David 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 »
Stef Chura has joined the ranks of musicians who’ve paid tribute to the late David Berman by covering his songs. Since Berman’s death back in August, lots of artists have put their own spin on his music with Silver Jews and Purple Mountains: collaborators such as Stephen Malkmus and More »
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 »
Today is World Mental Health Day. In honor of the day and in tribute to the late David Berman, WHY?’s Yoni Wolf has shared a new cover of Silver Jews’ “We Are Real” off the band’s 1998 classic American Water. The track features additional vocals from Lala Lala’s Lillie West and Gabby Smith, … More »
Approaching 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 »
David Berman, who founded the legendary indie band Silver Jews and relaunched his career this year with a new project called Purple Mountains, died by suicide last month. Since then, a number of admirers have covered Berman’s songs in tribute, including his longtime Drag City labelmate Bill Callahan, Animal … More »
The 33 1/3 book series — home to many a profound word about your favorite albums — has announced a brand new foray into the arena of Writing About Music For Print. Today, 33 1/3 has released The 33 1/3 B-sides: New Essays by 33 1/3 Authors on Beloved and Underrated Albums.
As the long full title suggests, The 33 1/3 B-Sides is a collection of 55 new essays from past 33 1/3 authors, all based around one central theme: “If given another chance to write for the series, which albums would you take on the second time around?” In total, the essays seek to get closer to the answer of the eternal question, why the hell do we like the music that we like?
Returning 33 1/3 authors cover albums such as John Cale’s Paris 1919, De La Soul’s De La Soul Is Dead, Silver Jews’ Bright Flight, and many many many more. (Full disclosure: our very own Mr P — writing under his lesser-known nom de plume — contributed the entry on Chuck Person’s Eccojams Vol. 1 [presumably the “full-speed version”].)
Head here to purchase the collection and check out the full list of albums covered. After reading the entire collection, remember this post, because 33 1/3 also has a poll up to vote on your favorite chapter to turn into the next full book. Find that poll here.
The 33 1/3 B-Sides is out now via Bloomsbury Publishing.
Another musical act has come forward to profess their admiration for the late David Berman by covering his music. Berman, the creative force behind Silver Jews and Purple Mountains, died by suicide earlier this month. Since then a range of musicians including Bill Callahan, First Aid Kit, and Nothing’s … More »
For many years, Bill Callahan and David Berman were friends and peers. They both came up writing dour, oblique, poetic songs and releasing those songs in early-’90s Drag City Records releases — Callahan with Smog, Berman with the Silver Jews. And while both of their paths diverged over the years, both of them reemerged triumphantly … More »
The late David Berman touched far more people than he probably realized. One way you can see that is in the range of artists who’ve covered Silver Jews songs since Berman died by suicide two weeks ago. On one hand you have Dominic Palermo from Philly heavy shoegazers Nothing taking on “More »