Entries tagged with: DJ Shadow
DJ Shadow at Irving Plaza in September (more by Mathieu Bredeau)
While his tour with Cut Chemist is over, legendary producer DJ Shadow remains busy. His new Liquid Amber imprint just put out Bleep Bloop's new EP 10 Watt Lazer, the label's first release from anyone other than its founder. Bleep Bloop works along the same hip-hop grounded blueprint as Shadow, but his tracks tend to gaze more into the future than the past for inspiration. Says Shadow himself:
This is the first Liquid Amber release by an artist other than myself, so it's an exciting and challenging phase of the process. I'm learning something new daily, and that's rewarding. With Aaron's music, it's not hard for me to be motivated to work on his behalf. He's one of the artists pushing boundaries, and that's a cause I'll always get behind.Check out the entire spacey Bleep Bloop EP below.
In other news, DJ Shadow is one of the artists featured on the limited edition 59-song re-release of the soundtrack to this year's Grand Theft Auto V. That features the game's original score -- by Tangerine Dream, Woody Jackson, The Alchemist + Oh No -- as mixed by DJ Shadow, as well cuts from the soundtrack featuring original music from Flying Lotus, A$AP Rocky, Tyler, The Creator, Twin Shadow, Wavves, Yeasayer, as well as classics from the various radio stations you can listen to in the game.
The soundtrack is out now in both three-disc CD and a massive six-LP vinyl sets in collaboration with Nas' Mass Appeal Records.
And lastly, DJ Shadow's "Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt," from his classic 1996 album Endtroducing, is featured in a new commercial for the new Chevy Malibu, with a pitchman's voiceover replacing the myth-making spoken word of the original track (sad?). Check out the commercial and Bleep Bloop's EP below...
photos by Mathieu Bredeau
DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist / Afrika Bambaataa himself
[Everything] that went under the needle during Shadow and Chemist's propulsive 90-minute spree of old-school breakbeats and frenetic scratches, the disc came from Bambaataa's fabled 42,000-piece record collection. That house of wax is part of an even bigger archive that Bambaataa, now 57, donated in 2013 to the Hip Hop Collection at Cornell University, where he is a visiting scholar. But every thump, riff and shout that boomed through the room tonight - including brazenly manipulated chunks of Sly and the Family Stone's "Sing a Simple Song," Kraftwerk's "Trans Europe Express" and Bambaataa's own '83 jam "Renegades of Funk" - was pulled from the same LPs and 12-inch singles that Bambaataa broadcast across Bronx playgrounds and used to fill the floors at clubs all over New York in the late Seventies and early Eightes.DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist brought their tour DJing exclusively from the legendary Afrika Bambaataa's personal vinyl collection (check it out) to NYC for two shows last week, September 4 and 5 at Irving Plaza. Bambaataa was in attendance for both (as the review quoted above describes from the first night). Opening the shows was a set from Edan and his collaborator Paten Locke. Did you catch either of the shows? How were they?
...At the end of the night, Bambaataa - who watched the set from the balcony - came down to the stage and took a bow, a radiant smile belying the inscrutable effect of his giant Sun Ra-like shades. His life's work may now be a library, but it's still a revolution with wheels. [Rolling Stone]
Pictures of the second night are in this post and continue below...
"There was a certain amount of science to it. An entire week of work experience students left the office thinking that cutting-edge music journalism in 2014 mostly involves calculating which bands have been mentioned most in NME in the past two years, then hunting out references to the bands that influenced those acts online and finally adding up the number of times each influence came up. This gave us a rough list which our editorial team - heads swimming with all of the bands that Wolf Alice (or whoever) have raved on about over 4am ciders - then took to the pub, tore into shreds, fought and shouted about and finally reconstructed in the rundown of 100 you see in the mag today. The Beatles didn't make it. Sorry." [NME[NME went ahead and listed who they think the 100 most influential musicians and bands are (their latest cover story). Radiohead topped the list. Read the rest with justifications at NME, or just look at their full list below...
As mentioned, turntablists DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist will soon be out on the "Renegades of Rhythm" tour where they'll be DJing exclusively from Afrika Bambaataa's personal vinyl collection. (40k+ records!) There are still tickets for the September 4 date at Irving Plaza, but they've added a second show at the NYC venue the following night (9/5). Tickets for the just-added show go on sale Friday (8/1) at 10 AM with a Livenation presale beginning Thursday (7/31) at 10 AM.
Updated dates are listed below...
DJ Shadow @ McCarren Pool, 2008 (more by Zach Dilgard)
DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist have announced the Renegades of Rhythm Tour, marking the latest in a series of several tours the two have done together. This time they'll be playing special tribute to hip-hop legend Afrika Bambaataa. The two crate-diggers will be playing vinyl-only shows, spinning records from Bambaataa's personal collection of over 40,000 records, which is permanently archived at Cornell University. Says Shadow:
His collection includes not just Soul and Rap, but also Soca, Calypso, Dub, Salsa...it's obvious that this music was important to him, and it's reflected in his own music. For example, when the Soulsonic Force is singing an African chant, it actually comes from a Manu Dibango record. That's when being a crate-digger comes in handy - you have to be able to pick up on the references and reiterate them...The tour will stop in Irving Plaza in NYC on September 4. Tickets for that show, and for the rest of the tour, will go on sale this Friday, June 20 at 10 AM with a Citi Cardmember and Live Nation mobile app presale beginning Thursday (6/19) at 10 AM. The complete list of dates can be found below.
...This has never been done before, definitely not on this scale. They're HIS records, with his blessings. This isn't just ANY copy of 'X' breakbeat, it's THE copy, THE copy that started everything. Not just any records, the MASTER OF RECORDS' records.
DJ Shadow at Brooklyn Bowl in 2012 (more by Robert Altman)
As mentioned, there's a weekly Thursday party called INPUT at new Williamsburg dance club Output (74 Wythe Ave by N. 12th St.) which has already had some good shows, and has another this week (3/21) with Bok Bok, Kingdom, Girl Unit, L-Vis 1990, MikeQ, Rizzla, and Kelela. They've just recently announced their April parties, and those are looking pretty good too.
On April 4, they've got DFA DJs Juan MacLean and Tim Sweeney, along with Dan Wender. Tickets for that one are on sale now.
The last announced INPUT party for April at the moment (they haven't announced a 4/25 show) is on April 18 with Ben UFO, Pearson Sound, and Pangaea. Tickets are on sale. And if you haven't already, check out Ben UFO's Fabriclive.67 mix.
Listen to "Ghost" from Kilo Kish's mixtape which features production from SBTRKT below...
photos by Robert Altman
DJ Shadow took his "All Basses Covered" tour to NYC on Thursday (12/11) for a show at Brooklyn Bowl. Like he's been doing in other cities, he introduced the crowd to a handful of new songs, and the reaction was pretty positive. Pictures from Thursday's show are in this post.
DJ Shadow at Pitchfork Fest 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
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.
Gary Clark Jr. at Coachella 2012 (more by David Andrako)
As mentioned, Philly's Made In America Festival goes down this weekend (9/1 - 9/2) on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Since we last spoke, the lineup was expanded and now includes Drake (who was rumored but not on the initial lineup announcement), Jill Scott, Chris Cornell, The Hives, and Run DMC, who are all playing the second day (9/2), in addition to blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr., who will be on the only performer on the bill playing both days, and others. Day 1 (9/1) will be headlined by festival head Jay-Z, and also includes Skrillex, Passion Pit, D'Angelo, Dirty Projectors, Janelle Monae, and others, and day 2 (9/2) will be headlined by Pearl Jam and also includes Odd Future, X, Santigold, and others. Tickets for the festival are still available.
If you're going to the fest, Philly is only about a two hour drive from NYC and this FAQ should help you find your way over (for directions use the address of Ben Franklin Parkway at Eakins Oval in Philadelphia or the Philadelphia Museum of Art). Once you're there, that FAQ will also help you find your way around, parking tips, and more. There will be a free filtered water service at the festival site, but you can't bring glowsticks (sorry Skrillex fans).
A #MadeInAmerica video for Gary Clark Jr. and the lineup for the festival are below.
DJ Shadow @ Pitchfork Fest 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
On Wednesday night (3/28) he'll be in NYC at Irving Plaza with Nerve. Tickets are still available.
Last DJ Shadow played Pitchfork Fest. Pitchfork Fest just added more artists to their 2012 lineup (like The Atlas Moth, Danny Brown, Dirty Projectors, Clams Casino, Flying Lotus, Iceage, The Men, Olivia Tremor Control, Purity Ring, Schoolboy Q, and Sleigh Bells).
All Shadow tour dates and his video for Scale It Back ft. Little Dragon below...
Radiohead @ Roseland Ballroom in 2011 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Coachella which is taking place over the course of two weekends this year (April 13-15 and 20-22) revealed their 2012 lineup. Last week, Azealia Banks was the first artist confirmed, and earlier today they confirmed The Weeknd (maybe he found a band?), and before that, Jimmy Cliff, Breakbot, and Housse De Racket. The reunited Pulp then announced itself. The full lineup also includes headliners The Black Keys, Radiohead, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, not to mention, as predicted, the reunited At the Drive In and the reunited Mazzy Star (!), and Madness and Refused (!) and Jeff Mangum and many, many more that you can see below...
Fleet Foxes / Zola Jesus
Pitchfork Fest day two (7/16) had a pretty great variety of acts. In addition to newer acts like No Age, Zola Jesus and Twin Shadow, day two made way for a number of more classic artists including the recently reunited Dismemberment Plan, hardcore punk 'supergroup' OFF!, and instrumental hip hop vet DJ Shadow. You might include Destroyer and The Radio Dept. in that group too, who both played day two of the fest.
Fleet Foxes, who also played Pitchfork Festival in 2008, headlined. Catch Fleet Foxes in NYC when their tour with The Walkmen hits Williamsburg Waterfront on September 24. Tickets for this great double bill are still on sale.
Tickets to all dates of the the IDENTITY Fest tour, Jones Beach and PNC Bank Arts Center included, have been reduced to $20 today. The sale started at 9am today and lasts for "20 hours only" (thanks Danielle). I don't know what the set times are, but that's a pretty good deal even if you just go for DJ Shadow and watch (dance to) one or two acts before him.
photos by Tim Griffin
DJ Shadow @ the Great Escape
Instrumental hip hop guru DJ Shadow is set to release his first LP in five years The Less You Know, The Better on September 5. He released the single "I Gotta Rokk" back in May. Check out the video for that track below.
DJ Shadow performed at Glastonbury this past weekend. According to @RadioRassilon, "DJ Shadow in the John peel tent at #Glastonbury - mind boggling. I'm boggled. Boggled flat." We don't have pictures from his set there but we did catch at the Great Escape, also in the UK, in May. As previously seen on the BV Facebook, pictures from that one are in this post.
Those fests were some of many performances Shadow has/had lined up this summer, which is largely being occupied by the touring electronic festival, IDentity Festival in August and early September. IDentity will be headlined by Kaskade, Steve Aoki (who was spotted at the Gay Pride Parade on Sunday), and Steve Lawler. It also includes live sets by Holy Ghost!, Hercules and Love Affair, and Modeselektor. It hits PNC Bank Arts Center in Jersey on 8/14 and Jones Beach in Long Island on 8/21. Tickets are on sale for both.
Video, tour dates, more live pics and the IDentity Fest lineup and flier below...
Wildbirds & Peacedrums @ the Bell House in 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)
today in NYC
* Howl Fest
* Red Hook Fest
* Chola @ Barbes
* Sima Bina @ Town Hall
* Bushwick Open Studios
* Thierry Stremler @ Barbes
* Larry Polansky @ The Stone
* Christian Wolff @ The Stone
* Atlantic Avenue Artwalk
* Hillstock @ 106 Emerson Place
* Martin Sexton @ City Winery
* Hallucinogen @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Network Awesome @ 92Y Tribeca
* Mike Birbiglia @ Barrow Street Theatre
* Delexilio @ Brooklyn Academy of Music
* School of Seven Bells @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Stepdad, Sunset Victim @ Cameo Gallery
* Banda Sinaloense de los Muertos @ Barbes
* Pollyester, My Favourite Things @ The Gutter
* Saadi, Janka Nabay, Jogyo @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Captain Beefheart tribute @ Bowery Poetry Club
* Effi Briest, Pillars and Tongues, Hiro Kone @ Cake Shop
* Wolvserpent, A Story of Rats, Ruin Lust @ The Acheron
* Black Label Society, Anchored, Hourcast @ Irving Plaza
* Weston, Morning, Communication Redlight @ Maxwell's
* Joshua Light Show @ American Museum of Natural History
* Sondre Lerche, Nightlands, Kishi Bashi @ Bowery Ballroom
* Jimmy Eat World, Civil Twilight @ The Wellmont Theatre
* Big White Clouds, Amory Sivertson, Commerce @ Sycamore
* Rifle Recoil, My Favourite Things, Pollyester @ The Gutter
* The Machine (Pink Floyd tribute) @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise
* Dennis Coffey, The Dirtbombs, The Stepkids @ The Bell House
* All Tiny Creatures, More Humans, The Caribbean @ Sycamore
* Meta and the Cornerstones, DJ Spinach, Veronica @ 92YTribeca
* The Woes, Elk City, Old Monk, Royal American @ The Rock Shop
* Bella Boys, Milly Beau, The Durians, Ben Arsenal @ Shea Stadium
* Psychic Friend, Dangerous Ponies, Mystery Roar @ Public Assembly
* Richard Pinhas, Mountains, Forma, Carlos Giffoni @ The Schoolhouse
* The Sun Araw Band, Matthewdavid, D'eon, M Geddes Gengras @ 285 Kent
* Red Wire Black Wire, Dinosaur Bones, Steel Phantoms, Santah @ Pianos
* Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Yellow Ostrich, Callers @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Blitz the Ambassador, DJ Spinna & more @ Target Free Saturday @ Brooklyn Museum
* D. Charles Speer & The Helix, Spider Bags, John Wesley Coleman @ Bruar Falls
* Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Balkans, Fort Lean, Headless Horseman @ Glasslands
* Ken South Rock, Unstoppable Death Machines, Ritz Riot, Filthy Savage @ Silent Barn
* Reverend John DeLore, Doran Danoff, Scott Metzger, Trina Hamlin @ Bowery Electric
* Teenage Angst (Nirvana tribute), MIck's Jaguar (Rolling Stones) @ Mercury Lounge
* Black Dog (Led Zeppelin Tribute), Sabbra Cadabra (Black Sabbath) @ Mercury Lounge
* Bad Manners, The Scofflaws, The Forthrights, The Grace Of Spades @ The Studio
* Unstoppable Death Machines, GDFX, DJ Teenwolf, DJ Jimmy C @ Tortilleria Chinantla (new location)
* Richard Lloyd (of Television), The Bamboo Kids, Heap, Jukebox Zeros, All In Your Mind @ Trash Bar
* Hooray For Goodbye, Clinical Trials, Aggie Doone, Circadian Clock @ Public Assembly (day show)
The schedule for Hillstock keeps changing. Today's up to date schedule is below.
The Captain Beefheart tribute at Bowery Poetry Club is:
Gary Lucas (Beefheart alumni, Jeff Buckley), Nona Hendryx (Labelle, Talking Heads), Nina Persson (The Cardigans), Nathan Larson (Shudder To Think), Cynthia Sley (Bush Tetras), Doug Gillard (Guided By Voices), Eric Slick (Dr. Dog), & Weasel Walter (Behold The Arctopus), will be joined by musicians from the rock, jazz, metal, progressive, blues, experimental, & classical worlds to perform faithful and interpretive versions of songs from Beefheart's entire catalog, from his 1966 debut "Safe As Milk" to his final record "Ice Cream For Crow", released in 1982.The flyer reposted below.
All Tiny Creatures are here for two nights of shows.
Mike Birbiglia's show keeps getting extended. More chances to catch it!
Check out This Week in Indie.
My Morning Jacket VH1 Storytellers premiered on TV last night. Look for a repeat.
My Morning Jacket play Mountain Jam is this weekend.
The Roots Picnic is today and streaming.
Mutek is this weekend.
Chaos in Tejas is this weekend.
We're giving away a pair of passes to Internet Week.
DJ Shadow 'Gotta Rokk'. Video below...
New Tyler the Creator/Frank Ocean video, below...
Wu Lyf's new video for "Dirt" below....
In what is now an annual tradition, we're playing catch up during this final week of the year. If this post seems outdated, that's because it is. Happy Holidays!
photos by Benjamin Lozovsky
DJ Shadow has been in the turntabilist scene for nearly seventeen years now. He's been doing this for a long time, and only now has he finally taken that giant leap to push himself, and his audience to that visual cutting edge. The DJ, producer, and recent r&d specialist, born Josh Davis, is currently on tour putting your eyes through a visual journey with "Live From The Shadwosphere".And just like at Irving Plaza the night before (11/15), DJ Shadow brought the Shadowsphere and support from Pigeon John to Brooklyn Bowl on 11/16. More pictures from that appearance are below.
"I'm inside the sphere on stage, and the audience is seeing me there with the back visuals, so there's two planes. It had to swivel because I didn't want to be hidden from the crowd the whole time either; there's also an opening in the back that allows that."
Even though DJ Shadow has never took that huge leap with a technology driven centerpiece like DJ artists, Daft Punks pyramid, Etienne de Crécys cube, Deadmau5's wall housing, or David Guettas laser robots, his new approach has turned out for the best.
"We didn't want to be projecting on flat screens anymore as we had done prior. It was really about coming up with a concept, and selling it in the visuals -- now that we have about 50 shows under our belt, I'm really happy with it."-[Nerd Reactor]
photos by Chris Doss
"Wow...New York, jaded? HELL NAW, New York was on FIRE!!!!! The best show I have ever had in the city in 14 years. Brooklyn Bowl tomorrow!!" - DJ Shadow
This time [DJ Shadow] came with his "Shadowsphere" a giant white orb that he dj'ed inside of, fully equipped to take you to another dimension. This video [below] doesn't give justice to 3D effect it has in person, but it's pretty incredible. While DJ Shadow cranks out the beats, his nerd navigator projects multiple video sequences on the sphere and onto the main screen behind it. Some of the effects are mind blowing and will freak you out! This vid has some of my favorite tunes back-to-back with some really nice live dnb remixing. It's another must see DJ Shadow performance. -[AOK Studios]Pigeon John opened and does again tonight at Brooklyn Bowl, which was sold out but it back on sale. More dates HERE. More pictures and some videos from Irving, below...
"WITNESS' 6th Annual Focus for Change Benefit Dinner & Concert" goes down on Thursday, December 2, 2010 at Roseland Ballroom in NYC. Co-Hosted by Peter Gabriel, there will be performances by Antibalas, Jimmy Cliff and Sheryl Crow. Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter, will be there too. Click the link to get your $750 tickets.
Fistful of Mercy is Joseph Arthur, Ben Harper & Dhani Harrison, and you can catch them at the Apollo Theater on November 17th. Tickets are still on sale.
Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band play Terminal 5 on 2/12. Tickets are on sale.
UK band Peggy Sue are worth getting to Terminal 5 early on November 19th. They open that date for Kate Nash. Tickets are still on sale.
Randy Newman plays Town Hall on March 5th. Tickets are on sale.
Rural Alberta Advantage play Mercury Lounge on 1/12. Tickets are on sale.
photos by Oliver Correa / HiFi Cartel
Cut Chemist @ CMJ
Tickets are still available for DJ Shadow's 11/15 show at Irving Plaza, but the cratedigger/producer extraordinaire has added a second and cheaper show the following day at Brooklyn Bowl with Pigeon John (11/16, tickets). All DJ Shadow dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, Shadow's sometime partner Cut Chemist paid NYC a visit during CMJ, trotting out some new tunes at the invite-only Red Bull Space. A few pictures from that party where he shared a bill with Spinna, are in this post. His new LP, entitled Sound of The Police, is out now (and fully streamable) on Bandcamp, and features "Adidas to Addis" available for free download.
Cut Chemist is also on board to play The Echoplex in LA on 10/30 as part of the 20th anniversary of Ninja Tune Records. The full lineup includes Amon Tobin, Kid Koala, DJ Food & TX, and many others. Ninjatune is also celebrating their anniversary with a show in NYC, with a similar lineup but without Cut Chemist, at Santos on 10/28. That is is now sold out.
All Shadow and Chemist dates, with more pictures and videos from the Red Bull Space, below...
DJ Shadow at McCarren Pool (more by Zach Dilgard)
DJ Shadow has a new 12"/digital release that will serve as a prelude to the producer's 2011 LP. The release, which contains two songs, "Def Surrounds Us" and "I've Been Trying", was pressed on a very limited number of 12-inch only releases, and is currently on sale as a "digital single" at the DJ Shadow Webshop and iTunes. Keep a look out for that 12" though, it features original artwork by hand-drawn by Josh Davis (Shadow) and is available at "selected stores in the UK and US".
In addition, DJ Shadow is prepping to return to NYC to play Irving Plaza on 11/15. Tickets go on Live Nation Presale on 9/30 at 10AM and ending at 10PM, with regular sale blasting off at noon the next day (10/1). The show is one of a few US tour dates trickling out for the evil genius so far, all which (that are known) are below along with some video.
"In Norse mythology, Völsung was murdered by the Geatish king Siggeir and avenged by one of his sons, Sigmund and his daughter Signy who was married to Siggeir. Völsung was the common ancestor of the ill-fortuned clan of the Volsungs, including the greatest of Norse heroes, Sigurd. Their legend is known in Norse myth through Volsungasaga and Dráp Niflunga and in Old German through the Nibelungenlied.The above picture is a screenshot of SXSW's recently updated Stubb's schedule. Friday is now the "Guitar Hero Metallica" showcase and "Volsung" from "Somewhere, Norway" is playing at 10:30 pm.
In the English epic Beowulf, when the Geatish warrior Beowulf has killed Grendel, a Danish bard at Hrothgar's court sings about Sigmund and his father Waels." [Wikipedia]
PREVIOUSLY: Metallica playing SXSW??
P.S. Katy Perry has vanished from the Stubb's schedule, thus removing the (not)awesomeness that was Katy playing back to back with the Meat Puppets.
photos by Zach Dilgard
Before firing up their decks at the McCarren Park Pool in Brooklyn on Thursday night, DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist cleared the stage for an instructional film, projected onto two backdrop screens. Beginning with a brief history of the 45-r.p.m. record, the film moved on to the logistics at hand. "All audio is being delivered via vinyl on eight turntables into four mixers," a voice declared, in the plummy tone of a 1950s studio announcer. That may not sound like an applause line, but at this show it drew exuberant cheers.Not an easy show to get into (a hard sell?) if you like to dance, cool (in a geeky way) nonetheless. Zach saw the Brooklyn show. I made the trip to Atlantic City for the show the next day. We both agreed on the dancey part (especially compared to Cut Chemist and DJ Shadow doing shows on their own in the past.)
The Atlantic City show at House of Blues was weird. The low-ceiling room was on the 2nd floor of a casino off the boardwalk, above slot machines. There was no stage. There were no chairs. There was a little bar in the back. There was some art on the walls. Everyone had to stand in a semi-circle around the two deejays as they mixed songs on a table and projected stuff on to screens behind them. The screens were also basically at floor level. Two big stacks of speakers were placed in each corner of the tables on the floor. The sound was not very good. If the show was more packed (it wasn't that packed), it would have been impossible to see anything for most people there, especially short people. It must have been weird for Shadow & Chemist to go from headlining the huge McCarren Pool with a big stage and giant video screens one day, to that AC show one day later. It was the first time I went to House of Blues in Atlantic City, but as far as I could tell they have multiple rooms for shows. I don't think that's the same room Al Green is playing in. More pics from McCarren below....
Speaking of cool, Shadow and Cut are teaming up with the brain-teasing DJ Spooky, recent author of Sound Unbound, for a show at McCarren Park Pool on July 17. Spooky will be tackling the afterparty and remixing the Stax back catalog as ably as he did the Trojan vaults over the last couple of years.Tonight (Thursday)
It's times like these I wish I lived in Brooklyn. [WIRED]
* DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist @ McCarren Pool (NOT free)
* DJ Spooky @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (FREE!)
P.S. Professor Murder are playing Music Hall for free on August 22nd.
The Hard Sell (aka DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist) added a few more tour dates since the Brooklyn & AC announcement. The Brooklyn show is at McCarren Pool and tickets are still on sale. The Mariaville show is called Camp Bisco and MSTRKRFT, !!!, LA Riots and Snoop Dogg are also on that bill. The rest of the currently-announced lineup for that three day festival, and all Hard Sell dates, below....