Jack Lewis (musician)

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Jack Lewis
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Jack Lewis in Brooklyn, New York City, 2004
Background information
Also known as Laissezfaire Lewis, Jack Lewis and the Cutoffs
Born October 1980
New York City, New York, United States
Genres Lo-Fi-DIY-Indie-Pop-Core, Beat Poetry
Occupation(s) Musician, visual artist
Instruments Vocals, bass
Years active 1997–present
Labels Smoking Gun
Rough Trade
Associated acts Jeffrey Lewis
Herman Düne
Kimya Dawson
The Wave Pictures
The Fishermen Three

Jack Lewis (born October 1980 in New York City, New York) is an American musician, beat poet and artist. He was born and raised on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. He is the younger brother of Jeffrey Lewis, whom he often performs and records with. Jack Lewis is now based in Portland, Oregon.


Lewis is a 1998 graduate of LaGuardia High School, where he focused on the visual arts. He went on to graduate from Bard College with a degree in visual arts in June, 2002. Jack previously worked in Museum and Movie ticket sales.

Musical career[edit]

Lewis self-released L'vov's Lament under the name "Lesser Lewis" in 2002. It contains a collection of songs recorded with over two years. It features Jackson Barry Stole My Trumpet (Jordan Rathkopf and Raphi Gottesmen), Guitar Situations (w/ Dave Miko and Nellie Bridge) and Andre Herman Dune.

He has written and performed on songs for Jeffrey Lewis's albums The Last Time I Did Acid I Went Insane in 2001, It's The Ones Who've Cracked That The Light Shines Through in 2003, and 'Em Are I (2008).[1]

Lewis released L'vov Reads His Notes in 2005 (featuring Herman Dune and Tyler Drosdeck) and L'vov Goes To Emandee with My UNICEF Box in 2007 under the name: Jack Lewis and the Cutoffs. In 2007, he did a Take-Away Show.

In 2009 he was featured in the Take-Away Shows from the Midi Festival from the Summer of 2009, including his cover version of the Michael Jackson song "They Don't Care About Us".

He has contributed to recordings by Herman Düne.

The Wave Pictures covered Lewis' song "Polar Bear" as a B-side on their 7" single, "If You Leave It Alone". His song "Shadow Party", co-written by Raphi Gottesman, is used in the film, Breaking Upwards.

The Bundles, a band featuring Kimya Dawson, Karl Blau, Anders Griffen, and Jeffrey Lewis and Jack Lewis, released their first album in March 2010 on K Records.[2]


  • Hero Worship and the Animals We Love (7 inch EP) - as Jack "Laissezfaire" Lewis
  • City and Eastern Songs (2005), Rough Trade - Jeffrey and Jack Lewis
  • L'vov's Lament - as Jack "Laissezfaire" Lewis (with Ben Dope, Gottesman and Guitar Situations)
  • L'vov Reads His Notes - as Jack Lewis and the Cutoffs
  • L'vov Goes To Emandee with My Unicef Box- as Jack Lewis and the Cutoffs


  1. ^ "City & Eastern Songs", Drowned in Sound, December 7, 2005, retrieved 2011-08-12
  2. ^ Hoffman, K. Ross "The Bundles Review", Allmusic, retrieved 2011-08-12

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