R. STEVIE MOORE: I Missed July: 7”

Sep 19, 2013

So... a little research tells me R. Stevie Moore has been recording for forty years! Jesus! He’s put out countless highly praised albums and has played with a ton of well-known musicians. Respect. But that doesn’t make this shit any more tolerable. When I first put it on, I was certain I was hearing yet another annoying, lo-fi, bedroom indie-folker strumming dumb shit into their iphones on breaks between studying and bong rips. But this dude’s no spring chicken and a lot of people have a good deal of respect for him, right? So what’s the deal? My guess is this is precisely why someone put out this 7” of weird acoustic songs with annoying vocals repeating inane phrases like “traded my heart for your parts” over and over. I have no idea whether this an example of an artist going gently into that good night or if he’s been recording this kind of weak horseshit for forty years, but I really don’t give a damn.

 –Craven Rock (Sweaters And Pearls, sweatersandpearls.com)