Congratulations to La Roux for winning the “Best Dance Album” Grammy last night! I haven’t actually heard any of the other albums against which the duo was competing, but I’m confident that the Academy made a good choice. I’ve listened to La Roux so much over the last year.
A couple of weeks ago, I teamed up with Jenna Eyrich and Dalton Blanco to record a cover of the song “Bulletproof.” I decided that today was a good day to put our cover on the Internet.
On Monday, I recorded a song with my friend Nima. Nima’s a creative guy, and he’s in a band called So Many Wizards. Anyway, we made this jam pretty quickly based on an idea that Nima had. He sings and plays guitar, and I provide all of the “backing band” elements:
I have collected the flyers that I’ve made over the years for Pizza!, Big Whup, and my own solo shows. I put them onto Flickr. You can check out the set here. This is one of my favorite flyers from the collection. It’s from last year, not this year! This year basically the same lineup is playing on May 1 at the Smell, except with 60 Watt Kid and So Many Wizards instead of My Pet Saddle and the Studiofix:
Pizza! just added a very special show to our schedule for this Friday. Presented by Manimal Records, it is a fundraiser to provide relief to victims of the Haitian earthquake. It takes place at the Echoplex, and it features a very impressive lineup of musicians including Nico Vega,Adanowsky, Jenny O., Soko, Corridor, and the LA Ladies’ Choir. Pizza!’s performance will also feature guest appearances by Uli and Morgan Gee of Big Whup . Cost of admission is $10.
We are scheduled to appear at 7:15. Doors at 7:00.
Today I will play my first show of the new year, a solo joint at Tribal Cafe in Echo Park. It’s free, so long as you buy something from the cafe. Here is the flier:
This show marks the beginning of a new string of shows, one that will probably be pretty consistent until Christmas. That’s how I like it (I suppose). Here are the upcoming shows for Pizza! and Big Whup. There will certainly be more shows added to these lists (there are a couple of pending dates for Big Whup already):
Both Pizza! and Lil’ Whup (Lil’ Whup is a smaller version of Big Whup) are featured on LA Record’s new holiday mixtape. Check out the whole thing on LARecord.com to get our tracks as well as tracks by Drew Denny (of Big Whup), Moses Campbell, the Pity Party, Amanda Jo Williams, and others! Thanks to LA Record for including us on this awesome compilation!
Since the mixtape is in podcast form, I made the individual songs available for download here. Click on the files to hear them and then save them to your computer.