DJ Shadow, Pigeon John | Park West | Hip-Hop | Chicago Reader
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When: Fri., Nov. 19, 9 p.m. 2010
Price: $30
The 14 years that have passed since the release of DJ Shadow's debut album, Endtroducing. . . . . , have done little to diminish the shocking impact of its elaborate sample-based constructions, and the legions of wannabes who've tried to match its quality haven't done much damage either. The tense, anticipation-building piano riff that opens the first proper song on the record, "Building Steam With a Grain of Salt," still raises hairs, and its berserk polyrhythmic breakdown—a word that's more apt and literal here than almost anywhere else—still astonishes. Shadow himself seems to have given up on matching it, and has instead switched from showcasing the depth of his crates (cutting up painfully obscure soul cuts for the pants-creaming pleasure of hard-core trainspotters) to emphasizing their breadth (putting out an album steeped in Bay Area hyphy or curating Soundcloud mixes of tweaked-out vintage Korean psych-funk). He hasn't dropped a proper album since 2007, but at his online store (and his merch table) you can pick up self-released DJ mixes from throughout his career. Pigeon John opens. 18+. —Miles Raymer
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