The Shadow Sessions: a tribute to Endtroducing

I got caught up on my Sole Sides news yesterday, and the site pointed to a project I’m going to follow with great interest.

The Shadow Sessions, which I’m assuming is the group’s name, is a live band performing DJ Shadow’s classic Endtroducing … in its entirety. Details are sketchy, but the group’s MySpace notes that it’s targeting a June release and that the project is for charity.

Nothing is downloadable yet, but the group is streaming “Phase I” of the recording: drum tracks. That only makes sense seeing as how Endtroducing … is built on the foundation of drums and beats.

I’ve been trying to match up the beats the Shadow Sessions posted with the corresponding DJ Shadow song. I’m pretty sure that Track 4 of the drums matches Building Steam With a Grain of Salt. I think Track 1 might be Changeling/Transmission 1. Track 3 could be What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 4)??

It’s neat to see this come together piece by piece. Also, think about what’s going on here: A DJ samples live instrumentation, which then is pieced back together by, uh, live instrumentation.

On that note, does anybody have the deluxe edition of Endtroducing … ? Worth it? Yay? Nay?

Anyway, go check out the Shadow Sessions on MySpace.

6 thoughts on “The Shadow Sessions: a tribute to Endtroducing”

  1. I have the deluxe version. It’s worth it for the extended overhaul of Organ Donor, as well as the Cops ‘N’ Robbers mix of Stem.

    There’s an awful lot of material on there for not much more cash than the normal version.

  2. Thanks for mentioning solesides.com –

    about the Deluxe edition; I have a feeling that you already have most tracks. But if you’re a completist, you should get it.

    The only never-heard-before stuff is a slightly different version of BSWAGOS and the 2 one minute or so long (trial) beats for Changeling and Napalm Brain/Scatterbrain.

    What I like most of it, is just the fact that the major company (and more people) had the opinion that the album deserved a ‘deluxe edition’ release.

    hope this helps
    joost / http://www.solesides.com

  3. Hey, about DJs music being played live, I caught RJD2’s tour in New York. He started out playing with his live band, but covering his old material. It was amazing, there’s such a different energy with a live band then with a DJ behind turntables.

    Not that RJ didn’t bring the entire house down with a live DJ set immediately thereafter…

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