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Girl Talk puts on a great show

Sweaty bodies jostled overhead as an entire room full of people throbbed, in sync, to the beat of the music. There were sweat bands and spandex, toilet paper rolls and a fog machine. Everyone was dancing like their life depended on it. The ringleader could be found on stage; stripped to the waist, dripping wet, and keeping up a steady side-to-side hip thrust while mixing the music we were all clamoring to hear.

Mash-up artist Gregg Gillis, better know as Girl Talk, put on an incredible show Monday night at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro. Known for his remixing of pop songs into a montage of great beats and instrumental interludes, Girl Talk did not disappoint the dance-crazy fans who awaited his arrival with much anticipation. The concert was a part of the “Feed the Animals” Tour, promoting his newest album, released in June. Girl Talk chose to use a pay-what-you-like digital release scheme, allowing access to the music via the internet for any amount you choose to donate.

Watching Girl Talk on stage, it is hard to imagine him working as a biomedical research engineer (his day-time profession before quitting in 2007 to focus on his music). The palpable euphoria in the air was worth every drink spilled on my shirt, every toe I had stepped on, and every swipe of perspiration from the avid dancers beside me. Tickets were $15 but the concert was sold out far in advance of the actual show.

Two groups preceded Girl Talk: the New York based alternative group Hearts of Darkness and Pittsburgh natives Grand Buffet, a hip-hop experimental rap group. The majority of the crowd was less than enthused with the first opener but Grand Buffet’s crude lyrics and humor won them the approval of the audience.

Cat’s Cradle is a permanent fixture in the life of a Chapel Hill student. It may not be conducive to huge crowds, but the dark and closed-in atmosphere makes the music more intense.  The venue is essentially one cramped room, if the house is packed, with a small bar at the back. The floor in front of the stage was unbearably crowded at the beginning of Girl Talk’s set, but Gillis managed crowd control smoothly by inviting people on stage. Not only was this an exhilarating opportunity for those that jumped at the chance, but it gave the rest of the groundlings room to shake, move and grind to their hearts’ content.

The concert may be over, but the chance to listen to this innovative artist is not. Check out “Feed the Animals” and please make a donation, however much you can spare, to support dance parties everywhere.

By Madeleine Clark

For a previous Blue & Whitin’ post on Girl Talk.

Talking ‘Bout Girl Talk

It’s a situation we’ve all been put in: a couple of friends stop by to say hey, then a couple more, maybe a few brewskies and a little Captain, and before you know it you’ve got yourself a dorm room party… in your very own dorm room. Aside from hiding your overpriced textbooks and trying to situate guests around the bunk beds, there’s one major lurking problem. The background music.

There are the people who think Dave Matthews counts as a religious view on Facebook, the die hard Journey fans, and occasionally the teenybopper-at-heart pining for the High School Musical soundtrack. With so many options and even more opinions on what the party pod is blasting, picking the exact line-up proves to be reoccurring hindrance.

But party people, fear not. Girl Talk’s new album “Feed the Animals” has every hot beat, phat mix and tight lyric you could ever need for a successful dorm room rave. Gregg Gillis, the mastermind behind Girl Talk, carefully and successfully pulls together some of the hottest tracks from the past few years into 14 high energy mixes, adding in bits of original instrumentation.

My personal favorite, “Shut the Club Down” starts off with Avril Lavigne’s “Girlfriend” mixed with Dolla’s “Who The Fuck Is That?” Then the smooth background of Rich Boy’s “Throw Some D’s” comes into play, mixed with instrumentals from “Maniac” by Michael Sembello and “Girl/Boy Song” by Aphex Twin. By the end of the jam, you will have heard 15 different songs, perfectly blended together to create a genre all of its own.

With tracks similar to “Shut the Club Down” throughout the entire album and a constant change of popular songs, “Feed the Animals” has also proven useful to the spastic iPod listener who can’t stay on one song longer than 30 seconds, or the workout junkie who needs an upbeat mix to jog to.

However, you can’t find this album on iTunes yet. Oh no, it’s way better than that. Following the process Radiohead used on its last album, “In Rainbows,” Girl Talk is offering a “pay-what-you-like” system, where you enter the amount you want to pay… even if it’s nothing.

For those willing to give up an Alpine bagel or two, giving five dollars will land you access to FLAC files and a one-file seamless MP3 version of “Feed the Animals.” And for the big spenders, 10 dollars will get you a physical copy of the album after its release on Sept. 23.

If you like what you hear, you might want to check out DJ Earworm,” United States of Pop”; same theory and same dorm party success.

By Tricia Thompson

For a previous Blue & Whitin’ post on Girl Talk.