KXLU‘s CMJ Charts for the week of May 25, 2010:
1 FUTURE ISLANDS In Evening Air Thrill Jockey
2 BIG WHUP Big Whup [7-Inch]
3 CAPTAIN AHAB The End Of Irony
4 AVI BUFFALO Avi Buffalo SUB POP
5 MALE BONDING Nothing Hurts Sub Pop
6 TY SEGALL AND MIKAL CRONIN Reverse Shark Attack Kill Shaman
7 DOUBLE DAGGER Masks [EP]
8 MI AMI Steal Your Face Thrill Jockey
9 THE FALL Your Future Our Clutter Domino
10 CARNIVORES All Night Dead USA Double Phantom
KXLU is actually only one of three radio stations that currently has a copy of our single (the other two are KUCI and KCSB), and we’re really grateful for all that they’ve done to help promote us. We don’t have a label, and we don’t have any distribution, so even if it’s just this one station we’re so excited that we’re getting enough support to compete with such talented national acts with well-funded promotional campaigns. We would, of course, love to make it to the number one position. If you feel the love, why not call 310-338-5958 and request either “BONIZ HEART” or “Cover My Eyes?” You can also use AIM with your Facebook account now, so if you’re shy why not check out AIM Express and sent a message to screen name KXLUDJ?
We won’t ask you again. We sincerely appreciate the help!
Yesterday, Geoff posted his answers to a question Sean Carnage asked us about why we wanted to play music with each other. The question got edited out of Sean’s awesome web feature on us, because our answers were too long. Here are my answers:
“Morgan was one of the very first people I told about my dream of
starting a band. I didn’t know how to play anything, and just the
thought of singing in front of people made me feel sick. Morgan is
like the epitome of a ‘real’ musician. She’s been playing viola since
she was eight. She went to conservatory. She could pick up a baby
and make music come out. We drunkenly admitted to one another that we
wanted to make a band but we decided to become EMTs first. We
enrolled in the super intensive EMT program at UCLA and spent 9 hours
a day, six days a week learning how to set fractures, predict
seizures, stop bleeding, and diagnose neurological emergencies. We
took the bus to class and shared a blanket cause it was so cold in
those classrooms you could see every body’s nipples. I didn’t easily
absorb the logic of emergencies- I react with my gut cause I’ve been
dealing with ambulances and hospitals my whole life but Morgan always
knows the explanation for everything. Watching her help this pair of
cops in our class understand the neurophysiological effects of a
stroke while I avoided the cops by swapping drug overdose stories with
our teacher called to my attention some difference between us that
makes me want to make things with her. Oh, and that time we made out
in the back seat of a moving car for absolutely no reason. I love
I knew I wanted Jenna to be my friend when she told me her favorite
color was denim and surprised me with her kitchen cabinet full of
teddy bears. I’ve always looked up to her because she can remain calm
in any situation. She’s Big Whup’s resident bad ass. We lived
together for years, and one of my favorite things to do was to go
watch Jenna play bass. She’s a natural! She hears a song once and
knows what to do. She wakes up with bass lines written in her dreams.
I never thought she’d agree to play in Big Whup because she was
already in a band – they played all the time, and their music was much
‘tougher’ than what I was writing. I felt like a dorky kid asking the
cool girl on a date, which I guess is what it was. Lucky for me she
said yes. She’s been in it since the very beginning and is now one of
the most important people in my life. She makes everything look easy
– even a ruptured gallbladder! But she never gets mad at anyone for
not being as good as she is. I love Jenna.
Rand used to play drums in a band called Deathskull and her Rigormorts
which was my favorite band to jump around to in college. I loved
watching Rand cause he plays with such joy- give him the darkest,
weirdest material and he will build for it a skeleton of bliss. He’s
so incredibly kind and supportive and positive- Rand is one of those
people who makes Christians believe in angels. I played my very first
song for him on the Girlhouse porch– it’s a really cheesy song, and I
could barely make a bar chord– and he just patted me on the shoulder
and said, “You should do that more often. In front of other people.”
He gave me a ride to my very first time playing music in front of
people, and I told him in the car that I didn’t want to do it. He
blasted “Lay All Your Love On Me” by ABBA and told me to relax. Rand
is the best friend because he reacts to sadness and fear with just the
right mix of sympathy and ‘shut the fuck up’. Deathskull had
dissolved and I missed seeing him play drums so I asked Rand to play
with us. I didn’t even have a second song, and I figured he’d be to
busy with his robots but he said yes. I love Rand.
I wanted to play music with Geoff for years before we asked him to
join Big Whup- I liked his songs, and I liked how confident he was
about it all. More than anything, Geoff taught me the sheer power of
confidence. I knew I could play music with him the day we got stoned
and made a bizarre cover of “Low Rider” that quotes a Degrassi episode
about child abuse. “Does he beat you?” we yelped and chanted. Geoff
helped me get comfortable with myself and with my life so that I could
play with it. He taught me the therapeutic power of the absurd and for
that I am forever grateful. I love Geoff.”
Our pal Sean Carnage (pictured at left) recently ran a very cool Big Whup feature on his website. It includes a video playlist! In order to do the piece, he asked all of us to complete short interview questionnaires. The problem, though, is that we’re all incredibly loquacious. If Sean had run every word we’d written, then he probably would have bankrupted himself on bandwidth costs.
While we understand why he needed to trim our fat, we also wanted the world to be able to read some of the stuff that ended up on the cutting room floor. In particular, I wanted to share the admission that Big Whup’s song “Trim” is a direct rip-off of ABBA’s “One of Us.” Thankfully, we have our own blog for stuff like that.
We all wanted to share our answer to the following omitted question from Sean: “What was it you first noticed about each of your band mates that made you go, “I can play music with this person!?”
Here’s what I said:
“Rand and I had lived together for a while before he joined the other band that we’re in together, Pizza! I always thought we could play music together, but I realized that he was truly amazing when Pizza! wrote a song called “the Future?” and Rand dropped this incredibly sick fast drum roll to punctuate the chorus, like a “ratta-tatta-tat.” It made the entire song work.
For quite a while before joining Big Whup, I’d been admiring Jenna’s bass work in her previous band, the Studiofix. I never really figured we’d be in a band together, but I’d always been excited by her fluid, rough-and-tumble bass lines. Those bass lines (and her steely stage presence) were the best part of the Studiofix, and now they’re the backbone of Big Whup.
Morgan is such a multi-faceted and well-trained musician. She always comes up with just the right part, and it always seems like a cinch. There was a period of time during which she wasn’t in Big Whup, and I wanted to get a sprightly violin line for a lil’ solo jam I was recording– Morgan came over to my house and basically did exactly what I heard in my brain without any real prompting from me. It’s been true love ever since.
As with everyone in the band, I’ve known Drew since long before my entry into Big Whup. Drew has her hands in many different pots o’ gold, and I wasn’t sure how serious she was about music when she started the band. Yet when I finally saw Big Whup (at their first show, at Tiny Creatures, back in 2007), I immediately wanted a part of it. Drew was filled with an ebullient joy that I’d seldom seen in her, and I wanted to get closer to that joy than I could get from the sidelines. The group didn’t want me at first, but I was tenacious.”
PS: I went to Myspace to find a picture from that Tiny Creatures show and look at what I found! Check out Morgan’s allegiance to her Kurt Cobain throwback jersey and bum hat! Two shows in a row, baby!
Sean Carnage is like the Godfather of LA’s East Side music scene. His Monday nights at Pehrspace have become an institution – one that supports, educates, entertains, inspires, and just generally brings together a community of music makers and music lovers who look for a good show every single night (unless they’re playing one…). He was kind enough to post this interview and video playlist on his website today. Thanks, Sean!!
A lovely lady named Bekka saw us at Mr. T’s a while back and asked us to be on her blog. You can read the interview here. Her questions are hilarious!
WHUP LIFE!! Read it here. Thanks Chris!!
Read it here.
It’s been a big and fun few weeks for us in Big Whup. We showed you some pictures from our video session with Tony and Gabe, who have now posted “Yaay!” and “Trim” on their website. We’ve linked to the videos below so you can check them out. Thanks again to Tony and Gabe for their friendship and hard work.
We self-released a compilation, through our new Big Whup Industries imprint, at the Smell on Saturday and it was an awesome success! Called “What is Happening…,” the comp features “Yaay!” and “Trim” as well as twenty-one tracks from some of our favorite local and semi-local musicians. Last night Geoff dropped off some free copies of the comp at Pehrspace and Tribal Cafe, and soon it will be available from a vending machine at CalArts for the nominal price of a dollar. You can also just come find us out in the street (use the pictures on this website as a guide), introduce yourself, and ask us for one. We’ve got quite a few.
We’ve also had the pleasure of being included on a couple of other compilations that we didn’t curate ourselves! “Cover My Eyes” is track nine on Radio Free Silverlake’s Fall 2009 mix, and we’re stoked to be lined up with friends we love and admire, like the Happy Hollows and the Monolators. “Trim” has been included as the penultimate track on “Eargasms 6,” a compilation from Vertical House Records in Huntsville, AL that can be downloaded here. In addition to North Alabama heartthrobs like Thomas Function and the Pine Hill Haints, the comp also has a lot of hip and happening touring bands on it, including Times New Viking, Woods, and Jay Reatard. Thanks RFSL’s Joe Fielder and Vertical House’s Ashley and Andy Vaughn for choosing to include our music on their mixes!
Tags: big whup, kuci
“This is some catchy, quirky, incredible music. It is ostensibly indie-pop-rock, but most stuff that falls under that incredibly broad ‘genre’ is hardly this inventive and genre-squashing.”
Gee whiz, we’re collectively blushing!!