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girl talk

So, Tuesday night was the much anticipated Girl Talk concert.  I hadn’t heard a show discussed so often since we found out Phish was reuniting.  Everyone was looking for tickets, gathering their posse’s and we even had a dance-off request.

Mick and Trevor were going to “bring it” to the dance floor and it was then going to be determined who “brought it”, and who ended up getting served. (details to follow)

Girl Talk is a special group, and holds a special place in my heart.  a) just for clarification its not a group.  Its a dude with a laptop.  b) His mashups have become engrained into my everyday life, sometimes I dont even notice I sing bits of the cross over, and now I am spoiled to hear certain songs because I only assume that they will follow with some change up to another song.  To be honest, he has gotten me into music i wouldn’t have necessarily listened to, along the lines of hip hop and rap.  Its just plain fun.  No qualms about it…its gets you moving.

Yes, he doesnt have his own music, he cant sell it because he doesnt own it, and he takes other peoples hits and fuses them together and calls it his own…but he does it better than anyone else I’ve heard.  The Bootie mixes, and Party Ben are fun, but Girl Talk knows his shit.

So at the show, because its just 1 dude and a laptop…i guess he decided to make his stage show consist of everyone from the audience standing around him dancing.  And I mean, a stage FULL of people, along with streamers, and flying confetti.  Mick said he smelled.  How does he know that? Oh, right. Mick was a 15 year old girl on Tuesday and had to get on stage with Girl Talk.  He put the dance-off off till the latter half of the show, and boogied with screaming girls on stage along side a stinky sweaty long haired dude pushing buttons on a laptop.  We were at the clizzub…but it was the Fillmore.  Needless to say, the dance off happened, and I couldn’t say who won, because it was awesome all around.  I recorded some pre-game dancing in my kitchen and will add that as soon as i upload it.

I’m not a music reviewer.  This is not an official review.  This is my evening recap, and its not as eloquent as I’d like it to be.  So, great show, glad Girl Talk was able to get paid (through concert tickets, not album sales), and although most of the mixes I had heard before…I’d go again next time he came in town.

I leave you with some videos (obviously not originals, because that wouldn’t be the Girl Talk way)

the french ain’t half bad

Headed down to the Great American Music Hall last night to go and see M83. I have known of this band for a little over two years now, thanks to my friend Campbell. They are a band I had never seen, and I was unsure how their sound would translate into a live show. Id say it was a moderate success.

M83 is an electronic music group with both a male and female vocalist. They are French synth-rockers with a surging dance sound. A slight ambient buildup into a wall of sound is how most of their songs get you. Its definitely a close your eyes, feel the bass and the emotion of the song kind of band…not a dance till you fall down band. Quite a bit of their stuff on the album however, is a woman speaking, or looped, and for that, on stage they used pre-recorded stuff. Lets just say the first song they pulled an Ashley Simpson. They started the first song, and someone must have hit the button for pre-recorded vocals because misplaced words came on, everyone looked around, they must have pushed stop realizing their error, the words ended, M83 didnt let it phase them, and continued. Good for them for pushing through the error.

The rest of the show was pretty good. Campbell ended up being there, so I could remember my first days of M83 with him. Pete, Mick, Keller and I had never seen them, and I think everyone enjoyed themselves. I was a little disappointed that Teen Angst wasn’t played, but that was probably for the best. The last few times we listened to that song it involved laying on the floor writhing…probably not the best idea to do that at GAMH.

I leave you with my rating of this show.

Four arbitrary goats out of a possible five

Happiness only real when shared

So I’m a little late on this train I know…but I finally got around to watching Into the Wild. Beautiful landscapes make it visually stimulating, while an interesting story line kept me riveted throughout. The supporting cast was wonderful, and the based on a true story aspect always makes that much more fascinating to watch. For a two and a half hour long movie…at 11:00 at night, I did my best to stay up past 1. I knew it was going to be worth it. Hype has been flowing, and I finally decided I needed to see what the hype was all about. A great, great film. Sean Penn…ya done good.

The only real problem I had, and I dont know if its even a problem, depending on how the movie meant to portray him, was with Emile Hirsch who played the main character Chris McCandless. I understand the free spirit. I understand the need to not go the corporate route, and follow your heart and soul. But I dont understand why everybody embraced him the way that they did. If Chris in real life was pretencious and thought that he was better than everyone, then Emile Hirsh hit it right on the nose. He had this constant this is the only way to live mentality. Everyone else was doing it wrong, and the only way to do life right was the way he was.

I do however, think it was pretty incredible the impact he had on others. Showing the hippie couple that talking about their feelings and just saying fuck it could bring them closer together. Selfishly allowing the older man (Ron), to let him into his heart and learn to embrace what life he had left. I say selfishly because ultimately, instead of having him adopt him as he wanted to, and being the son the old man had wanted, Chris wandered off into the beautiful Alaskan wilderness to die.

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