Tuesday, June 8, 2010

In addition to tapes, I'm now distributing select vinyl titles, and I couldn't be happier to kick this new venture off with...
Michael Hurley - Armchair Boogie - Mississippi Records
Michael Hurley - Armchair Boogie - Mississippi Records
It's hard to even know where to start with this one! Armchair Boogie is Michael Hurley's second LP, recorded five years after his 1964 debut on Folkways in his bedroom in Brookline, Mass. This record is always paired in my mind with Richard Brautigan's In Watermelon Sugar because the two have the same feel. The gentle, whimsical come down of the late '60s, a simple life with a small group of friends, pockets of both deep melancholy and impish bawdiness, pastoral America. This is a very easy album to love -- the loose, folky arrangements have just the right bounce, the songs are solid and above all is Hurley's voice, bell-clear, tender and unaffected. I could go on and on but, anyway, this is a favorite of mine, highly recommended to anybody. $10

"Open Up" by Michael Hurley and Pals

(I have a handful of other Mississippi LPs in stock, check the distro page.)

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