L.A. Unheard: Arts & Entertainment offers 'Just A Little Moore' (Premiere)
The band: Arts & Entertainment, an Echo Park-based production duo composed of Astrid Quay and Evan Conway.
The sound: On its debut EP, the R. Stevie Moore covers collection “Just a Little More,” the pair turn the resurgent cult hero’s lo-fi muddling into breezy, lipsticked pop. “Wayne, Wayne (Go Away)” punches up the rough psychadelia of Moore's original with a crisp drum machine, while the woozier "I Need Your Love" evokes the latter-day Beach Boys (or mid-career Yo La Tengo) after a few rounds of strawberry daiquiris. The Moore adoration and substance-abusing '80s feel places the group neatly alongside two of L.A.'s other current pop eccentrics, Puro Instinct and Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti.
The random: Arts & Entertainment's cover bug began on the Manimal Vinyl release "As Perfect as Cats," a Cure tribute on which Quay took on Robert Smith and Co.'s "The Caterpillar."
The details: “A Little Bit Moore” is out now on vinyl on the local label Sister City Records. The group plans to also release a cassette version, in honor of Moore’s tape tradition.
The music: Download “Wayne, Wayne (Go Away)” below.
-- David Greenwald
Photo: Arts & Entertainment, a production duo with a new EP, poses on Sunset Boulevard. Credit: David Greenwald / For The Times