Who brought Girl Talk's Gregg Gillis to an Apartment Party in St. Louis Last Year? [Update: Found!]

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Todd Owyoung
Gregg Gillis in 2011, pre-apartment party, perhaps?
Update, 3/22 Our mystery Girl Talk party host is Chiara Andriole, whose story you can find in the comments. Pin-Up Bowl, evidently, is where you can find Nirvana fan mash-up kings.

Original post follows.

Last year's deluge* of coverage upon the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's Nevermind included just about every perspective on the punk-breaking landmark. Spin asked musicians to explain what the album meant to them, and Girl Talk's Gregg Gillis included an anecdote about St. Louis:

I played a show in St. Louis recently, and these kids invited us back to their apartment. Everyone was playing a bunch of new bands, so I got on YouTube and played "Drain You." My friends were, like, "Yes! This is what we needed to hear at five in the morning." The younger people were, like, "Yeah, cool." They were feeling it, but it's different if you lived through it.

It's a little get-off-my-lawn, and Gillis has made himself a living off the kids whose taste he's questioning (however gently and with whatever good intentions). But it's still a cool story, and we give him major props for not being too cool to hang out with his fans.

He's probably referring to one of the two shows he played here in early 2011. First in January at the Pageant and then at Webster University in April. The latter seems a little more likely, doesn't it? Either way, if you were the host of this late-night visit from the mashup king, we'd love to talk to you. Email me: kiernan DOT maletsky AT riverfronttimes.com or comment below.

*So heavy was the deluge that we are just now finding this.

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(To finish that second sentence I left off): I honestly don't remember him playing Nirvana, but we were playing a lot of different stuff and it was kind of a wild night so recollection is hazy.

Chiara Andriole
Chiara Andriole

HAHA! A friend of mine just sent me this and I guess I should respond. I honestly 

It was my apartment. I was with five friends and we ran into him and a couple of his buddies at Pin Up. He was in town for his show at Webster last April, which none of us knew about, but we recognized him and had been at the show he played at WashU in the Sammy basement a few years ago. One of my friends is in the frat and started chatting with him about it. I live right off the Loop so they came over to hang out after the bar closed. We just listened to a lot of music and drank. It was super chill and he's a really down to earth, cool guy!

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