About Silver Jews
Led by David Berman, the Silver Jews have been a functioning entity since the late '80s. The group (or rather David Berman) had released a few singles on the Drag City label, but did not officially release a full-length album until '94. Much has been made of the Pavement connection (unavoidable when Stephen Malkmus often helps with vocal duties), but the Silver Jews music is a distinct entity. It's the sound of a dry, absurdist manifesto delivered by an enormously talented writer as the shuffle and scrape of the American underground plays underfoot. Some might find fault with their "Class of '94" Indie Rock sound that hasn't evolved much, but music isn't all about evolution and there is something to be said for craftsmanship.