Ariel Pink

Ariel Pink
Event on 2017-10-29 20:00:00

Special offer! A digital download of Ariel Pinks forthcoming album, Dedicated To Bobby Jameson, is included withevery ticket you order for this show. You will receive an email with instructions on how to redeem this offerfollowing your ticket purchase.Los Angeless prodigal songwriting son Ariel Pink shares his eleventh studio album,Dedicated to Bobby Jameson, September 15.The albums title makes a direct and heartfelt reference to a real-life L.A. musician, longpresumed dead, who resurfaced online in 2007 after 35 reclusive years to pen hisautobiography and tragic life story in a series of blogs and YouTube tirades. His bookand life resonated with me to such a degree, Pink states, that I felt a need to dedicatemy latest record to him.Dedicated to Bobby Jameson begins at the end and ends at the beginning. We followthe protagonist through a battery of tests and milestones, the first of which sees himreborn into life out of death, Pink explains, referencing the opening track Time To MeetYour God. From there, he seesaws his way between the innocent love and the rocksolidedifice of childhood-worn trauma that together constitute his lifelong initiation intothe realm of artifice and theatrical disposability.Building upon his singular vision of pop songcraft, established by such seminal recordsas The Doldrums, Worn Copy, House Arrest, Loverboy, Before Today, Mature Themes,and pom pom, Pink revisits themes that have haunted his sonic cinemascapes since thelate 1990s: mismanaged dreams, west coast mythologies, itinerant criminals, hauntedboulevards, Hollywood legends, the impermanence of romance, bubblegum artifice,movie stardom, childhood terror, acceptance of self, and narcissism projected through acelluloid filter of controversion.Raised in Beverly Hills, Ariel Pink (born Ariel Marcus Rosenberg) started out as a visualartist before becoming a recording artist in the late 90s while attending Cal Arts.Between 1996 and 2004, he honed his craft writing, performing, recording, andproducing a body of work that was experimental, impressionistic, and improvisationaloften creating melodic accompaniments and percussive elements with his voice, asopposed to traditional drums or drum machines.In 2003, Pink attracted the attention of Animal Collectives Paw Tracks label, earning hishome recordings a small and devoted fan base through a series of limited editionreissues. Drawing upon a list of long-forgotten iconoclasts and trailblazers like theShaggs, the Cure, the Velvet Underground, Destroy All Monsters, the Godz, Cabaret Voltaire, and R. Stevie Moore, Pink set himself to the task of redefining the musicallexicon for himself and others. This mission, he says, remains mine to this day.Though critically misunderstood at the time, Pinks lo-fi recordings wielded an enormousinfluence with insiders and outsiders, earning him the unsolicited distinction as thegodfather of chillwave and the face of the emergent genre of Hypnagogic Pop. Uponsigning to the landmark record label 4AD in 2009, Pinks fortunes with critics began toreverse, and his resulting first single, Round and Round, was named the #1 Record of2010 by Pitchfork.Since that period, Pinks influence has grown, even as he and his work have waxed andwaned within the popular political conversation. His music, in its earnest genre drag,continues to polarize. His embrace of the dark edges of human folly and despair isjuxtaposed with superficial joy, touching on aspects normally avoided in pop music likesarcasm, suspicion, nihilism, self-loathing, and denial. These shadows of the self maketheir brighter counterpartslove, desire, nostalgia, dreams, acceptance, andepiphanyall the more transcendent, striking deep chords of emotion with fans. In hisfrenzied portrayals of humanitys baseness and beauty, Ariel Pink spins pathos intoparadise.Standout tracks from Dedicated to Bobby Jameson include Feels Like Heaven, alovelorn insta-classic paying tribute to the promise of romance, Another Weekend,which encapsulates the lingering euphoria of a regrettable weekend over the edge,Dedicated to Bobby Jameson, a rah-rah psych romp paying homage to L.A.s punkhistory, and Time to Live, an ironic anti-suicide anthem that promotes survival as aform of resistance before devolving into a grungy, Video Killed the Radio Star-stylebreakdown that supposes life and death as being more or less the same fate andembraces the immortal anarchy of a rock song as an alternative to the prison of reality.Alternately contained and sprawling, Dedicated to Bobby Jameson is a shimmering popodyssey that represents more astonishing peaks and menacing valleys in the career ofa man who, through sheer originality and nerve, has become an American rock and rollinstitution. The album marks his first full-length release with the Brooklyn-basedindependent label Mexican Summer.
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