Purple Mountains (RIP David Berman, August 2019)

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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

SM posted this a few hours before the news broke:

I’m not up on astrology/cosmic slop —is there something up ??

cuz a lot of xxxtra bad stuff is happening to friends and also in the 🌎 #hippytwitter

— Stephen malkmus (@dronecoma) August 7, 2019

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 8 August 2019 01:29 (nine months ago) link

Xp yeah same. The new record seemed, if not hopeful, at least comforting in a way. I was looking forward to spending the rest of the summer with it, gradually finding its hidden doors and exploring its secret rooms. Unbelievably sad.

“Hakuna Matata,” a nihilist philosophy (One Eye Open), Thursday, 8 August 2019 01:34 (nine months ago) link

this AMA was just a few weeks ago:

https://www.reddit.com/r/indieheads/comments/cdjakw/purple_mountains_ama/

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 8 August 2019 01:35 (nine months ago) link

Wow. This is so sad. :( I’d really only become familiar with him over the past few months due to this recent release and the surrounding press. He seemed like a very special person. RIP.

Vape Store (crüt), Thursday, 8 August 2019 01:35 (nine months ago) link

This fucking sucks

Heez, Thursday, 8 August 2019 01:35 (nine months ago) link

man this is sad. honestly I haven't listened to silver jews in years and years and years and hadn't even gotten around to hearing the new album. Despair is a real thing.

akm, Thursday, 8 August 2019 01:36 (nine months ago) link

"HEADSTONE:

HE WAS CRESTFALLEN UNTIL HE WAS ABLE TO RATIONALIZE IT AS A GREAT MISTAKE"

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 8 August 2019 01:37 (nine months ago) link

too horrible to even deal with

american bradass (BradNelson), Thursday, 8 August 2019 01:37 (nine months ago) link


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