02. Comeback Special
03. I'm Your Latest Guest
04. Sizing Up Monica
06. What Was I Thinking About?
07. We Love Ourselves, Don't We?
08. If I Was Wealthy Again
09. Theme From "Tonic"
10. Showing Shadows
11. Pacifists R Cowards
12. I Can't Own Her
13. The Man With The Cigar
15. Love Is The Way To My Heart
16. All People R The Same
17. Girl Go
18. Don't Let Me Go To The Dogs
19. Hug Me
20. Please Don't Hit Me
21. Birthdays And Days
22. That Long Walk To The Barn 6 A.M.
23. Even Me
24. We're In Vietnam
25. Wayne Wayne (Go Away)
26. Phonography Announcement
27. The Lariat Wressed Posing Hour
28. I Wanna Hit You
29. Wix La Chelme
30. Steal Your Car
31. What Shall I Do?
32. I Hope That You Remember
Total Time = 78 min.
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AMG REVIEW: The late '90s saw R. Stevie Moore's return to live performance, which he had largely given up close to a decade before. Live At Tonic, NYC is typical of these performances, a solo acoustic set by Moore, who diffidently ambles through over 30 songs from all stages of his lengthy career. Most of the songs are done in loosely strung-together medleys, some tunes not much longer than a verse and chorus before Moore casually wanders into something else entirely. Moore doesn't sound disconnected or bored, however; it's more like he keeps thinking of new songs he wants the audience to hear immediately. While this might occasionally be a bit frustrating (it's not often that he played old chestnuts like "We're In Vietnam" and "Girl Go," and it would be nice to hear more than a fragment), it overall makes for a casual, intimate listen.
�Stewart Mason, All Music Guide
Sat. September 12, 1998 3:04 AM EDT
Mark Eitzel Distills Songcraft Series In Converted Winery
Musician-friendly atmosphere offers artists such as Freedy Johnston a forum to exhibit new tunes. �
by Contributing Editor Colin Devenish
Listen closely as you walk through New York's Lower East Side on Sunday evenings this fall and you may hear the echo of songwriters performing mostly for themselves in the casual confines of a converted winery.
If there is an audience there to cheer them on, it's not necessarily because the artists want them there.
Strange as this live performance setting may be, it's all part of the Tonic Sunday Night Series curated by former American Music Club singer and solo artist Mark Eitzel for songcrafting artists such as himself.
"The reason I wanted to do it is because [Tonic's] a great listening room and it's quiet. And a lot of songwriters, unlike myself, have really good attitudes about this thing and they [just] play; it doesn't necessarily matter if people are listening to them or not," said Eitzel, 39.
"I'm really concerned that songwriting is a dying art form. I want people to see it in a pristine way," he said.
Beginning with R. Stevie Moore last Sunday and continuing through Nov. 29, when the final show will feature eclectic pop artist Stephin Merritt of Magnetic Fields, the songwriter performance series was inspired by a similar series this summer, curated by avant-garde jazz artist John Zorn.
Eitzel co-manager David Newgarden said Eitzel's selections might fly under the radar of most club booking agents. And that's the point.
"I think having musicians curate is a really special thing. A lot of the musicians being booked are respected musicians, but ones that might get overlooked by booking people at clubs," Newgarden said. Booking the artists in a small club gives them a chance to try out material in a comfortable, musician-friendly atmosphere, he added.
The normally melancholy Eitzel was animated as he checked off a list of musicians. Among them are lo-fi country artist Bonnie Prince Billy, formerly known as Will Oldham. "I'm really excited he's actually doing it," Eitzel said. Also contributing is urban folk-rocker Freedy Johnston. "He's a great songwriter and a good guy too; he's a sweetheart," Eitzel added.
Other songcrafters scheduled to play include New Zealand cult artist Chris Knox, indie-rockers Fountains of Wayne and more obscure acts such as Ida. "Ida's a band a lot of people haven't heard of; they play this really beautiful music, with close harmonies about airplanes," Eitzel said.
Despite his enthusiasm, Eitzel downplayed suggestions that the series might continue beyond Nov. 29. "I have no interest in being a promoter. There's a limit on the number of songwriters who I like, [and] once they start booking songwriters I don't like, I'm out of there," he said.
Remaining Tonic Sunday Night Series Dates:
02. Four Calling Birds
03. Elation Damnation
05. We Three Kings
06. I Want You In My Life
07. All People Are The Same
08. Away In A Manger
Total Time = 28 min.
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