Ariel Pink reveals new Haunted Graffiti album Mature Themes, first single “Baby”, advanced manscaping techniques

Ariel Pink reveals new Haunted Graffiti album Mature Themes, first single "Baby", advanced manscaping techniques

After checking his Gmail yesterday and re-reading the sales figures for Ku Klux Glam, Ariel Pink was left with no choice but to call up 4AD and give the all-clear on Project Promote Long-Gestating Haunted Graffiti Album — Phase One: Debut Single In High-Class Widget. And now here we are the next morning, staring at this gorgeous little rectangle:

Don’t be shy, click it! It’s the first single from Pink’s 4AD follow-up to 2010’s drowned-in-accolades Before Today (TMT Review), and it might be a familiar tune to those in the know: another cover of Donnie & Joe Emerson’s “Baby”! Boy is 2012 Donnie & Joe’s year! The Haunted Grafitti version features Dâm-Funk on possible sex noises/general funkmosphere, and will be released as a one-sided 12-inch on July 9 to get people horny for the new full-length Adult Themes, out in North America on August 21 and in the UK on August 20. A big ol’ N. American tour will follow in September; see the dates for that below.

SPIN has a recent feature/interview with the band about the recording sessions for Adult Themes, where Pink talks about how an Android phone transformed his songwriting process. Here’s something else he said: “What’s most inspiring and what’s led to this newfound songwriting and voice is the sense of community and process with the band. Everybody knows what they’re getting into when they get involved with me, and there’s a sense of understanding there that wasn’t there before.” Good! I say fuck the festivals, the vultures, and the beetle-spirited masses. Get out of the yellow fog and back into the studio. Looking forward to this.

Dates:

06.24.12 - Tokyo, Japan - Hostess Club Weekender (Ebisu Garden Hall)
06.25.12 - Osaka, Japan - Conpass
09.07.12 - Austin, TX - Mohawk *$
09.08.12 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre *$
09.10.12 - Atlanta, GA - Goat Farm (Goodson Yard Room) *$
09.11.12 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle *$
09.13.12 - Washington DC - 9:30 Club *$
09.14.12 - New York, NY - Webster Hall *!
09.15.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *%
09.16.12 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club *%
09.18.12 - Montreal, QC - Cabaret Du Mile End *%
09.19.12 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace *%
09.20.12 - Oberlin, OH - Oberlin College *
09.21.12 - Chicago, IL - Metro *#
09.22.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Cafe *#
09.24.12 - Denver, CO - The Summit Music Hall *#
09.25.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge *#
09.27.12 - Vancouver, BC - The Rickshaw Theatre *
09.29.12 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom *
10.01.12 - San Francisco, CA - Bimbo’s 365 Club *#
10.05.12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre *

* BODYGUARD (James Ferraro)
$ Moon Diagrams
! TEEN
% Phedre
# Dâm-Funk

• Ariel Pink’s Haunted Grafitti: http://menopausemen.tumblr.com
• 4AD: http://www.4ad.com

[Photo: Piper Ferguson]

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