Second Annual Whispertown & Friends Holiday Program, Whispertown

Resident Presents

Second Annual Whispertown & Friends Holiday Program

Whispertown

Jake Bellows, Nik Freitas, Scott McCaughey, Heather Porcaro, Rig 1

Wed · December 13, 2017

8:00 pm

FREE W/DONATION

FREE W/DONATION

This event is 21 and over

Second Annual Whispertown & Friends Holiday Program
Second Annual Whispertown & Friends Holiday Program
LA-based WHISPERTOWN is the latest iteration of the unique vision of Morgan Meyn Nagler (songwriter, lead vocals, guitar). The band has embraced a constant evolution of artists over the years in various formations and collaborations, some of which will be joining forces the 13th.

The 2nd annual Holiday program and benefit for the Downtown Women’s Center is a curated evening featuring many special and surprise guests, providing a uniqiue mixtape experience, hosted by Whispertown. It also serves as a clothing and supply drive suppoting women in need in the Downtown Los Angeles area.

I’M A MAN (produced by Jake Bellows), was released Sept. 1st on Graveface Records and marks Nagler’s return, and 3rd full length release. I’M A MAN is a stripped back acoustic album, set in a naturally psychedelic world, where words reveal themselves in modern mantra - “New Genes in Blue Jeans”.

In various formations, Nagler and company garnered support slots for Jenny Lewis, The Breeders, Bright Eyes, She & Him, Maria Taylor, Rilo Kiley, Azure Ray, Conor Oberst and many more. The band soon caught the attention of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, inspiring the first signing to their own Acony Records. Shortly thereafter the band released 2008’s SWIM, their debut release from Acony, followed by 2012’s PARALLEL (the first release under the Whispertown moniker).

Respect from her peers has not only taken Nagler around the world playing her own music, but also inspired countless co-writes with artists such as HAIM (“Falling”), Kim Deal (“The Root”,”Range on Castle”), Rilo Kiley (“Dreamworld”) and the Dave Rawlings Machine (“Sweet Tooth”) to name a few.

"Morgan Nagler is my favorite songwriter. Period.” - Jenny Lewis
Whispertown
Whispertown
LA-based WHISPERTOWN is the latest iteration of the unique vision of Morgan Nagler (songwriter, lead vocals, guitar). What was once The Whispertown 2000 has morphed into a less structured version of itself, with Nagler's unmistakable vocals leading a revolving cast of musicians and artists.

As The Whispertown 2000, Nagler and company garnered support slots for Jenny Lewis, The Breeders, Rilo Kiley, Bright Eyes, She & Him, The Elected, Azure Ray, Maria Taylor and many more. The band soon caught the attention of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, inspiring the first signing to their own Acony Records. Shortly thereafter, the band released 2008's Swim, their debut release from Acony, comprised of classic songwriting and harmonious folk-pop.

WHISPERTOWN'S sophomore release on Acony Records, Parallel, sticks to Nagler's earth grounded wisdoms while taking a turn toward a new form of lo-fi electronica. Parallel moves easily through rock gems like "Blood From Wine" and "State Of Mind" with lyrical prowess, only to be punctuated perfectly by stark dance tracks such as "Open The Other Eye." Produced, recorded and mixed by Andy LeMaster (Bright Eyes), Co-Produced by Jake Bellows (Neva Dinova), and Executive Produced by David Rawlings, the stars have aligned here. This is classic music for the people.
Jake Bellows
Jake Bellows
Jake Bellows had quit music. Or so he thought.

After fronting Neva Dinova for more than 15 years which included five full-lengths, a split EP, and countless tours, he packed up his dog and moved from his native Omaha to his girlfriend's hometown of Los Angeles. Two days before he left he recorded 18 demos with musician and engineer Ben Brodin (Before the Toast and Tea, Conor Oberst) at Brodin's insistence. Once in L.A., Bellows got a job installing sliding-glass doors and sold his Les Paul to buy a Datsun pick-up truck.

Though he had no plans to form a new band, he played the occasional solo show, performed with Whispertown, and continued to write songs. In early 2011, an invitation arrived from Omaha's Film Streams Theater for Jake's old friend Ryan Fox (Our Fox, The Good Life), also living on the West Coast, to perform an original live film score. Fox enlisted Bellows and Brodin to collaborate and the trio began to compose and discuss improvisational ideas over long-distance. Since they were all going to be in Omaha and had a long history of playing in each other's bands, Brodin and Fox nudged Bellows into booking studio time to record some of his dormant songs.

Fox and Bellows drove from LA to Omaha that November in a 1974 Volkswagen Beetle that didn't have heat, a speedometer, a fuel gauge, seatbelts, or radio. They made it as far as Lincoln, NE, before the car caught fire at 4 in the morning. The following night they performed the score to The Adventures of Prince Achmed. They entered ARC Studios two days later for a feverish recording session, arranging and writing parts on the fly with an impromptu band including Heath Koontz (Neva Dinova), Todd Fink (The Faint), Whispertown bandmate Morgan Nagler and other old friends. Committing quickly to intuitive arrangements the band recorded 17 tracks in a little more than a week. They worked remotely on the record throughout that winter and spring, adding overdubs in basements and bedrooms across western North America.

The group reunited in Omaha to debut the new songs at a couple of shows one week the following June. Excited to release the new material on their own terms the band put out a preview EP on cassette, Help, at the end of 2012. The new music is underpinned by philosophical conviction and shaped by an interest in physics, cosmology and mythology. Bellows returned to music with a renewed sense of the intrinsic value of art and its ability to express the commonality of human experience. His debut full-length, New Ocean, offers a mix tape of different kinds of songs hanging out on one record – love songs that are not necessarily ballads despite their introspective gauziness, with left turns into drunk-in-the-sun bossa nova and blue-eyed-soul ruptured by fuzz guitar. Bellows believes that songs change the fabric of the universe through the very frequencies they emit. As such, the record attempts to create the world he wants to see instead of reflect the world that is. "Our theory of the beginning of the universe is the big bang – a sound," Bellows said. "What gave birth to the universe is our one tool that we can change the universe with."
Scott McCaughey
Scott McCaughey
American singer, songwriter and guitarist, based in Seattle. He is married to Christy McWilson.
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