Using eight turntables, 4 mixers, two guitar loop pedals and only original 45 rpm 7″ singles, The Hard Sell is a live mix exploring the history of music — guided by DJs extraordinaire DJ Shadow and Jurassic 5’s Cut Chemist. The tour has been a smash, and the last dates of the tour have been announced.

Dates, videos and more info after the Jump…

I saw the duo bust their first 7″-only, tag-team tour — the now-legendary Brainfreeze — at the El Rey in LA back in 1999. Shit was dope, but drinks are too expensive at El Rey so that was kind of a bummer. Anyway, here’s a quick rundown from their press release:

“As with the two previous sets, the pair eschew their own material in favor of an amalgam of music from all eras and styles, providing for amusing and provocative mash-ups; rap mixes with fiddle music, doo-wop with new wave, and every thing in between…all while avoiding the obvious, “been there, heard that” stuff you get from most DJs.

The first time The Hard Sell was performed in the United States was in front of 15,000 people at the world famous Hollywood Bowl (2007). As demand for the show has grown, the pair have continuously refined and reworked the song selection, so that aspects of it are different every time. In the words of Shadow himself, “If you happened to catch one of the earlier shows, never fear…you won’t be disappointed!””

What more do you need?


16-Jul-2008 Washington, DC   9:30 Club

17-Jul-2008 Brooklyn, NY   McCarren Park Pool

18-Jul-2008 Atlantic City, NJ   HOB

19-Jul-2008 Mariaville, NY   Indian Lookout Country Club

25-Jul-2008 Portland, OR   Roseland Theatre

26-Jul-2008 Seattle, WA   Showbox SoDo

27-Jul-2008 Pemberton, BC   Pemberton Festival Site

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