V/A: SNOCKUMENT - SONGS BY MICHAEL HURLEY (2021) TRIBUTE ALBUM LP
SNOCKUMENT is a vinyl sampler of some of Michael Hurley's favourite covers of his songs, spanning 30 years or more, threaded with a love and admiration for the songs of Hi Fi Snock. Some tunes were recorded specially for the occasion (Calexico, Cass McCombs, The Hackles, dbh and Little Sue) while others were picked up along the way (Cat Power, Yo La Tengo, The Chicken Chokers, Vernon Tonges and Jason D. Williams). The tracks were mastered specially to create a fine unity of all the selections as though all were performed in the same place on one day.
Steve Peters and Jonathan Scheuer of Nonsequitur (USA) first came up with the name 'Snockument', back in the early 1990s. They planned a compilation of Michael Hurley covers, in association with Hurley, by some of their favourite musicians. However, for reasons artistic and prosaic, the project stalled. In the early-2000s, Irish label Blue Navigator began assembling tunes with the same intent, but that notion also got parked. Then, in late-2019, the idea of a vinyl LP of prime Snock cover tunes was floated, with Michael Hurley steering the whole caboodle. So here it finally is - an album to be played over and over, a moment to be immersed in the world of Hi Fi Snock, created by his admirers and fans, selected and sequenced by the man himself.
- Sweet Lucy – Cass McCombs & Steve Gunn
- Somebody To Say Bye Bye To – Little Sue
- The Werewolf – Cat Power
- Watertrain – The Chicken Chokers
- Hog of the Forsaken (instr) – dbh
- O My Stars – The Hackles
- I Still Could Not Forget You Then – Vernon Tonges
- The Rue Of Ruby Whores – Calexico
- Portland Water – Jason D. Williams
- Polynesia #1 – Yo La Tengo
includes 4-panel gatefold insert with art by Michael Hurley