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Michael Hurley's Lost Album, Fatboy Spring

Posted by Miss Ess, May 27, 2011 01:12pm | Post a Comment

Folk legend Michael Hurley has written a short piece exclusively for us about two of his old bands, Automatic Slim & the Fat Boys as well as Sheriff Mocus & the Deranged Cowboys, his time living in central Vermont in the 70s and how he got into fiddlin'.

With these bands, Hurley created the lost album Fatboy Spring, which includes unreleased tracks from the mid-70s and will be issued by Secret Seven/Mississippi Records this summer. Read the piece below by Mr. Hurley and check out an exclusive track called "Automatic Slim & the Fat Boys" here!
 

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Automatic Slim & the Fat Boys
Formed: Vermont 1972

They lived in dwellings along the Lost Nation Valley Road, barns, sugar shacks, partially collapsed and low rent or no rent houses. Or; they built their own house. None of the Fatboys were actually fat. I had michael hurley fatboy springthought we might make a better stage presence if we all put pillows in our shirts while performing and I furnished the down pillows which we tried wearing for the first few gigs but we found that you soon get overly warm performing with a big old down pillow in your shirt and eventually the pillows would be removed and after a while all of them had been forgotten at the venues where we played. We played ski lodges and seedy taverns, the Bearcat Snowmobile Club and bar-b-cues and house concerts.

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Michael Hurley, Cass McCombs and White Magic at Swedish American Hall, SF

Posted by Miss Ess, February 2, 2011 09:52am | Post a Comment

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Tickets available here!

Michael Hurley's Blue Navigator Released on 8-Track

Posted by Miss Ess, October 8, 2010 11:09am | Post a Comment
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Michael Hurley
is one of the largely unsung heroes of the original 60s folk movement, and he's still around and putting out great music. If you haven't ever heard his stuff before, there's bunches of it to choose from. Might I suggest Blueberry Wine or Snockgrass or Armchair Boogie?

For your perusal, here is one of his most famous songs, "Werewolf," a version of which appears on Blue Navigator:



You can listen to "Who Ever Heard of You," also from Blue Navigator, here.

But if you are a seasoned fan, and perhaps a bit of a luddite too, I have some news for you! Secret Seven Records in conjunction with Mississippi Records is exclusively releasing one of Hurley's best albums, the previously way outta print Blue michael hurleyNavigator, on 8-track! Yes, you read that correctly: 8-track. We do sell 8-tracks here at Amoeba! Apparently Hurley was at some point in his long career an 8-track repairman, so this seems quite apt. The record originally came out in 1984 and has been unavailable ever since, as a fire destroyed the original master tapes. It's sound is classic Hurley: saloon-type piano rags, fine pickin' and songs about women, wine and wolverines, all crafted to loopy perfection. For more info on the release, check out the Secret Seven blog.

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Interview with Rock Photographer Alissa Anderson - Part 1

Posted by Miss Ess, March 4, 2010 05:40pm | Post a Comment
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Devendra Banhart - Benicassim Festival - 2005

Alissa Anderson is one fabulous rock photographer! She has dedicated herself to chronicling the likes of Vetiver, Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom, Neil and Pegi Young, Michael Hurley, Vashti Bunyan, Papercuts, Conor Oberst, Espers, Lavender Diamond, CocoRosie, Tussle, Citay, and bunches of other musicians currently making the scene, taking candid live shots, as well as promotional stills and also shooting multiple album covers . She has born witness both here in San Francisco and across the world to one of the most vibrant and exciting music scenes ever, and has documented it all for our visual pleasure. I recently interviewed Alissa to learn more about her work, what inspires her, and her peak artistic moments. Because there are so many photos (some exclusive!) in this interview, there will be two parts. Part Two is right here!

Alela Diane Chats

Posted by Miss Ess, March 13, 2009 02:28pm | Post a Comment
Nevada City native Alela Diane has already made quite a splash with her just-released album, To Be Still. The record was released on her new label, Rough Trade Records and she was written up in the illustrious Mojo as one to watch in 2009. Alela's music sounds fresh and true and it rings with evocative references to nature, life and love. Her voice commands attention with its bold and warbling tones and her songs intertwine tales of days new and old. To read my review of Alela's album, click here, and for images from her Amoeba instore back in 2007, click here. For our recent chat, read on.

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Miss Ess: Was there a lightning bolt moment when you were young and you realized how important music was for you? What albums/artists were important to you during that time?

Alela Diane: I think I always knew I loved song and melody. I remember being small and hearing my dad’s guitar through the wall as I fell asleep. I’d crash out on random couches as my folks finished up band practice. I remember listening to Patsy Cline with my mom, singing along… always singing along. As I got older I alela diane performingbranched out into more ‘popular’ music of the time and went through my preteen obsession with Hanson: I was not completely sheltered from pop culture, as it turns out. I began to write songs & play the guitar at 19. And shortly thereafter, when I was working at a breakfast café in Nevada City, I realized I was a lot better at singing than I was at filling water and coffee-- so I stuck to it. 

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