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Damien Jurado

March 7, 2018


I was going to roll out a new SHOW OF THE WEEK, but that’s such a weird undertaking with SXSW starting up.  Also, I had planned to simply just recommend my own gig, 101X Homegrown Presents: Austin Town Hall vs Side One Track One, anyhow, so I figured it was best that I skip that column this week and instead deliver a new Damien Jurado tune.  It’s a beautiful track off of his upcoming album, The Horizon Just Laughed, which will be out on May 4.  Enjoy.

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Damien Jurado (Noah)

February 26, 2016


I didn’t get Damien Jurado until he started partnering with Richard Swift. My brother had tried to force him on me when I was growing up, but songs like Medication and Ghost of David just felt like the mournful bitching of another Seattle white-dude. Richard Swift on the other hand, another prolific singer/songwriter, got to me right off the bat. He played with the notion of a singular human being pumping out music, infusing his tracks with 60s garage and poppy allusions to psychedelia. It was everything I thought I wanted. Until Swift started producing Jurado. Under Swift’s able hand, Jurado is no longer just a white guy who looks exactly like Moe from Calvin and Hobbes strumming a guitar and struggling with his life. Richard Swift has deftly thickened Jurado’s sonic landscape, giving it greater variety (mournful psych-folk is how I think of it) while allowing space for Jurado’s beautiful, blue-collar twang to soar. If you haven’t listened (on repeat, very loudly) to Maraqopa (the very best of the collabos) or Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son, you’re missing out on the very best evolution of Damien Jurado, at once bigger, thicker, more epic, but still infused with the soulful pining of a man clearly dealing with some issues.

His newest album, the third in what he refers to as his “Maraqopa Trilogy”, Visions of Us on the Land is out March 18 and you owe it to yourself to dig in and dig deep.

Qachina, the second single off the album, is a dusty, cacti-soaked bit of tumbleweed-folk rock. A new direction to be sure, but one that the duo (I think we can call them that now) ably stroll down.

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Quickdraw: The Suffers, La Sera, Damien Jurado, Tycho, Savages

January 12, 2016


Music!  Enjoy.

:The Suffers – Peanuts:  Here’s the latest gem from Houston’s The Suffers.  If you’ve been around SOTO at all over the last couple of years, then you know how much I love them.  I’m expecting big things out of the band in 2016.  Their self titled album is due out February 12.

:La Sera – High Notes:  I really like this endearing little pop tune from La Sera.  I’m excited to hear the rest of their Ryan Adams-produced album, Music For Listening To Music To, which is due out March 4 via Polyvinyl.

:Damien Jurado – Exit 353:  Damien Jurado has been on a nice streak lately  (Maraqopa and Brothers And Sisters Of The Eternal Sun were both super solid), and I’m certain he’ll keep it going with his new LP.  This first single off of it is transfixing.  Visions Of Us On The Land is due out March 18 via Secretly Canadian.

:Tycho – Apogee (RJD2 Remix):  This remix by RJD2 is so very chill.  It makes me want to sit around and do absolutely nothing but relax.  Tycho’s Awake Remixes is due out May 20 via Ghostly International.

:Savages – Adore:  I guess this track technically counts as a “slow-burner” for Savages.  I appreciate the way that they always sound as intense as possible, even if they’re not slinging any noise around.  Adore Life is due out January 22 via Matador.

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Stream This

January 10, 2014


From the depths of the SOTO inbox, I present to you your weekly serving of the latest and greatest album streams and videos.  Enjoy.


ALBUM OF THE WEEK!  Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings – Give The People What They Want

Painted Palms – Forever
Damien Jurado – Brothers And Sisters Of The Eternal Son
Bruce Springsteen – High Hopes
Hiss Golden Messenger – Bad Debt
You Blew It! – Keep Doing What You’re Doing
Big Ups – Eighteen Hours Of Static


VIDEO OF THE WEEK!  Be sure to catch Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings when they play ACL Live on February 26.

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Quickdraw: While We Were Sleeping – Part 2

January 7, 2014


As promised, here’s another 10 tracks that we missed while hibernating throughout December.  Starting tomorrow we resume normal posting, which should be fun.  Let’s have a blast in 2014, friends.  Enjoy.

:The Dead Weather – Open Up (That’s Enough):  Solo is a word I was hoping Jack White would be holding onto for the rest of time, but here he is back with The Dead Weather.  You know what though?  This track is awesomely heavy and I love it.  The Third Man subscription series is where you can find this song. No word yet on when a full length can be expected.

:Phantogram – Fall In Love:  I’m very much looking forward to Phantogram’s upcoming full length.  It’s been a long time coming, and I’m really hoping it manages to at least come close to what I’m unfairly expecting.  Voices is set to be released on February 18 via Barsuk.

:Tokyo Police Club – Argentina (Parts I, II, III):  One of the more pleasant surprises to come out of December was the return of Tokyo Police Club via this nearly nine-minute long prog pop gem.  It’s good to have them back.  The band is expected to put out a full length at some point during the first part of this year.

:Abram Shook – Coastal:  Once upon a time Abram Shook was the vocalist of a band called The Great Nostalgic.  Now he’s doing his own thing, and as this track indicates, it’s stuff you need in your ears.  You’ll be able to pick up Sun Marquee on January 21.

:Warpaint – Biggy:  While I think that Warpaint have a neat sound, this track is the first of theirs that I’ve legitimately wanted to spend some quality headphone time with.  It’s superbly crafted.  Rough Trade will release the band’s self titled effort on January 21.

:Tiger Waves – Weekends:  Really nice work here by Austin’s Tiger Waves.  This catchy pop tune is easily one of their best songs.  The band has a single out now on Canvasback.

:Tele Novella – Umbrella At The Station:  Tele Novella got their start in Austin last year (out of the ashes of Agent Ribbons and Voxtrot), and they quickly impressed me.  I love their quirky pop sound.  At some point this year the band is expected to put out a debut full length.

:Damien Jurado – Silver Timothy:  A new Damien Jurado album is one of those things that should be celebrated by all.  The guy is a brilliant songwriter.  Brothers And Sisters Of The Eternal Son is due out January 21 via Secretly Canadian.

:The War On Drugs – Red Eyes:  I’d be a liar if I said I didn’t think this was the best thing The War On Drugs have ever done.  Their upcoming album is now one I’m anxious to check out.  Lost In The Dream is due out March 18 through Secretly Canadian.

:Robert Ellis – Only Lies:  When it comes to artists currently making country music, Robert Ellis is as good as it gets.  I dare you to not love his voice and its thoroughly classic sound.  The Lights From The Chemical Plant will be available on February 11 via New West.

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Stream This

November 22, 2013


The SOTO inbox is always full of cool stuff that never gets to see the light of day on the actual site, and I’d like to change that.  So, every Friday I’ll be posting the best album streams and videos that were sent my way during the week.  Take a scroll and find something worth remembering.


Gap Dream – Shine Your Light
Beachwood Sparks – Desert Skies
Teengirl Fantasy – Nun
Beedeegee – Sum/One
Thee Oh Sees – Singles Collection: Volume Three
I Need You Bad – Compilation
Kevin Morby – Harlem River
The Entrance Band – Beyond Beyond Is Beyond
Milosh – Jetlag


Broken Bells will release After The Disco on January 14 via Columbia.

Kanye West’s Yeezus is out now on Def Jam.

Shannon And The Clams’ Dreams In The Rathouse is available now via Hardly Art.

Damien Jurado will release Brothers And Sisters Of The Eternal Son on January 21 via Secretly Canadian.

Dinosaur Bones put out Shaky Dream earlier this year on Dine Alone Records.  They play Empire Control Room on December 12.

Wampire’s Curiosity is out now on Polyvinyl.

Vaadat Charigim recently released The World Is Well Lost via Burger Records.

Arcade Fire recently released Reflektor.  They play the Austin 360 Amphitheater on April 10.

The Callas’ Am I Vertical? is out now on Inner Ear.

Bent Shapes’ Feels Weird is out now on Father/Daughter Records.

Matt Pond’s The Lives Inside The Lines In Your Hand is out now.

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