Entries tagged with: Jeffrey Lewis
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DC comics and chocolate milkshakeFriday, June 5th, marked the end of Art Brut week here in NYC. The UK band played the tiny Mercury Lounge on Monday, Tuesday (6/2), Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Friday's lineup was my favorite. Openers were Keith TOTP and Jeffrey Lewis who reads from comic books that he draws about his songs as he plays. Speaking of comic books, Art Brut also paid a visit to DC Comics headquarters while they were in town. More pictures and the setlist from the Friday show, below...
Some things will always be great
DC comics and chocolate milkshake
Even though I'm 28
DC comics and chocolate milkshake
I guess I'm just developing late
DC comics and chocolate milkshake
I never got over that amazing taste
The above image is the cover of new single "The Roll Off Characteristics (Of History In The Making)" by UK band Cornershop, which is out now on their Ample Play Records imprint. The song can be purchased through the band on 7-inch, CD or MP3.
The B. side is an etch by NYC's part folkie, part indie-rocker and part comic book artist extraordinaire Jeffrey Lewis, depicting the super dooper Indian super hero Jaganath, whom can circumference the earth in 5 steps.This summer, Cornershop is slated to release its first album in seven years (the last was 2002's Handcream for a Generation). In support of that, the band has a short set of UK tour dates scheduld for July and August.
Check out the video for the new Cornershop single, directed in Bombay by Chicago based Indian filmmaker Prashant Bhargava , with all tour dates, below...
alan turing shows off his jeff lewis band cd (big bozo)
[In the UK, Jeffrey Lewis] will sell out venues that hold up to 800 fans. Back in America, though, a headlining slot at Bowery Ballroom is the highest-profile gig he'll play behind his new Rough Trade album 'Em Are I, and even that seems a bit excessive to him. "If we were hitting, like, 150 or 200 people everywhere around the States, that would be totally fine," he says. "Once it starts getting above, like, 400, it just takes it into a different context." [Village Voice]That Jeffrey Lewis Bowery Ballroom show happened on Wednesday, May 20th. It was the CD release show for his latest record, 'Em Are I, out now on Rough Trade. Were you there?
Jeffrey's previous record, 2007's 12 Crass Songs, was exactly that - an LP of Crass covers. About.com asked him about that...
Lots of aging punks got mad at the Dirty Projectors with their Black Flag album [Rise Above]. Did you find similar resentment?From Lewis' popularity overseas, it's not suprising that the songwriter calls the UK's Rough Trade Records home. After his current tour of the Northeast, which includes some dates with Au Revoir Simone, Lewis will meet with the Brits in Art Brut to perform as the "special guest" on the last night of that band's 5-day Mercury Lounge run (no We Are Scientists this time around).
"Mine was a very different record to the Dirty Projectors'. Black Flag songs are not so big on the content removed from the context, so putting them into this modern, art-rock, hipster context takes away whatever it is that makes those songs meaningful. With the Crass stuff, it wasn't a case of obscuring the message, but focusing it, by giving their lyrics a straight-forward presentation. In that way, it was like the opposite to the Dirty Projectors' project, so there was total irony in the fact that those records came out around the same time, and were always compared to each other. I do get some flack from the most devoted of Crass fans, but Crass themselves were really nice about it. I was talking to Dave [Longstreth] of the Dirty Projectors and he was saying that they just never heard any word from Black Flag at all. They tried getting in contact and met with no response. So it was pretty cool that Crass were so welcoming and supportive of me."
Lewis recently said goodbye to his NY Times Measure for Measure blog with a final post. Coming up, look for the singer to update his 2008 Daytrotter session with a visit to the Rock Island studio in June.
Video from Lewis's May 20th Bowery show, and one of Jeff playing with Emmy the Great, plus all tour dates, below...
by Andrew Frisicano
New York's Jeffrey Lewis has been busy in the last year. (To see exactly how busy, check out Jeff's "A Year in Love and Music" entry on the NYT's Measure for Measure blog, to which he's been contributing.)
Jeff's four-date tour with Dufus finishes this Saturday, March 14th in Brooklyn at Pete's Candy Store with a CD release show for Dufus's new record, In Monstrous Attitude (samples at link). In May/April, Dufus will head out on a European tour (dates below). The Dufus album features comic art by Jeffrey Lewis, who is releasing his own new album (as full-band Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard) 'Em Are I on April 20th (UK/Europe) and May 19th (US), both on Rough Trade Records.
Jeffrey recently put his drawing talents to use (as he does in his comics and elsewhere) in a new video for the song "To Be Objectified" (which appears on the upcoming album). The video was created with Jack Ferry and $99 Music Videos - a site that challenges musicians to make a video for that sum with a set of bare-bones criteria. Watch it, and the making of it, below.
Jeff will tour Europe March-May with a solo/full-band tour that eventually reaches New York's Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday, May 20th (tix on sale now) - a venue featured prominently in Lewis's "Williamsburg Will Oldham Horror," video below.
Next Thursday (3/19), Jeff will give a lecture on Watchmen (the topic of his college thesis) at midtown comic spot Jim Hanley's Universe. "It should be stressed that it's for people who have read the book, not for people interested in it looking for some kind of introduction... he'll be revealing too many spoilers!." Jeff gave a similar lecture in Portland, OR, and London earlier this year.
All tour dates, Jeff's "A Quick Biography of Barack Obama," and the above-mentioned videos, below...
by Bill Pearis
This time of year is usually pretty slow, show-wise, but this seems to be an especially-packed week for shows. Here's some of the stuff I'm considering attending while I procrastinate on holiday gift shopping and doing all my year-end lists over on my own blog.
Crystal Stilts @ Less Artists More Condos (more by Gabi Porter)
Speaking of, while I haven't posted my Best Albums of '08 yet, I will tell you Crystal Stilts' Alight of Night did make the Top Ten. They're playing tonight (12/17) at Le Poisson Rouge and even though I've seen them more times this year than I'd like to admit (and will probably see them again later this week), I will probably be in attendance. They're opening for Bay Area neo-fokies Vetiver, whose new covers album, Thing of the Past, is rather lovely.
Also tonight (12/17), is that double-shot of ex-Hot Snakes/Drive Like Jehu/Pitchfork bands at Santos Party House: Obits, that's fronted by Rick Froberg; and headliners The Night Marchers, which features John Reis and two other members of Hot Snakes. I have to admit Obits is more of a draw for me, as the band also features Sohrab Habibion who used to front Edsel, one of my favorite bands from the '90s DC scene. Obits just released their debut 7", "One Cross Apiece," which I like a lot. Will there be a mini Hot Snakes reunion tonight? Probably not, but you can always hope for a Christmas miracle.
Speaking of '90s indie rock survivors, Thursday (12/18) at Music Hall of Williamsburg is +/-, which is the band/solo project James Baluyut formed when Versus called it quits in the early part of this decade. Versus are playing shows again - and maybe recording new material (so I hear) - but +/- are still very much their own thing and going strong, having released their fourth album Xs on Your Eyes, back in October. Actually the whole line-up at MHoW that night is pretty great: Philly duo Pattern is Movement (who played a BV CMJ day party this year), Brooklyn indie royalty The Ladybug Transistor, and In Interview who I caught at NYC popfest back in June and who don't play nearly enough.
Also on Thursday (12/18): That A.C. Newman Get Guilty listening party at Stanton Public, which I originally thought was last week but wasn't. You can still RSVP for it at Insound. 8-10PM, free beer n' booze.
And last but absolutely not least, the can't miss show of the week has to be Saturday's (12/20) three floor-event at Knitting Factory curated by indie rock's original keyboard-drum duo, Quasi. Mates of State, Matt and Kim, etc, bow down to Sam Combes and Janet Weiss. The line-up is kind of staggering: awesome San Francisco garage rock duo Sic Alps (who I've plugged before), the aforementioned Crystal Stilts (a late addition to the bill), Jeffrey Lewis, Soft Circle (ex-Black Dice), plus films by legendary animator Sally Cruikshank (one of which is where Quasi got their name) and Craig Baldwin. Oh yeah, Marnie Stern is also playing. Tickets are $20, and worth it.
Ramesh solo @ The Syrup Room in 2006 (more by Bao Nguyen)
French house legend, Alan Braxe, is probably best known for the single "The Music Sounds Better With You" which he produced under the name 'Stardust' with Thomas Bangalter of Daft Punk and Benjamin Diamond......That message comes from party promoter GBH. The whole night - Alan Braxe to Lifelike to Grandmaster Flash to Ramesh, is $10. Ramesh also sent out the following message...
Lifelike on the other hand you will know from his classic track "Discopolis" with Kris Menace... but that's just the tip of the iceberg... he has produced and remixed more great tunes than you can wag a stick at. Alan and Lifelike will be playing in the main room [of Webster Hall], with Justin Miller (DFA Records), Jacques Renault a.k.a. Runaway (DFA Records), Alex English & Daisy O'Dell
In the Marlin Room [of Webster Hall], Grandmaster Flash and Dimitry!!! will be holding it down...
Downstairs in the Studio, we are very happy to announce that we will be joined by the lovely DJ Jess and DJ Alex Malfunction of the Trash! par ties... and there will be an early live performance by Ramesh of Voxtrot!!!
Jeffrey Lewis performs solo tonight/Saturday with friends Dufus, Pregnant, Barrakuda McMurder, and Jettison Sister, at Maxwell's in Hoboken (tix). Jeffrey also has a show scheduled at Mercury Lounge on November 14th (tix). All tour dates below...
Even if you've never heard of Belaire, you might recognize one of the members in the picture above. You can catch the Austin band TONIGHT (June 27) at Cake Shop with Adventure and Jeffrey Lewis and then again tomorrow at Market Hotel with the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players. All tour dates below.
Speaking of Jeff Lewis, he's been so busy lately playing shows with everyone and their mother including two local ones just this past week with Herman Dune. Now tonight he has two shows scheduled. First is the Cake Shop thing (he's on at 8pm) AND then I guess he's rushing over to Sound Fix as quickly as possible because they've also got him listed:
Jun 27, 2008 8PM Jeffrey Lewis & more (Jesse Garbacik benefit)All dates below....
Jeffrey Lewis (anti-folk on Rough Trade) + Kate Ferencz + Archipelago + The Best Thing Ever + Laura Stevenson. Benefit for the Jesse Garbacik scholarship at USM. Free show/donations accepted.
"Jeffrey Lewis, Paleface, Roger Manning, Schwervon, Toby Goodshank, and Huggabroomstik, are Among the 30+ Bands and Artists to Perform May 24th and 25th at Cake Shop...."
DOWNLOAD: Jeffrey Lewis - End Result (MP3)
Jeffrey Lewis @ Club DeVille, BV_SXSW 2008 (Adam Schatz)
If you're going to see British Sea Power and The Rosebuds at Bowery Ballroom tonight (Saturday) or Music Hall of Williamsburg tomorrow Sunday) or anywhere else this month including Maxwell's on May 19th, make sure to get there early to see a great show by Jeffrey Lewis (with or without band depending on the show). All dates below....
words & photos by Ryan Muir
I flew in to Austin on wednesday morning and the festival was already going strong. After picking up my credentials and looking out from the top of the convention center I started to get a feel for the scope and scale of the whole event.
on top of the Austin convention center
My first stop was the Mohawk for a party sponsored by the familliar Gothamist/Austinist websites. While the first band i saw 'We Barbarians' didnt impress me much, their set allowed for ample time to catch my bearings and down a few complimentary beers. It wasn't too long before i realized Phosphorescent was playing inside downstairs to a packed house. Then Shearwater started their set outside. I tried to catch as much of each set without jumping back and forth - a strategy I would get better at as the days went on.....
Jeffrey Lewis @ Club DeVille (BV SXSW) - March 12, 2008 (michaelhowell)
Cribs street team victim @ SXSW - March 14, 2008 (thestreetnetwork)
* Musebox Monthly @ 205
* New Model Army are at Southpaw
* DJ Never Forget is guest DJ at Upstairs
* Living Room's 10th Anniversary continues
* Palms Out Sound showcase @ Luna Lounge
* Lupe Fiasco & Wyclef are playing Hammerstein Ballroom
* The Cribs & Jeffrey Lewis are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg
A victim of the Black Keys street team below. What else?
BrooklynVegan, Sean Carlson, Transmission Entertainment, Red 7 & Mike Litt present.....
It's this Wednesday in Austin. no RSVP necessary, and it's practically right next door from my official showcase that starts just a few hours later.
Sean Carlson and Transmission are also the people behind the huge Saturday Mess With Texas party, and for that they're offering a contest......
UK TV + NYC anti-folk....
I've gone "official" again. The lineup of the first-ever official BrooklynVegan SXSW showcase is... (in no particular order...):Club de Ville in Austin, TX. To get in, you either need a SXSW badge, a SXSW wristband, or one of the tickets we'll be selling at the door (more details & set times TBA - I don't even know 100% how it works yet).
More bands playing SXSW are listed HERE.
The RZA @ Hiro Ballroom, NYC - Dec 30, 2007 (Ryan Dombal)
Jeffrey Lewis @ Joe's Pub - Jan 10, 2008 (Ryan Dombal)
* Antibalas @ Southpaw
* Patti Smith @ The Met
* Laura Marling @ Union Hall
* The Rosebuds & Tigercity @ Music Hall
* The Mugs, The Diggs & Mussels @ Cake Shop
* The Mooney Suzuki and others @ Luna Lounge
* Au Revoir Simone, April March & Bell @ Bowery Ballroom
* Redford touts new generation of Sundance filmmakers
DOWNLOAD: Jeffrey Lewis - End Result (MP3)
Speaking of The Sidewalk Cafe and touring with The Mountain Goats, Jeffrey Lewis is playing Sidewalk tonight (Jan 3) at 11. Jeffrey is also playing a Rough Trade showcase with Basia Bulat at Joe's Pub on January 10th, and a record release show at Mercury Lounge on January 30th.
The record being released is called "Jeffrey Lewis: 12 Crass Songs". It's out now in the UK and Europe (pictured to the left), but won't be released to US stores until January 29th (on Rough Trade/Beggars).