ARIEL PINK'S HAUNTED GRAFFITI with MAGIC KIDS and PURO INSTINCT at the Pike Room

WEDNESDAY JULY 21, 2010
doors at 8PM
tickets: $10 (buy tickets)

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Los Angeles’s notorious lo-fi pop oufit ARIEL PINK'S HAUNTED GRAFFITI have been unveiled as the latest signings to 4AD. The group just released 'Before Today,' their wonderful 4AD debut. With roots going back as far as 1996, the West Coast act are as sublime as they are surreal, with a sound loaded with hazy nostalgia and a fiercely experimental pop palette. The band (currently comprised of Ariel Pink, Kenny Gilmore, Aaron Sperske and Tim Koh) have picked up particular plaudits for the Haunted Graffiti releases via Paw Tracks, The Doldrums (2004), Worn Copy (2005) and House Arrest (2006).After years of recording in relative seclusion in the hills of Los Angeles, ARIEL PINK (the first non-Animal Collective member on the Paw Tracks roster) made his official Paw Tracks debut with The Doldrums. Recording at home with a guitar, bass, keyboard, and 8-track, Ariel Pink blends Lite FM and warped lo-fi pop into something beautiful and confusing, yet highly addictive. From MUTANT SOUNDS: "The alternative pop-rock and lo-fi recordings of Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti are full of intrigue, and full of contradictions. Pink, a male singer, composer, musician and producer who is based in Los Angeles, provides songs that are melodic, catchy and familiar; songs that, in their own unorthodox way, recall the most immediate, accessible, straight-forward FM pop-rock of the '70s and '80s. But Pink's work also comes across as bizarre, trippy, skewed and twisted; and a lot of that strangeness comes from his production style. As a songwriter, Pink has a real sense of pop-rock craftsmanship, but his very muddy way of producing and his oddball, kooky sound effects make the late '90s and early 2000s recordings of Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti sound highly eccentric. At times, Pink (who plays guitar, bass and keyboards) sounds like he is singing into a mono cassette recorder in a basement or a garage back in 1977; he really goes out of his way to sound as underproduced and demo-like as possible. But once you get past his production style, it becomes apparent that Pink has strong pop-rock instincts (sometimes adding a touch of blue-eyed soul). The Southern Californian brings a long list of influences to the table: influences ranging from David Bowie, John Lennon, the Bee Gees, Hall & Oates and the Raspberries to Frank Zappa, Brian Eno, Roxy Music and late '70s/early '80s new wave. Some of Pink's melodies wouldn't have been out of place on Bowie's Station to Station album in 1976; some of them would have worked well for A Flock of Seagulls, Men at Work or the Talking Heads in the early '80s. But because Pink's production style is so quirky and off-center, those comparisons may not come as easily to listeners who don't have a taste for the bizarre; and depending on who you talk to, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti is either mindlessly self-indulgent studio masturbation or the work of an insane musical genius." [I'll opt for the latter - Crofoot Ed.].

With MAGIC KIDS and PURO INSTINCT (formerly PEARL HARBOR).

 

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