January 2014

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OLDER NEWS (Newer Olds):

2014 – NEW CD, new comic, new zine! That’s: new album Jeffrey Lewis & The Jrams tour-CD, PLUS Jeffrey’s new comic issue Fuff #9, PLUS: the third installment of Jeffrey’s “Sonnet Youth” re-written Sonic Youth albums (re-written in iambic pentameter, like, as Shakespeare might have done it): Daydream Nation! Order directly from Jeffrey here.

A couple recent Rom drawings have been added to Jeffrey’s sketchbook page

RIP Lou Reed… to read Jeffrey’s thoughts on Lou (and/or add your own), see the Message Board here.

Pussy Riot is set free – yay! – two months ahead of schedule, better than nothing we suppose. The larger issues still remain. Democracy/freedom/expression in Russia and worldwide; and we hope that the members of Pussy Riot will be safe from harrassment and violence now that they are returned to their families and friends.

PREVIOUSLY: Please read this letter from Pussy Riot’s Nadezhda Tolokonnikova: “Why I have gone on hunger strike.”

This Jeffrey Lewis illustrated interview , related to the WWPRD single, recently went up on the Guardian UK site, and was printed in the Guardian newspaper on Friday Sept 20, 2013.

Jeffrey Lewis & The Rain, new 3-song vinyl release, on Rough Trade Records, out on Tues Aug 27, 2013! WWPRD/Sunbeams/The Fall of the Soviet Union. Orders and downloads and info here (for the USA) and here (for UK/Europe).

Gender & Sexuality For Beginners, a 224-page book written by Jaimee Garbacik with illustrations and comics by Jeffrey Lewis released in July 2013! At a store near you, or buy a copy directly from Jeffrey here.

Let’s Start a Pussy Riot released via Rough Trade Books: This book has been created in collaboration with Pussy Riot and links together the events leading up to and after the group’s arrest and the themes that these courageous women fight for – feminism, LGBTQ rights, freedom of speech and the environment. Contributors include Kim Gordon, Lee Renaldo, Judy Chicago, Jón Gnarr, Antony Hegarty, Bianca Casady, Sarah Lucas, Bobby Conn, Robyn. Lucky Dragons, Billy Childish, Jeffrey Lewis and many more. Available to buy via the Rough Trade website.

Most recent songwriting article by Jeffrey Lewis in the NY Times here:http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/07/waving-my-tweak-flag-high/

NEW ALBUM: Hey Hey it’s… The Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band …released on May 15th, 2013. You can MAIL-ORDER A COPY HERE… or find it on Bandcamp here.

A 2012 Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard session on Daytrotter has been posted! Give a listen, leave a comment, check out their funny drawing of the band: DAYTROTTER

The documentary film Radio Unnameable (about WBAI radio DJ Bob Fass, and featuring soundtrack work from Jeffrey Lewis) is screening all around… For details about the film, trailer, reviews, and upcoming screenings see here.


“The Last Time I Did Acid I Went Insane” has now been released on VINYL! The LP comes with a download card for the full album in mp3 format plus non-album bonus tracks. This record, and comic books, and zines, and other nifty music and art items, along with all 4 albums by Professor Louie (Jeffrey & Jack’s politcal rapping uncle, a big influence) are now findable at the Jeffrey Lewis online shop here!


“My Poetry Reading with Thurston Moore, Genesis P-Orridge and Jonas Mekas,” by Jeffrey Lewis, on the Guardian blog here.

PRESS RELEASE: ” ‘Some.Alternate.Universe’ is a digital double album to raise money for The Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths (FSID.ORG.UK) from Audio Antihero Records. Featuring the entire AAH roster and wonderful artists such as Jeffrey Lewis, The Art Goblins, Still Corners, onelinedrawing, Johnny Foreigner, Internet Forever and many more. There’s a minimum donation of £3.99 but we encourage those of you with a little more to dig a little deeper.”

>New York Times article on Jeffrey Lewis (from Wed Nov 22, 2011), online here.

Jeffrey Lewis: A Turn in the Dream-Songs featured by Robert Christgau on NPR’s All Things Considered, you can listen here.

>Hear Jeffrey & Jack Lewis amusingly debate band dynamics on the Judge John Hodgman podcast, here!

>(You can comment on the case/judgment here!)

The “Webbys” are the awards for best internet stuff (like the Emmys or the Grammys but for web stuff…)… Jeffrey’s “Sitting Bull” illustrated song for the History Channel made the top seven Honoree list (out of 10,000 entries world-wide) for Best Writing 2010! Check out the awards list here!

A number of Jeffrey Lewis comic books are now available as 99-cent digital apps at LushComics.com!

Lots of new discussions and some exclusive free downloads of unreleased material are now at the Jeff Lewis Message Board

The History Channel website now features Jeffrey performing TEN of his illustrated “low budget documentaries” – search the site for “Jeffrey Lewis” to find The Mayflower, Sitting Bull, The Fall of Rome, The Peloponnesian War, and The Cuban Missile Crisis, and more!

The most recent Jeffrey Lewis projects include: creating the soundtrack for the film Radio Unnameable (distributed by Kino Lorber); illustrating Jaimee Garbacik’s academic book Gender and Sexuality For Beginners (out now, from Random House) and writing/drawing a 9-page comic book biography of Woody Guthrie which will appear in the Paul Buhle book Bohemians in 2013.


Two Jeffrey Lewis “Sonnet Youth” zines are now available for $1 each here...


With sadness we report the passing of Dashan Coram of Huggabroomstik and Secret Salamander, a dear friend and collaborator and light of the NYC musical landscape. Huge hugs to everybody that knew him, all around the world.


>Two long out-of-print EPs are now available again (cheap!), via Bandcamp… DIANE CLUCK & JEFFREY LEWIS, the 3-song release from 2001 and THE JEFF LEWIS BAND & SCHWERVON! “Gas Money” EP from 2005… you can now hear and/or download them at JeffreyLewis.BandCamp.com


R.I.P.: We mourn the passing and celebrate the life of Tuli Kupferberg, 1923-2010.

THE BUNDLES album out now worldwide, on K Records!

>March 9, 2010 – K Records has released the debut album by The Bundles (Kimya Dawson, Jeffrey Lewis, Jack Lewis, Anders Griffen, and Karl Blau)! Findable in a hip, indie, mom-and-pop music store near you (on LP or CD) or by ordering from the K Records website here.



Album out worldwide NOW on Rough Trade/Beggars! Buyable here.


Jeffrey etches for Cornershop…

Jeffrey has done an etched illustration for the B-side of the new Cornershop single! The A-side is titled “The Roll Off Characteristics (Of History In The Making)” and it will be released on Cornershop’s very own Ample Play Records imprint. Vinyl copies of the single are to be distributed through Cargo to local shops, however, both vinyl and digital copies are also available for sale directly and securely at the Cornershop On-Line Shop from the group themselves, at www.cornershop.com .
UK vinyl record buyers can also order their copy of the limited 7″ direct from the Rough Trade Shop here

Jeffrey Lewis video podcast “TV show” hosted by the Guardian UK… “Jeffrey Lewis And The News” features special guests as well as Jeff’s illustrated/sung “News of the Week” reports. Watch these short episodes here!

The Jeffrey Lewis music video for “To Be Objectified” was featured as Youtube top pick on March 18 2009 and received over 100,000 new viewers that day.

“The Beats – A Graphic History”, a collection of comic book biographies of Beat Poets, has been released by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. In additon to work by Harvey Pekar and Ed Piskor and others, “The Beats- A Graphic History” includes Jeffrey Lewis’ 10-page comic book biography of Tuli Kupferberg.

Jeffrey Lewis solo tour in Australia (with Darren Hanlon) in March-April 2009 went great! Jeffrey Lewis return Australia tour in 2010, and debut New Zealand tour, was also great! Thanks to everybody who attended!

In 2008-2009 Jeffrey Lewis did a series of essays (and comix) for the New York Times… see the Measure For Measure Op-Ed section here to read articles about songwriting by Jeffrey Lewis, Suzanne Vega, Rosanne Cash and others!

Jeffrey and Olive Juice Music have taken it upon themselves to bring the music of Stanley Brinks to the world! Stanley (AKA Andre Herman Dune) and his partner Clemence Freschard have been living in Berlin for years, making endless fantastic albums which have been almost impossible to find other than in person on their rare tours… SO Jeffrey bought copies of about 20 different Stanley & Freschard CDs in Berlin in summer 2008, and all of these albums are now available for 8 dollars each from the Olive Juice Music website here! Get ’em while they last – although there’s a lot of different albums there’s only about 5 copies of each one! Some are listed under Stanley Brinks, some under Freschard. Many feature collaborations with the likes of the Wave Pictures, the Purple Organ, Major Matt Mason and more; all of the albums listed on Olive Juice have li’l descriptive blurbs and track titles.

The Jeffrey & Jack Lewis CD of 2005 demos and outtakes “City & Eastern Tapes” is now available worldwide via Olive Juice Music here.

Jeff drew a 3-page comic book (with text by John Darnielle!) as a companion to the 2008 Mountain Goats album Heretic Pride! Other recent freelance art assignments for Jeff include multiple comic book projects for the band The Cribs, now on display on this site along with previous freelance work like the 2-page full color comic book for the UK Guardian Guide’s summer festival preview issue and the 12-page comic book packaging design for the recent Dufus CD, “In Monstrous Attitude!” See all of these comics in the “Freelance Work” section of the “Other Art” page!

DROWNED IN SOUND sponsored a Jeffrey Lewis Q & A competition in which fans’ questions would be answered by Jeff in the form of drawings… see the final artistic results HERE!