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Monday, May 01, 2006

Damien Jurado

Damien Jurado is one of my favorite "generation x" crooners (along with Richard Buckner). He's a sad "urban folky" from Seattle who has been pressing deeply personal and exciting albums since 1997's Water Ave S. His five lp's since have traveled between rolicking numbers, alt-country, found sounds, and downbeat acoustic musings. Through it all is a classic storytelling lyrical style, emotion, and a sound far from polished.

Damien and company played a handful of dates earlier this year with Clem Snide and Rocky Votolato, but he cut the tour short as he went home "to just hang out loving my family who i am feeling distant from" as he was once again dealing with depression.

I've always been impressed with his dedication to his family, as I heard him once on a KEXP studio broadcast attempting to play while his young son was running around pressing buttons in the studio (he explained that it was his day with the little guy).

Here are a couple tracks off the six song tour ep that was available during the short-lived tour. It's acoustic and sad - just the way I like it.

Damien Jurado at MySpace

Purchase most of Damien's recordings directly from his website

Damien Jurado - Denton, Texas.mp3
Damien Jurado - Arcade.mp3

4 Comments:

  • At 2:16 AM, Anonymous nico said…

    I haven't bought an album of his since I Break Chairs. I don't know why, I like them all, I just stopped buying for some reason.

     
  • At 7:34 AM, Blogger jds said…

    I break chairs is by far his most rocking album to date. I prefer his more quite side, which he has been nurtured a bit more on the last couple releases (even though there are a few rockers sprinkled about on On My Way to Absence.

     
  • At 10:01 AM, Anonymous nico said…

    I definately need to check them out because I prefer the quiet stuff.

     
  • At 10:39 AM, Blogger jds said…

    My favs are Ghost of David and Rehearsals for Departure just for that reason.

     

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