MP3: Girl Talk – No Pause
I guess I’m going to music industry hell.
Last Thursday morning, Girl Talk’s fourth official release, “Feed the Animals” was made public by Illegal Art, posted for download on the record company’s website, using the illustrious “pick your own” pricing schematic.
And…. I didn’t pay a single cent for it.
The peeps at illegal art made a few changes to the “Radiohead Model” of online aural distribution– After paying $0.0– the website asked me why. Great idea. Why not gain some insight into the demented brains of cheapskates, hobos, and assholes like me!
There were more innovations– For $5, you get lossless, FLAC audio files of the album, and a seamless mix (one big mp3) of the album. For $10, purchasers received all of the above, as well as the packaged album “when it becomes available”. Not a bad deal. If I had the money, I definitely would have thrown down 2 fugazis for all that Girl Talk (AND I wouldn’t have felt an ounce of guilt!).
I’m going to guess that Gregg will end up making a pretty penny on this format. As the name of the album implies, his fans have been growing ravenous for new material. Days prior, those of you who checked out his myspace page were in for a special (albeit worrisome) treat. There was one song and one song only on the page, and it was not danceable, it was even.. dare I say experimental???
Yes, Gillis teased us a bit. In the end, he ended up sticking to his tried and VERY true format of throwing down any and everything that pleases the ears and reminds us of the good times; a slut bucket of glitchy beats, raunchy rap music from now and the past, alternative rock that millennials like me listened to in middle school and high school, old school rock that our parents smoked weed to, and EVERYTHING else you could possibly predict to sound horrible when joined together.
Now, a lot of people talk trash about Girl Talk. One of my friends said that he was a “no-talent ass clown” I’m pretty sure. People say that he’s not a real DJ. That the software he’s using does all of the hard work. That it’s simply music to get wasted and snort white substances to.
I will disagree with most of that. I say that the software does help a lot– but where would music be today without ProTools? You can’t fucking hate on technology. If you are, well- you’re probably not reading this right now.
Also, it takes a LOT of skill to do what he does. He’s not throwing these samples into a pile of a song and calling it quits. Sometimes its kind of scary how well songs fit together. Take for instance “No Pause”, the 6th track on the album. Towards the end he’s mixing Eminem and Yael Naim (You know it. You’ve heard it. It’s the cutesy Mac Airbook commericial song with the piano). It sounds freaking perfect AND ironic. I thought I hated Eminem. WTF??!! Ok I still do, but “No Pause” has won my heart.
Take “What It’s All About”– at the 3:30 mark we hear Jackson Five make an appearance. Then “Bohemian Rhapsody”. What???? And it sounds good?? Even great?!?! This is evidence of his genius.
The list goes on and on: Nirvana, The Beegees, M.I.A., Kelly Clarkson, Lil Wayne, Kanye, BlackStreet, Spank Rock, Ace of Base, The Police, Eryka Badu. Visit the wiki if you are sick of obsessing over it and want to ruin the fun with a nerdcore list of every sample.
So. He’s finally fed us, I have a feeling most people will be throwing down a good bit of cash money at his internet-savvy ass. Props to you Girl Talk. Thanks for the jams. Thanks for DJing my party when we all got too tired of DJing and just wanted to dance. Thanks for everything.
Don’t miss Gregg Gillis at Whartscape, btw. I am guessing he is going to play Girl Talk stuff, but who knows…
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