Silver Jews - American Water
American Water
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American Water is the third full-length studio album by indie rock group Silver Jews. Released in 1998 as an LP and CD on Drag City (DC149) in America and Domino (WIG56) in Europe, American Water was recorded at The Rare Book Room in Brooklyn and mastered at Abbey Road Studios. The album features musicians Tim Barnes, David Berman, Mike Fellows, Stephen Malkmus, Chris Stroffolino, and artwork by Chris Kysor.

According to a 1998 article in online zine Addicted to Noise, the working title for this album was The Late, Great Silver Jews -- a reference to the similarly titled 1972 album by Townes Van Zandt. Among the songs recorded for the album, but omitted from the final product, were "Self-Ignition" (released as a B-side on the "Send in the Clouds" single) and "Police Conversation, 1783", which was never released.http


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Artist/Band Information

Silver Jews was an indie rock band from New York City, formed in 1989 by David Berman along with Pavement's Stephen Malkmus and Bob Nastanovich. Berman remained throughout and was the only constant member. During the last few albums, Cassie Berman became a regular member of the band. They disbanded in 2009.


Early years

Though often labeled as a Pavement side project, Silver Jews were actually formed at roughly the same time as Pavement. Berman has falsely quoted the band's name originating from the transcription of a billboard that he saw reading "Silver Jewelry", although he has stated in an interview that the name was actually intended to be a pseudonym for a conceptual art piece and later evolved into the actual band.http Others claim, however, that the name pays homage to Silver Apples, The Silver Beatles, and slang for blonde-haired Jewish people.


Though Berman had avoided playing live for most of the band's existence, the Silver Jews embarked on their first-ever tour following the release of Tanglewood Numbers in 2005. They toured North America, Europe, and Israel in 2006. A documentary, titled Silver Jew, was filmed during the band's time in Israel.


On January 22, 2009, Berman announced via the official Drag City messageboard that he planned to retire from music and that the Silver Jews would play their final show on Bluegrass Underground at Cumberland Caverns in McMinnville, Tennessee at 3 pm on January 31, 2009.httpPitchfork Media article: "". The caverns are located 333 feet underground, and only 300 general admission tickets were made available. Berman stated that he would play his 15 favorite Silver Jews songs. He also wrote that his intentions are to move to "screenwriting or muckraking". He closed the entry by saying, "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'."

Berman originally planned for the concert to be recorded and aired sometime in February 2009 on Nashville's famed WSM AM radio station; however, the day before the show, Berman posted on the Drag City message board to say that he had "negotiated out of the WSM part out of the deal."Drag City messageboard thread with posts from David Berman (username DCB): "". The concert was documented by several 16 mm film cameras, and Berman has hinted at a possible DVD release of the show at some point in the future.

The last song that the Silver Jews performed live was "Smith and Jones Forever."

Post-Silver Jews Projects

Brian Kotzur (drummer) is the front man/drummer for Tim Chad and Sherry and also plays drums for Super Bowl Rocket Ship.

William Tyler plays guitar for Tim Chad and Sherry as well.



* Starlite Walker (1994) LP/CD

* The Natural Bridge (1996) LP/CD

* American Water (1998) LP/CD

* Bright Flight (2001) LP/CD

* Tanglewood Numbers (2005) LP/CD

* Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea (2008) LP/CD


* The Arizona Record (1993) CD/12"

* Tennessee (2001) CD/12"


* "Dime Map Of The Reef" (1990) 7"

* "Silver Jews And Nico" (1993) split 7" with New Radiant Storm King

* "Send in the Clouds" (1998) CD/7"

* "Hot as Hell" (1999) CD/7"


* Silver Jew (2007)


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