Would it be the Nerdfighterian Party or the Librarian Party? 

Could our campaign song be the Malcolm in The Middle theme song and if we win we just hug and educate and give back the power to the people?

**I didn’t make this image. But I think it’s cute.**

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.

Final Track List

1. Tallahassee - Youngest Son
2. First Few Desperate Hours - Your Heart Breaks
3. Southwood Plantation Road - Mooner
4. Game Shows Touch Our Lives - Kimya Dawson
5. The House That Dripped Blood - Hallelujah the Hills
6. Idylls of the King - Miracles of Modern Science
7. No Children - Bullfighter Jacket
8. See America Right - Jeffrey Lewis
9. Peacocks - Houses
10. International Small Arms Traffic Blues - Tiger Waves
11. Have to Explode - Perry Owen Wright
12. Old College Try - Kevin Brown
13. Oceanographer’s Choice - Great Gray Buildings
14. Alpha Rats Nest - Andrew Jackson Jihad

Illustration for Tallahassee Turns Ten, Andrew Jackson Jihad covering Alpha Rats Nest.

Ah the lengthening hours in the refinery Belching fire into the sky We do our best vampire routines As we suck the dying hours dry The night is lovely as a rose, If I see sunlight hit you i am sure that we will both decompose.

Laura Stevenson - No Children

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.

Illustration for Tallahassee Turns Ten, Kimya Dawson covering Game shows touch our lives.

Dug up a fifth of Hood River gin
That stuff tastes like medicine
But I'll take it
It'll do

On the couch in the living room all day long
Music on the television playing our song
And I'm in the mood
The mood for you

Turn the volume up real high
All of that money look at it fly
And you smoking like a chimney
Shadows crawled across the living room's length
I held onto you with a desperate strength
With everything with everything in me
And I handed you a drink of the lovely little thing
On which our survival depends
People say friends don't destroy one another
What do they know about friends?

Thunderclouds forming cream white moon
Everything's going to be okay soon
Maybe tomorrow
Maybe the next day

Carried you up the stairs that night
All of this could be yours if the price is right
I heard cars headed down to oblivion
Up on the expressway
Your drunken kisses as light as the air
Maybe everything that falls down eventually rises
Our house sinking into disrepair
Ah but look at this showroom filled with fabulous prizes.
No Children
  • No Children
  • Laura Stevenson
  • Tallahassee Turns Ten

No Children - Laura Stevenson

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.

A few days ago my Tallahassee Turns Ten ’a mountain goats cover album’ arrived which is really exciting for me! It was totally amazing to be a part of this and I’m so stoked with how lovely the cd packaging looks.

If you go to www.tallahasseeturnsten.com you can listen to the songs and see the portraits I did of every band participating, including Bomb the Music Industry!, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Your Heart Breaks, Kimya Dawson, Laura Stevenson and the cans and more.