Dan Bejar Details Scrapped Recording Sessions With David Berman

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When David Berman returned as Purple Mountains last year, it was his first release in over a decade. And in the months surrounding that album, we learned a bit about all his other attempts to return to music, other approaches and collaborations he tried out before eventually arriving at the masterpiece … More »

Watch Stephen Malkmus & Bob Nastanovich Cover David Berman Songs At Birthday Tribute Show

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Yesterday would have been David Berman’s 53rd birthday and a number of different tribute shows took place around the US in his honor. In Portland, Pavement members Stephen Malkmus and Bob Nastanovich — both were also occasionally in Silver Jews — performed a handful of tracks on a bill that also include William … More »

The 50 Best Albums Of 2019

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For many of us, 2019 has been a year of flux — politically, culturally, professionally, personally. It’s hard to envision what the future might bring since the recent past has shown us that we don’t know half the things we thought we knew. In unsteady times, music can be a balm and also a mirror. More »

Tennessee Titans Honor David Berman With Scoreboard Message

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David BermanDavid Berman moved to Nashville in 1999, the same year the Houston Oilers relocated there and became the Tennessee Titans. Berman, the late, great Silver Jews and Purple Mountains frontman, was a big football fan who referenced the sport in songs like “Tennessee” and “All My Happiness Is Gone” as well … More »

The 200 Best Songs Of The 2010s

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When this decade began, MP3s still reigned supreme. Now, at the end of it, a song is no longer even a file — it’s ephemera, on every streaming service and available to hear in myriad ways. For better and worse, the song (and the single) have become the norm for the general public’s music consumption. More »

The 100 Best Albums Of The 2010s

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The 100 Best Albums Of The 2010sA decade is an arbitrary measurement. They seem confined, these neat little symmetrical 10-year runs, but it’s only in hindsight that we define them, that their signifiers and trends and shorthand become codified. In reality, there are bleeds, the timbre and events of one chunk of time sliding over the border into another. If you’re … More »

Frankie Cosmos, Emperor X, Fog Lake, & More Pay Tribute To David Berman On New Compilation Late Homework

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Since Silver Jews and Purple Mountains leader David Berman passed away a couple months ago, a lot of artists have paid tribute to the late musician by covering his songs. Those artists have included his one-time Silver Jews bandmate Stephen Malkmus, Bill Callahan, Animal Collective, More »

Stream A Massive David Berman Tribute Album Featuring Dean Wareham, Jad Fair, & More

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David BermanApproaching Perfection: A Tribute To DC Berman is a massive new tribute to late Silver Jews and Purple Mountains frontman David Berman, who died two months ago today. The French music site Section 26 compiled the comp, which features contributions from the likes of Dean Wareham, Adam Green, Jad Fair, Jeffrey Lewis, Kyle … More »

Watch Kevin Morby And Woods Cover Purple Mountains

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Yesterday, the annual Woodsist Festival took place at Arrowood Farms in upstate New York, and Kevin Morby and Woods paid a special tribute to the late David Berman. As Brooklyn Vegan points out, the group — who were reunited in their 2009 formation to honor their own Songs Of … More »

We’ve Got A File On You: Jeff Tweedy

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Jeff-Tweedy-WilcoWe’ve Got A File On You features interviews in which artists share the stories behind the extracurricular activities that dot their careers: acting gigs, guest appearances, random internet ephemera, etc. More »