William Tyler, who played in the mid-'90s lineup of Silver Jews, hosted a tribute to the late David Berman in Nashville over Thanksgiving weekend, and he'll be part of another one at Portland Bunk Bar on January 4 (which would've been Berman's 53rd birthday). Presented by zine chickfactor, "Bike Chain Rain: A Birthday Tribute to David Cloud Berman" will feature original Silver Jews (and Pavement members) Stephen Malkmus and Bob Nastanovich, plus Rebecca Gates (The Spinanes), Clay Cole, Franklin Bruno, Oed Ronne, A Certain Smile and special guests TBA, as well as writers Kevin Sampsell, Chelsey Johnson, Jon Raymond, Mo Daviau, Kjerstin Johnson, Daniel Elder and Sophia Shalmiyev. That show is sold out and the same day as the sold-out DCBday tributes at Brooklyn's Union Pool.

Having released new solo album Goes West at the start of 2019, William Tyler toured with the Kevin Morby Duo in addition to other dates. Tyler will be at Union Pool in February for three shows with Steve Gunn (tickets), which is ahead of their tour Mary Lattimore on their way to the 2019 Big Ears festival.

In other news, William Tyler shared his list of Favorite Albums of 2019 on Merge Records blog which includes Purple MountainsSteve Gunn, Mary Lattimore & Mac McCaughan, Hand Habits, Garcia Peoples, 75 Dollar Bill, Cass McCombs, Brittany Howard and more. Check out his list, along with a stream of Goes West, below.

William Tyler's Favorite Albums of 2019 ("Def not ranked!")
Kali Malone - Sacrificial Code
Steve Hauschildt - Nonlin
Mary Halvorson & John Dieterich - A Tangle of Stars
75 Dollar Bill - I was Real
Mdou Moctar - Ilana
Mary Lattimore & Mac McCaughan - New Rain Duets
Hand Habits - placeholder
Brittany Howard - Jaime
Chris Cohen - S/T
Visible Cloaks, Yoshio Ojima & Satsuki Shibano - FRKWYS 15
Garcia Peoples - One Step Behind
Ana Roxanne - Nocturne
Jake Xerxes Fussell - Out of Sight
Adia Victoria - Silences
Fruit Bats - Gold Past Life
Cochemea - All My Relations
Matana Roberts - Coin Coin Chapter Four
Purple Mountains
Cass McCombs - Tip of the Sphere
Steve Gunn - Acoustic Unseen
Sam Wilkes - Live on the Green

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