Purple Mountains (RIP David Berman, August 2019)

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Awful news. RIP DCB

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


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

I have no words.

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


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


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


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

fucking hell man. RIP.

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

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

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

this AMA was just a few weeks ago:


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

This fucking sucks

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



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

too horrible to even deal with

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

The new album seemed to be about getting old. And this seems vulgar, but they’d just added a date in LA. So right now it’s just a shock for me. Fuuuuuuuck.

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Thursday, 8 August 2019 01:42 (eleven months ago) link

"On the last day of your life, don’t forget to die..."

made me take the record off the turntable. I'm not sure I can listen to these records for a while.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 8 August 2019 01:43 (eleven months ago) link

"...something's added to the air, forever"

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 8 August 2019 01:44 (eleven months ago) link


the ringer interview linked above basically suggested that he was living in absolute hell

mookieproof, Thursday, 8 August 2019 01:45 (eleven months ago) link

in an interview a few months ago he said about the album (paraphrasing here) "it's not a cry for help, but something more like my way of offering what help I can."

I understood.

del griffith, Thursday, 8 August 2019 01:50 (eleven months ago) link

i just dug out my old CD of American Water, i couldn't make it through the album and had to turn it off.

Bee OK, Thursday, 8 August 2019 01:52 (eleven months ago) link

this is very sad. actual air is the only book of poetry i've ever given as a gift. Loved this man's words amd music.

triple-washed (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 8 August 2019 01:54 (eleven months ago) link

it's hard for me to imagine how deeply people must experience depression

Dan S, Thursday, 8 August 2019 01:56 (eleven months ago) link

Reading that reddit thread and imagining the depth of pain that can’t be eased by such an outpouring of gratitude and affirmation and love.

Some darknesses for some people are just indelible, and exhausting.

The Ravishing of ROFL Stein (Hadrian VIII), Thursday, 8 August 2019 01:56 (eleven months ago) link

I didn’t know about my friend DCB when I wrote this must have been in the air .His death is fucking dark ..depression is crippling.. he was a one of a kinder the songs he wrote were his main passion esp at the end. Hope death equals peace cuz he could sure use it

— Stephen malkmus (@dronecoma) August 8, 2019

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 8 August 2019 01:57 (eleven months ago) link

fuuuck man it seemed so cool that he was getting out there again in such an auspicious fashion. going to miss the absolute hell out of this guy

A-B-C. A-Always, B-Be, C-Chooglin (will), Thursday, 8 August 2019 02:02 (eleven months ago) link

Many good and kind words here.


Ned Raggett, Thursday, 8 August 2019 02:07 (eleven months ago) link

Who knows, but I can only imagine the complete change of daily habits that go with dozens of profiles coming out about your life and your work, getting it right or not, plus everything that goes into starting a tour for the first time in forever. So much pressure and just being out in the world, even with stellar reviews and shows sold out (I had two tix for them in Chicago).

... (Eazy), Thursday, 8 August 2019 02:36 (eleven months ago) link

Huh, and related to that, just saw this quoted (by Howe Gelb on Instagram) from a 2006 Pfork Berman interview:

He talked to Pitchfork about his stance on performing in 2005, “I believe that intermittent live performance has cut short the writing lives of touring musicians. If you are making an argument with history you don’t waste your energy and brain cells on sales, publicity, relentless travel, and other adjoining tasks. The less my body moves, the more energy my brain has to write.”

... (Eazy), Thursday, 8 August 2019 02:46 (eleven months ago) link

*2005 interview

... (Eazy), Thursday, 8 August 2019 02:49 (eleven months ago) link

I wonder if he reached out to, or reconciled with, his dad in some way before the end. I can’t help but think about his dad losing his son.

60... 90... 120 Minute IPA (morrisp), Thursday, 8 August 2019 03:34 (eleven months ago) link

oh no, just seen this. that’s terrible. fuck. all those wonderful lyrics.

Fizzles, Thursday, 8 August 2019 03:50 (eleven months ago) link

goddam it’s so sad.

Fizzles, Thursday, 8 August 2019 03:54 (eleven months ago) link

This is a tough one. Sometimes as I get older I feel an impulse to accept people's suicides, like "Maybe it's ok if someone doesn't want to be alive anymore." But when someone who continued to write so beautifully until the end somehow "doesn't want to be alive anymore" it's especially hard to accept and leaves me at a loss. I guess he suffered a lot and the suffering wouldn't end for him, and nothing about writing beautifully changed that.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Thursday, 8 August 2019 04:13 (eleven months ago) link

Heartbroken pic.twitter.com/DuEmHrd1l4

— 3 Songs Podcast (@3songspod) August 8, 2019

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 8 August 2019 04:43 (eleven months ago) link

i rewatched the Slow Century the other night, on a lark. it's all on YouTube.

Berman's in the background of all that old footage.

also, Bob is just the best.

Bob, DCB and SM forevah

alpine static, Thursday, 8 August 2019 05:04 (eleven months ago) link

This is devastating

flamboyant goon tie included, Thursday, 8 August 2019 05:49 (eleven months ago) link

Beneath the bitching and the bickering
When I try to drown my thoughts in gin
I find my worst ideas know how to swim

RIP David Berman.

Karl Malone, Thursday, 8 August 2019 06:02 (eleven months ago) link

this is bad :(

i felt like with this new Purple Mountains album he was on his way to become 'our' Leonard Cohen.

Ludo, Thursday, 8 August 2019 06:29 (eleven months ago) link

It is a certain hill
the one I imagine when I hear the word "hill"
and if the apocalypse turns out
to be a world-wide nervous breakdown
if our five billion minds collapse at once
well I'd call that a surprise ending
and this hill would still be beautiful
a place I wouldn't mind dying
alone or with you.

tashted the milk of human kindnesh - an' it's a lot of Fermillac (fionnland), Thursday, 8 August 2019 07:29 (eleven months ago) link

man this is terrible :(

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 8 August 2019 07:44 (eleven months ago) link

Oh no. :(


pomenitul, Thursday, 8 August 2019 07:45 (eleven months ago) link

I've never really engaged with his work or been particularly motivated to do so, but I'm listening to the Purple Mountains album now and realising I was wrong in that. RIP.

Matt DC, Thursday, 8 August 2019 07:51 (eleven months ago) link


I visited Philadelphia earlier this year and saw the American Water building across the Delaware, which immediately made me think of Berman and that fantastic album. Totally inconsequential but the kind of humdrum revelation that he seemed to be able to capture in his lyrics.

Captain ACAB (Neil S), Thursday, 8 August 2019 07:55 (eleven months ago) link

Fuck. Fuck. This really, really hurts.

I feel so grateful for the art he created. His music touched a rarely accessible place in my soul; the way he combined humour, melancholy, truth....his storytelling...while having a distinct, original artistic voice. All of the things I most look for and value about art can be found consistently throughout his work. And his new album...just, one of those records that came along when I was starting to doubt whether music could have the kind of impact on me that it once did, and reminded me that the old feeling is still possible.

He had more knockout couplets and one-liners than any other lyricist I can think of. His lyrics are a constant part of my internal monologue. Like sometimes I'll think of a random Jews lyric and just smile. Thank you, David.

triggercut, Thursday, 8 August 2019 09:24 (eleven months ago) link

Ah christ - that's some horrible news to wake to. The P in RIP never made so much sense.

Good cop, Babcock (Chinaski), Thursday, 8 August 2019 09:52 (eleven months ago) link

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