Breaking down mashup monster Girl Talk

By | May 18th, 2011 | 2 Comments

Mashup master and shameless sample slanger Girl Talk has shows at the Fillmore on Thursday and Friday night. As I mentioned in last week’s ticket giveaway post, I expect us all to drown dancing in a rising tide of our own sweat before Girl Talk gets through with us. In other words, I’m excited. Girl Talk (born Gregg Gillis) is touring on his fifth studio album, All Day, which is available for free and legal download on As with his previous output, All Day features a disparate and seemingly countless array of samples — everything from Black Sabbath to Trina — mashed together into tracks with the uncanny ability to turn staid human beings into ecstatic satyrs. I say “seemingly countless” because the magazine Fast Company and artist Tiffany Farrant did count the number of samples in each track of All Day and then neatly displayed them in an infographic.

Above is the breakdown of “Oh No”, track one on All Day, which splices up Slick Rick, The Doors, and The Ramones, to name a few. You can see the full All Day breakdown on

Not easily impressed? Then head over to Mashup Breakdown, where you can listen to All Day in its entirety and visually track its hopscotch path from one sample to another. Hard to explain, all too easy to get sucked in by. Just click the image below to see what I’m talking about.

As I alluded to above, we gave away two tickets to the Girl Talk show last week. For the scores of you who didn’t win, Sweat Records has a ridiculous Girl Talk giveaway, which includes tickets and a chance to meet Gregg Gillis, going on until 4 p.m. today. [Update: Contest closed.]

Good luck! Hope to see you in the Girl Talk Mash Pit this weekend.

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