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Q&A: Jorge Elbrecht On What Producers Really Do, What Ariel Pink Is Really Like, And How Mainstream Pop Has Reached A State Of Idiocracy

For the better part of the past dozen years, Jorge Elbrecht has had a hand in creating some of the most beautiful, forward-thinking, and occasionally abjectly weird music to infiltrate the world of contemporary indie rock. In the mid 2000s, Elbrecht first began releasing music with Lansing-Dreiden, a highly conceptual art and music collective (and… More »

By: T. Cole Rachel / July 29, 2015 - 11:41 am

Watch Ariel Pink’s Full Set With The Colorado Symphony Last Night

Last night Ariel Pink played Colorado’s infamously gorgeous Red Rocks outdoor amphitheater. He was accompanied by Don Bolles and the Colorado Symphony string section. Some enterprising concert-goer recorded the whole show, and you can watch all 27 minutes below. The tracklist solely comprises tracks off his 2014 album pom pom. More »

By: Caitlin White / July 24, 2015 - 2:40 pm

Ariel Pink Announces Performances With Colorado Symphony, Ash Ra Tempel’s Manuel Göttsching

Ariel Pink is a few days away from heading out on a tour with Black Lips, but in addition to those dates, he’s just announced a couple of special one-off shows. Later this month, he’ll open for DeVotchKa in Colorado, performing with a string section from the Colorado Symphony. And in August, he’ll perform at… More »

By: Peter Helman / July 13, 2015 - 9:51 pm

Dâm-Funk – “We Continue”

LA-based funk sovereign Damon Riddick (bka Dâm-Funk) hasn’t dropped a bona fide full-length solo release since 2009’s Toeachizown, so today’s announcement that he will drop the 20-track deep Invite The Light in September is welcome news. According to a press release, Invite The Light is a “concise, beginning-to-end vision” that focuses on Riddick’s progression a… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / June 23, 2015 - 2:07 pm

Ariel Pink – “I Need A Minute” Video

Ariel Pink recently contributed the zooted, staggering pop song “I Need A Minute” to the soundtrack of Heaven Knows What, a new movie about heroin addiction based on Mad Love In New York City, a memoir from Arielle Holmes. Holmes stars in the movie, and she also stars alongside Pink in the new video for… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 27, 2015 - 10:18 am

Ariel Pink – “I Need A Minute”

L.A.-based destroyed pop experimentalist Ariel Pink contributed a new song to the movie Heaven Knows What. The film is based on Arielle Holmes’ forthcoming memoir about heroin addiction, Mad Love In New York City, and features a groggy, puppet voice that’s been deeply pitch-shifted voice and mostly sings “I need a minute / I need… More »

By: Caitlin White / May 21, 2015 - 5:53 pm

Ariel Pink’s Recording With Miley Cyrus & The Flaming Lips

Miley Cyrus and the Flaming Lips have had a random-ass collaborative mutual admiration society going for a while now; they’ve performed and recorded and made this terrible video together. And now they’ve added another buddy to their freak team, threatening to turn the thing into a musical supervillain society. Ariel Pink has lately been recording… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 17, 2015 - 10:34 am

Ariel Pink – “Jell-O” Video

Ariel Pink has already worked with the director Grant Singer to make three videos for songs from his 2014 album pom pom: “Put Your Number In My Phone,” “Picture Me Gone,” and “Dayzed Inn Daydreams.” They’ve all been slow, creepy, and oddly beautiful pieces. That’s not the case with Pink’s new video for the frantic… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 16, 2015 - 10:17 am

E-40 – “California” (Feat. Dam-Funk & Ariel Pink)

We’ve heard a couple of great songs already from the Alchemist and Oh No’s Welcome To Los Santos: “Play It Cool,” Gangrene’s collab with Earl Sweatshirt and Samuel T. Herring, and “Lock & Load,” Killer Mike and MNDR’s glitter-and-tar savagery. (We selected the latter as one of the week’s five best songs.) Now, the entire… More »

By: Caitlin White / April 13, 2015 - 4:54 pm

Ariel Pink Albums From Worst To Best

As his band traveled through a lightning storm somewhere in the American Midwest, Ariel “Pink” Rosenberg yelled at me over the telephone. It was April 2005, and I was holed up in the spare bedroom of a rented house in York, PA, repeatedly posing pre-prepared interview questions in order to be heard over the noise… More »

By: Raymond Cummings / March 31, 2015 - 11:51 am

Soko – “Lovetrap” (Feat. Ariel Pink) Video

We premiered Soko’s excellent new album My Dreams Dictate My Reality back in February, and now she’s shared self-directed a video for one of her two duets with Ariel Pink. “Lovetrap” starts off with a reference to Pink’s own “Kinski Assassin” and in the video, the two continue to construct a surreal world full of… More »

By: Caitlin White / March 23, 2015 - 1:06 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

The director Grant Singer came very, very close to topping this list for the second week in a row, an unprecedented feat and a clear sign that Singer is ready to bang with the Nabils and the Hiro Murais of the world. But then (spoiler alert) Kanye West had to come along with his adorable… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 30, 2015 - 10:43 am

Ariel Pink – “Dayzed Inn Daydreams” Video

Together, Ariel Pink and director Grant Singer made two of last year’s best music videos. Pink and Singer’s clips for “Put Your Number In My Phone” and “Picture Me Gone” were fascinatingly creepy, mysterious pieces of Kubrick-damaged work. They’ve now teamed up again for the clip for “Dayzed Inn Daydreams,” another song from Pink’s pomMore »

By: Tom Breihan / January 26, 2015 - 10:46 am

Watch Ariel Pink As An L.A. Taxi Driver In Short Film Vagabond

Ariel Pink stars as a Los Angeles taxi driver in the new short film Vagbaond, which was directed by Johann Rashid for Melbourne-based festival Sugar Mountain. It unfolds much like a scripted version of Taxicab Confessions with Pink’s Haunted Graffiti bandmate Tim Koh playing a possibly famous band member and Friends’ Samantha Urbani playing a… More »

By: James Rettig / January 21, 2015 - 8:32 am

R.I.P. Kim Fowley

Kim Fowley — the musician, writer, and producer who was best known as the manager of the Runaways — died earlier today after a long battle with bladder cancer. He was 75. More »

By: James Rettig / January 15, 2015 - 8:42 pm

The 40 Best Music Videos Of 2014

Next year, YouTube will celebrate its 10th anniversary. For nearly a decade, then, music videos have belonged almost entirely to the internet. Once upon a time, video directors made their work for TV, expecting you to run across their images when you were flipping through channels. By the time YouTube hit its second year, that… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 19, 2014 - 1:01 pm

crush_DLX – “My Pleasure” (Feat. Ariel Pink)

British singer and producer Pop Levi has been collaborating with Hipsterrunoff/Tumblr famous socialite Bunny Holiday on a project called Micro Sex Tapes 370. The duo goes by the name of crush_DLX, and they’ve been working on a “Daily Audio Series,” releasing a new song each day for 370 days. Their latest track, “My Pleasure,” feature… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / December 3, 2014 - 3:19 pm

The 50 Best Albums Of 2014

Music is a messy thing. There’s too much of it, too many genres, too many ideas, for anyone to make sense out of all of it — or even to hear all of it. The idea of imposing a narrative on 365 days of music, of making sense of a whole year, is a fool’… More »

By: Stereogum / December 2, 2014 - 9:39 am

Watch Ariel Pink’s Boiler Room Set

We had extremely positive things to say about Ariel Pink’s live show last month. See for yourself: He’s playing a live set at the Boiler Room right now. Watch below. More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 26, 2014 - 11:19 am

Ariel Pink Wants To Marry Taylor Swift, Is In Love With Ariana Grande

Ariel Pink’s pom pom is out today — it’s great, and you can stream it here. And as we all know, Pink’s been taking every opportunity in the press cycle to talk a lot of shit about, well, pretty much everything. So it’s almost surprising when he has generally nice and reasonable things to say,… More »

By: Peter Helman / November 18, 2014 - 5:31 pm
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