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photos by Erez Avissar
On his records, [Ariel Pink] disguises himself in swaths of lo-fi tape hiss, but live he must get creative... His five-piece Haunted Graffiti opens with "Beverly Kills" from this year's major-indie debut Before Today and it is striking how close the band sounds to the record. Even with five people juggling Pink's self-made duties, details, and voiceovers, it is hard to imagine that learning this stuff was easy.That review comes from the Friday night, 11/12, Os Mutantes and Ariel Pink's Haunted Grafitti show at the Trocadero in Philadelphia. The two bands then played Webster Hall in NYC with (a horned) Diva, one night later, Saturday night, 11/13. The pictures in this post are from that NYC show - both from in front of the stage, and some taken behind it (pictures from last time Os Mutantes played Webster Hall are HERE).
But as they continue into "L'Estat (Acc. to the Maid)," the details quickly succumb to the limitations of the [venue]: Guitar surfs and slides become difficult to catch, and all the tempo changes melt together. Some of the tunes that follow, like "Menopause," sound like songs by Yes. Luckily, the new-wave itch of "Fright Night" and celestial four-man chorus on "Round and Round" manage to poke through beautifully.
The co-headliners for this show, Brazil's legendary band, Os Mutantes, were an odd fit for this pairing, but being odd is the only thing that is ever fit them.
Pink's homemade productions race back to the '80s, '70s and '60s, but Os Mutantes, in the '60s themselves, redefined psychedelic futurism. Sérgio Dias and company do not disappoint on the Salvador Dali front, all dressed in caftans (save Bia Mendes in a short black jacket) with a flutist in tow, dabbing Tropicália rhythms with flourishes of English folk and opera betwixt drum breaks worthy of James Brown.
Os Mutantes and Ariel Pink have the night off tonight (11/15), but will play Montreal Tuesday before heading back in to the US by the end of the week. Both recently played Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin Texas as part of their tour together. All dates HERE. More pictures below...
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
ARIEL PINK - 2010 TOUR DATES
11/16 Montreal, PQ - National #
11/17 Toronto, ONT - Opera House #
11/18 Bowling Green, OH - Clazel Theater #
11/19 Chicago, IL - Metro #
11/20 Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center #
11/23 Denver, CO - Bluebird #
11/24 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge #
11/26 Vancouver BC - Vogue #
11/27 Seattle, WA - Neumo's #
11/28 Portland, OR - Berbati's #
11/30 San Francisco, CA - Regency #
12/1 Santa Cruz, CA - Rio Theater #
12/2 Los Angeles, CA - Henry Fonda #
* = w/ The Flaming Lips
# = w/ Os Mutantes