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The Late Movies: Girl Talk Mashups

I know what you're thinking: yeah, yeah, more mashups. But I promise you, THIS IS DIFFERENT. The guy behind Girl Talk -- a laptop-wielding hipster named Greg -- raises the mashup to an art form. (An extremely danceable art form.) He's released five albums thus far, all available for free, each composed of hundreds and hundreds of clips and samples from pop songs and classic rock and hip-hop and rap and everything in between. Astoundingly, he's never been sued.

I REALLY like this stuff. The latest album, ALL DAY, is all I've listened to while working out for the past month. I've never been able to listen to an album so many times and not get sick of it. It's kind of like the ultimate mixtape, for persons of a certain age and musical persuasion. Girl Talk allows stuck-in-the-90s Pixies-lovers like myself (who also like rap but don't make much of an effort to seek it out) to shake our asses more or less unironically to Beyonce and Miley Cyrus. And that is remarkable.

And now, some songs. Or should I say, "songs," as these three-to-five-minute chunks are each composed of dozens of them. By the way, due to the amount of hardcore rap that's sampled in these tracks, they contain NSFW LANGUAGE.

Coolio and Yo La Tengo -- obviously meant for one another. But it works!

Girl Talk concerts are famously energetic. This video is rotoscoped footage from one of those concerts. Fancy!

Some Jay-Z and Radiohead tracks get married, and have beautiful children.

"No Diggety" and "The Weight" -- a weird combo, but somehow it works.

"Oh No" kicks off the latest album. It's crude, rude, and ... brilliant.

This is a pretty good look at what a live concert is like -- definitely high-energy. They say Greg wraps his laptop in saran wrap and tape to keep the sweat that drips off him during shows from short-circuiting it.

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No matter what their powers, every super hero has an origin story, from Spider-Man’s radioactive bite to Iron Man’s life-threatening chest shrapnel. In their latest poster, the designers at Pop Chart Lab have taken their infographic savvy to the Marvel Universe, charting the heroic origins of 36 different Marvel characters through miniature, minimalist comics.

Without using any words, they’ve managed to illustrate Bucky Barnes's plane explosion and subsequent transformation into the Winter Soldier, Jessica Jones’s car crash, the death of the Punisher’s family, and other classic stories from the major Marvel canon while paying tribute to the comic book form.

Explore the poster below, and see a zoomable version on Pop Chart Lab’s website.

A poster featuring 36 minimalist illustrations of superhero origin stories.
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Keep your eyes open for future Marvel-Pop Chart crossovers. The Marvel Origins: A Sequential Compendium poster is “the first release of what we hope to be a marvelous partnership,” as Pop Chart Lab’s Galvin Chow puts it. Prints are available for pre-order starting at $37 and are scheduled to start shipping on March 8.

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