Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Undaunted Something

Last Sunday, JC and I had to give thanks. Thanks to World Café Live, WXPN, and YRock for hosting a free members-only concert featuring Dr. Dog and, unexpectedly, the folk duo Jeffrey and Jack Lewis. The main event, Dog MD, rocked as usual, so I won’t go into detail about them. The Lewis brothers, however, were an entirely different breed of musicians. Cut from a more indie-folk cloth than the Dog, the brothers led by singer-songwriter Jeffrey, played sped up Subterranean Homesick Blues-ish poems put to music. They played mostly songs of sob stories lamenting a failed career in comic book illustration and the fickle and unappreciative ways of the music industry. A little to heavy-handed for the likes of me and JC, the brothers laid it on pretty thick with lyrics like, “maybe the world would be better off if we were all uncreative drones.”

I don’t want to judge too much, but it seemed that Jeffrey sang the songs as fast as he did because he knew the lyrics sucked. What we did appreciate, however, were the low budget “short films” with accompanying performed soundtracks. Less films than slideshows featuring Jeffrey’s Daniel Johnston-esque illustrations, these performances had lighthearted stories about multi-handed monsters, nuns, invincible heroes, and villains named Celery Sam. Was it enough to redeem them? Ask JC. Anyway, I’ll let you judge for yourselves.

P.S. It’s two in the morning, and I think I’m starting to like these tracks. In a way.

Jeffrey Lewis – Don’t Let the Record Label Take You Out to Lunch
Jeffrey Lewis – The Last Time I Did Acid I Went Insane

Buy the Lewis brothers' newest album here.


-Benjy

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