Posts Tagged ‘Damien Jurado’

Viva Voce, Damien Jurado, Loch Lomond: A Visual Review

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

After all of my hype (see here and here) about Monday night’s PDXchange show featuring Viva Voce, Damien Jurado and Loch Lomond, I ended up missing the whole thing because of a nasty cold. Total bummer.

So, I hit up a couple of guys who I knew were there to see if Frequency could at least provide a sort of visual overview of the night. Below, you’ll find several still photos by Byron Roe of Byron Roe Photography (website here: www.studio-br.com), who shoots all PDXchange shows, plus a few videos by John Michaelson of Bend, who I “know” through Twitter (follow him: @Angry_Antlers).

Enjoy!

Loch Lomond

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Sad song Sunday Monday: Damien Jurado, “Simple Hello”

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Today, Frequency is dedicated to documenting the sad, endlessly enthralling songbook of Seattle’s Damien Jurado, who will perform Monday night in Bend. To see the whole series, click here. (Addendum: The man has too many great, sad songs for one day, so I’m extending “Sad song Sunday” into Monday.)

The show has begun down at the Tower Theatre, but my understanding is that Damien Jurado has not yet begun to play. (Please note that the time stamp on this post is wrong. I’m publishing an hour earlier than whatever it says.)

If I were you, I’d put on a sweater and head downtown right now.

Here’s the final installment of the series with the most ridiculously complicated name in the history of Frequency: “Sad song / Damien Jurado Sunday Monday.” It’s called “Simple Hello” and it first appeared on 1998′s “Gathered in Song” EP, although this version comes from Jurado’s 2005 album “On My Way to Absence.”

It is everything I love about the guy’s music: simple, heartfelt, and at least a little bit sad, but ultimately hopeful and undeniably hummable. If I haven’t convinced you to hit the Tower Theatre tonight, I hope I’ve at least opened your ears and mind to one of the most talented songwriters going these days.

(Special thanks to Jeff for pointing me to the video.)

Sad song Sunday Monday: Damien Jurado, “Everything Trying” and “Last Rights”

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Today, Frequency is dedicated to documenting the sad, endlessly enthralling songbook of Seattle’s Damien Jurado, who will perform Monday night in Bend. To see the whole series, click here. (Addendum: The man has too many great, sad songs for one day, so I’m extending “Sad song Sunday” into Monday.)

“Everything Trying” and “Last Rights,” both from 2008′s “Caught In the Trees.” That is all.

Sad song Sunday Monday: Damien Jurado, “Letters & Drawings”

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Today, Frequency is dedicated to documenting the sad, endlessly enthralling songbook of Seattle’s Damien Jurado, who will perform Monday night in Bend. To see the whole series, click here. (Addendum: The man has too many great, sad songs for one day, so I’m extending “Sad song Sunday” into Monday.)

The simple, devastating chorus of “Letters & Drawings” — from 1999′s “Rehearsals For Departure” — is the centerpiece of one of my favorite songs of all time:

“So I waited by the phone
to hear it ring”

Here’s a fine performance of it, after Damien has a little fun with the tired old encore routine.

Sad song Sunday: Damien Jurado, “Window”

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

Today, Frequency is dedicated to documenting the sad, endlessly enthralling songbook of Seattle’s Damien Jurado, who will perform Monday night in Bend. To see the whole series, click here.

Here’s another death-obsessed song from Jurado, called “Window” and taken from what might be his best record, 2003′s “Where Shall You Take Me?” (That’s might be. Might.)

It’s short, it’s somber and it’s stunningly gorgeous, especially in the video below, where harmony vocals are provided by Rosie Thomas. “Window” has an old-time, spiritual feel; as YouTube commenter cccharlie7 puts it: “this is how angels feel when they look at us.” (That is the first — and probably last — time you will ever see me quoting a YouTube comment.)

Sad song Sunday: Damien Jurado, “Tonight I Will Retire”

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

Today, Frequency is dedicated to documenting the sad, endlessly enthralling songbook of Seattle’s Damien Jurado, who will perform Monday night in Bend. To see the whole series, click here.

Not all of Damien Jurado’s songs are about lost love. Some are about death. (And some are about both.)

Take a listen to “Tonight I Will Retire,” an intensely spare song from 2000′s “Ghost of David,” in which the central character contemplates suicide with the hope of going to Heaven, though he’s not 100-percent sure of his fate. “If I should taste fire,” Jurado sings at the close of the song, “save me not. I deserve to die.”

Sad song Sunday: Damien Jurado, “Ohio”

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

Way back in the summer of 2009, I started what was to be a regular Frequency series called “Sad song Sunday,” wherein I would post a sad song on Sundays.

I haven’t done one since. But with singer-songwriter extraordinaire and master of the downcast Damien Jurado coming to Bend on Monday night, I think it’s time to revive the series. I’m declaring today “Damien Jurado Sunday” on this blog, which is basically synonymous with “Sad song Sunday.” Stay tuned for a bunch of the man’s finest, most forlorn tunes.

First up, it’s the lost-love tale “Ohio,” the opening track from Jurado’s amazing second album, 1999′s “Rehearsals For Departure.”

Wish granted: PDXchange to return in 2011, first date announced

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Last Friday in GO! Magazine, I published a wish list for the local music scene in 2011, including my heartfelt hope that Henry Abel’s PDXchange Program would return for a second season of bringing Portland-based indie rock bands to Bend’s Tower Theatre.

Looks like I’ll get my wish: According to an e-mail I just received from the publicist for Portland-based and Bend-connected band Loch Lomond, the band is scheduled to play the Tower on March 7 as part of a tour with another fine Portland band, Viva Voce, plus the amazing Seattle singer-songwriter Damien Jurado.

In an e-mail this morning, Abel confirmed that this is indeed the first PDXchange show of 2011. Stoked. He also wanted you to know that people who join his mailing list at www.PDXchangeProgram.com will get more details and links to buy tickets when they go on sale.