Spend a yultide by the fireside with Damien Jurado, who's pumped out a piano- and horn-laden version of "Christmas Time Is Here." The Vince Guaraldi original -- popularized via "A Charlie Brown Christmas" -- has a melancholy slowness that Jurado's falsetto capitalizes upon, warms up with the Aki Kurose Middle School Academy Glee Club and prepares your brain waves for a long winter's nap.
Jurado's got some help too from engineer Steven Aguilar and from producer/instrumentalist Kyle Zantos, plus Joe Ruppert, Cole Mauro and Dave Hall.
The Seattle artist's song comes in advance of his next album project, "Maraqopa," a collaboration with singer/songwriter and producer Richard Swift, out of his National Freedom studios. That set is out on Feb. 21, preceded by a hometown release show on Feb. 17 at The Neptune. Jurado will then be out on the road in Europe.
Check out a trailer to the album, plus an MP3 from leading track "Nothing Is the News," both below.
Here are Damien Jurado's tour dates:
02/17/12 Seattle, WA: The Neptune w/Gold Leaves and Bryan John Appleby *Release Show*
02/29/12 Groningen, NL: Oosterpoort
03/01/12 Hamburg, DE: Astra Stub
03/02/12 Lund, SE: Mejeriet
03/03/12 Stockholm, SE: Sodra
03/04/12 Goteborg, SE: Nefertiti
03/06/12 Copenhagen, DK: Loppen
03/07/12 Berlin, DE: Comet Club
03/08/12 Leipzig, DE: UT Connewitz
03/09/12 Schorndorf, DE: Manufaktur
03/11/12 Den Bosch, NL: fabrlQ Festival
03/12/12 London, UK: Cargo
03/13/12 Rouen, FR: Le 106 Club
03/15/12 Bordeaux, FR: Le Saint X
03/16/12 San Sebastian, ES: Teatro Victoria Eugenia
03/17/12 Santander, ES: Black Bird
03/18/12 Orense, ES: Theater
03/18/12 Madrid, ES: Teatro Lara
03/20/12 Cadiz, ES: Edificio Constitución 1812 de Cádiz
03/21/12 Granada, ES: Planta Baja
03/22/12 Murcia, ES: Microsonidos
03/23/12 Badalona, ES: Blues & Ritme
03/25/12 Fribourg, CH: Fri-Son
03/26/12 Zurich, CH: El Lokal
03/29/12 Amsterdam, NL: Paradiso