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Introducing: Introducing
December 23, 2009 7:13 AM   Subscribe

If you, like so many of us, are a fan of DJ Shadow's legendary 1996 debut album Endtroducing, prepare to get chills watching this nine-piece cover the record from beginning to end. Introducing: Introducing.
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas (43 comments total) 31 users marked this as a favorite

 
Ah, apparently you can't listen to the entire record at their site. But there's plenty.
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas at 7:14 AM on December 23, 2009


More inside?
posted by swift at 7:15 AM on December 23, 2009


And for those of you with vague memories of something like this being done before, it's not The Shadow Percussion Project. Great find 2or3whiskeysodas.
posted by boo_radley at 7:35 AM on December 23, 2009 [1 favorite]


haha....love the irony....but legendary?
posted by gigbutt at 7:41 AM on December 23, 2009


In a similar vein: Organ Donor - Lefties Soul Connection
posted by The Card Cheat at 7:43 AM on December 23, 2009 [1 favorite]


haha....love the irony....but legendary?

As far as "people who are aware of his area of music" goes, yes.
posted by FatherDagon at 7:44 AM on December 23, 2009 [12 favorites]


Wow, that was some aimless and boring jam band wanking.
posted by octothorpe at 7:50 AM on December 23, 2009


Of course legendary!

Stem/Long Stem is great.

I’m waiting to be heard on my traffic offences! Parking tickets! I panicked, I’m thinking, oh my God, man, while I’m here, what's to stop them? I mean what's really to stop them? Oh I assumed that maybe some day my mother would realize that I should have gotten out…

Drumming's not bad either.
posted by Kiwi at 7:51 AM on December 23, 2009


After watching the Stem/Long Stem clip, I realized something important - the DJ Shadow album isn't hip hop, it's post rock! Godspeed You Black Emperor style. Maybe. Anyway, this is amazing.
posted by naju at 7:55 AM on December 23, 2009 [2 favorites]


the DJ Shadow album isn't hip hop, it's post rock

I've usually seen it classified as trip-hop
posted by katerschluck at 8:08 AM on December 23, 2009


Wow, that was some aimless and boring jam band wanking

Boring is up for debate, even "pointless;" but it's kind of the exact opposite of "jam band wanking," it being a note-for-note live performance of an album made entirely of hundreds of samples. (Therefore, meticulously rehearsed and obsessively plotted out and not jammed at all.)
posted by chococat at 8:10 AM on December 23, 2009 [17 favorites]


I've heard that too katerschluck, but trip-hop is a horrible genre name and should be retired along with "intelligent dance music" and chillwave.
posted by naju at 8:16 AM on December 23, 2009


"The Shadow Sessions" performing endtroducing live for download on archive.org: 1, 2.
posted by fuq at 8:32 AM on December 23, 2009 [3 favorites]


I've heard that too katerschluck, but trip-hop is a horrible genre name and should be retired along with "intelligent dance music" and chillwave.

I prefer my sub-sub-genres to have an air of class and reserved distinction. That's why I only listen to 'clownstep' and 'crabcore'.
posted by FatherDagon at 8:33 AM on December 23, 2009 [5 favorites]


Shadow includes a liner-notes-manifesto with Endtroducing that explains why he believes the project to be hip hop. For me, the record is one of the best in 20 years.

The FPP project, Introducing, on the other hand, I don't understand beyond that of a novelty.
posted by xod at 8:55 AM on December 23, 2009


Covering Organ Donor and still using an organ for the lead is kind of pointless.
posted by smackfu at 8:57 AM on December 23, 2009


[this is good]
posted by bonaldi at 9:05 AM on December 23, 2009


The FPP project, Introducing, on the other hand, I don't understand beyond that of a novelty.

It's probably tons of fun for both the band and the audience?
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas at 9:16 AM on December 23, 2009


I'd like to see the band that pulled these live.
posted by Anything at 9:26 AM on December 23, 2009


As an obsessive know-it-all Endtroducing fan, I find this awesome, not only for the novelty but for nitpicking the differences between the original and the cover. And maybe even, after 13 years, finding something new in the songs that I haven't heard yet.
posted by infinitewindow at 9:41 AM on December 23, 2009


chococat: "Wow, that was some aimless and boring jam band wanking

Boring is up for debate, even "pointless;" but it's kind of the exact opposite of "jam band wanking," it being a note-for-note live performance of an album made entirely of hundreds of samples. (Therefore, meticulously rehearsed and obsessively plotted out and not jammed at all.)
"

I stand corrected on the aimless part, still boring though.
posted by octothorpe at 9:44 AM on December 23, 2009


Hey, look. A tribute band.
posted by el_lupino at 9:49 AM on December 23, 2009


Oh, cool, this'll be goo...AAAAAHHH! MY EYES!!!!

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posted by erniepan at 9:55 AM on December 23, 2009


This is pretty cool, although I do wonder about the longevity of a band that performs... well, one set, and not an original one at that. Also, not the most exciting stage presence, especially from the guy who did the vocals on Stem/Long Stem.

For DJ Shadow fans... anything after Endtroducing worthwhile?
posted by Saxon Kane at 10:06 AM on December 23, 2009


Holy crap, that's awesome. Endtroducing is one of my favorite albums. Thanks!
posted by bigbigdog at 10:14 AM on December 23, 2009


Anything: that kutiman stuff is incredible. Thanks for linking to that!
posted by Saxon Kane at 10:15 AM on December 23, 2009


Saxon Kane: The Private Press is another strong album in the same vein. It would be the best album in almost anyone else's catalog. You might also check out Live! In Time and On Time, a long live set from 2004 that goes through most of this stuff. Since the early 2000s, he's produced and contributed for a lot of artists and been more active with Bay Area hip hop artists. (You might read up on hyphy.) There are those who think he's fallen off, but most of those are of folks who wanted him to keep remaking Endtroducing every three years.
posted by el_lupino at 10:26 AM on December 23, 2009 [1 favorite]


For DJ Shadow fans... anything after Endtroducing worthwhile?

I thought both The Private Press and the first U.N.K.L.E. albums were quite good but found The Outsider rather bland.
posted by mannequito at 10:27 AM on December 23, 2009 [1 favorite]


This is neat.

Although, personally, if I was going to watch somebody recreate Endtroducing live, I'd rather they did it on turntables.
posted by box at 10:56 AM on December 23, 2009


I really liked The Outsider, it's very eclectic, something for everyone.

Agree with the early U.N.K.L.E. recommendations.
posted by biscotti at 11:22 AM on December 23, 2009


I thought for sure this would involve Alarm Will Sound.
posted by benzenedream at 11:23 AM on December 23, 2009 [1 favorite]


That is fucking cool, is what that is.
posted by everichon at 11:39 AM on December 23, 2009


For DJ Shadow fans... anything after Endtroducing worthwhile?

'In Tune and On Time' is an astoundingly good live album, with crossover tunage from UNKLE and Quannum that is spectacular - the 'Guns Blazin' / 'Lonely Soul' / etc segment is excellent, and the closer 'Blood on the Motorway' gives chills. Also, the remix album 'The Private Repress' is pretty phenomenal, and includes wicked guesting from Mos Def, Roots Manuva, and more.
posted by FatherDagon at 11:41 AM on December 23, 2009 [1 favorite]


Blood On The Motorway is excellent.
posted by everichon at 11:54 AM on December 23, 2009


Thanks for the reminder that I need to start playing Endtroducing around my children.
posted by davejay at 11:56 AM on December 23, 2009


Re: post-Endtroducing Shadow.

All that stuff w/Cut Chemist (Future Primitive, Brainfreeze, etc.) is pretty neat.
posted by box at 12:03 PM on December 23, 2009 [1 favorite]


For DJ Shadow fans... anything after Endtroducing worthwhile?

fourth-ing UNKLE.
posted by hypersloth at 1:50 PM on December 23, 2009


After watching the Stem/Long Stem clip, I realized something important - the DJ Shadow album isn't hip hop, it's post rock! Godspeed You Black Emperor style. Maybe. Anyway, this is amazing.

Whoa, nice catch! Compare: Eerie.
posted by eggplantplacebo at 2:43 PM on December 23, 2009


If you, like so many of us, are a fan of DJ Shadow

Are there really so many of you?



I hope not....
posted by Doohickie at 3:54 PM on December 23, 2009


Re: post Endtroducing:
Also another vote against The Outsider and for some Cut Chemist collaborations, mainly the Hard Sell (explanation)
posted by ijoyner at 4:24 PM on December 23, 2009


Are there really so many of you?

I hope not....


It's true, our favorite band DOES suck! Man, if only we'd realized it earlier. Thanks for catching that!
posted by FatherDagon at 4:35 PM on December 23, 2009


Heheheh. Some day you'll be all, "Get off my lawn..." too.


MARK MY WORDS.
posted by Doohickie at 4:36 PM on December 23, 2009


Most musicians would feel lucky to draw DJ Shadow's audiences. No filler.

@benzenedream: I'll second the mention of Alarm Will Sound, 'Acoustica' is a fav cover album. (Often better than the originals.)

While this performance of Endtro is far from exact, that's a plus, since I've heard the original so often, and this is *extremely* well-done.
posted by Twang at 4:38 PM on December 23, 2009


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