Lost vinyl gems is an irregular column where I feature weird and wonderful songs that can only be found on vinyl records
March 2002 or March 2003. There were only two instances when I’ve done a radio show with my good friend Andy, once at his college radio station and once at my first college station. I’m pretty sure it was during the second that he introduced this song to me.
The first time I heard it was as he was playing it over the radio and I was astounded then as I am now. Damien Jurado’s always been great at those songs that explore the dark side of life and this is one of the best of those. The instrumentation (mostly the slide guitar) works so well with his simple strummed guitar and lonesome vocals.
The key line for me is “You call off the guns/ I’ll call off the dogs”. It’s haunting in context.
This is a “lost vinyl gem” but it could also be a vintage song obsession. When my friend played me this song it immediately stuck in my head and I had it going around in circles for weeks. Even after I forgot how the song actually went I remembered that I loved this song.
You can still buy Four Songs on which this song appears is still available from Burnt Toast Vinyl.
Update: Coincidentally, Stereogum’s newsletter has Damien Jurado covering Low’s similarly themed “Murderer”. It’s pretty dang good as well.