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Before Today

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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.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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


Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 8, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 4ad Records
  • ASIN: B003G7DSHQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,010 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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it took a while for ariels music to really click for me. i began as a fan of the song "are you gonna look after my boys" and i got to see him live at the casbah when he played with gary wilson and the vivian girls. after the show he looked really wiped and i asked him if he wanted a glass of water and he hesitated and said yes. i got him ice water with lemons in it and he didnt say anything when i gave it to him.

i saw him later at an fyf fest and remember the NA NA NAA of the song round and round making an impression on me. and then the bassline was really catchy too. i then knew that i liked two of his songs but wasnt really grooving on the rest.

then, he releases pom pom and im curious about what hes up to and then it just clicked. like, oh. this guy makes a lot of different kinds of songs yet he still sounds like ariel pink. idk. im being inarticulate. suffice to say that i am now a big fan and love all his styles of music.

this album is great, love it. particularly bright eyes blue skys. beverly kills, all of them actually
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