Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Following in the path of Radiohead's pay-what-you-want album release scheme, DJ/mashup artist extraordinaire Girl Talk is releasing his latest, "Feed the Animals," right now at http://www.myspace.com/girltalk.
Girl Talk is great for two kinds of people and everyone else in between: The first being those with a paltry music collection and nothing to play when they have a party or gathering of friends, and/or are terrible at making play lists. The other end of the spectrum are music nerds who love spotting out every sample and slice of source material spliced in throughout the disc's insane brain melting.
Thanks to the joy of America's fair use copyright law, unlicensed samples of The Band, the Beastie Boys, Paula Cole, Jay Z, Little Wayne, Kanye West, Avril Lavigne, Steve Winwood, Outkast, Jackson 5, Queen, Huey Lewis and the News, Grand Master Flash, Beyonce, Dexy Midnight Runners, Missy Elliot, Len, Cheap Trick, countless rap artists I don't know by name - on and on, that was just the first 8 minutes - move seamlessly into, over and under each other without break.
For any download between free and $9.99, users can download the entire album free on MP3. Any payment over $10 gets the CD shipped to the persons house when it comes out (and the free download today.) I still feel guilty for downloading Radiohead's "In Rainbows" for free, so I actually paid the $10, whatever.