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DJ Shadow has been big on the career-retrospective releases this year, putting out Total Breakdown: Hidden Transmissions from the MPC Era, 1992-1996 in August, and Reconstructed: The Best of DJ Shadow in September. Now he plans to release a box set, Reconstructed: The Definitive DJ Shadow, which you can pre-order at his site. Speaking to Clash, DJ Shadow said...

Well I definitely think that some people are interested in an artist's own vision of what their best work is. I don't know if too many people would select a song like 'Dark Days' to be in the very short list but to me it's the perfect closer for the album. Also I think there are fans of mine who frankly heard mixed reviews of 'The Outsider' and weren't sure about the rap stuff on it and that made them not explore the rest of it. This is a chance for people who again only know me from 'Entroducing' to get a chance to explore everything else I've been up to for the past 15 years. I mean, I think it has a purpose but Trevor and I from the beginning it was all about trying to curate a box set, something to be proud of which we could look back on forever. No matter how many we made - whether it was a hundred, fifty or 5000. I do think that's important at a certain point because I'm really not convinced about the importance of the digital world, I don't control that - you know what I mean? When something's physical you control where it stays or gets thrown in the trash. I don't feel the same way about digital - obviously you can burn off a CD but even now we're learning that CDs only have a half life of ten to fifteen years. And I definitely discovered that about DAT Tapes, in the process of all this archive work I've undertaken over the past eight years or so. I mean, they don't last. So having permanent record that is dessiminated throughout the globe it does make you feel comforted. One, maybe in a hundred years or now my work will exist in some way. Again, for me this is a marker of a time and I do feel that what I do going forward will be different and I think for that reason I feel that this Best Of has a certain important within my body of work. It's meant to encapsulate an era and put a marker down that everything after will be different.
DJ Shadow is on tour now and he'll come to NYC to DJ Brooklyn Bowl on December 11, for one of his "All Basses Covered" parties. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/5) at noon. The show flier and a list of all dates are below.


Total Breakdown: Hidden Transmissions from the MPC Era, 1992-1996 (Preview)

DJ Shadow

DJ Shadow -- 2012 Tour Dates
Oct 4, 2012 Higher Ground (All Basses Covered) South Burlington, VT
Oct 5, 2012 SAT (All Basses Covered) Montreal, QC (Canada)
Oct 6, 2012 Danforth Music Hall (All Basses Covered) Toronto, ON (Canada)
Oct 14, 2012 Corona Capital Festival (All Basses Covered) Mexico City, Mexico
Oct 17, 2012 Armando Records (All Basses Covered) Bogotá, Colombia
Oct 19, 2012 Cine Joia (All Basses Covered) São Paulo, Brazil
Oct 20, 2012 Club Subterráneo (All Basses Covered) Santiago, Chile
Oct 21, 2012 La Trastienda Club (All Basses Covered) Buenos Aires, Argentina
Oct 25, 2012 MaZ (All Basses Covered) Brugge, Belgium
Oct 26, 2012 Relentless Freeze Festival (All Basses Covered) London, UK
Oct 27, 2012 Nitsa Club (All Basses Covered) Barcelona, Spain
Oct 28, 2012 Matadero (All Basses Covered) Madrid, Spain
Oct 29, 2012 Cabaret Aléatoire (All Basses Covered) Marseille, France
Nov 9, 2012 The Warehouse Project (All Basses Covered) Manchester, UK
Dec 11, 2012 Brooklyn Bowl (All Bases Covered) Brooklyn, NY
Dec 13, 2012 Republic New Orleans (All Basses Covered) New Orleans, LA
Dec 14, 2012 Mansion (All Basses Covered) Miami Beach, FL



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Comments (14)

Serious question, not a snarky one: What's the difference between a DJ Shadow DJ set and a "proper" set?

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2012 4:35 PM

Douche beard.

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2012 4:48 PM

Kinda snarky but true: Endtroducing was really amazing at the time. Then everything else was really boring. Who's going to buy a box set to find out what someone's 'been up to?'

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2012 4:55 PM

"Entroducing" is possibly one of my favorite albums of all time. The rest of his releases range between boring and unlistenable. One album wonder.

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2012 5:38 PM

This is a MUST have.

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2012 6:58 PM

I still like to first U.N.K.L.E. album a lot. I still listen to it from beginning to end every once in a while.

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2012 11:04 PM


Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2012 3:11 AM

I thought Private Press was also pretty great, but I'm not gonna defend "3 Freaks" or whatever.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2012 3:13 AM

omg i love everclear

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2012 10:04 AM

fuck, everlast*

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2012 10:05 AM


I think proper dj shadow sets are more heavy on the visuals like the shadowsphere was. The dj sets are just him behind the decks and are a bit more improvised. Saw him in Philly last month do a dj set and after 2 hours he just said he was going to play until someone told him to stop.

Posted by Jesse | October 4, 2012 11:06 AM

@10:05 - the joke still kinda worked if you think of Alex back in the day, but your corrected one would have killed. too bad.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2012 12:01 PM

If Friends can't make it who can? Those kids were straight shameless. RIP, spectacular retards. This the end of an era.

Posted by rewayat | November 23, 2012 6:47 PM

Odd that Vernon Reid/Living Colour was not boldfaced in your write up and Melvin Gibbs never played for LC but Eye and I as well as Henry Rollins

Posted by Blackberry Z10 Review | February 3, 2013 9:15 PM

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