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Jeffrey Lewis gets a little paranoid in “Sad Screaming Old Man”

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Jeffrey Lewis | photo by Marin Zahringer | courtesy of Rough Trade Records

A claymation Jeffrey Lewis is joined by a cast of claymation animals and a chorus of claymation one-eyed triangles in his latest video for “Sad Screaming Old Man.” The track comes from last year’s Manhattan LP, an album that puts Lewis’ count at around 25 since he began recording in the late 90s.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Joan Shelley at Random Tea Room, Jeffrey Lewis at Boot and Saddle, and Lil Dicky at The TLA

Photo via Joan Shelley Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Joan-Shelley/125626087477374?sk=timeline)
Photo via facebook.com/pages/Joan-Shelley/125626087477374

Kentucky folk singer and songwriter Joan Shelley will play a Folkadelphia-presents show at Random Tea Room this evening. After drawing a crowd in her native town of Louisville, Shelley’s sound reminiscent of Joni Mitchell quickly caught the attention of folk fans and indie fans alike. She was recently praised by World Cafe’s David Dye, who relished in her sound off her latest album, Electric Ursa, which was released last month. Dye called it “a quiet, intimate record that reflects Shelley’s knowledge of folk history.” You can get tickets and information about tonight’s show by visiting the XPN Concert Calendar. Watch her perform “Electric Ursa” below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Little Comets at North Star Bar, Joyce Manor at First Unitarian, Jeffrey Lewis/Roof Doctor at West Kensington Ministry

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XPN welcomes English indie rock outfit Little Comets to the North Star Bar tonight as part of their successful American tour; the guys recently sold out a show at the Mercury Lounge in New York. Their newest album, Life is Elsewhere, has already been released in the UK, but it’s their American debut and it comes out on August 20th. Check out their catchy tune “Jennifer” below, and find tickets here.

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Moon Taxi, Khari Mateen, Folkadelphia

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Folkadelphia shared the inaugural Suitcase Sessions episode, an Alan Lomax-inspired, on-location recording with Skinny Lister at the North Star Bar’s Victorian Dining Room.  Later in the week we got a second helping of folky sessions with Holy Ghost Tent Revival; stream “Rollin’ Over” from Skinny Listern below and download both sessions here.

Nashville’s Moon Taxi are gearing up to release Mountains Beaches Cities in September, sharing “The New Black” as a preview of their third full-length.  The indie pop outfit made an appearance on World Cafe in the spring during host David Dye’s Sense of Place: Nashville feature – listen back to the band’s segment here and download “The New Black” in exchange for your email below.

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Stream and download a live set from Jeffrey Lewis via NYCTaper (playing West Kensington Ministry on 8/14)

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Anti-folk singer-songwriter Jeffrey Lewis will play a few shows in August with Jaimee Garbacik, hitting the West Kensington Ministry in Philadelphia on August 14th.  The pair are promoting Gender & Sexuality for Beginners, a book written by Garbacik with art by Lewis.  The short tour combines two aspects of Lewis’ prolific and varied artistic career – in addition to having released over two dozen records, the Lower East Side native is an active visual artist, having developed his own comic book series called Fluff while writing several essays and critiques on comic book and song writing.

Lewis’ music is highly literate and socially conscious, with the lyrics often namedropping places and people (like in “Cult Boyfriend” below) or considering topics like consumerism in “Kongru Green Slime.”  Most recently, Lewis released Hey Hey It’s… The Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band in May following 2011’s A Turn in the Dream Songs.  Tickets and information for Wednesday, August 14th’s show with Roof Doctor can be found on the Facebook event page.  In February, Lewis played a Don Giovanni Records showcase at the Music Hall of Williamsburg with lablemates Waxahatchee; NYCTaper recorded the set and has made it available for free download here.  Stream “Cult Boyfriend” from the show below.

 

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Dream Songs, med school, and making the most out of time: A conversation with Jeffrey Lewis

Maintaining energy on stage night after night on tour is tough; maintaining energy on stage night after night for 10 years—while writing comics and illustrating guide books on the side—is even tougher. But when I ask quirky New York folk singer Jeffrey Lewis how he manages, he just sort of shrugs.

“Honestly, I usually can’t even think about it until I’m actually there doing it…there are so many other things that need to be done beforehand,” he explains when I ring him up Tuesday night, a week before his U.S. tour. “Right now for instance I’m finishing up a comic book about Woody Guthrie,” he adds, “and then I have to mail posters out for the upcoming tour, so I’m licking envelopes. And then at the same time I’m stressed about the current election…I’m hosting a debate-watching party at my apartment this evening. So hitting the road hasn’t even entered my mind yet.”

It’s not surprising coming from Lewis, a restless creative type whose impressive oeuvre of songs, drawings, and comic books made him a cult figure among Manhattan’s anti-folk scene in the late 1990s, and has attracted thousands of fans worldwide. Continue reading →