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    RIP David Berman

    RIP David Berman, of The Silver Jews and Purple Mountains. Only 52 and set to tour for the first time in a decade. This one's a real bummer.

    https://pitchfork.com/news/david-ber...ns-dead-at-52/

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    Re: RIP David Berman

    American Water is one of my all time favorite records. RIP.

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    Re: RIP David Berman

    No doubt...was about to go on tour. Troubled soul

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    Re: RIP David Berman

    I made it three tracks into Purple Mountains. Not sure I’ll revisit that one

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    Re: RIP David Berman

    I'm shocked. This really caught me by surprise. This Purple Mountains album seemed like his announcement of his re-emergence. It's a fantastic record.
    I'm just going to go find a cash machine.

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    Re: RIP David Berman

    The lyrical content of the Purple Mountains record definately makes it seem like he was contemplating stepping off. He was a fantastic lyricist and a unqiue voice and I'm saddened that it ended this way.
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    Re: RIP David Berman

    Are any of you familiar with the band Actual Tigers with frontman Tim Seely? Story goes that the band Willis was looking to change their name for legal reasons, and they got the idea for their new name from a postcard they received from David Berman. They released one album under the Actual Tigers name, "Gravelled and Green", and that was the end of the band. To this day, it's one of my all time favorite albums.

    Anyway, a bit of a tangent there. RIP, David Berman.
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    Re: RIP David Berman

    Quote Originally Posted by pedro View Post
    The lyrical content of the Purple Mountains record definately makes it seem like he was contemplating stepping off. He was a fantastic lyricist and a unqiue voice and I'm saddened that it ended this way.
    Yeah, his lyrics were always pretty dark, but the new album was very direct even by Silver Jews standards. I hate to say it wasn't all that surprising, but you don't even have to go too far past the song titles to get a sense of his mental state: "All My Happiness Is Gone," "Darkness and Cold" and "Nights That Won't Happen." His ability to discuss loneliness and depression, I think, are a big part of his appeal though.

    One of my favorite pieces of indie rock trivia is that Berman was in a band at the University of Virginia, Ectoslavia, with Stephen Malkmus and Bob Nastanovich, of Pavement, and James McNew, the bass player for Yo La Tengo.

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    Re: RIP David Berman

    Quote Originally Posted by BillDoran View Post
    Yeah, his lyrics were always pretty dark, but the new album was very direct even by Silver Jews standards. I hate to say it wasn't all that surprising, but you don't even have to go too far past the song titles to get a sense of his mental state: "All My Happiness Is Gone," "Darkness and Cold" and "Nights That Won't Happen." His ability to discuss loneliness and depression, I think, are a big part of his appeal though.

    One of my favorite pieces of indie rock trivia is that Berman was in a band at the University of Virginia, Ectoslavia, with Stephen Malkmus and Bob Nastanovich, of Pavement, and James McNew, the bass player for Yo La Tengo.
    Malkmus was in Silver Jews for a while. I have tried to get into his stuff, but I just can't do it.
    I'm just going to go find a cash machine.

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