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DJ Shadow To Sell A Chunk Of His Own Record Collection In Highland Park

DJ Shadow. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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Josh Davis (a.k.a. DJ Shadow) dropped Endtroducing in 1996. It was touted as the first album to be entirely made of samples (though this debatable). It shouldn't be a surprise, then, that DJ Shadow has a ton of records at his disposal.

But maybe he was too many records? According to LA Weekly, the legendary producer is selling hundreds of his records at Highland Park's Rappcats on September 10 and 11, from noon to 6 p.m. The record store is making an event out of it, and they're calling it the "First Annual DJ Shadow Storage Sale." Organizers promise that most items will be priced at $15 or less, and that there'll be a rotating stock so that the second day isn't stuck with the leftovers. Also, there'll be Intelligentsia coffee to keep you alert as you do some crate digging. And Davis will be there himself, so maybe you can chat him up about the latest Frank Ocean album.

As to why DJ Shadow is selling his records, he says he's trying to finance his own EDM festival. Joking! Actually, he said, "These are all records I have other copies of, and I've decided that I don't need to keep multiples."

For those of you who aren't acquainted with DJ Shadow or Endtroducing, just know that the album is widely regarded as being one of the greatest albums of the 1990s. And no, it's not just Pitchfork who's making the claim.

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It's hard to say what, exactly, Endtroducing is (and no, we're not going with the odious "trip-hop" label that's been bandied around). The thing is that the album cribs samples from everywhere. There's a bit of jazz drumming, some psychedelic guitars, and plenty of cinematic strings. Perhaps the best way to describe Endtroducing (and DJ Shadow) is that it helped usher us into the 21st century. The album was a freeze-frame of all musical genres across different periods of time, and you could argue that this is the perfect analogy of the internet, where everything exists all at once, without the sense of time passing.

Anyway, here's the album if you want to get a glimpse what you (might) find at Rappcats.

The First Annual DJ Shadow Storage Sale
September 10-11, 2016, Noon to 6 p.m.
5636 York Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90042

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