Editors’ Notes David Berman was one of the most celebrated storytellers in indie rock, depicting lives of quiet desperation and fractured hope. With his rotating cast of collaborators in Silver Jews (including at times his wife, Cassie, and Pavement's Stephen Malkmus and Bob Nastanovich), and resurgent in Purple Mountains before his death in 2019, he crafted a variety of scruffy delivery systems for his wry, indelible lyrics. "Sometimes a Pony Gets Depressed" is upbeat R.E.M.-style jangle pop smeared in soot, while the driving "Punks in the Beerlight" gains steam through a call-and-response refrain. The gently swaying, sardonic country ballad "Random Rules" shows that Berman had no trouble making disappointment beautiful.

SONG
ALBUM
Random Rules
3:58
 
All My Happiness is Gone
4:20
 
Punks In the Beerlight
3:30
 
Trains Across the Sea
3:15
 
San Francisco B.C.
6:14
 
She’s Making Friends, I’m Turning Stranger
4:11
 
Tennessee
4:10
 
Dallas
4:13
 
People
4:43
 
Secret Knowledge of Back Roads
3:26
 
New Orleans
4:17
 
That’s Just the Way That I Feel
3:23
 
Inside the Golden Days of Missing You
2:26
 
Sometimes a Pony Gets Depressed
2:36
 
Smith & Jones Forever
3:18
 
Let's Not and Say We Did
2:59
 
Suffering Jukebox
4:21
 
Advice to the Graduate
3:18
 

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