Ariel Pink

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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

just out of curiosity, are you old enough to remember that kind of stuff being on the radio at, like, department stores?

richie aprile (rockapads), Friday, 12 March 2010 17:54 (4 years ago) Permalink

I hope that doesn't sound ageist or anything - I just wonder if my own distaste for 80s smooth rock is because I had to suffer through it (it seemed to soundtrack particularly miserable times such as being stuck in TJ Maxx type stores, or dentist offices, as a kid), as opposed to looking back on it as an artifact. All the wobbly tape phasing and artificial aging of his earlier stuff allowed me to think of it as an artifact more than something I grew up with. if that makes sense.

richie aprile (rockapads), Friday, 12 March 2010 18:07 (4 years ago) Permalink

nah, you're right. i was born in 85, but grooving to some hall & oates in tj maxx sounds like my kind of party.

akaky akakievich, Friday, 12 March 2010 18:16 (4 years ago) Permalink

Cover is pretty funny

Trip Maker, Friday, 12 March 2010 19:02 (4 years ago) Permalink

there was a lot more to his better stuff than lofi fm pop schtick, i don't know how you'd see 'trepanated earth' in those terms

this new thing is not so good

nakhchivan, Friday, 12 March 2010 20:09 (4 years ago) Permalink

what's I've heard of where he's going I like, but my fondness for his whole deal - his melodies, the conversational phrasing of his weird lyrics, the whole vibe - is high

the most sacred couple in Christendom (J0hn D.), Friday, 12 March 2010 20:57 (4 years ago) Permalink

Fuck Hall & Oates. Ariel Pink is 1000x better.

Adam Bruneau, Friday, 12 March 2010 21:16 (4 years ago) Permalink

Ariel Pink needs to invest in a rhodes piano and a sax player for his new band.

Spectrum, Friday, 12 March 2010 22:01 (4 years ago) Permalink

Nevermind, there's the rhodes piano sound. 1-2 minute dreamy sax solo (or two!!) and now we're talkin.

Spectrum, Friday, 12 March 2010 22:06 (4 years ago) Permalink

Don't know if I posted this anywhere else around here, but the one time I saw him live was pretty hilarious. He stood on the stage for like five minutes, pointed at everyone, screamed XANAX and then just ran outside. His band just kind of stood there dumbfounded and then one of the dudes was like "...alright" and they all busted into this really tight return to forever-like jazz fusion track. I was pretty drunk and went outside at some point and he was all hunched up against a dumpster in an alleyway looking like that lord of the rings guy. I walked up to him and went "I...uh...your music is pretty good." He kind of blinked and I left.

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Friday, 12 March 2010 22:12 (4 years ago) Permalink

Sneak preview of Ariel Pink's new single:

Spectrum, Friday, 12 March 2010 22:14 (4 years ago) Permalink

nah, "baker st." iirc

guammls (QE II), Friday, 12 March 2010 23:03 (4 years ago) Permalink

liking the new song but I agree that there's more to the guy than underproduced breezy AM rock. Trepanated Earth is a good example of the haunting side a lot of his songs somehow carry

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Saturday, 13 March 2010 00:15 (4 years ago) Permalink

I like this song a lot!

How to Make an American Quit (Abbott), Saturday, 13 March 2010 00:17 (4 years ago) Permalink

lol @ Spectrum

are u who I think u are btw

the most sacred couple in Christendom (J0hn D.), Saturday, 13 March 2010 00:25 (4 years ago) Permalink

ok i'm on board with this new stuff

a lagoon par la mer (psychgawsple), Saturday, 13 March 2010 02:02 (4 years ago) Permalink

Yes guy has chops that transcend fidelity.

Adam Bruneau, Saturday, 13 March 2010 15:39 (4 years ago) Permalink

Round and Round is so swank. loving this shit

dmr, Tuesday, 16 March 2010 15:04 (4 years ago) Permalink

first jam of summer. well, it's sunny today, anyhow.

gnarly sceptre, Tuesday, 16 March 2010 15:34 (4 years ago) Permalink

I tend not to dig Ariel Pink when he comes out from under those layers of crud. But this, this is pretty stunning. And it's far from 1980s soft rock soi-même; it's a pretty demented take on said genre. Which doesn't mean it wouldn't be great to hear him have a "Chasing Cars"-sized hit with it. Good show!

Kevin John Bozelka, Tuesday, 16 March 2010 16:11 (4 years ago) Permalink

I was around for 80s style smooth rock, didn't like it then, love it now

the most sacred couple in Christendom (J0hn D.), Tuesday, 16 March 2010 16:37 (4 years ago) Permalink

Let's hear it for the boy.

bamcquern, Tuesday, 16 March 2010 17:57 (4 years ago) Permalink


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