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Mickey Hart's Heartbeat for Haiti

Mickey Hart's Heartbeat for Haiti Benefit featuring Mickey Hart & Friends with Giovanni Hidalgo, Sikiru Adepoju, and Rebeca Mauleon, Big Head Todd and The Monsters, Brett Dennen and Amos Lee. Proceeds to benefit What If? Foundation and Partners in Health.  A Silent Auction to be hosted by Mountain Girl.

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

6PM VIP Meet and Greet

7PM Doors

8PM Show

$35.00 GA Tickets and Limited $100.00 VIP Meet and Greet Tickets.

About What if?:

Founded in 2000, the What If? Foundation funds food and education programs for children in Haiti.

From the beginning, the What If? Foundation has been in partnership with the St. Clare’s community of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Our success is made possible through the collaborative efforts of members of St. Clare’s, who prepare and serve thousands of food program meals every week, enroll students into school, and run an annual summer camp. This commitment and expertise, combined with the financial resources provided by the What If? Foundation is what makes these desperately needed programs possible.

With this simple formula of local dedication and international support, we’re making a tangible difference in the lives of some of the world’s hungriest children. We welcome you to join us.

About Partners in Health:

Girl Talk Rings In The New Year With Biggest House Party Of The Decade

To celebrate the end of the decade and New Year’s Eve, Girl Talk threw one of the largest and craziest house parties the world has seen last week in Chicago. As an incredible surprise to the entire 4500-capacity audience at the Congress Theater, Girl Talk literally had a two-story, five-room HOUSE built on stage, including drywall, staircase, fake wooden floor and impeccable detail! What took months and months to plan, 4+ solid days and 21+ crewmembers to build, was a huge undertaking and undeniably, impressive success appreciated by all.

Complete with a kitchen that included a refrigerator with a note and photo stuck on the door, dinner table with fruit bowl, blender and more, hutch filled with china and glassware, fireplace, couch, coffee table, rug, picture frames and more in the living room, a kid's room with a bed, desk, computer and mouse, pencil jar, trophy, Snoop Dogg poster, and a bathroom with a toilet, sink, shower and curtain, plus fake trees in the yard, and the table he uses to perform presented as a large rock, the detail and thought that went into each element was flawless. 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, added to the insanity. When the house was first presented to the audience, all the lights that were on included a few lamps inside each room, 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. This was the first of many secrets revealed throughout the show. Others include the kitchen floor which 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 huge amounts of light came out of the fireplace. And that’s just inside the house! There were special lights strategically hidden all over the venue that were active and radiant throughout the night.

To match the extravagance of the house and excitement of the whole night, Girl Talk played his longest set in history! The energy was outstanding! All of these aspects combined to form a truly over-the-top, electrifying night and an especially invigorating way to kick off 2010!

The entire construction process building up to the show and the actual show itself was documented on multiple HD cameras. A short film about this is being put together by Girl Talk and crew. Announcements regarding the film will be released in the coming weeks.

Watch the house countdown to midnight here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0L0IhZiuHa8&feature=youtube_gdata

Girl Talk's Night Ripper Now Available On Vinyl!

It’s been over three years since the release of Girl Talk’s Night Ripper, the groundbreaking album that ultimately launched Gregg Gillis’ frenzied career and brought him to the attention of so many. Finally, tomorrow, December 8th, Illegal Art is making that record available to the masses for the first time on 180-gram 2 LP vinyl! Just in time for the holidays!

A limited edition 180-gram 2 LP pink vinyl version of Night Ripper will be sold for $100 with 100% of the proceeds going to the charity organization, mycharity: water. The goal is to find at least 50 donors allowing for Illegal Art and Girl Talk to fund a $5,000 well that will provide clean water for a community for 20 years.

Night Ripper vinyl (limited-edition pink and regular version) can be purchased here: http://illegal-art.net/shop#release113

To go directly to the mycharity: water page, visit: http://mycharitywater.org/gt_nr_pinkvinyl

Though Night Ripper was many people’s first introduction to Girl Talk, Gillis had been dedicating himself to creating sample-based music for over six years prior to that album’s release, with each record embracing pop music more and more. The two initial Girl Talk album’s, Secret Diary and Unstoppable, are now being released via a “Pay What You Want” plan on Illegal Art. Unstoppable is available now; Secret Diary will be available on January 5, 2010. Pay What You Want for these Girl Talk releases and more at http://www.illegal-art.net/shop.

Its hard to believe Girl Talk’s last record, Feed The Animals, was just released last year with the pace he’s been keeping and amount Gillis has accomplished since then. Girl Talk has perpetually been on the go since before that album’s release, essentially being on tour for two years straight playing festivals (Coachella, Lollapalooza, Treasure Island, Summer Camp, Monolith, Osheaga, Virgin MobileFree Fest, Wanderlust, Sasquatch, Lollapalooza, All Points West, Detroit Electronic Music Festival and more), shows in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and across Europe, a sold out 5-week tour in 2008, plus multiple mini-tours and shows for colleges across the country almost every week. He’s just finished playing three shows in Mexico, will head to Chicago for New Year’s (a 4,500 capacity show that sold out in less than two weeks!) and then will head down under to Australia and New Zealand for the Big Day Out festival. With the amount of energy he puts into each show, you’d never know how long he’s been on the go. Who knows what Girl Talk will have in store for 2010?!

Girl Talk Upcoming Tour Dates:

Thu. 12/31 -- Chicago, IL @ Congress Theater w/ Hearts of Darknesses & Urbindex DJ Set, Grand Buffet

Fri. 1/15 -- Auckland, NZ @ Big Day Out

Sun. 1/17 -- Gold Coast, AUS @ Big Day Out

Wed. 1/20 -- Melbourne, AUS @ Palace

Fri. 1/22 -- Sydney, AUS @ Big Day Out

Sat. 1/23 -- Sydney, AUS @ Big Day Out

Mon. 1/25 -- Newtown, AUS @ The Enmore

Tue. 1/26 -- Melbourne, AUS @ Big Day Out

Fri. 1/29 -- Adelaide, AUS @ Big Day Out

Sun. 1/31 -- Perth, AUS @ Big Day Out

Sun. 5/2 -- East Rutherford, NJ @ Meadowlands Sports Complex

Girl Talk Heads To Sunny Florida, Plus Other U.S. Cities..

Girl Talk on tour starting today!- for the Grateful Web

With hardly a minute at home to catch up on sleep and DVDs, Girl Talk is kicking off 2009 with a host of shows across the U.S.! In the months ahead, Girl Talk (aka Gregg Gillis) will hit several towns throughout the slushy midwest, stop off in Arkansas, M-i-s-s-i-s-s-i-p-p-i and the mountains of Montana, and then make his way south for the sunshine of sandy Florida. (Not to mention a two week trek in between to New Zealand and Australia.) Still reeling from the craziness of Girl Talk's fall tour for Feed The Animals, the Steelers continuous killer season, plus making all of those best of 2008 lists and winning $600 at black jack in Vegas, Gillis continues on. Before he knows it, he'll have played all 50 states by the end of 2009! 

Girl Talk 2009 Tour Dates:
Fri.    Jan. 9    Omaha, NE @ Slowdown w/ Grand Buffet, Hollywood Holt 
Sat.    Jan. 10   Des Moines, IA @ Peoples Court w/ Grand Buffet
Fri.    Jan. 16   Bloomington, IN @ Jake's Nightclub w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses
Sat.    Jan. 17   Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses 
Sun.    Jan. 18   Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses
Thu.    Feb. 12   Little Rock, AR @ Revolution Music Room w/ Mad haPPy
Fri.    Feb. 13   Oxford, MS @ The Lyric Oxford w/ Mad haPPy
Thu.    Feb. 19   Missoula, MT @ University of Montana Ballroom w/ That 1 Guy 
Fri.    Feb. 20   Bozeman, MT @ Gallatin Co. Indoor Arena w/ That 1 Guy 
Tue.    Mar. 3    Pensacola, FL @ Sluggos w/ Grand Buffet, Hollywood Holt 
Wed.    Mar. 4    Gainesville, FL @ The Venue w/ Grand Buffet, Hollywood Holt
Thu.    Mar. 5    Tallahassee, FL @ The Moon w/ Grand Buffet, Hollywood Holt
Fri.    Mar. 6    St. Augustine, FL @ Harvest of Hope
Sat.    Mar. 7    Orlando, FL @ Club Firestone w/ Grand Buffet, Hollywood Holt
Sun.    Mar. 8    Miami, FL @ Langerado Music Festival 2009 @ Bicentennial Park

Girl Talk day to day video blog, ebay auction, RiP trailer and more...

Girl Talk- for the Grateful Web

Girl Talk's fall tour in support of the release of Feed The Animals has officially kicked off! And with it, comes all sorts of fun Girl Talk-related things to check out!

Girl Talk fans can see what its like to be on the road for a 6 week tour by checking out the day to day video blog created by Girl Talk (aka Gregg Gillis) and his production crew. Each day a new video will be added to Girl Talk's Myspace page. Check out days 1, 2 and 3 below. Day 1 includes an interview with a guy who proposed to his girlfriend during Girl Talk's set, an interview with Gregg's dad, Gregg and co. eating Philly cheese steaks and more.

Day 1 Philadelphia - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJIpZJrfBDI
Day 2 Washington, D.C. - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EpwBXoa9Kw
Day 3 Baltimore - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXts5thBoQ8

Additionally, concert meteorologist Torie Shaw has created a "Girl Talk Concert Forecast" which will be running throughout the tour. Check out the first one here.

Girl Talk is also prominently featured in a new film, RiP: A remix manifesto. Gregg's dad makes an appearance here too! RiP explores the robber barons and revolutionaries squaring off across the digital frontier.  From the control rooms of Washington to the favelas of Brazil, web activist and filmmaker.

Brett Gaylor explores the concept of copyright in the information age, mashing together the media landscape of the 20th century and shattering the wall between users and producers. Along with Girl Talk, the film's central protagonist, Creative Commons founder Lawrence Lessig, Brazil's Minister of Culture Gilberto Gil, and pop culture critic Cory Doctorow are also along for the ride. The film has its "beta" launch at the Festival Nouveau Cinema Montreal, then off to the CPH:Dox International Documentary Festival of Copenhagen, then the International Documentary Forum of Amsterdam (IDFA) November 20th.  Stay tuned for US festival appearances in 2009! Watch the trailer for RiP, remix footage and find out more info here.

There's an ebay auction going right now for Girl Talk's Jordan headband. This headband was stolen from Gregg from a place where he used to sleep very often. "Actual Air Jordan headband worn by Gregg Gillis (aka Girl Talk) as seen in pictures hanging out with Bone Thugs and Harmony from his Facebook page. This headband is reversible and in good condition. It can be worn red or black. Buy it and add it to your Girl Talk shrine, or have him autograph it at his next show." The auction ends 10/23. Check it out here. (Gregg's dad is not involved in this ebay auction.)

Girl Talk CD Release Date Pushed Back To October 21st

photo by Andrew Strasser- for the Grateful Web

Pittsburgh artist Gregg Gillis (aka Girl Talk) has scrupulously created music from samples for over eight years. His fourth album, Feed the Animals, continues his sonic evolution towards his party-infested live show. While his first album, Secret Diary (2002), was full of purposeful glitches and noise, his subsequent albums, Unstoppable (2004) and the groundbreaking Night Ripper (2006), moved closer and closer towards dance-able mixes of varying genres, often including dozens of audio sources in a stream of juxtaposed hooks. With the fourth Girl Talk album on the Illegal Art label, Gillis steps even closer towards a creation that is centered on pop musicality rather than attention-deficit sample splicing.

Girl Talk has been known to underground audiences for several years, but it wasn't until 2006 that Gillis crossed over and caught the attention of a larger audience. With Rolling Stone, SPIN, Blender, Pitchfork, and even Beck including Night Ripper in their _best albums of 2006_ lists, Girl Talk has gone on to be booked by major festivals (Coachella, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Virgin, All Points West, Pitchfork, DEMF, etc.), and solicited for remixes (Beck, Thrill Jockey, Tokyo Police Club, Grizzly Bear, Simian Mobile Disco, Peter Bjorn & John, TeddyBears, and Of Montreal). And with roughly 200 live shows over the last couple of years, Gillis has consistently played larger venues to capacity crowds (every date on his 2007 North American tour with Dan Deacon sold out).

A year after the critically acclaimed Night Ripper release, Gillis quit his job as a biomedical engineer and now focuses on music full time. With his newly acquired lifestyle he can now work on music during the week and fly out to play shows on the weekend. With only a laptop in hand, the Girl Talk live show is more portable than a traditional band and has afforded Gillis the opportunity to travel the world with minimal overhead. A visceral culture of audience involvement has also become key to the live Girl Talk experience. Performances oftentimes feature the stage being mobbed with a sweaty mass of dancers who surround Gillis as he triggers samples and create mixes, new and old, out of loops from his hard drive. Such performances have quickly become one of the most entertaining and exhilarating live shows many have experienced as Girl Talk has the extraordinary ability to get the crowd ecstatic and keep the thrill going for the entire concert.

The new album, Feed the Animals, collects the material that was developed over the last two years as part of Gillis' ever-changing live show. With hours of material in hand, it still took months to meticulously edit together the seamless album that combines 300+ samples in 50 minutes. Such fastidious care is what separates Girl Talk from the dime-a-dozen remixes that are posted to the Internet daily. In comparison to the previous release, Gillis has described this new album as expanded, with a larger range of tempos and samples. Yet, at the same time the focus has shifted from technical prowess to the flow and balance of each segment in an effort to successful translate the over-the-top party feel of the Girl Talk live show into album form.

Before Girl Talk suddenly reached critical acclaim, a typical show would attract 15-30 people. During those initial years it was an extreme oddity for someone to show up with a laptop and play elaborately constructed mixes of pop samples. In the last couple of years, though, not only have Gillis' live shows exploded, but he is also being recognized for his innovations. From Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips nominating him for the Shortlist Music Prize to Representative Mike Doyle speaking about him to Congress (in relation to copyright laws), Gillis has quickly become a public figure. Emerging from his underground Pittsburgh roots, he is now being lauded as the future of electronic music by techno pioneer Richie Hawtin, while celebrities such as Paris Hilton are vying to dance onstage during a Girl Talk show. Gillis modestly takes it all in stride and has stated in interviews that he will eventually go back to a normal job, all the while reveling in the party while it lasts.

While Girl Talk's music is often categorized alongside mashups, or DJ mixes, it is critical to note how distinct his assemblages are from the conventional mixing of two simultaneous tracks. Gillis' roots lie more in the rich history of sample-based compostion as demonstrated by artists such as Dickie Goodman, Negativland, John Oswald, Steinski, Public Enemy (The Bomb Squad era), and countless others. Rather than taking mashups to an extreme, Girl Talk is more focused on the art of the sampling and developing new tracks that have their own character, and surpass the original elements. Such transformative work is what helps qualify his output as being protected by the _fair use_ principle of U.S. Copyright Law.

The CD release of Girl Talk's Feed The Animals on Illegal Art has been pushed back to October 21st due to manufacturing issues. Its been delayed to ensure the product is perfect and distinctive. This delay has nothing to do with copyright issues. As a reminder, Girl Talk's nationwide tour in support of this release kicks off next month. All upcoming tour dates are listed below.

Thu-Sep 18, 08    Newark            DE   University of Delaware
Fri-Sep 19, 08    Saratoga Springs  NY   Skidmore College w/ Prefuse 73
Thu-Oct 9, 08     Philadelphia      PA   Starlight Ballroom w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses    
Fri-Oct 10, 08    Washington        DC   9:30 Club w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses
Sat-Oct 11, 08    Baltimore         MD   Sonar w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses
Mon-Oct 13, 08    Carrboro          NC   Cats Cradle w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses
Tue-Oct 14, 08    Asheville         NC   Orange Peel w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses         
Wed-Oct 15, 08    Knoxville         TN   Valarium w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses     
Thu-Oct 16, 08    Atlanta           GA   Variety Playhouse w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses         
Fri-Oct 17, 08    New Orleans       LA   House of Blues New Orleans w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses    
Sat-Oct 18, 08    Houston           TX   Warehouse Live w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses     
Mon-Oct 20, 08    Austin            TX   Emos w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses     
Tue-Oct 21, 08    Dallas            TX   Palladium Ballroom w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses        
Thu-Oct 23, 08    Tucson            AZ   Rialto Theater w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses      
Fri-Oct 24, 08    Los Angeles       CA   Henry Fonda Theater w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses       
Sat-Oct 25, 08    Los Angeles       CA   Henry Fonda Theater w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK        
Mon-Oct 27, 08    San Francisco     CA   The Fillmore Auditorium w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses        
Tue-Oct 28, 08    San Francisco     CA   The Fillmore Auditorium w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK      
Thu-Oct 30, 08    Salt Lake City    UT   In The Venue w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK     
Fri-Oct 31, 08    Denver            CO   Ogden Theater w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK  
Sat-Nov 1, 08     Lawrence          KS   The Granada Theatre w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK         
Mon-Nov 3, 08     Minneapolis       MN   First Avenue w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK     
Tue-Nov 4, 08     Milwaukee         WI   Turner Hall Ballroom w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK      
Wed-Nov 5, 08     Urbana            IL   Canopy Club w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK     
Thu-Nov 6, 08     Nashville         TN   Cannery Ballroom w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK     
Fri-Nov 7, 08     Louisville        KY   Headliners Music Hall w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK    
Sat-Nov 8, 08     Chicago,          IL   Congress Theatre w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK
Sun-Nov 9, 08     Cincinnati        OH   Bogarts w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK      
Mon-Nov 10, 08    Cleveland         OH   Beachland Ballroom w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK          
Tue-Nov 11, 08    Pontiac           MI   Eagle Theatre w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK         
Wed-Nov 12, 08    Toronto           ON   Koolhaus w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK      
Thu-Nov 13, 08    Montreal          PQ   Club Soda w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK        
Fri-Nov 14, 08    Foxborough        MA   Showcase Live w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK      
Sat-Nov 15, 08    New York          NY   Terminal 5 w/ The Death Set, CX KiDTRONiK
Sun-Nov 16, 08    New York          NY   Terminal 5 w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses

I'm a Nice Jewish Girl With a Big Bad Tattoo

JD Salinger- for the Grateful Web

Time to stifle your shrieks and open your minds, dear readers, for you will find that this is a story outside of the parameters of Judaism.  A story not about desecrating The Body, but one of adorning it, rewarding it.  It is about a little needle and a whole lot of Bacitracin.  You've read the title; you know what I'm talking about.I was not raised in a home particularly concerned with religion.  Channukah was just like any other week and cheeseburgers weren't outlawed due to kashrut but for cholesterol content. In fact, it was barely a week ago that I even learned the word kashrut. But branding my body was taboo nonetheless, because, simply put, my mother "said so, that's why."  She said, "it's classless, Jennifer, and gratuitous and dangerous.  Nice Jewish girls just don't do it."  And so I nodded and asked her to pass the pork. But funny things happen to a body in college and mine began doing the things it wanted, because it wanted, and started raising its eyebrow at rules that had previously been left unquestioned.  It was then that I stumbled upon  Seymour:  An Introduction, by J.D. Salinger.  Perhaps you've read it.  If not, perhaps you should.  I won't reprint any parts or pieces due to potential copyright infringement (although if it meant meeting Salinger, off to court in shackles I would happily go!), but you must trust that the work touched me in a way I could hardly articulate.  It made my very limbs tingle and in closing the pages, I missed it like a friend who had moved far away.  And I wanted to carry it with me always. So......When I got to the tattoo parlor, I was doubtless.  My calls had been placed to the AIDS hotline for reassurance and I had a Hershey bar on hand for emergency endorphins.  I had also reread my beloved Seymour before leaving, so the epiphany was sitting fresh on my shoulders as I headed toward the needle.  Hardly a flinch later, I left...calm...with a small red bicycle painted daintily on my body.  I had a symbol of Seymour, literally, at my hip.In the past seven years since I had myself illustrated, I've confessed to mother and added a second tattoo to my shoulder blade Life is Elsewhere, by Milan Kundera....ah, our poor, doomed Jaromil).  I have also had to do a lot of explaining to friends, family, and numerous passersby who have happened to spy me in a tank top.  They wonder why I would hurt myself like that; they remind me that nice Jewish girls shouldn't spoil their skin.  What they don't understand is that by being tattooed, I was simply adopting as part of my body beautiful pictures, images that I hold dear.  It is not desecration, it is decoration, celebration.  It's putting a gold foil crown on the birthday girl's head.  And I don't believe anyone's god could find that wrong.  I know that mine finds it pretty.