore — played with Jack White collaborator Loretta Lynn, a full-circle White-Moore collab seems to make perfect sense, no? The second performance, embedded after the jump, begins with me grinning like a goon as Moore hands me a copy of Advanced.
As always, this Conference Call was edited and directed by Seth Graves. Stay tuned all this week for more performances from R. Stevie Moore.