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But The Doldrums is already the best album in the history of music. Ever. I prefer my Ariel Pink murky.

Kevin John Bozelka, Tuesday, 16 June 2009 11:52 (5 years ago) Permalink

I know Kevin, I prefer my Ariel murky as well, but have have you heard Can't Hear My Eyes? And this new one? They both can be the best album in the world! Ever.

@Metro, yeah it's a 7" ltd. to 1000. Mine came with the tour goody bag. But, y'know, there's always mp3's and stuff floating around.

Gerard (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 16 June 2009 11:56 (5 years ago) Permalink

http://pitchfork.com/tv/#/episode/1966-ariel-pink

^ Flashback

Enemy Insects (NickB), Tuesday, 16 June 2009 11:56 (5 years ago) Permalink

Thanks NickB!! They're cool as cats man.

Gerard (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 16 June 2009 11:59 (5 years ago) Permalink

I know Kevin, I prefer my Ariel murky as well, but have have you heard Can't Hear My Eyes? And this new one?

The latter only. I like it. But for me, the murk places a burden on his music that makes it ache more. See also other best album in the world ever candidate Belong: Colorloss Record.

Kevin John Bozelka, Tuesday, 16 June 2009 12:12 (5 years ago) Permalink

I will try that album, haven't hear it!

And I totally know where you're coming from. I'm madly in love with the aesthetic of 'The Doldrums', it indeed aches and feels weird and unbalanced in a glorious way, golden harmonies from outer space.
Lately he's polishing his sound, it seems. I was at first a tad dissapointed (read earlier on in this thread), but have grown very fond of 'Can't Hear My Eyes' especially. But yes, he'll probably never top The Doldrums. I'm just mad excited 's all :)

Gerard (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 16 June 2009 12:19 (5 years ago) Permalink

I prefer the one that has Jools lost his jewels since that's the first one I ever heard

❉❉❉❉❉❉❉❉Plaxico❉❉❉❉❉❉❉❉❉ (I know, right?), Tuesday, 16 June 2009 16:27 (5 years ago) Permalink

yeah me too. the opener, 'Trepanated Earth', is breezy, massive and totally desperate at the same time. For such a 70's "golden harmonies" type of songwriter he often comes up with the type of minor-key bleakness that could nicely fit on a Cure album.

baaderonixx, Tuesday, 16 June 2009 17:05 (5 years ago) Permalink

was kinda let down by "can't hear my eyes" because while it was produced more 'cleanly', it wasn't really produced well. kinda like if you took out the reverb and blew the dust off those gas records. or watching ugly people on big screen hi-def

guammls (QE II), Tuesday, 16 June 2009 19:09 (5 years ago) Permalink

NickB, I kiss you! I can't believe that I simply missed that Belong EP. It is brilliant! Ariel Pink on downers, golden harmony onder a thick clutter of ambient noise. I like it very, very much indeed. Is their album equally good?

Gerard (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 16 June 2009 20:46 (5 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

listening to worn copy tonight...man I fuckin love this record so much.

Trey Tsongas (J0hn D.), Monday, 27 July 2009 23:49 (5 years ago) Permalink

really want to see him live again. such a happy time. still don't know anyone these days who writes pop songs as good as him (but i'm way out of the loop.) if there was an albums poll, i wouldn't know what to pick; the first four that were (re)released are all 10/10 outstanding.

winston, Tuesday, 28 July 2009 00:50 (5 years ago) Permalink

what a beautiful mess his live shows are!

henry s, Tuesday, 28 July 2009 01:25 (5 years ago) Permalink

worn copy better all-around than the doldrums but the first 1/2 of the doldrums is eye-poppingly great

Trey Tsongas (J0hn D.), Tuesday, 28 July 2009 01:34 (5 years ago) Permalink

I am happy with either "Bobby Pyn" or "Trepanated Earth" being considered his magnum opus...I also think House Arrest should have both those albums worriedly twisting their hair...

henry s, Tuesday, 28 July 2009 01:47 (5 years ago) Permalink

Artist of the decade. Seriously.

Spectrum, Tuesday, 28 July 2009 02:40 (5 years ago) Permalink

I think maybe I agree!

bad-boy (sic) cartographer (actually a girl) (called) (not named) (Abbott), Tuesday, 28 July 2009 02:51 (5 years ago) Permalink

"Young Pilot Astray" from The Doldrums is a mixtape staple and one of my favorite tracks of the decade. Haven't heard enough of his other releases to have an overall opinion, but "YPA" (and "For Kate I Wait") are perfect in every detail.

Telephone thing, Tuesday, 28 July 2009 02:54 (5 years ago) Permalink

remember when ilm was super skeptical about this?

❊❁❄❆❇❃✴❈plaxico❈✴❃❇❆❄❁❊ (I know, right?), Wednesday, 29 July 2009 00:36 (5 years ago) Permalink

like this guy a lot, but flying circles is one of my top 5 songs of all time so it tends to dwarf the other stuff for me

❊❁❄❆❇❃✴❈plaxico❈✴❃❇❆❄❁❊ (I know, right?), Wednesday, 29 July 2009 00:38 (5 years ago) Permalink

Can't remember those times Plaxico (I wasn't around back then, surely is the reason)... Was ILM foul mouthing Ariel Pink?

Picked up the My Molly' 7" the other day on eBay. The man simply is incapable of dissapointing!

young depardieu looming out of void in hour of profound triumph (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 29 July 2009 01:13 (5 years ago) Permalink

whoever OTM up there w/r/t Worn Copy >> Doldrums. Not always in the mood for this guy, but when I am I'm always amazed at how he can come up with an otherwordly bridge or coda out of nowhere.

Gigolo Grasiento (baaderonixx), Wednesday, 29 July 2009 07:35 (5 years ago) Permalink

Yeah back in 2005, everyone was like "Fucking trustafarian tosser bangin on about Nazis, been given all this reording equipment to play with by his parents, should go out and get a proper job..." etc. I never had a problem with it though and I'm glad people are giving Worn Copy some biggups as it was always my favourite.

dog latin, Wednesday, 29 July 2009 08:37 (5 years ago) Permalink

I think it helps that he really seems like a genuine weirdo, moreso than someone with stevie-moore-fetishist acid fried schtick.

❊❁❄❆❇❃✴❈plaxico❈✴❃❇❆❄❁❊ (I know, right?), Wednesday, 29 July 2009 10:29 (5 years ago) Permalink

he's kind of a dick.

Fetchboy, Wednesday, 29 July 2009 11:00 (5 years ago) Permalink

he's seven inches long and spurts piss and jizz.

dog latin, Wednesday, 29 July 2009 11:31 (5 years ago) Permalink

I met him at a bar and he was very dickish. in his defense i guess it was like 3 in the morning and he had played a show that night, but when people are friendly to you you shouldn't be a dick to them.
still love his music though. I think House Arrest is my favorite. There are some killer tracks on that holy shit album, too.

Fetchboy, Wednesday, 29 July 2009 11:31 (5 years ago) Permalink

Yeah he was selling merch after his London show and he seemed a bit miserable...like buy you're stuff and fuck off...do think he is a talent tho

sonnyboy, Wednesday, 29 July 2009 11:59 (5 years ago) Permalink

isn't the dude's sister in a vegetative state, or something?...cut him some slack, he's probably got all sorts of issues...

henry s, Wednesday, 29 July 2009 13:23 (5 years ago) Permalink

The ethio jam on one of the newish 7 inches is great.

Trip Maker, Wednesday, 29 July 2009 13:34 (5 years ago) Permalink

yeah from what I hear from my LA scenesters friends, dude's got some pretty serious issues. Anyway, the guy might be a fucked-up asshole, but his stuff never comes across as douchey or ironic, and way more emotionally engaging than any lo-fi hipster darling.

Gigolo Grasiento (baaderonixx), Wednesday, 29 July 2009 13:36 (5 years ago) Permalink

No, I totally agree on that front.

Fetchboy, Wednesday, 29 July 2009 13:40 (5 years ago) Permalink

remember when ilm was super skeptical about this?

haha dude even the stuff from like 5 years ago upthread is largely positive!

also lover boy's finally out on vinyl, which is great, because it has some of his best stuff imo ("don't talk to strangers," "so glad," "let's get married," "i don't need enemies," although i wish it woulda included "new trumpets of time" because that shit is a jam and a half too).

pretzel walrus, Wednesday, 29 July 2009 15:16 (5 years ago) Permalink

this guy is awesome

Dr. Morbius or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Ban (Tape Store), Wednesday, 29 July 2009 15:27 (5 years ago) Permalink

http://mutant-sounds.blogspot.com/2009/07/debut-lp-by-ariel-pink-and-vdos-new.html

Anyone know the deal with this new project? This thing Ariel is doing with the Mutant Sounds dude? Sounds interesting...

SourPatchCorpse, Monday, 3 August 2009 22:45 (5 years ago) Permalink

his Invisible Jukebox in the new Wire is pretty hilarious.

beta blog, Tuesday, 4 August 2009 16:12 (5 years ago) Permalink

i've stanned for Ariel since The Doldrums, and will continue to stan for him afterwards. he does have issues, but he's also *painfully* quiet and shy, and it isn't an affect. he was very kind to me the last time i hung with him, but then again, me and my friends were all coming down from ecstasy whilst petting him and smoking pot.

my faves:
"Gettin High in the Morning" <----because really, he gets the feeling down.
"Artifact"
"The Drummer"
"Alisa"
"Somewhere in Europe/Hot Pink!"
"Oblivious Peninsula"

also, the Gettin High in the Morning--->Helen--->Every Night I Die at Miyagi's--->House Arrest---> Alisa----> The People I'm Not section of "House Arrest" might be the best shit ever. never fails.

nice! he have the balls to say the truth! (the table is the table), Tuesday, 4 August 2009 17:08 (5 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

spiny doughboy (baaderonixx), Thursday, 10 September 2009 15:09 (5 years ago) Permalink

<3 <3 <3

young depardieu looming out of void in hour of profound triumph (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 10 September 2009 15:45 (5 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

wow
"Los Angeles’ notorious lo-fi pop oufit Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti have been unveiled as the latest signings to 4AD. The group are currently recording their first record for the label, due spring 2010."

mizzell, Wednesday, 25 November 2009 19:42 (5 years ago) Permalink

o_O

Ariel and 4AD... that's such an insane combination it can only work out brilliantly.

young depardieu looming out of void in hour of profound triumph (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 26 November 2009 11:37 (5 years ago) Permalink

Seems like a great fit, though 4AD certainly isn't the label it used to be, after the Beggars Banquet merger.

henry s, Thursday, 26 November 2009 12:35 (5 years ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

OMG I LOVE THIS NEW SONG

http://gorillavsbear.blogspot.com/2010/03/mp3-new-ariel-pinks-haunted-graffiti.html

akaky akakievich, Friday, 12 March 2010 16:55 (4 years ago) Permalink

Would I like Ariel Pink?

No, YOU'RE a disgusting savage (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 12 March 2010 17:12 (4 years ago) Permalink

good song, but i am almost tempted to run it through some VST effects to simulate the dirty cassette tape sound of the older stuff.

richie aprile (rockapads), Friday, 12 March 2010 17:29 (4 years ago) Permalink

I am loving the clean sound tbh

Trip Maker, Friday, 12 March 2010 17:31 (4 years ago) Permalink

I don't blame the dude for moving on from the lo-fi. The new production is pristine. But for me, that dense layer of reel-to-reel-track-bouncing in a wood-paneled basement studio, and his sometimes off-key caterwauling, sort of made it possible to listen to what otherwise is 80s style smooth rock. I know that there's a lot more going on here in terms of weird FX and drones drifting in an out of the foreground, but I'm not sure I could listen to a whole album of this, unless there are some pretty weird excursions. Guy does have a great ear for melody, though. Song is one of his catchiest.

richie aprile (rockapads), Friday, 12 March 2010 17:47 (4 years ago) Permalink

that's cool, 80s style smooth rock is like my favorite tho.

akaky akakievich, Friday, 12 March 2010 17:52 (4 years ago) Permalink


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