Study break of the day: United States of Pop 2012

Have you listened through all your study playlists already? Twice? Clearly, the only thing left is to mash it all up and regurgitate it in a techno-pop hodgepodge (I mean, pop music has been doing it for years).

If you’re too impatient to wait for nostalgia to kick in, or in case you’ve already forgotten “Call Me Maybe,” T-Swift, One Direction, or “Gangnam Style” (literally parodied by everyone), you can jam out to this year’s annual pop music menagerie mashup by DJ Earworm.

Yes, it’s catchy as hell, and yes, I’ll be blasting this for End-of-the-World Parties. Try and judge.

New Girl Talk…ZOMG!?!

Courtesy of Illegal Art

Adjust the tempo of a rap lyric. Adjust the tempo of a pop/rock song. Create a generic hip hop back beat out of some manipulated drum samples. Layer them in Ableton Live. Repeat a hundred more times and it’s a mashup album. Many have done it, but Girl Talk (Gregg Gillis) was the first (if you forget about 2 Many DJs…and John Oswald…and a handful of other people who have been bastardizing pop music to less fanfare for years). Today he released his fifth album, All Day, for free on his label’s website. Announced via Twitter this morning, the album “broke the Internet” with its absurdly high download traffic–it’s been trending heavily on Google and is showing no signs of slowing down. Now hundreds of thousands of mashup hungry listeners, a large fraction of whom are college students yearning for a holdover until The White Panda or E-603 makes their next on-campus appearance, are undoubtedly devouring the album. But does it deliver? Find out after the jump.   Continue Reading