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Mash-ups go Yacht Clubbing

BY RACHAEL LANDER AND REBECCA KOONS | APRIL 02, 2009 7:52 AM

Mixing popular indie and rap tunes is what it’s all about for successful duo the Hood Internet.

Half of the Hood Internet will return to Iowa City to play the Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn St., at 10 p.m. today as part of the Mission Creek Festival. Member Aaron Brink, otherwise known as ABX, lives in Michigan and cannot attend the concert, but fellow Hood Internet DJ and Chicago-resident Steve Reidell — alter ego STV SLV — will bring the mash-up tunes to the club. Local group Flyentology, which hosts the Yacht Club’s Tuesday night Dance Parties, will open for the DJ, along with Porno Galactica, Cuticle 130, and Beast Wars.

The Mission Creek Festival was launched in the spring of 2006, when Andre Perry, the fest’s founder and president, moved to Iowa City from San Francisco. Mission Creek, named for a no-longer-existing creek that once ran through the Mission District of San Francisco, had taken place annually for 12 years prior to the Iowa City version.

“We liked what that festival had started and the kind of idea of supporting the community, being supported by the community, and supporting the artist and the people interested in art,” Perry said.

As for the Hood Internet, he said, its concert was a hit last year, and that prompted him to include the group in this year’s lineup.

The Hood Internet began two years ago, when Brink and Reidell, who met through mutual friends and shared concert bills — though they were in separate bands — decided to start playing mash-ups together.

“Aaron and I had both dabbled in piece making for our own rap groups in college,” Reidell said. “We just decided to start chopping up from bands from songs we like to turn into beats with rap.”
Coming into the limelight near the dawn of the millennium, mash-ups usually entail seamlessly combining vocal tracks of one song with the music of another, creating a remix of sorts.

“Hood likes lots of different music, which I think is visible in our output,” Reidell said.

The Hood Internet often pairs indie-rock with hip-hop. Combinations include Estelle and the Ting Tings, Modest Mouse, Kanye West, and many others.

Thanks to technology, Reidell and Brink are able to make the band work despite the differences in location.

“It doesn’t really complicate things too much,” Reidell said. “When we have shows, we just travel from our respective places.”

Reidell — whose moniker is a sans-vowel play on his nickname, Steve Sleeve — spoke highly of the Hood Internet’s performance in Iowa City last year and said he is looking forward to revisiting the Yacht Club.

In general, he enjoys performing, especially when the crowd is responsive to the band’s tunes.

“The best part about [performing] is when people just cut loose, don’t give a fuck, and just start dancing and have a lot of fun,” Reidell said. “We have lots of nights that are like that, but we also have nights that are totally dead with not enough people to get the party started. When people get into it and have fun, it’s really gratifying.”


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