Just when you thought the clubbing world couldn’t get any more tasteless, news this weekend that DJ Shadow was kicked off the decks of Miami’s Mansion club. This just months after similar incidents involving house DJs Mark Farina and Dennis Ferrer and the crowds that allegedly paid to see them.
Shadow was asked to end his set approximately 20 minutes after it began, and was replaced by the far far far less legendary DJ No Máz. The incident was captured on video, with Shadow telling the crowd “I’ve waited a long time to play here, but they said this shit is too future for all y’all.” He then went to his Twitter account to proclaim, “I don’t care if I get kicked out of every rich kid club on the planet. I will never sacrifice my integrity as a DJ…ever.”
Some debut albums are so perfect they outshine the artist’s own talent in time. It’s what happens when a natural musician places all their cards on the table and performs all their musical tricks in one shot to set the stage for their career, never reaching that point of greatness again — much to amassed fans’ and critics’ dismay. …MORE
DJ Shadow just released his first career-spanning compilation, Reconstructed: The Best Of DJ Shadow. And in the two-disc set of tunes taken from his earliest pre-Mo Wax days, though his career defining albums Endtroducing and The Private Press, up until his recent full-length, The Less You Know The Better, sits two new tracks, including “Listen” which was cut with legendary UK rock-blues vocalist Terry Reid. Easily one of the most straight-forward records Shadow has ever producer, “Listen” blends dusty drums and guitar loops with Reid’s powerful vox. The man they call “super-lungs” doesn’t wail the way he did in the ’60s, when he was first considered as frontman for Led Zeppelin, but his voice is still rich and full. Check out the video for “Listen after the jump.
Throughout his career, DJ Shadow has ben of two minds. One is the forward-looking producer and turntablist who insists on evolving, despite the call on fans to maintain a status quo (usually fixated around the time of his legendary debut album, Endtroducing). At the same time, Shadow himself has always acknowledged the archival element to his work, whether digging through long forgotten crates looking for the ultimate samples, or compiling his own past, much of which has never seen the light of day.
It’s in the spirit of the latter that Shadow has announced Total Breakdown: Hidden Transmissions From The MPC Era, 1992-1996. As is indicated by the title, this 24-track collection will feature 24 unreleased cuts from Josh Davis’ DAT collection, all of it composed on his trusty MPC. There is no release date set for this double-vinyl, CD or download compilation, but you can download the 1996 track “Affections” after the jump. …MORE
Coachella 2012 is almost here, with an unprecedented two duplicate weekends of the world’s best music performed in one of the world’s most beautiful venues. Picking the acts you must see is a full-time sport for Coachella attendees and the media alike. But considering that URB has been down with the desert spectacular since 1999, we figure we’ll throw our two cents into the ring. …MORE