Archive for May, 2014


I love listening to the Brian Lehrer on  WNYC show every morning as I wake up. (I stream it since I live in Portland and the show is on NYC NPR station).

Brian Lehrer

Yesterday Brian had John Hodgman on to judge listeners’ jokes. I quickly called the show and told the screener two of my knock knock jokes I made up when I was 7 or 8. I asked them to choose one, which they did. I distinctly remember making these up in the trailer in Maine with brother Jeff. Probably a little after this picture was taken.

maine trailer

It’s best to listen to the whole segment since Hodgman is hilarious, but if you want to skip ahead I appear after the 7:20 mark.


Highlights include

Hodgman: “Oh hi, you’re the picked upon brother”

“He was being mean to you by not letting you play your dumb songs”

“Unfortunately for you it’s not the Jeffrey Lewis and Jack’s Dumb Songs Band”

“But I was just talking about you the other day, I felt bad for you. How’s everything going? Still being picked on?”

Me: “No, I took a break from the band to get a teaching degree for elementary education”

Hodgman: “That’s a great joke. Good one, that’s pretty funny.”

After I tell the joke

Hodgman: “You got Brian Lehrer to laugh,

Brian Lehrer: “You got me to laugh”

Hodgman: “That’s a legit laugh, and I’ve heard a lot of fake Brian Lehrer laughs over the years, boy oh boy.”


This is the second time I’ve  had Hodgman judge me, what a thrill.

Here’s  the episdoe of Judge John Hodgman Jeff and I were on:


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I loved playing these songs in all their forms.

By Jack Lewis



Photo: Sarah Cass



Tried to find all evidence of its existence on youtube recently. Then moved on to album reviews.

Almost our full set from Primavera is online

(all audio is crap, but sounds better if you use real speakers/get more low end/IE bass/IE me)

First Song:

“In the Beginning” (Written by Jeffrey Lewis, Kimya Dawson, Karl Blau, Jack Lewis and Anders Griffen)

2. Over the Moon

Not sure of the set order after that.

Desert Bundles

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbI2pGblMDQ (Primavera)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swo8nv-IDfo&list=PL07EI0qrMrAuSMUmappZzcu6mjG4jOoR9 (Glazart/Paris)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWYXFzOXBmo (Primavera)


Supergroup cover medley

Traveling Wilburys “End of the Line

Raconteurs “Steady As She Goes”

Temple of the Dog “Hunger Strike”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEhNOMHIBOA (Union Chapel/London)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xn0M-pQIVRM (Glazart/Paris)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKGHhU5Zoto  (Union Chapel/London)

(Can anyone tell me what the guy at the end of this yells?)



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMYmN04xHMI (jeff and Kimya)

(with extended banter intro: Pavement was there playing some of their first shows on their reunion tour, it was a big deal)


Pirates Declare War

Original audio recording:










(just Audio, live at Brudenell Social Club Leeds/UK)

Album version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kURjCrBbHSk


Last time I played this

Common Chorus


(album version)

Full album:


bundlesPhoto: Sarah Cass


Oh and that Pitchfork Review:


Personally I think this is one of the albums I’m most proud of playing and being a part of.

Recorded/Engineered and “Produced” by Karl Blau at Dub Narcotic, Olympia Washington. It was a dream come true to record there and release something on K records. I even got to draw the K shield on the back of the album.









Album Cover design by Toby Goodshank

Primavera stage

Photo: Anders Griffen (Primavera)


Photo: Eric Lippe (sidewalk cafe)




Photo: Eric Lippe (sidewalk cafe)



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A lost comedy skit I never released featuring the Safdie brothers.

Filmed in 2009. Took a year to edit and still wasn’t done.

The episode is essentially the third East Side Buffet episode after we got canceled in episode 2.

(featuring Claire Titleman, Mikey Kamppmann, Chess Hero and a live performance from The Shaky Hands at Burgerville)

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