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