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Damien Jurado on World Cafe | July 17, 2012

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Folk-pop singer-songwriter Damien Jurado has come a long way since he first started self-releasing lo-fi folk recordings on cassette. Jurado has been making music since the early '90s, and he recently released his 10th studio album, Maraqopa — his second produced by best friend and Secretly Canadian labelmate Richard Swift. The two complement each other well, with the new album acting as a sort of sequel to the pair's previous collaboration, Saint Bartlett. Both are cohesive concept albums full of songs that make room for a full band.

"It's a direct result of a few things," Jurado says. "One of them being I was sick of playing singer-songwriter, acoustic-guitar stuff — to me, it's kind of boring. But it's funny, 'cause I'm also in this genre where I do that."

Jurado's newest material finds a place for guitar shredding and rampant organ riffs, giving it a jammy quality unusual in confessional singer-songwriter music. Jurado makes his World Cafe debut with host David Dye, and performs songs from Maraqopa.

Don't miss today's Web Extra: an exclusive live premiere of "Horizons/Horizons Phase 2," an adventurous and multidimensional 12-minute opus. (link)


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Gomez "Get Miles" Bring It On
Alejandro Escovedo "Man of the World" Big Station
Bruce Springsteen "Johnny 99" Nebraska
JD McPherson "North Side Gal" Signs and Signifiers
Delicate Steve "Ramona Reborn" Positive Force
Luna "California (All the Way)" Bewitched
((Damien Jurado "Maraqopa" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Damien Jurado "Nothing Is the News" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Damien Jurado "Maraqopa" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Damien Jurado "Horizons" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Glen Hansard "Love Don't Leave Me Waiting" Rhythm and Repose
Van Morrison "Fair Play" Veedon Fleece
Blur "Under the Westway" Under the Westway
The Smithereens "Blue Period" Smithereens 11
((Scott Matthews "Dream Song" Passing Stranger))


Grant Lee Buffalo "Dixie Drug Store" Fuzzy
The Walkmen "Heaven" Heaven
Modest Mouse "Fire It Up" We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank
Spoon "Small Stakes" Kill the Moonlight
((Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros "Om Nashi Me" Up From Below))
Divine Fits "My Love is Real" A Thing Called Diving Fits
Kings of Leon "On Call" Because of the Times
Paul Westerberg "Things" Besterberg
Band of Horses "Knock Knock" Mirage Rock
Edwyn Collins "A Girl Like You" Gorgeous George
Kurt Vile "In My Time" Smoke Ring for My Halo
((Tame Impala "Why Won't You Make Up Your Mind?" Innerspeaker))
Grizzly Bear "Sleeping Ute" Shields
The National "Fake Empire" Boxer
Buffalo Springfield "On the Way Home" Retrospective
Son Volt "Windfall" Trace
Mariachi El Bronx "Revolution Girls" II
((Forro In the Dark "Cajuna" Bonfires of São João))