Judge John Hodgman Episode 35: Unbanded Brothers


We are assisted by the guest bailiff stylings, chosen especially for this case, of Monte Belmonte. Monte hosts a very popular morning radio show at 93.9 The River in Northampton, Massachusetts. We very much appreciate his musical expertise and fine baliffing.

Jack brings this case against his brother and bandmate Jeff. They play together on albums and on tour as The Jeffrey Lewis Band. Jack had requested several days off on their upcoming European tour to attend a friend's wedding, which seemed unprofessional to his older brother Jeff.

Who is "the boss" of the band? Was Jack right to ask to schedule the band's tourdates around his own schedule? These questions, and more, answered by the Honorable Judge John Hodgman.

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As a new listener who is

As a new listener who is going back into the archives to hear Justice, I was surprised and delighted to hear JEFFREY LEWIS. Hopefully, the Judge is now familiar with his work.

Most annoying voice

Did anyone else cringe every time Jeff spoke during this podcast?

I'm not a JJHo listener, but

I'm not a JJHo listener, but I am a JJGo listener....

New name suggestion for Jeffrey Lewis Band

Based on your recent podcast, I suggest that Jeff and Jack rename their band to

'The Fictitious Lilies'


gavel knocks

Dear Judge Hodgman and/or Guest Bailiff Monte Belmonte,

I would like to thank you for using a gavel sound effect in this latest edition of the podcast that is very, very similar to the sound of a gunshot. I live in what may be known to some as a "ghetto," where young men wielding hand guns will occasionally employ them for fun and/or profit. So when you struck your gavel in this podcast, Judge Hodgman, my heart skipped a beat and I dove for cover. EVERY TIME. So, again, my thanks for making my lazy Monday evening so much more exciting.

Joe in the Ghetto

Band name

Seems to me they have a perfectly good band name sitting right in front of them....'Fictitious Lilly'


They should just name the band Fictitious Lilly. It is a good name.

I am not Jack Lewis

But speaking as the person who played bass on the last 4 Jeffrey Lewis albums, I deem this case (amusingly) frivolous.