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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Watch Damien Jurado at the Pickathon Pumphouse

Posted by Charlie Swanson on Tue, Jan 3, 2012 at 10:55 AM

From last year's Pickathon, this is the first post in the upcoming Pickathon Pumphouse Sessions. Now, I guess I don't really know what a pumphouse is exactly, but it sure looks tiny, as singer/songwriter Damien Jurado and band cram in there, asses-to-elbows, to perform the song "To Be Sold." Recorded by Live & Breathing, this actually comes from out in the woods appropriately enough, on Pendarvis Farm amidst low light and lower ceilings.

Jurado has never been as good as he is now, and this song, pulsing with ethos and a refreshingly upbeat rhythm, is a great start to the series. Apparently over two thirds of last year's performers contributed to the Sessions, so look for more videos in the coming weeks. Pickathon returns to Portland in August. Jurado's new album, Maraqopa, comes out in February.

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