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DJ Shadow - 'Live In Milan, Italy - September 1st, 1999' [CD]
DJ Shadow - 'Live In Milan, Italy - September 1st, 1999' [CD]
DJ Shadow - 'Live In Milan, Italy - September 1st, 1999' [CD]
DJ Shadow - 'Live In Milan, Italy - September 1st, 1999' [CD]

DJ Shadow

Live In Milan, Italy - September 1st, 1999

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The setting: Summer, 1999. DJ Shadow is touring clubs in Europe, hitting many countries (including Italy) for the first time. Reflecting the aesthetics of turntablism which are dominating DJ values, Shadow turns in his most scratch-heavy set to date, keeping the vibe distinctly b-boy. Blazing through such classics as "The Number Song (Cut Chemist Remix)," "Lesson 4," and "Entropy" before settling into slower material from Endtroducing.

According to Shadow, "This was at a time when hip-hop DJs were expected to really show off. I was massively inspired by Q-Bert's concept of scratch languages and vocabulary, which I think you can hear during the solos over 'Lesson 4' and 'I Changed My Mind.' Listening to it now, it's no wonder I started having wrist trouble!"

This particular recording emanates not from a club, but rather an anarchist warehouse and pot farm, apparently out of reach from local law enforcement due to some loophole. Shadow recalls, "There were massive pot plants everywhere, and the vibe was depressingly laid back at first. When I started, there were about 30 people there. By the end, though, it was closer to about 900, and it was live."

Time: 72 Minutes

DJ Shadow Handmade:
It's a well-known fact that Shadow is a vinyl enthusiast. For people who love music, there's no replacing the warmth of a physical mold with grooves. Some people also prefer the ease and portability of CDs, and still others may find that traditional MP3 downloads are insufficient for their needs. For all of those reasons (and all of those people,) we are proud to announce DJ Shadow Handmade. Simply put, this is the ultimate collecting experience for Shadow fans that have it all. Quality and attention to detail is obvious, with all records pressed on extra-pure, 180-gram vinyl. The heavy paste-on, or "tipped sleeve" jackets are die-cut and hand stamped.

What about the music, you say? Shadow has raided his cupboard and turned loose DAT tapes, CD-R's, and cassettes from his own personal archive, unveiling mixes, live performances, and alternate versions of songs, many of which have never been heard before. In some cases, the mere existence of this material is an accident. Several of the live shows, for example, were confiscated from venue employees who were making their own recordings. Still others were made at Shadow's request, to archive a set that would never again be performed. Shadow reports that it has been a hair-raising process: "So many DAT tapes and CDs have become corrupted or broken," he laments. "I'm just glad to have salvaged whatever bits I could before they disappear, too."

As Shadow looks forward to his next wave of new music, fans can revel in some of the gems unearthed during his exhaustive archiving project. How long will they be available? "Until I feel like the demand has been filled," says Shadow. "I definitely don't want to be in 'glory days' mode forever... Once the new album is together, it'll be all about the future again. For now, though...enjoy!"
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