In My Mailbox (IMM) #2

It’s been a looooooong couple of weeks for me filled with a never ending sickness. I seriously slept more than 70 hours one week. As someone who doesn’t sleep much, or particularly enjoy a long sleep, it has been disturbing.

Luckily I received some goodies in the mail to cheer me up!

First, the brand new P.O.S. album titled We Don’t Even Live Here.

P.O.S. is one of my favorite rappers and part of my favorite rap/hip-hop collective, Doomtree. I highly recommend all of these extremely talented artists.

Originally P.O.S. had been scheduled for a national tour, but because of health issues he’s had to cancel. You can learn more about the situation and how to help over on Doomtree’s website.

Even though you might not be able to see him in concert soon, you can still enjoy the video for “Get Down” (NSFW with all the cursing, but you should probably blast it when you get home).

My second package was a result of Neil Gaiman’s All Hallow’s Read. Back in 2010, Gaiman proposed that each person give/lend/share a scary book on Halloween. This book could go to a friend, family member, or stranger. It doesn’t matter! As long as you share.

I happened to be the winner of an All Hallow’s Read giveaway. The Girl Who Loved Zombies sent me I Am Legend by Richard Matheson. I enjoyed the film, so I have high hopes for the novel. The rumors (they’ll stay that way until I read the book) that they are massively different just makes it all the more exciting.

What did you get this week? Have you also fallen victim to illness as the temperatures slip toward winter?

In My Mailbox (IMM) #1

There are a few In My Mailbox memes around and even more bloggers unaligned to a specific version. Most of the versions I know are for book blogs and have bookish restrictions. I, however, would like to share all of my non-bookish things with you as well. So for now, I will be unaligned. Here are the goodies that were in my mailbox this week!

First up is a nerdy t-shirt! This design is by Nathan Davis, titled “Black Knight Rises.” I purchased this from my favorite of the daily t-shirt sites, Teefury, but you can still get it from Redbubble. It’s a wonderful mashing of the movies Monty Python and the Holy Grail and The Dark Knight Rises.

The Black Knight Rises

“Look, that rabbit’s got a vicious streak a mile wide! It’s a killer!”

I also received the cd Disc O-Zone by Moldovan pop group O-Zone. This cd was released in 2004 and contains the song “Dragostea Din Tei,” also known as “The Numa Numa Song” popularized by this video. I’ve had a digital copy of this cd for years now, and I love it! But I’ve always wanted a hard-copy to play in my car (since the disc player decides to go kaput any time it tries to deal with a burned cd). The funniest bit, part of the case is in German, and part is in English.

Disc O-Zone

“Haiduc” = Outlaw
Arched Eyebrows also = Outlaw

That’s what I got this week. Did you get anything fun?

Concert: Girl Talk, 8/28/12

Girl Talk

Gregg Gillis, aka Girl Talk
independent.com

Gregg Gillis, popularly known as Girl Talk, is mash-up royalty. Somehow he can mix music by artists from different genres and eras, and make it sound like they logically belong together. One of my favorite games (self-created, and in no way is a real game) is to name as many of the original artists as possible:  Ace of Base, M.I.A., Nelly, Avril Lavigne, Journey, Metallica, Eminem, The Police, Daft Punk, Radiohead, the full list (covering the Four albums I own:  All Day, Feed the Animals,  Night Ripper, and Unstoppable) would take pages.

I first saw Girl Talk live in 2008. I remember how tightly packed the floor was, how drenched we became in sweat (gross, I know), and the overall feel-good party vibe. Since I had already seen him live, I strongly considered passing on this concert—a girl’s gotta save some money, right? But then a friend decided that’s what she wanted to do for her birthday. How am I to refuse that? Not a tough sale at all. And after potentially shady Craigslist deal, we had our tickets to the sold out show.

Tuesday’s show at First Avenue was just as high-energy and sticky as I remember from 2008. Gillis worked away at his computer while jumping around and occasionally shouting through the microphone. Behind him, some lucky concert-goers enjoyed their time dancing on stage. And, of course, no Girl Talk performance would be complete without falling balloons, confetti cannons, or toilet paper streamers. What was the result of this performance?

Covered in confetti after Girl Talk concert

Pictured: The result. Not pictured: The ridiculous amount of confetti that I’m still finding, 3 days later

Want to see more? Check out this slideshow from CityPages.

Both Girl Talk performances were amazing. If you have the opportunity to see him live, and enjoy high-energy concerts, I encourage you to go.

Find Girl Talk online:  Website, which includes all of his albums as ‘pay what you want,’ and a free download of his newest album, All Day.

What has been your favorite concert? Did you look like us when you left the venue? Tell me in the comments below.