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      August 14, 2019

      Wednesday   7:30 PM

      1811 14th St. NW
      Washington, District of Columbia 20009

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      Purple Mountains

      with Jeffrey Lewis
      PURPLE MOUNTAINS Well I dont really like talking to myself, but someones got to say it, hellYou know this voice. An old friend has returned. It was some years back that you dropped the needle on the record and heard it say, No, I dont really wanna die... Like so many lines you couldnt possibly have guessed the finish to, its now among the flat natural-born good-timin faves that you sing along with in the jukebox inside your head. Its loaded up there along with at least a couple dozen others from Silver Jews, whose classic run was made somehow finite in 2009, when the voice himself, David Berman, announced his retirement from music. Ten years have come and gone since then. Where the time goes, we do not know. What do they say about old songwriters? We dont know that one either, okay? Were not good with jokes were just glad that theres always more songs to be written and sung. Thats what raised up Purple Mountains for all of us, after all. Yes, Purple Mountains is the new nom-de-rock of David Berman. Purple Mountains is also the name of what will be known as one of his greatest albums full of double-jointed wit and wisdom, up to the neck in his special recipe of hand-crafted country-rock joys and sorrows that sing legendary in cracked and broken hearts. The songs are produced impeccably by Woods Jarvis Taveniere and Jeremy Earle, buffed up like a hardwood floor ready to be well-trod upon for an evening of romance and dance. And thenWhat is 10 years? What are 50? How is everything anything in the eventual blink of eternity? The songs of Purple Moun-tains are a potent brew, stitched together from lifetimes, knitting the drift of the years with the tightest lyric construction Bermans ever attempted. Honesty is archly in the air, but lines of incredible bleakness somehow give way to playful distraction and the hiding of surprises for close listeners. Even still, as the songwriter once wrote, every single thought is like a punch in the face. It wont take long after slapping the record on the platter for you to hear that this is one of THOSE albums. Theres breakup records. Theres apocalypse records. Then theres Purple Mountains.The portrait is David Bermans most to-the-bone yet, very frankly confessing a near-total collapse from the first moment, then delving into the layers of nuance with twin lazers of personal laceration and professional remove. This etches a picture that cries to be understood in the misbegotten country that made everything great about Purple Mountains. Americas fate is that of its treasured icons: the cowboy, the outlaw, the card sharp and the riverboat gambler, who all face simple resignation in the end. There are no perfect crimes. Bermans poet-thief of so many precious moments, now stripped and chastened, recalls his latest lowest moments in perfect detail, hovering ghostly above the tumescent production sound as it echoes with tragic majesty and the sound-fragments of former glory, evoking the defeated-king era of late Elvis, southern-fried and sassy still on his countrypolitan way down, and somehow still solid-gold at the bottom. Bermans songwriters bones never been laid more bare, either if redemption doesnt come on the lyric sheet, the act of putting these songs into singing, dancing form allows them their finest end to provide infotainment for others, embodying moments of life and truth via music that elevates with disarming warmth and a reassuring commonality, even as David himself stands outside the communal campfires. Where are you tonight, America? The things that used to be have slipped away into the darkness without you knowing it, and your children are wandering in a blasted landscape, with only Purple Mountains left to comfort them, and David Bermans shattered fables for company

      Cost: 25.00

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