The Hood Internet x KDHX: Mashups, Yo!

With over 6,000 Facebook fans, the Hood Internet proves that mashups ain’t goin’ nowhere just yet. It doesn’t hurt that they give away all of their tracks, make creative song titles (and artwork), and have a functioning, up-to-date Web site.

STV SLV (aka Steve Reidell), half of this mashup production duo out of Chicago, visited Beep Beep Boop Boop at KDHX before their performance at Wash U’s the Gargoyle Friday, February 12. Here are some things he had to say, and his mix for KDHX along with tracklist posted below. Enjoy!

Kate: Some people think mash-ups require little skill. How would you respond to this? Mash-ups seem like a hard thing to become successful with, but you seem to keep busy with gigs etc. What do you feel drives your success?

STV SLV: Ha, there’s certainly some truth to that. Recording software is so readily available nowadays that literally anyone can put a mashup together. But in the same sense, anyone can play guitar, anyone can spin records, etc. Doesn’t mean it’s all going to sound good. ABX and I both have a background in making/producing music and I think that’s why the Hood Internet is able to stand out in a digital sea of mashups. We also work hard at touring and playing DJ sets so that crowds in all sorts of other cities have the chance to come out and dance and have a good time.

What’s the usual mashing process for you?

Cut up SONG A to make an “instrumental” of sorts that’s tailored to the verse/hook structure of SONG B. When applicable, stretch tempo, re-pitch or on rare occasion, auto-tune! Repeat.

Any interesting legal stories?

None yet. But hopefully someday there will be something that Law & Order bases a plot on.

What do you think about the creativity of artists like yourself in the current music industry? What do you predict will happen to artists who thrive on the creativity of sampling etc., in the next 5 years? or ten?

Well, it’s hard to predict where music itself will be in the next 5-10 years. To wit, in the ’90s when I was listening to mostly grunge, I wouldn’t have guessed that in 10 years time there would be amazing bands like LCD Soundsystem. So really, who knows. People always want something new, and after a while things like Hood Internet and Girl Talk will become tiresome. Sampling has been around for quite a while, and it’s always taking on new forms, like Washed Out for example: awesome songs that are primarily rooted in sampling. But even that could get old in 5 years. Hopefully grunge has made a full comeback by then. That would rule.

The Hood Internet Mashups, Yo! – Live at KDHX by beepbeepkate

Tracklist:
caribou – odessa
lykke li x holy ghost – i’m good i’m ghost
weezer x glass candy – buddy holly’s imagination
kid sister x walter meego – pro nails forever
talking heads x ellen alien & apparat – psycho break
foals x the chain gang of 1974 – electric dirt
telephoned x the-dream – rockin that thang
drake x birdman x delorean – blowin money at the deli
big boi ft purple ribbon all-stars x ghislain poirier – blazin kryptonite
r. kelly x major lazer – ignition (keep it remixing louder)
ludacris x joker & ginz – how purple can you go
BBU x body language x shuttle – juke this city

beep!

Cross-posted from Beepbeepboopboop.com

A Day in the Life of A New Website

I recently realized that I’ve just passed six months of being here at KDHX, redeveloping the KDHX website through our Interactive Web Media Project. That means my year here is halfway over, and it means that I have a lot of updates to share.

Some highlights from the process so far include:

That’s a brief look at a few of the highlights so far. Over the coming weeks I will be posting in more depth about aspects of the project, including some of these. Stay tuned!

In the mean time, I would love to talk to you more about the process; feel free to email me: robyn.haas -at- kdhx -dot- org.

Discovery: JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound

JC Brooks is a 20-something singer, songwriter and Master of Rock ‘n’ Soul Ceremonies for a band called the Uptown Sound. JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, to be exact. The Chicagoan formed the group after growing weary of watching indie rock kids stare impassively at his admittedly underachieving previous band. He didn’t point fingers. He dialed up his inner Jackie Wilson instead.

The Uptown Sound was in St. Louis on January 30, 2010 for a show at the Gramaphone, and while I missed that night, I’m pretty sure I know what the band can do on stage.

1) Lock in. 2) Turn up. 3) Snatch it back. 4) Hold it. 5) Destroy the joint.

What I like most about Brooks and the Uptown Sound is their utter indifference to playing soul or funk by the numbers racked up by the legends who’ve come before them (as exhilarating and impressive as that can be in the hands of the Dap Kings or the Diplomats of Solid Sound). They just sound like a garage band playing rhythm and blues by instinct and skill, never by calculation.

Witness their cover of Wilco’s “I Am Trying to Break Your Break,” as performed live in the KDHX studios, and you may have met your new favorite band. I know I did.

More video and streaming audio from JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, Live at KDHX, at KDHX.org.

Larry Weir, New Slogan, and Live Music

Larry Weir died a month ago today.

I still expect to see him at his desk when I walk back in his “office” to find a cd. It’s weird.

KDHX wouldn’t be what it is today without Larry’s hard work, knowledge, and enthusiastic spirit for an independent voice for St. Louis.  He has been, and continues to be, an inspiration to share the best damn Americana music I can find. Thanks Larry, you were a great guy.

As you may have heard, KDHX’s new slogan is “Independent Music Plays Here”.  At first it grated on me (and many listeners that I have talked to), but I must say that when I’m listening to other programs and hear the DJ’s say it, I kinda like it. We ARE independent, we mainly play music except for Monday night’s talk block, and we are the only station that really stands out. I was listening to Ska’s The Limit hosted by JJ Loy tonight, and I gotta say that it sounded good, and I feel like it ties the station together, so we don’t seem like 80 or 90 seperate fiefdoms. Anything that pulls in the casual listener or gets us exposure is cool in my book, since we rely so much on listener support. Give the people what they want!

Yesterday (2/12/10 – Lincoln’s Birthday) two musicians who I respect and admire came by the station to perform some songs live: longtime Guy Clark sideman Verlon Thompson, and Freedy Johnston. Verlon did a 4 song set, including a couple of love songs he penned for his wife. He’s a real nice fella. Freedy came in just after Verlon’s set was over to perform a few songs from his new album “Rain On The City”, as well as a request by yours truly for his cover of “Wichita Lineman”. Freedy and his lovely wife were posing for pics with me (taken by Thomas Crone) in the air studio as my show was expiring, which was strangely exciting! Probably my favorite show I’ve done on KDHX since I started “Medication” back in January 2004 (although Ryan Bingham and Cracker also kicked ass).

The Blues just took care of the Capitals in a shootout tonight, and are just 3 points out in the Western Conference. After the Olympics, the Blues play the first 6 games on the road: 3/2 – Phoenix, 3/4 – Dallas, 3/6 – Colorado, 3/11 – NY Islanders, 3/13 – Columbus, and 3/14 – Minnesota. Considering thier road record, this isn’t a bad thing. The first home game is the day before St. Patrick’s Day (whom I am named after) against Colorado. Let’s Go BLUES!

Second Annual Black History Month Celebration on Pop! the Beat Bubble Burst

This month Pop! The Beat Bubble Burst will be showcasing music dear to my heart to celebrate Black History Month.  This will be the 2nd annual celebration of music written/performed/created by African Americans.

P!TBBB usually plays music from 1963 up to present. The music focuses on British Invasion and Power Pop, but also plays much from the sixties including folk rock, garage rock and psychedelia. From the seventies you can expect to hear pub rock, glam and glitter rock. It also weaves through the last few decades to present echoes of the sounds of the past.  It’s a safe bet to say that most of the music I play wouldn’t exist without the contributions made by those bands and artists that came before them; Blues, Gospel, R&B, Soul and early Rock ‘N’ Roll.

Those influences will be showcased February 4, 11 and 18, 2010, 5-7 a.m. Central.  Every song I play will be by a band or artist that I usually play covering songs by Black artists who wrote or first performed them. 

The last show of the month February 25, 2010. 5-7 a.m. Central will go straight to the source as we play two hours of the original versions of many of the songs played during the first three months.

As always you can stream the program live, online at KDHX.org and listen to archives of every show for up to 2 weeks.

Hope you can tune in!