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01 That’s Just the Way I Feel
02 All My Happiness Is Gone
03 Darkness and Cold
04 Snow Is Falling in Manhattan
05 Margaritas at the Mall
06 She’s Making Friends, I’m Turning Stranger
07 I Loved Being My Mother’s Son
08 Nights That Won’t Happen
09 Storyline Fever
10 Maybe I’m the Only One for Me

Out July 12

mizzell, Friday, 17 May 2019 15:34 (one month ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvUBbROsXBw

mizzell, Friday, 17 May 2019 15:34 (one month ago) Permalink

I like the cover art a lot -- are those Egglestons? Because if not, they are some of the most Egglestonian Eggleston imitations I've ever seen.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Friday, 17 May 2019 15:49 (one month ago) Permalink

nothing's wrong, no one's askin'
but the fear's so strong, it leaves you gaspin'

husserl gang (rip van wanko), Friday, 17 May 2019 16:09 (one month ago) Permalink

I like the cover too. Reminds me of the poster that came with the Natural Bridge.

https://www.dragcity.com/uploads/products/1451/images/533/large_dc101p.jpg

His prophecy of a well-curated instagram account was seemingly foretold in 1996.

del griffith, Friday, 17 May 2019 16:11 (one month ago) Permalink

That poster brings back memories... I had it hanging in one (or more) of my apartments as a young guy.

Is it known who plays on this new LP?

get your hand outta my pocket universe (morrisp), Friday, 17 May 2019 16:18 (one month ago) Permalink

Is it known who plays on this new LP?

Four-fifths of Woods (Jeremy Earl, Aaron Neveu, Jarvis Taveniere, and Kyle Forester), and Anna St. Louis.

del griffith, Friday, 17 May 2019 16:22 (one month ago) Permalink

That's from the back of the single, though. There might be more on the LP.

del griffith, Friday, 17 May 2019 16:23 (one month ago) Permalink

That poster brings back memories... I had it hanging in one (or more) of my apartments as a young guy.


Same! Had this hanging in my room at various stages of college.

circa1916, Friday, 17 May 2019 16:35 (one month ago) Permalink

The nod to "Melt With You" in the chorus of "All My Happiness Is Gone" must be intentional, right?

days of being riled (zchyrs), Friday, 17 May 2019 17:03 (one month ago) Permalink

Huh, it really does sound like "Melt With You"...

DB is looking like a Brett Gelman character

get your hand outta my pocket universe (morrisp), Friday, 17 May 2019 17:16 (one month ago) Permalink

got a bit of a "Take The Skinheads Bowling" kinda vibe too

Paul Ponzi, Friday, 17 May 2019 17:23 (one month ago) Permalink

I also heard “melt” in the chorus but didn’t bring it up because I want to forget it’s there

calstars, Friday, 17 May 2019 17:33 (one month ago) Permalink

Is he still together with, whatshername, Cassie? (It’s none of my business, but the video pointedly projects a “lonely old guy” vibe, so made me wonder...)

get your hand outta my pocket universe (morrisp), Friday, 17 May 2019 17:53 (one month ago) Permalink

Thought I saw Cassie in the video

Paul Ponzi, Friday, 17 May 2019 18:20 (one month ago) Permalink

No one deserves to be called whatshername. But yeah, the whole ol' gang makes an appearance in the "when we last left our heroes" intro footage from the Joos' final show at Cumberland Caverns.

del griffith, Friday, 17 May 2019 18:29 (one month ago) Permalink

Good to know (I did that as a rhetorical move, to signal that I don’t presume to be on a first-name basis with these folks)

get your hand outta my pocket universe (morrisp), Friday, 17 May 2019 18:36 (one month ago) Permalink

Rhetorical devices POX

calstars, Friday, 17 May 2019 18:41 (one month ago) Permalink

I like the cover art a lot -- are those Egglestons? Because if not, they are some of the most Egglestonian Eggleston imitations I've ever seen.

There was an interview with Bob Nastanovich a few years back where he mentioned that Berman had been making "sculptures" out of toys and things he'd found at thrift stores (it's around the 30-minute mark here: http://vishkhanna.com/2015/02/18/ep-165-bob-nastanovich-of-silver-jews/), and the middle picture on the right of the album cover looks exactly like one of the ones he described, so I'm gonna guess these are Berman orginals. Also pretty sure I've seen pictures of him with one or both of those dogs.

Anyway, Bob kind of made it sound like the artwork was inspiring some new songs, and it seems like some of the photos correspond with the tracklist (the second picture is the cover of the All My Happiness Is Gone single, bottom left goes with track 7).

Vaguely Threatening CAPTCHAs, Friday, 17 May 2019 18:52 (one month ago) Permalink

yeah the plastic dayglo toy sculptures and their mirror-image photos are all over his twitter https://twitter.com/prplmtns

and speaking of mirror-imagery, who knows, maybe "Snow is Falling in Manhattan" is a reference to:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QDiST2a0q0

del griffith, Friday, 17 May 2019 19:13 (one month ago) Permalink

I worry about DB’s mental health but yeah it’s none of my business and as long as he can keep it together I guess he’s ok

calstars, Friday, 17 May 2019 21:28 (one month ago) Permalink

That’s Just the Way That I Feel is available for download on itunes.

Vaguely Threatening CAPTCHAs, Saturday, 18 May 2019 00:41 (one month ago) Permalink

From Drag City newsletter:

TOUR DATES:

Sat-Aug-10 Pine Plains, NY Huichica East
Sun-Aug-11 Jersey City, NJ White Eagle Hall
Mon-Aug-12 Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live
Wed-Aug-14 Washington, DC Black Cat
Thu-Aug-15 Asheville, NC Grey Eagle
Fri-Aug-16 Knoxville, TN Pilot Light
Sat-Aug-17 Nashville, TN Mercy Lounge
Mon-Aug-19 Louisville, KY Odeon
Tue-Aug-20 St. Louis, MO Blueberry Hill Duck Room
Wed-Aug-21 Iowa City, IA The Mill
Fri-Aug-23 Minneapolis, MN Cedar Cultural Center
Sat-Aug-24 Chicago, IL Sleeping Village
Sun-Aug-25 Chicago, IL Sleeping Village
Tue-Aug-27 Toronto, ON Lee's Palace
Wed-Aug-28 Montreal, QC La Sala Rossa
Fri-Aug-30 Boston, MA Sinclair
Sat-Aug-31 New York, NY Murmrr Theatre
Fri-Sep-06 Raleigh, NC Hopscotch Festival
Fri-Sep-13 Seattle, WA Neptune
Sat-Sep-14 Walla Walla, WA Huichica Walla Walla
Sun-Sep-15 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
Wed-Sep-18 San Francisco, CA Chapel
Sun-Sep-22 Los Angeles, CA Lodge Room

Purple Mountains Online:
Drag City-https://www.dragcity.com/artists/purple-mountains
Pre Order-https://www.dragcity.com/products/purple-mountains
Stream "All My Happiness Is Gone"-https://ffm.to/purplemountains

dow, Saturday, 18 May 2019 20:51 (one month ago) Permalink

I met failure in Australia
I fell ill in Illinois
I nearly lost my genitalia
to an anthill in Des Moines

del griffith, Sunday, 19 May 2019 04:38 (one month ago) Permalink

we're just drinking margaritas at the mall
that's what this stuff adds up to after all
magenta, orange, and acid green
peacock blue and berberine
drinking margaritas at the mall

we're just drinking margaritas at the mall
this happy hour's got us by the balls
magenta, orange, and acid green
peacock blue and berberine
drinking margaritas at the mall

del griffith, Sunday, 19 May 2019 05:08 (one month ago) Permalink

"all my happiness is gone" is completely stunning.

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Sunday, 19 May 2019 14:55 (one month ago) Permalink

^ it is.

I got to listen to the whole new album last night, and I'm so pleased with how Woods turned out at his new backing band. So good. They're a natural pairing. I think it's the best the music behind DCB has sounded since American Water. Woods just excellent in their own right too - I only found out about them in the last year and pretty quickly I realized they were exactly the kind of band I'd been looking for. Picking up Pavement's torch actually, as it were

del griffith, Monday, 20 May 2019 01:35 (one month ago) Permalink

The Spotify page has two other remixes of the single.

... (Eazy), Monday, 20 May 2019 02:41 (one month ago) Permalink

Where are people hearing the album? Is it press promos? I'm in no hurry, I've waited this long and can't be bothered with p2p leaks anymore. Just interested if there's label promo money behind this.

kraudive, Monday, 20 May 2019 02:49 (one month ago) Permalink

I think it's the best the music behind DCB has sounded since American Water.


Just based on the first two tracks, I think I’m already inclined to agree with this. The beginning of All My Happiness Is Gone actually feels kind of thrilling coming off of the first track. That’s some great sequencing. Have a feeling I’ll be playing these two songs over and over until the album comes out.

Vaguely Threatening CAPTCHAs, Tuesday, 21 May 2019 03:41 (one month ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Really interesting article... I didn’t know a lot of the backstory (or even that Drag City has a “message board”).

get your hand outta my pocket universe (morrisp), Tuesday, 4 June 2019 06:06 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah, not sure if they meant the Drag City newsletter or what. Also, surprised there's a place to live above their offices -- mostly artist-studio-type spaces without showers and so on.

... (Eazy), Tuesday, 4 June 2019 11:52 (two weeks ago) Permalink

it's neither, it's the old disc.server board:

http://disc.yourwebapps.com/Indices/18043.html

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 4 June 2019 13:26 (two weeks ago) Permalink

He toggles from the virtues of silence as the most powerful artistic statement, as laid out by Susan Sontag in her 1967 essay “The Aesthetics of Silence” (which he insisted I read before our first meeting), to the virtues of getting banned from websites for trolling (which he admits happened to him)

Odds on Berman posting on here at some point?

Position Position, Tuesday, 4 June 2019 14:43 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I don’t get the feeling he necessarily “loves music.”

get your hand outta my pocket universe (morrisp), Tuesday, 4 June 2019 15:23 (two weeks ago) Permalink

hasnt stopped any of us before tbf

One Eye Open, Tuesday, 4 June 2019 15:28 (two weeks ago) Permalink

lol

get your hand outta my pocket universe (morrisp), Tuesday, 4 June 2019 15:44 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The wapo interview's pretty good. Answers a few questions I had and confirms a few suspicions about the Chicago loft and the separation.

The option of anonymous posting on the disc.server board was one of the greatest things about it in its heyday. Guaranteed daily chaos. That's the board where, late one Friday night around the time of Bright Flight, someone posted David's home phone number. I called it, thinking I could just say I was only trying to alert him to its presence if he was irritated about it, but sure enough he picked up and gave no indication of irritation whatsoever but was in fact totally cheery about it and chatted with me, the lowly internet fanboy, for a good ten minutes, wouldn't let me go even, despite the fact there were all kinds of voices and noises in the background on his end from a party at his house that sounded like it was still going strong.

del griffith, Tuesday, 4 June 2019 18:06 (two weeks ago) Permalink

“He liked it when I called Jack White ‘Sir Edgar Scissor Blues.’ ”

lol

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Tuesday, 4 June 2019 18:15 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The wapo interview's pretty good. Answers a few questions I had and confirms a few suspicions about the Chicago loft and the separation.

The first thing I thought on watching the "All My Happiness Is Gone", was 'oh no, he and Carrie have separated'

Duke, Tuesday, 4 June 2019 19:02 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Cassie not Carrie

Paul Ponzi, Tuesday, 4 June 2019 19:20 (two weeks ago) Permalink

morrisp -- there are a bunch of tourdates announced upthread.

new album is ... pretty great? still absorbing, but a bunch of really good songs / lines.

tylerw, Tuesday, 4 June 2019 19:26 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Cassie not Carrie

Yes! Sorry Cassie.

Duke, Tuesday, 4 June 2019 19:29 (two weeks ago) Permalink

xp Thanks, I missed or glossed over that

get your hand outta my pocket universe (morrisp), Tuesday, 4 June 2019 19:39 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Interesting how this isn’t sold out in a small Chicago club, whereas Silver Jews would certainly sell out the Metro or Vic pretty quickly.

... (Eazy), Tuesday, 4 June 2019 21:44 (two weeks ago) Permalink

don't underestimate brand recognition. I doubt Robert Pollard sells anywhere close to the number of records Guided by Voices does. The mid-or-late-career moniker change is a tough thing to navigate (though Sun Kil Moon, Bonnie Prince Billy, and Magnolia Electric Company--to name three off the top of my head--made it work, I guess)

I bet labels hate when established bands / artists / solo acts change their name

Paul Ponzi, Tuesday, 4 June 2019 22:02 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Yup. I bet 80+% of people who'd pounce on a Silver Jews ticket don't have any idea that Berman is back under this name.

alpine static, Tuesday, 4 June 2019 22:42 (two weeks ago) Permalink

We ended up buying tix for that L.A. show (final show of the tour?); I bet it would have sold out already under the Joos name / "back in the day."

get your hand outta my pocket universe (morrisp), Tuesday, 4 June 2019 22:53 (two weeks ago) Permalink

intentional sabotage?

calstars, Wednesday, 5 June 2019 00:06 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Listening to the promo right now, as it happens.

Lactose Shaolin Wanker (Raymond Cummings), Wednesday, 5 June 2019 00:43 (two weeks ago) Permalink

That's the board where, late one Friday night around the time of Bright Flight, someone posted David's home phone number. I called it, thinking I could just say I was only trying to alert him to its presence if he was irritated about it, but sure enough he picked up and gave no indication of irritation whatsoever but was in fact totally cheery about it and chatted with me, the lowly internet fanboy, for a good ten minutes, wouldn't let me go even, despite the fact there were all kinds of voices and noises in the background on his end from a party at his house that sounded like it was still going strong.


I mean this era was, according to the article, his “crack” phase

circa1916, Wednesday, 5 June 2019 01:39 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I mean this era was, according to the article, his “crack” phase

Well sure, that is true, but it was also soon after 9/11, which was everyone everywhere's crack and/or some crack variant phase. Besides, I also got to chat with him after the Asheville show in 2006, with all crack and/or crack variants out of his system, and he was still equally cheery.

del griffith, Wednesday, 5 June 2019 03:07 (two weeks ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZKMa-ByLBQ

mizzell, Tuesday, 11 June 2019 14:20 (one week ago) Permalink

ok that little thing at the end made me laugh hard

still these videos might be getting a little too real for me

One Eye Open, Tuesday, 11 June 2019 14:36 (one week ago) Permalink

i laughed when he was sweeping something into a dustpan and then looked up at the camera to deliver the back-up vocal

na (NA), Tuesday, 11 June 2019 14:37 (one week ago) Permalink

Lol at the Steve McNair action figure.

Mazzy Tsar (PBKR), Tuesday, 11 June 2019 14:46 (one week ago) Permalink

Kind of a slacker “Ruby (Don’t Take Your Love to Town.”

... (Eazy), Tuesday, 11 June 2019 15:41 (one week ago) Permalink

I didn’t think I would enjoy that but it was great! Stone cold deadpan

calstars, Tuesday, 11 June 2019 16:58 (one week ago) Permalink

not to be all gossip-y but aren't they separated?

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 11 June 2019 17:57 (one week ago) Permalink

The ending is funny, but yeah, not sure how to "take" this particular kind of thing.

Theodor Adorno, perhaps the greatest philosopher alive today (morrisp), Tuesday, 11 June 2019 19:54 (one week ago) Permalink

I'm struggling to like these two new tracks.

Duke, Tuesday, 11 June 2019 20:36 (one week ago) Permalink

not to be all gossip-y but aren't they separated?

― Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 11 June 2019 19:57

Yes this was one of the revelations from the WaPo interview that saddened me. Maybe not so clear cut

Duke, Tuesday, 11 June 2019 20:38 (one week ago) Permalink

Thanks Al

calstars, Friday, 14 June 2019 16:32 (one week ago) Permalink

Refreshing honesty and openness from David there. Nice to hear an interview free from bullshit

calstars, Friday, 14 June 2019 18:13 (one week ago) Permalink

Yeah its great hearing about his process & approach here

One Eye Open, Friday, 14 June 2019 18:32 (one week ago) Permalink

The “hundred nights” comment was pretty harrowing

calstars, Friday, 14 June 2019 18:53 (one week ago) Permalink

loved the bits about songs as architectural instantiation
and disturbing (?) lack-of-anxiety about musicians coming up behind him

sean gramophone, Friday, 14 June 2019 19:33 (one week ago) Permalink

There were a few moments in that interview that straight choked me up. His candor was really touching.

circa1916, Saturday, 15 June 2019 20:10 (one week ago) Permalink

I like Vish, but sometimes I find him to be a bit of a cringey interviewer. This one worked just right.

circa1916, Saturday, 15 June 2019 20:11 (one week ago) Permalink

Al, thanks much for posting that. Hard to describe the feeling of hearing his voice crack and bend under the emotional weight of what he's talking about, hearing him re-realize and re-resist his own storyline fever as he speaks, I guess. Amazing.

This was a particularly interesting revelation to me:

"I think that Silver Jews was a very burdensome band name. It confused people, or I never made it clear what I meant by it. I think it was wasn't really until the end that I realized what the proper definition of a Silver Jew would be outside of the context of my music, which would be a Jew that's not a Jew, really. It's the outsiders to the outsiders. It really sucks when you're Jewish from patrilineal descent because you get the last name but none of the benefits of being Jewish. So, you get the marker, but as you know, in Judaism, your mother has to be Jewish. And my mother converted before I was born, but it never really took. So, there aren't different kinds of Jews - I mean, there are, there's Sephardic and Ashkenazi - but Judaism's Judaism and there aren't secondary Jews. There aren't partial Jews. So, a Silver Jew isn't a Jew at all, really. But it conveys belatedness in and of my interest in Judaism, which came very late in life. But in the end I felt alienated for precisely those reasons, from fully dissolving myself from Judaism."

del griffith, Sunday, 16 June 2019 01:05 (one week ago) Permalink

This is America goddamnit, and I think people should be free to be secondary Jews if they want to, but what the hell do I know.

del griffith, Sunday, 16 June 2019 01:08 (one week ago) Permalink


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