Ariel Pink: Thrash & Burn

Thrash & Burn

Ariel Pink

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  • Release Date 29 July 2013
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Double Vinyl LP
Human Ear

An absorbing look at Ariel Rosenberg's early musique concrète epic. All songs written, recorded and produced by Ariel Pink. 
Restoration and mastering by Alain at One Million Mangos Berlin.

Thrash and Burn dates from a time when Ariel Rosenberg, then a few years from turning "Pink", first proclaimed himself a "20th Century Composer", without a trace of irony in his voice. Appropriately, this early work takes the form of a musique concrète epic forged from Rosenberg's late-90's faux-primitif, garage-punk, and tape-loop experiments. At 94 minutes and 36 tracks, Thrash and Burn displays the symphonic ambitions of his genre-devouring pop saga, Haunted Graffiti, but with little in the way of fastidious album-oriented constructions. Rather, Thrash and Burn is a free-form tape ramble that uses gauzy atmospherics to strike up a wicked dialogue with the likes of Rosenberg's non-pop influences, like Iannis Xenakis, Pierre Schaeffer and Luc Ferrari. (In particular, Schaeffer's "Symphonie pour un homme seul" seems to get plenty of nods here.) Thrash and Burn was discovered in 2005, in an ankle-deep pile of cracked cassettes and scratched CD-R's in Rosenberg's Beverly Hills flat. Grier and Rosenberg then made an initial reconstruction attempt, and Thrash and Burn became a 4-cassette box set for the inaugural release of Human Ear Music, in 2006. The Wikipedia page for Thrash and Burn places its origin sometime in 1998. Thrash and Burn was remastered in September 2012 in Berlin, Germany. The final master was brought up to 24 bit resolution, dynamically and tonally balanced on an Apogee Rosetta and two solid-aluminum monoblock amps.


Disc 1

1. Shoes
2. Foul Play
3. Pleasure Spot 1 (Sweet Jane Rock n Roll)
4. Innagecko
5. I Disguise You
6. Cemetary Suite
7. Starry Eyes
8. Those Were the Days (Now I'm 21)
9. Disco MIA AKA Bust a Move
10. Nothing At All / Different Names
11. Memorial
12. Brother Sister
13. Funeral
14. Leggos
15. Double Jeopardy
16. Red Vinyl
17. Feel It with Your Landlord
18. White Rain in the Windy Summer

Disc 2

1. White Rain Reprise
2. On the Beach
3. The Andalusian
4. Half Girls Half Boys
5. Cry Yourself to Sleep (12 minute Overture)
6. Rita Mae Brown
7. 50 Cents
8. Cuz You're Dead (Lester Bangs)
9. Dawn
10. Pleasure Spot 3 - See You Are
11. Rainy Den
12. Red Room
13. Pleasure Spot 2 - Lucinda Cunt
14. Equus
15. You Die Slowly and Then You Die
16. Kamikaze
17. I Won't See You Again
18. Life Song

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