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February 15, 2012 at 6:00 AM

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Premiere: Al James (Dolorean) covers Damien Jurado

Photo of Damien Jurado by Sarah Jurado, from The Seattle Times' press room concert

"Cloudy Shoes" by Al James (from Damien Jurado's "Saint Bartlett" album)

This is where Damien Jurado starts for a lot of people, which is crazy, since the song is from 2010 and the Seattle lifer had a full and varied career before that as a singer-songwriter, experimental producer and pop rocker. I'm not saying that's the case for Al James from Portland band Dolorean, or that it's a bad thing at all: "Cloudy Shoes" (listen here) is a great song, and "still trying to fix my mind" a key lyric with that sweet melody, a nod to where Jurado's been and is now, in music, in life.

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