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.
Moore: The most favourite electric bass guitar I have ever played. Found by a friend at a yard sale, $20. Cruise brand (created for VMI; as in Tom). Short scale. Easy tiny toy. Fits in a soft ax bag inside the overhead compartment on my favorite jet airplanes. Lightweight and smooth. My father played the world’s best bass (mainly upright acoustic), but I had many electric bass guitars over my life. Including my first, a Teisco, then later using his Fender Jazz and Precisions. Then in Jersey I used a handmade log bass for years. I now play the Cruise exclusively, using thumb thru boomy subsonic Ampeg amps. Jah Wobble is my hero.