Show: Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti / Animal Collective
Venue: The Music Box at the Fonda
Drinks: A single Amstel Light
Song I Most Wanted to Hear: "My Girls" and "Bluish." They got "My
Girls" out of the way very early but despite many extended opening
instrumental passages that sounded like they could have erupted into
the sweet pop of "Bluish," alas they never did.
Musical Disappointments: Not enough Panda Bear and way too much Avey Tare.
Superficial/General Impression on Singer's Appearance: First, Ariel
Pink deserves special mention here for a series of terrible decisions:
he was dressed in a skin-tight black leotard and for some reason he
had what looked like a Whole Foods bag hanging from one arm and a
bottle of wine (that I never saw him drink from) in his other hand.
I'm not entirely sure what he was trying to say with his look but I
did expect him to start some kind of prop comedy act with his man purse.
I don't really have a great impression of the way any of the Animal
Collective look from the show, since they were mostly dancing
silhouettes, drenched in fog and standing in front of bright, flashing
lights. Avey Tare did remind me a bit of David Krumholtz.
Merch Table: They had a really cool shirt with an odd print covering
the fabric, but they didn't have it in my size. I considered buying an
LP but decided I didn't want to carry it around during the show.
Run-in's With the Bands: Nope.
Best Onstage Moment, Non-Musical: Avey Tare banging away at the drums;
more to give himself something to do than to contribute to the song
(they couldn't be heard).
Best Onstage Chatter: Avey Tare was saying stuff but he didn't take
the reverb off his vocals so it was pretty much impossible to know
what he was talking about.
Did the Bass Player Look Bored?: I guess Geologist is technically the
bass player and he had a lot to do during the performance; from the
movement of his headlamp I think it's safe to assume he was not bored.
Overall Scientific Rating of Show (out of ten): 7.6