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SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED highlighted episodes for March
The standouts this month include a short theme and two full-length features, including a phone interview with Girl Talk and one with the founder of illegal art. The theme is a fun focus on the subject of spirituality (Episode 226), featuring tracks by a half dozen artists, two of whom we’ve done Q&A’s with recently. Speaking of which, be sure to check out the SAR Blog for our recent Q&A's with Greater Than One, Alex H and DJ Earworm.
Our two interview episodes this month provide a good deal of information about the history of a record label called illegal art. Founded in 1998, illegal art got started with a series of compilations featuring artists who were appropriating sounds from their media environments. The label is well known for its support of artists whose work might not otherwise have gotten a record label’s attention, due to the often controversial nature of appropriation in audio art. Our 2001 interview (Episode 03) with founder Philo T. Farnsworth provides an interesting look into the world of illegal art at the time. The label has thrived since then, releasing work by artists such as Realistic, Steev Hise, Oh Astro, Steinski, The Bran Flakes and Girl Talk…
Girl Talk released their first album on illegal art in 2002 and followed up shortly thereafter with “Unstoppable” (2004). I decided to interview the band (actually one Greg Gillis) in 2006, on the heels of their third release (“Night Ripper”). A fourth album (“Feed The Animals”) was also put out on illegal art, in 2008. Known throughout the world for his frantic, dance-party generating live shows, Girl Talk has received a bit more attention than your typical sound collage artist, with features in publications such as Rolling Stone, Spin and even Playgirl Magazine. I was fortunate enough to interview him on the eve of that success. Check out Episode 140 HERE.
Thanks to everyone who contributed :50 sound collages to our 50/50 Project. I’ll be working with, going through well over 100 submissions to make our final selections for the forthcoming compilation. Stay tuned to and the Some Assembly Required website for an announcement, hopefully sometime in April. It’s shaping up to be an excellent collection!
Thanks for listening,
Jon Nelson

About the show: hosted by Minnesota artist Jon Nelson, Some Assembly Required features sample-based music and audio art by a variety of artists and groups working with bits and pieces of their media environments, giving something back to the cultural landscape from which they so enthusiastically appropriate.
Since its inception in 1999, Nelson has produced over 100 artist features, and interviewed everyone from John Oswald, Steinski and The Evolution Control Committee, to Christian Marclay, Negativland and DJ Spooky, providing a variety of unique perspectives on the nature of this daring and creative style of expression. Visit Some Assembly Required online for more information, including a complete list of interviews, artist features and the weekly podcast. You can also listen to an extensive archive of back episodes here, on


Collection Classification

Digital Art, Mixed Media, Music, Performance, Unclassified