Following an impressive 20-year run, Silver Jews disbanded rather abruptly in January 2009. With the exception of the archival release Early Times in mid-2012, there’s been little in the way of activity. Until last night, that is — as drummer Bob Nastanovich has let out word that he and singer David Berman have reunited and even recorded a pair of new songs.
Nastanovich posted a Facebook photo (above) taken “after Jews practice” on Wednesday evening. In a subsequent interview, he revealed the band was working on two brand new songs entitled “Wacky Package Eyes” and “The Veranda over the Toy Shoppe”, the latter of which he described as being about “the women of Bucharest.”
Nastanovich said he is uncertain if these songs will ever see the light of day, adding, “If (they’re) sub par, [they’ll] be binned.” However, he and Berman do plan to reconvene for another recording session in Nashville next month.
As for the possibility of a tour, Nastanovich said the likelihood is “doubtful.” Still, it’s an interesting development for Silver Jews. At the time Berman announced the band’s split, he cited a fear of being “like all the other careerists,” adding, “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’.”
Across their two-plus decades together, Silver Jews released six studio albums, the most recent of which was 2008’s Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea. With Berman and Nastanovich usually at the center, Silver Jews have had a rotating lineup over the years; Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus rounded out the original lineup.
Since the band’s breakup, Berman has transitioned away from music, occupying his time with cartoons and photography. Meanwhile, Nastanovich participated in Pavement’s 2010 reunion activities and has since gotten involved in horse racing.
In celebration of the band’s return, check out a few tracks below.