From SF Weekly's latest print music section:
DJ Shadow's Store-Bought Inspiration: Two years ago, Josh Davis realized he had accumulated a whopping $800 of store credit for Amoeba Music. Davis had built up the bounty after managers at the chain of independent record stores insisted on giving him credit as a gesture of thanks each time he performed in-store as DJ Shadow. A confessed record-hoarder, Davis decided to cash in his stash on the type of records that, as he puts it, "I wouldn't normally spend my own money on." So instead of scanning the racks for the funk, soul, and hip-hop oddities he's renowned for collecting, he scooped up indie rock, pop, and "things that I'd read had a good review on Pitchfork."
One of those picks was an advance 7-inch vinyl version of Swedish electronic quartet Little Dragon's "Fortune." The song, with its pensive synth and wistful lyrics, acted as an early inspiration for The Less You Know, the Better, Davis' fourth solo album, which came out earlier this month. (Little Dragon also appears on the album in "Scale It Back.") Davis' eclectic shopping spree in Amoeba is a key to understanding the music he's made on his new album. But however far left-field his image and music may be seem -- and getting tagged as part of the trip-hop scene following his 1996 debut Endtroducing..... has constantly tugged at his career -- hip-hop is the heart of his sound. And it was one of the Bay Area's most fiery and controversial hip-hop figures that gave Shadow his industry break... [Continue reading]
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