Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
Here is more information about him courtesy of Wikipedia:
Gillis began making music while a student at Chartiers Valley High School in the Pittsburgh suburb ofBridgeville. After a few collaborative efforts he started the solo "Girl Talk" project and continued making music under the Girl Talk alias while studying biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve University inCleveland, 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:
The 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.
In school, Gillis focused on tissue engineering. He later worked as an engineer, but quit in May 2007 to focus solely on music.
For possible future projects, Gillis is considering creating individual songs rather than full-length albums with the songs tied together. Girl Talk released his fifth LP All Day on November the 15th, 2010 - free through the Illegal Art website.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Since the Spring of this year, I have heard tons of buzz from pretty much all of my favorite fellow book bloggers about this hot new character named "Disco", in a new book by an author named J.A. Saare. I've seen Disco widgets on their blogs and I've seen chatter about Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between on Twitter and Goodreads. The book has been on my radar since, but my roadblock was it's only been available for purchase through Amazon.com. I hate Amazon. I won't go in to my rant on why, and please don't ask here because that is not the intent of this review. The point is: I kept putting off buying this book hoping it would become available elsewhere. When it became clear that getting it elsewhere was not going to happen, I sucked it up and ordered the paperback from a company I loathe. After all the build-up and waiting, I am so happy to say that my expectations were most definitely met. From the very first page, with the opening paragraph, I knew I was going to love this:
"Rhiannon's Law #27: When you're working in a gentleman's club and one of your dancers takes off those heels, alert the big guns, an ass kicking is on the menu."
Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between is the first book in J.A. Saare's Rhiannon's Law series. We meet Rhiannon working as a bartender in a gentleman's club. As she's trying to make drinks and keep the peace among the dancers and the clientele, a vampire by the name of Disco is relentlessly following her to meet with him after work. Turns out, she has very unique and special abilities that have come to the attention of the vampire population. Disco convinces Rhiannon to use her special abilities in providing help to solve the mystery of local vamps who have gone missing. The story takes off from there... From the very beginning I knew that Rhiannon was going to be one of my top favorite Urban Fantasy heroines. She cusses like a sailor, is brutally honest, and is not afraid to throw down if she feels she is being threatened. As Rhiannon says about another snarky character she has to work with... "A girl after my own smartass heart." That actually described exactly how I felt about Rhiannon herself.
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