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Let’s Get Small-er

by Sally Applin

As the ration world from WWII subsided, a new generation of Americans travelled overseas. Many of them visited Europe. Upon their return, they would complain about the “smaller” portions of food, the tiny cars, and tiny living spaces. They didn’t understand the value of “small.” After all, they came from America where: Bigger is Better!

WIth the gas prices and the associated issues related to them (food and consumer goods costs, etc.), I think that Steve Martin’s 1977 idea of “Let’s Get Small” might befit us as a new slogan. 

Steve said, “Let’s get small while driving.” We’re starting to do that. I haven’t seen a Hummer on the road around here in months and it seems that more and more cars on the road are mileage conscious. The waiting list for the Prius in San Francisco is over 200 people long.

How else would “Let’s Get Small-er” apply to us? Let’s live in smaller, more energy efficient homes! Let’s eat food that is local! Let’s eat less of it! Let’s make ourselves smaller!

In technology, the trend seems to be “Let’s Get Small-er” as well. Nanotechnology? Small. Web applications running on phones? Small. Micro loans? Small. Even Girl Talk, that I wrote about previously is sampled from: small clips of other music. Girl Talk? Small.

Small things add up to savings in money, resources and in general–well, bigger things.  Bigger compositions like Girl Talk, bigger savings, bigger impacts overall.

 
Trend: “Let’s Get Smaller!” Its Bigger!

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Whoop, There it is!

by Sally Applin

Okay, so its completely full of curse words and its, as someone said, a “legal nightmare” –but Greg Gillis’s brilliant mash up of 1970’s power rock, 1980’s Cure + all else is incredible. Each song is like getting into today’s rap rocketship to visit the past. Rapping in the old style way, Gillis layers the raps, making them rock the mic with Big Country and Kraftwerk in the background. 

(That said, the lyrics are offensive and racist. He’s sampling them from other places, but they are offensive, be warned.)

Sonically, its incredible genius. This man has a great pattern ability.

Cam Lindsay on Exclaim.ca reviewed Mr. Gillis by saying ” ‘his’ music isn’t so much of a mash-up but a complete deconstruction/reconstruction of past and present pop/rock, hip-hop and dance with an upwards of 20 well- and lesser-known favourites crammed into one new composition.”

Agreed.

Put the needle on the record.

“Girl Talk” AKA Gregg Gillis, “Feed the Animals” 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girl_Talk_(musician)

Trend: The Beastie Boys are back in one man in Philly. Old Skool. Don’t miss it. (Even though the language is beyond filthy.)

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