Like he never went anywhere. Absolutely love it.
he was on this podcast recently
interesting interview though sad hearing him talk about his depression and stuff
As I said on the new releases thread - he’s obviously a brilliant songwriter and the lyrics are amazing. I’ve not listened to mush of his stuff before but I can really hear why people love him.
My problem is with the music. Some of the songs work really well but over all I find the bland mid-paced straight-off-the-shelf Americana of the backing music a little wearing over the time. I’d love to hear him being more adventurous with the music like someone like Jason Molina was.
Loving the album though Berman could release a record of him just strumming open A and I would say it was a work of genius, such is my obsession.
His writing has changed quite significantly imo, much more straightforward and ‘open’ where SJ stuff was a bit more abstract. Of course he still is able to tell a good story in his songs which is nice, and his imagery is also still very potent. Some of the music is a bit anonymous but the lyrics are always what did it for me so I don’t mind.
Never thought we’d get more music from him, and it’s very good. Some of his all time best songs on it
Bring back Stephen Malkamus. He works far better under the thumb of David Berman than on his own.
I believe David Berman has expressed a desire to write SM with lyrics in the past as he didn’t like the lyrics on Jicks albums
He’s doing a Reddit AMA on Monday, which will be worth a read.
Haven’t heard much of Silver Jews but loving the Purple Mountains album.
Nights That Won’t Happen
I need to finish listening to this; I got stuck on ‘Snow is Falling in Manhattan’ - had it on repeat for maybe twenty-five mins, just ambling about dreaming my way through the afternoon.
I prefer it to the Silver Jews. Very good album.
Thought the record was brilliant. Cheers.
‘Shes Making Friends, I’m Turning Stranger’, straight fire.
revealed there’ll be euro dates in Feb/march next year
v solid album i reckon
On first few listens I thought the second half dropped off but it’s actually just fucking sublime. A really special and well-constructed album that has been properly laboured over. Feel lucky to listen in, and it’s a thrill to think I can spend more time with it.