Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Musical mash-up master. Song-sampler supreme. One-man party machine. Girl Talk headlines Mountain Park in Holyoke on Saturday, August 18th at 7PM

Described as the craziest house party ever, Girl Talk exhilarates live audiences and the mass of sweaty bodies at his shows continually grows. Girl Talk is Greg Gillis, and this is what Gregg Gillis does: he samples, blends, loops, recombines, and reconstitutes the popular music of the past fifty years or so into strange and beautiful new creations. Gillis didn’t invent the mash-up, but he elevated the form into something jubilant and mind-boggling and original. Something that sounds a little like all the artists he samples and, at the same time, nothing like any of them.  You can’t buy Girl Talk records at Wal-Mart or download Girl Talk songs from iTunes; radio won’t play him. And yet he is one of the biggest live acts in the country, selling out more than a hundred shows last year in venues that held anywhere from 800 to 4,500, his legend spreading by word of mouth and, of course, on the Internet.

All Day is his fifth album as Girl Talk, and his most epic, densely layered, and meticulously composed musical statement to date. Continuing the saga from the previously acclaimed albums, Night Ripper and Feed The Animals, Gillis lays down a more diverse range of samples to unfold a larger dynamic between slower transitions and extreme cut-ups. With the grand intent of creating the most insane and complex “pop collage” album ever heard, large catalogs of both blatantly appropriated melodies and blasts of unrecognizable fragments were assembled for the ultimate Girl Talk record (clocking in at 71 minutes and 372 samples).

Tickets for Girl Talk at Mountain Park in Holyoke on Saturday, August 18th at 7PM are $25.00 at Northampton Box Office, 76 Main Street, 413/586-8686 and online at IHEG.com. Gates at 5:30. Show at 7PM

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