Ever since his departure from Jellyfish at the peak of the band’s brief early-’90s run, Jason Falkner has relished his role as a self-made power-pop iconoclast. R. Stevie Moore’s championing of the DIY recording aesthetic stretches all the way back to the late ’60s, gaining underground momentum during the following decade’s punk explosion. Unlike Falkner, Moore has never been much for restraint, recording more than 400 albums. As one might surmise, new collaboration Make It Be casts Falkner as the editor/ringmaster of Moore’s wonky sonic circus—and the results should connect with fans of the former’s innate craftsmanship and the latter’s rampant eclecticism. Falkner and Moore will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week.
Falkner: Consists of a 1973 McIntosh MA-6200 integrated amplifier, 1977 Thorens Td 126 turntable and early-’70s JBL Jubal speakers. I spend more time listening to vinyl than just about anything else, and this fairly high-end vintage system sounds so damn good! I’ve been through countless other components in my decade plus of hunting, and with this combo I’ve stumbled upon sonic nirvana. Unlike so many, I never stopped buying vinyl, so my collection is pretty intense … full of curated rarities. It’s a happy maker