Remember Whispertown 2000?
Frontwoman Morgan Nagler is back with Whispertown (sans the 2000) and a new 7 song EP called Parallel.
Most of Parallel (except “Blood From Wine”) represents a different musical direction…more synth, less twang.
The artificial beeps and mechanical whirring underscore a deep sense that something is amiss.
Most upbeat track: “Bit Into A Peach”
Most depressing track: “Isn’t There More”
Best track: “Parallel”
Check out the EP + news at Whispertown.com.
Here’s a live version of a new Whispertown song, “The Everybody”:
The Whispertown 2000 is now Whispertown, and their new EP Get Happy is on iTunes.
The EP has two new songs, “Get Happy” and “The Everybody.”
Memorial Day (Monday May 31, 2010), The Young Veins and The Like played at The Echo in LA (Night 4 of 4 of The Like’s May residency).
Har Mar Superstar, Alex Greenwald, and Morgan Nagler of The Whispertown 2000 were in attendance. Why were these shows at the Echo free? They definitely should not have been free, in After The Show’s opinion.
The Like appear in the latest issue of Teen Vogue (see photo below), and started their US tour last night. They play in NY on June 8th.
After The Show recorded “Change” by The Young Veins and “Catch Me If You Can” by The Like from the Echo:
For the last song of The Young Veins’ set, Z Berg of The Like sang a duet with Ryan Ross:
Photo Credit: Carlton Beener
What are After The Show’s most anticipated new songs for the next year?
Below are songs that have only been played live – the studio recordings of these songs have not been released yet.
Accordingly, the sound quality is pretty shoddy for most of them. Despite the poor audio quality, we can tell that these songs will be wonderful and worth the wait for whenever they are officially released.
“Time Will Welcome Anything” by Whispertown 2000:
“The New Yorker Cartoon” by Jenny Lewis:
“Hazy Shade of Hate” by The Like:
“Big Wave” by Jenny Lewis:
“The Way Down” by Jonathan Rice:
“Just Like Zeus” by Jenny Lewis:
“I Can See It In Your Eyes” by The Like:
“Cleverly Disguised” by JJAMZ:
On December 13, The Whispertown 2000 will perform at a cancer benefit concert in LA called The Million Dollar Revival.
To see a list of the entire line-up or to buy tickets, click here.
Michael Runion is playing a free show at Spaceland in LA tonight. For concert information, head to Spaceland – the show is 21+
Here’s a live video of Michael Runion playing “Soft Hands.” Morgan and Vanessa of the Whispertown 2000 sing back-up vocals on the video.
Opening for Michael Runion is Haim, a band composed of three sisters (Danielle Haim is on the far right).
Here’s the music video for the Whispertown 2000′s song “From The Start.” If you don’t think you like it upon first listen, you’ll probably like it more upon repeated listens.
The Whispertown 2000 are currently on tour with the Breeders in Europe. (We reviewed their show on May 3, 2009 opening for Maria Taylor here).
Here is a video of The Whispertown 2000 performing the song “Erase The Lines” from their most recent album, Swim.
The Whispertown 2000 have just released a new EP called Done With Love that has some new songs on it. To hear more of their music and get the track listing for the EP, head over to their MySpace.
Concert Highlights of Summer 2009: Part 1
May 3, 2009 @ Troubadour, West Hollywood, CA
Line up: Maria Taylor with JJAMZ and The Whispertown 2000
The Troubadour, LA’s best concert venue in my opinion, hosted this spectacular concert on a Sunday evening. I bought a ticket just to see JJAMZ, an LA supergroup composed of James Valentine (Maroon 5 guitarist), Jason Boesel (Rilo Kiley drummer), Alex Greenwald (Phantom Planet singer/guitarist), Michael Runion (bassist), and Z Berg (The Like singer/guitarist).
JJAMZ’s third show ever consisted of a 35 minute set of unreleased songs. JJAMZ energetically combine the funk of Maroon 5, the controlled distortion of Phantom Planet, and the skillful songwriting and singing of Z Berg to create a sound unique and powerful. Z sings for most of the songs, but Greenwald, Runion, and Boesel also sing very well. The only bad thing was the fact that Z didn’t play her guitar – she only sang and obviously missed her instrument as she writhed around way too much on stage. I’m looking forward to JJAMZ officially releasing their music.
JJAMZ’s best songs:
You Were My Home, Square One, and What You Want
As Morgan Nagler (singer, guitarist, and writer) of The Whispertown 2000 came onstage to set up her mic and guitar, I had low expectations. I was biased against the W2k because I disliked the songs I heard on their MySpace, and I knew they were only playing tonight because Morgan and Jenny Lewis (Rilo Kiley) are best friends. After hearing their faux-hillbilly alternative country music once, you may not like this band. Vanessa Corbala lends backing vocals and the Wisenbaker brothers provide bass and drums, but these three musicians did switch instruments multiple times during the set. Upon repeated listening, Nagler’s intentionally twangy, almost whiney voice grows on you, and the songs are really catchy. It’s hard to dislike Morgan since Rilo Kiley references her in two different songs, Papillon and The Absence of God. Plus, during the W2k’s great new song Time Will Welcome Anything, Maria Taylor and Jenny Lewis joined the band onstage.
The Whispertown 2000′s best songs:
Through a Hole, New York Minute, and From The Start
Adding to the feeling of this show as a low-key affair, Maria herself walked out on stage and set up her guitar. I had seen Maria Taylor at the Troubadour about 5 years earlier, opening for Ben Lee, and I thought her set was slow and a bit boring then. However, her sound and her band have greatly improved in that half a decade, and her new album LadyLuck has great songs like Cartoons and Forever Plans and Time Lapse Lifeline.
The Bottom Line: