Thanks, KXLU DJs!

May 18, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Posted in Radio | Leave a comment

KXLU‘s CMJ Charts for the week of May 18, 2010:

1. Mi Ami- Steal Your Face
2. Avi Buffalo- Avi Buffalo
3. Big Whup- Big Whup [7″]
4. Moses Campbell– who are you? who is anyone?
5. Male Bonding- Nothing Hurts
6. Future Islands– In Evening Air
7. Quasi- American Gong
8. Double Dagger- Masks [EP]
9. The Fall- You Future Our Clutter
10. Best Coast– When I’m With You [Single]

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Why I Love my Whuppers

May 14, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Posted in Press | Leave a comment

From Drew:

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
Morgan.

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.”

Addendums

May 13, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Posted in Press | Leave a comment

from 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.

Jenna's smile, Party's butt: Big Whup at the Smell on May 1. Photo: Mapi Hom.

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!

"All Apologies" at Tiny Creatures.

"Come As You Are" at L'Keg.

New Big Whup Shirts!!

May 1, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

We made extra special t-shirts for our record release party: GOLD!!! Send us an email at bigwhup@gmail.com if you’d like one!

Big Whup <3 Sean Carnage

April 30, 2010 at 2:37 am | Posted in Press | Leave a comment

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!!

Morgy and Drew on KXLU

April 29, 2010 at 11:52 pm | Posted in Friends, Radio, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The lovely Molly Shelton of KXLU invited us to the station today to promote our release show. We played “Cover My Eyes” and “BONIZ HEART” off the record and took pictures of Molly adding it to the KXLU library. Then we played a song by every band playing at the Smell and at the Girlhouse after party, and we gave away two test copies of our record. We talked mostly about getting naked and getting our periods. Molly is totally awesome and apparently an excellent leaf player, so we’re hoping she can play leaves for Big Whup some day…


Our playlist:
“Cover My Eyes” by Big Whup
“BLOO MOOB” by Pizza!
“BONIZ HEART” by Big Whup
“Nico” by So Many Wizards
“Morose” by Stereo Total
“We Come from the Bright Side” by 60-Watt Kid
“Lookin for Love in the Wrong Places” by Polite Society or Murder
“I Look Above Me” by Morgan Gee
“Blah Blah Bye Bye” by Drew Denny and the Friend Group

OK So Stereo Total isn’t going to play with us on Saturday but I saw their CD while grabbing the 60-Watt Kid and just couldn’t resist. They are one of my very favorite bands and definitely a huge influence on me… Oh.. Ah..

Where Does the Honeybee Live?

April 28, 2010 at 11:36 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

After picking up the Big Whup record jackets, Morgan and I decided to make a Lola Loshkey recording. We put on our skeleton suits, ate mushroom cupcakes, and made a song called “Where Does the Honeybee Live?”*


We wanted to surprise Christine with a cupcake and a record, so we waited in her room for about two hours but she didn’t come home. Morgan decided to get some work done while we waited:

*There is a big bush with purple flowers growing out of the stairs on Girlhouse side porch. Every day, it is covered with bees. They love it! Paul hates them, but I won’t cut it down because bees are good to have around. Thing is, I feel this interaction is a bit too one-sided. These bees are taking all our nectar and not giving us any honey. SO I have decided to follow them home, find out where they live and ask them for a little bit of honey. I heard that if you smoke beneath the hive, the bees think their hive is on fire so they vacate. That’s when you grab the honey! But I probably won’t do this plan because I think it’s mean plus I don’t smoke.

Estrellita

April 28, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

After picking up the records, we met this tiny puppy named Estrellita. She snuggled with us and rolled over a bunch then ran away home.

Fly a Kite in the Cemetary

April 28, 2010 at 11:10 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Morgy and I got lost on our way to pick up the record jackets so we drove around Hollywood Forever listening to So Many Wizards and trying to talk to a peacock.

Big Whup <3 Johnny O

April 28, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Posted in Events, Friends | Leave a comment

We just can’t get enough of Johnny O’Donnell!  We met him at the LA Record XMas party at Bedrock and played with his band for the first time at Redwood Bar.  They fuckin rule!  Hip swingin rhythms and booty bumpin bass lines lay the foundation for the house of Johnny O: Piano lines that perfectly combine honky tonk bar rags with twinkly top end accents and a guitarist who can chug and croon alllllll night long topped with a magical slide player who plucks and glides, summoning invisible singers and psychedelic Western sound scapes.  Tapping the conventions of rock and reggae, funk, soul, and country like a kid sneaking samples in a candy store, this band’s gravitational pull sucks it all in and spits out something totally their own.  It’s the new 70s y’all!  Complete with long hair, polyester, high waisted jeans and a pair of mustaches.  Oh, and a crowd of fans that will make fun of you until you dance so hard you’re either upside down or throwing chairs.

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