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The Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band - Both Ways

 
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dazmann



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 26, 2021 6:20 pm    Post subject: The Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band - Both Ways Reply with quote

A new/old album from The Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band called Both Ways has just been released.

Its available as a digital download here : https://jeffreylewis.bandcamp.com/album/the-jeffrey-lewis-peter-stampfel-band-both-ways-the-great-lost-2017-double-album

There's a photo of a physical album, but its unclear if its been released in physical form yet.

I'd prefer a physical release, so hoping to buy a copy when Jeff is next on tour here in the UK...

@Jeff - any plans for a CD or LP release? Will these be available from your webstore?
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 2021 1:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was thinking the exact same thing about the physical copy! I will probably buy the digital but would rather it was a real thing if possible. Hope it sells well Jeff and Peter!
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 2021 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi guys! The physical copy is just a joke, the same thing I did with the two "tapes" I released on Bandcamp last year. The description on Bandcamp says:

The Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band
"Both Ways" - the great, lost 2017 double-LP!
The recordings for this Stampfel/Lewis magnum opus were wrapped up way back in 2018 but remained in a top secret vault.
Now, like that Wu-Tang Clan album which only exists as one physical copy (you know, the one that sold for $2 million in 2015) this is a one-copy-in-the-world double-vinyl gatefold LP, it's on 10-zillion-karat gold-plated vinyl (as can be obviously seen in the pix here), and just to top the Wu's world record price, we are selling this one-of-a-kind double LP for $2 million and ONE dollars.
However, since $2,000,001.00 might be a little pricey for you, as a special deal for the hoi polloi we now offer the entire double LP as a download for a more affordable price.
HEAR! Perhaps the final full-voiced recordings of the great Peter Stampfel before his pipes were diminished by dysphonia.
HEAR! The Lewis/Stampfel Band live favorites "Black Leather Swamp Nazi" and "Cajun Polka" and others which were such hits on our tours of 2013 and 2015!
HEAR! Our audacious acoustic attempt at Marquee Moon, and other such hubris!
HEAR! Many other and sundry sonic gems herein! Four sides of 10-zillion-karat gold!
Download comes with full liner notes PDF.


released August 26, 2021

Peter Stampfel: fiddle, banjo, vocals
Jeffrey Lewis: guitar & F/X, piano, melodica, harmonica, vocals
Mem Pahl: bass, vocals
Brent Cole: drums, vocals
Heather Wagner: drums, vocals
Spencer Chakedis: mandolin, 12-string guitar, vocals
Rick Snell: acoustic guitar, mandolin
Julie LaMendola, saw, vocals
Leslie Graves: vocals
Rebecca Tilles: vocals
Rachel Swaner: accordion on Cajun Polka, vocals
Steve Espinola: additional Hammond organ on Going to See the King

Recorded by Brian Speaker at SpeakerSonic Studios, Brooklyn NY.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 2021 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PS - Also, like the two "tapes" from last year, it's just too expensive and cumbersome to release physical CDs/LPs/tapes at this time, my apartment is full of CDs/LPs/comix that are only selling very slowly, because with no gigs or tours there is much less opportunity for me to reach people and connect to people who might want to buy things. I have found ways to have success during the pandemic with my mail-order stuff from my apartment, like the shirts and posters and the Fuff Collection of comic books, but almost nobody is buying CDs from the mailorder so it seems like a bad time to spend money to make more and more CDs.... And, for making LPs, the time to manufacture LPs is very slow... It takes about 8 months! I am currently doing an LP project that I will announce soon, but it has been at the manufacturing plant for 3 months and they say it will still be another 5 months before it is ready! That is very disappointing to me, because it means I won't be able to start selling them until 2022 maybe... But even without the delay, it is still a problem to be continuing to manufacture more and more things because my apartment is just filling up with all of these boxes! The new comic books I made last year (Fuff #12 and Key West) and the new comic book I am printing soon (Statics #1) and the recent reprints I had to make of Fuff #2, #3, and #9, each time I print comics I have to make at least 2,000 copies, usually I make 3,000 copies, so my apartment is just bursting with comic books, and still no gigs to sell them at! And when I get the new batches of LPs from the pressing plant in 5 months it will also be a huge amount of boxes in my apartment... And still with no gigs or tours to sell them! I am trying to work out some deals with people who can distribute some of this stuff but I'm not sure it will work.
So, really, a digital-only release on Bandcamp seems like the smartest thing I can do, every time I have something like that to release... because the physical manufacturing is getting so expensive, and my apartment is just filling up with things!
I really, really want touring to come back! But it still seems impossible. Jonathan Richman and Will Oldham just announced they are canceling their upcoming tour dates... It's really a problem, for people like me. All I can do is make new things... but then I can't even MAKE the things that I make, because my apartment has no room to hold more boxes! So... I will just continue to put things online and see how it goes... There's not much else to do! But I have some other ideas too.
Oh yeah, the other problem with making physical copies of the Jeffrey Lewis/Peter Stampfel double-album is that it's impossible to tour with Peter even if there's no pandemic, he is really too old and his voice is really gone, so it would not be possible to sell the albums on a Stampfel/Lewis tour the way we did in 2011 and 2013... So I don't really know what to do about that. But I didn't want these 2017 recordings to sit unheard forever! So... Bandcamp seemed like the best idea at the moment.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 2021 11:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Jeff, I will buy the digital copy then, sorry I hadnít got around to reading that about the gold vinyl so was in the dark. It is better for the environment after all.
Itís a shame we are not local to each other and I could take on some of the boxes for you. Really hope to see you all touring again soon, maybe then youíll get your house back.
I booked the theatre for March so that may be my next outing unless something comes up in the meantime. Itís been so long. Grabbed the front row seats because why not?!
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dazmann



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 09, 2021 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks - I understand your predicament. I'll go for a digital download for the time being. I see that it comes with a PDF to accompany the download.

Did you prepare any artwork for the double album? (I expect I'll find out in the PDF when I buy it...)
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 09, 2021 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its a bit of a mixed picture about gigs and touring. Last week I went to my first gig in about 18 months. Stereolab played near me, just a small venue as a rehearsal for headlining a festival. It was really good evening.
On the other hand, I've just received a cancellation notification to a Brendon Benson UK tour planned for next February.
Maybe its the international tours that are going to be affected.
Jeff - maybe you should consider a solo tour in the short term? It might be easier with logistics and lower risk.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2021 5:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I've been considering something like that... I was even thinking, maybe I shouldn't even "plan" a tour, I could just go places, solo, and put word out on social media like "hey, I'll be in the area of such-and-such for a couple days, if anybody is willing to host a little living room show or backyard show let me know!" And that way i could maybe just run around playing little unplugged shows without having to deal with booking, organizing, canceling, promoting, etc. I wonder if other people are doing things like that, while club gigs are still in danger of getting cancelled or postponed.
But if a couple months passes, and it seems like club gigs are happening without problems, then it could seem okay to start trying to put together some proper appearances somewhere. I think it really seems pretty okay, or maybe as okay as it's likely to get. Time will tell...?
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2021 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Wave Pictures have announced a concert near me in just 10 days time. It used to be the case that I'd have to book tickets and organize gigs months in advance. Every cloud has a silver lining, eh?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 22, 2021 5:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where is that? I guess things are happening... that's great!
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