DJ Shadow mixes tracks like a master at House of Blues
Four albums and 28 years into his career as DJ Shadow, Josh Davis manifests the paradoxes of making new music by cutting up old recordings like no one else. His 1996 full-length debut “Endtroducing…’’ remains hip-hop’s most widely lauded set of moody, beat-driven instrumentals, yet it appeared just as the digital explosion eclipsed the “vinyl culture’’ espoused in its liner notes. A vocal opponent of file sharing (and of the Internet in general), Davis reportedly suffered licensing problems with his 2011 release, “The Less You Know, the Better,’’ and the relatively conventional disc was derided by many young technophiles. Indeed, half an hour before Shadow’s set at the House of Blues on Friday, the box office reported selling only 1100 of its 2400 tickets.