See Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti on Saturday Night

November 10th, 2010

Legend has it Ariel Rosenberg passed members of Animal Collective one of his home-recorded cassettes on tour. When they finally got around to listening to it they vowed to release it on their own Paw Tracks label, and Ariel Pink was born. He defies categorization because his songs don’t fit into any specific era of sound, combining everything from ’70s smooth jazz with super-produced Thriller-era ’80s dance beats. He records with such disregard for traditional techniques that the sound becomes its own unique whole, a combination that had, unfortunately, been difficult to recreate live. This was the dilemma Pink had created for himself in the past, but thanks to his incredible backing band, Haunted Graffiti, he now very capably pulls off songs from the loved-by-Pitchfork Before Today onstage. See for yourself when Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti (above, playing “Menopause Man,” for 4AD Sessions) and Brazil’s psychedelic Os Mutantes come to Webster Hall on Saturday. —Jason Dean