Monthly Archives: September 2010

Yeah! The End!

Nick: So this is really the end?

Yeah, feels good right?

Do you think they’ll throw a party for us? Like Road Records? We do deserve one don’t we?

I’ll be able to start my new blog now. I’m going to call it ‘Old Man Moans’.

Very descriptive title.

Well that’s what it’ll be, an old man moaning. And I might invite other old people to moan with me.

That’s what the world really needs.

Well, hopefully people will find it humourous.

Do you have any final words of wisdom for your fans?

No, not really.


Silver Jews – The Natual Bridge (Drag City, 1996)

So what record would you like to do today?

Nick: Well, I was thinking, if I choose a record I already know, and have known for years then we lose all sense of spontaneity. It’s like it’s been rehearsed.
So I was trying to think of bands that I’ve heard of that we haven’t reviewed and one that came to mind is… Silver Jews? You talk about them all the time and I see their albums lying around the house, so how about we review them?

Oh, ok sure. I think we have reviewed them before though…..yeah back in November 2008, but sure we can do an earlier album.

Here’s The Natural Bridge.

{We’re in the attic, rain is thundering down on the roof, obscuring the sound}

Turn it up please.

Yeah you need to hear the lyrics.



Is this recent? It’s almost timeless. Could’ve come from any time. It’s relaxed and relaxing.

Woah. It came out 14 years ago.

There’s a lot of attention to detail in the music. In fashion they’d call it detailing. It doesn’t stay on the same route, there are lots of subtle, new bits.

Look at this weather. Hahaha look at that woman with the buggy! Haha! Oh dear, poor woman.

It’s nice but I don’t think I could listen to a lot of it, it can drift from relaxing to soporific.

I have a book of his poetry downstairs if you’d like to read it.

Whatever, how about I send you on an essay he wrote?


{Record ends}

I need something to wake me up now.

Still the best band ever. Along with Dexy’s and Sparks and loads more. But still.


I guess it’s not the end just yet, we only got two albums done this week as Nick was out gallivanting Tuesday and Thursday and today I’m too busy. Can’t let Groom be the last album we review, so there’ll hopefully be 2 or 3 posts next week!


Groom – Marriage (Popical Island, 2010)

Why do you wanna do this?

Nick: Why not? Why avoid it?

Isn’t a little close to home? You’ve met the five people who made this record, I’m one of them.

So? Do you not think we should?

Hey, it’s your week. I just want you to be as honest as you would if..

You know me.

{Half an hour later}

I do like it, it’s cohesive, it comes together well. In some places the voice works but in others it just doesn’t. The more musical backing he has the better he sings, when the instrumentation is more sparse…I can’t put my finger on it. It’s like he sings with more confidence when the band is all there behind him.

I have a feeling this is a grower, the more you listen to it the more you get out of it. Musically it’s very good but I can’t help wondering if some of the songs would be better sung by someone else. Don’t ask me who, a woman or a man would be fine. It’s probably a personal thing, sometimes it just grates on me.

{Track 10: This Golden Age}

His voice sounds terrific here actually.

Did you want to review the album or his voice?

Well his voice is a big part of the album, and it’s a terrific album. It’s not even a criticism really, there’s just some places where it doesn’t work for me.

Also, I haven’t really heard anything else I could compare it to, it’s a unique sound.


Meatloaf? Not at all.

You’re nowhere near Sparks type uniqueness but I think people would recognize this after only one listen.

Ehhh…thanks I guess? Dunno what he’s gonna pick tomorrow, hopefully something he’ll have more to say about.