Hood Internet @ Bar Smith| 10/5/12
Generally speaking, the later someone stays out, the more fun they have soaking up the local nightlife. This isn't always the case, though -- if you stay out all night and pass out on a stranger's floor, you probably aren't having the best of times. Staying out a little past last call is just about ideal, so for the sake of me getting home at 4 a.m. last night, it's safe to say I had a good time.
Chicago-based mash up artist STV SLV (pronounced "Steve Sleeve") of The Hood Internet and Album Tacos performed for a little over an hour on the bottom floor of Bar Smith during the club's weekly dance party, Sticky Fingers which just won our award for Best Weekly Dance Night for Hipsters.
If I'm not mistaken, last night was the first time The Hood Internet's performed in Phoenix. I kept expecting STV SLV's partner in crime, ABX to join in, but STV played a whole set himself under The Hood Internet moniker.
Earlier this week, the duo released an album of original productions, Feat. The songs are so new that fans haven't had much time to get acquainted with the new material, but "I Won't Fuck Us Over," which references the chorus of The National's "Mr. November," was pretty well received.
STV mostly performed by himself, twisting nobs, prompting the audience to clap, and occasionally playing an electronic drum. He invited a couple of friends on stage for the new songs, including a bass player and what can best be described as a hype man.
It's weird to hear half of The Hood Internet perform something that is not a mash up, but the new songs have potential.
The duo's signature indie/hip hop mash ups are what made STV SLV's performance so enjoyable. His set had a clunky start, but really picked up as he placed Jay-Z's vocals in "Just Wanna Love U" over the beats of LCD Soundsystem's "Dance Yrself Clean." The crowd clapped along to key parts and enthusiastically sang along to lines like "I wish I never met her at all."
The Hood Internet's live performance was just as fun as the duo's mixtapes suggest. If you weren't one of the 40 or 50 people (the rest were upstairs) dancing along at Sticky Fingers last night, you should check out some of the duo's work--most of it is free.
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Critic's Notebook: Last Night: The Hood Internet at Bar Smith. Personal Bias: Whenever someone tells me they like Girl Talk, I urge them to listen to The Hood Internet. The Crowd: Sticky Fingers regulars and some folks from the zombie walk. Random Notebook Dump: I underestimated how much more fun it is to dance in jeans than a dress. Recommended Further Listening: Lose My Waters Of Naza(b)reath (Destiny's Child x Justice) , Moneymaking Moneymaker That Makes Money (Ludacris x Rilo Kiley), It's E.S.P. Bitches (Swizz Beatz x Deerhoof) , and Swag Boost (Soulja Boy x Rusko)-- a great example of making two wrongs a right.