Ariel Pink

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Vudi?! No wonder he sounds so good now.

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

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

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

what are we coming to

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

now playing: "Jules Lost His Jewels"

Come on baby, let's dance!

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

revisited the doldrums lately? bleh. recently

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

flash player down at the bottom of this

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


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

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

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

^^^yeah you right

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

four months pass...

winston, Monday, 27 April 2009 01:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

if that is a press photo, I consider it awesome

Just one thing I was thinking about as I was getting on the copter (J0hn D.), Monday, 27 April 2009 02:54 (eight years ago) Permalink

wtf that p4k review

baaderonixx, Monday, 4 May 2009 12:54 (eight years ago) Permalink

Yeah I don't get that review, at all.

Krapp's lesser-known First Tape (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 4 May 2009 15:07 (eight years ago) Permalink

And I'm trying to explain why, but I keep ending up baffled.

Krapp's lesser-known First Tape (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 4 May 2009 15:13 (eight years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Whoah... if the great Can't Hear My Eyes and the new single Flashback are any indication, the new album of Ariel Pink will be the best album in the history of music. Ever.

Flashback, on the 'Reminiscenses' (tour) EP, is fan-tas-tic. It starts out a cappela, and when the guitars (with crazy solo's) kick in, Ariel sings and scream and the song is a an 80s rocker. It's not hard to imagine this in an 80s episode of Miami Vice, during the part when Crocket & Tubbs are after the bad guys, when the race is on. Or something. The production is very clear (the sound equals that of 'Can't Hear My Eyes'). Then, at 3/4th there's a huge guitarsolo and the song ends with a euphoric crossing of hair metal and a jam out, it goes quiet for half a second and then FLASHBACK! It gets another round. So fucking great!
Rama Ya is a singalong punkrocker, and the title song is a gorgeous wobbly synthy instrumental. Pick this up on his tour or order it rom his website!

Gerard (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 16 June 2009 11:39 (eight years ago) Permalink

Is it only available on vinyl? I have had "Flashback" stuck in my head after hearing it only once!

Metro Video Centers, Tuesday, 16 June 2009 11:51 (eight years ago) Permalink


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 (eight 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 (eight years ago) Permalink

^ Flashback

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

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

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

one month passes...

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

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

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