Entries tagged with: Jeffrey Lewis

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Dr. Dog

Dr. Dog has signed to Anti-Records (home of Os Mutantes), which will release the band's fifth record in early 2010. What does Dr. Dog guitarist-vocalist Scott McMicken have to say about that?

"Each album we've made was the best one we could have made at the time and I don't have any regrets," McMicken says. "But something has changed. We've never really recorded as a band before. We started as a recording project but over the years we've become a real band. We tour all the time and we have this certain place we fall into. And I think we're ready to use that as a reference point now"
This fall Dr. Dog will go on an extensive North American tour, with a select number of dates opened by NYC's own Jeffrey Lewis. No NYC dates yet though, but there are two in the band's hometown of Philly, and one pre-tour gig in Bethlehem, PA.

Bethlehem Musikfest is a music festival that runs from July 31st to August 9th and consists of more than 300 performances, most of which are free (Dr. Dog on August 3rd included). Pay shows at the fest include a stop on the Pat Benatar/Blondie/The Donnas tour (which has a free Coney Island show on August 13th) and a show with the B-52s (also playing NYC) and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts.

Dr. Dog's last NYC show was also a free one. It took place at the Prospect Park Bandshell in Brooklyn. We already posted a set of pictures from it. Now here's another one, along with the full lineup for the Bethlehem Musikfest and all tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Dr. Dog sign to Anti, playing Bethlehem Musikfest (lineup) & other places - 2009 tour dates & more Prospect Park pics "

DOWNLOAD: Slaraffenland - Meet and Greet (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Akron/Family - River (MP3)

Akron/Family @ New Museum 3/27 (more by Leia Jospe)
Akron/Family

Akron/Family will continue to tour behind their new disc, Set 'Em Wild, Set Em Free, into the fall, with tour dates supported by "Wooden" Wand, Jeffery Lewis & The Junkyard and Slaraffenland. On those shows, "the Slaraffenland horns will join the band on stage each night (a la The Dodos [who have shows coming up] or Megafaun before them) to form the Akron/Family big band."

NYCers can next catch Akron/Family at either All Points West or All Tomorrow's Parties. Slaraffenland are playing a NYC show on September 22nd at a venue that is still TBA.

Akron/Family is releasing a series of 7" singles through Dead Oceans. Those records will be available mainly on tour, and contain 'Em Wild a-sides and exclusive, unreleased b-sides. The first of those, featuring "Everyone is Guilty," is out now; the second in the series, "River," comes out in September. Details on those singles below.

Slaraffenland's new album, We're on Your Side, will be out September 15th on Hometapes. "Meet and Greet," that record's first single, is posted above. In addition to their dates with Akron/Family, the Danish group has a TBA NYC show penciled in for Tuesday, September 22nd. They also recently collaborated with filmmaker Vincent Moon (of The Take Away Shows) for a video filmed in their native Copenhagen.

Moon also recently taped Akron/Family's March 29th Union Pool show. That video, with all tour dates, album info, and some background on Slaraffenland, is below...

Continue reading "Akron/Family - new records & summer tour (w/ Wand, Jeffrey Lewis & Slaraffenland - who have a new album)"

Jeffrey Lewis repping Olive Juice Music @ Mercury Lounge (more by Chris La Putt)
Jeffrey Lewis
OJ All Day Music Fest

The OJ All Day music festival is an annual event put on by Olive Juice Music, a D.I.Y. label, studio, and online distributor, based in New York City, interested in helping people who are in the developmental stages of trying to do something with their art.

June 19th and 20th at: The Brooklyn Lyceum (227 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY)

The 2009 lineup for OJ All Day includes The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, Schwervon!, The New York Howl, Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers, Ching Chong Song and many more.

Jeffrey Lewis, who releases his comics on Olive Juice and has cut many records with the label, won't be playing this year, but Dufus, who toured with Lewis earlier this year, will.

Full schedule, trailer, other videos and more info, below...

Continue reading "OJ All Day - 2009 Brooklyn Lyceum festival schedule, tix, info"

photos by Chris La Putt

Art Brut

DC comics and chocolate milkshake
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
Friday, 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...

Continue reading "Art Brut (night 5) & Jeffrey Lewis & Keith TOTP @ Mercury Lounge in NYC - pics (the residency is over)"

Cornershop

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.

Jeffrey Lewis just released a new record, 'Em Are I, and is opening for Art Brut at the Mercury Lounge on Friday, June 5th.

Check out the video for the new Cornershop single, directed in Bombay by Chicago based Indian filmmaker Prashant Bhargava , with all tour dates, below...

Continue reading "new Cornershop video, single + new album this summer"

alan turing shows off his jeff lewis band cd (big bozo)
Jeff Lewis

[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?

"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."

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).

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...

Continue reading "Jeffrey Lewis played Bowery Ballroom, revealed as Art Brut's special guest -- new album out now, more tour dates "

by Andrew Frisicano

Jeffrey Lewis @ Kidrockers - 2/8/09 (Maryanne Ventrice)
Jeff Lewis

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...

Continue reading "JEFFREY LEWIS tour dates, DUFUS, comics, WATCHMEN (lecture), a new video & Rough Trade album"

by Bill Pearis

Quasi
Quasi

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)
Crystal Stilts

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.

Vetiver
Vetiver

Hot Snakes
Hot Snakes

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.

Plus Minus
Plus Minus

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.

Sic Alps
Sic Alps

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.

Continue reading "Quasi, Vetiver, Crystal Stilts, Marnie Stern, +/-, Hot Snakes, Sic Alps & more in This Week in Indie"

Ramesh solo @ The Syrup Room in 2006 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Ramesh

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......

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!!!

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...

Continue reading "Voxtrot returns, well - Ramesh (NYC show Friday night)"

Jeffrey Lewis

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...

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Belaire
Belaire

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)
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.
All dates below....

Continue reading "Belaire is here, touring ++ 2 Jeff Lewis shows tonight"

Olive Juice

"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...."

Continue reading "Olive Juice Independent Music Festival - this weekend in NYC"

DOWNLOAD: Jeffrey Lewis - End Result (MP3)

Jeffrey Lewis @ Club DeVille, BV_SXSW 2008 (Adam Schatz)
Jeffrey Lewis show

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....

Continue reading "Jeffrey Lewis - 2008 Tour Dates (British Sea Power, Rosebuds, Los Campesions!, Stephen Malkmus)"

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
SXSW

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.....

Continue reading "SXSW day 1 (The Blow/Yacht/Jeffrey Lewis/etc) by Ryan Muir"

BrooklynVegan, Sean Carlson, Transmission Entertainment, Red 7 & Mike Litt present.....

Red 7 Flyer

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......

Continue reading "another during-SXSW day party & a Mess With Texas contest"

Shearwater
Shearwater

I've gone "official" again. The lineup of the first-ever official BrooklynVegan SXSW showcase is... (in no particular order...):

* Shearwater
* Martha Wainwright
* Kaki King
* Jeffrey Lewis & The Jitters
* Deer Tick
* AA Bondy
I couldn't be more excited for this bill! The show will take place the evening of Wednesday, March 12, 2008 @ 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.

DOWNLOAD: Jeffrey Lewis - End Result (MP3)

Jeffrey LewisSpeaking 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).

In February, Jeffrey is then going out on tour first with Super Furry Animals, and then with The Mountain Goats. Exact dates below....

Continue reading "Jeffrey Lewis - 2008 Tour Dates (sidewalk, joes, merc)"