Jeffrey Lewis Em Are I

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Released 19 May. 2009
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Part folkie, part indie-rocker, part comic book artist, how does indigenous New Yorker Jeffrey Lewis do it? After a 2008 spent almost entirely on the road, including support tours with some of the most respected artists around (Jarvis Cocker, The Cribs, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks and The Mountain Goats to name but a few!), with artistic and literary projects all over the map (an illustrated rhyming history of Communism, lectures on the comic book Watchmen, blogs for the New York Times, even an illustrated biography of Barack Obama...), and with his recent album of anarcho-punk covers 12 Crass Songs still making waves (4 stars in Rolling Stone, The Guardian, Mojo, Uncut and many others), Jeffrey has somehow managed to find the time to record his best album yet. ‘Em Are I by Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard is Jeff’s fifth full-length for Rough Trade, and represents the first time that all of the greatest elements of his previous recordings have formed a fully cohesive and amazing whole! With his comic/tragic lyrics straight from the heart, and guitar style ranging from finger-picked roots to outer-space swoops, Jeffrey Lewis has worked on and off in between tours to spin an 11-song production that seems to reflect a love of the last 40 years of popular music, all filtered through Jeff’s unmistakable idiosyncratic muse. Mostly tracked on classic analogue tape at Brooklyn’s Emandee Studios with engineer and co- producer Mark Ospovat, Jeff’s usual band of drummer Dave Beauchamp and bassist/brother Jack Lewis are joined at various times by friends and acquaintances including French indie-heroes Herman Dune, American banjo troubadour Emily Lacy, and the album even features a lead guitar cameo from Dinosaur Jr.’s J Mascis. If 12 Crass Songs displayed Jeff’s growing talent as an imaginative studio producer when applied to covering other people’s songs, as opposed to his celebrated roots as a stripped-down lo-fi song- smith, ‘Em Are I is the perfect marriage of the two and as with 12 Crass Songs, the new album features another beautiful sleeve package, designed and illustrated by Jeffrey himself.
Part folkie, part indie-rocker, part comic book artist - how does indigenous New Yorker Jeffrey Lewis do it? After a 2008 spent mostly on the road, including support tours with Jarvis Cocker, The Cribs, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, The Mountain Goats, and more, with artistic and literary projects all over the map, and with his recent album of anarcho-punk covers "12 Crass Songs" still making waves (4 stars in Rolling Stone, The Guardian, Mojo, Uncut, and more), Jeffrey has somehow managed to find the time to record his best album yet. "'Em Are I" is an eleven-song production that seems to reflect a love of the last forty years of popular music, all filtered through Jeff's unmistakable idiosyncratic muse. J Mascis even makes a lead guitar cameo. Vinyl includes an MP3 coupon.
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Description Part folkie, part indie-rocker, part comic book artist - how does indigenous New Yorker Jeffrey Lewis do it? After a 2008 spent mostly on the road, including support tours with Jarvis Cocker, The Cribs, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, The Mountain Goats, and more, with artistic and literary projects all over the map, and with his recent album of anarcho-punk covers "12 Crass Songs" still making waves (4 stars in Rolling Stone, The Guardian, Mojo, Uncut, and more), Jeffrey has somehow managed to find the time to record his best album yet. "'Em Are I" is an eleven-song production that seems to reflect a love of the last forty years of popular music, all filtered through Jeff's unmistakable idiosyncratic muse. J Mascis even makes a lead guitar cameo. Vinyl includes an MP3 coupon.
Short Description Part folkie, part indie-rocker, part comic book artist, how does indigenous New Yorker Jeffrey Lewis do it? After a 2008 spent almost entirely on the road, including support tours with some of the most respected artists around (Jarvis Cocker, The Cribs, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks and The Mountain Goats to name but a few!), with artistic and literary projects all over the map (an illustrated rhyming history of Communism, lectures on the comic book Watchmen, blogs for the New York Times, even an illustrated biography of Barack Obama...), and with his recent album of anarcho-punk covers 12 Crass Songs still making waves (4 stars in Rolling Stone, The Guardian, Mojo, Uncut and many others), Jeffrey has somehow managed to find the time to record his best album yet. ‘Em Are I by Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard is Jeff’s fifth full-length for Rough Trade, and represents the first time that all of the greatest elements of his previous recordings have formed a fully cohesive and amazing whole! With his comic/tragic lyrics straight from the heart, and guitar style ranging from finger-picked roots to outer-space swoops, Jeffrey Lewis has worked on and off in between tours to spin an 11-song production that seems to reflect a love of the last 40 years of popular music, all filtered through Jeff’s unmistakable idiosyncratic muse. Mostly tracked on classic analogue tape at Brooklyn’s Emandee Studios with engineer and co- producer Mark Ospovat, Jeff’s usual band of drummer Dave Beauchamp and bassist/brother Jack Lewis are joined at various times by friends and acquaintances including French indie-heroes Herman Dune, American banjo troubadour Emily Lacy, and the album even features a lead guitar cameo from Dinosaur Jr.’s J Mascis. If 12 Crass Songs displayed Jeff’s growing talent as an imaginative studio producer when applied to covering other people’s songs, as opposed to his celebrated roots as a stripped-down lo-fi song- smith, ‘Em Are I is the perfect marriage of the two and as with 12 Crass Songs, the new album features another beautiful sleeve package, designed and illustrated by Jeffrey himself.
Release Date May 18, 2009
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Artist Jeffrey Lewis
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