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4 March 2008

Jeffrey Lewis (Interviewed) & Crass (Covered)

In this week’s print edition of LA Weekly, I contributed a piece about Jeffrey Lewis’s new album 12 Crass Songs, and the phenomenon of young(ish) indie rockers covering 80s era hardcore punk songs. Here is the unexpurgated Q&A.


What are you doing the next few months?
Well I’m doing a bunch of solo dates opening for the Super Furry Animals and Times New Viking and immediately after that I’m doing the west coast with the Mountain Goats, and then I’m doing a bunch of one offs with Kimya Dawson + Mount Eerie, and then a full US tour with Ra Ra Riot and The Cribs. I’ll do whatever I can scrouge up. I’ve worked with whatever I manage to bring up. All this US stuff wraps up in April 4th, and then I’m doing some festival stuff in Belgium starting April 15th. So we have about a week off between now and May.

Is it an interesting time to go out there with Kimya given her recent success?
I’ve played tons of shows with her in various situations. I’ve known her for years so it’s not that strange.

Well you have to acknowledge it seems like a pretty good time for anti-folk again — between Kimya contributing all those songs to the Juno soundtrack, one of the best selling records of this year, and you having a bit of a renaissance of interest with your 12 Crass Songs?
For myself it’s not so much that there’s been a resurgence because…don’t call it a comeback I’ve been here for years.

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