Ariel Pink

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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

what a beautiful mess his live shows are!

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

Artist of the decade. Seriously.

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

remember when ilm was super skeptical about this?

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


❊❁❄❆❇❃✴❈plaxico❈✴❃❇❆❄❁❊ (I know, right?), Wednesday, 29 July 2009 00:37 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight years ago) Permalink

he's kind of a dick.

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

How so?

young depardieu looming out of void in hour of profound triumph (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 29 July 2009 11:10 (eight years ago) Permalink

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

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

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

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

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

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

No, I totally agree on that front.

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

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 (eight years ago) Permalink

his Invisible Jukebox in the new Wire is pretty hilarious.

beta blog, Tuesday, 4 August 2009 16:12 (eight 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.
"The Drummer"
"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 (eight years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

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

two months pass...

"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 (seven years ago) Permalink


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 (seven 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 (seven years ago) Permalink

three months pass...


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

Would I like Ariel Pink?

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

I am loving the clean sound tbh

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

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

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

Cover is pretty funny

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

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

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

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