"The idea is to re-create the experience of someone flipping through their collection of music," Ahmir Thompson, a.k.a. the Roots' drummer and bandleader Questlove, told the New York Daily News about his two-night residency, Shuffle Culture, held at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Thursday and Friday night.
Thompson brought along a lot of talented friends to Shuffle Culture, such as comedian and musician Reggie Watts, the legendary human drum machine Rahzel, porn star and artist Sasha Gray, and avant-rock mainstays Deerhoof, all trying to create in a live setting the quick-switch listening of our daily, ear-budded lives.
"Steve Jobs’ iPod invention basically redefined the word shuffle by allowing us to carry an entire record collection inside a small digital box," Thompson told the Daily News. Let's take a look at how fans reacted to his analog iPod.
had no idea what to expect of Culture Shuffle... mind being blown and entertained.— sava (@savasavasava) April 20, 2012
Rahzel and D.D. Jackson – gingerlynn (@gingerlynn)
At ?uestlove's Shuffle Culture. A little bit weird but also awesome. Plus I jut saw Reggie Watts live which was worth the whole evening.— Tove K. Danovich (@TKDanovich) April 20, 2012
"@questlove, deerhoof, @jeremyellislive, metropolis ensemble, et al." – albert ocampo (@smoovebert)
Almost don't want to give away the ending of #shuffleculture for the people headed there tomorrow. Big finish.— Andrew Frisicano (@apfpower) April 20, 2012
Brooklyn Academy of Music – Jess Z | Jonny H (@ouraugust)
Questlove. Shuffle Culture. David Byrne's in the house. And you may ask yourself. . . 4sq.com/I9sjUN— Trixie Ferguson Gray (@stargratrix) April 20, 2012
Music therapy! Quest Love Shuffle Culture @BAM.— Candice Taylor (@SohamWellnessNY) April 21, 2012
"Questlove's 'Shuffle Culture' - never smiled so much in my life. Best show ever; Questlove foreverrrr." – Jennifer W. Fife (@jwfife)
Deerhoof is covering one of my favorite PJ Harvey songs "Plants and Rags" at @questlove Shuffleculture show at BAM. Bliss!— pILLOW tHEORY (@PillowTheory) April 21, 2012
Much love to @questlove for Shuffle Culture. Loved when they played Pirate Jenny by Nina Simone— Theodore Moore (@MooreProgress) April 21, 2012
Shuffle Culture at BAM was a cool flash through Questlove's brain. Orchestra, DJing, saw playing, piano freak out. Love Deerhoof & Rahzel.— Allison Meier (@AllezAllie) April 21, 2012
So Culture Shuffle was a mixed bag. Best part was the human beat box duet accompanied by Questlove on the drums. Also, Sassy and Nat K Cole— Steven Cohen (@StevenC_in_NYC) April 21, 2012