Walking to the store ever since

Pitchfork has a great interview up with David Berman of The Silver Jews. Tanglewood Numbers is going to rule the fall, folks. Get on board while the getting is easy. And then you can scoff at all the latecomers come October. "Silver Jews? Humpf! That's so last summer."

My favorite part of the interview was this:

I had seen a picture of Cassie in Melody Maker. She was playing bass with M somewhere in Europe. I really got a heavy feeling looking at the picture. There's probably a German word for it. A couple months later I saw her at a crowded party in Louisville. I walked up to her with no fear and said, "Hi, Cassie." She was on her way to buy some more beer for the party. She asked me if I wanted to walk to the store with her. We've been walking to the store ever since.

Uncontrollably cute.

This interview also reveals that David Berman has had quite a history with substance abuse. As has just about every other icon I admire. Including Raymond Carver who I was recently drawn to on account of Palaxy Tracks claiming their new record was inspired by his work.

I found a book of his poetry titled A New Path To The Waterfall at the local used bookstore and almost cried upon reading the very first poem I happened upon. Which was this one:

for Tess

Suppose I say summer,
write the word "hummingbird,"
put it in an envelope,
take it down the hill
to the box. When you open
my letter you will recall
those days and how much,
just how much, I love you.

-Raymond Carver

Just as moving was the dedication to the book which simply read "Tess. Tess. Tess. Tess". The omission of that final period just kills me.

That story from Berman and these insights into Carver's relationship with his wife have established a new standard for what I want from love.

But I'd settle for any given girl at a concert.