And here I was worried that the art of sampling was dead. Girl Talk, aka DJ Gregg Gillis, is out with his latest CD, the thoroughly enjoyable Feed the Animals. What’s more, you can pay what you please to get your grubby, little hands on your very own copy*. For those of you unfamiliar with his work, Gillis specializes in throwing damn near a gagillion different samples into each track, essentially creating a new song in the process. And he’s got a little something for everyone here, from Boogie Down Productions and Public Enemy to Sinead O’Connor and Kenny Loggins. I can’t confirm it, but I’m pretty sure I heard a kitchen sink in there at one point. For me, this is what makes Girl Talk such a fun band–trying to catch all the different samples on your own. Once you realize that’s nearly impossible, you can do like I did and cheat here.
To snag your copy, hit up this site.
For different price levels, you get special “bonuses.” Five bones will land you the entire CD in one continuous mp3, ten will get you a hard copy as well as digital. For the record (no pun intended), I dropped half a saw buck myself. Do the right thing and show Gillis a little love yourself.
* Editorial Note: Can people please stop referring to this as the “Radiohead model?” Numerous other artists were using this same tactic of “pay what you please” long before those English chaps. Hell, Juliana Hatfield was offering non-album tracks on her site years before those guys. Sorry, I’m not sure why this bothers me like it does, I just hate to see those cats get more credit than they deserve.