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  • Visions Of Us On The Land Visions Of Us On The Land Quick View

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    Visions Of Us On The Land

    "Damien Jurado is every character in every Damien Jurado song. He is the gun, the purple anteater, the
    paper wings, the avalanche, the air show disaster, Ohio, the ghost of his best friend's wife."

    - Father John Misty


    Providing the ideal entry point for neophytes and an intoxicating aural high for the faithful, Damien
    Jurado's new opus extends the hot streak ignited by 2012's Maraqopa and its 2014 follow-up Brothers and
    Sisters of the Eternal Son. Cut once again with label-mate and super producer Richard Swift at the latter's
    National Freedom recording facility in rural Oregon, Visions of Us On The Land completes the tale of an
    individual who has had to disappear from society in order to discover some universal truths.

    1. Amateur Night
    2. Omaha
    3. Abilene
    4. Texas To Ohio
    5. Window
    6. I Can't Get Over You
    7. Intoxicated Hands
    8. Tether
    9. Matinee
    10. Bad Dreams
    11. Abilene (demo)
    12. I Can't Get Over You (demo)
    13. The Killer (demo)
    14. Amateur Night (demo)
    15. Omaha (demo)
    16. Smith 1972 (Just In Time For Something EP)
    17. Motion Sickness (Just In Time For
    Something EP)
    18. Night Out For The Downer (Just In
    Time For Something EP)
    19. Prices (Just In Time For Something
    EP)
    20. Engine Fire (Just In Time For
    Something EP)
    Damien Jurado
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  • Saint Bartlett Saint Bartlett Quick View

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    Saint Bartlett

    Saint Bartlett opens up with a grandiosity yet unheard on a Damien Jurado album. The album strips away the many layers of paint from the house down the street we know Jurado has occupied for the last decade. The new coat is exhilarating. It makes the whole neighborhood shine. It's a modest grandiosity; still homegrown. The mellotron swells, heavenly handclaps ring in stereo and big drums create a sky for the songs to fly in. And the words. Words spring forth from within the volcano of Jurado, full of hope. There's so much hope, in fact, that album opener Cloudy Shoes turns into a call-and-response with himself, as though it were a dialogue between two halves of himself.


    Richard Swift's Spector-esque production is spot-on. He ferries Jurado across theriver, where the metamorphosis occurs. He then ferries him back, and it is through Swift's lens that we see Jurado not as a folk singer, but as a mystic somewhere between Van Morrison, Scott Walker and Wayne Coyne. Saint Bartlett was made entirely at Swift's National Freedom studio in Oregon, in just under a week with only Jurado and Swift as the performers.

    1. Cloudy Shoes
    2. Arkansas
    3. Rachel & Cali
    4. Throwing Your Voice
    5. Wallingford
    6. Pear
    7. Kansas City
    8. Harborview
    9. Kalama
    10. The Falling Snow
    11. Beacon Hill
    12. With Lightning In Your Hands
    Damien Jurado
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  • Maraqopa Maraqopa Quick View

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    Maraqopa

    Damien Jurados newest collaboration with producer Richard Swift drops us into a brutal and benevolent landscape. The bold strokes and new turns the pair made with 2010s Saint Bartlett are taken even further. He throws open the gate on his oft insular dirges and allows them to do some real wilding out in the canyon. In Maraqopa, the vistas are miles-wide; the action is more dynamic; the close-ups sweaty and snarling.


    The strummed desert blues that begins Nothing is the News quickly bursts open into an Eddie Hazel-worthy supernova shred session, all of it swirling in tinny-psych and Echoplexd howls. Weve never heard anything like this from Jurado. Fifteen years into his remarkable career, and he continues to blossom. Jurado and Swift establish themselves not only as inventive, trusting collaborators, but as one anothers spirit animals in American outsider songcraft, lone wolves in black sheeps clothing. Swift is the Ennio Morricone to Jurados Sergio Leone.


    At Swifts National Freedom studios, the live-to-tape ethos allowed these songs to expand and retract like a great beasts breath. Every in-the-moment bell and whistle here is hung with a natural, casual care. And from this, each song offers up its own unique gift: the enchanting childrens choir that echoes each line of Jurados lament for innocence lost on Life Away from the Garden; the breezy bossa nova that begins This Time Next Year and rises as effortless as a smoke cloud into high-noon showdown pop; Reel to Reel's wobbly, Spector-symphony and its meta themes; and the wonderful falsetto vocal work Jurado pulls from himself on Museum of Flight.

    1. Nothing Is The News
    2. Life Away From The Garden
    3. Maraqopa
    4. This Time Next Year
    5. Reel To Reel
    6. Working Titles
    7. Everyone A Star
    8. So On, Nevada
    9. Museum Of Flight
    10. Mountains Still Asleep
    Damien Jurado
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  • Other People's Songs Vol. 1 Other People's Songs Vol. 1 Quick View

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    Other People's Songs Vol. 1

    Over the weekend of August 21-22, 2010, not long after Damien Jurado and Richard Swift first collaborated to produce Damien's 2010 record, Saint Bartlett, the pair hunkered down with a 4-track recorder and one Coles 4038 ribbon microphone to record a collection of cover songs that run the gamut from John Denver to Chubby Checker to Kraftwerk.


    The timing was perfect. On Other People's Songs Vol 1, we can see the scaffolding of what would become a creative turning point for the pair - later seen with the release of Damien Jurado's Maraqopa, the first record in his Maraqopa trilogy - less than 2 years later. The opening drum hits of Be Not So Fearful, the falsetto vocals of Sweetness, and the Spaghetti-Western swing of Radioactivity are, by now, hallmarks of the Jurado/Swift sound, but Other People's Songs Vol 1 is a transitional fossil, a marking of the pair's collaborative evolution.

    1. Be Not So Fearful
    2. Hello Sunshine
    3. Sweetness
    4. Sincere Replies
    5. If The Sun Stops Shinin'
    6. Follow Me
    7. Outside My Window
    8. Radioactivity
    9. Crazy Like A Fox
    Damien Jurado & Richard Swift
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  • Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son Quick View

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    Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son

    Damien is out of his goddamn mind.


    This isn't a recent development, but it's an important aspect of his work that often goes ignored. In place of
    this key element is the idea that his music is a sober and in-depth excavation of the American landscape and
    rural psyche. Well, folks,I'm sorry, but it's not.


    Damien Jurado is every character in every Damien Jurado song. He is the gun,the purple anteater,the paper
    wings, the avalanche, the airshow disaster, Ohio, the ghost of his best friend's wife. It is a universe unto its
    own,with it's own symbolism, creation myth, and liturgy. You might go as far as to call it a religion, and your
    religion is a character in his religion.


    Level with me. You're reading this because of Damien Jurado's new album,Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal
    Son (produced by Richard Swift). You are a progressive minded, left-leaning person who in parlor-style
    conversation regarding the globo-political ramifications of Sky Person relationships laughs knowingly so as
    not to be judgmental and very reasonably concedes "Well, I don't believe He's some old man with a beard
    sitting up in the clouds" at which point everyone agrees on [insert benign middle-ground] and moves on.


    Consider this:What if the only way to understand a religion is to create your own?


    Who is this Silver community? Where the hell are they in the Bible? Is this heresy? Agnostic reference? Isn't
    this sun business a little, I don't know, animistic? Pagan? Go ahead and answer that question for yourself. I'll
    give you a second.


    Do you understand the music any better?


    You know that adage we all use so we have something to say while we shrug our shoulders? "People change"?
    That one. Is that applicable to Jesus Christ? Maybe he's been on a personal journey of discovery since he
    ascended. He went through the 60's, 70's,he turned on,tuned out, got disillusioned. Why can't we talk about
    that Jesus? Does it have to be the old-timey one all the time? American folk Jesus,ugh. The one who's always
    winning Best Soundtrack Oscars for people. Rarely do stories of faith make us identify with Jesus. It's
    Abraham, Satan, Silver Timothy, Salome, Dr.J, Saul of Tarsus; divinely imperfect brothers and sisters who give
    Gawd something to do.


    Damien Jurado made up his own Jesus because a Damien Jurado album needs a beautiful Jesus. Some freaky
    space Jesus that I don't recognize. The name is the same, a lot of the imagery is the same, but he's reborn.
    Born again,I mean. Yeah, as if Jesus got born again. That's what this album sounds like.


    Jesus is out of his goddamn mind and I want to live in Damien's America.


    Sign me up.


    --- Father John Misty; 09-20-2013

    1. Magic Number
    2. Silver Timothy
    3. Return To Maraqopa
    4. Metallic Cloud
    5. Jericho Road
    6. Silver Donna
    7. Silver Malcolm
    8. Silver Katherine
    9. Silver Joy
    10. Suns In Our Mind
    Damien Jurado
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  • Rehearsals For Departure Rehearsals For Departure Quick View

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    Rehearsals For Departure

    Seattle singer-songwriter Damien Jurado's second album for Sub Pop,
    Rehearsals for Departure, is now available on vinyl for the first time.


    Rehearsals was originally released March 9th , 1999, and it has sold over
    15,000 copies. The album boasts a sharper, more streamlined
    songwriting approach than his debut, combining finger-picked acoustic
    guitar tracks with a number of full- band songs. Rehearsals for Departure
    was produced by The Posies' Ken Stringfellow, who also played a variety
    of instruments on the album.

    1. Ohio
    2. Tragedy
    3. Curbside
    4. Honey Baby
    5. Eyes for Windows
    6. Letters & Drawings
    7. Love the Same
    8. Saturday
    9. Tornado
    10. Rehearsals for Departure
    Damien Jurado
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  • Ghost Of David Ghost Of David Quick View

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    Ghost Of David

    Ghost of David, the third album by Damien Jurado, is now available on vinyl and cassette for the first time. Originally released September 19th, 2000, Ghost of David has sold over 13,000 copies to date. Damien Jurado is an urban-folk singer with his hand in the baskets of all the right fringe genres. He's a storyteller, and the stories have matured steadily since he first appeared on the scene with the perfect balance of lighthearted pop and saddest of the sad on his early singles and first full-length, Waters Ave S. Since then, (with his second full-length, Rehearsals for Departure, the Gather in Song EP (both from 1999), and this year's collection of found recordings, Postcards and Audio Letters) he's moved more toward the dark, and if you ask him, he'll tell you point blank that it's in the dark where you'll find us all.
    1. Medication
    2. Desert
    3. Johnny Go Riding
    4. Great Today
    5. Tonight I Will Retire
    6. Ghost of David
    7. Parking Lot
    8. Rearview
    9. Paxil
    10. Walk With Me
    11. December
    12. Rosewood & Casket
    13. Ghost In the Snow
    Damien Jurado
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  • Evermotion Evermotion Quick View

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    Evermotion

    Guster will release their first album in four years, Evermotion, fearlessly experimenting with new instruments and collaborations to create their most vibrant album yet. Produced by Shins keyboardist/Black Keys bassist Richard Swift, who has produced records for Damien Jurado, Foxygen and Stereolab, the new album bulldozes inhibitions, propelling the band to a harder-charging, more freewheeling sound.


    The quartet of Ryan Miller, Adam Gardner, Brian Rosenworcel and Luke Reynolds recorded at Swift's Cottage Grove, OR studio in three whirlwind weeks - the fastest the band has ever finished an album. "We recorded with one drum microphone, used whole takes, didn't obsess over vocals or really edit things at all," said Rosenworcel. "It's a raw version of our band." Despite the stripped-down sessions, Guster's songs are packed with tight hooks, muscular guitar riffs, clanging percussion and surprisingly dark lyrics. The new album features adventurous turns on slide guitars, brassy trumpets and a glockenspiel, with sax and trombone accompaniment by Jon Natchez, whose stints with the War on Drugs, Beirut, Passion Pit and others have led NPR to call him "indie rock's most valuable sideman."


    Guster started with two acoustic guitars and a pair of bongos and have since evolved and expanded their instrumentation, gaining a massive fan base that follows them to sold-out shows at New York's Radio City Music Hall and Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. The band's last release, 2010's 'Easy Wonderful,' earned their highest chart debut on the Billboard Top 200 and opened at #2 on iTunes. The album was praised by the Wall Street Journal for its "jangly, ebullient rock" and by USA Today for the "impeccable, infectious" songs that are "impossible not to feel," while Vanity Fair called it "feel-good" and Boston Globe hailed its "effervescent and thoughtful pop."

    1. Long Night
    2. Endlessly
    3. Doin' It By Myself
    4. Lazy Love
    5. Simple Machine
    6. Expectation
    7. Gangway
    8. Kid Dreams
    9. Never Coming Down
    10. It Is Just What It Is
    11. Farewell
    Guster
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    Swift

    Marco Benevento is used to doing things for himself. Since launching his solo career six years ago, Benevento has co-founded the label that releases his music, The Royal Potato Family, and built the studio, Fred Short Sound, where he works whenever he's not on the road. He's written, arranged and played his largely instrumental anthems, leading a band from behind his customized piano and a tiny armada of drum-machines and sequencers, keyboards and pedals. But until Benevento set out to complete his fifth solo album, he'd never sung his own songs, a strange omission for music that's so often been lyrical. That changes-decisively, assuredly, triumphantly-on Swift, the boldest and most bracing album of Benevento's career.


    Abetted by producer Richard Swift (Shins, Damien Jurado, Foxygen) and featuring Benevento's core touring band: Dave Drewitz on bass (Ween) and Andy Borger on drums (Tom Waits, Norah Jones), an ease and energy radiate throughout Swift, its nine tracks every bit as delightful and kinetic as the title suggests. Opener "At the Show" is a handclap invocation, the big-bottomed drums and fleet keyboard line motioning toward the dance floor. "Eye to Eye" moves with an indomitable swagger, while closer "Free Us All" prompts eyes-closed, mouths-open bliss. Even "No One is to Blame," the album's ostensible down-tempo drift, can't suppress the excitement of the new setting, the new singer or the new approach. Its climax offers arching catharsis, Benevento's multi-tracked harmonies curving like a rainbow. On "If I Get to See You At All," Dreiwitz's bass dances atop the track, his rich fuzz-tone affording the melody the feeling of a sinister carousel. And on "The Saint," he and Borger emerge as powerhouse, the viscous bass line rumbling over drums that slow and spring, stutter and stomp. A minute into the track, Benevento has to wait for just the perfect moment in which to slide his silvery piano.


    An album of crisp, strange pop songs, sliced through with a wholly original approach to piano, electronics and songwriting, Swift is the singular artistic statement Benevento was destined to create at this point in his continually evolving body of work.

    1. At The Show
    2. If I Get To See You At All
    3. Witches Of Ulster
    4. Eye To Eye
    5. Coyote Hearing
    6. One And One Is Two
    7. The Saint
    8. No One Is To Blame
    9. Free Us All
    Marco Benevento
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  • Moon Tides Moon Tides Quick View

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    Moon Tides

    It's a rare and beautiful thing when a band emerges fully formed, but it makes perfect sense in the case of guitarist Daniel Hindman and keyboardist Sarah Versprille's Pure Bathing Culture. Having backed folk rock revisionist Andy Cabic in Vetiver, the New Yorkers partnered up and moved West in 2011, settling in Portland, Oregon. Building off their past experiences as musical collaborators, in a short time the duo have created a sound that is undeniably their own: soaring synths, chiming keyboards, and shimmering electric guitars move in lockstep with bouncing drum machines. Sarah's crystalline voice floats on top of it all with divine purpose. It's a sound that looks back momentarily for inspiration -- Talk Talk, Prefab Sprout, Cocteau Twins -- but then fixes its gaze firmly on the present.


    Further developing the sound of their acclaimed four song, self-titled 2012 EP, at the start of 2013 they set out to record Moon Tides, their first full length album. Again, they chose to work with producer Richard Swift at his National Freedom studio in rural Cottage Grove, Oregon. Throughout 2012 Swift had called on the duo to help him with other studio projects (Versprille sings on Foxygen's latest LP and Hindman adds his sprawling guitar work to Damien Jurado's excellent Marqopa) which only helped to cement the threesome's musical partnership. For Moon Tides they continued where the previous EP left off, bolstered by Swift's belief in the duo's artistic vision and their unique sound, "From very early on, Richard was the person telling us that what we were hearing and wanting to do musically (which at times could feel a little strange or embarrassing to us) was ok and valid and that we should pursue it."


    Like the earlier sessions for the EP, they worked quickly in the studio and improvised parts around the basic song structures that they'd carefully composed up in Portland. Dan explains, "Pretty much all tracks (vocals and instruments) are all first or very early takes. Richard is kind of a stickler about this and I actually don't go in with a clean, pristine idea of what I'm going to play on guitar or any other instrument for that matter, so there's actually a lot of improvisation as far as performances in the studio go." The results, like the earlier EP, are astounding: the arrangements feel fresh and imaginative, the melodies are unforgettable and the finished songs, most importantly, feel intensely human and deeply spiritual.


    It's this compassion and warmth in Pure Bathing Culture that set them apart. The music is uplifting. It invites self-reflection. It never feels alienating. This, confirms the band, is no accident: "Concepts of spirituality, self actualization, mysticism, new age symbolism and pretty much anything that has to do with humans making sense of why we're all here are all deep, deep muses for us." To that point, even the album title Moon Tides alludes to self-discovery: "We are deeply inspired by the relationship between the moon and the tides. Particularly in the sense that the tides and the ocean are comprised of water and the element water is often associated with human emotion." While these heady themes can be difficult to explore in a pop song, Pure Bathing Culture makes it feel effortless. "Pendulum" is a perfect mid-tempo album opener that pulses and shines. Other standout tracks from the album -- "Dream The Dare", "Twins", "Scotty" and "Golden Girl" -- are slices of reverb-drenched, soulful, danceable electro-pop, that musically and lyrically tap into an introspective worship of the natural and psychic mysteries that surround us. Pure Bathing Culture's debut album Moon Tides is optimistic modern music for souls who seek to explore the infinite.

    1. Pendulum
    2. Dream The Dare
    3. Ever Greener
    4. Twins
    5. Only Lonely Lovers
    6. Scotty
    7. Seven to One
    8. Golden Girl
    9. Temples Of The Moon
    Pure Bathing Culture
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    Caught In The Trees (Out Of Stock)

    Best known for his dark yet fragile first person fictional tales, Jurado now unlocks the door and invites us into his own enigmatic world with an energy and intensity that is all consuming. Close friends and band mates Eric Fisher and Jenna Conrad collaborated on the compositions - some more rocking than Jurado fans are used to, but as intense as ever.

    1.Gillian Was a Horse

    2.Trials

    3.Caskets

    4.Coats of Ice

    5.Go First

    6.Sorry is For You

    7.Last Rights

    8.Dimes

    9.Everything Trying

    10.Sheets

    11.Paper Kite

    12.Best Dress

    13.Predictive Living

    Damien Jurado
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  • Where Shall You Take Me (Deluxe Reissue) (Out Of Stock) Where Shall You Take Me (Deluxe Reissue) (Out Of Stock) Quick View

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    Where Shall You Take Me (Deluxe Reissue) (Out Of Stock)

    Back in print with new artwork, and an extra disc of music previously unreleased on vinyl


    Damien Jurado is the sort of songwriter who straddles rock's past and future, and with each
    record contributes a new chapter to a never-fruitful body ofwork. Before we move onto the next
    chapter, we look back at his first album with Secretly Canadian. An instant classic when released
    in 2003, Where Shall You Take Me? was his fifth full-length, and is a beautiful collection of ten
    Raymond Carver-esque vignettes terror and bliss in Middle America. Arriving two decades after
    Springsteen's Nebraska,Jurado put the darker, more complicated side of the heartland back on
    the map with his tales of young love (some requited; some not), innocent fun and bloodshed.
    Mostly acoustic with very sparse band arrangements - with the notable exception being the old
    live favorite Texas to Ohio, which sounds like a Scarecrow-era Mellencamp hit - Jurado
    displayed the songwriting talent that turns back the hands of time to a place in which his tunes
    sound like they've been floating around, passed down from generation to generation.


    Celebrating the 10th anniversary of this fine release comes a deluxe 2xLP vinyl reissue,
    incorporating unreleased basement reel demos, and the Just In Time For Something EP (never
    before released on vinyl).

    1. Amateur Night
    2. Omaha
    3. Abilene
    4. Texas To Ohio
    5. Window
    6. I Can't Get Over You
    7. Intoxicated Hands
    8. Tether
    9. Matinee
    10. Bad Dreams
    11. Abilene (demo)
    12. I Can't Get Over You (demo)
    13. The Killer (demo)
    14. Amateur Night (demo)
    15. Omaha (demo)
    16. Smith 1972 (Just In Time For Something EP)
    17. Motion Sickness (Just In Time For
    Something EP)
    18. Night Out For The Downer (Just In
    Time For Something EP)
    19. Prices (Just In Time For Something
    EP)
    20. Engine Fire (Just In Time For
    Something EP)
    Damien Jurado
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    Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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