Girl Talk & Dan Deacon | 01.26 | IL

Words by: Patrick Knibbs

Dan Deacon/Girl Talk :: 01.26.08 :: Metro :: Chicago, IL

Dan Deacon
A Girl Talk/Dan Deacon show can be summed up in one word: fun. On their last stop in the Windy City, for the 2007 Pitchfork Festival, the two ignited a rowdy dance party that almost shut down the entire fest. So, their long-awaited return garnered a good bit of attention. Tickets for the two shows at the Metro sold out in minutes, and the few that resurfaced on Craigslist (for ten times face value) were scooped up as quickly as they were posted. DJ-centered shows can be complacent or even boring, but these two acts up the ante. They realize the importance of showmanship and audience interaction, and by combing these attributes with bangin' beats they threw a smoldering, wild party on a blustery winter eve in Chicago.

Deacon, the Baltimore-based classically trained composer and electronic music wiz, got the night rolling at a furious pace. From behind his rig, which was set up in the middle of the massive crowd, Deacon demanded the audience get involved. Playful requests to hold hands with people or interlock arms and construct a massive human bridge were granted without objection by the eager, sweaty masses. His compositions were immense sonic landscapes that distorted the thin line between audience and entertainer.

An accurate description of Deacon's music is difficult. It's a clusterfuck humming with elements of punk, funk, rock and dance music colliding with enough electronic weirdness that it's no wonder that he and his fellow Wham City constituents have been coined "noise rock." Highlights from the set included the epic "Wham City" and "Crystal Cat," both from his current Spiderman of the Rings album, and an odd cover of Bobby Darin's "Splish Splash."

Following the rowdy Deacon set, was the mash-up wizardry of Girl Talk a.k.a. Gregg Gillis. Gillis' unique, precision cut 'n' paste sample-based remixes have vaulted the 26 year old to fame, and the eruption he received as he took the stage was further vindication of the Pittsburg native's likeability factor. His knack for song combo's like Metallica's "One" with Yin Yang Twins' "Bad," as well as his open-invitation to join him on stage during the entire show further wooed the crowd.

Throughout the short set (roughly an hour), Gillis pieced together a slew of odd combinations that ranged from Kelly Clarkson to 2 Live Crew to Guns 'n' Roses to M.I.A. to Tag Team. Gillis' mixes work because they show us what would happen if all the sound bites, radio songs and favorite tracks we have in our head smooshed together and fell out of a speaker. It's musical but it's also comical.

If you haven't been to a Girl Talk or Dan Deacon show get off the couch and go; if you can get a ticket of course.

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Jammer1086 starstarstarstarstar Fri 2/1/2008 05:05PM
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girl talk is awesome!he knows how to work the crownd like no other DJ i've ever seen. deff. an unexpected suprise at camp bisco this summer!!!!!

The1AndOnlyDJCT starstarstarstarstar Fri 2/1/2008 06:00PM
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Man, from everything I've heard, I kinda wish I caught Girl Talk instead of STS9 at Camp Bisco this summer. Too bad tickets to Girl Talk sold out when he came to NYC last fall.

Ezalis starstarstarstarstar Fri 2/1/2008 06:35PM
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Girl talk is amazing live. The most fun you'll have at a concert.

Orlando Show 1-31-08

NatiMatty Sat 2/2/2008 11:23AM
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Girl Talk is SICK! Saw him last year when he came to cinci.

We got that party scene rockin here. check it out!!

1048 starstarstarstarstar Sat 2/2/2008 04:06PM
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dan deacon is the fucking man

mackadocious Sat 2/2/2008 05:41PM
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jesposito starstarstarstarstar Sat 2/2/2008 07:34PM
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i agree with everyone above, girl talk is the most fun you will have at a show. seriously, if you ever get the chance to see him, GO! saw him and dan deacon in philly last sept., it was asbolutely ridiculous, so much fun!! i hope he's back on the festie circuit again this summer!

hnkscrpio starstarstarstar Mon 2/4/2008 12:32PM
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A few of my friends love Girltalk, but all I've listened to I'm not a big fan of, it's cool. This article makes his shows look pretty fun though, maybe I'll check it out sometime. It's funny how his concept is taking two horrible songs, and mixing them into one good one.

sleewell starstarstarstar Mon 2/4/2008 01:10PM
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looks like a really good time.

Matthew Jaworski starstarstarstar Mon 2/4/2008 05:21PM
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Matthew Jaworski

Wow. The pics and review really make me wanna check these groups out.

frinkazoid starstarstarstarstar Thu 2/7/2008 01:28PM
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I saw this tour stop in Asheville and it was off the fucking hook! If you enjoyed them keep your eyes peeled for !!! touring, the kill it as well!

youenjoymyself33 Fri 2/22/2008 08:38AM
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i was lucky enough to attend this show and it made it into my top five shows ever. even if you dont know their tunes, if either of these guys roll through your town, go. its just one big sweaty happy dance party.

however, the tickets did not sell out in minutes, as the author says. tickets for the early show were available for weeks after they went on sale. there should be no lies in journalism.

knibbs Tue 3/18/2008 10:16AM
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Actually those tickets were released the day of the show at the box office, so...

carphishhead Wed 3/26/2008 08:18PM
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I saw Girl Talk at Langerado last year and it was bumpin. Then I saw him again at bonnaroo and it was the same show. Dan Deacon knows how to rage harder, im convinced.

youenjoymyself33 Mon 3/31/2008 01:51PM
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Actually I bought two tickets for the show months before it even happened so...