Reviews in 200 Words

Damien Jurado: Saint Bartlett

In Album/Concert on June 14, 2010 at 6:40 pm

A lot of Jurado’s song titles are the names of places–cities and states–which makes sense: his songs are measurements of space and life. “Arkansas” is an ode, if not a plea: a beautifully complicated relationship, I don’t recall the last time we spoke; you said it’s my fault, I still don’t believe you. Plus, a glass Coke bottle plays a vital role in the percussion of the song, and that’s always cool. Jurado might make you fill up the tank and hit the road–just to see what you’ll find. Between songs and amid a June storm at The Bishop, Jurado said, “this rain is crazy…we don’t have it where I come from…Mars.” If he’s not from Mars, he’s certainly been around–well versed in habitation. “Kansas City” is painful and haunting. Kansas City is the girl you want so badly to impress—the one you’d walk to the end of the road for, if it meant just one more minute. You can’t get that name out of your head; you can’t not return. I know some day I will return…I know someday I will return. Places define us–they remind us what we have and what we don’t. 

-Micah Ling

Damien Jurado via Secretly Canadian 

The Bishop, Bloomington, IN

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