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.
Lots of DJs are known for digging through record bins, but our friends over at self-titled spend a lot of time digging through YouTube looking for vintage clips for our nostalgic entertainment. They just dug up this 1997 interview with DJ Shadow and Grand Master Flash that aired around the same time as Endtroducing. Shadow explains how turntables work while Kurt Loder still stumbles on the word “hip-hop.”
DJ Shadow has been slowly rolling out new music as part of his Shadowsphere tour. He debut two new cuts at Brooklyn Bowl this week, including what sounds to be an AC/DC sampling banger being called “I Gotta Rock,” (previously captured with worse audio quality) as well as a far more mellow untitled piece featuring some gentle piano and light vocal scratching. Add to these the track “Redeemed” played live over the summer, and the “Def Surrounds Us/I’ve Been Trying” single that was issued last month, and the vision of a full Shadow album, his third since his legendary Endtroducing debut, is starting to take shape. …MORE
DJ Shadow has announced a rare North American tour this fall to preview his as yet untitled follow-up album to 2006′s The Outsider, scheduled to drop some time next year. The legendary mixmaster recently unveiled a new stage show in Europe this summer, involving him performing inside a large sphere.