“Hey boy, supper’s on me…our record just went aluminum”

Just this last Friday, one of the most significant bands that played a major part in the shaping of my musical tastes as I grew older, Silver Jews, officially called it quits. David Berman is one of the few true poets among today’s songwriters, setting himself aside from the rest with a vision all his own. They spent a good fifteen years making terrific music, and only since 2006 had they played live and went on tours. Whatever they were doing, it was always different and worthy of anticipation. Silver Jews, you will be missed. At least you left us with three of the greatest albums of the last 20 years (The Natural Bridge, Bright Flight, and American Water, respectively).

I was lucky enough to see them not once – but twice –  during their short time as a touring band. The most recent concert I attended from them was just this last October at Birdy’s in Indianapolis (which Berman proclaimed as their 101st live performance), this time as a more seasoned and comfortable rock outfit, settling into the new sounds of their latest record, Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea. However, I am posting a video from the very first time I saw them, on April 14, 2006, at The Bluebird in Bloomington. Toward the beginning of their set, Berman had asked the audience to forgive their faults, for it was only their 13th or 14th time playing together in front of a real crowd. It was about as real and flaw-filled as a concert could get, and it was such a time-capsuled moment to see a brilliant artist perform. I will never forget it.


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4 Responses to ““Hey boy, supper’s on me…our record just went aluminum””

  1. Hakim Says:

    Not exactly the B52s are they.


  2. Ferguson Says:

    Nope. Which is one of 50,000 reasons I love them so much.

  3. Corey Says:

    goddamnit. goddamnit.

  4. Ferguson Says:


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