This morning's episode of Talk's Cheap featured a live session from Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti. Ariel "Pink" Rosenberg has been churning out warped pop hits on his Yamaha MTX 8-track cassette recorder since 1996. In 2004, he became the first non-Animal Collective-affiliated act on the group's Paw Tracks imprint, and the trifecta of high-profile Haunted Graffiti reissues (The Doldrums, Worn Copy, and House Arrest) led to Pink's first national tour. Ariel initially played solo, backed only by his multitrack recordings with their distinctive vocal percussion and lo-fi tape hiss. But over the last couple years, Haunted Graffiti has transitioned into a full-fledged band.
This month, Ariel Pink stopped by the WFMU studios backed by Kenny Gilmore on keys/guitar, Jimi Hey on drums, Tim Koh on bass, and Cole M. Greif-Neill on guitar. Members of this all-star lineup have also played in Lilys, White Magic, Lavender Diamond, Devendra Bahnhardt, Cibo Matto, and the list goes on. This well-seasoned group brought the Haunted Graffiti to life with professional attitude in the midst of their "Thanks Mom I'm Dead" tour.
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - live at WFMU on Talk's Cheap 8/18/08 [playlist]
engineered 8/1/08 by Gil Shuster
some post-production by Jason (I ran it thru my tape deck)
1. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - L'Estat (mp3) - original version's on their 2008 tour-only Oddities Sodomies Vol 1 (Vinyl International)
2. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Calm Me Down (mp3) - a cover of The Human Expression, a late 60s psych/garage group from LA who famously passed on the chance to record "Born To Be Wild", leaving that job to Steppenwolf
3. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Witchhunt Suite for WWIII (mp3) - epic, politically-charged, multi-sectioned highlight. Original version released in 2006 on a 12'' from Melted Mailbox
4. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Ghost Town (mp3) - original version's on Underground, the 1st Haunted Graffiti release, which was reissued by Vinyl International in 2007
live mp3s (c) Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti and shared under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States license, except "Calm Me Down" composition (c) The Human Expression (Jim Quarles/Jim Foster)
Thanks to Haunted Graffiti for stopping by, and to Gil Shuster for engineering! More photos after the jump!