And by Silver Jews, we really mean head Joo David Berman, who at the age of 42 has decided to pack it in and move on with his life.
“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,” Berman wrote in a post confirmed as authentic by his publicist. “I’m forty two and I know what to do. I’m a writer, see?”
He added, “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’.”
Here’s to never sucking David. No one wanted to see you turn out a Shiny Happy People. The Silver Jews were never hugely popular and I don’t imagine Berman’s departure from music to have a huge sadness for many people, but I’ll be one of them.
Berman was pretty aprehensive about marketing himself by touring or giving interviews but his catalog of albums speaks for itself, I think. The group began with a connection to Pavement, with a lineup that featured Bob Nastanovich and Stephen Malkmus, who helped Berman record the Silver Jews’s 1994 debut album Starlight Walker.