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Old 01-23-2009, 03:23 PM   #1
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Silver Jews' David Berman Calls It Quits | Pitchfork


Silver Jews' David Berman Calls It Quits
"I've got to move on. Can't be like all the careerists doncha know."
Silver Jews' David Berman Calls It Quits

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Yesterday evening, a post appeared on the Drag City message board titled "Silver Jews End-Lead Singer Bids his Well-Wishers Adieu". In it, someone purporting to be Silver Jews main man David Berman wrote that the band's January 31 performance at McMinnville, Tennessee's Cumberland Caverns (to be broadcast on Nashville's famed WSM radio station), will be their last.

UPDATE: Drag City has confirmed that Berman did in fact author these posts.

He wrote, "I guess I am moving over to another category. Screenwriting or Muckraking. I've got to move on. Can't be like all the careerists doncha know. I'm forty two and I know what to do. I'm a writer, see?" Then, "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'."

In a second message board post, this one titled "My Father, My Attack Dog", this same "DCB" wrote a scathing indictment of Richard Berman, the behind-the-scenes Washington, D.C. right-wing puppetmaster who, he says, also happens to be his father. "My father is a despicable man. My father is a sort of human molestor. An exploiter. A scoundrel. A world historical motherfucking son of a bitch. (sorry grandma)"

We haven't confirmed that Berman himself actually wrote this, or if it's just an imposter. But whoever it is, he or she certainly has adapted Berman's trademark wit.

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Old 01-23-2009, 03:25 PM   #2
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ah bummer

 
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Old 01-23-2009, 08:26 PM   #3
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Nooooooo!

I had tickets to see them earlier this year but ended up not being able to. SHIT.

 
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Old 01-25-2009, 10:57 PM   #4
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oh well. that last record was not so hot at all

they're playing one last show 300 feet underground in a tennessee cave next week

 
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Old 01-26-2009, 12:15 AM   #5
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YOU'RE LATE

 
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Old 01-26-2009, 12:17 AM   #6
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OH SNAP 28IF IS TAP DANCING ALL OVER BOYCOTT GRACELAND'S THREAD

 
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Old 01-26-2009, 01:42 AM   #7
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that's right motherfuckers

 
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Old 01-26-2009, 04:51 AM   #8
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hospitalised for approaching perfection

 
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Old 01-26-2009, 04:51 AM   #9
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not really though they've always been kind of mediocre, no?

 
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Old 01-26-2009, 01:32 PM   #10
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not really though they've always been kind of mediocre, no?
uh no

at least not until tanglewood numbers. that one & lookout mountain lookout sea were both pretty mediocre. everything else they've ever done is amazing.

 
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Old 01-26-2009, 03:03 PM   #11
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nah it's pretty boring standard 90s indie rock stuff

it's not bad but it isn't "amazing"

 
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Old 01-26-2009, 09:47 PM   #12
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the last two weren't as good

the show in TN is sold out, if not i'd go


i was lucky enough to see them twice and they rocked both times; i saw their first show ever in athens in 2006

 
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