Releasing his latest LP pom pom last year, Ariel Pink has shared a brand new music video for his track “Jell-O.” Directed by Dan Kapelovitz, the demented, rainbow-colored clip showcases the weird antics of Pink and his friends while old footage of the meat industry are spliced in the reel.
Ariel Pink Tour Dates:
05-06 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s
05-07 Austin, TX – Levitation Festival
05-08 McAllen, TX – Cine El Rey
05-09 Fort Worth, TX – Untapped Festival
05-10 San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger
05-29 Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Sound
05-30 Nîmes, France – This Is Not a Love Song Festival
06-01 Dublin, Ireland – Forbidden Fruit Festival
06-05 Porto, Portugal – Nos Primavera Sound
06-06 Athens, Greece – Plisskën Festival
06-07 Belgrade, Serbia – Drugstore
06-09 Tel Aviv, Israel – Barby
06-11 Tallinn, Estonia – Noblessner
06-12 Helsinki, Finland – Sideways Festival
06-13 Liverpool, England – District
06-14 Leeds, England – The Brudenell Social Club
06-15 Glasgow, Scotland – Centre for Contemporary Arts
06-16 Bristol, England – Colston Hall
06-17 London, England – Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club
06-19 Foligno, Italy – Serendipity Club
06-20 Lucerne, Switzerland – Südpol
06-21 Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands – Best Kept Secret Festival
07-18 Chicago, IL – Pitchfork Music Festival
08-15 Toronto, Ontario – Time Festival
11-06 Reykjavík, Iceland – Iceland Airwaves Festival
Ariel Marcus Rosenberg (born June 24, 1978), better known by his stage name Ariel Pink, is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer based in Los Angeles, California. He is known for his musical eclecticism, influenced by 1980scassette culture. He has released three studio albums on the 4AD label and was closely associated with the band Animal Collective.
In the summer of 2003, Pink passed a CD-R on to Baltimore, Maryland based band Animal Collective at a random gig after being introduced by a mutual friend at one of their shows. Unbeknownst to Pink, Animal Collective had recently started their own record label, Paw Tracks. Recalling the time, the band says in the CD-booklet that it
|“||sat on the floor of the van for a week or so […]. One day, we noticed it and randomly threw it on and were immediately blown away. It was just like ‘Woah, what is this!? We knew it could have only been made by this individual, and so made it our goal to officially release his records on our new label.’||”|
Several weeks later they contacted him to sign him on Paw Tracks, making Pink the first non-Animal Collective musician on the label. The next year, the label reissued The Doldrums, an album which had been originally recorded in 1999, described by John Maus as “it achieved something completely unforeseen with the language of pop.” Paw Tracks (now co-owned by Carpark Records) released two other reissues of Pink’s previous recordings, Worn Copy and House Arrest. Although the music was widely misunderstood at the time, over the years, the work gradually received recognition.
In 2006, Pink’s collaboration with Holy Shit front-man Matt Fishbeck led to the release of Stranded at Two Harbors.
Having been primarily a recording artist up until this point, Pink’s early solo tours and performances were generally met with much negativity, because “it was music that was never intended to be performed live for commercial audiences.”[this quote needs a citation] However, after initially spending years playing shows with pre-recorded music, karaoke style, Pink slowly attracted what would become his full-time band, composed of renowned musicians who have since helped bring his recordings to life.
The band, known as Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, consisted of keyboardist/guitarist/backing vocalist Kenny Gilmore, drummer/vocalist/guitarist Jimi Hey, and guitarist Cole M.G.N. (Ethnik Klensr, The Samps, Nite Jewel), and bassist Tim Koh’. Consistent touring with a fixed band lineup led to a much more accessible and musically tighter show for concert goers.
In November 2009, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti was signed to 4AD records. He released a new mp3 single “Round and Round” in March 2010, marking a studio quality departure from his former lo-fi recordings. 4AD released it as a 7″ single, backed with “Mistaken Wedding”. A new album, Before Today, followed on June 8, 2010. Before Today was recognized by Pitchfork in their “Best New Music” category. The album includes some new versions of songs released on previous records, notably “L’Estat (acc. to the widow’s maid)”, “Round and Round” (formerly titled “Frontman/Hold On (I’m Calling)”) and “Beverly Kills”.
In December 2010, Pitchfork named “Round and Round” the number 1 song on their list of The Top 100 Tracks of 2010. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti were chosen by Animal Collective to perform at the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival that they curated in May 2011.
On November 17, 2014, Ariel Pink released pom pom, which was his first studio release without his band moniker Haunted Graffiti. The album includes several songs written byKim Fowley, who wrote them from his hospital bed for Ariel to perform. In interviews supporting the release, Pink made a number of controversial comments.
Since early 2014, the band has expanded to include Australian artist and musician Shags Chamberlain, as well as Don Bolles, the drummer from LA punk legends The Germs