Jeffrey Lewis & The Voltage - "Bad Wiring"
This weeks pick comes from indie-rock-folk legend Jeffrey Lewis.
Hailing from New York, Lewis is often regarded as part of the antifolk movement, foremost because he was one of the many bands and performers (including The Moldy Peaches, Major Matt Mason USA and Lach) who played in the 1990s at New York's SideWalk Cafe and its biannual antifolk festivals and open mic events. His music also possesses certain traits of a perceived antifolk style - a downbeat self-deprecating humor, an off-kilter singing style, a mixture of acoustic and 'punk' songs which feature themes of everyday occurrences and feelings.
He was signed to Rough Trade in 2001 and, over the years, went on to work and tour with such luminaries as Kimya Dawson, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Devendra Banhart, Jarvis Cocker, Black Dice, Adam Green, Thurston Moore, the Fall, Kimya Dawson, Beth Orton, Frank Black, the Fiery Furnaces, Daniel Johnston, Scout Niblett, the Mountain Goats, Dr. Dog, The Moldy Peaches, Cornershop, Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, Wooden Wand, the Cribs, Danielson, Herman Dune, Los Campesinos, Roky Erickson, and Super Furry Animals.
Previous albums to check out -
City and Eastern Songs (Jeffrey & Jack Lewis) (2005)
12 Crass Songs (2007)
'Em Are I (Jeffrey Lewis & the Junkyard) (2009)
Jeffrey has always carved his own unique path in the musical landscape and "Bad Wiring" represents another sure step along that road.