Monday, December 22, 2008

What I'm Listening To - Feed The Animals

What is it that makes us like Girl Talk?

I mean, at best, this is a guy making party music. He's lacing current hip hop beats over rock songs (or vice versa). I mean, there was a guy who did this at the skating rink I used to go to when I was growing up.

But for some reason, this sounds revelatory. Like it's never been done before.

I saw Girl Talk, aka Gregg Gillis, last year for what might have been the most rockingest concert I've ever been too. it was loud, there were sweaty people dancing, there were songs I knew blasting over other songs I knew.

It was amazing.

I picked up Feed The Animals late, and I'm sorry I did. This is a flat out amazing record. it's perfect pastiche that has you constantly wondering, "Where did I here that song?"

Girl Talk isn't so much a DJ as he actually is an artist. He's almost reinventing something by making it seem simultaneously familiar and new. It's as if he's spent his whole life collecting bits of every song ever played on the radio and has been finding ways to make them all fit together.

There's Jay Z's Roc Boys (and the winner is) over Radiohead's Paranoid Android. There's Sinead Oconnor sharing space with Lil Wayne. Heart and Young Jeezy. It's fantastic.

Don't be surprised if somebody plays this whole album at their next wedding.


Zak Champagne said...

uhmmmm...are you serious? We gotta talk about this in private. I can't put my true feelings about this on this mostly respectful blog.

Adam said...

It's weird seeing Feed the Animals on so many "best of" lists. It's okay, but I thought that Night Ripper was far superior. I haven't been able to figure out if it's the song selection on the new one, a few more parts that just don't mix well, or me getting tired of his schtick.