Purple Mountains (RIP David Berman, August 2019)

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If SJ was ever considered a Pavement "side project," it transcended this, by my estimation, around the time of The Natural Bridge and became its own thing with its own distinct fanbase.

Pavement was a Silver Jews side project

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Tuesday, 4 February 2020 20:26 (three months ago) link

that's a false myth:

first pavement recording: jan 1989, released july 1989
first silver jews recordings: 1991, released may 1992

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 4 February 2020 21:14 (three months ago) link

i know nothing, but recording dates don't necessarily prove that one thing existed before the other. they just mean that one sloppy unheard band decided to record something before the other

But guess what? Nobody gives a toot!😂 (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 4 February 2020 21:17 (three months ago) link

Wikipedia says they were formed at roughly the same time, fwiw, both in 1989

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Tuesday, 4 February 2020 21:52 (three months ago) link

Pavement was not a side project of the Silver Jews. Like I said upthread, they were operating in parallel. One was some drunk roommates living room "recordings", and one was a cross-country project that would record on the occasional holiday break.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 4 February 2020 22:05 (three months ago) link

Al -- thx for posting that Sugartime single. I love the riff... the vocals are SO in that '80s NYC zone, they sound like Das Damen or any number of other bands.

dad genes (morrisp), Tuesday, 4 February 2020 22:24 (three months ago) link

As far as the Sliding Doors game, if Berman had stayed only a poet, he probably would be at the fame level of Matthew Zapruder or Dean Young.

... (Eazy), Tuesday, 4 February 2020 22:54 (three months ago) link

Thx @morrisp,

Both David & Rob were huge Cure/Echo fans, you never heard it in David's voice but I hear a lot of goth/crossover in Rob's. I have a pic of them looking pretty gothy somewhere, it was sent to me around the time of David's passing.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 4 February 2020 23:15 (three months ago) link

This is a good one (Rob & David):

https://www.instagram.com/p/B2srCfuDSFp/

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 4 February 2020 23:23 (three months ago) link

This IG account was their other roommate at the time, she has a bunch of old pics of Rob & David:

https://www.instagram.com/p/B2stEsKjxWl/

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 4 February 2020 23:24 (three months ago) link

Re: the 2nd pic (with the cig) -- looks like Malkmus borrowed that shirt at one point (or vice-versa).

dad genes (morrisp), Tuesday, 4 February 2020 23:31 (three months ago) link

Good eye, the first pic was taken ~86, the Starlite Walker pix ~8 years later.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 4 February 2020 23:34 (three months ago) link

i had that exact shirt around 9th grade lol. surprised i didn't make the connection before

otm into winter (rip van wanko), Wednesday, 5 February 2020 00:22 (three months ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/PE32eVG.jpg

PaulTMA, Thursday, 13 February 2020 13:22 (three months ago) link

two weeks pass...
three weeks pass...

https://youtu.be/nsjQ3Gblzys?t=177

enochroot, Thursday, 26 March 2020 19:50 (two months ago) link

Weeeiiiird. I've never been able to get into Avalanches, but I guess it's cool to see them pay tribute to David.

☮️ (peace, man), Thursday, 26 March 2020 20:03 (two months ago) link

i'm sure this is in this thread elsewhere, but

https://youtu.be/7XTrz0yvxe0

circa1916, Thursday, 26 March 2020 20:08 (two months ago) link

Oh, I didn't know they had worked together.

☮️ (peace, man), Thursday, 26 March 2020 20:14 (two months ago) link

i'm sure this is in this thread elsewhere, but

https://youtu.be/7XTrz0yvxe0🕸


if it was upthread i missed it. that’s really lovely.

Fizzles, Thursday, 26 March 2020 20:17 (two months ago) link

i've listened to this album far more than any other over the past 8 months.

treeship., Thursday, 26 March 2020 20:27 (two months ago) link


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