Givng thanks on Thanksgiving for the letters DJ Shadow has been sending, explaining why and where and how the music from his latest, perhaps greatest effort, Our Pathetic Age, was born.
It is always worth mentioning new productions from one of the most prolific and influential DJs in history.
When last we spoke, DJ Shadow reminded me that the internet is not our savior. He might as well have added that saviors do not exist.
“As long as the old stuff is given a context and doesn’t overshadow the new, I think it’s a healthy exercise for me, and one that recalibrates me for whatever new musical path lies ahead,” said Shadow.
Shadow’s musical embrace is warm and wide. Return it.
It’s a democracy failure Davis saw crushed up close, given his proximity to Silicon Valley, where titans like Apple and Google sprouted from technological culture jammers into the undisputed masters of Wall Street’s universe.
What’s crazy is that few saw it coming.
LONG BEFORE DJ Shadow became an electro-hop legend, he was answering questions online from scrubs like me. Where did you get the guitar riff for “High Noon?” Who the hell was Colonel Bagshot? Do you owe David Axelrod back pay? Then he got too busy to bother.
Consider then, if you will, the Hard Sell Tour as a gathering of fellow revolutionaries keeping the dual promises of turntablism and historiography alive.
authenticity, identity and expression are tackled with ease in Chang’s latest effort Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-Hop
“If blues culture had developed under the conditions of oppressive, forced labor, hip-hop culture would arise from the conditions of no work.”