by carl wilson

On the last day of your life,
don't forget to die:
RIP Silver Jews

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Worst loss of the recession so far? I'm devastated to see that David Berman quietly announced the end of the Silver Jews this week:

"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?

"Cassie is taking it the hardest. She's a fan and a player but she sees how happy i am with the decision. 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. What, you thought I was going to hang on to the bitter end like Marybeth Hamilton?"

My verklemptitude is mitigated a bit by fascination with the post that follows where he vows to wreak "justice" on his father, who turns out to be the worst kind of corporate spin doctor. But not much more than a bit - and David, really, it seems healthier to let it go and tend your own garden, you know?

I'm so grateful I got to see the Joos live before this happened, and for all the great records, and look forward to films, books and perhaps someday some other sort of musical endeavour from the gifted Mr. Berman. Perhaps it's true that the Joos never really seemed to fit this decade the way they did the '90s. But right now I'm just going to flop down on the mattress and sniffle over bygone days.

General | Posted by zoilus on Friday, January 23 at 4:10 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (2)

 

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What a curious about-face. In the interview he gave you recently he seemed excited about the future in terms of his music, ready to put his literary pursuits on the back burner.

Posted by Chris on January 25, 2009 2:15 AM

 

 

Maybe now, at least, at last, he'll write another book?

Posted by Jason on January 23, 2009 5:50 PM

 

 

 

Zoilus by Carl Wilson