The Art of the Turntablist
In a sense, DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist are music historians and preservationists. In "The Hard Sell," they take us on a scratching, mixing, looping journey through musical genres and fads, from the wildly obscure to the completely commercial, while employing not one, not two, but eight turntables and a collection of original 45rpm seven-inch singles that would make Mikey Fremer's hair go straight.
The dynamic DJ duo has been on the road for many months, touring Europe and selling-out London's Roundhouse, but they've now returned to the States for a few final shows. If you were fortunate enough to make it to an earlier US performance, you might still consider returning for a second dose. No two sets are alike. Shadow and Chemist will perform tonight at Brooklyn's popular McCarren Park Pool. With the summer heat pushing the low 90s and NYC's humidity on the rise, I can't imagine a more appropriate venue.
Tomorrow, the duo will perform at the House of Blues in Atlantic City, NJ. For more info, and a list of all the final dates, visit the official Hard Sell Myspace page.
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Finally, you might also enjoy George Reisch's "The Art of the Turntablist," originally published in the September 1999 issue of Stereophile.