THE HIVE DWELLERS
Last autumn Calvin Johnson was en route by train from Providence, RI, to Burlington, IA. Naturally he stopped off in Chicago, IL. for a couple-three days to check in with Mike, Dan, Josh, Hunter: Mahjongg. They had just begun working in their Mad Scientist Laboratory (aka MINBAL Studio, masterstroke of one Benjamin Balcom). You know it was Dr. Jekyll who wore the crazy pants in the family, didn't you? Mr. Hyde just had an extremely uncouth case of morning hair. Mahjongg are the perfect combination of the two: wack like Jekyll, hair like Hyde. Then Calvin says, "Let's Play Band!" and all sorts of bleeps and bloops ensue. That is the origin of the new offering by the Hive Dwellers, featuring Mike, Dan, Josh and Hunter playing themselves, extremely.
Meanwhile, basement studios on the west coast can't resist getting in on the act. Paul Dickow runs the Community Library record label by day, remixes by night as Strategy in his Portland, OR. cave of delights. Wires and buttons come alive to the beat of a drum machine never tamed (best known tofolk for his remix of the Blow song "The Love That I Crave" on their Poor Aim: Love Songs record [KLP167]). The Strategy remix of "Get in" brings the Hive Dwellers well into the 21st century. Finally.
Shawn Parke, an Olympia-based hip-hop producer who often teams up with fellow Beat-Master Blando C. Together they take a swing at another Hive Dwellers song from the Chicago sessions, "Sitting Alone at the Movies", then just for fun he pops-it-up again on his own reconnaissance.
1. Get in
2. Get in (Strategy Remix)
3. Sitting Alone at the Movies (Shawn Parke and Blandow C. Remix)
4. Sitting Alone at the Movies (Shawn Parke Remix)
This edition of the Singles Zip-Pak features Special Apps not available on the "Get in" 12" single:
5. Sitting Alone at the Movies
6. Baby You
Here you have the original version of "Sitting Alone at the Movies" that all the remixes are about, plus a bonus rocker that waxes all Northwest-style.
The phonograph record of "Get in" [KLP223] became available December 7, 2010.
Originally transmitted on August 19th, 2010.
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