Dave Berman/Purple Mountains/Silver Jews/D.C. Berman

Discussion in 'music, bands, clubs & festies' started by D'wards, Jul 16, 2019.

  1. D'wards

    D'wards I'm an excellent driver

    He's back with a new album and its fantastic. You can keep your Dylan, Morrissey and Cohen- for my money Berman is the best lyricist of all time.

    His new name is Purple Mountains, with an album of the same name.

    Dave has put himself through the mill with crack addiction and a suicide attempt.

    The lyrics of the opening track seem to explore his dark mind



    Purple Mountains: Purple Mountains review – sardonic Americana with the lyrics of the year

    Purple Mountains is a devastatingly honest masterpiece from David Berman

    The Quietus | Reviews | Purple Mountains
     
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2019
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  2. D'wards

    D'wards I'm an excellent driver

    That's Just the Way I Feel

    [Verse 1]
    Well, I don't like talkin’ to myself
    But someone's gotta say it, hell
    I mean, things have not been going well
    This time I think I finally fucked myself
    You see, the life I live is sickening
    I spent a decade playing chicken with oblivion
    Day to day, I'm neck and neck with giving in
    I’m the same old wreck I've always been

    [Chorus]
    And when I see her in the park
    It barely merits a remark
    How we stand the standard distance
    Distant strangers stand apart

    [Verse 2]
    Course I've been humbled by the void
    Much of my faith has been destroyed
    I've been forced to watch my foes enjoy
    Ceaseless feasts of schadenfreude
    And as the pace of life keeps quickening
    Beneath the bitching and the bickering
    When I try to drown my thoughts in gin
    I find my worst ideas know how to swim

    [Chorus]
    Well, a setback can be a setup
    For a comeback if you don't let up
    But this kind of hurtin' won't heal
    And the end of all wanting
    Is all I've been wanting
    And that’s just the way that I feel

    [Verse 3]
    I met failure in Australia
    I fell ill in Illinois
    I nearly lost my genitalia
    To an anthill in Des Moines
    I was so far gone in Fargo
    South Dakota got annoyed
    That’s the shit I'm talkin’ 'bout
    When I talk to you about
    Ceaseless feasts of schadenfreude

    [Chorus]
    And a setback can be a setup
    For a comeback if you don't let up
    But this kind of hurtin' won’t heal
    And the end of all wanting
    Is all I've been wanting
    The end of all wanting
    Is all I've been wanting
    The end of all wanting
    Is all I've been wanting
    And that's just the way that I feel
     
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  3. redsquirrel

    redsquirrel This Machine Kills Progressives

    Thanks for the heads up, last Silver Jews was fantastic.
     
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  4. D'wards

    D'wards I'm an excellent driver

    Let me know what you think?

    To me its classic Silver Jews stuff
     
  5. redsquirrel

    redsquirrel This Machine Kills Progressives

    Been listening to this a lot at the moment. Wasn't so sure about it at first but now really enjoying it. While there are continuities with Silver Jews it does have quite a different feel.
     
  6. S☼I

    S☼I bullshit bullshit my line

    Interest piqued despite never having heard any of the acts in the thread title
     
  7. redsquirrel

    redsquirrel This Machine Kills Progressives

    Oh you definitely need to check out the Silver Jews. I'd probably start with their final album Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea and American Water
     
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  8. S☼I

    S☼I bullshit bullshit my line

    I've little frame of reference for it from what I've read just now, only perhaps (I imagine) Magnetic Fields, Mercury Rev's Deserter's Songs, and one review of Purple Mountains nanechecks Pavement's Range Life
     
  9. S☼I

    S☼I bullshit bullshit my line

    Friends are warmer than gold when you're old
    And keeping them is harder than you might suppose
    Lately, I tend to make strangers wherever I go
    Some of them were once people I was happy to know

    Bloody hell.
     
  10. redsquirrel

    redsquirrel This Machine Kills Progressives

    Silver Jews was formed with Malkmus and Nastanovich from Pavement, and while it was a Berman project they cropped up on a number of albums.
     
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  11. butchersapron

    butchersapron blood on the walls

    This is a great album. I turned against him when the best lyricist since dylan stuff got too much. There's not much going on musically though.
     
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    editor hiraethified

  13. D'wards

    D'wards I'm an excellent driver

    Jesus, that's a shock. This is very sad
     
  14. redsquirrel

    redsquirrel This Machine Kills Progressives

    Fuck, really crap news. :(
     
  15. D'wards

    D'wards I'm an excellent driver

    I read he didnt really like touring or playing live, and this was just before he started his tour.
    Maybe the pressure got to him. Poor old Dave
     
  16. Dr. Furface

    Dr. Furface One small step for man

    Well isn't that just the shittest news to wake up to. After all those years away since splitting Silver Jews, he comes back with a brilliant new album, totally out the blue, with a new tour coming up... and now this. Fifty fucking two. It doesn't get much sadder than this.
     
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  17. S☼I

    S☼I bullshit bullshit my line

    Oh, man. Clearly such a bright spark of a mind, gone out. RIP.
     
  18. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge Without music, life would be a mistake.

    Just read this and came to post a thread. Huge shock.
     
  19. butchersapron

    butchersapron blood on the walls

    Jesus, puts the lyrics on things like That's just the way i feel from the new LP in a very stark light indeed if the (strong) suggestions of suicide that are doing the rounds are correct.
     
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  20. S☼I

    S☼I bullshit bullshit my line

    Doesn't it just.
     
  21. D'wards

    D'wards I'm an excellent driver

    I came to post exactly that!
     
  22. Smokeandsteam

    Smokeandsteam Well-Known Member

    Very sad to hear this. Also very poignant to read the lyrics posted above after the horrible news. RIP Dave.
     
  23. Buddy Bradley

    Buddy Bradley Pantheistic solipsist

    Never heard of him until the new album popped up in the 'recommended' thread, but I really liked it. So this is only the second time I've heard his name. :(
     
  24. killer b

    killer b Minimum Waste / Maximum Joy

    I'd vaguely heard of Silver Jews as one of those bands people in bands like, but only bothered to listen to them for the first time last week after this thread was bumped. So more or less the same. (I liked them fwiw)
     
  25. D'wards

    D'wards I'm an excellent driver

    Often cited as the best opening line for an album.
     
  26. D'wards

    D'wards I'm an excellent driver

    His CDs and vinyl are going for extortionate amounts on Ebay, even new ones.
     
  27. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge Without music, life would be a mistake.

    Going for, or priced at?

    (Ie, is it worth me opening a seller account?)
     
  28. killer b

    killer b Minimum Waste / Maximum Joy

    popsike has the sale prices of ebay sales: popsike.com - silver jews
     
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  29. D'wards

    D'wards I'm an excellent driver

    Both I think. CDs twenty quid ish with a few days left to bid.
    New vinyl up for £60 an album
     
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  30. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge Without music, life would be a mistake.

    Looks like it’s vinyl that’s selling.
     

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