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Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 11/23/2010

Lunch Break

By Ezra Klein

If you've not downloaded the new album from mash-up wizard Girl Talk, you really should. It's free, and it's awesome. And for added fun, head here to listen to the album while seeing the component songs visualized on your screen.

By Ezra Klein  | November 23, 2010; 12:27 PM ET
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OK, I'm an old guy, someone explain what makes it so awesome (I did download it and listened to it)

Posted by: bdballard | November 23, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

"someone explain what makes it so awesome"

Some people get excited about the "mashup-ness" of it: the ease of -- and sorta Lessig-like arguments for -- combining and moving around digital media to create something new. Other people just like hearing Skee-lo over some T'Pau, for nostalgic reasons or because it gives the original song a new flavor.

Anyone who sorta enjoys this album HAS to download these much, much better mashups too. They're perfect for a morning run/workout -->

- A-Trak: Dirty South Dance II (more techno-y)

- The Hood Internet: The Hood Internet vs. the Pack and their thing for Anatomy Magazine (more indie-y)

- Milkman: Circle of Fifths (especially tracks 5-14)

- Easter Egg: Jackin for Beats (more pop-y)

- E-603: Something For Everyone (a lot like Girl Talk)

Posted by: Chris_ | November 23, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

bdballard, everything Chris_ said above, plus Girltalk's albums all have this constantly high amount of energy that make them great for clubs or parties. It just makes you want to move. And yeah, he pulls from a much wider variety of sources than a lot of DJs and because he gives his stuff away for free he doesn't have to disguise it like other DJs.

Posted by: MosBen | November 23, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

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