Thanksgiving Leftovers & DJ Shadow on Sampling

As we finish eating Thanksgiving leftovers, Jim and Greg clear out musical discussions still left over from earlier in the year. From chart-topping phenomenons to surprising archival finds, there was just too much music this year to cover it all as it happened. Plus, DJ Shadow explains how he found the sample for his latest single, "Rocket Fuel."

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Thanksgiving Leftovers

With such a bounty of music in 2019, Jim and Greg didn‘t have enough time to talk about it all. That’s why they're sharing some of their musical Thanksgiving Leftovers this week.


Sample Platter: DJ Shadow's Rocket Fuel

DJ Shadow Photo by Derick Daily With his 1996 album, Endtroducing, DJ Shadow cemented his place in music history for creating what many believe to be the first full-length made entirely of samples. Beyond the technical achievement, the album is considered a landmark of instrumental hip-hop. So when Shadow announced his new double-album, Our Pathetic Age, producer Andrew Gill jumped at the chance to do a Sample Platter segment with him. Shadow explained how he selects samples from his famously large record collection and how the album's first single, "Rocket Fuel", came together.



“Kick, Push”Lupe Fiasco

Lupe Fiasco's 2006 single, "Kick, Push" has been featured in it's own Sample Platter segment, but Jim's adding it to the Desert Island Jukebox because he's been hearing it anew as he shares it with his students. He says it works on every level imaginable and does for skateboarding what The Beach Boys did for surfing and Chuck Berry did for driving.

Featured Songs

  1. Lil Nas X, Old Town Road, Old Town Road (single), self-released, 2018
  2. DJ Shadow, Rocket Fuel feat. De La Soul, Our Pathetic Age, Mass Appeal, 2019
  3. Billie Eilish, bury a friend, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, Darkroom/Interscope, 2019
  4. Ry Cooder & Rosanne Cash, I Walk The Line (recorded live in Chicago), unreleased, n/a, 2019
  5. Iggy Pop, Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night, Free, Caroline/Loma Vista, 2019
  6. Sudan Archives, Pelicans In The Summer, Athena, Stones Throw, 2019
  7. D Smoke, Last Supper, Rhythm + Flow Soundtrack: The Final Episode (Music from the Netflix Original Series), Netflix/BMG, 2019
  8. Michael Stipe, Your Capricious Soul, Your Capricious Soul (Single), Futurepicenter, 2019
  9. Creedence Clearwater Revival, I Put a Spell on You (Live at The Woodstock Music & Art Fair / 1969), Live at Woodstock, Craft, 2019
  10. Jehnny Beth, I'm the Man, I'm the Man (Single), Jehnny Beth, 2019
  11. Taylor Swift, Lover, Lover, Republic, 2019
  12. Grandmaster Flash, The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash On the Wheels of Steel, (Single), Sugar Hill, 1981
  13. James Brown, Funky Drummer Pts. 1 & 2, (Single), King, 1970
  14. DJ Shadow, What Does Your Soul Look Like, Pt. 1 (Blue Sky Revisit), Endtroducing, Mo' Wax, 1996
  15. DJ Shadow, The Number Song, Endtroducing, Mo' Wax, 1996
  16. Tony Alvon & The Belairs, Sexy Coffee Pot, (Single), Atlantic, 1969
  17. The Belmonts, Rock and Roll Lullabye, Cigars, Acappella, Candy, Buddah, 1970
  18. The Belmonts, Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye), Cigars, Acappella, Candy, Buddah, 1970
  19. Lupe Fiasco, Kick, Push, Food & Liquor, 1st & 15th, 2006
  20. Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers, Chinese Rocks, L.A.M.F., Track, 1977
  21. I Ya Toyah, Glass Eyes (The Joy Thieves Remix), Glass Eyes (The Joy Thieves Remix) (Single), I Ya Toyah, 2019
  22. Ian Noe, Irene (Ravin' Bomb), Between the Country, Thirty Tigers, 2019
  23. Indigo Girls, Power of Two, Swamp Ophelia, Sony Music, 1994