R. Stevie Moore

Really?

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A grumpy note on the back cover of 1996's Really? reads "Can't/don't/won't write no mo, so make do with some of our fave toons of all time." The first part of the statement isn't entirely true, but most of this two-disc set does consist of covers, ranging from a quartet of songs by longtime R. Stevie Moore fave Raymond Scott, performed by Moore and the Reckless Penguins, a group formed by Irwin Chusid to perform Scott's music live, to a funky instrumental version of the Beatles' "Hey Bulldog," to an echoing, subterranean version of My Bloody Valentine's "Only Shallow." Of the original tracks, some are work tapes from the German CD-EP Objectivity, a transatlantic collaboration between Moore and British singer/songwriter Terry Burrows, aka Yukio Yung. One of the most interesting is "I Like My Life," which consists of Moore and Krystyna Olsiewicz double-tracking their vocals for a Burrows song, to the accompaniment of a small amount of leakage from their headphones and some random plunks and squeals from otherwise unrelated instruments. Other fascinating tracks include an early, more guitar-based version of the dreamy "Where We Are Right Now" with a more relaxed, looser lead vocal from Olsiewicz, a few found-sound interruptions, and a simply gorgeous extended, largely instrumental version of one of Moore's loveliest songs, 1978's "Norway," which Burrows sang on the EP.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 5:17
2
4:05
3
2:30
4 4:14
5 3:52
6 3:40
7 3:10
8 5:55
9 4:48
10 3:56
11 3:10
12 4:01
13 3:40
14 0:37
15 8:09
16 7:15
17 3:40
18 9:21
19 3:54
20 5:18
21 4:01
22 3:02
23 4:15
24 1:53
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