Purple Mountains’ David Berman Talks Staying Sober, Stephen Malkmus, And His “Best” Song In Reddit AMA

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A few days ago, David Berman released his first album in ten years, the self-titled debut album for his new Purple Mountains project. The album rollout was peppered with rare, candid interviews, wherein he discussed the end of Silver Jews, his infamous father, bad Pearl Jam and Bruce SpringsteenMore »

The Avalanches’ Remix Of New Purple Mountains Single Held Up By Licensing Issue

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David Berman has given a few rare interviews in anticipation of his first album in ten years with his new Purple Mountains project. He sat down with the Washington Post last month to discuss his infamous father, the end of Silver Jews, and scrapped projects with HBO and Jeff Tweedy. In … More »

Album Of The Week: Purple Mountains Purple Mountains

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Purple Mountains - Purple MountainsBecause David Berman is the reclusive singer-songwriter behind legendary indie band Silver Jews and the author of the acclaimed poetry collection Actual Air, you might approach his self-titled debut as Purple Mountains expecting to encounter inscrutable symbolism. The album — Berman’s first since abruptly ending Silver Jews in 2009 and essentially going off the grid … More »

David Berman Says Critics Enable Bad Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen Records

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Gearing up for the release of his first new album in ten years, David Berman has granted Aquarium Drunkard a rare interview. Berman discussed making music with his new band, Purple Mountains, and looked back on past work with Silver Jews and his old college pal Stephen Malkmus. More »

Purple Mountains – “Margaritas At The Mall”

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Purple MountainsLegendary indie-rock singer-songwriter and poet David Berman is about to return with Purple Mountains, the self-titled debut of his new musical project and his first new album since the dissolution of Silver Jews over a decade ago. We’ve already heard two great but distressingly bleak songs, “All My Happiness Is Gone” … More »

Purple Mountains – “Darkness And Cold” Video

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Next month, David Berman is releasing his much-anticipated first new album in 11 years under the name Purple Mountains. Last month, we heard its lead single “All My Happiness Is Gone” (which topped our best songs list) and last week a revealing interview with Berman was published that showed … More »

Purple Mountains’ First Interview: David Berman Discusses His Infamous Father, The End Of Silver Jews, And Scrapped Projects With HBO And Jeff Tweedy

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It’s been ten years since David Berman ended his legendary indie rock project Silver Jews. He shared the first song from his new band Purple Mountains last month, and today, he spoke to the Washington Post for his first interview in years. Berman discusses dissolving Silver Jews, collaborating with … More »

Songland Is The Voice For Music Nerds

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SonglandHere is the genius of Songland: It’s every music reality show you’ve ever seen, but it’s also every makeover show you’ve ever seen. Like the best minds in the songwriting industry it spotlights, the NBC series — airing Tuesdays at 10PM ET — has managed to distill lots of familiar ingredients into something fresh. There’s … More »

Purple Mountains – “All My Happiness Is Gone” Video

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Last week, David Berman released his first song as Purple Mountains via a surprise 12″ single. The track included, “All My Happiness Is Gone,” has only been available physically for the last few days (minus a radio show appearance) but now it’s available for all to hear, alongside a new music … More »

Silver Jews’ David Berman Releases Surprise Single As Purple Mountains

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Introducing Purple MountainsPoet and singer-songwriter David Berman ended his legendary indie rock project Silver Jews in early 2009, not long after the release of 2008 swan song Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea. He’s kept a low profile since then, but last year Berman’s Silver Jews co-founder Bob Nastanovich, also of Pavement, revealed Berman wouldMore »