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jeffrey lewis tries out a new song

It was about communism, but he'd only written the beginning, that didn't stop it being great (especially the picture of Karl Marx) shortly after that he decided the venue wasn't right for doing the flip-pad videos, which was a shame.

He seemed kind of nervous and distressed; anxiously sang a long, long song about New York punk. About halfway through it it occurred to me that if it'd been about British punk it would have been long over by now (and probably just been someone yelling FUCK FUCK FUCK a lot) ... but there was a fantastic song about an encounter on the subway that just got madder and madder ... and plenty of the repetitive shout-and-bounce-alongs that the off-their-faces kids really seemed to like (mind you, they also tried to sing along to the sweet and soulful encore).

Oh, and Misty's Big Adventure (supporting) were bloody brilliant.


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16th Sep, 2004 01:29 (UTC)
probably just been someone yelling FUCK FUCK FUCK a lot

Naw, Britpunk wasn't quite that one-dimensional. There were lovely funny tuneful bands like the Subway Sect & all them oddballs like the Slits. It wasn't till 1980 that it was all boots and mohicans.

I'm going to miss JL tonight cos of the Rhythm King show Homocrime's putting on. Bah.
16th Sep, 2004 02:06 (UTC)
no, go & see JL instead!
Actually only go see him instead if Misty's are supporting. They are *so* the best band. Jeff's comics are great and his music 'videos' are great but there were more shouty songs last night than I liked. One of them turned out to be about zombies, which was cool, but I utterly failed to decipher the lyric until told what it was by Dan. (It was 'destroy the brain, kill the ghoul' I think.)

I have his comic which includes his lecture / song about US punk. I really enjoyed it actually and will get a copy to you.

Jim says the Mag Fields tix are £20. That can be your late birthday present if you want, or I could get you a surprise if you prefer. D'you think Ed would like to go?
16th Sep, 2004 17:43 (UTC)
Re: no, go & see JL instead!
Seen Misty's, yes they are good. But Rhythm King were extremely fine & the supports were also all good - see my entry for the full (surprising) tale. Besides, I'm a co-organiser! Yes please would like to see the JL comic. That can be your late birthday present if you want That's the only way I can afford to go, so yes, thanks! I expect Ed will want to go, but suspect he already has a ticket - ask him. If so, I'm certain another taker can be found easily, just let me know OK?
17th Sep, 2004 10:03 (UTC)
ok, consider it your present
I've asked Ed in his LJ but if you could mention it to him too that would be cool.
17th Sep, 2004 13:19 (UTC)
Re: ok, consider it your present
Dunker Shurn.
16th Sep, 2004 02:25 (UTC)
I thought about you
and how you'd have really liked all the obscure musico stuff in it that went phwish! straight over my green hair ... yes, score to Homocrime for picking an already very crowded night.

It's a bloody shame you're missing JL ...
16th Sep, 2004 17:56 (UTC)
Re: I thought about you
Well, that's London for you. It was a good turnout at HCrime nevertheless.
17th Sep, 2004 02:19 (UTC)
it would have been nice to have gone, but, you know, another week ... ;D sounds like it was a great night, anyway
16th Sep, 2004 02:02 (UTC)
OOh I hope that the CRYPT is suitable for flip pad videos- i'm luring someone along there on the understanding that this will take place
16th Sep, 2004 02:30 (UTC)
it was annoying, I'd lured some comicos along who were expecting the flip-pad videos, too. But to be fair, it looked like he'd had a horrible time setting up the sound so hadn't really had time to sort out how the vids would work.

It occurred to me that if someone had brought along a music stand, he would have been fine ...
16th Sep, 2004 03:24 (UTC)
Re: yes,
I think he was also worried about the ceiling being very low and the audience being very tall & therefore anyone past the front row not being able to see in any case. Not sure that a music stand would have fixed that. Shame.
16th Sep, 2004 05:08 (UTC)
He said that, but he still didn't have enough hands to hold the pad, and flip the pad, and keep playing the guitar loud enough to get over the bass and drums ...

still, maybe he has the right of it. I don't think the kidz were particularly impressed by that stuff, and they were the ones up close, who would have seen it.
16th Sep, 2004 06:19 (UTC)
Oh God - Jeffrey Lewis! He is amazing! I swoon for him.
You lucky creature!
16th Sep, 2004 06:45 (UTC)
and there was a gentleman in the audience who looked just like one of your pictures, too ...
16th Sep, 2004 07:18 (UTC)
Looking forward to him in Brum on Saturday - it's kinda neat reading the blog posts of his progress this way.

Love your gig photos on Flickr, especially the way they're all utterly fucked up as if you've deliberately turned off the flash and are waving the camera around, which is mere speculation of course...
16th Sep, 2004 07:45 (UTC)
I always try
to turn off all unnecessary features on cameras. Also, it's rude to flash at performers unless they're your friends and expecting it (or rampant egomaniacs) ... although the ones from the Cellar were spectacularly bad, even by my standards ...
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