Purple Mountains (RIP David Berman, August 2019)

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(Btw I just looked up the Pitchfork review of that Destroyer record and it's truly pathetic, just a bunch of indie rock horse-trading and market analysis. The reviewer wastes multiple paragraphs drawing parallels between Bejar's career arc and Guided By Voices, a band that his band sounds nothing like, a band that at that point had been broken up for 4 or 5 years. The concluding paragraph tells us "I caught only one pun, two snippets of others' famous lyrics, and two references to other bands" but I guess the writer+editor thought readers of this review would be more interested in William Bowers's parodies of GbV song titles than in knowing, e.g., that one of those famous lyrics is Crystal Waters' "Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless)". I could go on, I won't.

Keep poltiics OUT of Dancing!!!! (bernard snowy), Sunday, 21 July 2019 11:16 (ten months ago) link

I was talking to one of the screenwriters of Top Gun 2 after its Comic-Con panel last weekend. Turns out the guy is a big Purple Mountains fan, believe it or not. He told me he managed to work in a last-minute line for Aging Maverick to say: "I feel the need... the need to speed into the lead suddenly decline."

Anyway, this album is basically unruinable for me, and that's good, because otherwise the sound of that third line being snuck into "Nights That Won't Happen" as an obvious last-minute overdub might've just shot the whole thing down for me like a MiG over the Indian Ocean.

del griffith, Thursday, 25 July 2019 19:13 (ten months ago) link

How does PM come up in conversation with an action movie screenwriter?

calstars, Thursday, 25 July 2019 19:24 (ten months ago) link

Easy, it's all I talk about anymore. Also, he writes rom-coms too.

del griffith, Thursday, 25 July 2019 19:33 (ten months ago) link

Was listening to the album on headphones in a small shop then took them off to hear 'Darkness And Cold' playing on their speakers. Felt nice, can't say that has ever happened before, strange for it to be a Berman-related experience

PaulTMA, Thursday, 25 July 2019 19:36 (ten months ago) link

Paul, you're gonna wanna register that here, I think.

Obscure Singles Heard at CVS

I know "Darkness and Cold" is the single with the video starring Steve McNair, but I hadn't picked up on the "first and goal" football reference in "All My Happiness is Gone" until someone pointed it out to me this morning.

Fittingly, I'm very proud of myself for being the only one I know so far to have discovered the lil reference to Starlite Walker in "Maybe I'm the Only One for Me."

del griffith, Thursday, 25 July 2019 19:59 (ten months ago) link

I wonder how many clicks per week pitchfork would lose if they did away with patronizing aspies by summarizing works of art on a numerical scale.

please don' talk like this on this board or elsewhere. instead, choose not to be an asshole. thanks.

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Thursday, 25 July 2019 20:07 (ten months ago) link

You're right that I shouldn't have used the a-word there, but I do think numerical ratings does a great disservice to the written language. Which is kind of the whole point of a review.

del griffith, Thursday, 25 July 2019 20:09 (ten months ago) link

Excuse me, do! Do a great disservice to it. Heh

del griffith, Thursday, 25 July 2019 20:10 (ten months ago) link

I agree with you on that point massively actually, I think numerical ratings as a default did irreparable damage to music criticism

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Thursday, 25 July 2019 20:11 (ten months ago) link

i give this album 5 bag of popcorn

bookmarkflaglink (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 25 July 2019 20:12 (ten months ago) link

and a grape Fanta

del griffith, Thursday, 25 July 2019 20:20 (ten months ago) link

Anyway, this album is basically unruinable for me, and that's good, because otherwise the sound of that third line being snuck into "Nights That Won't Happen" as an obvious last-minute overdub might've just shot the whole thing down for me like a MiG over the Indian Ocean.

― del griffith, Thursday, 25 July 2019 21:13

I hadn't noticed that. Now I'll hear it every time. Thanks for ruining this album for me forever (joke)

Duke, Thursday, 25 July 2019 20:30 (ten months ago) link

DB albums have always had weird, obvious overdubs. Which is why I find it so strange he left the weak go of the first line of the album.

I agree it's great though.

kraudive, Thursday, 25 July 2019 21:34 (ten months ago) link

Fittingly, I'm very proud of myself for being the only one I know so far to have discovered the lil reference to Starlite Walker in "Maybe I'm the Only One for Me."

Hadn't caught that, thanks for pointing it out! I'm a little surprised I haven't seen anyone note how Snow Is Falling in Manhattan is kind of an extension of "We're trapped inside the song."

Anyway I love this album and I'd say the first five tracks are a perfect album side.

Vaguely Threatening CAPTCHAs, Thursday, 25 July 2019 21:41 (ten months ago) link

Finally listened to this in full... I dig it (natch), and can also see why he used a different moniker this time around; somehow it doesn't feel like a Joos record.

the last Berry La Croix in the work fridge (morrisp), Thursday, 25 July 2019 22:03 (ten months ago) link

Holy fuck.

Just heard from Peyton Pinkerton. I wish it was a sick joke. Our friend David Berman has committed suicide. Devastated beyond words.

— Joe Pernice (@JPernicious) August 7, 2019

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Wednesday, 7 August 2019 23:01 (nine months ago) link

GODDAMN.

We couldn't be more sorry to tell you this. David Berman passed away earlier today. A great friend and one of the most inspiring individuals we've ever known is gone. Rest easy, David. pic.twitter.com/5n5bctcu4j

— 𝕯𝖗𝖆𝖌 𝕮𝖎𝖙𝖞 (@dragcityrecords) August 7, 2019

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 7 August 2019 23:01 (nine months ago) link

fuck, awful news

bookmarkflaglink (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 7 August 2019 23:07 (nine months ago) link

oh no.... goddamn it. what a talent

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 7 August 2019 23:13 (nine months ago) link

Fucking hell. RIP

Simon H., Wednesday, 7 August 2019 23:15 (nine months ago) link

what the fucking goddamn fuck

jakey mo collier (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 7 August 2019 23:19 (nine months ago) link

Aw man

The World According To.... (Michael B), Wednesday, 7 August 2019 23:21 (nine months ago) link

:(

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Wednesday, 7 August 2019 23:27 (nine months ago) link

oh fuck

JoeStork, Wednesday, 7 August 2019 23:32 (nine months ago) link

Oh no

calstars, Wednesday, 7 August 2019 23:33 (nine months ago) link

Rest in peace, few as great as him. Felt something so friendly and warm in his voice and words.

Van Horn Street, Wednesday, 7 August 2019 23:36 (nine months ago) link

I was just introducing a friend to his work and life story yesterday. He'll be spoken of long, long after many of his contemporaries are forgotten.

Simon H., Wednesday, 7 August 2019 23:46 (nine months ago) link

Damn.

☮ (peace, man), Wednesday, 7 August 2019 23:50 (nine months ago) link

wasn't a huge fan but this is such a punch in the stomach after reading a fair amount of the press about this album and the last few years of his life

call all destroyer, Wednesday, 7 August 2019 23:51 (nine months ago) link

Just.... man.

Lactose Shaolin Wanker (Raymond Cummings), Wednesday, 7 August 2019 23:52 (nine months ago) link

“Nights That Won’t Happen,” christ

JoeStork, Wednesday, 7 August 2019 23:52 (nine months ago) link

Actual Air is a legit great collection of poetry, and it unlocked Berman's catalog for me -- the only artist in my personal history who's ever done so.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 7 August 2019 23:53 (nine months ago) link

terrible news

life is brutal

The Ravishing of ROFL Stein (Hadrian VIII), Wednesday, 7 August 2019 23:54 (nine months ago) link

Thinking now of his friends, family, bandmates, and how they must be coping or trying to process this.

Lactose Shaolin Wanker (Raymond Cummings), Wednesday, 7 August 2019 23:54 (nine months ago) link

ugh been thinking so much about him the last few months as well, this is awful awful news

Clay, Wednesday, 7 August 2019 23:56 (nine months ago) link

Wow

husserl gang (rip van wanko), Thursday, 8 August 2019 00:13 (nine months ago) link

This is a total fucking crusher

circa1916, Thursday, 8 August 2019 00:14 (nine months ago) link

Dammit.

Mazzy Tsar (PBKR), Thursday, 8 August 2019 00:21 (nine months ago) link

Awful news. RIP DCB

badg, Thursday, 8 August 2019 00:23 (nine months ago) link

ughyh

ciderpress, Thursday, 8 August 2019 00:27 (nine months ago) link

Horrifying
I have no words.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 8 August 2019 00:42 (nine months ago) link

oof

gbx, Thursday, 8 August 2019 00:44 (nine months ago) link

wasn't a huge fan but this is such a punch in the stomach after reading a fair amount of the press about this album and the last few years of his life

― call all destroyer, Wednesday, August 7, 2019 7:51 PM (fifty-six minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

Me too.
Not many songs better than "Random Rules"

flappy bird, Thursday, 8 August 2019 00:49 (nine months ago) link

yes

Dan S, Thursday, 8 August 2019 00:50 (nine months ago) link

horrible

cheese canopy (map), Thursday, 8 August 2019 01:03 (nine months ago) link

fucking hell man. RIP.

, Thursday, 8 August 2019 01:09 (nine months ago) link

with touring scheduled to start next week, it almost feels like he wanted to prove once more that he could still do it before he decided to travel on

alpine static, Thursday, 8 August 2019 01:10 (nine months ago) link

I want to post lyrics but there’s just too many

badg, Thursday, 8 August 2019 01:15 (nine months ago) link

If it is a suicide, I don’t think I’m strong enough to re-listen to his records.

Van Horn Street, Thursday, 8 August 2019 01:17 (nine months ago) link


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