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Just saw Tim on the street, said hi

calstars, Saturday, 17 November 2018 18:11 (one year ago) link

Glad he’s back on his feet!

flappy bird, Saturday, 17 November 2018 20:51 (one year ago) link

Yeah! He was wearing a red bell bottom suit so it seemed so!

calstars, Saturday, 17 November 2018 21:04 (one year ago) link

https://open.spotify.com/track/0lzEmkwqePDPoau88C4VjJ?si=qeZKGB-BSsipLtWpbEB5nw

Part Time feat. AP - I can treat you better

calstars, Thursday, 22 November 2018 01:20 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

heard Put Your Number in My Phone in a Whole Foods today. Sounded really good, AP's voice cut thru the din. I enjoyed reciting the phone call bridge with my friends. submit post

flappy bird, Saturday, 16 February 2019 22:37 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

new old songs, probably will end up on Oddities & Sodomies vol. 2 this fall

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYmy1OPFb-M

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtH5Q1K2ReE

flappy bird, Wednesday, 29 May 2019 16:34 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

Pink x Trux

flappy bird, Tuesday, 30 July 2019 17:39 (ten months ago) link

I'll see your Pink x Trux and raise you one Ariel Archives

eatandoph (Neue Jesse Schule), Wednesday, 7 August 2019 03:18 (nine months ago) link

two months pass...

“new” Oddities Sodomites II thing on Spotify
https://open.spotify.com/album/65JqQUlzflf9fsIZLjCfdp?si=stFt1gsoRVSZDQbacpZbQQ
Happy Friday

calstars, Friday, 25 October 2019 13:37 (seven months ago) link

new reissues sound incredible

flopson, Thursday, 31 October 2019 18:14 (seven months ago) link

it’s like listening to them for the first time

flopson, Thursday, 31 October 2019 18:15 (seven months ago) link

Underground was a surprise for me. Each song an alternate universe hit. Reminded me of a something like Alien Lanes.

Hinklepicker, Thursday, 31 October 2019 18:24 (seven months ago) link

great interview with him and the engineer who helped dig up all the tapes and re-mix/master: https://www.weirdomusicforever.com/weird-news-and-interviews/ariel-pink-talks-ariel-archives

does anyone know how much of oddities is unreleased? i didn't recognize much. he seems to indicate that this volume and the next will have lots of new material.

bolivian solider as an example, is a brand new song done in his "old" style with mouth drums, etc. i can't get it out of my head. house of yesterday is also very strong.

was always a fan of Underground, so reissue is a treat. i'm struggling to get into Loverboy though aside from a few cuts.

anza808, Thursday, 31 October 2019 18:43 (seven months ago) link

it's impressive how much mastering guy was able to clean these records up; really opens them up

flopson, Thursday, 31 October 2019 19:51 (seven months ago) link

I think tracks 1-3, 5-7 and 13 are new. Gates Of Xion was a 2006 7", This Night and Go Go x2 were on the My Molly 7", Driving To The Grave is Underground era and was on some very limited tour CD (and was up on youtube for a while). Chart-Beep and The Law were on the I'm Not A Genius EP.

PaulTMA, Thursday, 31 October 2019 20:02 (seven months ago) link

in that interview AP calls Bolivian Soldier "a sort of sister song to Are You Gonna Look After My Boys" and wtf now I love it
nah i loved it from first listen

I'm not that familiar with the remastered albums out now (only Underground and Loverboy right?) but I did check out a couple songs from Loverboy, like the title track, and I think something was lost. The songs are less dense now, more separation. w/e, both mixes exist

flappy bird, Thursday, 31 October 2019 20:13 (seven months ago) link

Very pleased with the outcome of these remasters - the results kind of belie the idea that he was trying to make things sound as shit as possible. It's like listening to the actual 8-track tapes (plus compression)

PaulTMA, Thursday, 31 October 2019 20:47 (seven months ago) link

xp — I agree about Loverboy (my favorite). It's novel to hear the songs sounding so clean, relatively speaking, but the way the songs leapt out through the crud, lifted up from within the murk, had been part of that album's sonic signature. As with a lot of remasters, though, if you never heard the old version I'm not sure you'd really feel like you were missing anything. While they're a whole other analogue (rock, golden) ball game, some of the Stereolab reissues this year have been like this, too. Anyway, some of Underground is still hella noisy.

I appreciate the liner notes on the new reissues. They're not extensive and only say a little about the music itself, but they provide some interesting background. I didn't know he was at the center of a sexual harrassment suit regarding a piece he did at CalArts, for which he says he will probably best be known (!). That remark seems to partly explain some subsequent behavior, an attitude that he will never be properly recognized for his work no matter what he does... which he takes to mean he might act out his id anyway, with at times disastrous results.

eatandoph (Neue Jesse Schule), Thursday, 31 October 2019 21:10 (seven months ago) link

Wow, any more details on that lawsuit? Here's another:

Ariel Pink has been hit with a lawsuit from director and actress Kansas Bowling, who claims Pink hired her to make a concert film last month and then failed to pay her. Pink owes Bowling more than $1,500, according to a small claims action filed on October 18 in a Los Angeles County court and obtained by Pitchfork. “I was hired by Ariel to go on tour with him to film his shows,” reads the complaint by Bowling, who was not represented by a lawyer. “When we got back, he said he didn’t want the video anymore, therefore he didn’t have to pay me.”

The complaint alleges that Pink owes Bowling $1,560, stemming from events that took place from September 18 to 21.

Bowling told Pitchfork in an emailed statement: “All I’m asking for is the amount promised to me for a job I already did. I went on tour with him and filmed four shows.... I have to take him to small claims for this lousy, already-discounted rate I gave him so I can eat and pay my rent!”

Ariel Pink has been officially served documents in the case, according to L.A. County court records. A non-jury trial in the case is currently scheduled for January 3, 2020. As of publication, a representative for Pink has not responded to Pitchfork’s requests for comment.

Kansas Bowling is the director of the 2016 film B.C. Butcher, as well as numerous music videos. As an actress, Bowling played the Charles Manson follower Sandra “Blue” Good in Quentin Tarantino’s 2019 film Once Upon a Time in ... Hollywood.

https://pitchfork.com/news/ariel-pink-sued-by-once-upon-a-time-in-hollywood-actress-over-scrapped-tour-film/

flappy bird, Friday, 1 November 2019 17:49 (seven months ago) link

lol what a douche

surprised underground got reissued, by far his least listenable and least tuneful, not sure what he felt was worth salvaging there

brimstead, Friday, 1 November 2019 23:36 (seven months ago) link

Scared famous

June Pointer’s Valentine’s Day Secret Admirer Note Author (calstars), Friday, 1 November 2019 23:38 (seven months ago) link

When is the next batch out? Can it happen before he gets cancelled

PaulTMA, Friday, 1 November 2019 23:52 (seven months ago) link

they're reissuing all of his old albums through 2020, similar rollout I think as the Stereolab reissues. I agree that Underground is mostly dross aside from My Molly.

One thing that the remixes/remasters also highlight is how beyond repair some of his sounds are. I actually think the separation and 'cleaning' of the stems emphasizes how distorted and fucked they were, like PaulMTA said upthread.

for what it's worth, I tried to get a tape collage of mine mastered recently and the results were very similar: sterile separation and elements popping out that shouldn't have, and also irreversible distortion being highlighted.

xp I think in early 2020. AP has been cancelled so many times he's in a Trump sort of space, there's so much evidence of him being, at best, an asshole, and at worst, an emotionally and physically abusive drug addict. so it's all sort of a wash.

flappy bird, Friday, 1 November 2019 23:58 (seven months ago) link

TS: college vs collage

June Pointer’s Valentine’s Day Secret Admirer Note Author (calstars), Saturday, 2 November 2019 00:37 (six months ago) link

all the stuff that came out during the last album cycle (all the stories of him kissing fans at shows without consent for example) has pushed him well beyond mere 'asshole' territory in my view so it's hard to have any interest in his stuff anymore

though i'm impressed that these reissues are making his already incomprehensible back catalogue even harder to understand - underground now has a significantly different and expanded tracklist from the previous release, and they're still reissuing the albums out of chronological order (but a different order to the previous widespread releases)

from what i remember underground was near unlistenable and the only two truly worthwhile albums from his lo-fi period were house arrest and the doldrums. the rest all had their moments but were bloated and inconsistent and mostly just curiosities

ufo, Saturday, 2 November 2019 01:19 (six months ago) link

no worn copy and house arrest were pretty perfect too

brimstead, Saturday, 2 November 2019 02:39 (six months ago) link

Loverboy I mean

brimstead, Saturday, 2 November 2019 02:39 (six months ago) link

Scared Famous, in certain configurations, is one of his best.

flappy bird, Saturday, 2 November 2019 03:08 (six months ago) link

Wow, any more details on that lawsuit?

Pink and another student did a large pencil collage in which they depicted students, staff and faculty having sex, and the lawsuit alleged that it had created a hostile working environment; CalArts won the case on the grounds of a non-censorship policy, though Pink was made to apologize. Looks like the court brief is here.

eatandoph (Neue Jesse Schule), Saturday, 2 November 2019 03:49 (six months ago) link

5.  The drawing was the students' response to an art theory that characterized representational art as passé and incapable of evoking a strong response.   See footnote 11, below.

11.  In their declarations submitted in support of CalArts's motion for summary judgment, student artists Ariel Rosenberg and Jeremy Ringermacher explained the motivation for The Last Art Piece:  “At CalArts, there is a tendency when art is critiqued to categorize a work as representational or conceptual.   Representational artwork is an actual representation of the item depicted.   Conceptual artwork goes beyond the actual item depicted and communicates additional ideas and concepts.   During the time that I have attended CalArts, faculty and students have debated the impact of representational art versus conceptual art, and some people have characterized representational art as passé and incapable of provoking a strong response.   Ringermacher and I decided to create a piece of art that mixed and confused these two concepts and evoked a critical response.”   In his letter of apology to Herberg, Rosenberg stated “I never intended to harm anyone.”

12.  The context in which the alleged harassment took place also supports our decision.  (See Fisher, supra, 214 Cal.App.3d at pp. 609-610, 262 Cal.Rptr. 842.)   We see a vast difference between posting obscene cartoons in a men's room, as was done in Bennett, supra, 845 F.2d 104, and the display of The Last Art Piece in the designated gallery area at an art school.   CalArts's non-censorship policy was widely distributed to both students and employees.   In our view it was reasonable to expect that exhibitions of student artwork would, from time to time, include sexually-explicit material. Although we reject CalArts's contention that its anti-censorship policy and the First Amendment exempt it from the laws against sexual harassment, in this case the context of the display further militates against a finding of severe or pervasive harassment.

flappy bird, Saturday, 2 November 2019 04:03 (six months ago) link

I dont agree with Underground as being 'unlistenable' at all - to my ears seems like a consistent set of melodically inventive damaged pop songs in the vein of Syd Barrett/ GBV etc

clouds (peanutbuttereverysingleday), Saturday, 2 November 2019 21:45 (six months ago) link

I'd not heard Underground before last week. I doubt it would have elicited a "Wow, WTF?" if it had been my first exposure to AP instead of The Doldrums.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Sunday, 3 November 2019 11:12 (six months ago) link

three months pass...

I heard this today and thought it would appeal to AP fans. From 1981.

Publicradio (3×5), Friday, 21 February 2020 16:13 (three months ago) link

And here's a little something for the R. Stevie fans. From 1980.

Publicradio (3×5), Friday, 21 February 2020 16:16 (three months ago) link

Been meaning to check out Dome for a while—those are both awesome! Also the three best Ariel Pink albums are the next batch of reissues. Equally scared/excited to hear cleaned-up House Arrest.

J. Sam, Saturday, 22 February 2020 20:13 (three months ago) link

Cleaned-up Crybaby is out
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6HD6_JPOlQ

PaulTMA, Saturday, 22 February 2020 20:17 (three months ago) link

AP is in a shot of the Safdie bro’s’ heaven knows what during the Central Park bandshell Scene. T koh is also credited bit I didn’t spot him.

calstars, Saturday, 22 February 2020 21:05 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

So the early stuff is coming out in remastered and "reworked" editions. Any idea what is meant by that? Re-recordings, remixes?

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Thursday, 2 April 2020 08:48 (one month ago) link

the previous reissues in the series (loverboy and underground) had changes to the tracklists compared to the previously widely available releases. loverboy's changes were small but underground was significantly expanded. the new transfers from the original cassettes sounded much better than the existing releases

the tracklists for the next wave of releases (the doldrums/worn copy/house arrest) are the same as before though, and the notes for the doldrums here https://arielpink.bandcamp.com/album/the-doldrums mentions the sources

ufo, Thursday, 2 April 2020 09:26 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

New single with Jorge


https://open.spotify.com/track/2HaMMxfawsnyD4cYvUKym6?si=okqr6PXBRp6LuYpE4keIaA

calstars, Friday, 24 April 2020 20:50 (one month ago) link

Can’t say it’s as catchy as the other stuff they’ve done together though 😞

calstars, Friday, 24 April 2020 20:55 (one month ago) link


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