TRACK PREMIERE: RUFRANO “I WANNA HIT YOU” (R. STEVIE MOORE)
photo by marion moses
Untamable pop genius R. Stevie Moore has been living free outside the confines of the music industry for decades, sending secret transmissions to each new generation. You Ariel Pink and Puro Instinct fans probably already love him, but now Long Beach’s Porch Party Records is on board and then some with their new tribute comp Sensual Harrassment: Various Artists Outperform the Hits of R. Stevie Moore, titled (and subtitled) with particularly R-Stevie-an elan. (Says Porch Party’s Casey Terrazas: “We hope this release introduces more curious listeners to his incredible music.”) There’s a heavy Long Beach presence here and plenty of L.A. RECORD alums, too, including Joel Jerome, Dustin Lovelis and William Alexander, and this cover by the indomitable (Rachel) Rufrano is a charismatically unsettling version of the charismatically unsettling original, which you can watch and learn in this too-close-and-personal video by R. Stevie. Sensual Harassment is out tomorrow and you can pre-order from Porch Party here.