Who likes Michael Hurley?

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Inveterate fumbler of keys,pitches and tumblers full of "brown" drinks,Michael Hurley will be at the Hudson River Theater in Hudson NY this Mon May 5th at 8pm..opening are Charlambides frontthing Tom Carter and ace outster Jack Rose of Pelt..all who train up are invited to sleep over and I will make breakfast in the morning.PS-Sorry this is not a question

dan bunnybrain (dan bunnybrain), Saturday, 3 May 2003 00:56 (eighteen years ago) link

two months pass...
i like michael hurley.

gygax! (gygax!), Friday, 1 August 2003 17:39 (eighteen years ago) link

so do i. i like everything.

he is good in concert.

does anyone have "blue navigator"? i've been looking for it forever, but i've just about given up.

amateurist (amateurist), Friday, 1 August 2003 17:47 (eighteen years ago) link

me for sure. Snockgrass is grate, so is Have Moicy! (best collaborative album evah!)--not so into Blueberry Wine but maybe I'll give it another spin and be proven wrong...

M Matos (M Matos), Friday, 1 August 2003 18:10 (eighteen years ago) link

i like how he records the same songs or minor variations on the same songs over and over and over.

amateurist (amateurist), Friday, 1 August 2003 18:11 (eighteen years ago) link

Seeing Michael Hurley often in tiny empty clubs is one of the great things about living in Ohio.

I have Blue Navigator on mp3, amt.

J (Jay), Friday, 1 August 2003 18:16 (eighteen years ago) link


Any way you could send it to me???

amateurist (amateurist), Friday, 1 August 2003 18:17 (eighteen years ago) link

I could probably do that. It's at home--I'll see what I can do.

J (Jay), Friday, 1 August 2003 18:47 (eighteen years ago) link

two years pass...
Lots of Hurley shows on Dimeadozen right now, if y'all are interested...

sleeve (sleeve), Saturday, 11 March 2006 23:33 (fifteen years ago) link

hey someone promised to send me Blue Navigator on MP3s ALMOST THREE YEARS AGO AHEM


Amateur(ist) (Amateur(ist)), Sunday, 12 March 2006 00:17 (fifteen years ago) link

I love michael hurley.

Special Agent Gene Krupa (orion), Sunday, 12 March 2006 14:24 (fifteen years ago) link

one month passes...
I saw him last night at the Pilot Light in Knoxville, and he was charming and funny and great.

RoxyMuzak© (roxymuzak), Thursday, 27 April 2006 16:25 (fifteen years ago) link

I grown addicted to him over the past few months. I was turned on to his stuff via an Espers cover of "Blue Mountain". I'm going to see him on tuesday with the singer from Espers!!

peter x (bucksbreeze), Thursday, 27 April 2006 16:32 (fifteen years ago) link

im gonna put on
dr snock
tara jane o neill
samara lubelski
on may 20th in troy ny
if anyone wants details email me

dan bunnybrain (dan bunnybrain), Thursday, 27 April 2006 17:15 (fifteen years ago) link

i like him. i've always wondered about the CH3COOC6H4COOH tales though.

kephm (kephm), Thursday, 27 April 2006 17:21 (fifteen years ago) link

friday in brooklyn @ syrup room:
michael hurley
major stars
endless boogie

electro-acoustic lycanthrope (orion), Thursday, 27 April 2006 17:53 (fifteen years ago) link

That is a fucking line-up right there. Wow. Might have to try to make it.

mcd (mcd), Thursday, 27 April 2006 18:21 (fifteen years ago) link

I love Michael Hurley. So does Ian.

sleeve (sleeve), Thursday, 27 April 2006 18:30 (fifteen years ago) link

Yup. We love Michael Hurley.

electro-acoustic lycanthrope (orion), Thursday, 27 April 2006 18:31 (fifteen years ago) link


Steve Shasta (Steve Shasta), Thursday, 27 April 2006 18:32 (fifteen years ago) link

I didn't think you were talking about the Riverdance guy for long, after I clicked on the thread.

Gatinha (rwillmsen), Thursday, 27 April 2006 18:44 (fifteen years ago) link

you made the same joke twice, steve.

electro-acoustic lycanthrope (orion), Thursday, 27 April 2006 19:15 (fifteen years ago) link

My daughter loves michael hurley's music. He was the first she new by name and can spot right off. When we saw him at the Montague Book Mill a couple years back she was so excited to get her picture taken with him -- he was kind enough to do a sing along 'bout a horse's ass just for her.

I'm hoping to make it to the book mill show this time w/ Feathers and maybe whichever gig mr. bunnybrains is putting on if I can make it (damn those saturdays).

Oh, yes, and I certainly dig 'im as well, though he's a bit of a codger at times.

nick ring (nick ring), Thursday, 27 April 2006 19:21 (fifteen years ago) link

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dan bunnybrain (dan bunnybrain), Thursday, 27 April 2006 19:27 (fifteen years ago) link

Who IS Michael Hurley???

confused, Friday, 28 April 2006 01:14 (fifteen years ago) link

Legendary Singer Songwriter Michael Hurley To Perform In Albany NY
Show Also Features Tara Jane O'Neil and Samara Lubelski and memebers of Ida

On Saturday, May 20 at 8:30 PM, some of the finest singer-songwriters
performing today will appear in concert at the historic, intimate
former church occupied by The Sanctuary For Independent Media, 3362
6th Avenue in Troy. Admission for the all-ages show featuring
Michael Hurley, Tara Jane O'Neil and Samara Lubelski is $10.

dan bunnybrain (dan bunnybrain), Thursday, 11 May 2006 18:06 (fifteen years ago) link

ya'll should go.

electro-acoustic lycanthrope (orion), Thursday, 11 May 2006 18:23 (fifteen years ago) link

second that... if you're within reasonable range (oklahoma, fer instance) make the trip out. I bet the space is pretty swell as well.

nick ring (nick ring), Friday, 12 May 2006 03:04 (fifteen years ago) link

he wanted green stuff this past weekend, but we didn't have any to give him :(

scott seward (scott seward), Friday, 12 May 2006 04:02 (fifteen years ago) link


dan bunnybrain (dan bunnybrain), Friday, 12 May 2006 04:04 (fifteen years ago) link

I tried to start up a conversation about Vermont with him once, but he wasn't having it. I mean, he *was*, but he also kind of wasn't. It was awkward. I love Vermont. or, I lovermont as the bumper sticker used to say. anyway, he needs to come back to chicago soon. Come back, Michael!

Stormy Davis (diamond), Friday, 12 May 2006 04:05 (fifteen years ago) link

he had never heard of Wells or Lake St. Catherine, so the whole thing was kind of a non-starter. Maybe he lives more in Jim Wentworth territory, i can't remember..

Stormy Davis (diamond), Friday, 12 May 2006 04:06 (fifteen years ago) link


electro-acoustic lycanthrope (orion), Friday, 12 May 2006 04:07 (fifteen years ago) link

no v#t#v#r show after all, deej. guess you won't be visiting. the dude at the club dropped the ball. (the club is ass. ben lee for 20 buxx? wtf?)

scott seward (scott seward), Friday, 12 May 2006 04:07 (fifteen years ago) link

Hurley lives in Astoria Oregon these days (not sure if Stormy knew that or not). Glad he's touring, wish he played in Eugene more often but it doesn't have the draw that Portland does.

sleeve (sleeve), Friday, 12 May 2006 04:09 (fifteen years ago) link

o well,ill come out anyways..ben lee on green stuff is worth 7 buxx

dan bunnybrain (dan bunnybrain), Friday, 12 May 2006 04:10 (fifteen years ago) link

nah, I don't know where he lives ... last i knew it wuz the VT

Stormy Davis (diamond), Friday, 12 May 2006 04:11 (fifteen years ago) link

he lived in portland, maine, for a long time... and he's playing there in a few weeks at local 188. dunno where he is now, though.

Emily B (Emily B), Friday, 12 May 2006 05:53 (fifteen years ago) link

I am broadcasting a four hour special on Michael Hurley on Thursday 5/18 from 6PM-10PM eastern daylight time, on WRPI-FM 91.5 Troy NY (webcast on www.wrpi.org). we'll do official recordings, including material from Armchair Boogie, HiFi Snock, Parsnip Snips and Blue Navigator, and the other material as well. Nothing from the cassettes this time, maybe another time. I'd love to hear from people who got some of the dimeadozen downloads.
Put "Michael Hurley" in the title of any emails you may send me at kjr24@cornell.edu or at willow_17@msn.com.

Kevin Roberts, Wednesday, 17 May 2006 13:10 (fifteen years ago) link

four months pass...


Amateur(ist) (Amateur(ist)), Thursday, 28 September 2006 02:51 (fifteen years ago) link

ten months pass...

lots more shows at D!MEaD0z3n right now. Amateurist, email me at sleeve (at) efn (dot) org if your'e still looking for stuff.

he just recently played his first show in Astoria since moving there a number of years back (after cancelling two previous gigs). My friend who went said it was great.

sleeve, Saturday, 11 August 2007 04:08 (fourteen years ago) link

two months pass...

New album!! It's called Ancestral Swamp, on LP and CD. As usual there are a couple of his standard remakes but it is mostly new stuff, 5 covers, buncha blues tunes, subject matter is swamps and rivers and floods. I heard one track in a coffee shop today but haven't gotten my hands on teh LP yet.

sleeve, Wednesday, 24 October 2007 04:30 (fourteen years ago) link

I like it, but I haven't heard his earlier stuff yet so I don't know how it compares. Need to remedy that.

da croupier, Wednesday, 24 October 2007 04:33 (fourteen years ago) link

can't go wrong with Wolfways or Snockgrass or Have Moicy

sleeve, Wednesday, 24 October 2007 04:40 (fourteen years ago) link

New one's great. As I said on the "2007 Reissues" thread, I think it seem to be mastered more quietly and with less dynamic range than some of his older material--this makes it feel more gray and less bright than some of his older releases. Subdued is the word. But it actually fits pretty well, there aren't any tracks that really scream for an ebullient sound.

ian, Wednesday, 24 October 2007 19:59 (fourteen years ago) link

four months pass...

He's playing tomorrow in Astoria, an Upper Oregon Coast town about 4 hours from me. My girlfriend used to live there and we are totally road trippin it tomorrow for some live Snock action that I also plan on recording.

sleeve, Friday, 29 February 2008 20:37 (thirteen years ago) link

oh, he lives there so this is not that unusual, but it has been at least a year or two since he did a hometown gig.

sleeve, Friday, 29 February 2008 20:38 (thirteen years ago) link

Ggo go go, and let us know how it is!

ian, Friday, 29 February 2008 20:46 (thirteen years ago) link

If he is still selling his homemade 2CDR set with 'Land of Lo Fi & Redbirds' PICK ONE UP!

Stormy Davis, Friday, 29 February 2008 21:17 (thirteen years ago) link


bb, Friday, 29 February 2008 21:29 (thirteen years ago) link

I haven't seen the redbirds cdr, but there's a full version of that 1976 folk city show floating around with more tracks than what discogs lists on the cassette. Hopefully that's what they're preparing for release.

city worker, Tuesday, 1 September 2015 14:24 (six years ago) link

yeah the CDR is the same as the cassette, just part of that great great show

sleeve, Tuesday, 1 September 2015 14:26 (six years ago) link

oh ok, i'm thinking of a different show (though the folk city gig is amazing too!). think it's the same era, though -- with "oh carol," "i can't help it if I'm still in love w/ you" etc...
some live stuff here: http://www.ousterhout.net/mp3/mhurley.html

tylerw, Tuesday, 1 September 2015 14:36 (six years ago) link

whoah that link has some shows I don't have, thanks

sleeve, Tuesday, 1 September 2015 14:38 (six years ago) link

flac too if that's what you're into: http://www.ousterhout.net/lossless/mhurley.html

tylerw, Tuesday, 1 September 2015 14:40 (six years ago) link

fuck yeah

sleeve, Tuesday, 1 September 2015 14:50 (six years ago) link

two weeks pass...

nice video footage & a cover of "Pastures Of Plenty"!


sleeve, Thursday, 17 September 2015 03:25 (six years ago) link

and another one... there's also some videos from PDX


sleeve, Thursday, 17 September 2015 05:20 (six years ago) link

three months pass...

for any interested people in nz: free michael hurley performance in aotea square this month! also playing queenstown & port chalmers!


no lime tangier, Tuesday, 5 January 2016 09:38 (five years ago) link

^^^o man, that was magic! getting to see hurley play live (to use a cliche) was a dream come true... amazing!

no lime tangier, Saturday, 16 January 2016 11:23 (five years ago) link

long set but he really was mesmerising. short opening set from david kilgour was like icing on the cake!

no lime tangier, Saturday, 16 January 2016 11:26 (five years ago) link

I'll actually be in town for the Aotea Square show, which should be great (the Chills were surprisingly suited to a balmy afternoon). Wish I could have made it to the Chicks show with it closing soon ... last time I was there was Lines of Flight yeeears ago.

etc, Saturday, 16 January 2016 14:16 (five years ago) link

l.o.f. is always a good time! last night's crowd was like playing spot the flying nun recording artist. & yeah, chicks closing is a major bummer :-/

no lime tangier, Sunday, 17 January 2016 00:38 (five years ago) link

five months pass...

limited edition cassette "tour release" from AUS/NZ:


anybody know anything about the Korean reissues of Blue Navigator? With obi strips, supposedly remastered. I have an mint OG Blue Navigator LP so no real need for a reissue. Are these CDs legit?


sleeve, Friday, 17 June 2016 03:11 (five years ago) link

i was told by michael hurley that they are /not/ legit

wizzz! (amateurist), Friday, 17 June 2016 19:22 (five years ago) link

sleeve, i will buy your mint OG Blue Navigator LP for $25 thank u

tylerw, Friday, 17 June 2016 19:27 (five years ago) link

i think you mean, "sad!"

wizzz! (amateurist), Friday, 17 June 2016 20:36 (five years ago) link

xxp thanks, I assumed as much.

the two Future Days CD reissues (Armchair Boogie and Hi Fi Snock Uptown) are remastered for real and sound very very good, fwiw

sleeve, Friday, 17 June 2016 21:06 (five years ago) link

yeah, the recent vinyl and CD reissues sound better than the mississippi records reissues which (while officially approved of by hurley, at least) were probably needledrops.

wizzz! (amateurist), Friday, 17 June 2016 23:23 (five years ago) link

btw what is future days? it's just an imprint of light in the attic? the copyright info on those CD reissues is confusing... they say manufactured by warner bros special products/rhino records, copyright warners/raccoon, but released by light in the attic. but then they have the "future days" logo and catalogue number.


wizzz! (amateurist), Friday, 17 June 2016 23:24 (five years ago) link

i just saw this dude in louisville btw.

wizzz! (amateurist), Friday, 17 June 2016 23:25 (five years ago) link

limited edition cassette "tour release" from AUS/NZ

^would buy. was talking to a guy after the show i saw & apparently at the kurt vile show the night before there'd been a jam involving hurley & alastair galbraith o_O

also new lp on the way... release date has been moved forward a couple of times since i first heard about it.

no lime tangier, Saturday, 18 June 2016 01:14 (five years ago) link

needledrops: reminds me, I've read that Hurley used to mail out his own homemade needledrop cassettes, made w dirty needles--- at least, this was reportedly allegedly the experience of a writer's friend (uh-huh), who responded to the offer on the back of a Hurley LP, think it was, according to The Spin Guide To Alternative Rock, published in the mid-90s.

dow, Saturday, 18 June 2016 01:27 (five years ago) link

Caveat, 90s fans!

dow, Saturday, 18 June 2016 01:28 (five years ago) link

well, i once sent him a check for some LPs and never got it. i emailed him about it, he apologized, but i still never got anything. i figure the enjoyment i've gotten out of his records over the years is worse losing $40.

wizzz! (amateurist), Saturday, 18 June 2016 02:02 (five years ago) link

needledrops: reminds me, I've read that Hurley used to mail out his own homemade needledrop cassettes, made w dirty needles-

I have a few of these and don't remember them sounding any worse than any other nth generation dub, but it's been years and years since I've listened to them. For a while it was the cheapest version of Armchair Boogie available and the LP seemed to get even more scarce after Cat Power covered a few of his songs back in the day.

I love these reissue-crazy times!

Wimmels, Saturday, 18 June 2016 20:27 (five years ago) link

nine months pass...

I have an extra ticket at union pool right now! Just in case anyone needs it

Evan, Friday, 14 April 2017 00:36 (four years ago) link

seven months pass...

so is hi fi snock uptown like weird kkk level racist? i'm thinking "old black crow" and "the twilight zone".

The times they are a changing, perhaps (map), Saturday, 2 December 2017 07:05 (three years ago) link

uh... no?

"twilight zone" is monster-ist i guess...?

maybe the line in "trinidad" about squeezing a monkey man but that is a huge stretch.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Saturday, 2 December 2017 07:18 (three years ago) link

never got that vibe

sleeve, Saturday, 2 December 2017 16:34 (three years ago) link

p sure "Old Black Crow" is about a bird.

Saw him at Big Ears this year, Hurley's totally delightful.

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Saturday, 2 December 2017 18:05 (three years ago) link

p sure "Old Black Crow" is about a bird.

Saw him at Big Ears this year, Hurley's totally delightful.

without doubt the best. first time i saw him his voice was still so sweet. second time it seemed less sweet and more frail but with no loss and more admiration.

Fizzles, Saturday, 2 December 2017 19:00 (three years ago) link

five months pass...

don't wanna get anyone's hopes up too much but I had to share this exchange that I had with the new Rounder Records prez, who is an acquaintance of mine w/many mutual friends (same scene, different years)

sleeve: sooo... apparently the sessions for the Unholy Modal Rounders/Michael Hurley/Clamtones all time classic "Have Moicy" album on Rounder (1976) included 19 songs, and the official release has 12... sure would be nice to have an expanded reissue! just sayin'

prez: I can make this a priority. We're on the same page bro.

sleeve, Sunday, 13 May 2018 04:02 (three years ago) link

was wondering what to listen to this morning. thread comes to rescue.

Fizzles, Sunday, 13 May 2018 04:57 (three years ago) link


sleeve, Sunday, 13 May 2018 04:57 (three years ago) link

feel so lucky to have seen him three times now.

Fizzles, Sunday, 13 May 2018 04:59 (three years ago) link


Isi, Sunday, 13 May 2018 05:22 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

I made a 5-disc collection of unreleased live tracks, mostly covers with a few Hurley gems in there. Spanning 40 years (and 40 shows, by chance):


1st disc is the cream of the crop, then the next four discs cover the 40 years chronologically.

sleeve, Tuesday, 3 July 2018 17:22 (three years ago) link

this really is the best — thank you for putting it together.

tylerw, Tuesday, 3 July 2018 17:29 (three years ago) link

thanks for boosting the signal!

sleeve, Tuesday, 3 July 2018 17:30 (three years ago) link

Awesome thanks so much for putting this together

Evan, Tuesday, 3 July 2018 20:12 (three years ago) link

will be listening! amazing effort.

Fizzles, Thursday, 5 July 2018 07:42 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

semi-recent interview, nice and long:


sleeve, Thursday, 30 August 2018 17:34 (three years ago) link

two months pass...

he was just incredible last night, first time he's come back to Eugene in almost ten years (the last time was when he played at our house). I counted eight songs I was unfamiliar with/had never heard, out of a 90-minute set.

at this point he's the best living American singer/songwriter as far as I'm concerned.

#BreakingTheWorld (sleeve), Sunday, 18 November 2018 17:18 (two years ago) link

wow....going to see him in Portland in 2 weeks

campreverb, Sunday, 18 November 2018 17:34 (two years ago) link

where? Laurelthurst?

#BreakingTheWorld (sleeve), Sunday, 18 November 2018 17:36 (two years ago) link

whoa that looks amazing

#BreakingTheWorld (sleeve), Sunday, 18 November 2018 19:12 (two years ago) link

pretty excited, a friend of mine is playing with Lonnie.

campreverb, Sunday, 18 November 2018 19:36 (two years ago) link

two years pass...



July is when the foxgloves bloom in Astoria, Oregon. July is also Michael Hurley’s favorite month, whether it finds him at home in Astoria or somewhere else. He’s often somewhere else, but last summer he was home, as reasonable people were, which is where and when The Time of the Foxgloves began.

The Rope Room studio, in the Fort George brewery complex, was the place. After several sessions transferring home recordings Michael had made over the past few years on his stalwart TEAC A-3340S four-track tape machine, friends and colleagues—some local, some further flung—sang, played, and engineered what is the most varied, hi-fi Snock album heard in a while; arguably since 1988’s Watertower. Four different banjos are played by four different banjoists; there’s a battery of harmony singers (Kati Clayborn, Lindsay Clark, Josephine Foster, Betsy Nichols); upright bass, baritone ukulele, and bass clarinet address the lower ends. Beloved songs from albums past—“Lush Green Trees” (from Watertower); “Love Is the Closest Thing” (as “Time Is Right” on 1995’s Parsnip Snips)—are reassembled with some new elements (e.g., xylophone) but, lacking none of their original wonder or impact, the new versions impart an uncanny sense of continuity, as though they’ve been slowly but unceasingly evolving in the interim. (This phenomenon is a central quality of Michael Hurley performances on both records and stages). “Se Fue En La Noche” will be familiar to anyone who’s seen a Snock show over the last half-dozen years—“better put your shoesies on before you die of the cold” being among Michael’s more unforgettable adjurations—but surprisingly this is its first appearance on record. The old reliable Wurlitzer A200, instantly identifiable to all fans of Bellemeade Phonics productions, leads the way on “Blondes and Redheads,” where it’s accompanied by a nylon-stringed slide guitar. One of the banjos—this one played by Snock—is joined on “Knocko the Monk” by a sighing pump organ, making a prototypical Hurley instrumental into something disorientingly but satisfyingly wistful. Twin fiddles fiddle on opener “Are You Here For the Festival?”, this listener’s favorite recent song of Michael's since “The Corridor" (c. 2010).

“Are You Here...” came to Hurley this past June. He was out in the yard, cutting back wild blackberry. It was his second June running without a trip to Ohio for the Nelsonville Festival; it was called off this year too. Home in July to witness the foxgloves bloom again, he saw them torched come August by the extreme heat that assaulted the Pacific Northwest. But time and Snock soldier on undaunted. He’ll turn 80 in December, just after this record’s release. The Time of the Foxgloves is now.

–Nathan Salsburg, October 2021

Communist Hockey Goblin (sleeve), Tuesday, 12 October 2021 15:27 (two weeks ago) link

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