I've got two pairs of tickets to give away for the Silver Jews show at the Echoplex on September 26th.
Formed in 1989 by University of Virginia college buddies David Berman, Stephen Malkmus and Bob Nastanovich, the Silver Jews have always been Berman's baby. Berman's a respected poet and his lyrics stand out amongst his indie rock peers. Far from pretentious or precious, Berman's writing conveys a wry sense of humor which is really on display on Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea. There are a ton of great lyrical snippets I could quote, but a favorite line (from an earlier album) is "Everybody's going down on themselves."
Berman's battled depression and substance abuse, so it was big news when he took the Joos on the road in 2006. He seems to be a lot better these days, but a Silver Jews tour is still an event.
Email me at dukeufo at hotmail with the name of your favorite Silver Jews song. Please put Silver Jews in the subject line. The contest closes next Wednesday at 5:00 PM.
Buy tickets for the show at the Echoplex.
Watch the video for "I'm Getting Back Into You" at Youtube.
Read Randall Roberts' review of Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea at the LA Weekly.
Learn about all things Silver Jews at the Corduroy Suit.