The Hackles “O My Stars” – from Michael Hurley tribute album

The Hackles are Kati Claborn and Luke Ydstie, who are based in Astoria, Oregan, the oldest settlement west of the Rocky Mountains.  They met when they were individually recruited to Portland-based band Blind Pilot, with whom they still play but seeing as they hit it off they also decided to form a musical duo.  And raise a family.  ‘O My Stars‘ is the pair’s contribution to a new tribute album to Michael Hurley.  The album is called ‘Snockument’ and 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 especially 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 Vinyl is out this year and there’s an expanded digital version planned for 2022.

Michael Hurley has a career we usually refer to as storied – releasing his debut album, ‘First Songs’, in 1964 on the Folkways label – making his music, by association and sound, genuine Americana. Since then there have been a couple of dozen or more releases featuring songs about maidens, werewolves, wild geese, dogs, UFOs, and the Twilight Zone.

The full track list for ‘Snockument’ is:

Side 1
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

Side 2
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

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Sure, I could climb high in a tree, or go to Skye on my holiday. I could be happy. All I really want is the excitement of first hearing The Byrds, the amazement of decades of Dylan's music, or the thrill of seeing a band like The Long Ryders live. That's not much to ask, is it?

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