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Girl Talk says pay-what-you-want for Feed the Animals

After the smash success of 2006's Night Ripper, his subsequent coverage in the mainstream media and sold-out, globe-trotting performances, Pittsburgh-based mashup whiz Girl Talk, a.k.a. Gregg Gillis, is back with the follow-up. Like Night Ripper, Feed the Animals is a party-in-a-box, an album-length continuous collage of 300 samples that recontextualize current Top 40 vocal samples with new beats, classic rock riffs and timeless pop hooks. Think "Whoomp! (There It Is)" over "In a Big Country," multiplied by 150.

The album was released last Thursday via the Illegal Art label's Web site ( just days after its completion, with almost no warning. And just hours after the release, Wikipedia contained a comprehensive list of the samples that comprise the album, though perhaps it's more fun to play your own game of Name That Sample.

In a modified version of what's sometimes called "the Radiohead model," Girl Talk is offering several pay-what-you-want downloading options. Pay nothing, and you have to answer a multiple-choice question explaining why, before downloading a zip file of the mp3s. Pay more than $5, and you'll receive an additional file containing the full album as one continuous track. Pay $10, and you'll also receive a physical CD when they become available in September; a limited-edition vinyl version is also in the works.

If you were among those who caught Cellofourte's recent performance at the Three Rivers Arts Festival -- or with the Pittsburgh Symphony at Heinz Hall -- you probably know the genre-bending instrumental cello quartet has been preparing its second album. You can pick up a copy of Combustion at the CD release show, 7 p.m. Fri., June 27 at Diesel; for more details, visit

Two local singer-songwriters are also dropping full-length albums this weekend. Sewickley-based Steve Vesolich releases his rootsy, harmony-rich acoustic album This Continual Fight at 7 p.m. Fri., June 28 at Club Café, performing with special guest Martha Jane. You can sample his tunes at

The next day, accomplished singer and pianist Joy Ike -- a relatively new face in the local music scene -- releases Good Morning, her first full-length album, an amalgam of neo-soul, pop and thought-provoking lyrics. She's celebrating with a full-band performance at the EastSide Borders in East Liberty at 6:30 p.m. Sat., June 28. For more, check out

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