Posts tagged "Girl Talk"

Hear Girl Talk’s Latest Mashups: “Get Lucky” x Michael Jackson, “Black Skinhead” x Marilyn Manson

Back when Kanye West‘s “Black Skinhead” first emerged, it soon became Web fact that the song sampled Marilyn Manson‘s “Beautiful People.” But once the Yeezus credits were posted, we all learned that the assertion wasn’t actual fact, as there was no such sample used in the song. But thanks to mashup mastermind Girl Talk, we now know what such a marriage would sound like. Greg Gillis mashed up “Black Skinhead” with Manson’s goth-industrial hit at a recent set in Charlotte.

For his second trick, Gillis paired Daft Punk‘s “Get Lucky” with Michael Jackson — but in classic Girl Talk fashion, he didn’t go the obvious route and mix the track with disco-leaning Off The Wall material. Instead, he chose the Dangerous classic “Remember The Time.” Hear the two mashups below. More »

Coachella Cruise To Set Sail This December

Coachella has become so big, even two back-to-back weekends aren’t enough to satiate eager music fans. The fest’s promoter Goldenvoice has announced that it will launch S.S. Coachella, two separate sailings with the same lineup. Pulp will headline the two inaugral voyages: Fort Lauderdale to the Bahamas from December 16-19, and Fort Lauderdale to Jamaica from December 19-23.

The best part of a Coachella cruise? No never-ending traffic to get to the venue each day. Find out more details and check out the full lineup below. More »

Best Of Bonnaroo: 11 Great Pop Moments In The Festival’s History

This weekend marks the 11th iteration of Manchester, Tennessee’s Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. At the inaugural fest in 2002, it was a jam-band paradise, heavy on the noodling but light on the zeitgeist. Each year, though, it has expanded in size and scope, and this year’s lineup is the biggest and arguably the most eclectic yet. Featuring everyone from Bon Iver to Skrillex to Das Racist, Bonnaroo clearly has its finger on the pulse of pop music. So ahead of Bonnaroo’s 11th running, here are 11 great pop moments in the festival’s history, in no particular order. More »

Idolator’s Top 10 Favorite Pop Mashups


It’s a fast-paced world, and sometimes we find ourselves way too busy to listen to songs one at a time — which is why we love jamming out to mashups. It’s called multitasking, people! One awesome song combined with another awesome song should get you twice the awesome in the same amount of time, right? Plus, it’s always fun finding out what would happen if you mushed together Britney with Adele, or Lil Wayne with the theme to an NBC sitcom! We’ve browsed our playlists and compiled our Top 10 Favorite Pop Mashups, which you can catch after the jump. More »

The Morning Mix: Britney Spears Earns Half A Million For Product Placement

Did You Hear?

:: Britney Spears wrestled up $500,000 for filling her “Hold It Against Me” video with shots of Sony, Make Up Forever, and PlentyOfFish.com, as well as her own fragrance, Radiance. We’re positive that 500,000 Britney fans would have donated one dollar each for the video to be free of obvious product placement. [Rolling Stone]

:: Are these examples of product placement in Katy Perry music videos up to the pop star’s high standards? [Vulture]

:: Find out why James Franco won’t be singing a Cher song – with Cher — at the Oscars. [E! Online]

:: Taylor Swift whips her hair while rockin’ out in Hong Kong. [Pink Is The New Blog]

:: Mash-up master Girl Talk is going on tour — check out the dates at the source. Seeing him live must be like seeing about 100 different music acts all at the same time, no? [Consequence Of Sound]

After the jump, find out which music acts are performing on the tube today.
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10 Out Of ’10: Idolator’s Favorite Albums Of The Year

With the year just about wrapped up, we here at Idolator decided to get together, pore over our individual iPods and revisit the music that got us motivated in 2010. Perhaps some of the following 10 albums weren’t the most critically acclaimed, but they were ones that inspired our hopes, heart-felt dreams and repeated plays while we navigated Planet Pop here on the website each day over the past 12 months. And so, in no particular order other than alphabetical…

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Toby Keith Way Too Much Of A Bad-Ass To Be A Leader

Toby Keith not running for Oklahoma governor because “being a politician would mean (having) to get along with too many people” (I swear that he said this) [newsOK via WP]
• Elton John‘s five-year Vegas run ends, but don’t worry, if the economy stays as shitty as it’s been he’ll be back [Billboard]
• Nokia’s all-you-can-eat mobile music program Comes With Music reportedly nabbed 23,000 subscribers since launching last year in the UK [BBC]
• Major labels talking to Hulu about adding music videos to the site, thus turning even more of the Internet into TV [Bloomberg]
• Girl Talk may actually make songs with structures more complex than “throw a bunch of shit into a Sparks can and shake” on his next album [Billboard]
• Ra Ra Riot and Vampire Weekend members collaborate, blogosphere falls in on itself [MOKB]

William Safire Writes A Mash Note To Mash-Ups

William Safire‘s “On Language” columns have gotten a lot more enjoyable since he stopped writing op-eds for The New York Times, but when he steps into a field with which he is not entirely familiar, the results cross that fine line between charming and cringey. Of course, it’s also hard to tell when he’s kidding—he self-consciously begins one sentence here with “I recall a letter written to Gov. William Scranton…”—but, well, he’s writing about “mashup.” And “remix.” You can probably tell where this is going.



Certainly he takes a different view of the medium than most of us would, though since we are not William Safire, I suppose we would be in the wrong. He attributes the genesis of mashups to “the hip-hop world in the mid-’90s,” while I would be more likely to say it started with Plunderphonics and caught on with 2 Many DJs. Maybe Bill is thinking of “freestyle”? He also does an odd skip over the very precise technical origins of “remix,” saying that it “began in 1969 as a variant of ‘re-recording’.” Er, isn’t it a variant of “mixing”? As in, it’s been mixed and finalized once and then someone mixes it again?

It seems to me there is a very simple difference between “mashup” and “remix,” one which informs all their non-musical uses. A mashup takes parts of two or more existing things and combines them without substantially altering the originals. A remix takes parts of a single thing and rearranges it. So something that combines, say, Google Maps with a set of data is a mashup, whereas something like The Wind Done Gone that takes an existing novel and rewrites it from the perspective of a different character could be called a remix. It’s nice that Safire took things outside the usual story, but if his column was aimed at people unfamiliar with the concepts, I’m not sure how much it helped.

On the bright side, it didn’t mention Girl Talk.

Rifacimento [NYT]

New Muxtape Offers Exciting New Chance To Listen To Middling Indie Rock… In Bright Colors!

Muxtape is back! Sort of! Once the sleekest, niftiest way to trade mix streams of your fave raves, Muxtape is has now been relaunched as a platform for bands to offer their music for free! Cool! So it’s sort of like a space for my music to be held, you know?



The Muxtape dudes got 12 of their favorite artists to put up some streamy music. And their favorite artists run the gamut from middling indie rock (Of Montreal) to middling indie-electro (Apes And Androids) to middling indie retro dance (Old Gold) to middling whatever the fuck the Dresden Dolls are (Amanda Palmer). Wanna know how well this works? When I wanted to find out who Old Gold was so I could make fun of him, I went to his MySpace page.

It’s still new, so maybe I’m being a little harsh. And Muxtape gave me some pretty good times back in the day, so I’m glad the site kept its very cool, very clean design. Congrats on dudes still giving their program life in a way that is no longer ducking the RIAA… except for, you know, all the incredibly illegal samples on the Girl Talk content. And that Francis And The Lights song that sounds a little too close to “Rock With You” for my comfort.

Muxtape [Official site]

80 ’08 (and Heartbreak): Announcing Idolator’s Year-End Extravaganza

What were the 80 most important musical recordings, artists, trends, events, and performances of 2008? What were the eight things this year that broke our hearts—or, at least, our ears? We’re happy to announce 80 ’08 (and Heartbreak), Idolator’s year-end overview. The list is below the jump.

80. Andrew W.K., “McLaughlin Groove”
79. Elvis Costello puts his trust in Fall Out Boy
78. Wye Oak, “I Want for Nothing”
77. Nine Inch Nails’ flood of digitally distributed music
76. TV on the Radio, “Golden Age”
75. Journey welcomes the Web 2.0 Era (and a new singer) with open arms
74. Jenny Lewis, “Acid Tongue”
73. Radiohead scores the year’s strangest Top 40 hit
72. The Music Tapes at Athens Popfest, August 2008
71. Kanye, Lily, Pete, and Courtney form their own blogger nation
70. French Kicks, Swimming
69. Soundscan: down for the recount
68. Make It Stop! The Most of Ross Johnson
67. Parry Gripp, “Hamster on a Piano (Eating Popcorn)”
66. Okay, Huggable Dust
65. Mariah Carey, “Touch My Body”
64. 360 deals make heads spin
63. Daniel Amos, Darn Floor Big Bite
62. Cut Copy, In Ghost Colours
61. Solange, Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams
60. The Numa Numa Dance revival
59. The Gaslight Anthem, The ’59 Sound
58. ’90s alt-rock memoirs
57. Larry Norman and Sonseed
56. Sheryl Crow, “Shine Over Babylon”
55. DJ Koze
54. David Cook beats David Archuleta on American Idol
53. T-Pain, Thr33 Ringz
52. Perez Hilton Vs. Sony BMG: slapfight!
51. Justin Moore’s “Back That Thing Up” video
50. Optimo’s mix CDs
49. Extra Golden live at the Caledonia Lounge, Athens, GA, June 2008
48. Jamey Johnson, That Lonesome Song
47. Daveigh Chase sings “The Happiest Girl in the Whole USA” on HBO’s Big Love
46. Gnarls Barkley and the Raconteurs race each other to the record store
45. Pete Wentz tries to save the music video with FNMTV
44. R&B’s breakbeat vogue
43. Jobromance!
42. Dennis Wilson, Pacific Ocean Blue (Legacy Edition)
41. Miley Cyrus, “See You Again”
40. Max Martin and Dr. Luke infiltrate rock radio
39. Of Montreal get Skeletal
38. Poplife Presents Poplife Sucks
37. Alec Foege, Right of the Dial and Taylor Clark, Starbucked
36. Major labels fail to kill the single—again
35. Velvet Revolver brings the drama
34. Blake Leyh makes us listen closer to The Wire
33. Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em, “Yahhh!”
32. The end of TRL
31. The old-skool rave revival
30. Ida Maria, “Oh My God”
29. Fred Schneider on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
28. CMT’s Can You Duet
27. ’90s reunion fever
26. Estelle makes her way across the ocean
25. John Darnielle’s Master of Reality and Carl Wilson’s Let’s Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste
24. Girl Talk, Feed the Animals
23. Santogold, “Lights Out”
22. Summer festival glut
21. Monotonix live in Baltimore
20. James Sullivan, The Hardest Working Man: How James Brown Saved the Soul of America
19. Be Your Own Pet, “Becky”
18. Kanye West’s aesthetics
17. “Vinyl is back!”
16. Global reissues bonanza
15. Beyoncé, “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”
14. Rickrolling rolls on
13. M.I.A., “Paper Planes”
12. Alphabeat get “wonky”
11. The year of the remix
10. R. Kelly goes to court
9. Jarvis Cocker at Pitchfork Festival, Chicago, July 2008
8. The Ron Clark Academy, “You Can Vote However You Like”
7. Portishead, Third
6. Prince at Coachella Festival, April 2008
5. Erykah Badu, New Amerykah Part One (4th World War)
4. Guitar Hero / Rock Band
3. A very musical Presidential election
2. Lil Wayne: All things to all people
1. Ne-Yo, Year Of The Gentleman

HEARTBREAKS
1. Mamma Mia Misses The Essence Of ABBA (Kate Richardson)
2. The Death of Baltimore Club Music’s Queen, DJ K-Swift (Al Shipley)
3. The blogosphere as the new status quo (Lucas Jensen)
4. Britney Spears on the 2008 MTV VMAs (Molly McAleer)
5. Be Your Own Pet breaks up (Mike Barthel)
6. Everyone in the music business losing their freakin’ jobs (Michaelangelo Matos)
7. Guns N’ Roses, Chinese Democracy (Maura Johnston)
8. John Rich shills for the GOP (Chuck Eddy)