Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Los Angeles’ trashy lords of lo-fi, were the most recent guests on Pitchfork.tv‘s newest show A>D>D, or Analog>Digital>Digital. If you haven’t seen it yet, the P4k.tv crew records short sets in unassuming locations with a Tascam four-track recorder and a VHS camera, mixes and edits the footage and audio digitally, and then presents the performances online. Featured bands have so far included Fucked Up, Vivian Girls, Ponytail, Crystal Stilts, and more.
Ariel Pink and band came through to play some of their newest songs, the surprisingly catchy metal-tinged psych-rock of “Flashback”, the melancholic lite-FM of “Can’t Hear My Eyes”, and the Nirvana/Bad Religion-circa-1981 power chord work of “22 Eyes” — all of which were highlights of their live show when I saw them open for Animal Collective back in February, even if their set didn’t quite gel with the transcendent beauty of A.C.’s. Here, Ariel flips it on Pitchfork in Dadaesque fashion, taping the tapers with a VHS camera of his own as he rocks that excellent headset mic.
Download: Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Can’t Hear My Eyes
Buy: Limited to 500 copies, this 7-inch may be hard to find. Available at these retailers or maybe on their current tour.
Download: Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Flashback
Buy: Available on the tour-only disc Cooler Cat. Go check ’em out, pick it up.
Watch: Peep “Can’t Hear My Eyes” from Pitchfork’s A>D>D series down below and watch the whole set over here.