David Berman (1967-2019)

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David Berman (1967-2019)

#1 Post by mfunk9786 » Wed Aug 07, 2019 7:13 pm

David Berman, lead singer of Silver Jews and Purple Mountains, appears to have committed suicide at 52

EDIT: Above cause of death has now been confirmed by multiple sources. Devastating. That Purple Mountains album is quite grim in subject matter but this is some horrifying outcome to the re-emergence of an important figure in music

Excellent and now chillingly named piece, "David Berman Is Alive and Living in Chicago," from The Ringer less than a month ago

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Re: Passages

#2 Post by Saturnome » Thu Aug 08, 2019 1:22 am

I discovered Silver Jews because of this very forum, I cannot quite recall exactly how but I believe it was a post by Domino Harvey? I also had no idea about the new Purple Mountains album. Damn...

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#3 Post by domino harvey » Thu Aug 08, 2019 5:18 am

Though my fancy for Berman and his output has waned in recent years, certainly his run of albums through and including Tanglewood Numbers leaves a fine indie music legacy and he was and is clearly still quite beloved by many who came up in the scene. This is shocking but unfortunately also the nth reminder that we may never know a public figure's private struggles

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Re: Passages

#4 Post by denti alligator » Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:08 am

Berman has been essential to my life and listening since summer/fall of 1992, when I bought the first Silver Jews EP. I loved the low-fi sound and haunting tunes. The next EP from the next year was even better, And then came the studio albums. Glorious. I still think The Natural Bridge is among the top 3 finest albums of the 1990s. And Starlite Walker and American Water aren't far behind. The new album, despite my reservations about the first single, is a remarkable record. This is tragic news.

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#5 Post by mfunk9786 » Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:13 am

domino harvey wrote:
Thu Aug 08, 2019 5:18 am
Though my fancy for Berman and his output has waned in recent years, certainly his run of albums through and including Tanglewood Numbers leaves a fine indie music legacy and he was and is clearly still quite beloved by many who came up in the scene. This is shocking but unfortunately also the nth reminder that we may never know a public figure's private struggles
Though listening to the album he put out less than a month ago, it seems quite evident that those struggles were right out on the surface, but sometimes it's tough to tell whether someone is venting and working through issues, or has already made up their mind. Certainly plays like the latter now.

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Re: David Berman (1967-2019)

#6 Post by denti alligator » Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:24 am

"The dead know what they're doing when they leave this world behind"

"The end of all wanting is all I've been wanting"

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Re: David Berman (1967-2019)

#7 Post by mfunk9786 » Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:26 am

Yeah, it's a tough listen, but so tuneful, witty, and relatable in stretches that it now feels borderline essential. Certainly hearing and seeing that people in his life were concerned but keeping a close eye on him.

Anyway, I listened to a lot of Silver Jews during the darkest patch of my life but "fandom" always seemed out of reach to me for whatever reason - they're not a band I kept up with or listened to much in the last decade. I haven't even heard their 2008 album. But I can't stop playing this Purple Mountains record.

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Re: David Berman (1967-2019)

#8 Post by denti alligator » Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:29 am

I think it's a really great album. Even the mediocre first single sounds great in the sequence of songs. Up there with if not better than even Tanglewood Numbers, but not quite as good as the pre-TN albums.

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#9 Post by bearcuborg » Thu Aug 08, 2019 12:20 pm

Very sad, been fan since the 90s.

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