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: Unfortunately, at this point, I’m still a renter and my recording-studio criteria forces me to rent free-standing structures (house not apartment) due to my drum and guitar amp noise “pollution.” My last place (where I recorded Make It Be and 10 other records) was demolished by the new landlords a couple years ago, so I found myself on the rental market again after many happy years in that place. Well, there had been some developments as far as prices in seven years, so I wound up paying double for my current place, but I’m so happy living in my new area and I walk down and up my very steep hill to great bars and restaurants many nights a week. It’s the only exercise I get