DJ Shadow has spent the last year or two networking with hyphy stars, and Cut Chemist's last big project was the fantastic Lost and Found: Rockabilly and Jump Blues (co-compiled with rare groove archivist Keb Darge), but when the two Cali turntablists/record collectors/music geeks team up, shit gets taken to a whole other level. Nine years ago, they put together a live set consisting of immaculately cut-and-mixed funk and soul 45s; shortly afterward, it was released as the rare, prized, and litigated-out-of-existence Brainfreeze (currently fetching $130 on eBay for an original pressing). That CD, along with 2001 semi-sequel Product Placement, contains some of the most mind-bending real-time vinyl manipulations ever recorded, and their Hard Sell set—initially unveiled last summer at the Hollywood Bowl—pushes things even further by extrapolating these 45s into whole new compositions. One thing's for certain: Whatever it is they're going to play, it won't feel like somebody else's records. 18+.
Mon., Feb. 4, 8 p.m., 2008