Damien Jurado has announced a new album, In The Shape Of A Storm, which comes on the heels of last year’s The Horizon Just Laughed. It’s his first for Mama Bird Recording Co., and he recorded it over the course of only two hours in an afternoon. And because it was recorded so … More »
Indie-rock singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Richard Swift passed away this summer at the far-too-young age of 41. Swift had battled with alcoholism for years, and his family revealed that he had been diagnosed with hepatitis and liver and kidney distress shortly before his death. Secretly Canadian posthumously released his final album, … More »
OG indie-rock singer-songwriter Damien Jurado’s latest album The Horizon Just Laughed is just over the horizon. He introduced it last month with “Over Rainbows And Rainier,” and he’s back today with another lovely, elegant ballad. “Allocate” glimmers and glides, with violin and piano accenting Jurado’s weather vocals. This would be wonderful to fall asleep … More »
The world undoubtedly needs more author-themed music festivals — and since a festival dedicated to George Orwell would necessarily involve the booked artists violating our personal liberties, we should all be more than enamored/supportive of the following Granfalloon-come-true : A Kurt Vonnegut Convergence, a new hybrid “conference and festival” which the Indiana University Arts & Humanities Council (and TMT writer Ed Comentale, full disclosure) are hosting this May 10-12.
Vonnegut passed away in 2007, and there’s little debate as to his ridiculously awesome legacy of writing ridiculous/absurd novels that simultaneously hold mass appeal. He was also a notable non-basketball product of The Hoosier State, so it obviously makes sense that the IU vicinity in Bloomington would be the site to honor the iconic, curly-haired satirist. I’m told via press release that IU’s Lilly Library is “home to the largest collection of Vonnegut books and manuscripts in the world.”
That library will be the site of an archival exhibit set up for the “convergence,” while a two-day “academic conference of panels and keynote speakers” essentially rounds out the non-musical homages.
Musically, however, we’re looking at performances from Father John Misty, Damien Jurado, Oh Sees, Noname, Shabazz Palaces, Baths, Waxahatchee, Amy O, Voces Novae, and Rodeola at various Bloomington venues. FJM in particular is recognized in press as a noted Vonnegut fan. (Though TBH, I can’t imagine any non-fans accepting this particular gig. It seems too risky to basically vouch for an unfamiliar author.)
Anyway, check out the FULL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS HERE. And don’t forget, my dear prospective attendees: “If you can do a half-assed job of anything, you’re a one-eyed man in a kingdom of the blind.”
Indiana University Bloomington’s Arts & Humanities Council is hosting something called Granfalloon: A Kurt Vonnegut Convergence, a conference celebrating the work of Vonnegut, in May. And, for some reason, that conference will feature musical performances from Father John Misty, Waxahatchee, Thee Oh Sees, Shabazz Palaces, Damien Jurado, Amy O, and more alongside readings and lectures … More »
Damien Jurado’s last LP, 2016’s Visions Of Us On The Land, finished up a trilogy of albums that began in 2012 with Maraqopa. That means that The Horizon Just Laughed, which the Seattle singer-songwriter just announced today, is the start of a whole new chapter in his career. Fittingly, it’s also the first self-produced album … More »