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January 19, 2011 2:48 PM   Subscribe

What do you get when you mashup Girl Talk with Girl Talk? Mashed Up Mashup (or Mashup Squared). From artist Evan Roth.

Try googling "Bad ass mother fucker"
posted by azarbayejani (31 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

 
i tried.
posted by the aloha at 2:53 PM on January 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


The sound of pop eating itself.
posted by pompomtom at 2:55 PM on January 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


You get a muddled unlistenable mess, apparently.
posted by flatluigi at 2:56 PM on January 19, 2011 [9 favorites]


I'd love to know what Ann would think of this.
Breakfast At Sulimay's, on Girl Talk.
posted by Greg Nog at 2:56 PM on January 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


Yes, but what happens when you mash up Girl Talk with Tank Girl?

Whatever you end up with, it kills Lori Petty's career.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 2:57 PM on January 19, 2011


I take this as a sign of the long-awaited Retro Singularity. The refractory period between the initial popularity of cultural material and its rebirth in self-aware referential form is approaching zero. Soon, things will start to be retro before they actually exist, and our nation's young tastemakers will function as a low-level precognitive system as their search for material to appropriate ironically stretches further and further into the future.

We'd just better make damn sure that China doesn't close the Hipster Gap.
posted by saturday_morning at 2:58 PM on January 19, 2011 [6 favorites]


a slumber party?
posted by Hoopo at 3:03 PM on January 19, 2011 [3 favorites]


the aloha: i tried.

Results: 3 links to Evan Roth's website(s), a series of links to Pulp Fiction quotes, clips and such, and this page, a Tripod page with a "bad ass" poem, which at first I could not read due to the black text being over a dark collage of images. When I did read it, I realized I wasn't missing anything.

Summary: the google, it tells you nothing.

Previously: All of Billy Joel's Greatest Hits ... played at once. And VARIOUS THINGS HAPPENING AT THE SAME TIME, which was ... something. To which I noted: I'm not Data.
posted by filthy light thief at 3:04 PM on January 19, 2011


Hoopo: a slumber party?

If you insist. And if that wasn't enough, there are variants, including Jenga Girl Talk. At which point I wandered further down the rabbit hole, and found Jenga variants, which make me confused and sad.
posted by filthy light thief at 3:09 PM on January 19, 2011


That doesn't sound like a mashup. That sounds like he just played the two things at the same time.
posted by koeselitz at 3:11 PM on January 19, 2011 [5 favorites]


I'm finding this more listenable than I thought I would, but I think that has as much to do with my having listened to both of these albums a whole bunch already than anything. Plus I kind of like weird unlistenable stuff in general.

The hyperjuxtaposition thing is interesting as a nonce but part of what makes Gillis' albums work so well is the artful balances he manages to pull off with just enough things mixed together at any given time and the clever melodic/harmonic ideas he manages to produces in the process. Blindly laying clashing harmonic elements over each other like this just kills a lot of that for me.

But still, yeah, strictly as a sort of meta-Girl Talk experience it's not uninteresting: I get to be surprised again. I've already gotten familiar with Gillis' syntheses of other folks' unrelated musical output after repeated listens to his various albums; hearing a new Girl Talk album is full of wonderful little surprises (to the point where I wish, more than usual, that I could hear them again for the first time and experience those laugh-out-loud moments of mashup wonder again), and this is a sort of strained way to recapture that Oh Huh feeling.
posted by cortex at 3:21 PM on January 19, 2011


I was very excited. And then I listened to it.
posted by loriginedumonde at 3:22 PM on January 19, 2011 [3 favorites]


needs more angostura bitters.
posted by special-k at 3:52 PM on January 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


That doesn't sound like a mashup. That sounds like he just played the two things at the same time.


Shame on any fucker who stoops this low, and kicks a mash-up artist for trying to make something of his own. Anybody who feels like saying shit like this, ask yourself before you do: what the fuck have you done lately? Yeah, I thought so.

/cheeky

p.s. you don't know me or my accomplishments.
posted by djduckie at 3:55 PM on January 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


This is so ugly-hot. I love this.
posted by 23skidoo at 4:07 PM on January 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


I agree with cortex; I've listened to each of these enough that I can remember where he's going with them (and hence have started listening to other things for novelty value)--but this sort of confounds my brain enough to make it brand new again.
posted by Earthtopus at 5:13 PM on January 19, 2011


It's the musical equivalent of mixing all your watercolors together.
posted by hafehd at 5:18 PM on January 19, 2011


Not bad, made it a full ten seconds before the trainwreck. Better than I was expecting.
posted by mullingitover at 5:24 PM on January 19, 2011


Shame on any fucker who stoops this low, and kicks a mash-up artist for trying to make something of his own. Anybody who feels like saying shit like this, ask yourself before you do: what the fuck have you done lately? Yeah, I thought so.

When I was a lad, I used to find different songs from different CDs in my collection that had similar lengths, and play them simultaneously on two different stereos. It was fun, and it yielded some astonishing results (I seem to remember a Frank Zappa/Iannis Xenakis mashup that was particularly exciting) and a whole bunch of awful/boring results. From the sound of it, not unlike this project, except there was no beat matching since it wasn't cheaply available in those days. (I actually think the beat matching makes this a bit more boring since you don't get the wacky polyrhythms and occasional tasty collisions you get from multiple tempi, but hey, de gustibus hurf durf.)

Oh wait, what the fuck have I done LATELY you asked? Well, a bunch of more interesting things than my well-meant teenage experiments, that's for sure, as educational as they were. Hey, thanks for asking!
posted by speicus at 5:26 PM on January 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


Or was it a Frank Zappa/Tori Amos mashup? I can't remember.
posted by speicus at 5:29 PM on January 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


What the fuck have I done lately that was more interesting and original than this mashupedmashup?

I typed the previous sentence.

People really need to learn the difference between MASHUP and PLAYING STUFF AT THE SAME TIME.
posted by reklus at 6:29 PM on January 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


N*ckl*b*ck mixed with N*ckl*b*ck.

Also Pop Will Eat Itself, just on their own.
posted by Evilspork at 6:44 PM on January 19, 2011


I MADE A COLLAGE OUT OF PHOTOCOPIES OF THINGS I TRACED
posted by scrowdid at 7:00 PM on January 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


I MADE A COLLAGE OUT OF COLLAGES OF PHOTOCOPIES OF THINGS THAT SCROWDID TRACED
posted by Balisong at 9:42 PM on January 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


WE HAVE TO GO DEEPER
posted by Evilspork at 12:07 AM on January 20, 2011


I PHOTOGRAPHED A COLLAGE THAT BALISONG MADE OUT OF COLLAGES OF PHOTOCOPIES OF THINGS THAT SCROWDID TRACED.

MOMA.
posted by Theta States at 7:07 AM on January 20, 2011 [3 favorites]


NO MOMA
posted by ejoey at 7:37 AM on January 20, 2011


djduckie: "
Shame on any fucker who stoops this low, and kicks a mash-up artist for trying to make something of his own. Anybody who feels like saying shit like this, ask yourself before you do: what the fuck have you done lately? Yeah, I thought so.
"

Nope, I've got to agree. In my mind, the point of making a mashup is to make something worth listening to. Just like I don't think Nickelback songs played at the same time are a mashup, this isn't either.

But you're right, I haven't done anything more than post on my blog. My brother has done things, see for yourself. Although I have to say that the albums are better than most things he has up there.
posted by theichibun at 9:05 AM on January 20, 2011


[Um. I feel it's sort of incumbent on me to point out that djduckie was actually throwing the "shame on any fucker" line back at me, since I'd just said the same thing to him in another thread here. So if it seems out of place or weird, you can probably blame me, at least partially.]
posted by koeselitz at 12:27 PM on January 20, 2011


Me being a jerk aside, Koeselitz is totally correct, this isn't very good.
posted by djduckie at 3:47 PM on January 20, 2011


Ah, a cross-thread mashup. How droll.
posted by speicus at 10:59 PM on January 20, 2011


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