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Jeffrey Lewis releasing ‘Manhattan,’ shares “Outta Town,” playing NYC release show & art opening ++ other dates

by Bill Pearis

Jeffrey Lewis

Jeffrey Lewis will release his new album, titled Manhattan, on October 30 via Rough Trade. It’s his seventh album for the label and his first since 2011’s A Turn In The Dream-Songs. (He did make a collaborative album with Peter Stampfel in 2013.) In addition to his band Los Bolts — drummer Heather Wagner and bassist Caitlin Gray — the record also features contributions from The Wave Pictures, Turner Cody, and David Beauchamp. The first released track from the album is “Outta Town,” a love song from Lewis’ unique, thoughtful perspective. Says Lewis:

[It’s about] how empty life feels when you are in a relationship and that person’s not there, because you don’t remember how to have a relationship with yourself, you broke up with yourself when you started dating the other person. You have to learn how to start dating yourself all over again.

Listen to “Outta Town” below.

As usual, Jeffrey Lewis is playing lots of shows. He’s currently in East Asia, and will be touring Europe, followed by a UK/Ireland tour with the Peter Stampfel Band, before returning to the U.S. He’ll play NYC’s Sidewalk Cafe on September 27 which is the annual Kupferberg Birthday Memorial Tribute Brunch (noon – 3 PM) featuring “a set of Tuli songs and poems performed by Jeffrey Lewis & The Deposit Returners, plus other performers and readers and speakers, and cake, etc! Free entry!”

Then on October 27 at Le Poisson Rouge it’s the Manhattan record release party. It will also be the opening for a visual art show in the LPR’s gallery, featuring a career-ranging selection of Lewis’s illustrations and artworks, followed by a live band performance. More info, including when tickets go on sale, will be announced soon.

He’s got other area shows, including New Brunswick on October 2 (venue TBA) with Joe Jack Talcum (Dead Milkmen), Teenage Halloween, The Uncommonly Good, and Friends in Distraction, and a show at BSP Kingston on October 18 with Diane Cluck. All tour dates are listed, along with Manhattan tracklist/artwork and new song stream, below…

Jeffrey Lewis Manhattan

Jeffrey Lewis – Manhattan tracklist:
1. Scowling Crackhead Ian
2. Thunderstorm
3. Sad Screaming Old Man
4. Back To Manhattan
5. Avenue A, Shanghai, Hollywood
6. Outta Town
7. It Only Takes A Moment
8. Support Tours
9. Have A Baby
10. Atheist Mantis
11. The Pigeon

Thu Sept 3rd – Bangkok, Thailand – PlayYard
Fri Sept 4th – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam – Cargo (the original Hong Kong gig is off)
Sat Sept 5th – Macau, China – LMA Club (the original Singapore gig is off)
Mon Sept 7th – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia- the Bee (with Ben’s Bitches!)
Fri Sept 11th – Lausanne, Switzerland- Le Bourg (part of Festival BD Fil)
Sat Sept 12 – Schorndorf, Germany – Club Manufaktur info/tix here.
Sun Sept 13 – Cologne, Germany – Die Hängenden Gärten von Ehrenfeld
Mon Sept 14 – Tilburg, Netherlands – Incubate Festival (gig 1 of 2) Tix here.
Tues Sept 15 – Tilburg, Netherlands – Incubate Festival (gig 2 of 2) Tix here.
Wed Sept 16 – London, UK – The Brixton Windmill (The Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band)2 sets: 9pm show – SOLD OUT. 6pm show – SOLD OUT.
Thurs Sept 17 – Dublin, Ireland – The Hangar (The Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band)
Fri Sept 18th – Derry, N Ireland – Sandino’s (The Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band)
Sat Sept 19 – DAYTIME: Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, Ireland – Regional Cultural Centre (All-ages lunchtime show! The Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band). Doors 12:30pm. Tix here!
Sat Sept 19th- EVENING: Crusheen, Co. Clare, Ireland – The Highway Bar (The Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band)
Sun Sept 20th -West Cork, Ireland – Clonakilty Guitar Festival (The Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band) Tix here!
Sun Sept 27 – Sidewalk, NYC (94 Ave A at E. 6th St) – 12pm-3pm – The annual Tuli Kupferberg birthday memorial tribute brunch event! With a set of Tuli songs and poems performed by Jeffrey Lewis & The Deposit Returners, plus other performers and readers and speakers, and cake, etc! Free entry!
Fri Oct 2 – New Brunswick, NJ – Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts play with Joe Jack Talcum (Dead Milkmen), Teenage Halloween, The Uncommonly Good, and Friends in Distraction… Venue TBA!
Sun Oct 18 – Kingston, NY – BSP Lounge (double-bill with Diane Cluck!)

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