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Girl Talk does the Radiohead

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Artwork by Andrew Strasser/Illegal Art

This is big news folks. Girl Talk does the Radiohead!!!

About three months ago, my good friend Jakob told me about Girl Talk, a mash-up artist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who only uses his Dell laptop to create the biggest crazy-awesome parties you can imagine. Not only does he really know his thing, he also has an awesome taste of music coming from a very broad variety of genres. And that’s really what you get – a huge mix of musical genres.

Girl Talk, whose original name is Gregg Gillis, until today, had released three albums with “Night Ripper” from 2006 being the one through which I got to know his music. And it blew me away. You can put it in your iTunes and play it from beginning to end and it will never bore you. Because it’s changing all the time.

Now today, Girl Talk released its 4th album called “Feed The Animals”. But it’s kind of an unusual release which at the same time isn’t that unusual these days anymore. Because Gregg and his label Illegal Art use the “Radiohead model” which means in fact that you, the listener, choose what to pay for the album.

If you choose to not paying anything, for whatever reason, you get the full album as a free download including all tracks as DRM-free 320 kbit/s MP3 files and a high-res cover artwork. If you pay $5 or more, you’ll get the whole thing as a CD-quality FLAC download + a one-file seamless mix of the album and finally, paying $10 or more, you’ll get all the stuff mentioned above + a packaged CD as soon as it becomes available.

I chose to pay nothing at first, but only because I have to wait until the money arrives on my (prepaid) credit card, so, no worries.

Girl Talk at the Wired Rave Awards
Photo by matthew.hickey (CC license)

The new Girl Talk album “Feed The Animals” is one hell of a great album, that’s for sure. Unfortunately, Mr Gillis missed to rick-roll us all. Although he put a sample of Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” into his track “Like This” he didn’t play a single part of the oh-so-important chorus. Too bad.

Anyways, check it out, download it and choose yourself how much you want to pay. Here’s the link:

Girl Talk – Feed The Animals

Please, bands of the world, participate in this new way of independent and listener-friendly distribution. Believe me, it’s so much better than iTunes etc. – and that’s an Apple Fanboy talking here.

Thanks Gregg, you made my evening!

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Written by Henning

June 20, 2008 at 3:17 am

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