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posted Friday, March 11, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 10
Where It's At: Girl Talk promises an earful of samples
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Where It's At: Girl Talk promises an earful of samples

by Rahul K. Gairola - SGN Contributing Writer

Girl Talk
The Showbox SoDo
March 15-16, both concerts SOLD OUT


A number of artists - most recently Lady Gaga herself for emulating Madonna's 'Express Yourself' in her new single 'Born This Way' - have been accused and even found guilty of ripping off the songs and sounds of other iconic artists. The actual ability to do this seems intertwined with the massive development of digital technology, from the pervasive use of Auto-Tune on pop songs right down to the iPods and iPhones which stream the technology and deliver us fixes of aural culture. But is this necessarily a 'bad' thing, and could it ever be in the context of the U.S. Fair Use provision?

Girl Talk (aka DJ Gregg Michael Gillis) would not only argue that nothing is wrong with it, but has made a unique and impressive musical career from convincing a lot of other pop music aficionados that this is the case - and I mean a lot of other music fans.

As would be expected from someone who has, at a fairly young age, become universally recognized for trendy mashups pieced together from scores of samples, Girl Talk's command and range of songs is nothing to scoff at. Gillis' catalogue of samples stretches across a wide range of genres; he manages to blend hip-hop, rock and classic rock, '80s anthems, R&B, top 40, and soft rock. As such, he transgresses the boundaries of era and generation while infusing listeners' minds with memories that only that song could have made you think of. But you are seldom permitted to flounder in any one memory sparked by a song because it quickly shifts to some new mashup with wildly disparate samples. For example, Girl Talk's 2008 album Feed the Animals - released on a pay-what-you-can basis on the Illegal Art label - features a song called 'No Pause' that mashes up Missy Elliot's 'Work It' with the '80s hit 'I Can't Wait' by Portland-based act Nu Shooz.

Girl Talk's work is arguably quite original, given that a music genius must be behind the patchwork of samples that continuously play while playing with each other, and like references in a research paper, they all seem to cite one another in their new form. Yet the beats seem to encourage even the hardest butt to start shaking by placing rap and hip vocal samples on top of beats and melodies from songs like 'She Drives Me Crazy' by the Fine Young Cannibals and 'Melt With You' by Modern English in the 'Everyday' mashup. Aside from producing an impressive array of mashed up songs, Girl Talk's method seems to do the opposite of Lady Gaga's recycling of songs and themes that pander to the Gay community - rather than enriching the coffers of record corporations that are notorious for exploiting both artists and consumers, Gillis shows us that we can and should enjoy collisions of familiar sounds that acquire new texture and experience through the personal experience of each individual listener.

For this reason, it is hard to forecast exactly what to expect from the set list or Gillis, who has been rumored to perform semi-nude during part of the show. Concertgoers can expect to hear a number of mashups from Girl Talk's most recent album, All Day (2010), as well as myriad numbers from Feed the Animals, which garnered critical acclaim from the likes of Time and Rolling Stone magazines in 2008. Girl Talk comes to The Showbox SODO on March 15 and 16, and both shows are sold out.

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