Jeffrey Lewis

This Train Is Bound For Brooklyn


words by tom johnson

photograph by kelley clayton

What better way to lurch out of winter than with the news that the inimitable Jeffrey Lewis is all set to release a brand new album this-coming Spring, via Don Giovanni Records, a fifteen-track collection which goes by the somewhat un-snappy title of: “WORKS by TULI KUPFERBERG, interpreted (and/or misinterpreted) by Jeffrey Lewis & The Deposit Returners“.

Featuring Lewis’ take on a host of songs by cult rock and roll star Tuli Kupferberg (1923-2010), the new record is pitched as a “rollicking, laughing, tear-jerking, psychedelic ride through a hidden history of New York City folk-punk sub-genius.” The record follows on from Lewis’ friendship with Kupferberg, which has led to Lewis organising a “Tuli-day” memorial tribute concert every year since his passing in 2010. Kupferberg was perhaps best known for his 60s work with his band The Fugs, and original member Peter Stampfel features here as part of Lewis’ backing-band across the new album.

Which is a lot to take in. However, we can also just let the music do the talking for now, and, as such, we’re extremely pleased to unveil brand new track This Train Is Bound For Brooklyn, the record’s breezy centre-piece, and a cover plucked from Tuli’s “Listen to the Mockingbird” songbook series of the1970s. Led by a playful, jaunty run of piano, the track is wonderfully full-of-life, the hand-clap percussion, the wonderfully loose nature of it all feeling both instantly compelling and richly antiquated; a glowing introduction to what promises to be one of the year’s most boisterous homages.

The album is available to pre-order here; and you check out the new track below right away.

Tour Dates:

Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts

FRI MAR 30 – Cardiff UK – Wales Goes Pop Festival
SAT MAR 31 – Bristol UK – Fiddlers
SUN APR 1 – Brighton UK – The Hope & Ruin
MON APR 2 – Norwich UK – Arts Centre
TUES APR 3 – Leicester UK – The Musician
WED APR 4 – Liverpool UK – Leaf
THUR APR 5 – Halifax UK – The Lantern
FRI APR 6 – York UK – The Crescent
SAT APR 7 – Sheffield UK – The Plug
SUN APR 8 – London UK – Moth Club
SUN APR 8 – London UK – Moth Club
MON April 9 – Amsterdam, HOLLAND – Sugarfactory
TUES April 10 – Brussels, BELGIUM – Trône
WED April 11 – Lille, FRANCE – info tba
THURS April 12 – Nantes, FRANCE – Pole Etudiant/Universite
FRI April 13 – Paris, FRANCE – La Point Lafayette
SAT April 14 – Schorndorf, GERMANY – Manufaktur
SUN April 15 – Aachen, GERMANY – Musikbunker
MON April 16 – Bremen, GERMANY – Schule 21
TUES April 17 – Copenhagen, DENMARK – KB18 Kødboderne
WED April 18 – Aalborg, DENMARK – Studenterhuset
THURS April 19 – Hamburg, GERMANY – Hafenklang
FRI April 20 – Belgium, opening for Garland Jeffreys, more info tba
SAT April 21 – Rotterdam, HOLLAND – Motel Mozaique Festival



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