Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is
Suffering Jukebox by Silver Jews from the 2008 album Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea on Drag City.
David Berman founded Nashville’s Silver Jews nearly two decades ago with Stephen Malkmus and Bob Nastanovich (both later of Pavement). Since then, Berman has been the only permanent member, attracting a rotating cast of musicians to fill out six studio albums. Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea continues the lighthearted simplicity of 2005’s Tanglewood Numbers, and features Berman and his longtime fan/wife, Cassie Berman (bass, vocals). David has always been known for his enviable lyricism which spans the extraordinary and mundane. Lately his lyricism has taken on a childlike playfulness that he attributes to laying off booze beginning a few years back. Whatever led to the lazy afternoon barroom country rock of Lookout Mountain, I hope it wasn’t a fluke as it marks some of the best material any Silver Jews lineup has come up with. In addition to the recent album release, A DVD will be released 9/23, entitled Silver Jew. The DVD, put together by filmmaker Michael Tully, chronicles the band’s virgin 2006 tour and includes videos, a slideshow and more. Few bands going right now have been around the block as many times as this band or carried as much influence. You can share the same space with them 10/2 when they play Neumos. Until then, relive this performance of
Punks in the Beer Light from last year’s performance at the Showbox: