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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.


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.