Andrew Jackson Jihad and Jeffrey Lewis Join Tallahassee Turns Ten
Phoenix band Andrew Jackson Jihad are known nationwide for their energetic folk-punk and their DIY work ethic. Jeffrey Lewis has been praised by Will Oldham, Jens Lekman, and Jarvis Cocker for his songwriting, especially his literate, often absurd lyrics. In 2008, Lewis illustrated a “comic book press kit” for The Mountain Goats’ album Heretic Pride. Both are now a part of Tallahassee Turns Ten.
Jeffrey Lewis will be covering “See America Right” and Andrew Jackson Jihad will tackle “Alpha Rats Nest”. Anyone else excited about this? If you haven’t already, you can back the kickstarter here. Just $5 will get you a digital download of the whole thing.
From Tallahassee Turns Ten: A Mountain Goats Cover Album (2012)
In 2002 the Mountain Goats released their album Tallahassee. To celebrate its tenth birthday the tunes are being covered by an array of brilliant artists including Jeffrey Lewis and Kimya Dawson. This is Laura Stevenson’s incredible cover of No Children.
So I was a little skeptical about what level this Mountain Goats cover album was going to be at, and a little worried since Tallahassee is one of the few albums I love start to finish, but holy shit it blew my tits right off. Don’t tell John Darnielle, but I might even like a couple of them more than the originals.
I’m kind of miffed that Kimya Dawson covered Game Shows Touch Our Lives since that song is objectively the best and she is (subjectively) not, but you win some you lose some. A+ job otherwise.
This is what I mentioned earlier. Six of us got together and did a cover of “First Few Desperate Hours” by the Mountain Goats. We did it as a demo for the project Tallahassee Turns Ten. It’s rough around the edges, sure, but I’ve rarely had more fun (even if I don’t necessarily look like it in the video!).
Enormous thank yous are due to Todd, Morgan, Rachel, Jackie and Jordan, we were willing to indulge my fantasies of recording prowess and without whom this would have been much, much less fun.
We were delayed by the Christmas Season, but now that it’s over and all of our judges have returned home, we’ll finally be able to meet to give our opinions on the demos we received and choose the final track list. Pretty excited about it!