Ariel Pink

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haven't seen him live but "life in l.a." is truly one of my summer 2005 anthems.

dog latin (dog latin), Thursday, 23 February 2006 01:22 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Going in a few minutes. Interested to see how he works in his guest backing band.

Nigel (Nigel), Thursday, 23 February 2006 03:26 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Plz report back, soldier.

Suzy Creemcheese (SuzyCreemcheese), Thursday, 23 February 2006 03:36 (eleven years ago) Permalink

im guna go see him at 14 below!

chaki (chaki), Thursday, 23 February 2006 04:27 (eleven years ago) Permalink

In Seattle it was just him and his 8-track, apparently. I really wish he would get a competent live band going.

fizzcaraldo (Justin M), Thursday, 23 February 2006 07:00 (eleven years ago) Permalink

his backing band in ny is excepter. should be a spectactle if nothing else. or you could go for psychic ills.

earthly kitt (earthly), Thursday, 23 February 2006 07:11 (eleven years ago) Permalink

five months pass...
I've read a lot of reviews of Ariel Pink that use the same recurring descriptions: "twisted"; "sounds like (mention music from the 80s) but (then mention armageddon or satan or something that's meant to imply insanity) but his stuff doesn't strike me as crazy or dememnted at all. In fact when I heard that whole "mankind is a nazi" thing on 'Trepanated Earth' I found it more cute and quaint than crazy -- and a little embarrasing. I don't really get a crazy vibe from his stuff -- but it's certainly eccentric, for what that's worth.

Morgan Patrick (public_radio), Thursday, 10 August 2006 05:54 (ten years ago) Permalink

Not eccentric, exactly. More like "eccentric."

Adam Beales (Pye Poudre), Thursday, 10 August 2006 11:28 (ten years ago) Permalink

"shut up"

a name means a lot just by itself (lfam), Thursday, 10 August 2006 14:55 (ten years ago) Permalink


a name means a lot just by itself (lfam), Thursday, 10 August 2006 14:56 (ten years ago) Permalink

paper or plastic

i would like paper thanks

cousin larry bundgee (bundgee), Thursday, 10 August 2006 16:51 (ten years ago) Permalink

"mankind is a nazi" is so obviously a joke (the delivery's pretty funny too)

Fetchboy (Felcher), Thursday, 10 August 2006 18:21 (ten years ago) Permalink

"fuck you"

Shit, I guess that works for pretty much everything.


Adam Beales (Pye Poudre), Thursday, 10 August 2006 19:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

saw him the other night. he's finally got a good band together, a few sloppy parts but they really nailed the vocal harmonies and the weird time signitures. it actually SOUNDED just like his records too, which was weird.

babedad, Friday, 22 June 2007 05:19 (nine years ago) Permalink

he was selling these homemade CD-Rs with different artwork for $20, i bought 3 of em and then found out they all had the same songs on them..

babedad, Friday, 22 June 2007 05:20 (nine years ago) Permalink

Can't say I'm surprised.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 22 June 2007 05:23 (nine years ago) Permalink

that sucks.

But cool that he sounded good :D

Drooone, Friday, 22 June 2007 05:24 (nine years ago) Permalink

vudi from american music club is in this band now. which is weird. maybe I already said that upthread

akm, Friday, 22 June 2007 17:21 (nine years ago) Permalink

there is some staggering kaleidoscopic talent lurking beneath the temporal hipster trappings IMHO

-- duke due, Thursday, September 2, 2004 6:45 PM (2 years ago) Bookmark Link

not that i mind the hipster trappings too much per se, but this is entirely OTM

69, Friday, 22 June 2007 19:00 (nine years ago) Permalink

Vudi?! No wonder he sounds so good now.

henry s, Friday, 22 June 2007 19:04 (nine years ago) Permalink

it's too bad about this bullshit "hipster" stigma surrounding him, because he's by far the best songwriter out of any pop/rock/indie/whitebread variety these days and he's actually pretty funky too.

babedad, Sunday, 24 June 2007 09:02 (nine years ago) Permalink

i mean, if wilco or whoever were to record an album of ariel pink songs, it'd be the unanimous critic-wide rock album of the year, no doubt.

babedad, Sunday, 24 June 2007 09:06 (nine years ago) Permalink

but less psychedelic and closer to reality therefore would prob. be dud

babedad, Sunday, 24 June 2007 09:09 (nine years ago) Permalink

what are we coming to

babedad, Sunday, 24 June 2007 09:09 (nine years ago) Permalink

now playing: "Jules Lost His Jewels"

Come on baby, let's dance!

nicky lo-fi, Sunday, 24 June 2007 09:13 (nine years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

new track is so good ("Can't Hear My Eyes")

keepin it smoooooth

dmr, Monday, 8 December 2008 20:26 (eight years ago) Permalink

revisited the doldrums lately and realized that i enjoyed their live show much more than that album. interested in hearing that new track tho ^^

6335, Monday, 8 December 2008 20:45 (eight years ago) Permalink

revisited the doldrums lately? bleh. recently

6335, Monday, 8 December 2008 20:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

flash player down at the bottom of this

dmr, Monday, 8 December 2008 20:48 (eight years ago) Permalink


6335, Monday, 8 December 2008 20:54 (eight years ago) Permalink

1520: What are you thinking about how you want your next album to be like?
AP: The record will essentially be a formal reintroduction; me saying "hello friend. My name is Ariel Pink. You've probably read my name online somewhere, maybe your best friend burned you some of my older records, or perhaps you even think we've met at some time in the past. Baloney! Everything you think you know is WRONG- DEAD WRONG. THIS is me, naked, without the buffer of awful tape noise drowning out any lack of vision.

I dunno... That last sentence in particular sounds horrific. The noise must stay, damnit! Been listening to him alot again lately, so this smooth - it's what it is, indeed - sound comes as a surprise. It's a good song, but not as good as the best songs on this years Oddities Sodomies, I think.

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 8 December 2008 20:57 (eight years ago) Permalink

does he sound more 'professional' live (could be in a good or bad way)? or does he still sound a bit shambolic, like on the album?

titchyschneiderMk2, Monday, 8 December 2008 21:00 (eight years ago) Permalink

getting some fleetwood mac vibes, pretty cool. also sorta reminds me of gary wilson but a lot more listenable

6335, Monday, 8 December 2008 21:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

fairly shambly, but in a unified sort of way. shamble tamble. they sang through some cheap reverbs, so it had some of the lo-fi vibe on their albums. played w/ 2 basses for a few of the songs too

6335, Monday, 8 December 2008 21:06 (eight years ago) Permalink

I get the Gary Wilson comparison yeah, which is a good thing

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 8 December 2008 21:17 (eight years ago) Permalink

Hey, wait a second! This new song doesn't have any farty-sounding beat boxing. WTF?!?

But seriously, this is a pretty great track. I don't think having a real studio recording hurts his sound at all.

Moodles, Monday, 8 December 2008 21:27 (eight years ago) Permalink

Now this is starting to sound Ariel but he needs to take it the next level...imagine Todd Rundgren producing...

sonnyboy, Monday, 8 December 2008 21:45 (eight years ago) Permalink

^^^yeah you right

henry s, Monday, 8 December 2008 21:56 (eight years ago) Permalink

I have a horse in this race kinda but imo sooner or later he's going to have to just let the songs stand on their own. I think his songs are terrific so I think it'll be pretty great though, the only q for me is how his voice will go over unmodulated/unfiltered. Listening now, just on first hearing, I think it'll be just fine - the great sensibility that makes him interesting, that 70s-blender cinematic feeling, is intact.

J0hn D., Monday, 8 December 2008 22:48 (eight years ago) Permalink

I agree John. To me it's not a either/or question between modulated and naked songs, and letting the songs stand on it's own could get him moving again. But it's just that everything he's done, to me, is already of such utter beauty, I hopes he moves to the next level rather slow. That said, I'm really starting to dig this new song.

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 8 December 2008 22:57 (eight years ago) Permalink

The song he did with John Maus "Written All Over Your Face" was a signpost of what could be that new song as well

sonnyboy, Monday, 8 December 2008 23:24 (eight years ago) Permalink

Best thing was I saw him do a tour a few years go where he played with a new band backing him up in each city. That was actually kind of dull but after doing a set with them he just brought out his 4-track, plugged in his mic, and mixed the songs live. It was brilliant!

Adam Bruneau, Tuesday, 9 December 2008 00:07 (eight years ago) Permalink

Yeah this is excellent. If he keeps this balance of clear but lo-fi his fingerprint will stay on the material. It's like a more sophisticated weathered sound. Well done.

The keyboardist and the drummer from Lilys are in the Haunted Grafitti now? Wow.

By the way I've been trying to get into John Maus for the last two days. Talk about a poor man's Ariel Pink. It's like he's trying to copy every aspect of Ariel Pink and just blowing it. That's got to be a bummer to shoot for crappy and fail.

PublicRadio, Sunday, 21 December 2008 09:34 (eight years ago) Permalink

i think maus might be a rich man's ariel pink actually, but i like him too

noizez duk, Sunday, 21 December 2008 09:43 (eight years ago) Permalink

Really? Yeah he seems to have his own following in his own right... Ariel Pink is very "new sincerity," with a keen sense of irony, but very genuine. The songs are well constructed, there's a process and a method, and he makes pretty well fleshed-out pop songs. John Maus just sounds to me like, "Hey I can do that! Synthesizers on tape with stupid joke lyrics!"

PublicRadio, Sunday, 21 December 2008 10:30 (eight years ago) Permalink

By the way one's from beverly hills and the other's a colege professor. That would make them both a rich man's R. Stevie Moore, wouldn't it?

PublicRadio, Sunday, 21 December 2008 10:31 (eight years ago) Permalink

Ariel Pink's recording an album with the guys from Vas Deferens Organization. They also did a side project called Shits & Giggles. Dunno who will release these things, but somebody really should.

inhibitionist, Monday, 22 December 2008 03:56 (eight years ago) Permalink

Whoa, I'm really interested to hear this. I scrolled up the thread looking for any old posts I'd made on the subject but didn't find any, surprisingly. My favorite Ariel Pink songs - like "New Trumpets of Time" - were the ones where he played it straight, and I'd love to hear more in that vein.

John Maus rules.

(Z S) (Z S), Monday, 22 December 2008 04:00 (eight years ago) Permalink

That new "Can't Here My Eyes" is quite good, very straight and sober pop. Someone mentioned Fleetwood Mac upthread, it's pretty apt.

throwbookatface (skygreenleopard), Monday, 22 December 2008 16:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

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