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Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti

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Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti craft lo-fi recordings full of intrigue -- and full of contradictions. The Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist Pink writes songs that are melodic, catchy, and familiar -- and in their own unorthodox way, recall the most immediate, accessible, straightforward FM pop/rock of the '70s and '80s. As a songwriter, Pink has a real sense of pop/rock craftsmanship, with 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. However, his very muddy way of producing and his oddball sound effects make his project sound highly eccentric. Pink recorded his first Haunted Graffiti project, The Doldrums, in 1999 and 2000; that disc was followed by Vital Pink a few years later. At first, The Doldrums and Vital Pink were only CD-Rs that Pink burned on his home computer and circulated himself, but in 2004 Pink landed a record deal with Animal Collective's Paw Tracks label, making him the first artist on the imprint who didn’t belong to that group. In October 2004, the label reissued The Doldrums, adding the Vital Pink material as well. Likewise, Worn Copy, which was originally issued by Rhystop in 2003, was reissued by Paw Tracks in 2005. The following year was a busy one for Ariel Pink, with House Arrest -- a collaboration with another one of his projects, Ball Bearings Piñatas -- arriving at the beginning of 2006. That year, Pink also collaborated with Matt Fishbeck on the Holy Shit album Stranded at Two Harbors and contributed to the Latitude series with Pedestrian Pop Hits. In 2007, Pink released Scared Famous, a collection of 2002 recordings, on Human Ear Music. By 2008, Pink had solidified his backing band to multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Kenny Gilmore, drummer/vocalist/guitarist Jimi Hey, and guitarist Cole M. Greif-Neill; the bandmembers called themselves Haunted Graffiti and toured with Chairlift, the Vivian Girls, and Cryptacize. That year, Pink also released Unusual Animals, Vol. 3 with Half-Handed Cloud, a collaboration that was part of Asthmatic Kitty's limited-edition series. The following year, Pink signed to 4AD, which released the single Round & Round early in 2010. Before Today arrived that summer, revealing a more polished sound than any of Pink's previous work. In 2011, Pink released the 16-minute song "Witchhunt Suite for WWIII," which was previously featured on 2007's tour-only album YAS DuDette, as a single to commemorate the tenth anniversary of 9/11. He also reteamed with R. Stevie Moore on the double album Ku Klux Glam, which appeared early in 2012. In August of that year, the third Haunted Graffiti album, Mature Themes, arrived, boasting a darker, more eclectic approach that spanned '60s bubblegum homages and a cover of Donnie and Joe Emerson's 1979 soul-pop song "Baby." ~ Alex Henderson
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Top Tracks

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    Popularity
  2.   Round and Round
  3.   Bright Lit Blue Skies
  4.   Fright Night
  5.   Reminiscences
  6.   Among Dreams
  7.   Creepshow
  8.   Crying
  9.   Don't Think Twice (Love)
  10.   Helen
  11.   Young Pilot Astray
  12.   Interesting Results
  13.   Little Wig
  14.   Hot Body Rub
  15.   Oceans of Weep
  16.   L' Estat
  17.   Haunted Graffiti
  18.   Everybody (Madonna) by Julia Holter
  19.   Almost Waiting
  20.   Flying Circles
  21.   Theme from Unreleased "Claris Gardens"
  22.   Gray Sunset
  23.   Butt House Blondies
  24.   Alisa
  25.   Menopause Man
  26.   Beverly Kills
  27.   Let's Build a Campfire There
  28.   Inmates of Heartache
  29.   West Coast Calamities
  30.   One On One
  31.   Jonathan's Halo
  32.   Hardcore Pops Are Fun
  33.   Envelopes Another Day
  34.   Jules Lost His Jewels
  35.   Oblivious Peninsula
  36.   Cable Access Follies
  37.   Strange Fires
  38.   Somewhere in Europe/Hotpink!
  39.   Artifact
  40.   The People I'm Not
  41.   The Drummer
  42.   Until the Night Dies
  43.   Life in L.A.
  44.   Gettin' High in the Morning
  45.   Phoebus Palast
  46.   Jagged Carnival Tours
  47.   Don't Talk to Strangers
  48.   Immune to Emotion
  49.   House Arrest
  50.   Netherlands
  51.   Poultry Head
  52.   Foilly Foibles/GOLD
  53.   Doggone (Shegone)
  54.   The Birds They Sing in You
  55.   Want Me
  56.   Jesus Christ Came to Me in a Dream
  57.   Why Can't I Be Me?
  58.   Are You Gonna Look After My Boys?
  59.   Trepanated Earth: Trepan Earth Overture/Heavens Hotter Than ...
  60.   Can't Hear My Eyes
  61.   Older Than Her Years
  62.   Passing the Petal 2 You
  63.   Higher and Higher
  64.   My Molly
  65.   Didn't It Click
  66.   Scared Famous
  67.   Thespian City
  68.   The List (My Favorite Song)
  69.   Girl in a Tree
  70.   Good Kids Make Bad Grown Ups
  71.   Revolution's a Lie
  72.   For Kate I Wait
  73.   Credit
  74.   Howling at the Moon
  75.   The Doldrums
  76.   Every Night I Die at Miyagis
  77.   Loverboy
  78.   The Kitchen Club
  79.   Bloody! (Bagonia's)
  80.   Blue Straws
  81.   I Don't Need Enemies (Holy Sh*t! Single 45)
  82.   Everybody
  83.   New Trumpets of Time
  84.   The Ballad of Bobby Pyn
  85.   Baby Comes Around
  86.   Beefbud
  87.   You Are My Angel
  88.   Politely Declined
  89.   I Don't Need Enemies
  90.   So Glad
  91.   Let's Get Married Tonite
  92.   She's My Girl
  93.   Ghosts
  94.   Gopacapulco
  95.   Talking All the Time
  96.   Crybaby
  97.   Hobbies Galore
  98.   Evolution's A Lie
  99.   An Appeal From Heaven
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