Thursday, July 3, 2008

This [Explitive] Is Bananas...

(photo credit: The Village Voice)

At last year's Pitchfork Festival, the second biggest summer music festival in Chicago after Lollapalooza, everyone was a buzz about Girl Talk's performance. I had no clue who this Girl Talk (born Greg Gillis) was, but he was on the lips of every musically inclined hipster, editor, and friend I encountered a week after the performance.

Now I can see why. His latest album, Feed the Animals, is available for download here (jumping on the online pay-as-you-wish bandwagon Radiohead spearheaded). I can imagine dancing in Union Park to Girl Talk's furious mash of hip-hop, rap, R&B, juke, 70s and 80s rock/pop just from listening to one of the singles. Mixing Cool Kids, "Gold and Pager," Sinead O'Conner, Avril Lavigne's "Boyfriend," and Rod Stewart's "Young Turks" may sound strange on paper, but believe me, once you hear Girl Talk's mash ups, you wonder why no one has done it before. More divergent in style and genre than your average party DJ, Girl Talk is... bananas.

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