Paul de Jong (of The Books) / Jungle Green @ The Empty Bottle, Chicago [18 April]

Paul de Jong (of The Books) / Jungle Green


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The Empty Bottle
1035 N Western Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60622
830PM // $12 // 21+

Dutch cellist and composer PAUL DE JONG is probably best known as cofounder of beloved collage-pop eccentrics, the Books. After the band’s breakup in 2011, DE JONG embarked on a journey of musical, literary and visual discovery which to date has resulted in a jumble of albums of new music, concert performances and impromptu appearances, gallery shows with video and screen prints, collaborations with colleagues young and elderly, and the unlocking of his vast archive of fringe media aka the ‘Mall of Found’ to a succession of resident artists and researchers of all nations, walks and ages.

On the eve of the release of his sophomore solo album ‘YOU FUCKEN SUCKER’ PAUL DE JONG invites you into his musical diner where everybody gets an earful: a menu of emotional acrobatics with the aid of cellos, or what used to be cellos, a bottomless library of exotic americana, absurdist sound and video snippets, mismatched costumes and hats, fake teeth and moustaches, all purposefully OVER- FORMALIZED, UNDER-REHEARSED and everything in between and at times for the viewer just right.

JUNGLE GREEN is the stage name of Chicago transplant Andrew Smith. Inspired by the sounds of early rock and roll, JUNGLE GREEN takes cues from THE CLOVERS, BILLY AND THE ESSENTIALS and THE PLATTERS, as well as those who kept the sound going past the 1950s. Smith has had the pleasure of opening for FOXYGEN on several occasions and was a featured vocalist on PAUL DE JONG's debut solo record, who he opens for here tonight.
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