Win Tickets ($40): Damien Jurado @ Revolution Hall | Indie Rock, w/ Corrina Repp

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Damien Jurado @ Revolution Hall on March . To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, April 1.


From our sponsors:
Damien Jurado
April 5, 2019
Doors 8 p.m., Show 9 p.m.  | $18 ADV, $20 Doors | 21+
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Revolution Hall
1300 SE Stark St., Portland, OR

Spend any amount of time with Damien Jurado and he’s going to talk with you about movies. Speaking about the films that influenced his 14th album, the solitary masterwork In the Shape of a Storm, Jurado tosses out a list of favorites—American Graffiti, Paris, Texas, The Last Picture Show—films in which settings serve as silent, omniscient characters. But inquire about the curious way he writes songs, the hazy manner by which he seems to channel them from beyond the beyond, and the cinematic reference point he reaches for is a surprising one. “You ever see that movie Ghost? Whoopi Goldberg’s character, Oda Mae Brown—that’s who I am. These spirits are showing up at her door, jumping into her body. That’s how I feel. I don’t know what’s coming out of me…I just show up and deliver it.”

For more than two decades, Jurado has sung folk songs brimming with prophetic imagination. Whether singing ballads about killers, wounded lovers, UFO cults, or yes, the phantoms of departed friends, he’s populated his work with eerie foretelling, the sense that he’s divining something just on the verge of happening. He wrote his last record, 2018’s The Horizon Just Laughed as a goodbye letter to his home of Seattle, Washington, before he’d even decided to leave there for sunny Los Angeles. And while he recorded the ten songs featured on In the Shape of a Storm months before the passing of his longtime collaborator and close friend Richard Swift, it’s no coincidence that Swift’s death looms over the album. “His absence is very much felt on this record,” Jurado says.

Damien has always worked fast, but In the Shape of a Storm came together with unprecedented speed. Recorded over the course of two hours one California afternoon, it’s Jurado’s sparsest album to date. Gone are the thundering drums and psychedelic arrangements that defined the trilogy of concept albums he made with Swift. Gone even is the atmospheric air that hovered above his early albums for Sub Pop. Here, there’s only Jurado’s voice, acoustic guitar, and occasional accompaniment from Josh Gordon, playing a high-strung guitar tuned Nashville style, rendering its sound spooky and celestial. Though fans have long requested a solo acoustic album, the prospect never made sense to Jurado, until one day it simply did. “It just felt like it was time,” Jurado says. The idea of an unadorned album became its own medium in his mind, like a painter who sets down his brushes and instead opts for charcoal pencils instead.

“There is nothing left to hide,” Jurado sings on “Lincoln,” which opens the record. It’s something of a thesis statement for these songs. Everything here is clear and laid bare, two-tone, like the drawing Jurado crafted for the record’s cover. Originally written for 2000’s The Ghost of David, “Lincoln” was shelved and forgotten about until Damien came across it on an old cassette tape. The discovery inspired him to go about gathering up songs that had never found proper homes. As a result, In the Shape of a Storm is like an archive of previously abandoned songs. And yet, despite their disparate nature, Jurado’s visions hang together in curiously symmetrical ways: the moon shines in both the echo-drenched “Silver Ball” and closer “Hands on the Table”; rain ties the title song to the lilting “Oh Weather.” Jurado repeatedly returns to oceanic poetry—waves, tides, and shores—and to the theme of anchors, the metaphorical ones we use to tether ourselves to the sea floor and to each other. These are songs about the enormity of the unknown — the shape of storms that threaten to swallow us whole— and above all, they are songs about the connections that keep us from drifting away. “We are not meant to be on our own,” Jurado sings on “Throw Me Now Your Arms.”

Damien Jurado’s discography is filled with songs written as miniature movies, cinematic vignettes that capture people, the places they are from, and where they are going. In the Shape of a Storm is his first black and white picture. It’s both a snapshot of two hours in a California recording studio and a document spanning 19 years and a life of music. It is the sound of a singer pouring out possible futures and visions. “I believe songs have their own time and place,” Jurado says. For these ten, that time has finally come.

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17 Responses to Win Tickets ($40): Damien Jurado @ Revolution Hall | Indie Rock, w/ Corrina Repp

  1. Joseph March 12, 2019 at 12:18 am #

    Ready for filmic vignettes. I am eager to see Damian and his unique vision up close.

  2. Bob MacKay March 12, 2019 at 12:16 pm #

    Best PNW songwriter, hands down. Plus Corrina – icing on the cake.

  3. Ryan March 12, 2019 at 12:19 pm #

    hey cool

  4. davyd March 14, 2019 at 2:38 pm #

    mr jurado is one of the finest american songwriters living. that’s no hyperbole. to catch him and repp at the hall would be an incredible, indelible memory and opportunity.

    • Bowe March 26, 2019 at 7:43 am #

      Love to win and see if he’s still rocking the jumpsuit.

  5. Bogdan March 17, 2019 at 10:40 pm #

    Sounds like it would be a lot of fun. Would love to go!

  6. Renee March 19, 2019 at 12:33 pm #

    This would be so fun!

  7. Marianne Silva March 19, 2019 at 1:54 pm #

    I would love to see Damien! What a fun show that would be.

  8. Brendan Crowe March 19, 2019 at 2:08 pm #

    Damien is a master. Would love to be there.

  9. Lea Hinchcliff March 19, 2019 at 2:10 pm #

    Pick me!

  10. Avery LeVine March 19, 2019 at 9:45 pm #

    I’d probably enjoy this if I won!

  11. Dave G. March 20, 2019 at 10:29 pm #

    Would love to see DJ, and Repp’s no slouch either!

  12. Ellen March 21, 2019 at 4:11 pm #

    I think i’d dig this

  13. Madison Arnold-Scerbo March 30, 2019 at 10:09 am #

    I would like to attend this event, it sounds super cool!

  14. C March 31, 2019 at 11:59 am #

    He wrote a cute song about Arkansas where I’m from

  15. Lily March 31, 2019 at 11:01 pm #

    Damien Jurado is a really wonderful working musician, and I would super love to see this show! His music is beautiful, and down to earth, and measured and thoughtful, and it would be really good for me to see him live. also i lived in seattle 3 times, the last time for 10 years and still haven’t gotten to see him perform live. also Corrina Repp is amazing. Please pick me!

  16. Daniel Cordova April 1, 2019 at 11:59 am #

    As a college student and original indie music lover (they go hand in hand), I am surprised I have never heard of Damien Jurado yet I love discovering new artists and what a joy it would be to experience a live concert (its been years for me) with a friend!

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