Michael Hurley - C or D/S or D?

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What about this folk/country maverick figure...? Heard good things about him, but not any records yet.

Tom May, Sunday, 22 December 2002 19:12 (seventeen years ago) link

The recent reish of his rare first alb, 'Blueberry Wine', is well worth chasing down - American punk primitive folk-blues at its best.

Andrew L (Andrew L), Sunday, 22 December 2002 20:00 (seventeen years ago) link

_Have Moicy!_, the album he made with the Unholy Modal Rounders & Jeffrey Fredericks & the Clamtones, is absolutely marvelous.

Douglas, Monday, 23 December 2002 06:51 (seventeen years ago) link

You can't go wrong with Michael. Not heard a bad one yet.

Wondering Boy Poet, Wednesday, 25 December 2002 16:45 (seventeen years ago) link

Have Moicy! seconded

Paul (scifisoul), Wednesday, 25 December 2002 20:12 (seventeen years ago) link

Blue Navigator

But, his albums are all variations on each other. Not a bad thing, but you can probably dip your toe in at any point. Note that Michael sells tape copies of many of his ostensibly out of print albums at concerts. Go to one of his shows if you can; he's very charming.

Amateurist (amateurist), Thursday, 26 December 2002 17:07 (seventeen years ago) link

five years pass...

i just got around to listening to a promo copy i got a while ago of his latest one, ancestral swamp. it's good. (btw people who like hurley should check out tom house -- he's more gnarled and wordy, but not dissimilar, and underappreciated.)

tipsy mothra, Monday, 7 July 2008 04:18 (twelve years ago) link

Just last week I bought a copy of Hurley's "Watertower" from '87, and one track with bad drums aside, it's great! Also, I think Other Music still has two of his other records on the wall, both good ones. Also, do I buy a copy of "Hi-Fi Snock" for $65?

Hurley. Good stuff

ian, Monday, 7 July 2008 16:43 (twelve years ago) link

I found a copy of Watertower at the Recorded Sound Room lp sale right here at the library I work at and got it for fifty cents. Hi Fi Snock is pretty damn good but I try hard not to spend more than twenty dollars on any single record, if I can help it. Yes, there are exceptions, of course.

Trip Maker, Monday, 7 July 2008 16:54 (twelve years ago) link

which two LPs ian? i will paypay you $80 for a good copy of armchair boogie

69, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:41 (twelve years ago) link

also holy shit, welcome back ian

69, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:43 (twelve years ago) link

Watertower is v.v. good. For me, I think my fave Hurley rec is Wolfways (which has like half the tunes from Watertower for some inscrutable Hurley reason). Does anyone know if Veracity released it on vinyl?

Finally had a chance to pick up that Wire article, it was quite informative. I never knew the reason Blue Navigator was so rare was because the master tapes and most of the LPs got burned up in a fire. I do take issue with Coley describing Hurley's electric guitar playing as "wildly primitive", I think that sells Hurley short. There is a really great '73 photo of him on tour as well, wildeyed young man with a beer in his hand.

sleeve, Monday, 7 July 2008 21:26 (twelve years ago) link

Pete, the Armchair Boogie was $75. If it's still there I'll nab for you. Dunno if I'll have a chance to make it to Other before Wednesday, but will let you know.

Don't welcome me back, it shames me that I can't go cold turkey on this bitch.

I paid about 80x what Sean did for his Watertower, d'oh. But it is a very, very good record. Indian Chiefs & Hula Girls.

ian, Monday, 7 July 2008 23:11 (twelve years ago) link

thanks dogg ill paypal u, as long as it looks good to u

69, Tuesday, 8 July 2008 03:33 (twelve years ago) link

three months pass...

eek I just spent too much money for a copy of "Hi Fi Snock Uptown."
i love that record though. need it. ebay is about the only thing that makes me competitive.

ian, Friday, 10 October 2008 04:08 (eleven years ago) link

one year passes...

I like six cups not one or two iirc.

Joint Custody (ian), Sunday, 17 January 2010 20:06 (ten years ago) link

heard a really good hurley song offa tompkins square comp, the early bird always gets the worm. hear it by fast forwarding to like two hours fifty four here

schlump, Sunday, 17 January 2010 22:34 (ten years ago) link

six months pass...

it's kind of ridiculous that mississippi can't be arsed to release anything on CD out of hipsterized luddite principle. lots of people w/o record players who would like to hear his first two. (not me, but other folks e.g. my girlfriend.) they're basically asking people to download that shit.

by another name (amateurist), Saturday, 24 July 2010 00:44 (nine years ago) link

Or you could just, like, buy a record player. I bet you could get one for $30. Isn't that better than stealing from an artist that's still alive?

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Saturday, 24 July 2010 02:13 (nine years ago) link


underwater, please (bear, bear, bear), Saturday, 24 July 2010 02:26 (nine years ago) link

lots of people w/o record players who would like to hear his first two.

you mean his second and third, of course. not to be all pedant or anything ... but with such precious comments as that, amateurist, you beg for a ridiculous response in kind

Mississippi is a vinyl label. that's all they've ever been and all they've claimed to be. heck, if they actually *did* do CDs, many of these artists may not have consented to the reissues in the first place. Did you consider that? Like the Ex, for example -- the records were already out there on CD. I assume Mississippi approached them, and they basically said, "hell yeah, put our stuff on vinyl!"

In fact, was Hurley's 'Ancestral Swamp' ever released on CD? I don't think it was. Did you take that label to task for that? in other words, please give it a rest...

Stormy Davis, Saturday, 24 July 2010 04:28 (nine years ago) link

(oh and to follow-on, Hurley's "first one", is indeed on CD)

Stormy Davis, Saturday, 24 July 2010 04:29 (nine years ago) link

i think i saw a few promo copies of ancestral swamp on cd, at least.
but, you know, i don't think the folks at mississippi are the type to be upset by losing a potential CD sale to a download; happy enough to sell the LPs they've had manufactured and happy that people without turntables can at least still download. that's my impression anyway.

not everything is a campfire (ian), Saturday, 24 July 2010 07:01 (nine years ago) link

i understand re. stuff that was never on vinyl. it'd be nice for some folks to have e.g. armchair boogie and hi-fi snock uptown on CD, no?

the whole vinyl purism stuff just seems so ridic to me.

the first one--there was a reissue, blueberry wine, a few years ago, but it's out of print. but you should still be able to buy a CDR from folkways. and i think they've now reissued that one on vinyl (it has a nice cover too). probably my least favorite hurley record.

btw the new one has him playing a pump organ, and unfortunately it's mic'ed/mixed so that all the clicks and clacks of the organ pedals are extremely loud. sort of the same 'audio verité' stuff as that unlistenable perry tillis record. mississippi annoy me. sorry if this raises any hackles.

by another name (amateurist), Saturday, 24 July 2010 07:20 (nine years ago) link

it doesn't raise hackles, but the mississippi folks are doing what they want cuz they want to do it that way. they're offering a valuable service, and yeah, they're doing it on their own terms, but come on, they sell their shit cheap as hell. to complain is just churlish. if somebody really wants CD reissues, they should put in the work.

a CRASBO is a "criminally related" ASBO (contenderizer), Saturday, 24 July 2010 10:56 (nine years ago) link

perry tillis record is great

a CRASBO is a "criminally related" ASBO (contenderizer), Saturday, 24 July 2010 10:57 (nine years ago) link

the perry tillis record is a LOT harder to listen to than a little bit of clackety pump imo.

not everything is a campfire (ian), Saturday, 24 July 2010 17:13 (nine years ago) link

agreed, but it seems in the same general audio verité spirit, no?

sorry i'm whiney. i do appreciate them releasing all this stuff. it's cool. just wish it didn't come with this thick patina of mystique. mmmm, patina of mystique...

by another name (amateurist), Saturday, 24 July 2010 23:06 (nine years ago) link

three years pass...

my brother and the snockeroo in hudson. my brother put on a show there.


scott seward, Saturday, 24 May 2014 20:51 (six years ago) link

Have Moicy!

diamonddave85‌ (diamonddave85), Saturday, 24 May 2014 22:13 (six years ago) link

five years pass...

I only have one Michael Hurley record, Redbirds at Folk City 1976, but it's rapidly becoming a favorite.


Simon H., Thursday, 7 November 2019 18:25 (eight months ago) link

you can't go wrong — i don't think i've heard a bad Michael Hurley record.

tylerw, Thursday, 7 November 2019 19:29 (eight months ago) link

I have them all, but I don't come back to Land Of Lo Fi, Ancestral Swamp, the very first one, Back Home..., and Parsnips Snips very much. I'm still glad I have them. Everyone should have at least a dozen Hurley albums.

Book Doula (sleeve), Friday, 8 November 2019 15:21 (eight months ago) link


Ida Con Snock
Have Moicy!
Hi Fi Snock Uptown
Armchair Boogie
Blue Hills
Growlin' Bobo
my bootleg collection (https://doomandgloomfromthetomb.tumblr.com/post/175508602392/michael-hurley-40-years-liveunreleasedcovers)

Book Doula (sleeve), Friday, 8 November 2019 15:24 (eight months ago) link

Ida Con Snock is one of the more beautiful ones.

Evan, Friday, 8 November 2019 17:32 (eight months ago) link

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