Murder by Death.
Maximum Ames Festival features more than 120 bands
Published on September 24th, 2013 | by Joe Lawler
The Hood Internet mashes up in Ames
Aaron Brink (ABX) and Steve Reidell (STV SLV) have earned fans as the mash-up act the Hood Internet, fusing hip-hop and indie rock songs together for Internet mixtapes. But last year the duo decided to do something a little different. Their album “Feat” was all original music, but made like a mash-up, with guest appearances by acts like A.C. Newman, Astronautalis, Psalm One and others.
“It came from our history of playing in bands together,” Reidell said, referring to his pre-Hood Internet collaborations with Brink. “It took this project and gave it another limb, extending from our natural urge to want to make some new songs. With the record we made stuff we would post to our website anyway, but the difference being they’re completely new songs, instead of coming from existing parts.”
Since releasing “Feat,” the Hood Internet, performing Friday as part of the Maximum Ames Music Festival, has released several more mixtapes, and Reidell said he doesn’t see that stopping anytime soon. But the duo are working on more original material and collaborations with other artists. Reidell said in the future he doesn’t expect the Hood Internet’s original material to be a big cohesive project like “Feat” was, though.
Unlike Girl Talk, who creates songs taking dozens of components from other songs to create his work, the Hood Internet’s mash-ups focus more on the bigger elements of songs. During a Hood Internet song you won’t spend time playing “name that tune.” You’ll know right off the bat it’s Purity Ring and Frank Ocean or Justin Timberlake and Daft Punk making up the meat of the song.
“It usually comes from a lot of the stuff we’ve been listening to,” Reidell said. “Sometimes it’s the notion of wondering or a melody or rhythm will fit together and trying it out to see. It’s a lot of trial and error. We’re always pulling stuff out of our collection, but if it doesn’t work, we don’t try to force it.”
Max Ames, year three
Festival co-founder Nate Logsdon said Maximum Ames was looking for two things in its headliners this year: An Iowa connection and living legends. Iowan Greg Brown has a following nationwide and has influenced countless Iowa musicians. The Zombies are a British Invasion act with hits like “Time of the Season” and “She’s Not There” that are staples of oldies stations. Phoenix rockers the Meat Puppets have a sound that has influenced Nirvana, Pavement, Dinosaur Jr. and others.
“I definitely think the Zombies and Greg Brown fit the living legends qualification, easily,” Logsdon said. “Greg and Bo (Ramsey) are an act we’ve wanted to put for a long time. I think they’re the ultimate Iowa acts.”
In 2012 Maximum Ames, topped by headliners Jeff Mangum and Wanda Jackson, drew about 5,500 music fans to venues around Ames. That was about 2,000 more attendees than the festival’s first year. For year three Logsdon has added new venues to the mix, like Ink Blot Studio, the Garagenous Zone and Prairie Moon Winery, as well as bringing the Maintenance Shop back into the fold after the venue didn’t host a show in 2012.
Since last year’s festival, Logsdon took over managing DG’s Tap House, which has hosted Maximum Ames acts each year. Logsdon said the added responsibilities of running a venue didn’t interfere this year. In addition, Logsdon also has his own band, Mumford’s, and helps run the Maximum Ames record label.
“I kind of fit it in with my DG’s booking,” Logsdon said. “I take time to sit down each week to book shows. It’s something I’m working on all the time. During business hours I’m always booking shows.”
Last year Maximum Ames expanded into the Ames City Auditorium, allowing the festival to book bigger acts like Jeff Mangum and the Zombies. Logsdon said the festival has goals of moving into bigger stages eventually, like Stephens Auditorium or Hilton Coliseum.
“We’ve successfully collaborated with many facets of the scene; businesses, nonprofits and the city itself,” Logsdon said. “Through collaborating with all these people, we’ve brought together one event. We want to expand the scope of the event even more with more collaborations every year.”
The Hood Internet
When: 9 p.m. Friday
Where: The Maintenance Shop, 2229 Lincoln Way, Ames
Maximum Ames Music Festival
When: Thursday through Sunday
Where: Various venues in Ames
Cost: $100 for a full festival pass; prices for individual shows vary.
Shows to see
The Maximum Ames Music Festival is made up of 28 shows featuring more than 120 bands at more than 20 venues around Ames. Here are some of the smaller shows worth checking out.
Shook Twins: Identical twins Laurie and Katelyn Shook play an intimate set from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at The Space for Ames, 118 Hayward Ave., Ames. Max Jury, Holly & The Night Owls and Lindsay Nissen open. $5.
The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt: A Nashville group, dubbed “The world’s sweatiest band,” teaming up with one of Iowa’s sweatiest bands, Little Ruckus, along with Jason Anderson and Quick Piss from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday at Zeke’s, 3329 Lincoln Way, Ames. $7.
The Pines: After performing at 80/35 this summer, Iowa natives David Huckfelt and Benson Ramsey return to play a pre-show for Maximum Ames headliners Greg Brown & Bo Ramsey (Ramsey is Pines co-founder Benson Ramsey’s dad) from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday at London Underground, 212 Main St., Ames. Free.
Murder By Death: Cello-driven Indiana indie rock band performing at 9 p.m. Saturday at DG’s Tap House, 125 Main St., Ames. Iowa City act Brooke Strause & The Gory Details open. $12.
Mumford’s: Festival organizers Nate Logsdon and Chris Lyng close out Maximum Ames performing with their own band along with Land of Blood and Sunshine, The Wheelers, The Beat Strings, H.D. Harmsen and Christopher the Conquered from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Sunday at Deano’s, 119 Main St., Ames. $7.