I missed this incredible video
of the Minnetonka High School
percussion ensemble playing songs from DJ Shadow
's 1996 instrumental hip-hop classic Endtroducing
(the footage made the internet rounds
in September). With some amazing mimicry of the sampled drum breaks, the students play "Building Steam with a Grain of Salt" (used to haunting effect in Dark Days
) followed by "Changeling." I would have been so much more into jazz ensemble if we'd played songs like this when I was in high school. Beautiful.