by Sean
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Damien Jurado - "Unknown demo". And Now That I'm Your Shadow is a blog maintained by one of my favourite singer-songwriters, Damien Jurado. To date he has posted three "new, rare" songs, "done over the phone". This is one of these. It's a song about loneliness, yes, over almost as soon as it begins. It's lovely. Like the last coat, your coat, lying on the bed at the end of the party. All by itself.

Jurado's new album is due in October, but his first EP, Gathered in Song, has just been rereleased by Made in Mexico. Autographed copies are a mere $15.

Harry Nilsson - "Many Rivers to Cross". Nilsson's version of Jimmy Cliff's "Many Rivers to Cross" appears on Pussy Cats, recorded in 1974 with John Lennon. And the strain of the main guitar part is enough to carry me straight across a room, a city, a country, an ocean. It's such longing, friends, a longing as long as a man's heart. Violins and drums are there too, stretched-out cymbal shudders, a bassline - but it's only Nilsson who tries with his broken vocal cords to really sing the sound of that guitar; to say the same thing. "Maaaaaany rivers to croooooooss." The whole band takes a break, a breath, as they launch into each verse: they know how much this takes out of you. The bridge is strange, filled with bowed upright bass, almost bouncy, but then you see it's an introduction for the guitar solo the colour of a lover's token.

You could play this song in the rain but that might be a little much; play it when it's dry, everything so dry, too dry for words. You'll still find yourself washed-up, drowning - but, I hope, struggling to shore.




Spanish musicblog Buffet Libre has an amazing contest going on - remix songs by Datarock, Spank Rock and others (with full multiple tracks available to download). Winners get prizes, attention, and pride of place on a special CD.

Best news of the day: an Exploding Hearts reissue on its way, along with a CD of rarities and some live footage! One such rare tracks available here... RIP.

And finally, there are still (somehow?!) prints available from Kit Malo's edition of 100 for Tiny Showcase. It's beautiful, beautiful, tender and beautiful - and $20. Don't be a fool.

Posted by Sean at August 2, 2006 3:00 AM

Sean, I love this sentence: "Like the last coat, your coat, lying on the bed at the end of the party. All by itself."

That is SUCH a fantastic image. You excel mightily at those. I was blogging today about the difficulty of writing about music, but you seem to have no problem with it. It flows. It's a gift, clearly.

Keep it up.

Posted by heather at August 2, 2006 11:40 PM

Oh, Harry Nilsson. What can I say? I swear the man could cough up a tune before breakfast. Cf also

Whew. Punk rock.

Posted by wcw at August 3, 2006 8:06 PM

The Exploding Hearts reissue news absolutely made my day.

Posted by david at August 3, 2006 10:27 PM

Ditto on the Hearts reissue. And thanks for introducing me to Damien Jurado, Sean.

Also, can't wait for the Walkmen's Pussy Cats album.

Posted by brian at August 4, 2006 4:46 AM

very cool :) thanks for sharing... i didnt know damien had a lil blog... it seems whatever he creates, he always shares such a special feeling inside his music. i think of him as truly magical.

Posted by musicisart at August 4, 2006 11:18 AM

Would love to hear those Blog songs Damien posted, anyone still have them and could maybe upload?

Posted by Aidan at October 12, 2009 4:59 AM

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