November 10, 2009

Girl Talk mashups come to Mandel November 21

Mashup artist Girl Talk will be performing November 21 in Mandel Hall, the Major Activities Board (MAB) announced Monday. Girl Talk, whose digital samples draw on trendy and retro pop and hip-hop tracks, is widely known for his energetic performances.

“He’s got an awesome live show. People go up on stage, he throws confetti and toilet paper,” said Liat Bird, fourth-year and chairperson of MAB.

The Board was looking for an artist to contrast with last year’s fall act, indie-rock band The Decemberists, said Bird. “We were trying to steer away from what we call ‘white guys with guitars,’” she said.

Girl Talk became an Internet sensation when his fourth album Feed the Animals was released in 2008. Available both as a $10 CD and as a “pay-what-you-want” free download on his Myspace page, the songs are packed with dozens of samples from artists ranging from Ludacris and Michael Jackson to Queen and Led Zeppelin.

Bird said she could not disclose the cost of bringing Girl Talk to campus, but said the tickets will be a bargain compared to usual ticket prices of about $30 for his shows.

Tickets go on sale Friday in the Reynolds Club at $10 for students and $15 for faculty. The day of the show, tickets will be $15 for students and $20 for faculty. Sales will continue up through the concert date, or until tickets sell out.