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.


  • Billie Eilish
  • Ry Cooder & Rosanne Cash tour
  • Netflix's Rhythm + Flow
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival at Woodstock


  • Phenom Lil Nas X
  • Iggy Pop's 2019 album Free
  • Michael Stipe solo single "Your Capricious Soul"
  • Jehnny Beth's (of Savages) single "I’m the Man"

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.


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.

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