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Music Monday: Girl Talk @ Life is Beautiful

Life is Beautiful Festival

Photo Credit: Powers Imagery
Let it out a Girl Talk original mash up, takes us waaaaaay back.

You want to have a little fun in your work day?

Girl talk, graced the stage at Life Is Beautiful & legitimately how much do I love nerdy boys that can make music.

Gregg Michael Gillis is NO exception.

2014 Life Is Beautiful Festival - Day 1

Photo Credit: Jeff Kravitz

We should take a moment today and let the echoes of LIB wash over us, as it was a week today that we were funnelling into Las Vegas with adventure on our minds.

This was one of the more fun stages to be at, and today as we feature Girl Talk and I am sitting back at my desk in rainy, Vancouver, Canada – it’s this that I am thinking about.

Life is Beautiful Festival

Photo Credit: Powers Imagery

Celebrating 10-plus years of sample-obsessed production and relentless touring, Gregg Gillis returns with All Day, 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).

Since the release of Feed The Animals, things have flourished for Girl Talk. He’s played almost 300 shows and hardly taken a full week off from hitting the road. He’s playing even larger venues and making even more of a spectacle—he’s employed a small crew of toilet paper launching stage hands, who also propel confetti, balloons, and inflate oddly chosen props into the audience. For the New Year’s Eve show to ring in 2010, a team was hired to build a life-size house, with attention to fine details, on the stage at Chicago’s Congress Theatre. Described as the craziest house party ever, Girl Talk continues to please live audiences as the mass of sweaty bodies at his shows continually grows. Touring highlights from the last couple of years include the Vancouver Olympics, large festivals such as Coachella, Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, V-Fest, Sasquatch, Rothbury, Monolith, Planeta Terra, and trips to Australia, Japan, South America, Europe, and Mexico.

Earlier this year, Girl Talk finally took a break from touring, festival dates, and college shows, in order to create an album that is being released immediately after its completion. While posting the album as a free download on the Illegal Art label’s site allows All Day to reach his fanbase quickly and with minimal cost, Gillis spent more time on this album than any previous release and considers it the most fully realized and evolved manifestation of the Girl Talk aesthetic.

Now get back to work.

GirlTalk

words by | miss d

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