Merch’s Monday Mash Up: The Paradise Island Playlist

I’ll always have an affinity for The Hood Internet boys. They’re one of the inspiration behind the Merch’s Mash Up segment back when BC & I squirreled around on the radio.  I was a giddy girl when we received their latest playlist in our inbox titled, “The Paradise Island Playlist” they mixed for the delightfully dapper menswear site, Frank & Oak.


It’s a nice mix of chillwave and rap, a nice addition to your summertime mixes (currently tossing into my Wild Summer list). Just check out this track list, yo!

(Alright, the yo was a little much).

1. Kendrick Lamar x IAMNOBODI x Clubcasa Chamber Orchestra
2. Giraffage
3. Driicky Graham x Cashmere Cat
4. Ryan Hemsworth x 2 Chainz ft. Young Fame
5. Clicks & Whistles x Bun B ft. Yung Texxus
6. Big Sean x Kanye West x Keys N Krates
7. Joey Bada$$ ft. CJ Fly
8. Bobby Tank
9. Salva
10. Blu
11. Pusha T
12. AlunaGeorge x Deebs
13. Solar Bears
14. Danny Brown x Black Moth Super Rainbow
15. Airbird & Napolian
16. Dr. Dre
17. Big Black Delta x Joywave
18. Pharrell
19. Thundercat
20. Chance The Rapper
21. Autre Ne Veut
22. Breakbot ft. Irfane
23. Gigamesh
24. Peter & The Magician
25. Gucci Mane x Le Sins
26. Icona Pop x Classixx

You can DOWNLOAD  the playlist here, fo free!

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The Hood Internet | On Tour

Just got a lovely update from our mash-up boys, The Hood Internet, regarding their upcoming tour. They will be at the Bamboozle Roadshow with Chiddy BangPusha-TDev and Ninjasonik. Then on a handful of shows with Matt And Kim. High fives!

Here are some of their most recent tracks, along with their new mixtape!


RIHANNA x TV ON THE RADIO “Only Cannonball In The World”


THE HOOD INTERNET: The Mixtape Volume Five

APRIL 14 – Green Room, Revolution Live, Ft Lauderdale FL
APRIL 20 – Top Hat, Missoula MT %
APRIL 29 – Bamboozle, Meadowlands, East Rutherford NJ
APRIL 30 – Bamboozle, Meadowlands, East Rutherford NJ
MAY 1 – Bamboozle, Meadowlands, East Rutherford NJ
MAY 4 – House Of Blues, Boston MA *
MAY 6 – The Fillmore, Charlotte NC *
MAY 7 – House Of Blues, Myrtle Beach SC *
MAY 11 – The Loft, Atlanta GA *
MAY 12 – Slowdown, Omaha NE
MAY 13 – House Of Blues, Houston TX *
MAY 15 – House Of Blues, Dallas TX *
MAY 18 – House Of Blues, San Diego CA *
MAY 19 – House Of Blues, Los Angeles CA *
MAY 20 – The Fillmore, San Francisco CA *
MAY 22 – Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR *
MAY 23 – El Corazon, Seattle WA *
MAY 24 – The Commodore, Vancouver BC *
MAY 29 – B.O.M.B. Fest, Danbury CT
MAY 30 – House Of Blues, Chicago IL *
MAY 31 – Trocadero, Phildelphia PA #
JUNE 1 – Rams Head, Baltimore MD #
JUNE 2 – Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC #
JUNE 8 – TLA, Philadelphia PA *
JUNE 10 – Sound Academy, Toronto ON *
JUNE 24 – Majestic, Detroit MI #
JUNE 25 – Vic Theatre, Chicago IL #
JUNE 26 – Vic Theatre, Chicago IL #
JUNE 30-JULY 3 – Electric Forest, Rothbury MI
JULY 7-9 – Camp Bisco, Mariaville NY 

% with SHAPERS

# with Matt And Kim

* Bamboozle Roadshow
w/ Chiddy Bang, Dev,
Pusha-T, Ninjasonik

BBU feat. Das Racist | “Please, No Pictures”

You may remember the BBU boys from their Chicago anthem “Chi Don’t Dance,” well they’re back with “Please, No Pictures,” which is more or less poking fun at the whole “Miley Cyrus hitting a bong” incident. And they’ve brought in one of our favorite hip hop discoveries of 2010, Das Racist, plus, it’s produced by our favorite mash-up DJs, The Hood Internet. What a combo, get it, get it!

BBU feat. Das Racist | “Please, No Pictures” [mp3]

Neiliyo “Runnin’ #Errndz” LP

Neiliyo is at it again.  He just released a new LP, “Runnin’ #Errndz”, which is super baller.  We personally love the use of the hash-tag in the title, and don’t you sound totally gangster when you say “Ernndz” aloud?  Yes, yes you do. He actually lists off his personal list of errands I mean errndz in the track “Real Time (Ernndz)”.

AND the one and only steve leeve from our favorite masher-upers, The Hood Internet, did the artwork.  Look at Neiliyo’s little boat shoes! Just look at ’em!  His funky electro-pop sound and schnazzy synths will definitely make you “get your sneakers on” and “make sure the speakers on” and have a mega footloose dance party.

Standout trackz: “Micropop” and “I Just Love Making Music”

Also, check this fool’s website and follow his tweetz.

BC & Merch’s Most Twerk-tastic of 2009

Following much debate regarding breakthrough’s of 2009, we decided to tell the world about what we consider our “Most Twerk-tastic of 2009” picks, which are the only opinions that matter, after all. We each posted our top 5 twerk-arific albums, songs, discoveries, concerts and movies. Let us know what you think!

BC’s Picks


1) Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears – Tell ‘Em What Your Name Is!

Best described as James Brown meets Chris Rock, front man Joe Lewis brings 60s soul and blues and gives it 21st century attitude. With their first single “Bitch, I Love You,” Black Joe and the gang gained national notoriety in early 2009 with a spread in SPIN magazine. The release of their debut full-length, Tell ‘Em… is chocked full of Motown soul and Robert Johnson blues, with Lewis’ own brand of story telling. Tell ‘Em… is refreshing in that it’s the most original sound you’ve already heard.

2) N.A.S.A. – The Spirit of Apollo

3) Kid Cudi – Man On The Moon: The End of Day

4) Amanda Blank – I Love You

5) Let’s Go To War – Karmageddon


1) Jay-Z – “Young Forever”

About a month before Jay-Z’s The Blueprint III was released, I was listening to 80’s pop band Alphaville’s single, “Forever Young” and thought how cool it would be if someone rapped over that track. So when I was giving The Blueprint III a first listen on my iPod, track 15 began to play and I thought “How the hell did Alphaville get on this play list?! No way, Jay-Z is NOT going to rap over this!” And wouldn’t you know it, 2 bars into the song, the drum machine kicked in and HOVA entered. True story. I should be a producer, I know. Jay spits rhymes about living life to the fullest, especially with lines like Fear not when, fear not why/Fear not much while were alive/Life is for living not living up tight/See ya somewhere up in the sky. With so many tracks dedicated to dick-measuring, it’s good that Jay can still be inspirational.

2) N.A.S.A. feat. Kanye West, Santogold & Lykke Li – “Gifted”

3) Friendly Fires – “Skeleton Boy”

4) Basement Jaxx – “Raindrops”

5) Passion Pit – “Little Secrets”


1) Woodhands

These Canadian dance-rock fiends really know how to get a dance floor moving, which is something you could never tell by their appearance. Singer/keyboardist Dan Werb looks like an even more boyish Zach Braff and drummer Paul Banwatt looks kind of like comedian Aziz Ansari. But man, after hearing Woodhands “Under Attack (Live Remix)” back in February, I HAD to go buy their album. In fact, “Under Attack” has more plays than any other song on my iPod and three other tracks off their debut are within my top 20 most played songs. Merch and I almost didn’t make it to their set at South By Southwest this year, but we are forever glad we did. Merch literally danced so hard she barfed (that one was for all her gentlemen callers out there. Yummy!) And I can’t wait for their sophomore release, Remorsecapade, which is due out on January 26!

2) Justice

3) Does It Offend You Yeah?

4) Brother Ali

5) The Hood Internet


1) Bruce Springsteen @ Bonnaroo, Manchester, TX – June 13, 2009

Having never seen The Boss in concert before, I was pleasantly surprised at how bat-shit insane his live performance is! I mean, this guy is 60 years old and in much better shape than I am (and as the ladies can attest, is no easy feat…). He was jumping around on the stage, diving into the audience and basically proved he has bigger balls than any 20-something douche trying to compete. You don’t really even have to be an avid Springsteen fan to be entertained by him. So apparently, it is a regular shtick for Springsteen concert-goers to make posters with song requests on them, and Bruce will snatch a bunch of them from the audience, sort through the pile of requests, and jam out a bunch of them. One strange request was “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town,” in which The Boss said “It’s too fucking hot for Santa!” But being the bad ass he is, Bruce played it any way. Only Bruce Springsteen could bring Christmas in June, bitches!

2) Jay-Z @ Frank Erwin Center, Austin, TX – November 10, 2009

3) Pop Unknown @ The Mohawk, Austin, TX – February 21, 2009

4) Passion Pit @ Emo’s, Austin, TX – June 3, 2009

5) Woodhands @ SXSW, Austin, TX – March 18, 2009


1) Star Trek

Being a huge Star Wars fan my entire life, I’ve never really been much of a Trekkie. J.J. Abrham’s revamped take on the Captain Kirk-era Star Trek was visually stunning with a captivating story. Deciding to use time travel to allow for a completely different story to be told is not necissarily a new idea (see, well, every Terminator movie, EVER), but Ahbrams did a great job of using it to make the story of the SS Enterprise actually interesting (no offense, Trekkies).

2) Hangover

3) District 9

4) Inglorious Basterds

5) Zombieland

Merch’s Picks


1.) Them Crooked Vultures-“Them Crooked Vultures”

When I started hearing rumors about this insane trio, I was instantly intrigued. The band came to Austin and played an intimate performance at Austin City Limits followed by the ACL festival without even releasing their album. This was the one festival performance that I was actually star-stricken by. In November they streamed the full album on their Web site and through a mailing list titled, “Fuck the Patience, Let’s Dance.” The album combines sounds unlike any other, but bring in some familiar beats from Foo Fighters and Led Zeppelin.

2.) The XX- “xx”

3.) Friendly Fires- “Friendly Fires”

4.) Grizzly Bear- “Vekatimest”

5.) Passion Pit- “Manners”


1.) Friendly Fires- “Skeleton Boy”

This upbeat track attracted dancers by the masses when it released in March. The video alone was amazing, and the song urged listeners to trace down the musicians who created it. When we caught wind of this song and the band, we couldn’t wait to play it on-air. It’s bubbling synths demand flashing lights and a dance floor.

2.) Yeah Yeah Yeah’s -“Heads Will Roll”

3.) Kennedy- “Let It Out”

4.) Empire of the Sun- “Walking On A Dream”

5.) Miike Snow- “Black and Blue”


1.) Woodhands- BC and I both agree on this one!

2.) Amanda Blank

3.) Raphael Saadiq

4.) Grizzly Bear

5.) Kid Sister


1.) Black Joe Lewis @KTSW MR.Fest, San Marcos,TX

This past May I planned a day festival called MR.Fest [My Radio Fest] for our radio station with nearly 20 bands and Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears as the headliner. The festival took place at 4 local venues with Black Joe Lewis serving as the grand finale. The San Marcos venue Bar One Forty One, formerly known as Lucy’s, filled to capacity and amazed the crowd with a 2 1/2 hour enthusiastic set. The band members has so much energy and never stopped dancing, and BC and I couldn’t have been more proud of all the hard work we put into the festival…and it paid off. Since then we have watched the gang explode in popularity and continue their awesome live performance.

2). Woodhands -SXSW

3.) Public Enemy- Bonnaroo

4.) Bruce Springsteen- Bonnaroo

5.) Kanye West-SXSW Perez Hilton Party (simply because I got knocked out during the show & paramedics came.)


1.) Avatar

When I first heard about this movie I wasn’t very interested. I like sci-fi movies, but the name alone made me shy away. Catching wind of reviews and ratings from friends I began to gain interest. It blew me away. This movie is an epic visual masterpiece and I truly feel there will never be another movie like it. The ability to influence an audience to turn against its own race is remarkable. After I watched the film I spent hours researching and intrigued to find that planet, species, plants, animals and environment is by scientific explanation. There is even an entire book that describes the planet Pandora! If you loved it as much as I, check out the Discovery News interviews and videos.

2.) Inglorious Basterds

3.) Zombieland

4.) The Hangover

5.) Fantastic Mr. Fox

Fun Fun Fun Fest Photos: Day 1

We had a blast at Fun Fun Fun Fest and saw so many amazing musicians over the course of the weekend.  Despite the rain and mud that seem to take over American festivals, it was a great experience.  We wanted to share some photos that Merch took on Friday and Saturday.  We will be posting reviews, interviews, video and more photos from the festival over the next few days.

BC and Merch with Zack Teibloom of Festival Crashers at the Cherry Peel Pre-FFF Fest event.


The Hood Internet

Zlam Dunk



Under Pressure Screen Shop were slingin’ the official FFF Fest shirts.IMG_9644



James Husband


MC ChrisIMG_9714

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