Lewis, Jeffrey & The Junkyard / Em Are I
Album: Em Are I   Collection:General
Artist:Lewis, Jeffrey & The Junkyard   Added:May 2009
Label:Rough Trade Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2009-09-13 Pull Date: 2009-11-15
Week Ending: Nov 15 Nov 8 Oct 25 Oct 4 Sep 20
Airplays: 1 1 1 1 2

Recent Airplay
1. Mar 18, 2010: The Viking Lounge (sub for Alma Mahler)
It’S Not Impossible
4. Oct 23, 2009: Time Traveler
Roll Bus Roll
2. Nov 13, 2009: The DJ Never Has It
5. Oct 02, 2009: Mittens & Scarves
Broken Broken Broken Heart
3. Nov 05, 2009: in the groove
It’S Not Impossible
6. Sep 18, 2009: Time Traveler
Roll Bus Roll

Album Review
Ragnar of Ravensfjord
Reviewed 2009-10-09
Mostly good modern folk & power pop by the prolific and very talented Jeffrey (NOT Jenny or Jerry) Lewis. Mostly simple, direct songs with sort of deadpan but easy to follow vocals. Not too far from The Mountain Goats, Sebadoh & Paleface.

(((((1))))) Really good & memorable power pop.
(((2))) Basic folk, deadpan vocals, sounds like you’d sing this on the bus on the way to 5th grade camp.
(((3))) Rambling folk with nice xylophone/glockenspiel thingy. However, it builds into some dumb lyrics about happiness and having/not having girlfriends.
(((4))) Lo-fi sounding folk/rock with lots of background clapping & vocals. Nice guitar sound with strums and twangs.
(((((5)))) Speedy country-folk tempo with dual male and female vocals. Rather good. “I whistle past the graveyard/‘cause I don’t wanna hear the corpses talk”.
((6)) Strummy folk, introspective but mostly flat and boring.
(((7))) Sorta ok Sonic Youth-y thing but with keyboards, flowing bass and muted trumpet. Vocals don’t kick in until 2:45. Sounds like 2 different songs in one.
(((8))) Airy, falling asleep on a long road trip, mellow, harmless folk.
((9)) Nerdy country folk with dual female & male vocals the J. Mascis solo didn’t help this rise above a “They Might Be Giants goes to the county fair” vibe.
(((10))) Mellow, slightly jazzy folk with a bit of personal insights. Kinda Neil Young-ish.
(((11))) Lo-fi folk, with multiple vocal lines and space-oriented lyrics.

Track Listing
1. Slogans   6. To Be Objectified
2. Roll Bus Roll   7. The Upside-Down Cross
3. If Life Exists?   8. Bugs & Flowers
4. Broken Broken Broken Heart   9. Good Old Pig, Gone To Avalon
5. Whistle Past The Graveyard   10. It?S Not Impossible
  11. Mini-Theme: Moocher From The Future