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Candye Kane's 'Sister Vagabond' album rings triumphant in challenging year

Candye Kane has been called a survivor, a superhero and the toughest girl alive. (All are also titles of her self-penned songs.) Her eleventh CD release, Sister Vagabond, will hit the streets on August 16, 2011 on Delta Groove Records. Produced by Kane and her noted guitarist Laura Chavez, Sister Vagabond is a worthy successor to their 2010 collaboration, Superhero, which was nominated for Best Contemporary Blues CD in the Blues Foundation’s Blues Music Awards.

The jump-blues singer, songwriter and mother of two from East Los Angeles is a five-time nominee for Blues Music Awards, has nabbed ten San Diego Music Awards and starred in a sold-out stage play about her life. She’s beat pancreatic cancer in the last two years. She has performed worldwide for presidents and movie stars.

But her path to success was not always glamorous or easy. Raised in what she calls a dysfunctional blue-collar family, Candye became a mother, a pinup cover girl and a punk-rock, hillbilly blues-belter by the time she was just 21 years old. Ten CDs, six record labels, millions of international road miles and countless awards later, Miss Kane has proven to be a true survivor as she scrambled her way to the top of the roots-music heap, creating a world renowned reputation that has spanned two decades.

A colorful mixture of the traditional and the eclectic, Kane cut her musical teeth in the early ’80s onstage with Hollywood musicians and friends Social Distortion, Dwight Yoakam, Dave Alvin, Los Lobos, The Blasters, X, Fear and the Circle Jerks, to name just a few. While raising two sons, this role model for the disenfranchised championed large-sized women, fought for the equal rights of sex workers and the GLBT community and inspired music lovers everywhere. Her fans are a mixture of true outsiders: bikers, blues fans, punk rockers, drag queens, fat girls, queers, burlesque dancers, porn fans, sex workers, rockabilly and swing dancers, gray-haired hippies, sex-positive feminists and everyday folk of all ages.

In 1986, then married to Thomas Yearsley of the Paladins, she was touched by the music of Big Maybelle, Big Mama Thornton, Ruth Brown and more. Her self-released 1991 Burlesque Swing caught the ear of Texas impresario Clifford Antone, who signed her to a deal with Antone’s Records. Los Lobos’ Cesar Rosas and Paladin/Hacienda Brother/Stone River Boy Dave Gonzalez co-produced the first album of the deal, Home Cookin’. Picked up by Discovery (later Sire) Records, the Dave Alvin/Derek O’Brien-produced Diva La Grande was followed by Swango in the height of the swing craze.

Rounder/Bullseye Records signed her in 1995, releasing The Toughest Girl Alive, produced by Scott Billington. Four albums followed on the German RUF label, including the Bob Margolin-produced Guitar’d and Feathered. She then pacted with her current label, Delta Groove, releasing Superhero in 2010 and now Sister Vagabond in 2011.

Her full-time, 250-days-a-year touring schedule started in 1992. And today, Kane’s live shows are the stuff of legend. She honors the bold blues women of the past with both feet firmly planted in the present. She belts, growls, shouts, croons and moans from a lifetime of suffering and overcoming obstacles. She uses music as therapy and often writes and chooses material with positive affirmations that leave the audience feeling healed and exhilarated. In a show that is part humor, part revival meeting and party sexuality celebration, she'll deliver a barrelhouse-tongue-in-cheek blues tune or a gospel ballad, encouraging audiences to leave behind religious intolerance. She’ll slay the crowd with her balls out rendition of “Whole Lotta Love” or glorify the virtues of zaftig women with “200 Pounds of Fun.” She often says she is a ”fat black drag queen trapped in a white woman's body” and she dresses the part.

Kane has been included in countless blues and jazz CD anthologies including Rolling Stone Jazz and Blues Album Guide and Musichound: Blues, The Essential Album Guide and Dan Aykroyd’s 30 Essential Women of the Blues. She appeared on the influential call-to-arms of Southern California roots music, A Town South of Bakersfield on Enigma Records, alongside Lucinda Williams and Dwight Yoakam.

In addition to her musical achievements, Kane has become an activist and philanthropist in recent years. In August 2009, she appeared in Dublin, Ireland for the World Congress for Downs Syndrome with her United by Music charity. The project provides performance opportunities, blues history lessons and songwriting instruction to young people with disabilities, encouraging them to write their own blues songs to help them overcome their daily challenges.

A fighter par excellence, Candye has an authenticity, determination and optimism that keep her shows passionate, honest and irresistible.

“I take things one day at a time and today I am feeling great and very optimistic about my new CD,” Kane says. It’s been awesome to write and co-produce again with my guitarist Laura Chavez. I am grateful for every chance I get to make music live, or in the studio. Most people are given only three months to live after a pancreatic cancer diagnosis and three years later, I am still here. So any opportunity I have to create music makes me humbled and grateful.

“People ask me why I want to work so hard and so much, since I tour 250 days a year. Everyone says I should stay home and relax after my health struggle. But music is my life and neuroendocrine cancer is a mostly manageable disease. I will continue to work as much as I can because I know life is fragile anyway. I would be fine if I died onstage doing what I love like Country Dick Montana or Johnny Guitar Watson. I’m not planning on going anytime soon, but when I do exit this plane, I hope it’s making someone else feel inspired by the powerful words in my songs.”

Girl Talk & Jim Jones Collaborate On "Believe In Magic"

In late February 2011, as Girl Talk was about to head out for his second month of touring in support of All Day, Pitchfork TV brought Girl Talk and Dipset’s Jim Jones together in Jones’ Nomad District Studio in New York for a special edition of their “Selector” series. Together, with Girl Talk producing a beat sampled from Honey Cone’s “Want Ads” and Jones freestyling over it, the two created a new track -- “Believe in Magic.” The results of the “Selector” taping exceeded all expectations and Jones was so pleased he took things one step further and invited R&B vocalist Lloyd to contribute, essentially making “Believe in Magic” the perfect summer jam. Watch “Believe In Magic” being made, and download Jim Jones ft. Lloyd and Girl Talk’s “Believe In Magic” below.

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Girl Talk hits the road next week once again in support of All Day. Catch him in the Southeast this month, and playing festivals, including Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Summerfest, Wanderlust, Ottawa Blues Fest and more, throughout North America all summer long.

Girl Talk Tour Dates:

Wed. May 18 -- St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live

Thu. May 19 -- Miami, FL @ The Fillmore

Fri. May 20 -- Miami, FL @ The Fillmore

Sat. May 21 -- Orlando, FL @ House of Blues

Sun. May 22 -- Gulf Shores, AL @ Hangout Music Fest

Tue. May 24 -- Oxford, MS @ The Lyric Oxford

Thu. May 26 -- Barcelona, Spain @ Primavera Festival

Sat. May 28 -- Chillicothe, IL @ Summer Camp

Sun. May 29 -- Thornville, OH @ Hookahville

Sat. June 11 -- Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival

Fri. June 17 -- Atlantic City, NJ @ Showboat Atlantic City - House of Blues

Sat. June 18 -- Governors Island @ Revelation Music Festival - South Island Field

Sat. June 25 -- New Braunfels, TX @ Whitewater Music Amphitheater

Fri. July 1 -- Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest - Miller Lite Stage

Sat. July 2 -- Des Moines, IA @ 80/35 Festival

Sun. July 3 -- Thackerville, OK @ WinStar Casino - ShowPlace

Thu. July 7 -- Ottawa, ON @ Ottawa Blues Festival

Fri. July 8 -- Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy

Sat. July 9 -- Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy

Sun. July 10 -- Quebec City, PQ @ Quebec City International

Sat. July 30 -- Lake Tahoe, CA @ Wanderlust Festival

Wed. Aug. 3 -- Canandaigua, NY @ Constellation Brands w/ Wiz Khalifa

Fri. Aug. 5 -- Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza

Sat. Aug. 6 -- Kansas City, KS @ Kanrocksas Music Festival

Sat. Aug. 13 -- San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands Festival

Sat. Aug. 20 -- Squamish, BC @ Live at Squamish

Fri. Sep. 2 -- Snowmass, CO @ Jazz Aspen Labor Day Festival

Girl Talk Co-Headlines Governors Ball Music Festival

After spending his first two weeks in Pittsburgh since 2011 began, Gregg Gillis (aka Girl Talk) is hitting the road again this week continuing his 40+ city tour of North America in support of his new album, All Day. Following 22 sold out shows on the first leg of the tour, the second run kicks off this Thursday, February 24th at Terminal 5. Since the initial tour announcement, second Girl Talk shows have been added in Chicago, Minneapolis, Seattle, Denver, and Los Angeles.

Those not able to catch Girl Talk in NY this week will have ample opportunity to see him this summer as he’ll be co-headlining the Governors Ball Music Festival on Saturday, June 18th! Before making his way back to New York, he’ll play select cities in the Southeast, plus make appearances at Summercamp and Bonnaroo. A full schedule of Girl Talk tour dates is below.

The 2011 mtvU Woodie Awards has recognized all that Girl Talk puts into his live shows! They’ve nominated him for a Performing Woodie! Vote here!

Girl Talk’s All Day is available for free download here.

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GIRL TALK TOUR DATES:

All March dates with Max Tundra and Junk Culture

Thu. Feb. 24 -- New York, NY @ Terminal 5

Fri. Feb. 25 -- Providence, RI @ Lupo's

Sat. Feb. 26 -- Boston, MA @ House of Blues Boston

Mon. Feb. 28 -- Portland, ME @ State Theatre

Tue. March 1 -- Montreal, PQ @ Metropolis

Thu. March 3 -- Plymouth, MI @ Compuware Sports Arena

Fri. March 4 -- Chicago, IL @ Congress Theater
Sat. March 5 -- Chicago, IL @ Congress Theater

Mon. March 7 -- Madison, WI @ Alliant Energy Center (MOVED TO NEW VENUE)

Tue. March 8 -- Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue

Wed. March 9 -- Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue

Fri. March 11 -- Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre

Sat. March 12 -- Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre

Mon. March 14 -- Missoula, MT @ The Wilma Theatre

Tue. March 15 -- Seattle, WA @ Showbox

Wed. March 16 -- Seattle, WA @ Showbox

Thu. March 17 -- Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater

Fri. March 18 -- Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater

Sat. March 19 -- Pomona, CA @ Fox Theater

Mon. March 21 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium

Tue. March 22 -- San Diego, CA @ Soma

Wed. March 23 -- Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre

Fri. March 25 -- Las Vegas, NV @ The Pool at The Cosmopolitan

Sat. March 26 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium ***

Sat. April 23 – Urbana, IL @ Canopy Club ***

Wed. May 18 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Janus Live ***

Thu. May 19 – Miami, FL @ Fillmore ***

Sat. May 21 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues ***

Sun. May 22 – Gulf Shores, AL @ Hangout Beach ***

Tue. May 24 – Oxford, MS @ The Lyric ***

Sat. May 28 – Chilicothe, IL @ Summercamp ***

Sun. May 29 – Thornville, OH @ Hookahville Fest ***

Thu. June 9 – Sun. June 12 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival ***

Sat. June 18 – New York, NY @ Governors Ball Music Festival ***

Sat. June 25 – New Braunfels, TX @ Whitewater Music Amphitheater ***

Fri. July 8 – Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy ***

Sun. July 10 -- Quebec City, QC @ Quebec City Jazz Fest ***

Sat. July 30 – Lake Tahoe, CA @ Wanderlust Music Festival ***

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Angry Angry Grrrls: Vanity Theft @ The Knitting Factory

I’m a die-heart feminist. That’s why I was surprised by how distasteful the Vanity Theft show was on February 2.

Pittsburgh City Council Honors Gregg Gillis

Today, Tuesday, December 7, Pittsburgh City Councilman, William Peduto, presented a proclamation from City Council honoring Gregg Gillis (aka Girl Talk) for his work and support of his hometown, Pittsburgh, and declared today "Gregg Gillis Day" in the City of Pittsburgh. An official ceremony for the reading of the proclamation was held this morning at the City Council Building. It was open to the public, and aired live on City Channel Pittsburgh (Comcast channel 13 and Verizon channel 44).
Girl Talk played two sold out shows this past weekend, Friday, December 3 and Saturday, December 4 at Pittsburgh's brand new amphitheater, Stage AE. These were the first two performances at this venue.
Girl Talk's new album, All Day, is available for free download here.

Copyright Criminals Airs on November 29th on PBS

Copyright Criminals, the acclaimed documentary that charts the history of sampling in hip-hop and its modern clashes with outdated copyright law, will air on PBS’ Emmy Award-winning series “Independent Lens” the week of Nov. 29 (check local listings).

The film features in-depth interviews with Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Hank Shocklee, De La Soul, funk pioneer George Clinton, James Brown’s “Funky Drummer” Clyde Stubblefield, producer Steve Albini and many others.

Filmmakers Benjamin Franzen and Kembrew McLeod showcase not only hip-hop sampling’s pioneering artists, but also those whose work has been sampled thoroughly. Ultimately, they ask how should we fix our copyright laws to both encourage creativity with 21st century tools and still ensure that “original” creators get paid for their work?

The broadcast comes as creative technology advances on a near-weekly basis. When the last copyright law was passed in 1998, only 26 percent of homes had Internet access. Today, young people can film, soundtrack, edit and distribute movies globally, all from their mobile phones.

Meanwhile, artists like Girl Talk are shining bright lights on issues of copyright and creativity. Girl Talk’s new album, All Day, released for free Nov. 15, includes more than 350 samples.

Copyright Criminals’ innovative visuals include video remixes by Eclectic Method that illustrate for the viewer precisely what snippets of sound they’re hearing in dense sampling collages.

The film, which Rolling Stone’s Rob Sheffield called “amazing,” was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival. USA Today called Copyright Criminals “a compelling and insightful documentary illuminating both sides of a hotly debated issue.”

Director and producer Benjamin Franzen is the owner of the Atlanta-based production company Changing Images. Executive producer and writer Kembrew McLeod is an associate professor of communications studies at the University of Iowa, and author of Freedom of Expression®: Resistance and Repression in the Age of Intellectual Property, among other books.

Kristy Lee Announces NYC Debut

After tearing up the South on her latest tour, Kristy Lee takes the phrase of "Go Big or Go Home" to heart for her New York City debut.
On Thursday, December 2nd, 2010 Kristy Lee will go on a 1-Night Only THREE Performance Bender to show NYC music lovers her Folk-Soul Spunk with two acoustic sets, & one guest appearance.
WHO IS KRISTY LEE?
That mighty rumble you hear coming out of Alabama is none other than Kristy Lee. Her voice like thunder, rolling in before a sweet southern rain, instantly washes the world away. Kristy Lee's unique rhythms are absolutely nourishing, clean, pure, and unapologetic. This woman means it when she takes her voice out to play! This Alabama girl can pack a house in any state. Tough luck sticking her in a category, because when it comes to writing songs, she has no limits!
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KRISTY LEE TOUR DATES
Nov 18: Club Tribute - New Orleans, LA
Nov 19: Sue Ellen’s - Dallas, TX
Nov 20: Sadie's Nightclub - Lafayette, LA
Dec 2: The Bowery Electric - New York, NY [7PM]
Dec 2: Joe's Pub [guest musician during BITCH's show] - New York, NY [9:30PM]

Dec 2: Rockwood Music Hall - New York, NY [12AM]

Girl Talk's New Album, All Day, Out Today

Celebrating 10-plus years of sample-obsessed production and relentless touring, Gregg Gillis returns with All Day, his fifth album as Girl Talk, and his most epic, densely layered, and meticulously composed musical statement to date.  Continuing the saga from the previously acclaimed albums, Night Ripper and Feed The Animals, Gillis lays down a more diverse range of samples to unfold a larger dynamic between slower transitions and extreme cut-ups.  With the grand intent of creating the most insane and complex pop collage album ever heard, large catalogs of both blatantly appropriated melodies and blasts of unrecognizable fragments were assembled for the ultimate Girl Talk record (clocking in at 71 minutes and 373 samples).

Earlier this year, Girl Talk finally took a break from touring, festival dates, and college shows, in order to create this album that is now being released immediately after its completion.  While posting the album as a free download on the Illegal Art label's site allows All Day to reach his fan-base quickly and with minimal cost, Gillis spent more time on this album than any previous release and considers it the most fully realized and evolved manifestation of the Girl Talk aesthetic.

Download Girl Talk’s All Day here for free.

(There are no strings attached to this free download – no email address needed, no potential donation, or anything of that nature, and it will remain this way indefinitely.)

Since the release of Feed The Animals, things have flourished for Girl Talk. He's played almost 300 shows and hardly taken a full week off from hitting the road. He's playing even larger venues and making even more of a spectacle -- he's employed a small crew of toilet paper launching stage hands, who also propel confetti, balloons, and inflate oddly chosen props into the audience. For the New Year's Eve show to ring in 2010, a team was hired to build a life-size house, with attention to fine details, on the stage at Chicago's Congress Theater.  Described as the craziest house party ever, Girl Talk continues to please live audiences as the mass of sweaty bodies at his shows continually grows. Touring highlights from the last couple of years include the Vancouver Olympics, large festivals such as Coachella, Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, V-Fest, Sasquatch, Rothbury, Monolith, Planeta Terra, and trips to Australia, Japan, South America, Europe, and Mexico.

As previously announced, Girl Talk will be touring extensively in 2011 in support of this release.

Tracklisting:

01. Oh No

02. Let It Out

03. That's Right

04. Jump on Stage

05. This Is the Remix

06. On and On

07. Get It Get It

08. Down for the Count

09. Make Me Wanna

10. Steady Shock

11. Triple Double

12. Every Day

Girl Talk Tour Dates:

Fri. 11/19/10 – Buenos Aires, Argentina @ Hot Festival

Sat. 11/20/10 – Sao Paulo, Brasil @ Planeta Terra Festival

Tue. 11/23/10 – Santiago, Chile @ Centro Cultural Amanda

Fri. 12/3/10 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE

Sat. 12/4/10 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE

Fri. 12/31/10 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave

Wed. 01/05/11 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues

Thu. 01/06/11 – Columbus, OH @ LC Pavillion

Fri. 01/07/11 – Covington, KY @ Madison Theater

Sat. 01/08/11 – Louisville, KY @ Expo Five

Mon. 01/10/11 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues

Thu. 01/13/11 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues

Fri. 01/14/11 – Austin, TX @ Austin Music Hall

Sat. 01/15/11 – Dallas, TX @ Palladium

Mon. 01/17/11 – Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall

Tue. 01/18/11 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant

Thu. 01/20/11 – Birmingham, AL @ Workplay

Fri. 01/21/11 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle

Sat. 01/22/11 – Charleston, SC @ Gaillard Municipal Auditorium

Mon. 01/24/11 – Knoxville, TN @ Valarium

Tue. 01/25/11 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore

Thu. 01/27/11 – Raleigh, NC @ Disco Rodeo

Fri. 01/28/11 – Norfolk, VA @ NorVa

Sat. 01/29/11 – Richmond, VA @ The National

Mon. 01/31/11 – Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head

Tue. 02/01/11 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club

Fri. 02/04/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory

Sat. 02/05/11 – Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theatre

Thu. 02/24/11 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5 (SOLD OUT)

Fri. 02/25/11 – Providence, RI @ Lupo’s

Sat. 02/26/11 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues

Mon. 02/28/11 – Portland, ME @ State Theater

Mon. 03/01/11 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis

Thu. 03/03/11 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Hall

Fri. 03/04/11 – Chicago, IL @ Congress Theater

Mon. 03/07/11 – Madison, WI @ Orpheum

Tue. 03/08/11 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave

Fri. 03/11/11 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre

Mon. 03/14/11 – Missoula, MT @ Wilma Theater

Tue. 03/15/11 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox

Thu. 03/17/11 – Portland, OR @ Roseland

Fri. 03/18/11 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater

Sat. 03/19/11 – Pomona, CA @ Fox Theatre

Mon. 03/21/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Palladium

Tue. 03/22/10 – San Diego, CA @ SOMA

Wed. 03/23/10 – Tempe, AX @ Marquee

Girl In A Coma's "As The World Falls Down"

The San Antonio-based trio, Girl In A Coma, were chosen by Joan Jett herself for her Blackheart Records label and have toured extensively with Morrissey, at the personal invitation of the man who penned the song that inspired their name.  After successfully releasing a series of three Adventures in Coverland EPs on 7-inch vinyl this April, Girl in a Coma will release these tracks as a full-length CD along with three brand new tracks October 19th on Blackheart Records.

Girl In A Coma is thrilled to share a new video, directed by Robert Rodriguez for their cover of David Bowie’sAs The World Falls Down”.  Check out the video on SPIN.com where it premiered or here.

With Adventures in Coverland, Girl in a Coma delve further into the band’s collective musical history, recording their own versions of classic songs that helped shape the sonic core of Trio B.C., a record which prompted Alternative Press Magazine to rave that the band had “really hit their stride” and Billboard to enthuse that the ladies were “full of swagger and in fine form.”

The new songs on the record include a vibrant update of Buffalo Springfield’s ‘60s protest anthem “For What It’s Worth,” an acoustic version of their song “BB” and a new original Girl in a Coma song, “Yo Oigo,” which was written to be featured in Robert Rodriguez’s new movie “Machete.” The band displays their reverence for Selena’s music with their amped-up reworking of “Si Una Vez,” a stunning highlight of the record, and were honored to perform the song  at the 2010 Tejano Music Awards.

Having toured in the past with Morrissey, Sia, Pogues, Cyndi Lauper and more, Girl In A Coma hit the road this Fall wrapping up the tour with several performances with the Dresden Dolls.  Be sure to catch the band taking over the stage live in a city near you.

Girl In A Coma Tour Dates

09/23: El Paso, TX @ House of Rock
09/24: Marfa, TX @ El Cosmico Gathering
09/29: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
09/30: Charlotte, NC @ The Casbah @ Tremont Hall
10/02: Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
10/03: Washington, DC @ Black Cat
10/04: Newark, DE  @ Mojo Main
10/05: Providence, RI @ Club Hell
10/08: Toledo, OH @ Frankie's
10/09: Newport, KY @ Southgate House
10/11: Hot Springs, AR @ Maxine’s
10/23: Helotes, TX @ Josabi's
10/30: Houston, TX @ Tom Bass Park Amphitheatre
11/05: Asbury Park, NJ @ The Wonder Bar
11/19: Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater (w/ The Dresden Dolls)
11/20: Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's (w/ The Dresden Dolls)
11/21: Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa (w/ The Dresden Dolls)

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Track List

“Si Una Vez” (orig. by Selena)
“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (orig. by The Beatles)
“Transmission” (orig. by Joy Division)
“As The World Falls Down” (orig. by David Bowie)
“Come On, Let's Go” (orig. by Ritchie Valens)
“Walkin’ After Midnight” (orig. by Patsy Cline)
“Femme Fatale” (orig. by The Velvet Underground)

PLUS THREE BRAND NEW TRACKS
“For What It’s Worth” (orig. by Buffalo Springfield)
“Yo Oigo”
“BB” (acoustic version)

Girl Talk Releases NYE Chicago Documentary

In the first few days of 2010, we shared news of Girl Talk’s mind-blowing, over-the-top New Year’s Eve extravaganza, where he threw one of the largest house parties the world has seen to celebrate the end of the decade. With so much time and effort put into making this such an extraordinary night, Girl Talk (aka Gregg Gillis) and his crew decided not just those in attendance, but all Girl Talk fans, should have a chance to see the insanity. The planning and show was documented on multiple HD cameras, and has now been made into a short film that’s almost ready to be shared. You can get a sneak peek of “Girl Talk NYE Chicago” by checking out the trailer here.

To give you an idea, here’s what went down: As a surprise to the 4,500-capacity Congress Theatre audience in Chicago, Girl Talk had a two-story, five room house built on stage. This house took months to plan, and 4+ full days and 21+ crewmembers to build. Girl Talk and the set designers seriously took things to the next level when it came to the detail that went into each aspect of the house. They drywalled the rooms, made a real staircase, and fake wooden floors, built a kitchen that included a refrigerator with a note stuck on the door, and a table with a fruit bowl, blender and more, a living room that included a hutch filled with china, fireplace, couch, coffee table, rug, picture frames and more, the kid's room had a bed, desk, computer and mouse, pencil jar, trophy, amongst other items, and the bathroom featured a real toilet, sink, shower and curtain. Plus, outside the house, there were even fake trees lining the yard, and a rock was placed in front of the house covering the table Girl Talk works on. The lights constructed on the outside and inside of the house, including an LCD curtain surrounding the house to make it look like the night sky, and all over the venue, were equally elaborate. When the house was first presented to the audience, only a few lamps inside each room were turned on, however, as the night neared midnight, the house counted down from 9 to 0, and then once midnight hit, the house came alive as lights all over the house, inside and out, shown bright. The kitchen floor eventually lit up turning into a disco-dance floor, the entire bathroom could strobe any color, the computer in the kid’s room had an LED light attached to it, and intense lights came from the fireplace. There were also special lights strategically hidden all over the venue that were active and radiant throughout the night. Check out stills from the film below.

Girl Talk has been on the road nonstop since Feed The Animals was released in June 2008. After playing over 240 shows and rarely taking more than five days off at a time, Gregg has finally taken a break for most of the summer to work on his next album, which will be unleashed upon the world in early 2011. Stay tuned for more details!

Girl Talk Upcoming Shows:

Fri. Oct. 29 – Asheville, NC @ MoogFest

Sat. Nov. 20 – Sao Paulo, Brasil @ Planeta Terra Festival w/ Smashing Pumpkins, Pavement