jeudi 26 octobre
Centre Culturel Kulturfabrik

Jimmy Whispers // Support: Jackie Moontan

A lot has changed for everyone over the 8 years since Jimmy Whispers released his debut LP, especially for Jimmy himself. In another lifetime, he was that sweet kid from Chicago who stole our hearts with his aw-shucks Midwestern attitude and his knack for writing catchy old-time melodies. Legendary critic Jessica Hopper once called him the city’s “greatest new homegrown musical enigma,” and he turned a mixtape of iPhone voice memos (Summer in Pain) into a profound racket, that saw him perform at the Pitchfork Music Festival and earn praise from that outlet and places like Stereogum, Spin, BrooklynVegan, VICE, NME, and many others. If you caught a glimpse, it was exciting, but it was just a warm-up to his second act.

As for today, Jimmy Whispers is alive and well in Los Angeles. He’s still making music—quite a lot of it. He’s got a blossoming new career as a music video director and filmmaker. He’s become a co-writer for others including Drugdealer and Dent May. He’s got his sobriety, a new commitment to making life-affirming art, and a 1988 Buick Reatta. Jimmy Whispers has returned with a new LP The Search For God out June 9th on Carpark Records. His first since his 2015 debut, the album was co-produced by Ziyad Asrar of the band Whitney, and returns to some jewel-box era teen influences out of step with the chill/lo-fi LA indie rock scene he’s found himself lumped in with.

Support: Jackie Moontan 

Jackie Moontan is a moon man, or so he claims. Other claims include that he crash landed his spaceship into a Mississippi swamp in the mid 70’s, that he was partially blinded by seeing Elvis perform in a glitzy rhinestone suit in Las Vegas and that he taught Jame Brown how to do the funky chicken, the last claim being highly questionable. What’s an actual fact however is that he fell in love with this strange blue planet and its strange blue inhabitants, and that he’s been traveling the world over writing songs about his encounters. Jackie is known for his love of everything kitsch and for wearing satin shirts and bright coloured suits on stage during his ‘Spectacular One Man Moon Man Karaoke Show Extraordinaire’ – as he calls it. Whatever he does on stage, whether it be entering a baptist church pastor like trance, howling, dancing or actually falling off stage.. you never really know what you’re gonna get if you’re going to one of his shows. In his songs Jackie reveals himself to be both a discreet observer and a fabulous crooner, who tenderly relates his sometimes absurd and sometimes touching tales in a colourful combination of pop, funk and soul music that is very much his own.