Photo and autographs courtesy of the G Archives.
If you’ve never had the pleasure of seeing Girl Talk (aka Gregg Gillis) in concert, you are missing out. I don’t know how he does it, but he is the king of the song mashup. After taking bits of all sorts of songs, he puts the pieces together and makes new tracks with recognizable beats and/or lyrics, but with a freshness that belongs exclusively to Girl Talk. His live shows are an extension of his in the studio work and are huge dance parties that are guaranteed to make you lose your mind! Gregg was super cool when I met him earlier this year and he even appreciated that I had physical cds in the digital age. That’s G power if I’ve ever seen it! Happy birthday Gregg!
Also born today: actress Jaclyn Smith, actor Bob Hoskins, game show host Pat Sajak, politician Hillary Rodham Clinton and gospel singer Mahalia Jackson (who turns 100 today).
Photo by G.
Gregg Gillis of Girl Talk and G
If you don’t know the music of Girl Talk, you are about to discover hours of listening pleasure. Gregg Gillis, who goes by the name Girl Talk, mashes up music so seamlessly, you’ll wonder how he does it. He takes the best bits of so many familiar songs and rearranges them in a way that is beyond genius. His live shows are ridiculously fun dance parties. He’s throwing another one tonight at New York’s Terminal 5. I met Gregg Gillis prior to the show and he was super cool. He was very happy to see copies of his physical CDs which he kindly autographed for me. We talked about our love for discs in the digital age and I got to tell him how awesome I think he is. G power was in full effect. Thanks again Gregg!
Photo by G.
One of my favorite new bands of 2010, Penguin Prison, have announced a tour that will take them halfway across the US in January and February. Hot on the heels of a successful UK tour, Penguin Prison will be playing the following cities with Girl Talk:
1/5/11 – House of Blues, Cleveland, OH
1/6/11 – The LC Pavilion, Columbus, OH
1/7/11 – The Madison Theater, Covington, KY
1/8/11 – Expo Five, Louisville, KY
1/10/11 – House of Blues, New Orleans, LA
1/11/11 – House of Blues, New Orleans, LA
1/13/11 – Verizon Wireless Theatre, Houston, TX
1/14/11 – Austin Music Hall, Austin, TX
1/15/11 – Palladium Ballroom, Dallas, TX
1/17/11 – Minglewood Hall, Memphis, TN
1/18/11 – The Pageant, St. Louis, MO
1/20/11 – Workplay, Birmingham, AL
1/21/11 – Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
1/22/11 – Gaillard Municipal Auditorium, Charleston, SC
1/24/11 – Valarium, Knoxville, TN
1/25/11 – The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC
1/27/11 – Disco Rodeo, Raleigh, NC
1/28/11 – The NorVa, Norfolk, VA
1/29/11 – The National, Richmond, VA
1/31/11 – Rams Head Live!, Baltimore, MD
2/1/11 – 9:30 Club, Washington, DC
2/2/11 – 9:30 Club, Washington, DC
2/4/11 – Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA
2/5/11 – Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, NJ
I’ve also seen Girl Talk live and I can tell you, these shows are going to be awesome! While supplies last, you can download a free mashup of Penguin Prison’s hot new single “Golden Train” mashed up with Michael Jackson’s “Working Day and Night” on Penguin Prison’s official site. Can’t wait for Penguin Prison to be huge!