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Jeffrey Lewis - Folk Rock Punk from United Kingdom - Biography & Full Album Download MP3


Jeffrey Lewis


Folk Rock Punk Band from United Kingdom

Jeffrey Lewis (born November 20, 1975) is an American singer-songwriter and comic book artist.

Early life

Lewis was born in New York City and grew up on the Lower East Side. He attended State University of New York at Purchase, graduating in 1997 with a degree in Literature. His Senior Literary Thesis was on the comic book Watchmen.Lewis also lectured on the topic of Watchmen at the Institute For Cultural Studies at the University of Leuven, Belgium, in 2000, and the text of his lecture ("The Dual Nature of Apocalypse in Watchmen") was published in the book The Graphic Novel, edited by Jan Baetens, in 2001.Starting in 2000, he spent about two years living in Austin, Texas, playing open mic nights, working odd jobs and distributing his autobiographical comics to local coffee shops.

Music

Several of his musical influences have been acknowledged in his songs such as "Williamsburg Will Oldham Horror", "The History of The Fall" and "The Chelsea Hotel Oral Sex Song", concerning the song by Leonard Cohen. Lewis' lyrics are complex and literate, often combining a nihilistic world-view with a hopeful message and sharp wit. Growing up on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, his songs are also highly informed by his home surroundings, with songs name-dropping places such as Williamsburg, the FDR Drive and the East River.

Lewis is often regarded as part of the antifolk movement, foremost because he was one of the many bands and performers (including The Moldy Peaches, Kimya Dawson, Diane Cluck, Regina Spektor, Major Matt Mason USA and Lach) who played in the 1990s at New York's SideWalk Cafe and its biannual antifolk festivals and open mic events. His music also possesses certain traits of a perceived antifolk style – a downbeat self-deprecating humor, an off-kilter singing style, a mixture of acoustic and 'punk' songs which feature themes of everyday occurrences and feelings. Lewis himself does not mind the 'antifolk' tag: "I think it's a cool title. The fact that no one knows what it means, including me, makes it kind of mysterious and more interesting than saying that you're a singer/songwriter or that you play indie rock."After being signed by the British record label Rough Trade in 2001, Jeffrey Lewis released his first official album The Last Time I Did Acid I Went Insane. Also that year (in February), Lewis was visited by Kimya Dawson while living in Austin, Texas. Over the week she stayed there, they wrote five songs. These songs were later re-recorded with a full band and released by K Records under the moniker "The Bundles," on an album of the same name, in 2010.In 2003 Rough Trade released the album It's the Ones Who've Cracked That the Light Shines Through, credited to Jeffrey Lewis with Jack Lewis and drummer Anders Griffen. His third Rough Trade record, City and Eastern Songs, was released in the UK in November 2005 and in the US in September 2006. Most of Lewis's albums also include his brother, Jack Lewis, who wrote or co-wrote and sang and played bass on a number of the songs. In October 2007, Rough Trade released 12 Crass Songs, a Jeffrey Lewis album consisting entirely of songs written by the British punk band Crass, reworked to match Lewis's antifolk style.

He has also performed and collaborated with Kimya Dawson of The Moldy Peaches as well as Diane Cluck. Some of his hand-drawn comics appear in the cover art of his CD releases.

In June 2008 Jeffrey Lewis with his brother Jack were the support act for Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks in Europe. Other well-known acts that Lewis has performed shows or whole tours with include Devendra Banhart, Jarvis Cocker, Black Dice, Adam Green, Thurston Moore, the Fall, Kimya Dawson, Beth Orton, Frank Black, the Fiery Furnaces, Daniel Johnston, Scout Niblett, the Mountain Goats, Dr. Dog, The Moldy Peaches, Cornershop, Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, Wooden Wand, the Cribs, Danielson, Herman Dune, Los Campesinos, Roky Erickson, and Super Furry Animals.

The New York Times has published his writings and graphic works.The New York Times online Op-Ed page "Measure For Measure" hired Jeffrey Lewis to write a number of short essays on the topic of songwriting, some of which he drew in comic book form. All went up on The New York Times website at intervals from 2008 to 2013.Lewis has created a number of illustrated historical songs, usually sung while flipping through accompanying books of color drawings, including ten such pieces which are in use by The History Channel on their website.In November 2011 The New York Times ran a feature article on Jeffrey Lewis in the Arts section of November 23, written by Ben Sisario.Lewis published a comic strip in The Guardian newspaper in London. It was entitled "What Would Pussy Riot Do?" and it was printed on the occasion of a new release of a single with the same title.In a January 2018 "MusicMakers" interview with Adafruit, Lewis announced he was working on numerous new projects, including "Writing a new issue of my comic book series, mastering an album I recorded of covers of Tuli Kupferberg songs, mixing an album I recorded in collaboration with Peter Stampfel, and working on writing and recording new songs with my band for my own next album. Remastering and repackaging my old 2005 album “City & Eastern Songs" for a deluxe vinyl re-issue."

Artwork and writing

Jeffrey has his own comic book series titled Fuff (formerly called Guff).

In March 2009, he designed the cover to the sixth issue of Bearded magazine.

Comics

Reflections on Tomorrow thus a yesterday Flower Shall Doom (1998)

The Worldwide Comix Scavenger Hunt vol 1 (1998–2003)

Reflections #2 (1998–2003)

Trip to Key West (1999)

1999 European Travel Diary (1999)

Jeff's Austin Diary (2001)

Come to My Show (2004) (reissued as "Fuff # 0" in 2011)

Guff # 1 (2004) (reissued as "Fuff # 1" in 2005)

Guff # 2 (2005) (reissued as "Fuff # 2" in 2008)

Guff # 3 (2005) (reissued as "Fuff # 3 in 2008)

Fuff # 4 (2006)

Fuff # 5 (2006)

Fuff # 6 (2007)

Fuff # 7 (2008)

Fuff # 8 (2010)

Fuff # 9 (2014)

Fuff # 10 (2014)

Fuff # 11 (2016)

The Art of Touring (2007) (A compilation book featuring a comic story that also appears in Fuff # 6)

Comic book press kit for Mountain Goats' album Heretic Pride (2008)

The chapter "Tuli Kupferberg" in The Beats: A Graphic History (2009) (co-author)

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- Biography -

28 albums

Jeffrey Lewis - I Wanna Do Something Illegal With Amy Rose Spiegel

I Wanna Do Something Illegal With Amy Rose Spiegel

2020 - United Kingdom
Indie Rock
Vinyl 7"2 Tracks
Cara Records


Jeffrey Lewis - Mama Nature Says You

Mama Nature Says You're Grounded

2020 - United Kingdom
Digital FLAC1 Tracks
Moshi Moshi Records


Jeffrey Lewis - Keep It Chill In The East Vill

Keep It Chill In The East Vill

2020 - United Kingdom
Digital FLAC1 Tracks
Moshi Moshi Records


Jeffrey Lewis - Preserve Our National Reserve / Washing My Hands Again

Preserve Our National Reserve / Washing My Hands Again

2020 - United Kingdom
Digital FLAC2 Tracks
Moshi Moshi Records


Jeffrey Lewis - Jeffrey Lewis Did Not Choose The Tracks Or Sequence For This Out-Takes And Rarities Album 2007-2014

Jeffrey Lewis Did Not Choose The Tracks Or Sequence For This Out-Takes And Rarities Album 2007-2014

2016 - United Kingdom
Indie Rock, Lo-Fi, Folk Rock
Vinyl LP15 Tracks
Soild Gold Records


Jeffrey Lewis - No. 2 Girl

No. 2 Girl

2015 - United Kingdom
Indie Rock, Lo-Fi, Folk Rock
Hybrid CD-Record2 Tracks
People In A Position To Know


Jeffrey Lewis - Try It Again

Try It Again

2011 - United Kingdom
Folk Rock
CDr Single1 Tracks
Rough Trade


Jeffrey Lewis - Come On Board

Come On Board

2011 - United Kingdom
Lo-Fi, Indie Rock
CD Album13 Tracks
Not On Label (jeffrey Lewis Self-released)


Jeffrey Lewis - A Turn In The Dream-Songs

A Turn In The Dream-Songs

2011 - United Kingdom
Folk Rock, Indie Rock
CD Album15 Tracks
Rough Trade


Jeffrey Lewis - City & Eastern Tapes

City & Eastern Tapes

2008 - United Kingdom
Folk Rock
CD Album18 Tracks
Not On Label (jeffrey Lewis Self-released)


Jeffrey Lewis - End Result

End Result

2007 - United Kingdom
Indie Rock
CDr Single1 Tracks
Rough Trade


Jeffrey Lewis - 20 Minute Split Single

20 Minute Split Single

2007 - United Kingdom
Folk Rock, Spoken Word
CD Single4 Tracks



Jeffrey Lewis - 12 Crass Songs

12 Crass Songs

2007 - United Kingdom
Folk Rock, Indie Rock, Folk
CD Album12 Tracks
Rough Trade


Jeffrey Lewis - Tapes From The Crypt - 14 Songs Dug Up From Jeffrey Lewis

Tapes From The Crypt - 14 Songs Dug Up From Jeffrey Lewis' Home Recordings 1997-2001

2006 - United Kingdom
Acoustic, Lo-Fi, Indie Rock
CDr Album Compilation14 Tracks
Not On Label (jeffrey Lewis Self-released)


Jeffrey Lewis - City & Eastern Songs

City & Eastern Songs

2005 - United Kingdom
Folk Rock, Acoustic, Lo-Fi
CD Album12 Tracks
Rough Trade


Jeffrey Lewis - History Of Punk On The Lower East Side Of NYC 1950-1975

History Of Punk On The Lower East Side Of NYC 1950-1975

2004 - United Kingdom
CD Mini2 Tracks
Not On Label (jeffrey Lewis Self-released)


Jeffrey Lewis - Four Seasons

Four Seasons

2003 - United Kingdom
Alternative Rock, Acoustic, Folk
Vinyl, Box Set 7"7 Tracks
Hallso


Jeffrey Lewis - No LSD Tonight

No LSD Tonight

2003 - United Kingdom
Folk Rock, Acoustic, Lo-Fi
Vinyl 7"4 Tracks
Rough Trade America


Jeffrey Lewis - It

It's The Ones Who've Cracked That The Light Shines Through

2003 - United Kingdom
Folk Rock, Acoustic
CD Album13 Tracks
Rough Trade


Jeffrey Lewis - AFNY Collaborations Volume 1

AFNY Collaborations Volume 1

2002 - United Kingdom
Folk Rock, Acoustic, Lo-Fi
CDr Album Compilation8 Tracks
Olive Juice Music


Jeffrey Lewis - Graveyard / Spirit Of Love

Graveyard / Spirit Of Love

2002 - United Kingdom
Lo-Fi, Indie Rock
Vinyl 7"2 Tracks
Nowhere Fast Records


Jeffrey Lewis - Back When I Was 4

Back When I Was 4

2002 - United Kingdom
Acoustic
Vinyl 7"3 Tracks
Rough Trade


Jeffrey Lewis - Kimya Dawson And Jeff Lewis

Kimya Dawson And Jeff Lewis

2001 - United Kingdom
CDr Album5 Tracks
Not On Label (jeffrey Lewis Self-released)


Jeffrey Lewis - The Chelsea Hotel Oral Sex Song

The Chelsea Hotel Oral Sex Song

2001 - United Kingdom
Folk Rock, Acoustic
Vinyl 7"1 Tracks
Rough Trade


Jeffrey Lewis - Songs From Austin

Songs From Austin

2001 - United Kingdom
CDr Album13 Tracks
Not On Label (jeffrey Lewis Self-released)


Jeffrey Lewis - The Last Time I Did Acid I Went Insane

The Last Time I Did Acid I Went Insane

2001 - United Kingdom
Folk Rock, Acoustic
CD Album10 Tracks
Rough Trade


Jeffrey Lewis - Indie-Rock Fortune Cookie

Indie-Rock Fortune Cookie

1998 - United Kingdom
Folk Rock, Acoustic
Cassette Album13 Tracks
Not On Label (jeffrey Lewis Self-released)


Jeffrey Lewis - The River / Travel Light / Finish Line

The River / Travel Light / Finish Line

- United Kingdom
Folk Rock, Acoustic, Lo-Fi
Digital FLAC3 Tracks
Not On Label (jeffrey Lewis Self-released)




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