Jeffrey Lewis is an anti-folk songwriter and comic-book artist from New York. Often recording in lo-fidelity, Lewis performs narrative songs of much humour and detail, owing an obvious debt to the likes of Jonathan Richman. Former Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker has called Lewis "the best lyricist working in the US today".
Lewi shaw performed with acts like the Moldy Peaches, Diane Cluck and Regina Spektor.
After the astonishing success of The Strokes reignited the Rough Trade label in 2001, the label branched out to other NY acts. After signing the Moldy Peaches, that band's Adam Green and Kimya Dawson dubbed a cassette of key Lewis cuts and took them to the Rough Trade offices in London, leading to Lewis signing with the label.