Posted by: detourmag on December 21, 2007 at 2:00 pm

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These Meet & Greets of ours are great for getting to know artists, labels, and bloggers. But they’re also full of interesting and useful information. Like below, when Lovepump United’s Jake Friedman describes his favorite album ever, Todd Rundgren’s A Wizard, A True Star? His description made us stop and consider that Tood Rundgren might indeed be totally awesome. Here’s more from Jake and his Lovepump partner-in-crime Mookie Singerman. — Thomas Rooker White

Who runs the label?
Jake: I do. I joke that Mookie is the figurehead and just writes a lot of emails, but when it comes to taping boxes, it’s not really a joke; it’s just me.

Mookie: But I write a LOT of emails.

Where is the label located? Describe your digs…
Jake: We don’t have an office or a mailing address. I live in closet-sized room without windows. This is probably the closest thing we have to an office. Problem is, it gets too humid with more than one person inside. So, as I stated before, I run the label. I did buy those full spectrum light bulbs. That makes a difference.

Mookie: It’s not my fault Jake moved into a literal hole in a literal wall. His poor living choices are cutting me out of Lovepump.

How did the label get its start? Its name?
Jake: We had nicknames we called each other while in a band. Mookie was Treestump and I was Lovepump. My name was better, so we went with that. We didn’t really think anyone would care either way. We added united for credibility. But our logo is a severed penis, so I’m not really sure if the credibility comes across.

How many releases do you issue a year, on average?
Jake: Depends on time and money. Always too many amazing bands and records and formats to release. but we come up with ridiculous ideas. Sometimes we’ll work on a project for years, like our 4 bands, 4 countries, 4-sided split. Other releases happen quickly and unexpectedly, like the acoustic Usaisamonster picture disc. We’ve got this amazing 7″ in the works with Oneida, and a compilation/soundtrack all about “COPS.” It was easier to get things done when we were students; I lived alone in a big apartment. Now I live in a box, and I cut my hand on the ceiling fan while taking my shirt off.

Mookie: And I write emails asking Jake when our next release is going to come out.

True or false: Digital downloads are okay, but 7″‘s are cooler…
Jake: I find iTunes pretty strange. If someone told you they could take your entire book collection, regularize it with the exact same spine, size and font and put it in alphabetic order against your wall, who would find that helpful? Maybe a fucktard like Moby and that’s it. So why does it seem like a good idea to access Black Flag and Morton Feldman the same way, alphabetically or with some silly clip art cover?

Mookie: Having season 3 of “Dirty Work” on my Zune is cooler than any audio medium.

Favorite label besides your own…
Jake: Some favorites are Sublime Frequencies, Whats Your Rupture?, Isolated Now Waves, Ping Ting Click, Time-Lag, and Siltbreeze. I also preorder just about every LP on Load, but I don’t like them all. We’ve also collaborated with a lot of great labels including Skin Graft, Monitor, Crucial Blast, Nail In The Coffin, Rococo, Cold Sweat and DNT.

Mookie: All of the above, plus Brah and The Social Registry.

Favorite record ever…
Jake: Todd Rundgren’s A Wizard, A True Star is fucking first class for a number of reasons. It’s both a concept album and a covers record featuring a sidelong medley of doo-wop, soul and a song from Peter Pan. The art is this crazy drawing of toys, geometric shapes, a few ears and Todd’s face and the actual jacket and sleeve are die-cut with molded edges. Also, it’s poorly mastered to be long-playing at 57 minutes, which Todd apologies for in the notes by telling you to “crank it up.”

Mookie: Probably Boston’s first record. People thought I was being an asshole when I dedicated all of 2007 to the loving memory of Brad Delp, but I meant it. Wail in peace, bro.

Favorite movie ever…
Jake: I watched Knocked Up on the airplane yesterday. It’s not really a comedy at all. I found it a horribly depressing film populated by characters I hated; in that sense, it is similar to one of my favorite films, L’Avventura.

Mookie: Probably TV Carnage 3: When Television Attacks. It honestly changed the way I think about my eyes.

Vegetarian or carnivore?
Jake: Vegetarian. I prefer greens.

Mookie: I say I’m a vegetarian, but I eat like 6 servings of fish a day. So I guess I’m a Pescatarian.

Jake: Actually, same.

Your guiltiest pleasure. The thing no one would believe you watch, read, or listen to…
Jake: I podcast the NPR news quiz “Wait! Wait! Don’t Tell me!” every week, so I don’t have to miss an episode. I used to be a professional magician, and once worked as a cashier at J. Crew on Fifth Ave.

Mookie: That new TMZ syndicated show is the most soul-curdling vision of hell I’ve ever seen, and I LOVE it.

[tags]Lovepump United, Jake, Mookie, Oneida, The Usaisamonster, AIDS Wolf[/tags]

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