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Monday, March 1, 2010

GIRL TALK at The Murat Egyptian Room

A Squared Industries has the honor of presenting GIRL TALK on March 27th at The Murat Egyptian Room!


Gregg Michael Gillis, better known by his stage name Girl Talk, is an American musician specializing in mashups and digital sampling. Gillis has released four LPs on the record label Illegal Art and EPs on 333 and 12 Apostles.  Gillis began making music while a student at Chartiers Valley High School in the Pittsburgh suburb of Bridgeville. After a few collaborative efforts, he started the solo "Girl Talk" project. He continued making music under the Girl Talk alias while studying biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He produces mashup-style remixes, in which he uses often a dozen or more unauthorized samples from different songs to create a new song. The New York Times Magazine has called his music "a lawsuit waiting to happen," a criticism that Gillis has attributed to mainstream media that want "to create controversy where it doesn't really exist," citing fair use as a legal backbone for his sampling practices.
He has given different explanations for the origin of his stage name, once saying that it alluded to a Jim Morrison poem and once saying that it alluded to an early Merzbow side project. Most recently, he attributed the name to a grunge band called TAD, based in Seattle. In a 2009 interview with FMLY, Gillis stated:
[T]he name Girl Talk is a reference to many things, products, magazines, books. It’s a pop culture phrase. The whole point of choosing the name early on was basically to just stir things up a little within the small scene I was operating from. I came from a more experimental background and there were some very overly serious, borderline academic type electronic musicians. I wanted to pick a name that they would be embarrassed to play with. You know Girl Talk sounded exactly the opposite of a man playing a laptop, so that’s what I chose.
Pitchfork's Ryan Dombal reported it this way: "Unlike mash-up makers in it to figure out the lamest way to combine two song titles, justify their existence with cheap mp3 blog Diggs, or wind up in a Cobrasnake shot with some Olsen twin look-a-like, Gillis just really likes stuffing tons of his favorite FM moments into bursts of Top 40 overload. "I'm a pop music enthusiast.""

Check out the show if you were able to get tickets!

Saturday March 27th, 2010 8PM
The Murat Egyptian Room (All-ages)
502 North New Jersey Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Click here for a map.

A Squared Industries, The Butler University SGA Program Board and LiveNation present:

Presale tickets are $15 plus applicable fees and are available online at LiveNation, The Murat Box Office, and at Indy CD & Vinyl in Broad Ripple. This is an all-ages event.

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