Touring on his fifth studio album, All Day, Gregg Gillis aka Girl Talk is playing at the Fillmore Miami Beach on May 19 and May 20. I say “playing” even though the word doesn’t quite describe Girl Talk’s thang: sampling anything from Lennon to Soulja Boy in sonic mashups that will, without fail and within seconds, transform a live crowd of reasonably inhibited individuals into a sweat-slicked tribe of 21st Century satyrs thirsty for the sacrificial blood of digital goats.
I saw Girl Talk in Chicago on New Year’s Eve 2009. It was 18 degrees outside and, within moments of Gillis taking the stage, about 180 degrees inside. Gillis was then touring on Feed The Animals, an album title he delivered on in spades, force feeding us an unquantifiable array of sonic samples that made us swing like monkeys until we stunk like pigs. I left the venue ten pounds skinnier, drenched in alcohol (mine and not mine) and sweat (ditto), and so overheated it took a minute for me to realize it was literally freezing outside.
I’ve regained those ten pounds in the last year and a half, but that’s only part of why I can’t wait for Girl Talk’s gigs next week. Mostly it’s because I’m expecting Gillis, the Digital Dionysus, to reduce the Fillmore to a heap of rubble with all of us, drenched and ecstatic, buried inside.
If that’s how you want to give up the ghost but you don’t have tickets, you’re in luck. We’ve got two to give away for the Thursday night show on May 19. [Update: Contest CLOSED. And the winner is . . .] All you have to do is leave a comment and we’ll announce a random winner on Tuesday. Make sure to use your real email address, so we can contact you if you win.
To whet your appetite in the run-up to the show, here’s a video clip from Girl Talk at Chicago’s Congress Theater on NYE 2009. (The video title says NYE 2010, but it’s wrong.) You can also download the critically-acclaimed All Day in its entirety and for free on illegal-art.net.
Update: I originally wrote that the shows were on May 12 and May 13. They are in fact a week later on May 19 and May 20. My bad.