Jeffrey Lewis after Mates of State (see both!)

November 12th, 2008 · 4 Comments · By

Two cool shows tonight; many of you are already excited about the Mates of State show at Gravity Lounge {with Brother Reade and the Cinnamon Band, doors at 8pm}:

but here’s another show AFTER that, which you might not know about: Jeffrey Lewis and DBB Plays Cups at the Tea Bazaar.DBB is the band of David Baker Benson, who mumbles and twangs like a subdued crossbreed between Jandek and Steve Malkmus. His backing band often includes John Ruscher and Tom Benner {Nailgun’s founder and web host / tech genius, respectively…} although both of them are in New York right now; last time I saw them play it was a basement show two months ago in which they careened off into some epic garage repetition; who knows what they’ll come up with tonight. {Tom says Kaveh might be the drummer?}

Jeffrey Lewis is a talented and charming anti-folk musician and comic-book artist from New York City; his various “hits” include Williamsburg Will Oldham Horror, Chelsea Hotel Oral Sex Song, The Last Time I Did Acid I Went Insane, and the epic The Complete History of Punk Rock and it’s Development on the Lower East Side 1950-1975, which is available below in it’s entirety:

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 John // Nov 13, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    How was the tea house show?

  • 2 James // Nov 13, 2008 at 12:33 pm

    Quite nice.

    David was playing solo-acoustic, which was nice because you got to hear his songs, although I told him afterwards he should have gone electric. His response was: “No, I was trying to go for the coffee-house poetry vibe” — may his performances always be awkward.

    Jeffrey Lewis and his backing band (his brother and a drummer) were charming and entertaining and great, and I hope to see them come by this way again in the future. I honestly wished he had performed the 5-part comic-book song-lecture about communism, but I guess there wasn’t time.

    Jeff has also apparently changed the name of his comic book from “Guff” to “Fuff” to avoid confusion with some other comic; I pointed out that there were all sorts of aesthetic possibilities to be had my moving backwards through the alphabet (Duff, Cuff, Buff, etc). He didn’t seem too terribly amused, but I think he was just tired.

  • 3 James // Nov 13, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    PS – DBB’s “Champagne Advertisement” is a great, great song. I’m downloading the album from Tom’s website as we speak (he sent me the link months ago, I just haven’t had time…)

  • 4 John // Nov 13, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    Nice! There’s a new album almost complete. In fact, I can hear Tom working on it right now.