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Robin Tickets On Sale + Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band

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For those of you on the list in Ireland:

 The Island Music Club  
 The Island Music Club & Barking Spider Presents:
 The Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band
 Sat Sept 19th
 The Highway (Backroom), Crusheen, Co Clare
 Doors 9:30pm, Adm : EUR15, Bookings : 086-8599957  
 Antifolk from New York
 Jeffrey Lewis: guitar, vocals
 Peter Stampfel: :fiddle, banjo, vocals
 Heather Wagner: drums, vocals
 Emily "Mem" Pahl: bass, vocals
 Franic Rozycki: mandolin, vocals
 What takes anti-folk songwriter/comic-book artist Jeffrey Lewis's fancy
 these days is collaborating with Peter Stampfel, a dapper 76-year-old
 Manhattanite. A founding member of the Greenwich Village beatnik/folk
 outfit the Holy Modal Rounders (in addition to being featured on the
 Easy Rider soundtrack, and more notable albums and collaborations than
 you'd care to count) and a member of the Fugs, Stampfel is steeped in
 the jargon of the 1960s.
Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Live in NYC 
 He and Lewis complement each other wonderfully.
 Stampfel plays violin, wildly and raggedly, Lewis is on guitar, and both
 sing. These two New Yorkers share an obsession with both comic books and
 songs, as well as a collaborative history that has spawned some of the
 most unexpected and delightful music of recent years.
Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel - I Spent the Night in the Wax Museum 
 Jeffrey Lewis
 Born and raised New Yorker Jeffrey Lewis leads a double-life, as both a
comic book writer/artist and a musician (or is that a triple-life?). His
band also has a multi-faceted existence, restlessly exploring a stylistic
swath from contemplative folk narratives to distortion-fueled garage rock
to soundscape abstractions and more. Most often a trio (though occasionally
just Jeffrey solo, or as a duo, and on some tours as a four-piece), the
Jeffrey Lewis group has shuffled its name a number of times over the years,
from Jeffrey Lewis & The Creeping Brains to Jeffrey Lewis & The Jitters,
Jeffrey Lewis & The Jackals, Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard, Jeffrey
Lightning Lewis & The Rain, and others, in 2014 becoming Jeffrey Lewis &
The Jrams.
 These various formations (often in the past featuring Jeffrey's brother
Jack on bass and Bronx-native David Beauchamp on drums) have toured the
world from Los Angeles to London, Berlin to Beijing, Melbourne to Moscow,
blowing minds all along the way and sometimes sharing stages or full tours
with the likes of Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Devendra Banhart, Devo, The
Mountain Goats, Thurston Moore, The Fall, The Vaselines, Roky Erickson,
Pulp, Beth Orton, Frank Black, The Fiery Furnaces, Daniel Johnston, Scout
Niblett, The Moldy Peaches, Cornershop, The Cribs, Dr. Dog, Kimya Dawson,
Adam Green, Akron/Family, Black Dice, Au Revoir Simone, The Television
Personalities, Jarvis Cocker and many other luminaries. Live shows often
incorporate "low budget videos," Jeffrey's large illustrations displayed to
accompany certain songs, such as Jeffrey's educational multi-part "History
of Communism" or flights of fancy like "The Creeping Brain."
Jeffrey Lewis - Back When I Was Four 
 In 2001 Jeffrey Lewis signed to the venerable Rough Trade Records label
(home to The Smiths, The Strokes, and many more alternative legends) and
has since released six albums worldwide on Rough Trade/Beggars, the most
recent of which is 2011's "A Turn in the Dream-Songs" which was recorded at
an all-analogue studio in Manchester, UK and features musical cameos from
Dr. Dog, Au Revoir Simone and The Vaselines among others. Jeffrey has been
self-publishing a comic book series called "Fuff" since 2004, has lectured
around the world on topics such as the Watchmen comic book and
independently produced music, and in recent years his work has been
featured by the History Channel, the New York Times, the Guardian, NPR, and
elsewhere. As of 2014 his most recent projects have been creating the
soundtrack for the film Radio Unnameable (distributed by Kino Lorber),
illustrating Jaimee Garbacik's academic book Gender and Sexuality For
Beginners, writing/drawing a 9-page comic book biography of Woody Guthrie
for the Paul
Buhle-edited book Bohemians, writing/illustrating/publishing three
installments of Sonnet Youth (an attempt to rewrite the discography of
Sonic Youth in sonnet form), and finally publishing Fuff # 10.
 Jeffrey's side-project band with Peter (Holy Modal Rounders) Stampfel
released their second album "Hey Hey it's... The Jeffrey Lewis & Peter
Stampfel Band" in May 2013.
Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Live in NYC 
 Peter Stampfel
 Peter Stampfel (born October 29, 1938 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an
American fiddle player, violinist and singer-songwriter. He has a long
legacy of folk and rock music done as a founding member of The Fugs and The
Holy Modal Rounders as well as years of solo work and intriguing new
collaborations such as The Dysfunctionells and The Du-Tels. Not only that-
he's also played with They Might Be Giants, the Roches, Yo La Tengo,
Bongwater and Loudon Wainwright III.
 With The Holy Modal Rounders, he features on the Easy Rider soundtrack, a
Rutles tribute record and appeared on TV on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. The
big-time indie label Rounder Records is named after his band, and he won a
Grammy in 1998 for writing part of the liner notes for the CD reissue of
the Anthology of American Folk Music. This man deserves a place in music
 Peter Stampfel is perhaps best known for his work in the psychedelic folk
band The Holy Modal Rounders, initially an American folk music duo from the
Lower East Side of New York City who started in the early 1960s, consisting
of Peter Stampfel and Steve Weber. Their unique blend of folk music revival
and psychedelia gave them a cult-like following from the late 1960s into
the 1970s. For a time the band also featured prolific and famous playwright
and actor, Sam Shepard. Their version of "Hesitation Blues" featured the
first use of the term "psychedelic" in popular music.
 Shortly after their second album in 1965, The Holy Modal Rounders 2, The
Holy Modal Rounders duo joined Ed Sanders and Tuli Kupferberg to form The
Fugs.. Their 1965 recordings with The Fugs appear on the albums The Village
Fugs, Virgin Fugs, and Fugs 4, Rounders Score. Weber notably wrote the cult
classic "Boobs a Lot" for The Fugs, which The Holy Modal Rounders would
later record themselves on the Good Taste is Timeless LP.
 After leaving The Fugs, The Holy Modal Rounders reformed with Sam Shepard
and Lee Crabtree to record their third album (Indian War Whoop), and to
appear in Shepard's play Forensic. The fourth album, The Moray Eels Eat The
Holy Modal Rounders, recorded in 1968, included "Bird Song" and was
prominently featured in Dennis Hopper's film Easy Rider.
Peter Stampfel & Jeffrey Lewis - He's been everywhere 
 Stampfel also formed The Unholy Modal Rounders, who released the album
collaboration, Have Moicy!, along with Michael Hurley and Jeffrey Frederick
And The Clamtones.
 The Holy Modal Rounders parted in 1980 to pursue other projects, although
in 2006 a documentary film, The Holy Modal Rounders: Bound to Lose was
released ,
 Stampfel later formed The Bottle Caps, releasing Peter Stampfel and the
Bottlecaps (1986) and The People's Republic of Rock n' Roll (1989), as well
as an album of standards, You Must Remember This (1994).
 Peter Stampfel won a Grammy in 1998 for writing part of the liner notes for
the CD reissue of the Anthology of American Folk Music. When asked if he
had plans for his award, he was quoted in the New York Times as saying "I'm
going to put honey on mine and lick it off."
 Since then, Stampfel continues to be highly active musically, playing with
a number of groups, largely in New York City, and has also been the leader
of several other musical projects including The WORM All-Stars and The
 He's also performed with Bob Dylan, Mississippi John Hurt , Buckminster
Fuller, They Might Be Giants, The Roches, Yo La Tengo, Bongwater, Jeffrey
Lewis, Michael Hurley and Loudon Wainwright III