We hosted a special episode of the New New Soft Shoe Show on WYXR (91.7 fm in Memphis or wyxr.org) to celebrate the birthday of David Cloud Berman (January 4th, 1967). You can now stream OR download the entire episode here.

Berman fronted two groups–Silver Jews and Purple Mountains. He also published a book of poetry, “Actual Air,” in 1999.

Track listing:

-“Introduction II” by Silver Jews from Starlite Walker

-“Getting Back Into Getting Back Into You” by Silver Jews from Tanglewood Numbers

-“Trains Across the Sea” by Silver Jews recorded live on WFMU in 2008

-“Secret Knowledge of Back Roads” by Pavement from their John Peel Session #1 (co-written by DCB)

-“Civics” by DCB read by JPKS

“Self-Portrait at 28” by DCB read by Lo Magee

“Things Found…” by DCB read by Will Griffith

-“Suffering Jukebox” by Silver Jews performed by Pete Astor

-“Tennessee” by Silver Jews from the Tennessee EP

-“Wild Kindness” by Silver Jews performed by Bonnie Prince Billy, Bill Callahan, and Cassie Berman

-“Surgeon General’s Report on Waiting” by DCB read by Bill Boyle

“Self Portrait at 28” by DCB read by Ivy Givens

-“Self Ignition” by Silver Jews (b-side from the “Send in the Clouds” 7-inch single)

-“Storyline Fever” by Purple Mountains

-“Lariat” by Stephen Malkmus from Wig Out at Jagbags

-“Snow” by DCB read by Josh Burwell

“Governors on Sominex” by DCB read by Jimmy Cajoleas

“Charm of 5:30” by DCB read by Stacy Greenberg and Richard Lawrence

-“Party Barge” by Silver Jews from Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea

-“No More Workhorse Blues” by Bonnie Prince Billy from Greatest Palace Music (DCB background vocals)

-“I’m Gonna Live Forever (If It Kills Me)” by William Tyler from Modern Country

-“A Cowboy Overflow of the Heart” by The Avalanches and DCB

(Interlude music during readings is William Basinski’s “Disintegration Loops”)