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.