Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti @ The RnRH 7/28/10 - $14
Honorary RC member, Tedwin, was all about seeing Ariel Marcus Rosenberg perform his odd brand of indie rock, and organized our outing last night.
Just as insightful as a full review, here's the back and forth between sacklunch and Tedwin sent around this morning via email:
Well...that show actually exceeded my low expectations. I thought the band was pretty tight and some of the songs kind of catchy. I left after the 1st song of the encore, so I don't know if things rapidly deteriorated afterwards. For some reason Ariel Pink reminded me of [Tedwin] (had he gone down the wrong path). Once again the H St. crowd was fairly douchey and I felt like an old sack.
I dug the show too -- and why wouldn't I? It was practically like looking into a mirror, as [sacklunch] noted. It was like the nearly full gamut of 60s/70s AM radio (Boz Scaggs, War, the Strawberry Alarm Clock) filtered through an '80s-vintage hipster's dreams. It made me feel like I was somewhere else. Someplace with a disgusting bathroom, Graffiti, sweat-melted mascara, big hollow cars with bench seats, sunshine, and The Rockford Files. I'm still a little drunk, so excuse the poetry.
Methinks Mr. Pink's read the reviews and has decided to tighten it up, to good effect. Now if we could just see that in a decent club.
I think Tedwin was hoping to see the video that opened the Toronto show (alas there is no room for a video screen at the RnRH).