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New York, United States (1989 – 2009)

Silver Jews’ earliest incarnation was the college band Ectoslavia, formed by future Pavement founders Bob Nastanovich, Stephen Malkmus and frontman David Berman at the University of Virginia in 1989. An exercise in joyous noise, the band disbanded after graduation and the three friends moved to New York to take up various jobs - Nastanovich, a bus driver, and Berman and Malkmus, art museum security guards.

Pavement, a band started by Malkmus post-Ectoslavia, pre-New York, at this point began to gain attention. This attention resulted in a record deal and a constant inferiority plague placed upon the ‘Joos with Berman totally at the forefront of the group. Misinformed music fans now saw the band as a side-project and, even worse, Berman as being not good enough to play with Pavement, many band members being shared between the two bands.

The connection to Malkmus and the now blossoming Pavement was not all negative, however. Drag City, then not the bastion of American folk music it is today, agreed to release the band’s debut EPs which has led to a fruitful relationship (the label continues to release the band’s records, right up to album number 7 in 2008, (Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea).

The Silver Jews in their later days primarily consisted of David and Cassie Berman who contributed most of the lyrics, and a changing cast of characters. They had numerous indie stars in a rotating line up, including Willie T. of Lambchop, and Brian Kotzer of Tim Chad and Sherry.


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  • JuicyLosAngeles

    Tanglewood numbers! \\/

    3 Jan 8:55pm Reply
  • Tyler3t

    what's the album I should check out after american water?

    31 Dec 2014 Reply
  • d1lll1nger

    Good band.

    11 Jul 2014 Reply
  • gonzeaux

    Unsung heroes

    3 Mar 2014 Reply
  • beautifuldaddy

    hospitalized for approaching perfection

    18 Feb 2014 Reply
  • willett25

    David Berman and Stephen Malkmus' slacker duet on "Federal Dust" gives some spunk to a movement of tranquility in this diverse playlist. Drift off and take a listen here!-

    25 Jan 2014 Reply
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  • rejoyz

    i really really really really wish they'd come back and play some shows.

    29 Oct 2013 Reply
  • antiantigone

    Early times is shittt

    12 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Dpool2313

    The Natural Bridge is such an amazing album

    9 Aug 2013 Reply
  • wtfpwnt

    I wish these guys would come back more so than Pavement, and I LOVE Pavement.

    28 Mar 2013 Reply
  • taskerov

    "I wish I had a thousand bucks/I wish I was the Royal Trux"- Silver Jews, Death of an Heir of Sorrows. Shame Silver Jews don't play anymore but I'm exicted to see Neil Hagerty of Royal Trux at The Bowery Electric this Thursday.

    26 Mar 2013 Reply
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    23 Mar 2013 Reply
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    Very good!

    1 Mar 2013 Reply
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    22 Feb 2013 Reply
  • slainte666

    Awesome band! Great writing all the way around!

    20 Feb 2013 Reply
  • 7192525

    i agree. silver jews are way better and pavements no good.

    9 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Poncecutor

    "Remember the distance or color does not matter but love matters a lot in life" - Oh miss rose you flatter me

    14 Dec 2012 Reply
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