If you haven’t heard of the party-rocking mashup art-form known as Girl Talk, your life is about to change forever. Once a biomedical engineer, Philadelphia native Greg Gillis decided one day that he wanted to take songs and bash them together until they stuck. For over ten years, Gillis has been releasing music under the Girl Talk monicker. In 2006, with his release Night Ripper, Gillis moved away from the glitch-mash sound that he had been working with to try and create full-album sets of mashups that people could dance to. Taking top 40 hits from the past 40 years, Girl Talk made mashups that anyone could recognize pieces of, no matter what their musical preference was. Night Ripper was met with decent acclaim, but it was with his 2008 release Feed the Animals that Girl Talk caught fire. Gillis had perfected his live show, working manually triggered samples from his famously near-indestructible laptop. Girl Talk shows became a thing of wonder. His most recent release, 2010’s All Day, is the quintessential Girl Talk record. It’s an unadulterated 71 minute set of pure energy, and its available for free on his website.
More recently, a group of professional superfans have made a full-length, unofficial music video to Girl Talk’s masterpiece entitled Girl Walk. Director and cinematographer Jacob Krupnick of the creative collaborative Wild Combination assembled a group of professional dancers to make a film set to All Day. The film was released online and is available to watch in 12 chapters on the website. But who wants to watch a movie featuring professional dancers on the streets of New York City with music by Girl Talk on their laptop?!
This Saturday, February 11th, Neumos will be hosting the Seattle premiere of Girl Walk (get tickets here). This version of the film will not be in chapters, but rather, a full length endeavor at full volume. Seattle local acts Radjaw and Tigerbeat will open with short DJ sets. In short, it’s going to be a lot of dance party, and for only 12 dollars, it’s cheaper than going to the theater, but here you can dance and stand up and yell and have a drink or two.