Damien Jurado

Damien is out of his goddamn mind.

This isn't a recent development, but it's an important aspect of his work that often goes ignored. In place of this key element is the idea that his music is a sober and in-depth excavation of the American landscape and rural psyche. Well, folks, I'm sorry, but it's not.

Damien Jurado is every character in every Damien Jurado song. He is the gun, the purple anteater, the paper wings, the avalanche, the air show disaster, Ohio, the ghost of his best friend's wife. It is a universe unto its own, with it's own symbolism, creation myth, and liturgy. You might go as far as to call it a religion, and your religion is a character in his religion.

Level with me. You're reading this because of Damien Jurado's new album, Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son (produced by Richard Swift). You are a progressive minded, left-leaning person who in parlor-style conversation regarding the globo-political ramifications of Sky Person relationships laughs knowingly so as not to be judgmental and very reasonably concedes "Well, I don't believe He's some old man with a beard sitting up in the clouds" at which point everyone agrees on [insert benign middle-ground] and moves on.

Consider this: What if the only way to understand a religion is to create your own?

Who is this Silver community? Where the hell are they in the Bible? Is this heresy? Agnostic reference? Isn't this sun business a little, I don't know, animistic? Pagan? Go ahead and answer that question for yourself. I'll give you a second.

Do you understand the music any better?

You know that adage we all use so we have something to say while we shrug our shoulders? "People change"? That one. Is that applicable to Jesus Christ? Maybe he's been on a personal journey of discovery since he ascended. He went through the 60's, 70's, he turned on, tuned out, got disillusioned. Why can't we talk about that Jesus? Does it have to be the old-timey one all the time? American folk Jesus, ugh. The one who's always winning Best Soundtrack Oscars for people. Rarely do stories of faith make us identify with Jesus. It's Abraham, Satan, Silver Timothy, Salome, Dr. J, Saul of Tarsus; divinely imperfect brothers and sisters who give Gawd something to do.

Damien Jurado made up his own Jesus because a Damien Jurado album needs a beautiful Jesus. Some freaky space Jesus that I don't recognize. The name is the same, a lot of the imagery is the same, but he's reborn. Born again, I mean. Yeah, as if Jesus got born again. That's what this album sounds like.

Jesus is out of his goddamn mind and I want to live in Damien's America.

Sign me up.

--- Father John Misty; 09-20-2013

Courtney Marie Andrews

Courtney Marie Andrews is an American singer/songwriter. When she isn't touring many lands, she is writing and recording in her secret cave.

Andrews began songwriting at the age of 15 and released her first album Urban Myths in 2008 on River Jones Music when she was 18. She attended Barry Goldwater High School for two years and transferred to the Arizona Conservatory for Arts and Academics, graduating in 2009.

She has been a top 10 seller in Phoenix since 2008, and has performed alongside bands from Sub Pop, Barsuk, and Saddle Creek. Andrews has also performed at annual festivals in Phoenix. In 2008 she participated the First Annual Winter Folk Festival at Modified Arts. She participated in the 2009 Summer Folk Festival, the 2010 Final Folk Festival, and the 2011 RJM & Friends Fest.

In September 2009, Jim Adkins of the band Jimmy Eat World asked Courtney to do a duet of a Wilco song featuring Feist with him live on stage. In 2010, Andrews recorded backup vocals for Jimmy Eat World on 5 songs for their album Invented. She subsequently joined them on stage to perform during the album's release and full 2010/2011 tours.

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