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 »
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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 »
:: 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]
:: 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.
• 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‘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.
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]