Boasting one of the most extensive vinyl record collections ever—at a whopping 60,000 LPs—DJ Shadow's range is overwhelmingly impressive and his influence well-known. The Davis, California native rose to the ranks of DJ notoriety with London-based record label Mo' Wax by experimenting with mixing classic funk, rock, '60s garage, ambient, and hip-hop together, creating one of the earliest forms of instrumental hip-hop. Beyond that, his collaborations with Little Dragon, Thom Yorke and Cut Chemist have further solidified his reputation as a master remixer and music producer (highly recommended: DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist's Product Placement album—which features hundreds of retro radio commercials and television spots embedded into obscure funk, hip-hop and jazz singles—will have you throwing on an impromptu dance party before you can say "Side B"). DJ Shadow comes to Orange County tonight pulling multiple music styles out his sleeve (or record sleeves) at the Observatory.
Fri., April 26, 8 p.m., 2013