R. STEVIE MOORE JASON FALKNER
'MAKE IT BE'
Bar/None Records // Lost Colony Music : CD/LP/Digi, 10 March 2017
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01. I H8 Ppl [3:51]
02. Another Day Slips Away [4:30]
03. I Love Us, We Love Me [3:52]
04. Gower (Theme From A Scene) [1:39]
05. Prohibited Permissions [0:31]
06. Stamps [2:30]
07. Horror Show [4:06]
08. Guitar Interplé [1:30]
09. Sincero Amore [3:20]
10. Don't You Just Know It [3:42]
11. If You See Kay / Run For Your Lives! [3:50]
12. Guitar Interplay Dos [2:45]
13. That's Fine, What Time? [4:03]
14. Play Myself Some Music [3:41]
15. Passed Away Today [5:41]
16. Album Drop [1:15]
17. I Am The Best For You [4:49]
18. Falkner Walk [0:57]
Recorded @ Rhetoric, in Hollywood CA, 4-18 November 2012 by JASON FALKNER
Reproduced by Jason Falkner & R. Stevie Moore
All instruments voices and noises by JF and RSM,
All drums JF,
All bass RSM except 06 & 14 by JF,
Aaron Roche: trumpets on 10
All songs composed by Moore, except
Cover Art: Steve Kalinich Photos: Steve Keros Design: Julie Chencinski
Thank you to Roger Ferguson, John Ferguson, Steve Keros, Ariel Pink,
Steve Kalinich, Billy Anderson & Irwin Chusid
Abridged LP track list:
1. I H8 Ppl [3:51]
2. Another Day Slips Away [4:30]
3. I Love Us, We Love Me [3:52]
4. Stamps [2:30]
5. Horror Show [4:07]
6. Guitar Interplé [1:30]
1. Sincero Amore [3:20]
2. Don't You Just Know It [3:42]
3. If You See Kay / Run For Your Lives! [3:50]
4. That's Fine, What Time? [4:03]
5. Play Myself Some Music [3:41]
6. I Am The Best For You [4:49]
FULL ALBUM STREAM 3/3/17 www.stereogum.com/1927984/stream-r-stevie-moore-jason-falkner-make-it-be/music/album-stream/
SESSION PHOTOS by Steve Keros
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R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner: Make It Be
By Robert Baird • Posted: Feb 10, 2017
At first glance the pairing of R. Stevie Moore (right), the Nashville born/New Jersey-residing DIY legend who over the past several decades has released literally hundreds of cassettes—and, to be fair, some records he actually worked on—and Jason Falkner (left), the always brilliant, sometimes cranky, LA pop auteur behind Three O'Clock, Jellyfish and The Grays (with Jon Brion), a couple of great solo records, and contributions to records by Beck, Aimee Mann, and AIR, seems fairly odd. But once you listen to Make It Be, these two triangular pegs actually fit into their own unique space that's neither round not square. What might have been a collision is actually a meld. Moore's bizarre rantings, like the opener "I H8 PPL," whose title is shorthand for a chorus that just repeats "I hate people," become in Falkner's sharp- edged, hi-fi, power-pop world, a peppy up-tempo, if acerbic, pop tune.
Falkner's arranging here is breathtaking. Many bases are touched along the way. "Another Day Slips Away" crosses 1980s Anglophilic instrumentation with a bit of Joe Jackson bombast. In "That's Fine, What Time?", Moore speaks a monotone over programmed electronica, keyboards and drum machines of "the prospect for growth at the end of life," and "I accept the risk of nocturnal emissions." Loud rock guitars and power chords make a steamroller out of "I am the Best for You," in which Moore shouts the verses and sings the choruses. Falkner also sings some of Moore's tunes as in "Play Myself Some Music," in which he explores playing LPs and trying to pretend "I did not lose you." And so it goes.
Lest anyone forget that Moore is the progeny of Nashville-based, first-call bassist Bob Moore, who worked with everyone from Elvis Presley to The Boston Pops to Bob Dylan, the pair thrown in a fairly straight recording of Huey "Piano" Smith's NOLA novelty, "Don't You Just Know."
Sustaining this experiment over 18 tracks is too much to ask and cuts like "Passed Away Today," drift into indolence and directionless noodling. But everything here is short, cut into small bites, which effectively combats the excess Moore can slide into when he's by himself. Overall, a very listenable partnership, one that shows how experimental Falkner can be and how conventional Moore's music is when actual arrangements are applied.
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R Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner ready LP ‘Make it Be’ (listen to “I H8 Ppl”)
By Bill Pearis January 13, 2017 11:01 AMR Stevie Moore is the prolific king of low fi, having released hundreds of cassettes over the last 50 years. Jason Falkner has made highly orchestrated pop with Jellyfish, Eric Matthews, and Beck (not to mention some wonderful solo records, like 1996’s Author Unknown). Put them together and you get Make it Be, their wonderful collaborative album that will be out March 10 via Bar-None.
Working mostly with songs R Stevie had already written, the pair made the record at Jason’s studio in LA over the course of two weeks with Falkner continuing to work on it after Moore departed. “Recording with Jason was a dream, totally incredible, we showed a similar sense of both crazed adventure and textbook pop discipline,” says Moore. “The sessions moved fast, just gleefully piling on overdubs. I am grateful he allowed me to just dive into any left-field idea I felt. JF’s a marvelous producer and killer drummer, but I don’t think he usually gets quite as much creativity to tinker with as he did with me. Time was tight, so we didn’t get to dig much deeper and really stretch out with more brand new co-writing as we desired. Hope that happens someday.”
There is no better example of this peanut butter cup collision than album opener “I H8 Ppl,” a bitter power pop pill that is both polished and rough around the edges, complete with a killer chorus. The song premieres in this post and you can stream it below. Make it Be can be preordered now (physical/digital). Will Jason and R Stevie be playing shows? Nothing concrete yet apart from SXSW. Album art and tracklist are below.
Lo-Fi Legend R. Stevie Moore
Collaborates With Jason Falkner For
An Outsider Pop Gem
February 23, 2017
Though he doubtless enjoys the stray critical praise he sometimes garners and the long-standing support he’s earned from adventurous radio—New Jersey’s legendary bastion of free-form weirdness WFMU-FM has always been a big supporter—the lo-fi home-recording pioneer and celebrated veteran of outsider music R. Stevie Moore has never really needed broader validation: He’s always seemed happy just to make a joyful noise in his own gonzo playpen, at a rate that makes the words “absurdly prolific” seem like a ridiculous understatement. (He’s issued some 400 D.I.Y. releases since 1968, according to The New York Times.)
Nevertheless, overdue validation as a twisted but tuneful pop craftsman is exactly what the son of renowned Nashville session bassist Bob Moore (Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan) gets from a reigning hero of power-pop, Jason Falkner of that genre’s heroes Jellyfish, the Three O’Clock, and the Grays, via the new collaboration Make It Be, an odd but instantly endearing pop gem forthcoming via Bar-None Records on March 10.
A big fan, Falkner opened his L.A. studio to Moore for two weeks, and it was a considerable step up from the taped-in-a-cluttered-corner settings that the latter has favored for nearly half a century. To be sure, we still get some fuzzy home-cassette strangeness—that is, unless the Brian Wilson of Bedroom Auteurs now favors a cell phone or digital recorder. But Falkner’s vaunted chops as a multi-instrumentalist, expert arranger, and studio wizard help Moore raise his game with delightfully catchy yet typically idiosyncratic tunes such as “I H8 Ppl,” “Sincero Amore,” “Play Myself Some Music,” and “If You See Kay/Run for Your Lives!”
Always an encyclopedic mixer-and-matcher of a century of pop styles, Moore gleefully jumps from Krautrock/Eurodisco to Beatles-via-XTC pop, and from Syd Barrett psychedelic folk to alternative rap, among myriad other genres, styles, and eras, most often with an unfailing ear for killer hooks paired with lyrics charting a bizarre and cranky world view that more than ever seems perfectly in tune with our times. We even get a cover of Huey Piano Smith’s “Don’t You Just Know It,” which underscores that throughout pop history, many of the weirdest but most wonderful voices have been relegated to the fringes, standing just off-stage but well deserving of their moment in the spotlight.
Maybe Moore will get his turn now; for this fan, Make It Be is his best collection since the 1984 French compilation Everything You Wanted to Know About R. Stevie Moore But Were Afraid to Ask, though I can hardly claim to have kept up with everything he’s done (who could?). Then again, part of his charm is that he probably doesn’t care, and will continue doing what he does regardless. “Sleep and eat/Love, work, and play/Another day slips away,” Falkner sings in a tune Moore wrote about his modus operandi. “Give up, go home, make out, make art/In spite of no return.” Long may he tape.
R. Stevie Moore/Jason Falkner, Make It Be (Bar/None)
Rating on the 4-star scale: 4 stars.
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R. Stevie Moore / Jason Falkner - Make It Be (CD, Bar/None, Pop)
This is an interesting pairing...and the results are refreshingly genuine and thoroughly entertaining. Both of these guys should be instantly familiar to diehard music fans. R. Stevie Moore is one of the pioneering home recording musicians whose longevity and talent are known around the world. Jason Falkner is a power popster whose connections and credits are so lengthy and varied that just summing up his contributions becomes somewhat overwhelming. This album is a real gem. Our guess is that the humorously-titled Make It Be will forever be considered a high point in both of these men's careers. The album blasts out of the gates with the oughta-be-a-hit sounds of "I H8 Ppl." The track features a chorus so infectious that it will remain stuck in your head forever. Next up is the XTC-ish "Another Day Slips Away." At this point, most listeners will realize that Moore and Falkner are somewhat of a match made in heaven. Most of the songs are penned by R. Stevie but Jason is the co-composer on four tracks and presents one original that is solely his own (the ultra cool semi-psychedelic "Horror Show"). Make It Be is a creative and artistic success on many different levels. Truly inspired and inventive. Top pick.
WIRE MAGAZINE (UK) ISSUE 397, MARCH 2017
R Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner
Make It Be
Bar None CD/DL/LP
Regular Wire readers will no doubt be
aware of the idiosyncratic lo-fi pop and
prodigious output of one-time cover star
R Stevie Moore. But who the fuck is Jason
Falkner? Fair question. Truth is, he's one
of the most gifted proponents of US power
pop ever to slam against the grey wall of
consumer indifference. Falkner has been a
member of Paisley Park proteges The Three
O' Clock, neo-bubblegum ensemble Jellyfish,
alt-supergroup The Greys (sic) and synth pop
revivalists TV Eyes; he's worked with Beck,
Air and Paul McCartney; he's released a
succession of near flawless solo albums and
EPs. Yet none of this has elevated him above
the status of cultish best kept secret.
. . . Make It Be arrives eight years after
Falkner's last high-ish profile appointment,
working with Daniel Johnston on the
comparatively hi-fi album Is And Always
Was. Though it's tempting to draw parallels
between that project and this collaboration
with Moore, Falkner's involvement here far
exceeds the standard producer's remit,
extending top instrumentation, arrangements,
vocals and songwriting (seven of the album's
18 tracks are co-compositions while "Horror
Show" is Falkner's alone) thereby justifying
the equal billing.
. . . The initiative works. Falkner's
presence helps tighten up Moore's game
without diluting his essential weirdness
(mirthsome spoken word passages,
elegiac instrumentals and forays into
primitive synthpop see to that) while Moore
encourages the usually perfectionist
Falkner to cut loose and re-engage with
the taste for lo-fi leakage last evidenced
on his 2001 demo collection Necessity: The
4 Track Years. Neither artist cancels the
other out; instead the friction between,
for example, Moore's melodious splutter
and Falkner's mellifluous purr -- see the
dreamy but disturbed "I Love Us, We Love
Me" -- generates an electrical charge that's
sustained throughout the whole enterprise.
. . . Falkner and Moore are classicists at
heart, in thrall to a formula perfected in
the mid-to-late 1960s by The Who, The
Kinks, The Flamin' Groovies et al. But what
would seem tirelessly retro in lesser hands
is redeemed here by the forcefulness of
their singular artistic personalities, not to
mention songwriting chops that approach
the level of high magic. Given the success
of this experiment, it might be a good idea if
they kept hold of each other's digits.
No. 282, MAY 2017
R Stevie Moore
& Jason Falkner
4 stars * * * *
Make It Be
BAR NONE CD/DL/LP
A wizard meets a true star to
make wry, omnipop opus.
outsider pop is
not for everyone, and a recent
collaboration with Ariel Pink
(2012's Ku Klux Glam) overdid
the woozy whimsey. But power-
pop Zelig Falkner is a different
kettle of (Jelly)fish, and his
sturdy production and
sparkiling melodic contributions
help make this muscular and
diverse swap-meet one of 65-
year-old Moore's most instantly
enjoyable albums to date.
Highlights include I H8 Ppl -- an
uplifting ode to misanthropy
-- and I Love Us, We Love Me, an
addictive dream-popper that's
naggingly alive to the truth
about human self-regard. Yet
it's the range of approaches,
from zesty punk (Stamps) to
(That's Fine, What Time?) that
most delights, while, on the
'download card', spoken-word
interludes with Moore riffing
on the absurdity of modern
discourse enhance rather than
occlude the sense of colourful,
creative abundance. A must for
fans of either protagonist, plus
devotees of classic Todd
Rundgren and Ween.
. . . . . Danny Eccleston
Review: R. Stevie Moore and Jason Falkner bask in the weirdness on 'Make It Be'
The indie champion and psychedelic rocker write fuzzy, dark melodies on an album packed with fantastic music
by Tom Twardzik
Two artists with prolific and bizarre careers team up to record an 18-song journey through the music playing in their heads that's parts Beatles, Talking Heads, Radiohead, and pure indie weirdness.
Put two excellent musicians and songwriters together in a recording studio for two weeks and the result might not be Make It Be. But put two characters as experienced and strange as R. Stevie Moore and Jason Falkner, who both happen to be excellent musicians and songwriters, together in a studio and the result is this eighteen song exploration of the fearless and often hilariously weird musical stylings of these artists.
Track one, "I H8 Ppl," offers a pretty straightforward introduction to the pair, with strong distorted guitars and a pounding rhythm reminiscent of the best of classic rock. The chorus is cheerful behind the repeated line, "I hate people," and the verses show off Moore's unique vocals. He talks to himself in the third person and exaggerates the deepness of his voice like a radio DJ. But the first three songs remain as close to standard rock as early MGMT or St. Vincent.
The duo makes it clear, though, that they're not satisfied with standard chord progressions. They undermine every classic pop riff and rock melody with a darker twist, a different note or a surprising instrument. Still, the main instruments are the classic rock setup: guitar, drums, keyboards and bass. And fantastic harmonies, sometimes beautiful and sometimes trippy.
The instrumental "Gower" shows off a bit of Radiohead impersonation between the airy "I Love Us, We Love Me" and the funny and cryptic spoken-word "Prohibited Permissions." "Ill-ill-illegal, judge bald eagle, strictly prohibited?" says Moore without any instrumental backing. "Keep it to yo-self."
The music returns with a panicked song about running out of stamps and one of the album's best songs, "Horror Show." The frightening, wonderful vocal harmonies and urgent guitar/drums combination in the chorus are some of the best so far this year. In a complete departure from the increasing experimentation, "Horror Show" is an incredibly catchy and haunting song. The pair is at its best in the verses, too, where the hard-strummed guitar perfectly compliments the vocal rhythm. A contrasting guitar solo leads into the final, siren-like chorus, rapidly building tension until a final climax.
And how to follow this thrilling song? With a quiet instrumental called "Guitar Interplé," the first of two. Contrasts, harmonies, beauty and action, experimentation bound to a solid rock spine—Moore and Falkner craft expert compositions, drawing on decades of experience in diverse careers.
Moore was born in Nashville and since the late 60s has been self-recording and self-releasing music through his R. Stevie Moore Cassette Club. He has sporadically released albums containing some of the cassette material, sometimes with collaborators and often alone. Phonography, his debut album, received huge praise in the indie and punk scenes of the 70s. Now 65, Moore is still releasing genre-diverse and incredibly well-written music.
Falkner started his career with L.A. underground band Three O'Clock and a year after their breakup, joined 90s alt-rock champions Jellyfish. He left after their acclaimed debut to release a solo album, Presents Author Unknown, in 1996. Subsequent albums followed but he stayed busy with constant collaborations with everyone from Beck to Paul McCartney.
Moore and Falkner make their love of the Beatles obvious in their music but they've both also released Beatles cover albums. Moore recorded R. Stevie Moore Plays Songs By the Beatles, and Falkner recorded Bedtime With the Beatles, parts one and two.
The collaboration between the two must have been nearly a perfect match to create an album as rich and fun as Make It Be. Every track rewards multiple listens—they're not all easy to hum along with, at first, but their catchiness grows quickly. Here, a couple standout tracks don't float on top of a half hour of album filler. They're swimming deep in artistic exploration and seriously sharp rock from two masters of the craft.
Review: R. Stevie Moore and Jason Falkner bask in the weirdness on 'Make It Be'
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