This show was a trip down memory lane for me! About three years ago, me and my one cohort, David, went to see The Hood Internet back in Cleveland (my hometown). The show was at a little basement club on the east side and there weren’t a whole lot of people there aside from the regulars. This was the show that made me decide that I was going to start bringing my camera to cover live events and add that to this glorious web-site. Over time, this became my favorite way to contribute and now look at us; top music website ever…no? Oh ok. Well regardless, I love going to live shows and was beyond excited to be covering my first show in the big city of Portland!
The evening started how all shows I go to start; by arriving way too early and standing around wondering where everyone else is. Normally, I would have sat around and had a thousand beers waiting for the show to begin, but hey, this isn’t the east side of Cleveland anymore. There are things to do here in North Portland. Which was inevitably spicy mac n cheese and a few beers.
After eating some beers, we headed back to Mississippi Studios just in time to check out Psalm One from motherfucking Chicago. Not even once, have I witnessed a more entertaining unexpected hip-hop performance. The playfulness and ferocity of Psalm One was something everyone should witness. She had the entire club deeply immersed into the music and even managed to keep my attention deficit ass glued to the stage for the entirety of the set. It was a damn good start to a great evening!
And now for the act that I came here to see; The Hood Internet. Mash-up champions of the world? Probably…but this time they’re touring in support of their upcoming album of originals, ‘FEAT’, due out September 18th on Defcon (preview below). However, that didn’t stop the constant flow of well-thought-out dream collaborations that were served up to the crowd at Mississippi Studios last Friday. And while only having half of the members of The Hood Internet, STV SLV just tore through an hour and a half of great tracks. The end result was the stage being rushed by about 10-15 women for an unsolicited dance competition. Now that’s how you end a show!