Damien Jurado

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Damien Jurado
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Damien Jurado in Denton, Texas (2009)
Background information
Origin Seattle, Washington, United States
Genres Indie rock
Indie folk
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Acoustic Guitar, electric guitar
Years active 1995–present
Labels Secretly Canadian
Associated acts Coolidge,[1] Hoquiam
Website damienjurado.com

Damien Jurado is an American indie rock singer/songwriter from Seattle, Washington. Over the years, he has released albums on many labels; today, his primary label is Secretly Canadian.

Music career[edit]

Damien Jurado's solo career began during the mid-1990s, releasing lo-fi folk based recordings on his own cassette-only label, Casa Recordings. Gaining a local cult following in Seattle, he was brought to the attention of Sub Pop Records by Sunny Day Real Estate singer Jeremy Enigk. After two 7" releases (Motorbike and Trampoline) Sub Pop issued his first full album, Waters Ave S in 1997. His second album Rehearsals for Departure, released in 1999, was a relative breakthrough. Produced by Ken Stringfellow (The Posies, Big Star), Jurado's second album established him as both a singer and songwriter of great ability.

He often makes use of found sound and field recording techniques, and has experimented with different forms of tape recordings. In 2000 he released Postcards and Audio Letters, a collection of found audio letters and fragments that he had found from sources such as thrift store tape players and answering machines. Also released in 2000 was Ghost of David, Jurado's bleakest and most personal sounding record to date. I Break Chairs (2002) was produced by long-time friend, Pedro the Lion's David Bazan. It was his last album for Sub Pop, and was a much rockier, electric affair. After signing for the Indiana-based label Secretly Canadian, Damien Jurado reverted to his trademark folk ballad-based style, releasing four more albums: Where Shall You Take Me? (2003), On My Way to Absence, (2005) And Now That I'm In Your Shadow (2006) and the rockier[2] Caught in the Trees (2008).[3]

In 2009, Damien teamed with his brother Drake to issue an LP under the moniker Hoquiam, released on February 23, 2010. The album preceded Damien's next solo release, dubbed Saint Bartlett, which was released May 25, 2010 and was produced by label mate Richard Swift.[4] After touring the album with Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground, Jurado began work on his next album. On February 21, 2012 he released his 10th studio album, Maraqopa, his sixth for Secretly Canadian. [5] Jurado's latest album, Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son, was released on January 21, 2014. [6] The album is the third straight collaboration with producer Richard Swift.

Jurado appears on the tracks Almost Home and The Dogs on Moby's album Innocents.[7]

Jurado featured in an episode of the BYUtv music documentary series Audio-Files.[8]

Jurado's song "Everything Trying" appears in the NBC series The Blacklist Season One Episode 12 and in the 2013 Best Foreign Film The Great Beauty.


EPs and singles[edit]

  • 1995 Motorbike (Sub Pop)
  • 1996 Trampoline (Sub Pop)
  • 1997 Halo Friendly (Summershine)
  • 1997 Vary (Tooth & Nail)
  • 1998 Chevrolet (UK-only, Snowstorm)
  • 1998 Gathered in Song (Made in Mexico)
  • 1999 Letters & Drawings (UK-only, Ryko)
  • 2000 Postcards and Audio Letters (Made in Mexico)
  • 2001 Four Songs (Burnt Toast Vinyl)
  • 2002 Big Let Down (Secretly Canadian)
  • 2003 Holding His Breath (Acuarela)
  • 2004 Just in Time for Something (Secretly Canadian)
  • 2006 'Traded for Fire/Ghost of David' Split with Dolorean (Secretly Canadian)
  • 2006 Gathered in Song (Made in Mexico, Re-Release with bonus tracks)
  • 2014 Ohio (Filous Remix)
  • 2015 Exit 353

Tour-only Releases[edit]

  • 2004 Walk along the Fence
  • 2006 untitled 6 Song EP
  • 2007 the trees tour EP
  • 2009 European Tour CDR

Compilation appearances[edit]


  1. ^ Pedro the Lion Discography
  2. ^ Hot right now:     (2008-09-01). "Damien Jurado - 'Caught In The Trees' (Secretly Canadian) Released 27/10/08". Gigwise. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  3. ^ Thiessen, Brock."Damien Jurado Gets Personal", Exclaim!, September 2008.
  4. ^ "damien jurado | splash". Saintbartlett.com. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  5. ^ "New Damien Jurado Album, Maraqopa, February 21st! Download "Nothing is the News" MP3 Blog". Secretly Canadian. 2011-11-16. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  6. ^ http://www.spin.com/articles/damien-jurado-new-album-brothers-and-sisters-of-the-eternal-son-father-john-misty/
  7. ^ http://www.moby.com/innocents
  8. ^ http://www.byutv.org/watch/ad19bf01-37c5-41ee-9f99-a885b7392320/audio-files-damien-jurado
  9. ^ a b Reno, Brad (2002). "Damien Jurado and Gathered in Song: I Break Chairs (review)". Trouser Press. Retrieved 2007-11-29. 
  10. ^ Keast, James (October 2000). "Damien Jurado: Ghost of David (review)". Exclaim!. Retrieved 2007-11-27. 
  11. ^ Keast, James (May 2002). "Damien Jurado and Gathered in Song: I Break Chairs (review)". Exclaim!. Retrieved 2007-11-27. 
  12. ^ Keast, James (February 2003). "Damien Jurado: Where Shall You Take Me? (review)". Exclaim!. Retrieved 2007-11-27. 
  13. ^ Ritter, Travis (19 October 2006). "Damien Jurado: And Now That I'm In Your Shadow (review)". Houston Press. Retrieved 2007-11-27. 
  14. ^ Khanna, Vish (November 2006). "Damien Jurado: And Now That I'm in Your Shadow (review)". Record Store Day. Retrieved 2007-11-27. 
  15. ^ "SpecialRelease". Record Store Day. 2010-06-13. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  16. ^ Stephen, Thompson (December 15, 2015). "Song Premiere: Damien Jurado, 'Exit 353'". NPR. Retrieved 2015-12-16. 

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