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Damien Jurado

Urban folk singer/songwriter Damien Jurado quietly built up one of the strongest catalogs on the indie scene, earning high critical praise yet somehow never quite getting his proper due. Nick Drake had a definite impact on much of his work, but Jurado modeled his career on more idiosyncratic, unpredictable figures like Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, and Randy Newman -- songwriters who followed their own muse wherever it took them, whether fans and critics enjoyed it or not. His independence was born at least in part from the influence of punk, and one of the results was a concern for emotional authenticity that led him to delve into other people's lives instead of his own. Many of Jurado's best songs spun concise, literate tales of quiet, everyday despair, which often earned him comparisons to short story writer Raymond Carver. But his storytelling bent -- not to mention his ambivalence toward confessional material -- arose from a stronger grounding in traditional folk than spiritual compatriots like Elliott Smith or Cat Power. And with detours into pop, roots rock, full-fledged electric indie rock, and even found-sound experiments, Jurado ensured that his body of work was impossible to accurately pin down.

A lifelong native of Seattle, Jurado started playing in a succession of local punk bands in 1989. One of them, the Christian-tinged Coolidge, also featured future Pedro the Lion mastermind David Bazan, and eventually had a track featured on the Tooth & Nail label's Christian punk/emo compilation I'm Your Biggest Fan, Vol. 1. Meanwhile, Jurado began to explore the solo route during the mid-'90s, writing simple folk-based tunes and releasing them on his own cassette-only label, Casa Recordings. Leaded, Trailer Park Radio, and Gasoline all helped create a local cult following for Jurado, and he found an influential fan in fellow Christian and Sunny Day Real Estate singer Jeremy Enigk, who brought him to the attention of Sub Pop. After two 7" releases on Sub Pop, "Motorbike" and "Trampoline," Jurado issued his proper debut album, Waters Ave S., in 1997, and followed it with a spare, home-recorded EP for Made in Mexico, Gathered in Song, a year later.

Jurado's sophomore effort was also his breakthrough; released in 1999, the excellent Rehearsals for Departure established him as a singer/songwriter of tremendous subtlety and skill, and won near-universal critical acclaim. Jurado's rootsy, minimalist folk-pop and fragile vocals pulled listeners in close, and his knack for a memorable hook kept them there. For his next move, Jurado confounded fans and critics alike with 2000's Postcards and Audio Letters, a compilation of conversation fragments found on the audio cassettes that Jurado collected obsessively (from sources like thrift-store boom boxes and answering machines) and often used for songwriting inspiration.

The proper follow-up to Rehearsals for Departure was Ghost of David, issued on Sub Pop later in 2000. While it hewed mostly to the style of Rehearsals, it also dabbled in some of the found-sound collage aspects of Postcards, and wound up somewhat darker and more alien. Jurado next turned to the Burnt Toast label to issue the one-off EP Four Songs in 2001, then formed a full band dubbed Gathered in Song for a change of pace from his typically mellow style. Featuring guitarist Eric Fisher, bassist Josh Golden, and drummer Andy Myers (all of whom played more than one instrument), Gathered in Song debuted on Jurado's next album, 2002's fully electrified I Break Chairs. Audiences expecting another moody, late-night, urban folk outing were thrown for a loop; some critics felt that Jurado was better off sticking to what he did best, while others found the transition not only convincing, but surprisingly varied and well-crafted.

Jurado subsequently parted ways with Sub Pop, looking to scale back his recording and touring activities in order to spend more time with his family and, to a lesser degree, his day job as a preschool teacher. He landed on the Indiana-based Secretly Canadian label, for whom he debuted in 2003 with Where Shall You Take Me?, a return to his trademark, low-key folk-ballad style. In typical fashion, he followed it with an EP for a smaller label (Acuarela), titled Holding His Breath. A year later, he returned to Secretly Canadian for another EP, Just in Time for Something; early in 2005 his next full-length, On My Way to Absence, arrived. Jurado continued to keep busy with And Now That I'm in Your Shadow, a spare, hushed collection of songs that arrived late in 2006; early the following year, Gathered in Song was reissued with bonus tracks. His eighth full-length, Caught in the Trees, arrived in 2008, followed by the Richard Swift-produced Saint Bartlett (2011) and Maraqopa (2012). In 2013, Jurado returned to the studio with Swift once again, to record his 11th studio album, 2014's Brothers & Sisters of the Eternal Son. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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Comments

David Bazan (Pedro the Lion)'s influence is undeniably thick on Jurado's instrumentat i o n on this record--whic h is awesome. :-)
David Bazan (Pedro the Lion)'s influence is undeniably thick on Jurado's instrumentat i o n on this record--whic h is awesome. :-)
This dude!!!!!
Story of my life
HES GOOD
I love the guitar in this song
He keeps getting better, man I got to make to see him play!!!
Favorite song so far is definitely Denton,TX. So beautiful.
love it! follow me if you agree, I WILL FOLLOW BACK!
Awesome track! wierd ive never heard of him before...... ( the cover clouds look like a dragon :)
SOMETHING STANDS OUT IN STYLE OF FREELANCE KINDA PLAYING AROUND.
Found him a few months ago... and caught his show last week, was amazing, chatted for a min, very nice.... im a fan for life. A "real artist"
pearlorene
He has a unique, beautiful voice. I just heard his song and I am instantly in love. This is a rarity for me.
Amazing music he has!!!!!
joshie363
Willow smells like feces.
love this song so much.
awesome artist lovelovelove
completely gay and awkward.
I think Jurado is much quieter and more mellow than Bazan. It's okay, they're both great!
Not cousins, but they used to play together quite a bit. They've played on each others albums here and there.
tkmurra1
Before I looked, I thought this was Bazan. Def not "very different" from Bazan. His voice/delive r y sound the same and so do the guitars and tempo. Tell me that they are cousins.
Great Music!
Even though he shows up on my Bazan station, I think he's very different from Bazan.
Great sounds, moving lyrics...dee p . Definitely a fan!
Heard Everything Trying on HOUSE. LOVED IT!
Loved it!
Wow...first time I've heard him or heard of him...love it!
berryk1986
david bazan much?
Wow, that really hit home. The depth of his voice, like he's singing at the pace of life. Urgent but without a sense of time.
I just got into Damien and started with Caught in the trees and Rehearsals for Departure. I'm ready for more.
Can anyone recommend a good album of his to start with? Pandora fed me his "Trials" a while back and I bought it on iTunes. Now I want more...
k.l.gyulafia
For a recent review of the Saint Bartlett album, with in-depth opinions, check out Spectrum Culture:
http://spect r u m c u l t u r e . c o m / 2 0 1 0 / 0 6 / d a m i e n - j u r a d o - s a i n t - b a r t l e t t . h t m l
rschauland4
A great live performer if you ever have a chance to see him. It's a cool experience: like the music almost takes a back seat to his intricate storytelling . Like a terrific storyteller reinforcing his words with delicate guitar. Good stuff.
jarrett313
Mr. Jurado has written many good songs, and his voice is intoxicating . I always leave from his shows feeling as though I have privileged to something very special, not to mention that he is kind, generous, and easy to get along with. I am thankful for his continued music making.
This sound has David Bazan all over it. Sorry that's not an insult. I meant production wise. Is that producing you? Good s**t man I love it.
everytime i hear him pop up i stop typing and look to see who is singing to me.
i am entranced by his voice he reminds me more of mark kozalek than nick drake.
One of the Best! Looking forward to seeing him at Spaceland... Y a y ! ! !
Last night I was talking with Damien after the show in Birmingham, and a guy mentioned Nick Drake to him. He got kind of irritated, so I don't recommend it. The bio is wrong, by the way, I asked him about Seattle: he lived in various small towns (including Selma, AL. Wow) and this affected his songwriting more than the rainy-city residency. However, this does not take away from the fact that the best musicians are associated with Seatlle. Laura Gibson came with him. She was incredible-g o see her
Why do we put the "Nick Drake" stamp on any and every Travis-picki n g , van-dwelling acoustic kid with unpolished vocal tracks? It's too easy for a burned out surfer to pick up a guitar and get on Jack Johnson's label just so he can pick up girls, but that doesn't prevent his music from being monotonous. There are some really great new acoustic artists out there, but there are also a lot of mind-numbing l y repetitive albums too.
yoniva1
I loved it! And I thought I was the only one out there that liked Morphine?
Not too shabby. He came up on my Morphine based channel.
There IS hope for a new generation. All you young folks, welcome to the outside where you'll probably always be. But it's okay, you're in the best of all humane company. Know why? Because it has NOTHING to do with money.
bromide01
By "our time" do you mean "never".
ilromathis
One of the most amazing songwriters of our time
I love his sound!
Look what you've started UNROOTED. nice design for a tattoo. So this guy's gonna have to get listened to now.
bromide01
My wife and I got tattoo rings based on the cover art to "Slanted and Enchanted".
My wife and I decided to get tattoo rings based on the cover art from And now That I'm in Your Shadow, partly because we both really love Damien's music, but also because the cover is gorgeous, better than a burning truck on my finger.

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