I WAS THERE . . . DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist at McCarren Pool 7/17/08
DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist
The Hard Sell
McCarren Park Pool
July 17, 2008
The fact that a decomposed body was found in a shed in the McCarren Park pool this morning, DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist played their turntables till they were smoking. Touring in support of their album The Hard Sell, the theme of the night was 45’s. Playing strictly vinyl, the smaller kind popular from the 20’s to the 60s, they broke out the obscure funk, soul, and much much more. Playing off each other live, one of the highlights of the night was hearing Shadow and Chemist mix the Gilligan’s Island theme song with Led Zeppelin.
With videos on the screen behind them featuring vinyl and a myriad of other images that complimented the music they were mixing, there was also video cameras capturing the dynamic duo spinning and looping live. Playing a lot of new material, they ended the night by hooking themselves up to some sort of portable mixing equipment they wore and walked around the stage scratching to Metallica! All in all, DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist proved to be as innovative as ever, and as always, the crowd loved it.