Purple Mountains (RIP David Berman, August 2019)

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I had never listened to this guy before his death (I’m a pavement skeptic) but this album is really great. I know no one needed to hear that, but I wanted to say it.

L'assie (Euler), Friday, 15 November 2019 13:23 (three weeks ago) link

Snow is the beating heart of the album. It is the song where you get the sense of Berman's warmth and humanity without the weight of his depression.

Mazzy Tsar (PBKR), Saturday, 16 November 2019 02:31 (three weeks ago) link

i've mulled that "songs build little rooms in time" verse over in my head so many times this year and i'm in awe at how perfect it is

Heez, Saturday, 16 November 2019 03:47 (three weeks ago) link


Initially thought of 'Snow' as a pleasant romantic interlude on an otherwise very intense album, its gradually risen in my estimation to my favorite song on the record


Totally agree on these takes on that song. Initially disliked it, but it’s absolutely swelled in me as something enormous and special.

circa1916, Saturday, 16 November 2019 03:48 (three weeks ago) link

Most of us haven’t even gotten a winter day to fully appreciate it in.

circa1916, Saturday, 16 November 2019 03:52 (three weeks ago) link

The horns on Snow... are so damn perfect.

And I crapped on about this upthread but it's become so entwined with Joyce in my head I'm convinced Berman was communing with The Dead when he wrote Snow is Falling on Manhattan.

Generous tears filled Gabriel’s eyes. He had never felt like that himself towards any woman, but he knew that such a feeling must be love. The tears gathered more thickly in his eyes and in the partial darkness he imagined he saw the form of a young man standing under a dripping tree. Other forms were near. His soul had approached that region where dwell the vast hosts of the dead. He was conscious of, but could not apprehend, their wayward and flickering existence. His own identity was fading out into a grey impalpable world: the solid world itself, which these dead had one time reared and lived in, was dissolving and dwindling.

A few light taps upon the pane made him turn to the window. It had begun to snow again. He watched sleepily the flakes, silver and dark, falling obliquely against the lamplight. The time had come for him to set out on his journey westward. Yes, the newspapers were right: snow was general all over Ireland. It was falling on every part of the dark central plain, on the treeless hills, falling softly upon the Bog of Allen and, farther westward, softly falling into the dark mutinous Shannon waves. It was falling, too, upon every part of the lonely churchyard on the hill where Michael Furey lay buried. It lay thickly drifted on the crooked crosses and headstones, on the spears of the little gate, on the barren thorns. His soul swooned slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead.

Life is a meaningless nightmare of suffering...save string (Chinaski), Saturday, 16 November 2019 11:04 (three weeks ago) link

this record is incredible

treeship., Sunday, 17 November 2019 20:05 (three weeks ago) link

i also read actual air recently. really lovely poems.

"if Christ had died in a hallway we might pray in hallways
or wear little golden hallways around our necks."

treeship., Sunday, 17 November 2019 20:08 (three weeks ago) link

i don't see the purple mountains album as a suicide note btw. it seems more therapeutic--facing up to the horror of the present in order to shake loose of it.

treeship., Sunday, 17 November 2019 20:33 (three weeks ago) link

Nights That Won’t Happen is the only song on here that feels utterly posthumous

flappy bird, Sunday, 17 November 2019 20:52 (three weeks ago) link

The line “I wasn’t done being my mother’s son” gets me every time.

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Monday, 18 November 2019 00:39 (two weeks ago) link

<q>i don't see the purple mountains album as a suicide note btw.</q>

I pretty much do.

alpine static, Monday, 18 November 2019 00:54 (two weeks ago) link

ugh, my bad on the formatting. i knew it didn't look right but i hit "submit" anyway.

alpine static, Monday, 18 November 2019 00:55 (two weeks ago) link

i don't see the purple mountains album as a suicide note btw.

I pretty much do. But have felt hesitant to say it out loud / online.

alpine static, Monday, 18 November 2019 00:56 (two weeks ago) link

i don't see the purple mountains album as a suicide note btw. it seems more therapeutic--facing up to the horror of the present in order to shake loose of it.

But this kind of hurtin' won't heal

That's the devastating conclusion of the first song. I know the suicide note thing sounds trite, but it feels like that to me.

Duke, Monday, 18 November 2019 17:52 (two weeks ago) link

I just watched william tyler and Cassie Berman cover silver jews’s punks in the beer light and sure did cry in my car after pic.twitter.com/5H9LPoKMSc

— marty in my mind (@Jorty_Spice) December 1, 2019

... (Eazy), Sunday, 1 December 2019 22:18 (one week ago) link

is there a video? i love that song

treeship., Sunday, 1 December 2019 22:21 (one week ago) link

I’ll keep an eye out for one...0

... (Eazy), Sunday, 1 December 2019 22:31 (one week ago) link

I was wondering how the members of Woods were doing, how they've been feeling since August. It'd be sweet to see more tribute shows, maybe with them? Pretty bummed the Purple Mountains record never got played live.

flappy bird, Sunday, 1 December 2019 23:39 (one week ago) link

a snippet here: https://www.instagram.com/p/B5ishqDBgpg/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

tylerw, Monday, 2 December 2019 00:15 (six days ago) link

pic.twitter.com/KAGRSUBHob

— Bill Callahan (@BillCallaman) December 4, 2019

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 4 December 2019 18:25 (four days ago) link

I miss him, and will forever.

Mule, Sunday, 8 December 2019 11:43 (one hour ago) link


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