Doug Aitken is a multimedia artist who takes an in-depth look at society's art today; with the likes of music, dance and physical artwork in mind. On his exploration, he takes a 4,000 mile trip from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean (that's New York to San Francisco) picking up a variety of artists along the way and making stops to witness some incredible 'happenings' throughout the country. He gets the chance to speak to musicians in their droves, all eager to open up about their experiences and interpretations of their art. The trip takes place over 24 days and features such spectacles as Beck being joined by a gospel choir in the enormous Mojave desert; an expanse which spans California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona. 'Station To Station' is an artistic documentary roadtrip with a difference. Directed by Doug Aitken ('The Source'), it includes appearances from some 43 musicians and artists including Beck, Jackson Browne, Thurston Moore, Patti Smith, Mavis Staples, Cat Power, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Dan Deacon, Cold Cave and many, many more. The movie is set to be released in cinemas on June 26th 2015, after which the Station to Station: A 30-Day Happening event will kick off.
Incredible acts have been revealed for the eco-friendly Plissken Festival in Greece this summer.
The famous Plissken Festival is celebrating its fifth birthday this June with a phenomenal line-up. Hard-hitting, electric, and the best quality: this summer is looking amazing for Greece, with some of the best alternative artists and performers around.
As we've said before, the lingua franca of pop music around the world is in its conformity, that chameleon like ability to adapt, blend in, emulsify into something that can be easily digested anywhere by the majority of the population. Then there's everything else. Then there's Ariel Pink.
A native of Los Angeles, Ariel Rosenberg has been, to put it mildly, at the margins since first appearing twelve years ago with his début releases 'House Arrest' & 'Lover Boy'. 'Pom Pom' is approximately his eleventh album (it's hard to make an accurate count) but the headline news this time is that it comes along together with some newly acquired baggage. All publicity, someone once said, is good publicity, but whoever spun that probably wasn't including being accused of misogyny by your 4AD label mate Grimes, or having the lack of self awareness to praise the Christian fundamentalist loonies of the Westboro Baptist Church. Not that either of these are particularly forgiveable, but there have also been other b****cks dropped, bringing wider attention to an artist who previously has carried on in his own potty way, largely unmolested by notoriety, paps or any meaningful record sales.
If he's feeling under any particular duress because of all this, 'Pom Pom' doesn't reveal it. Flipping between a number of different poses, Pink instead goes for being vaguely provocative rather than compounding any of his rapidly assigned stereotypes. Maybe each of these guises is an alternative identity: maybe he doesn't care. Either way, it's hard to listen to the bonkers surf rock of 'Nude Beach A Go-Go', or 'Jell-o''s straitjacket non-sequiturs such as "Mom and dad are normal/ Everyone eats white bread/ That's why they're all dead" and not feel a little bit like you're being experimented on. This suspicion is brought into sharper focus on 'Dinosaur Carebears'; a track in two parts which is initially a nightmarish scramble of white noise - interspersed with cartoon parps - and then segues without explanation into cod-reggae. Okay then.
Continue reading: Ariel Pink - Pom Pom Album Review
Ride and The Strokes will be joined by The Black Keys, Patti Smith, The Replacements and more.
Fans and hopeful attendees of Barcelona's Primavera Sound were delighted to discover that the preview app they downloaded was a video game displaying the full line-up for the festival's fifteenth anniversary.
Already announced were Friday and Saturday's headliners Ride and The Strokes, and now they've been joined by a host of other equally incredible artists. Thursday sees The Black Keys leading the bill alongside The Replacements, who are hitting Spanish stages for the first time and Antony and the Johnsons, who've been doing plenty since their last Barcelona gig. Bringing some variation to Thursday proceedings are electronic virtuosos James Blake, Richie Hawtin and Simian Mobile Disco.
Continue reading: The 15th Anniversary Line-Up For Primavera Sound Is Finally Here!
With 17 innovative new tunes, Ariel Pink returns with new album this November.
Ariel Pink finally goes solo with his upcoming album release 'Pom Pom'; his first venture away from the band Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti and filled with the same amount of leftfield pop and musical adventure.
Ariel Pink goes solo with 'Pom Pom'
In just over an hour, LA artist Ariel Pink - AKA Ariel Marcus Rosenberg - brings us more of his unique brand of avant-garde psychedelic pop with his very first solo release 'Pom Pom'. He recently unveiled a taster for what's to come in the form of his new song 'Put Your Number In My Phone'; an upbeat yet still chilled-out tune with probably one of the most infectious choruses you'll hear for a while.
Continue reading: Ariel Pink Loses Haunted Graffiti Moniker For New Solo Album 'Pom Pom'
The term 'triumph over adversity' is hideously over-used, from sketch-scripted sports movies to motivational speeches, but there is an eternal truth that success is much sweeter after frustration and strife. Ariel Pink's latest jaunt to Nottingham was a tale of both.
Continue reading: Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Live Review