Prior to this golden age of Serato and Ableton-fueled mixes, DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist built legendary careers cutting up dusty, towering stacks of vinyl. Rather than jump on the auto-beat-matched bandwagon, though, their latest collaborative project has taken a decidedly anachronistic turn. Using only original 45s, eight turntables, and a couple of guitar pedals, The Hard Sell project mixes music across genres and generations to create the distinct sort of compositions that we expect from these wax gurus.
The album isn't just a studio trick, though. They debuted the set live about a year ago at The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, and followed that with tours of Europe and Australia, and are now about to play the last few lives dates featuring this unique approach. If you can't make it to the shows, you could still pick up the recently released DVD of that Hollywood Bowl performance and turn up the volume really, really loud.
7/16 Washington, DC: 9:30 Club
7/17 Brooklyn, NY: McCarren Park Pool
7/18 Atlantic City, NJ: HOB
7/19 Mariaville, NY: Indian Lookout Country Club
7/25 Portland, OR: Roseland Theatre
7/26 Seattle, WA: Showbox SoDo
7/27 Pemberton, BC: Pemberton Festival Site