Entries tagged with: Jeffrey Lewis
Mikal Cronin at NXNE 2013 (more by David Andrako)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Mikal Cronin, The Entrance Band, Nude Beach @ Webster Hall
Having released one of the year's most acclaimed guitar pop albums (MCII), Mikal Cronin returns to NYC for his biggest show yet. The show's also got The Entrance Band, Nude Beach and "Special Guests," and economically priced $15 tickets are still available. This'll be a good show.
Red Fang, Cancer Bats, The Shrine, Indian Handcrafts @ Bowery Ballroom
This four-band metal tour is more of a heavy riff-rock thing than the kind of music that is often referred to as "metal" these days, but if you're the kind of person that rocks out to this stuff, this show is unmissable.
Chuck Inglish, Kings Dead, Tayyib Ali @ SOB's
The Cool Kids aren't up to much at the moment, but member Chuck Inglish has been having a very busy year, popping up as a guest on multiple tracks and putting out a few of his own releases too, one of the more notable ones being his EP with Ab-Soul and Mac Miller. He's been out on the road with Kings Dead and Tayyib Ali and tonight they hit NYC.
Reggie Watts @ Irving Plaza
Comedian, musician, loop pedal guru, Comedy Bang! Bang! bandleader -- Reggie Watts is one of a kind. Tonight's show is sold out.
Leif Vollebekk @ Rockwood Music Hall
This underrated Canadian singer-songwriter released his most recent album, North Americana, at the start of this year in Canada (it comes out in the US on 1/28/14) and its folky charms will work especially well at an intimate venue like Rockwood.
The Hairs, The Teen Age, Magneta Lane, Weekender, Bluffing @ Pianos
Toronto trio Magneta Lane headline this all-around solid bill that also includes indiepop bands The Teen Age and The Hairs.
Bridget Everett @ Joe's Pub
While she's been previewing her new show "Rock Bottom," lately, Bridgett Everett's performance tonight is a "regular" show with her band The Tender Moments (which features Adam "Ad-Rock" Horowitz on bass).
Howth, Caged Animals, Jeffrey Lewis and the Rain @ Union Pool
Tonight is a belated record release show for superior Brooklyn indie pop band Caged Animals' new album, In the Land of Giants, which came out back in September. Jeffrey Lewis is not to be missed either.
Sebastian Blanck @ The Standard, East Village
Sebastian Blanck was once a member of Black Dice, but now he makes equally experimental music on his own, and you can catch him playing that music tonight.
ShowYouSuck, Caleb James, Freeze-Tag @ Baby's All Right
ShowYouSuck is one of the more notable up-and-comers in Chicago's thriving rap scene at the moment. He hasn't hit Chance the Rapper or Chief Keef status yet, but catch him while he's still small at Baby's All RIght tonight.
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The Lou Reed tributes keep coming. Two of them just happened, including the one at Rodeo Bar on Wednesday (11/20) and the one with Jeffrey Lewis, Dawn Landes, and others at the Jalopy Theatre last night (11/21). Now there will be another one at Bowery Electric this Sunday (11/24).
The show features a pretty big lineup, including no wave legend Arto Lindsay, Voidoids guitarist Ivan Julian, Patti Smith Band guitarist Lenny Kaye, TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe, Lou Reed/Laurie Anderson/Marc Ribot collaborator Shahzad Ismaily, Light Asylum's Shannon Funchess, Grooms' Travis Johnson, People Get Ready's Steven Reker, The Vaccines' Justin Hayward-Young, Caged Animals, Drowners, Jeffrey Lewis, Kirin J. Callinan, Phantom Family Halo, Sam Mickens, and more, plus Hollis Brown performing VU's Loaded in its entirety.
Tickets for the show are on sale now, and all proceeds will benefit the Ali Forney Center, an organization "that works to protect LGBT youth from the harm of homelessness in the city." There will also be a pre-Thanksgiving food drive for Food Bank of NYC at the venue that night.
Full lineup below...
Lou Reed tributes continue to happen and there are two notable ones in NYC on this week. Jeffrey Lewis, Dawn Landes (who has a new LP coming out), Kristin Andreassen and more TBA will be celebrating the music of the late NYC music legend at the Jalopy Theatre in Red Hook on Thursday (11/21). The night doubles as a benefit for victims of Typhoon Haiyan which devastated much of the Philippines earlier this month. It's a $10 suggested donation.
One day earlier (11/20) at the Rodeo Bar, such artists as Speed the Plough, King Missile's John S. Hall, Babe the Blue Ox, and lots more will be performing songs by Reed and telling stories and reciting lyrics. 9 PM - midnight, and it's free. You can check out the full line-up via the show poster, below...
The Best Show may be ending for good after 13 years, but WFMU's record show, after being cancelled in 2012 due to Sandy, is alive again. The 2013 WFMU Record Fair takes place at NYC's Metropolitan Pavilion (125 West 18th Street) from Friday November 22 through Sunday November 24. Regular admission is just $7, but we've also got a $2 coupon you can use, so you have more left over to spend on some rare vinyl.
Live broadcasts and special events at this year's fair include a screening of Miss Pussycat & Quintron's film The Mystery in Old Bubblebath; a live presentation on flexidiscs; screenings of vintage punk live footage; and a live performance from Jeffrey Lewis and the Rain. Visit WFMU for a full listing on 2013 Record Fair events.
Quasi, the duo of former Heatmiser member Sam Coomes and Janet Weiss (of Wild Flag, Single Dynamite, Drumgasm, and previously of Sleater-Kinney and Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks), are going on tour this year, and it's been announced that NYC anti-folk regular Jeffrey Lewis will be coming along as support. As discussed, that tour hits NYC on October 13 at Knitting Factory and October 14 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for those shows are still available.
All dates are listed, along with a couple videos, below...
by Bill Pearis
Jeffrey Lewis just put out a collaborative record with The Peter Stampfel Band but already has a new three-track 7" coming out on August 27 via Rough Trade. The title track is "WWPRD" which stands for "What Would Pussy Riot Do?" The always thoughtful Lewis muses about ethics and polics, saying Pussy Riot are true heroes who put their money where their mouth is: "The world needs punk rock heroes...bands who break through walls with speakers, not just try to sell you sneakers." You can watch video of him performing "WWPRD" live in London, below.
Lewis played one of the Summerscreen shows last month, and will play again in Brooklyn tonight (8/15) at Secret Project Robot. The show is final date on a short East Coast promotional tour for the book Gender & Sexuality For Beginners which Lewis illustrated and was written by Jaimee Garbacik. The latter will read excerpts from the book and the night also features The Best Thing Ever. The show is also a benefit for the ACLU.
Jeffrey Lewis will then head to the UK for the Reading and Leads festivals. All tour dates are listed, plus the live version of "WWPRD," below.
The SummerScreen 2013 film lineup was announced back in April, and today the music portion of the summer series was announced. Like every year, each Wednesday a movie is screened in McCarren Park following a performance by a local artist. And the whole thing is totally free.
The SummerScreen people write, "In case of rain, bands will be relocated to a nearby venue (usually 285 Kent Ave) with the same 6pm-sundown set times. We'll announce whether or not shows will be moved by 3pm on rainy days at toddpnyc.com."
This year's series begins on July 10 with a screening of Can't Hardly Wait and a performance by Jeffrey Lewis. Head below to browse the rest of the lineup...
The Jeffrey Lewis and Peter Stampfel Band have been playing NYC a lot lately, and they've got two more shows happening this month, which are CD release shows for their new album, Hey It's...The Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band which is out May 15. The first happens in Brooklyn on May 16 at Shea Stadium with The Everymen, The Brooklyn What, and Shellshag; and the second one happens the next day at The Bowery Electric (5/17) with Crazy & the Brains and Berth Control. Tickets for the Shea show are on sale now and admission for the Bowery Electric show is $8 at the door.
You can also catch Shellshag in NYC at one of their many upcoming shows. Those shows include Death by Audio this Friday (5/10) with Black Wine, Swearin', and comedians Dave Hill and Chris Gethard (who hosts the BV-curated Red Bull Sound Select show); May 18 at Mercury Lounge with JEFF the Brotherhood and Hunters (sold out); May 25 at Party Expo with Moira Scara; and Death by Audio on June 5 with Shell's brother's band Apogee Sound Club.
Shellshag and Apogee Sound Club also both hit Death by Audio again four days later with Big Eyes.
After their release shows, The Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band will head over to Europe for a number of shows, including one in London performing as Daniel Johnston's backing band. All dates are listed, along with a video from one of their recent Mercury Lounge shows, below...
The 2013 edition of the Brooklyn Folk Festival starts a little earlier and in a new location this year, happening from April 19 - 21 at The Bell House and features, "the best in old-time string-band music, folk, blues, song writers, bluegrass, traditional Mexican, Irish and Balkan music, songwriters and much more!" The line-up for the 5th annual fest includes The Cactus Blossoms, Peter Stampfel and the Ether Frolic Mob, Jeffrey Lewis and many more. Tickets for individual shows and festival passes are on sale now, and the full day-by-day line-up is listed below.
Tickets for The Specials at shows at The Paramount in Huntington, NY and The Stone Pony in Asbury Park go on venue (Paramount) and Live Nation (Stone Pony) presale today at 10 AM. Tickets for their Pier 26 show are on sale now.
He's My Brother, She's My Sister, Jeffrey Lewis & the Rain, and Beach Day are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 4. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Field Report were added as an opener to Stornoway's previously discussed Music Hall of Williamsburg (5/6) show. No opener announced yet for Stornoway's Maxwell's (5/3) show. Tickets for Maxwell's and MHOW are still available.
Haleek Maul is playing Glasslands on August 22. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Groundislava is playing Glasslands on May 30 with Fur. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Listen to Groundislava's remix of Miguel's "Adorn" below.
Danielson at Knitting Factory in 2010 (more by Ben Lozovsky)
As mentioned, Jeffrey Lewis added a fourth show to his Mercury Lounge residency with Peter Stampfel, which happens this Sunday (3/31) (tickets), and before he heads out on his European tour in April, he'll play another NYC gig. This one's especially exciting because it's with Danielson Famile, who haven't played together in a pretty long time (Danielson has played without the Famile more recently though). Welcome Wagon is also on that bill and tickets are on sale now. It's one of two announced Danielson Famile dates, the other being in Philly at Union Transfer (4/15) a day earlier with Deerhoof and People Get Ready.
Updated Jeffrey Lewis dates are listed, along with a spotify stream of Danielson's 2006 album, Ships, below...
Weary Engine Blues is the title of a forthcoming benefit album that pays tribute to Jason Molina who died last week. It will be released by Graveface Records and artists contributing Molina covers include Mark Kozelek, Will Oldham, Allo Darlin', Scout Niblett, John Vanderslice, Jeffrey Lewis, Damien Jurado, Jonathan Meiburg (Sheerwater), Hospital Ships, Wave Pictures, and more. The album will be out April 24 and proceeds will go to help medical and funeral costs for Molina's family. Preorder it here. It comes with a screen print by William Schaff which you can see below, along with a note from Schaff as well.
You can stream Kozelek's contribution, "It's Easier Now," below.
Jeffrey Lewis at Mercury Lounge in 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
The Jeffrey Lewis and Peter Stampfel band just wrapped up a Sunday residency at Mercury Lounge yesterday (3/17), which also included shows the first two Sundays in March. They must have enjoyed themselves, because they've now added a fourth show, happening the last Sunday of March (3/31) at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/22) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (3/20) at noon.
Updated dates are listed below...
Jeffrey Lewis at Mercury Lounge in 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
Jeffrey Lewis and frequent collaborator Peter Stampfel (of the Holy Modal Rounders) have a previously discussed NYC date coming up as part of SideWalk Cafe's Winter AntiFolk Festival on February 26 with Forest Creature (ex-Dufus), Larkin Grimm, and others. After that, they'll do a three-week Sunday-night run at Mercury Lounge in March with a full band. The run will have The Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band at the Lower East Side venue for early shows (8 PM) on March 3, 10, and 17. Tickets for all three shows go on sale Friday, February 22 at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/20) at noon.
After the Mercury Lounge shows, the band will take a two month break and then head to the UK for some dates over there. A list of all dates and a video of Jeffrey and Peter at Cake Shop in 2010 below...
Screaming Females in LA in 2012 (more by Wei Shi)
The Don Giovanni Records Brooklyn showcases begin TONIGHT (2/7) with the previously mentioned Death by Audio show, which features California X, Nuclear Santa Claust, Brick Mower, House Boat, and Plastic Cross. Admission for tonight's show is $8 at the door. Then, the Don Giovanni fun continues with two consecutive nights at Music Hall of Williamsburg which feature Laura Stevenson and the Cans, Jeffrey Lewis, Lemuria, Waxahatachee, and Hilly Eye on Friday (2/8) and Screaming Females, Black Wine, Stormshadow, Home Blitz, and Shellshag on Saturday (2/9). Tickets for Friday, Saturday, and a 2-day pass are still available.
In related news, Screaming Females are releasing a cassette of home recordings this weekend (2/10) and you can stream the whole thing ahead of its release at Pitchfork. It features the track "Green Vapors," which was done with DG labelmates Shellshag.
Laura Stevenson is also releasing a new album, Wheel, on April 23 via Don Giovanni. You can stream the lead track, "Runner," at the bottom of this post.
Meanwhile, if you miss the showcases this week (or just want more), three of the bands playing -- Black Wine, Hilly Eye, and Nuclear Santa Claust -- are teaming up again for a NYC show at Cake Shop on March 23 with Lauren of The Measure. Admission for that one is $8 at the door.
And in even more related news, Miranda Taylor of Black Wine just interviewed Caroline Rue, Hole's first drummer, who played on their 1991 debut, Pretty on the Inside. Here's an excerpt...
The evolution of Hole's sound is, in my opinion, extreme. What do you think contributed to the sound/style changes over the years?And you can read the rest at Miranda's blog.
Well, first off, Courtney and I were the least skilled musicians and needed time to catch up with Jill and Eric. We hung out, listened to records, and they turned me on to the Pixies, which I had only seen the MTV video for "Here Comes Your Man." We became better players, so we were starting to refine our tool to do what we were intending.
Laura Stevenson song stream below...
Dufus' last show at Cake Shop in 2010 (more by Daniel Sieradski)
Manhattan's SideWalk Cafe is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and in honor of that, they'll be having anniversary events all year long. The first of these will be the winter edition of the bi-annual Antifolk Festival, which will take place at the cafe from February 19 to 28. The 10-day festival includes a number of performers each day, and the full schedule is below. One of the notable ones is on February 26, the cafe will host Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel (of Holy Modal Rounders), who have a long collaborative history, plus Forest Creature, Larkin Grimm, and others.
Forest Creature is the new duo of Seth Faergolzia (Dufus) and John Ludington, and the Sidewalk Cafe show is part of their February/March tour, which also includes a Brooklyn show later that night (2/26) at Goodbye Blue Monday (1087 Broadway) with Chingching. They recently revealed their first track, "Beasly," a meandering antifolk cut, which you can stream below, along with a list of all dates.
by Andrew Sacher
Screaming Females in LA in October (more by Wei Shi)
New Brunswick label Don Giovanni are throwing their annual Brooklyn showcases in 2013 at Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 8 and 9, and this year they're doubling as the label's tenth anniversary shows. Both nights have typically great lineups, with the 2/8 show featuring Laura Stevenson and the Cans, Jeffrey Lewis, Lemuria, Waxahatachee, and Hilly Eye, and the 2/9 show featuring Screaming Females (I hope this means Marissa is getting better!), Black Wine, Stormshadow (who the label refers to as "original, political, tight musicians" who "made fantastic art" but "broke up and no one outside of New Brunswick knew who the band was," and they'll be reuniting for this show as well as reissuing their album, Set On Destroy, via Don Giovanni this winter), Home Blitz and Shellshag. Tickets for both nights and a 2-day pass option go on sale Friday (12/14) at noon and AmEx presale for the individual nights begins Wednesday (12/12) at noon. The flyer for the showcases is below.
California X at Tommys Tavern in June (more by Fred Pessarro // BBG)
One band that we're a little bummed to see not on this lineup is Amherst's grungy California X, who have a great self titled LP coming out via Don Giovanni on January 15. I know we're still in year-end-list of 2012 mode, but this is already one of my most anticipated records of 2013. You can stream the single, "Pond Rot," below.
Song stream and show flyer are below.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Jeffrey Lewis - Cult Boyfriend (MP3)
Jeffrey Lewis @ Space Ducks party (more by Greg Cristman)
Jeffrey Lewis starts a U.S. tour on Thursday (11/8) in San Francisco that will wind its way across the country, finishing up with a NYC show at Knitting Factory on November 21 with Juan Wauters of The Beets opening the show. Tickets are now on sale.
If you haven't checked out Jeff's album from last year, A Turn in the Dream-Songs, you should definitely give it a spin, it's another trip into the mind of one of NYC's more thoughtful, witty songwriters. You can download "Cult Boyfriend" at the top of this post. Below is the video for his 2007 song "Williamsburg Will Oldham Horror" which remains one of the best ruminations on "indie famous" ever put to record (and the video's great), plus a full list of tour dates.
Laura Stevenson @ MHOW in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Laura Stevenson and the Cans have a short run of dates this month which kicks off in NYC for CMJ and then makes its way south, culminating in Gainesville's The Fest. During CMJ the band will play the Deli showcase at The Delancey on October 16 with Blonds, Shakey Graves, XNY, Backwords, Swear and Shake, and more. Then after that, they'll play the Let's Get Messy showcase at The Rock Shop on October 17 with Roomrunner, Archie Powel & The Exports, Twin Tigers, Pretty & Nice, and more. Advance tickets for the Rock Shop show are available and you can also try to get into both of those shows with your CMJ badge.
As mentioned, when the band returns home after their October run, they'll play a local show in Brooklyn at Public Assembly on November 11 with The Shondes, Leda, and ADVAITA. Tickets for that show are still available.
In related news, The Mountain Goats' 2002 LP, Tallahasse, celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, and in honor of that, Crooked Neighbor is releasing a tribute album called Tallahasee Turns Ten, out digitally on November 5 and physically in January, 2013. The album features covers by Laura Stevenson, Kimya Dawson, Jeffrey Lewis, Miracles of Modern Science, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Bomb the Music Industry! and others. You can stream Laura Stevenson's take on "No Children," and check out a list of all upcoming LSATC dates below.
The Museum of Comic & Cartoon Art Festival 2012 happens all day 4/28 & 4/29 at the Lexington Ave Armory in NYC. The Klein Award is being presented to Gary Panter. The afterparty which is also a Harvey Pekar's CLEVELAND launch, with music by Daniel Johnston, and a special appearance by Jeffrey Lewis, happens Saturday night at Village Pourhouse.
Daniel Johnston and Jeffrey Lewis last saw each other in March, also at a comic-related event.
Jeffrey Lewis @ Space Ducks party (more by Greg Cristman)
Gary Lucas meanwhile can be found TONIGHT (4/13) at the Bell House (at a tribute to the Shaggs), as well as at Rockwood Music Hall on April 22nd as a guest with Jann Klose, and again at the Bell House on May 18th.
TONIGHT/FRIDAY's show looks like this:
A BENEFIT FOR THE FREMONT, NH TOWN HALL HISTORICAL SOCIETYThe May 18th show is with Gary's supergroup, Gods and Monsters, whose lineup includes:
STILL BETTER THAN THE BEATLES:
A TRIBUTE TO THE SHAGGS
On Friday April 13th, a collection of musicians from the rock, pop, jazz, blues, folk, metal, prog, & experimental worlds will be gathering together at The Bell House to pay tribute to the music of legendary 60's female power trio The Shaggs. Performers include Gary Lucas (Captain Beefheart/Jeff Buckley), Elliott Sharp, Chris Butler (The Waitresses), Supercute!, Laura Cromwell (God Is My Co-Pilot),Mike Fornatale (Moby Grape/The Monks), Ira Elliot (Nada Surf), Eric Slick (Dr. Dog), Julie Slick (Adrian Belew Power Trio), Weasel Walter (The Flying Luttenbachers), Christy & Emily, members of The Loser's Lounge, and many more.
The evening will conclude with a live Q&A session with Dot Semprini, Betty Porter, & Rachel Gould (aka The Wiggin Sisters) of The Shaggs.
The concert is being held in connection with The Fremont, NH Town Hall Historical Society, with proceeds to go to The Fremont, NH 250th Anniversary Committee - in honor of the The Shaggs' hometown and the location of many of their shows.
Gary Lucas (Captain Beefheart, Jeff Buckley) on guitars and vocals; Billy Ficca (Television) on drums; Ernie Brooks (Modern Lovers) on bass and vocals; Jason Candler (Hungry March Band) on alto sax; and Joe Hendel (Latest Show on Earth), trombone and keyboards. Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads) occasionally joins the group live on stage and in the studio on keyboards.For this show, "Gary's guest French underground chanteuse Beatrice Demi-Mondaine" will be sitting in with Gods and Monsters. Institutional Prostitution are also on the bill and Gary Lucas will be guesting with them. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All Gary Lucas dates are listed below...
photos by Ryan Muir
Jarvis Cocker & adoring fans @ Radio City Music Hall - 4/11/12
Well, that was excellent... Jarvis Cocker wiggled and pranced around the room in his natty suit, geek glasses and Cuban-heel boots, a brazen showgirl in the body of a pervy librarian. Who else besides Jarvis would get cheers from a New York audience by announcing it was the anniversary of The Great Gatsby's publication in 1925? And who else would recite lines from the book while throwing Snickers and Milky Way bars into the crowd? "There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired," Jarvis said, quoting from Gatsby as a preface to "Something Changed," one of Pulp's big love ballads. "And if you are one of the pursued or the pursuing, this one's for you."We >previously posted the setlist from the second of two nights, and now here are the pictures from Pulp's show last night at Radio City Music Hall (4/12) (though unfortunately none of opener Jeffrey Lewis) (venue rules).
But everybody in a Pulp song is always pursued and pursuing, which is why their songs hold up so smashingly. They barely ever played the U.S. in their heyday, and Jarvis' superb solo shows haven't featured any Pulp material since the band split in the early 2000s. So ever since the band reunited the vintage "Common People"-era lineup, American fans have been waiting for this moment. -[Rolling Stone]
photo via jennileetweets
"...In the latest iteration of "Who's Zoo?," performed on [Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday] at the Whitney Museum of American Art, with professionals alongside nondancers, the biggest improvement is live music: Relaxed Muscle, a two-member band featuring Jarvis Cocker (of Pulp) and Jason Buckle, perform four of the show's six songs.That's a snippet of the NY Times review of Michael Clark's "Who's Zoo?".
With the addition of live music and a cult-of-personality approach -- not only by the spectacularly louche Mr. Cocker, but also by Mr. Clark, who has given himself more cameos this time around -- "Who's Zoo?" is less of a dance than it ever was. Mr. Clark transforms it into a musical experience with movement...." [NY Times]
Now Jarvis just has one day before Pulp headlines Radio City Music Hall for two nights in a row, with two different openers. As mentioned, Chromatics open Tuesday's show while Jeffrey Lewis & the Junkyard opens Wednesday.
MEANWHILE, it looks like Chromatics play a semi-private, it's-going-to-be-really-hard-to-get in show at The Standard's Le Bain tonight (4/9) while some band called "The Junkyard" plays Cake Shop (with Dolfish and SLFM).
Jeffrey Lewis @ BV-SXSW DJ-Space Ducks show (more by Ryan Barkan)
Jeffrey Lewis reports:
Jeffrey Lewis & his band The Junkyard will open for Pulp at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan on Wednesday, April 11.We just posted a new set of pictures from that special SXSW event on BV Austin. Check them out. Meanwhile, Jeffrey is out on the road. Catch him at one of the dates listed below...
This mark Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard's first show in NYC since they sold out the Mercury Lounge last November. The band will be joined by new member Kristen Andreasson (Uncle Earl/Sometimes Why), who will basically be debuting on stage with the Junkyard in front of what is probably their biggest-ever American concert. Yikes!
Jeffrey's last album "A Turn in the Dream-Songs," his sixth for Rough Trade Records, was released last October and has been featured on Soundcheck and All Things Considered among other places. Jeffrey is just coming off a solo acoustic tour with Wooden Wand which saw him make stops all along the East Coast, including a special show (with Kimya Dawson, Daniel Johnston, and Built to Spill) at SXSW as part of the Brooklyn Vegan event for the release of Daniel Johnston's multi media project Space Ducks.
photos by Tim Griffin
Daniel Johnston @ The Belmont on 3/13
"A packed house of fans and well-wishers turned out to the Belmont Lounge Tuesday night for an official South by Southwest showcase to celebrate the release of Daniel Johnston's new graphic novel, "Space Ducks: An Infinite Comic Book of Musical Greatness." The event, which was hosted by Brooklyn Vegan, included performances by Built to Spill, Will Sheff of Okkervil River, R. Stevie Moore, Kimya Dawson and Johnston himself. Alex Maas of Black Angels, Matt Vasquez of Delta Spirit and Irish folk singer Foy Vance all each performed Johnston covers before the renowned songwriter took the stage.We kicked off SXSW in style Tuesday night, our first of three official BrooklynVegan showcases at the Austin festival this year, with six hours of music including "special guest" Caveman who we couldn't announce due to another show they had to play that night. Dinosaur Feathers began things right at 8pm.
Nearly all who performed had some accolades to offer Johnston, the legendarily troubled outsider artist-turned-indie rock darling whose notoriety was cemented by Kurt Cobain when the Nirvana frontman famously wore a T-shirt of the cover to Johnston's album, Hi, How Are You?. [Hollywood Reporter]
It was all in celebration of "Space Ducks" which is out now as a Boom Comics graphic novel, and as a FREE iPad app you can download now, new Daniel Johnston music and tributes included (the soundtrack will get a physical release in a few weeks). Props to the team at Wieden + Kennedy for helping Daniel create something so cool with his art, and to Search Party, Primary Wave, Strike Team, Eternal Yip Eye Music, all the artists who played, and everyone else that helped us make the Tuesday night show and comic happen.
Almost everyone on the bill covered a Daniel Johnston song, and many came back to join Daniel on "True Love Will Find You in the End." Jeffrey Lewis, with help from Kimya (collectively they are the Bundles), debuted new song "Space Ducks" which Jeffrey wrote for the app at our request. New DJ-inspired songs are unlocked after you work your way through the Space Ducks galaxy. There are also songs in the app, co-curated by Search Party, by Deer Tick, Eleanor Friedberger, Lavender Diamond, and others.
Built to Spill closed down the outdoor show beautifully; it was just too bad that Austin has a 2am curfew...
Co-headliners Built to Spill couldn't begin their set until 1:15, and frontman Doug Martsch vowed to "play until they make us stop," which was going to be 2:00 regardless. It's a common rock show cliché, but true to their word, they kept going until the Belmont's people had to get on the sound system to tell them to stop, prompting a chorus of boos. But the elder indie statesmen were still able to cap it off by driving through an extended version of "Conventional Wisdom," effectively ensuring everyone would still be going home happy." [IDSNews]Here's a set of pictures from the special evening (and we have a second set coming soon on BV Austin. UPDATE: here they are). More below...