2/27/2008 - Jeffrey Lewis and the Jitters
Jeffrey Lewis was raised in New York City and is a maker of comic books, tragi-comic folk narratives, and lysergic garage rock. With brother Jack on bass and David Beauchamp on drums, the Jeffrey Lewis Band mixes 60s acoustic psychedelia like Pearls Before Swine with the experimental art-punk of the Fall and the urban lyricism of Lou Reed, sounding a bit like if Woody Guthrie fronted Sonic Youth. Live shows also incorporate 'low budget videos', Jeffs large illustrations displayed to accompany certain songs. In 2001 Jeffrey Lewis signed to Rough Trade Records and has since released four albums.The Jeffrey Lewis Band has toured the US, UK and Europe, sharing bills with Devendra Banhart, Black Dice, Thurston Moore, the Fall, Beth Orton, Frank Black, the Fiery Furnaces, Daniel Johnston, Scout Niblett, the Mountain Goats, the Moldy Peaches, Cornershop, the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, Wooden Wand, the Cribs, the Danielson Famile and others.The album Jeffrey Lewis: 12 Crass Songs was released in the UK and Europe in October 2007 on Rough Trade, with US release slated for January 2008. The album is a collection of songs by the legendary anarchist punk band Crass, reworked by Jeffrey into glorious folk, rock, psychedelic, orchestral and electronica productions which dazzle the ear while losing none of the political power of the originals. For the recording of 12 Crass Songs Lewis was joined by Helen Schreiner on back up vocals. Come catch an exclusive in-store performance by Jeffrey Lewis and the Jitters on February 27th at 4pm and pick u pa copy of their latest '12 Crass Songs' on sale!! Then see them later that night supporting the Mountain Goats at the WOW HALL in Eugene!!