Purple Mountains (RIP David Berman, August 2019)

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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 (eleven months 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 (ten months ago) link

is there a video? i love that song

treeship., Sunday, 1 December 2019 22:21 (ten months ago) link

I’ll keep an eye out for one...0

... (Eazy), Sunday, 1 December 2019 22:31 (ten months 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 (ten months ago) link

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

tylerw, Monday, 2 December 2019 00:15 (ten months ago) link


— Bill Callahan (@BillCallaman) December 4, 2019

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

I miss him, and will forever.

Mule, Sunday, 8 December 2019 11:43 (ten months ago) link

I finally gave a good listen to the lyrics of “nights that won’t happen.” That song certainly sounds like a suicide note... But the thing ends with “maybe i’m the only one for me” where he describes a future where he resigns himself to loneliness. (“I need to learn to love myself”)... is this just - very cruel kind of irony? And what does it say to his wife who apparently had left him?

As a sufferer of depression I recognize all the thought patterns in these lyrics, and why I loved that he could have such humor about it. The ugly feelings were transmuted into something rollicking and playful, which is really what a lot of American music is about. But like—i feel personally invested in finding hope in this record for some reason

treeship., Thursday, 19 December 2019 21:39 (ten months ago) link

Nice essay about David Berman in the NYT Lives They Lived:


Lily Dale, Friday, 27 December 2019 03:38 (ten months ago) link

NYC & Portland, Ore live music tributes looked nice

curmudgeon, Monday, 6 January 2020 20:15 (nine months 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, Friday, November 15, 2019 10:47 PM (one month ago) bookmarkflaglink

Lots of references to Berman's approaching demise throughout the album, but the third verse of "Snow" is absolutely the most spectral and most sublime of these. It's a little scary almost to contemplate how perfect all those verses are. "Snow" is probably song of the year imo

PLEB AF (Drugs A. Money), Monday, 6 January 2020 20:33 (nine months ago) link

This was probably my most played album of 2019 and, I think, has my favourite song of the year ... but I'm not really comfortable with the songs that clearly reference his partner, I don't think. Life/great records aren't necessarily about being comfortable but that isn't quite what I mean. Might come back and re-explain when not on wine.

djh, Monday, 6 January 2020 22:36 (nine months ago) link

Probably my my most played longplayer too.

Half of the PM album (Happiness, Darkness, Snow, Margaritas, Nights) was nominated for the 2019 tracks poll. Not undeservedly. Any interest in measures to overcome vote-splitting?

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Tuesday, 7 January 2020 01:08 (nine months ago) link

Any interest in measures to overcome vote-splitting?


enochroot, Wednesday, 8 January 2020 02:28 (nine months ago) link

tbh I'm expecting ppl to gravitate towards "Nights" even without strategery

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 03:01 (nine months ago) link

I think Snow vs Margaritas

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 03:02 (nine months ago) link

I nominated and voted for “Snow.”

Don’t yell ‘Judas!’ in a crowded theater (morrisp), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 03:13 (nine months ago) link

I'll certainly vote for "Nights That Won't Happen" either way. Happy to add a further crowd-pleaser...

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Wednesday, 8 January 2020 03:24 (nine months ago) link

this is gonna be the ultimate vote splitter. my vote went to 'happiness'

culture of mayordom (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 04:01 (nine months ago) link

i think it'll get one or two songs on the countdown regardless

culture of mayordom (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 04:01 (nine months ago) link

just voted for all of em!

Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 10:10 (nine months ago) link

Snow will definitely be high on my ballot. Margaritas will be on there somewhere too.

Life is a meaningless nightmare of suffering...save string (Chinaski), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 16:48 (nine months ago) link

'Snow' seems popular. I'll make that my second PM vote then!

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Thursday, 9 January 2020 11:23 (nine months ago) link

See if you recognize the former ilxor as MC:


The surviving members perform:

Secret Knowledge of Back Roads (Pavement version)
Buckingham Rabbit
Advice to the Graduate
Random Rules
Welcome To The House of the Bats*
Trains Across the Sea

*post-song banter refers to SM wanting Bob to reprise the monologue that Bob did as his first performance on a Pavement record ("Sue Me Jack") in a tribute to his good friends Slint's then-newly-released Spiderland. The monologue lyrics iirc refer to Bob's mom finding a Frederic Remington painting on the cheap somehow. Yes, I know deep Pavement trivia in case you were wondering.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 9 January 2020 23:14 (nine months ago) link

I can't decipher the "Sue Me Jack" monologue, but are you referring to the monologue on "Welcome to the House of the Bats"?

Don’t yell ‘Judas!’ in a crowded theater (morrisp), Thursday, 9 January 2020 23:20 (nine months ago) link

Thanks for sharing that video, btw. And yes, I recognize D. Wolk (I worked w/him a million years ago)

Don’t yell ‘Judas!’ in a crowded theater (morrisp), Thursday, 9 January 2020 23:25 (nine months ago) link

SM asked Bob to do a monologue referencing Remington (i.e. the "Sue Me Jack" bit) during the Bats coda, I'm just providing some trivial background on it.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 9 January 2020 23:44 (nine months ago) link

Cool, I just got to that part in the video (and sorry if I sounded confused -- I was referring to the fact that the Remington monologue can be heard very clearing in the original recording of "House of the Bats"; I didn't realize that the "Sue Me Jack" bit had the same subject, as it's buried so deep in the mix.)

Don’t yell ‘Judas!’ in a crowded theater (morrisp), Thursday, 9 January 2020 23:47 (nine months ago) link

I attended the Portland thing. Was hoping Stephen and Bob would say a bit more about David, but there wasn't much. Ever-guarded Stephen - as you might guess - said basically nothing. Bob had an emotional moment you can watch in the 22nd minute of that video up there.

That pretty much sums the two of them up.

Their relationship and the way it benefitted both of them in Pavement really fascinates me.

alpine static, Friday, 10 January 2020 05:51 (nine months ago) link

That performance was rough.

Duke, Friday, 10 January 2020 17:09 (nine months ago) link

They didn't practice. The songs are super old and they haven't played them in years. What they did is exactly what I expected (and wanted).

alpine static, Friday, 10 January 2020 19:29 (nine months ago) link

it was great — sounded like early joos.

tylerw, Friday, 10 January 2020 20:03 (nine months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Another Titans tribute:


dad genes (morrisp), Saturday, 25 January 2020 20:30 (nine months ago) link

Mentioned it in another thread, but I’d like to hear Pet Shop Boys do “Margaritas at the Mall.”

... (Eazy), Monday, 27 January 2020 19:03 (nine months ago) link

His passing has received more mention from a professional football team than from the Grammys

chr1sb3singer, Monday, 27 January 2020 19:19 (nine months ago) link

goes without saying but the grammys have virtually nothing to do with people who make music

But guess what? Nobody gives a toot!😂 (Karl Malone), Monday, 27 January 2020 19:25 (nine months ago) link

it's like an internal company end of year teambuilding award show that is for some reason televised and watched by millions of people

But guess what? Nobody gives a toot!😂 (Karl Malone), Monday, 27 January 2020 19:26 (nine months ago) link

No mention of Scott Walker, Bushwick Bill, or Mark Hollis on the Grammy memorial segment (and they misspelled Ric Ocasek's name)

Not that any of those people would give a shit, but fans of those people (like me) definitely did

Paul Ponzi, Monday, 27 January 2020 19:43 (nine months ago) link

yeah that irked the fuck outta me

I wanna publish memes and rage against machimes (rip van wanko), Monday, 27 January 2020 19:50 (nine months ago) link

the grammies sucks ass and are run by scumbags, wouldn't want them to sully DCB's name by mentioning him

frederik b. godt (jim in vancouver), Monday, 27 January 2020 19:52 (nine months ago) link

"the grammies sucks ass and are..."

god i am illiterate

frederik b. godt (jim in vancouver), Monday, 27 January 2020 19:53 (nine months ago) link

"the grammies sucks ass" sounds better and rings truer.

del griffith, Monday, 27 January 2020 21:01 (nine months ago) link

It is one award show.

"Purple Mountains is..." would also work fine.

pplains, Monday, 27 January 2020 21:16 (nine months ago) link

the more appropriate test of industry integrity will be seeing whether or not DCB gets his three second salute within the obit montage at this November's 54th Annual CMA Awards.

or wait, I guess it's just The CMAs. or maybe just CMA. it's definitely not CMA's, that I know for sure.

del griffith, Monday, 27 January 2020 23:28 (nine months ago) link

actually I think the apostrophe is acceptable in that case, lol

I wanna publish memes and rage against machimes (rip van wanko), Monday, 27 January 2020 23:41 (nine months ago) link

I dunno if we're doing Chicago or APA style but to me it seems more intuitive to use the apostrophe like "Dierk's Bentley was not welcome at the CMAs so the CMA's valet requested he arrive in a muddy pickup truck instead."

del griffith, Monday, 27 January 2020 23:47 (nine months ago) link

long interview from 2018:


Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Friday, 31 January 2020 16:28 (eight months ago) link

That piece is a) brilliant and ii) costing me a bloody fortune (it's FULL of reading recommendations). Along with everything else about Berman, he was a nexus for so much interesting stuff. I wish someone could/would aggregate all of his recommendations.

Ngolo Cantwell (Chinaski), Sunday, 2 February 2020 17:39 (eight months ago) link

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