If you've been trying to think up ways to keep busy on these cold, mellow nights, look no further than tonight. Ariel Pink's Haunted Grafitti and 60s Brazilian psych-tropicalia mash-up masters Os Mutantes, two trailblazing titans of delightfully bizarro music, are joining forces on stage tonight at the Regency Ballroom, and you'll want to be there for all the madness.
Consider Ariel Pink (ne Ariel Rosenberg) the most intriguing mystery man at the chaotic house party we dub the postmodern post-punk underground. One of the most wildly imaginative music-makers around, having recorded for years on his own ultracheap lo-fi gear, the L.A. musician is now working with a relatively stable backing band that goes by the name Haunted Graffiti, which recently released the critically acclaimed, studio-quality album, Before Today, on 4AD. Overall Pink seems to have come a way from the days when he was shouting and pounding on his keyboards, alone on stage at Bottom of the Hill, while Liza Thorn of SF’s Bridez blow-dried his hair. I spoke to Pink in L.A.