Entries tagged with: Silver Jews
by Bill Pearis
David Berman retired The Silver Jews (and denounced his corporate lobbyist father) in 2009, famously writing on the Drag City message board, "I always said we would stop before we got bad. If I continue to record I might accidentally write the answer song to 'Shiny Happy People'." Something has changed with that opinion, apparently (or maybe he's come up with a good answer to "Shiny Happy People"), as it looks like The Silver Jews are back in action. As Stereogum noted, Bob Nastanovich (who formed the band with Berman and Stephen Malkmus in 1989) took the above picture and posted it on his Facebook last night with this caption: "After Jews practice tonight!!!! 'tis cold in Nashville." Stay tuned!
Guitar great William Tyler, who has spent time in Lambchop and Silver Jews, took the solo route last year with an atmospheric guitar album on Merge, Impossible Truth, that deservedly ended up on a couple best of 2013 lists. He's now announced that he'll be taking his six-string soundscapes on tour as a support on act on Daniel Rossen's (of Grizzly Bear and Department of Eagles) first-ever solo tour. As discussed, that tour hits NYC on April 15 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show are still available. Updated dates are listed below.
Daniel also joins members of Beach House, Fleet Foxes, The Walkmen and others to perform Gene Clark's No Other on a tour this month which hits NYC on 1/25 and 1/26 at MHOW (both sold out). And Daniel's Department of Eagles bandmate Fred Nicolaus just played NYC on Saturday (1/11) with his Golden Suits project.
All dates are listed, along with a video, below...
by Andrew Sacher
William Tyler, who has played guitar in Silver Jews and Lambchop, recently signed to Merge, and the label will release his new solo album, Impossible Truth, on March 19. The first single, "Cadillac Desert," is a shimmering cut of instrumental guitar with post-rock arpeggios meeting the twang of Americana slide. You can stream that song below. That's the album art above.
William will be supporting the new record with a tour that kicks off at Savannah Stopover, continues through Austin for SXSW and eventually hits NYC for an early show at Mercury Lounge on April 16. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
A list of all dates, song stream, album art and tracklist below...
Rites of Spring
Rites of Spring was an American post-hardcore band from Washington, D.C. in the mid-1980s, known for their energetic live performances. A part of the D.C. hardcore punk scene, Rites of Spring increased the frenetic violence and visceral passion of hardcore while simultaneously experimenting with its compositional rules. Lyrically, they also shifted hardcore into intensely personal realms and, in doing so, are often considered the first "emo" band, but Rites of Spring itself rejects any association between themselves and emo genres. -[Wikipedia]
Emo is a bit of a dirty word for the great Rites of Spring, who fused hardcore with melody and clean vocals across a pair of releases (an LP and a 7") before their dissolution. Members of the band famously went on to do lasting work in bands like Silver Jews and Fugazi in the years following, but Rites of Spring had already left its indelible mark.
Now in the grand tradition of the recent Lungfish and Void LPs, comes Rites of Spring's six-song demo remastered from the original tapes, available via Dischord Records on 10". Some history behind the release:
Before they even played a show -- the band recorded a six-song demo tape at Inner Ear with Don Zientara and Ian MacKaye... After the dissolution of their previous band, Insurrection, in 1983, Canty, Picciotto, and Fellows joined with Faith guitarist Eddie Janney and began writing new songs. Unfortunately, just as they became ready to play out, Fellows announced plans to relocate to Los Angeles, effectively ending the band before it even got started. Before the bassist departed, the group decided to go to Inner Ear to document the handful of finished songs that they had written. At this point, not only had they never played a show, Rites of Spring hadn't even settled on a name (on the tapes, Zientara listed the sessions as Insurrection II)...Stream the first track to emerge from the Rites of Spring demo below, the demo of "By Design," alongside the tracklisting and album art. Look for it via Dischord Records on October 23.
The sessions were notable for being the first time that anybody had heard Picciotto sing. At the time, few bands had access to a PA system during practice and the volume of the other instruments often blotted out vocals. Shortly after tracking was completed, Fellows hit the road and the recordings were mixed in his absence, hence the Beatles-inspired "Mike Fellows is dead," gag at the end of "By Design." ...there was no plan to officially release the recording, so the completed songs were dubbed onto cassette tapes and given out to friends, who passed them along to others... These six songs capture Rites of Spring in its earliest stages. Once the band started playing out, the songs gained velocity and intensity (see the 7-minute plus version of "End on End" that closes their LP), but many of the elements that defined their music - frenzied energy, sharp melodies, and introspective lyrics -- were already very much in place.
DOWNLOAD: Silver Jews - Secret Knowledge of Back Roads (MP3)
by Bill Pearis
Silver Jews fans get happy (if that's possible): Drag City is releasing Early Times, which collects the band's early Dime Map of the Reef and The Arizona Record singles, both of which are about 20 years old, out of print, and date from the days when more people thought of Silver Jews as a Pavement side project (Stephen Malkmus and Bob Nastanovich were members then) and not an outlet for songwriter David Berman. The LP/CD will be out June 19.
You can download "Secret Knowledge of Back Roads" from Early Times at the top of this post. It's raw and barely recorded just like it should be (and was) and will sound just fine next to that Ohsees tour casette you bought that one time at a show. Early Times art and tracklist are below.
Richard Berman is a Washington, D.C.-based hired gun who uses front groups to defend his corporate clients against the public interest. Using his lobbying and consulting firm, Berman and Company, as a revenue vehicle for his activities, Berman runs at least 15 industry-funded projects, such as the Center for Union Facts, and holds 16 "positions" within these various entities.As the Internet is reporting, David Berman of Silver Jews posted the following two break up messages in the Drag City message boards today...
Silver Jews @ MHOW (more by Chris La Putt)
today in NYC
* Silver Jews @ Maxwell's
* Arboretum & Pontiak @ Cake Shop
* The Citizens Band @ Spiegelworld
* Zach Galifianakis & Leo Allen @ UCB
* Impaled & Phobia @ Knitting Factory
* HR of Bad Brains on a Rocks Off Cruise
* Monotonix, Shellshag & Knyfe Hytes @ Death By Audio
* Sons & Daughters & Benjy Ferree @ Highline Ballroom
Tonight is the first ever "Whiplash" at at 11pm at the UCB Theatre. Comedians on the bill are: Leo Allen, Zach Galifianakis, Eddie Pepitone, Birdmann & Kumail Nanjiani.
photos by Chris La Putt
Monotonix opened for Silver Jews at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on Saturday night (Sept 6). On Sunday they played Bowery Ballroom. TONIGHT (Sept 8) you can catch them at Death By Audio in Brooklyn (without Silver Jews who are playing a show at Maxwell's). More tour dates and hairy pictures below...
photos by Chris La Putt
For nearly two decades, poet David Berman has been releasing music with the Silver Jews, but only recently did Berman feel it necessary to tour--he was long considered indie rock's main homebody. Now, with a new album (Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea), he is hitting the road again. We tracked him down in Nashville, Tenn. via email.Photos from the first of two NYC Silver Jews shows this weekend at Music Hall of Williamsburg (Sep 6). The second show was Sunday night at Bowery Ballroom. One more in the area tonight (Sep 8). More Brooklyn pictures below...
You seem very excited about touring. Is that a new thing?
The first time I toured I was pretty overwhelmed. I had my eyes closed during part of it. This time I'm looking forward to keeping my eyes open and watching what there is to see.
Monotonix on the F Yeah Tour (more by Tod Seelie) *
* What does Monotonix have to do with Silver Jews?
Answer: They share a label and they'll be opening both NYC shows and a bunch of other Silver Jews shows on the tour.
The Hold Steady @ McCarren Pool (more by Kyle Reinford)
"While the UK pop scene suffers from a surfeit of homogenous guitar rock, American music is enjoying a golden moment. Literary bands, with songs that revel in intricate language, complex narratives and cinematic plot twists, are on the rise. So if you are looking for an alternative to identikit indie, the wait is over..."The Observer goes on to name The Hold Steady, Vampire Weekend, Silver Jews, The Mountain Goats and Fleet Foxes as fine examples of American lyrics. Tickets are now on sale for the next Fleet Foxes show in NYC.
[says The Observer]
Fleet Foxes last show in NYC was on the TV.
photos by Chris La Putt
Here's a set of photos from Monotonix's opening st at Friday's Valient Thorr / Early Man show followed by a huge set of tour dates that include at least 3 more upcoming NYC shows, 2 of which are opening for their Drag City labelmate Silver Jews at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg...
Sigur Ros tickets went on sale earlier today.
Conor Oberst shows will be on sale Saturday.
Lots of free stuff this weekend.
Silver Jews are going on a large tour in August, September and October. That includes two NYC shows. The first is September 6th at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The second is September 7th at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for those will go on sale Friday at noon. The new album is out now. All tour dates below...
Indie rock's premiere poet Dave Berman returns with his latest Silver Jews disc, Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea this week. This disc, along with Wolf Parade's sophomore album, At Mount Zoomer, head up yet another strong summer music release week.
Other new releases I can strongly recommend this week include Eef Barzelay's (of Clem Snide) Lose Big, Impossible Shapes' self-titled album, My Brightest Diamond's A Thousand Shark's Teeth, Ponytail's Ice Cream Spiritual, Tilly and the Wall's O, and War on Drugs' Wagonwheel Blues.
I loved Bowerbirds' Hymns for a Dark Horse so much when it was first released last summer that I included it on my list of 2007 favorite albums. Dead Oceans is reissuing the disc this week with two bonus tracks. If you haven't heard it yet, give the album a listen and find out why the Mountain Goats' John Darnielle said of the band, "Only once every ten years or so does one hear a new band this good, this bursting with ideas, this audibly in love with music."
Another interesting reissue is Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson's Pacific Ocean Blue, which is available for the first time on CD in a special edition, 2-disc set.
What new releases have you excited this week? Are there any releases worth adding to the list?
Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea is indie-rock band Silver Jews' sixth studio album, due to be released 17 June 2008. It was recorded in Nashville and Lexington, Virginia. Silver Jews records are known for featuring different casts of musicians. This album features the touring band of lead singer, David Berman, including his wife Cassie. Berman has said that the album is "really different" to previous LPs. The album leaked onto the internet on March 17, 2008. [Wikipedia]Stream it now @ MySpace. Tracklist below...
I WAS AT SXSW DURING THIS ONE (CRED)
Tickets are on sale for a Silver Jews show at Webster Hall on December 30, 2006. The only other announced dates so far are for a small tour of the West Coast that kicks off tomorrow (Sept 7) in Seattle. Those dates below...
3-10 Athens, GA - 40 Watt
3-11 Atlanta, GA - The Earl
3-12 Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall
3-16 Charlottesville, VA - Satellite Ballroom
3-17 New York, NY - Webster Hall
3-19 Cambridge, MA - Middle East
3-21 Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
3-22 Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
3-24 Columbus, OH - Little Brother's
3-25 Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig
More info at Pitchfork.
"Brooklyn Fire Proof is pleased to present the final installment of curator Marc Gartman's series of exhibitions featuring successful contemporary independent musicians who are also visual artists. Previous series included the work of, among others, Bill Callahan (Smog), Ida Pearle (Ida), Devendra Banhart, Jon Langford (The Mekons), Tara Jane O'Niel, and David Pajo (Papa M, Slint)."
SERIES 4 : artwork from some of today's finest independent musicians
November 18 - December 18th, 2005
Featuring work by:
DC Berman (Silver Jews)
John Darnielle (The Mountain Goats)
Pall Jenkins (The Black Heart Procession)
Jason Molina (Magnolia Electric Co.)
Archer Prewitt (The Sea and Cake)
Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday, 12 - 6 pm or by appointment. The gallery will be closed for Thanksgiving Weekend (November 23 - 27). Opening night performance with Jason Molina (Magnolia Electric Co.) and Hell's Hills; Friday, November 18, doors at 8 pm, $6 cover
Listen to 3 new Jason Molina tracks @ Myspace.