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Artist: HOKE, RUSSELL
Title: The Magic of My Youth
Format: Double LP
Label: No Label
Country: USA
Price: $38.00
Last copy remaining has slightly bent corners. "When Russell Hoke first set out to put out a record - a decade or so back - he did it with the simple idea of just having a copy for himself to play on his old record player. He pressed up 100 of the now long gone "Cosmic Outlaw" and then, with no real plan in place for distributing it, he simply started donating them to charity shops and second hand shops in the area Johnny Appleseed style. Some years went by and, once again, Russell had the impulse to get more of his music back on record - again so he could have a copy to play on his record player. Thus was born "The Magic of My Youth"- an out of nowhere double lp of warped real people outsider banjo & singin folk comprised of twisted moans, surreal meditations and inverse field hollers that were mostly recorded throughout the mid-1980s. Russell pressed these up in an edition of 100 copies and packaged them in a gatefold jacket with hand pasted front and back covers. Features such non hits as ive got a desire to go sailing, youre darned tootin, utmost la,twisted mountain."
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Artist: HOKE, RUSSELL
Title: Selected Poems
Format: LP
Label: Red Wheelbarrow
Country: USA
Price: $10.00
"Our egg has chicken physics on the run." - Russell Hoke.

"Hokes poems are dreams of possibilities outlasting the transient hopes of philosophy and science." - Robert F Kellel, Antiquarian Book Mart.

"In the age of social networking and digital distribution, where music fans are inundated with an endless barrage of preview tracks, video clips, and promotional blurbs, the story of little known Texas-based songwriter, Russell Hoke, reads almost like something swiped from the pages of The Acid Archives than from someone who has released four albums in 2011 alone. The truth is that Hoke had recorded a bunch of songs in the Eighties and Nineties, but has only, in the past few years, begun to actively release this material in limited, hand-assembled editions on his private press imprint, Unheard-Of." - Foxy Digitalis.

Artist: HOKE, RUSSELL
Title: A Voice From the Lonesome Playground: An Anthology
Format: Double Cass
Label: Round Bale
Country: USA
Price: $18.00
150 hand-numbered copies in over-sized album. 16-page lyrics booklet.

“It was in the summer of 2011 that I first stumbled across a small stash of Russell Hoke albums while combing through the tastefully stocked bins of Chicagos Dusty Groove Records, which I later learned was one of the very few places in the world to actually carry these. Tucked in their small “Folk & Country” section sat these intriguing looking hand-assembled, hand-scrawled record jackets with titles like Haunted Brain and If I Had Been the Universe that looked positively out of place amongst the more recognizable selections within that traditional-mind- ed genre. With no knowledge of what any of these would sound like, but lured by the cheap sticker price and curious song titles, I ended up purchasing a copy of Hokes He Would Have Been A Fine Young Man.
When I arrived back home and put the needle to the record for the first time, I was downright mesmerized by what I heard. The album was a haunting work of psych- tinged, outsider folk that sounded like a lost late-sixties/early-seventies artifact, adding a bit of mystery and confusion to the 2011 copyright date on the jacket. This, of course, immediately sent me on the hunt for any and all of the other Hoke recordings I could get my hands on and to seek out any further information I could about this elusive artist. There was, however, scant information to be found online about Hoke at the time (and to this day, in fact), with the exception of maybe a couple of mentions of his 2009 released double album, The Magic of My Youth. Fortunately, based on a slight hunch and a blind email inquiry, I was put in touch with Hoke directly, a connection that has provided me with years worth of enduring songs, poetry, and camaraderie, and which brings us to the present day and this collection in hand.
The bulk of the recordings featured on this anthology date back to the 1980s and have been circulated amongst Hokes friends and supporters in various minuscule editions and under various titles for decades, from the “pizza box” cassette edition of Splashing Onto You, My Children in the late 80s up through the more recent spat of limited vinyl editions on Hokes private label, Unheard-of Records. This anthology draws from the entirety of his archives and these later private press editions, including three previously unreleased tracks, to circulate a collection anew for the next generation of listeners and future fans of this under-appreciated, Texas-based songwriter and poet. With 38 songs spread out over two cassettes and a 16-page booklet of lyrics, A Voice From the Lonesome Playground presents a broad overview of Hokes work, providing what I consider more than ample evidence of his much-deserved place in that great conversation of notable left-of-center songwriters and wordsmiths, from Dylan to Johnston to Hazlewood to Hurley. Get in on the action, friends: the Cosmic Outlaw is back!” - David Perron, November 2016.

Artist: HOKE, RUSSELL
Title: Comet Of Despair
Format: LP
Label: Unheard Of
Country: USA
Price: $9.00
"...much of his material was actually recorded throughout the 80s and 90s, but is only now, in recent years, being released in small quantities by Hoke himself. His work brings to mind various left-of-center songsmiths such as Michael Hurley, Holy Modal Rounders, Lee Hazlewood, Syd Barrett, Daniel Johnston..." - Free Form Freakout. "In the age of social networking and digital distribution, where music fans are inundated with an endless barrage of preview tracks, video clips, and promotional blurbs, the story of little known Texas-based songwriter, Russell Hoke, reads almost like something swiped from the pages of The Acid Archives than from someone who has released four albums in 2011 alone. The truth is that Hoke had recorded a bunch of songs in the Eighties and Nineties, but has only, in the past few years, begun to actively release this material in limited, hand-assembled editions on his private press imprint, Unheard-Of." - Foxy Digitalis.
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Artist: HOKE, RUSSELL
Title: Cosmic Outlaw
Format: LP
Label: Unheard Of
Country: USA
Price: $9.00
"...much of his material was actually recorded throughout the 80s and 90s, but is only now, in recent years, being released in small quantities by Hoke himself. His work brings to mind various left-of-center songsmiths such as Michael Hurley, Holy Modal Rounders, Lee Hazlewood, Syd Barrett, Daniel Johnston..." - Free Form Freakout. "In the age of social networking and digital distribution, where music fans are inundated with an endless barrage of preview tracks, video clips, and promotional blurbs, the story of little known Texas-based songwriter, Russell Hoke, reads almost like something swiped from the pages of The Acid Archives than from someone who has released four albums in 2011 alone. The truth is that Hoke had recorded a bunch of songs in the Eighties and Nineties, but has only, in the past few years, begun to actively release this material in limited, hand-assembled editions on his private press imprint, Unheard-Of." - Foxy Digitalis.
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Artist: HOKE, RUSSELL
Title: Dont Fret
Format: LP
Label: Unheard Of
Country: USA
Price: $9.00
"The last track on this record was recorded in 1984 at Trinity University. "The Unjust Incarceration" is a piobaireachd, a classical composition for the Great Highland Bagpipe. This mighty piobaireachd was composed by Iain Dall MacKay (1656-1754), the Blind Piper of Gairloch. I play only the first section of the tune, known in piobaireachd as "the ground"; the entire tune is approximately sixteen minutes long. I consider the tune to be a lament for any person or consciousness that cannot release itself from suffering." - Russell Hoke.

"Dont fret. Thats Rustys job. While hes moving his fingers across those frets, all you have to worry about is partying. Listening to all your favorite country tunes sung in an easy, laid-back style. A background sound you can count on." - from the album notes.

"...much of his material was actually recorded throughout the 80s and 90s, but is only now, in recent years, being released in small quantities by Hoke himself. His work brings to mind various left-of-center songsmiths such as Michael Hurley, Holy Modal Rounders, Lee Hazlewood, Syd Barrett, Daniel Johnston..." - Free Form Freakout.

"In the age of social networking and digital distribution, where music fans are inundated with an endless barrage of preview tracks, video clips, and promotional blurbs, the story of little known Texas-based songwriter, Russell Hoke, reads almost like something swiped from the pages of The Acid Archives than from someone who has released four albums in 2011 alone. The truth is that Hoke had recorded a bunch of songs in the Eighties and Nineties, but has only, in the past few years, begun to actively release this material in limited, hand-assembled editions on his private press imprint, Unheard-Of." - Foxy Digitalis.
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Artist: HOKE, RUSSELL
Title: Driftwood
Format: LP
Label: Unheard Of
Country: USA
Price: $9.00
"...much of his material was actually recorded throughout the 80s and 90s, but is only now, in recent years, being released in small quantities by Hoke himself. His work brings to mind various left-of-center songsmiths such as Michael Hurley, Holy Modal Rounders, Lee Hazlewood, Syd Barrett, Daniel Johnston..." - Free Form Freakout.

"In the age of social networking and digital distribution, where music fans are inundated with an endless barrage of preview tracks, video clips, and promotional blurbs, the story of little known Texas-based songwriter, Russell Hoke, reads almost like something swiped from the pages of The Acid Archives than from someone who has released four albums in 2011 alone. The truth is that Hoke had recorded a bunch of songs in the Eighties and Nineties, but has only, in the past few years, begun to actively release this material in limited, hand-assembled editions on his private press imprint, Unheard-Of." - Foxy Digitalis.
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Artist: HOKE, RUSSELL
Title: Haunted Brain
Format: LP
Label: Unheard Of
Country: USA
Price: $10.00
2010 LP available again with full color artwork and handwritten back cover info. Edition of 100 ."Wonderful musings from the haunted brain of Russell Hoke � a timeless album of indie, outsider material � sung and played by Hoke on guitar, banjo, and harmonica � with the same blend of folk and blues as in his 80s recordings! The songs are better-formed here, but still recorded with a beautifully earthy feel � the kind of vibe that folks pay plenty for on obscure "private" recordings of the 70s � presented by Russell in a very similar format here � especially given that the package for each record is hand-written and handmade! " - Dusty Groove.

Artist: HOKE, RUSSELL
Title: He Would Have Been a Fine Young Man
Format: LP
Label: Unheard Of
Country: USA
Price: $9.00
"...much of his material was actually recorded throughout the 80s and 90s, but is only now, in recent years, being released in small quantities by Hoke himself. His work brings to mind various left-of-center songsmiths such as Michael Hurley, Holy Modal Rounders, Lee Hazlewood, Syd Barrett, Daniel Johnston... And what an amazing record it is!! The album is a haunting work of psych-tinged folk and bluegrass that sounds like some lost late-sixties/early-seventies gem, adding a bit of intrigue and confusion to the 2011 copyright date." - Free Form Freakout.

"In the age of social networking and digital distribution, where music fans are inundated with an endless barrage of preview tracks, video clips, and promotional blurbs, the story of little known Texas-based songwriter, Russell Hoke, reads almost like something swiped from the pages of The Acid Archives than from someone who has released four albums in 2011 alone. The truth is that Hoke had recorded a bunch of songs in the Eighties and Nineties, but has only, in the past few years, begun to actively release this material in limited, hand-assembled editions on his private press imprint, Unheard-Of." - Foxy Digitalis.
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Artist: HOKE, RUSSELL
Title: If I Had Been the Universe
Format: LP
Label: Unheard Of
Country: USA
Price: $9.00
"...much of his material was actually recorded throughout the 80s and 90s, but is only now, in recent years, being released in small quantities by Hoke himself. His work brings to mind various left-of-center songsmiths such as Michael Hurley, Holy Modal Rounders, Lee Hazlewood, Syd Barrett, Daniel Johnston..." - Free Form Freakout.

"In the age of social networking and digital distribution, where music fans are inundated with an endless barrage of preview tracks, video clips, and promotional blurbs, the story of little known Texas-based songwriter, Russell Hoke, reads almost like something swiped from the pages of The Acid Archives than from someone who has released four albums in 2011 alone. The truth is that Hoke had recorded a bunch of songs in the Eighties and Nineties, but has only, in the past few years, begun to actively release this material in limited, hand-assembled editions on his private press imprint, Unheard-Of." - Foxy Digitalis.
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Artist: HOKE, RUSSELL
Title: Sailor On the Blue
Format: LP
Label: Unheard Of
Country: USA
Price: $10.00
""Sailor on the Blue" is my last LP of original music. Most of the material on this record is newly recorded, but, as on most of my records, there are still a few tracks, such as "Weird Rachel" and "Hillbillys Lament," which were recorded in the mid-eighties. Side two features acoustic guitar and harmonica folky tunes." - Russell Hoke. Limited to 100 copies.

"...much of his material was actually recorded throughout the 80s and 90s, but is only now, in recent years, being released in small quantities by Hoke himself. His work brings to mind various left-of-center songsmiths such as Michael Hurley, Holy Modal Rounders, Lee Hazlewood, Syd Barrett, Daniel Johnston..." - Free Form Freakout.

"In the age of social networking and digital distribution, where music fans are inundated with an endless barrage of preview tracks, video clips, and promotional blurbs, the story of little known Texas-based songwriter, Russell Hoke, reads almost like something swiped from the pages of The Acid Archives than from someone who has released four albums in 2011 alone. The truth is that Hoke had recorded a bunch of songs in the Eighties and Nineties, but has only, in the past few years, begun to actively release this material in limited, hand-assembled editions on his private press imprint, Unheard-Of." - Foxy Digitalis.

Artist: HOKE, RUSSELL
Title: Through the Hardship of Seasons
Format: 12"
Label: Unheard Of
Country: USA
Price: $8.00

Artist: HOKE, RUSSELL
Title: With an Aching Heart
Format: LP
Label: Unheard Of
Country: USA
Price: $10.00
""With an Aching Heart" is mostly a record of favorite cover songs.  Only one song, "Scorpio Madi," is an original.  I recorded all but one song on a Califone tape recorder with a condenser mic.  My studios were my garage and bedroom.  Featuring eleven tracks, including classics such as:  "You Are My Sunshine," Im So Lonesome I Could Cry," "Hellhound on My Trail" (with banjo!), "House of the Rising Sun," "Girl of My Dreams," and "We Three" (once made popular by the Ink Spots. The album is raw and spare, with an aim toward sublime sorrow.  This will be my last record." - Russell Hoke. Limited to 100 copies.

"...much of his material was actually recorded throughout the 80s and 90s, but is only now, in recent years, being released in small quantities by Hoke himself. His work brings to mind various left-of-center songsmiths such as Michael Hurley, Holy Modal Rounders, Lee Hazlewood, Syd Barrett, Daniel Johnston..." - Free Form Freakout.

"In the age of social networking and digital distribution, where music fans are inundated with an endless barrage of preview tracks, video clips, and promotional blurbs, the story of little known Texas-based songwriter, Russell Hoke, reads almost like something swiped from the pages of The Acid Archives than from someone who has released four albums in 2011 alone. The truth is that Hoke had recorded a bunch of songs in the Eighties and Nineties, but has only, in the past few years, begun to actively release this material in limited, hand-assembled editions on his private press imprint, Unheard-Of." - Foxy Digitalis.

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