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Before Today

Ariel Pink's Haunted GraffitiAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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West Coast natives Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti present Mature Themes, the follow-up to 2010’s hugely successful album, Before Today.

Before Today was the band’s 4AD debut, offering the first sign that the intriguingly scatalogical music Ariel had been making for over a decade was finally ossifying into a coherent form.

Indeed, the lead song from Before Today - ... Read more in Amazon's Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 8, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 4ad Records
  • ASIN: B003G7DSHQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,630 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hot Body Rub
2. Bright Lit Blue Skies
3. L estat (acc. to the widow s maid)
4. Fright Night (Nevermore)
5. Round And Round
6. Beverly Kills
7. Butt-House Blondies
8. Little Wig
9. Can t Hear My Eyes
10. Reminiscences
11. Menopause Man
12. Revolution s A Lie

Editorial Reviews

For the best part of a decade, Los Angeles native Ariel Rosenberg has been carving some of the most intoxicating music going, a reclusive pop surrealist whose corroded productions have led to a cult following that has often been difficult to keep up with. Now signed to 4AD, Ariel Pink s Haunted Graffiti release Before Today on June 8, 2010.

With roots going back as far as 1996, the West Coast act are as sublime as they are surreal with a sound loaded with hazy nostalgia and a fiercely experimental pop palette. From the Haunted Graffiti series (from which the full band s name is now derived), which featured the likes of Worn Copy (2005) and House Arrest (2006), Ariel Pink has established himself as one of the most prolific songwriters of his generation, a visionary producer in the vein of Joe Meek and Ariel s hero and previous collaborator, tape deck dilettante, R. Stevie Moore, creating a world through certain production touches.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Infectious World Consuming Masterpiece January 3, 2011
By Dal
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
Before Today is my first introduction to Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, after months and months looking at the album and reading a few reviews and listening to the short samples here on Amazon, I decided to buy the album for 5 dollars. I can't decide if this album is pure genius, or completely rediculous insanity, probably a combination of both, either way, I cannot stop listening to it, I've played the album over 20 times now and still can't even begin to express my love and obsession with this album! I've tried showing this album to my wife and some friends. But, to my dismay they just look at me like I'm an idiot wondering what the hell I'm listening too, but I swear, if you give this album a chance you will see the magic and mystery in this album. It has some of the most amazingly crafted pop songs I have ever heard. I cannot wait to hear what comes out of this artist next.. Quick question for those who have been following him for a long time, is it worth investing in his older albums? Because I have heard this is basically a studio remastery of his older music show cased. Thanks in advance.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2010's Greatest Album by far December 8, 2010
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
I haven't written a review of anything in a long time frankly because I haven't been this turned on by a band with a truly unique sound in a long time. I heard Round and Round on Sirius XM for the first time and was literally paralyzed by what I was hearing, this effect hasn't happened to me in a long time, last time I can honestly say this happened was the first time I heard Interpol, prior to that, The Sea and Cake, prior to that, The Smiths. I'm going through a timeline of 25 years here mind you... But truly, truly the most appropriate way to describe what I was feeling listening to this album (which I purchased very shortly after hearing Round and Round for the first time), would be going back to the utter bewilderment/excitement that I experienced seeing/hearing Culture Club's Karma Chameleon for the first time on a music video show (didn't have MTV way back when). I can't say it's the nostalgic sound of Before Today that makes me think of this or what, just my experience. Oh and I say Best Album of 2010 and very aware of bands like Broken Social Scene, Band of Horses, etc. most of whom I do enjoy.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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This is one of the finest pop albums to come along in a while; full of psychedelic riffs and rhythms, catchy harmonies and synthesizer heaven, jangly guitars, searing vocals and tight drums galore. They are reminiscent of The Beatles, Stones, Moody Blues, Sly Stone, etc It still has a very modern feel though. Fresh and exciting overtones of Pink Floyd exist here amidst the whole package which is airtight. Recommended highly to lovers of alternative rock/pop which soothes and satisfies even as it challenges the listener to follow along. It's all well worth the effort and you will be rewarded with repeated listenings. Trust me on this one; you'll thank me later.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They're true originals and they blow me away January 30, 2011
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
I don't pretend to be a music critic, so this is simply from the perspective of an electic listener who knows what she likes when she hears it. This CD is amazing, and on my stereo the sound quality is fine. I hear hints of David Bowie and Lou Reed and REM here and there, but whatever and whoever may influence Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, they mix instruments, vocals and genres to come up with their own unique brew. (And I hardly ever find anything worthy of the overused "unique.") "Before Today" evokes the '70s and '80s but it's a totally today sound.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it, you will not be sorry December 17, 2010
By 801
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
OK, so I'm an Os Mutantes fan that just happened to get turned onto Ariel Pink because they are touring together. Wanting to maximize my concert enjoyment I bought the Before Today mp3 release, to at least be familiar with the songs before the show. I toyed with the idea for a while, but always was put off because, well, this guy is out there (and I'm a Mutantes fan) and Before Today was intentially recorded to sound like crap. That said, Ariel is awesome. This release is song after song of solid pop. I grew up in the 60's and it really takes me back. There are parts that sound like the 70's as well. If you give it a chance you will be hooked and love it. Rock on Ariel!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Original, Weird, Great Songs March 4, 2014
By Lothar
Format:Audio CD
One of the few bands I think has really done something different in the past few decades. Brilliant, catchy songs. Weirdness everywhere. Low-fi, this, but nicely done. This is one of my most heavily played albums still after owning it for over two years. Get it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly Pink December 13, 2013
The more I play this album, the more I like it. Maybe skip over one or two songs, but still a very strong offering. Ariel Pink is as quirky as they come - he's your typical California flake love child who metaphorically speaking sat holed up in a basement for years making music DIY style. Then he branched out and actually hit the studio. Songs on album are quite infectious and have a childlike charm. Check him out on youtube to get the full off tilt vibe Ariel Pink brings to the stage. Find him very funny in fact, and he's the most unlikely rock star imaginable.

This album and also his follow up "Mature Themes" come highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite albums ever. October 29, 2013
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
I bought this on vinyl months ago. The songs are STILL playing in my head. This record has a different feel than Ariel's other albums but in my opinion, this is where it's at. Think of a foggy street in a 1980's horror flick. Think of a 1970s gathering of mustahce'd friends. Think of flames violently licking the air. This is a great album to put on headphones for and close your eyes for the big picture... As I said, the songs consistently pop in my head and stay there - I am not complaining!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant.
Wonderfully inventive and brilliant album.
Published 1 month ago by Eli C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Ariel Pink + Vynil = Love
This album is really amazing on vynil. It sound just like the album was released in 1970, but you're hearing today. I guess that's what the name of the album means really. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Gabriel rubin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album for a great price - wonderful addition to any audiophile's...
Great album for a great price. Before Today is a whimsical companion that won't disappoint. If you're a fan of lo-fi or synth, this us a must have.
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good times
This is one of those albums that sits in my inventory, but whenever its played its like the #1 album on the charts. Mad respect to the guys
Published 14 months ago by Monk
5.0 out of 5 stars great album!
!I loved this album its very unique and quirky. I love to see bands have there own style and this band definately has there own.
Published on September 27, 2012 by stringbeanman
5.0 out of 5 stars Just to add my two cents worth...
I came across Ariel Pink's videos on YouTube purely by accident, mainly for the song Fright Night (Nevermore). Read more
Published on May 3, 2012 by Dr. Banner
1.0 out of 5 stars Good album, bad vinyl.
I adore this album, which is why I bought it on vinyl... That's usually what I do. I only buy vinyl when it's something I love. I spent a good amount of money on this record.. Read more
Published on March 13, 2011 by Jem
3.0 out of 5 stars A Tad Overhyped
Ariel Pink is nothing short of ambitious, whether it comes to his songwriting, his production, his constant changes in style, etc. Read more
Published on January 17, 2011 by ClydeNut
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