We are giving away a pair of tickets to see Damien Jurado with Kelli Schaefer and Peter Wolf Crier at Holocene on Sunday, April 22, 2012. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, April 20.
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From our sponsors at Holocene:
Damien Jurado w/ Kelli Schaefer, Peter Wolf Crier
Sunday, April 22, 2012
8:30 p.m. | $13-$15 | 21+
Purchase Tickets from Brown Paper Tickets
1001 Southeast Morrison Street Portland, OR 97214
More Info: www.holocene.org
We’re honored to host the legendary singer-songwriter Damien Jurado, whose 15-year career has been marked by incredibly innovative songcraft.
On February 21st, Damien Jurado released “Maraqopa,” his newest collaboration with producer Richard Swift, dropping us into a brutal and benevolent landscape. The bold strokes and new turns the pair made with 2010’s Saint Bartlett are taken even further. He throws open the gate on his oft insular dirges and allows them 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 begin “Nothing is the News” quickly bursts open into an Eddie Hazel-worthy supernova shred session, all of it swirling in tinny-psych and Echoplex’d howls.
We’ve 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 another’s spirit animals in American outsider songcraft –lone wolves in black sheep’s clothing. Swift is the Ennio Morricone to Jurado’s Sergio Leone.
At Swift’s National Freedom studios, the live-to-tape ethos allowed these songs to expand and retract like a great beast’s breath.
Every in-the-moment bell and whistle here is hung with a natural, casual care. The Seattle Times recently called Jurado “Seattle’s folk-boom godfather,” a praising recognition to be sure. But also a title Jurado might not yet be ready to accept. That’s a title for someone who has settled. With each visit to National Freedom, Jurado is exploring, taking risks.