Damien Jurado + Josh Morrison + Josh Ottum

Thursday, December 27

In a MySpace bulletin memorializing the Crocodile Cafe, area native Josh Morrison sites some of his most striking moments at the venue, one of which was a Pedro the Lion/Damien Jurado show: “Over seven years later I can still remember waiting in the cold before the show, my friend crying when Damien played her favorite song, “Ohio”.” Tonight, Morrison sees a dream realized as Jurado’s opener, a musician he’s been a fan of since high school. It also marks only his first Seattle show with a full band, as the type of tours Morrison goes out on aren’t in a van along an interstate lined with Taco Bells. Rather, they’re over in Iraq as a member of the U.S. Army. His time away from the Northwest is reflected in his music, which is delivered in hushed whispers in the manner of Elliot Smith, Sam Beam and Nick Drake, while evoking a wistful longing for home (aptly the title of his first record) through references to west coast anchors like the Cascade mountain range. Josh Ottum, another Seattle-based singer/songwriter rounds out the bill beautifully. AJA PECKNOLD

Thu., Dec. 27, 9 p.m., 2007

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