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Damien Jurado – Maraqopa (Feb 2012)

16th Nov 11 (Wed) 1 comment

From Secretly Canadian’s blog…

We are so, so excited to tell you that a new Damien Jurado record is going to be released on February 21st! It’s called Maraqopa, and we are sharing the first song with you, “Nothing is the News,” today.

Welcome to Maraqopa population, 2. Damien Jurado’s newest collaboration with producer Richard Swift drops 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.

Read more at the SC blog.  You can pre-order it HERE on CD or vinyl.

Listen to (and download the mp3 for) the lead-off track “Nothing is the News” here:

Maraqopa Tracklisting:
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

Also announced was a “phone booth” that you can presumably call in and leave Damien a message:

Maraqopa phonebooth (425) 234-7859

This number has been set up for you to call anytime of the day. The distorted sound of a piano will play, and then you leave a message. This is a voice mail service, no human will answer.

I have no idea what the purpose of this phone booth may be… I dare you  to call in an order of take out.

~Dan – np: Causing A TigerHow We Held Our Post

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Free Damien Jurado & Richard Swift recordings

27th Oct 10 (Wed) Leave a comment

Singer-songwriters Damien Jurado and Richard Swift holed themselves up in a studio in August, and now the fruits of their labor is out on SoundCloud for free mp3 download. Other People’s Songs, Volume 1

“Be Not So Fearful” – Originally by Bill Fay

“Hello Sunshine” – Originally by Relatively Clean Rivers

“Sweetness” – Originally by Yes

“Sincere Replies” – Originally by Oh! Calcutta! Original Broadway Cast

“If The Sun Stops Shinin’” – Originally by Chubby Checker

“Follow Me” – Originally by John Denver

“Outside My Window” – Originally by The Fleetwoods

“Radioactivity” – Originally by Kraftwerk

“Crazy Like A Fox” – Originally by Link Cromwell & The Zoo

Go check it out now!  http://otherpeoplessongs.tumblr.com/

~Dan – np: Sufjan StevensThe Age of Adz

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