Live review: Jeffrey Lewis

first_imgEarlier this year New York anti-folkster Jeffrey Lewis recorded a covers album based on the work of the British anarcho-punk band Crass. Incongruous as it sounded, the resulting album turned out to be a superb collection of intriguing re-interpretations. Oxford’s Exeter Hall was lucky enough to see the last night of the resulting UK tour. After Noah and the Whale’s lovely set of folky shuffling answers the question of what Beirut would sound like if Zach Condon had never visited Eastern Europe, we are treated to the arrival of Jeffrey’s uncle. The academically dubious ‘Professor’ Louie is a grizzled Brooklyn street poet who offers us cautionary tales of ‘cock-a-roaches’ and ‘corporate powah’ before it’s time for his nephews. Jeffrey shuffles on with brother Jack and his band the Jitters. Jeffrey cuts an understated, geeky figure on stage. Surprisingly, given his penchant for lyrical wordiness, he doesn’t interact with the crowd much, which creates something of a barrier in such a small venue. His music predominantly engages with the brain rather than the heart, and the combination of these two factors lead to a low-key atmosphere that settles and spreads like an autumn mist, pervading the evening. That doesn’t mean it’s not fun. The band are energetic, though they’d benefit from a violin to round out their sound. The Crass section of the show, including the particularly rousing ‘I Ain’t Thick’, is played in front of video footage sent in by fans of fireworks, war and home-made animations. Lewis makes regular use of multimedia, and the two comedic highlights are his illustrated story of Champion Jim and his salad-based nemesis Celery Sam, and part 4 of an endearingly earnest series ambitiously entitled ‘The Complete History of Communism.’The band then launches into the most crowd-pleasing section of the show, starting with ‘Williamsburg Will Oldham Horror’, Lewis’ masterwork. A literate, witty, hyper-self-aware exploration into the consciousness of alternative art, it’s the greatest song ever written about being violated by an legend. The band and audience finally coalesce, as ‘Posters’, an anthemic version of ‘No LSD Tonight’  and the ex-girlfriend baiting ‘Another Girl’ give the gig a celebratory finale.By Carl Cullinanelast_img read more

Men’s Basketball: Wisconsin seeks first road win against Rutgers

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team (5-4, 1-0 Big Ten) is back on the road, headed to the East Coast for a conference clash with the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (6-3, 0-1).  The Scarlet Knights have not done much to impress thus far in the season, but nonetheless they still stand with a record of 6-3. Their three losses have come at the hands of St. Bonaventure, the University of Pittsburgh and No. 11 Michigan State. Despite some struggle this season, Rutgers still has a notable win against Stephen F. Austin, the team that took down Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium earlier in the season.  Men’s Basketball: Wisconsin bounces back, rolls over Indiana in dominant winWhile all of Madison was focused on the Big Ten’s football championship in Indianapolis on Saturday, the University of Wisconsin Read…Wisconsin is fresh off a big win against the Indiana Hoosiers this past weekend. The Badgers snapped their three-game losing skid with a statement win against the red-hot Hoosiers. Behind Kobe King’s 24 points, the Badgers handed Indiana their first loss of the season.The Badgers are now 5-0 at the Kohl Center this year but are still in search of their first win away from home. In their last trip to the East Coast, the Badgers struggled immensely scoring the ball. In the Legends Classic just before Thanksgiving, the Badgers attempted 49 three-pointers and only converted on seven of those attempts.  The narrative has been anything but consistent in the beginning of the season for the Badgers. The team started 4-1 with a big win over in-state rival Marquette and a close two-point loss in overtime to Saint Mary’s. The Badgers then lost three straight before exploding for 84 points in their win against Indiana.Men’s Basketball: Badgers skid as conference play is set to ramp upAfter a somewhat promising start to a season slated for rebuilding by many before the year began, the Wisconsin men’s Read…Wisconsin is scoring an emphatic 79.4 points per game at the Kohl Center this season, but once they leave the Kohl Center, they are only scoring 54.75 points per game. That is a huge 24.65 point per game difference when playing at home compared to on the road. If the Badgers want to make any type of run or even compete in the Big Ten this year, they are going to have to get comfortable shooting on the road. Tonight will be a great challenge for the Badgers as they look to improve their performance on the road. Rutgers is 6-0 at home and is holding opponents to just 63 points per–game.  The Badgers and the Scarlet Knights will hit the hardwood at 6 p.m. Wednesday night. You can watch the action on the Big Ten Network or listen live with the Badger Radio Network.last_img read more

Red Cross Needs Holiday Blood Donations

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisMichigan- Blood donations tend to dip during the Holiday season but the demand does not.The Red Cross wants to let people know that the best gift to give during the holiday is life. Folks can grab a long sleeve Red Cross shirt when they donate between December 21st and January 7th. Several locations will be holding blood donation drives throughout the holidays. You can check out all of the local spots to donate in our area below…AlconaLincoln 12/20/2017: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Lincoln Senior Center, 207 S. Church Street _______________AlpenaOssineke 12/26/2017: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Ossineke United Methodist Church, 13095 US Highway 23 SAlpena 12/28/2017: 11 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., St Anne Catholic Church, 817 Sable Street 12/29/2017: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Alpena Mall, 2380 US Highway 23 SouthAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Great Start Collaborative in Desperate Need of Book DonationsNext Lincoln Elementary Students Deliver Christmas Letters to Santalast_img read more