Peanut’s Playground: Inspiration, where it’s gone and where to get it. Also Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti!

Photography by TakePicturesAndPills

It’s been a while since I last posted on TSURURADIO. The reason for this is simple: lack of inspiration.

I’ve said this before and I will say it again. Inspiration for me is something that comes and goes, and unfortunatley I’m not able to tap into some hidden reservoir of ideas and energy. This in huge contrast to our leader Tsuru who seems to be able to write, bike, shoot, paint, sing and dance even while sleeping.

What isn’t exactly helping either is the ENORMOUS flood of new (and recently discovered old) music coming my way. In the past week my ‘what to listen to today playlist’ has exploded, and there is no end in sight. For someone who does most of his listening in the office it’s quite hard to really appreciate new stuff when there is so much to choose from. A lot gets lost in the mix.

Now this doesn’t mean that I haven’t discovered anything worthwhile. Because I have. And I will report on them as usual (read: semi-frequent). Today’s offering:

Before Today by Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti

Weird little album this is. A grower also. It gets better with each listen (untill you’ve had your fill that is). At least, that’s what I think. I actually remember laying it aside after the first two spins, and I will admit that it certainly isn’t suited for every occasion.

Ariel Pink and his Haunted Graffiti like to mix up the genres, and while this works for the album as a whole, I can imagine individual tracks won’t hit home. This is illustrated by the fact that Tsuru thought a song like¬†Round and Round was merely “Kinda meh” but Neil found it good enough to include it in his (excellent) It’s a Hot Summer Night and I Want To Walk Around With You mixtape. And rightly so, just wait until 1:58 into the song to understand why.

So this album will split audiences, but I definitely belong in the “I LOVE IT” camp. Although it’s only August, I can safely state that this will be near the top of my year-end-list, if not at the top. Enjoy!


1. Hot Body Rub

2. Bright Lit Blue Skies

3. L’estat (acc. to the widow’s maid)

4. Fright Night (Nevermore)

5. Round and Round

6. Beverly Kills

7. Butt-House Blondies

8. Little Wig

9. Can’t Hear My Eyes

10. Reminiscences

11. Menopause Man

12. Revolution’s a Lie

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3 comments for “Peanut’s Playground: Inspiration, where it’s gone and where to get it. Also Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti!

  1. August 24, 2010 at 2:16 PM

    BEVERLY KILLS! That’s where I want to beee! Gimme gimme! Livin’ in Beverly Kills…

  2. December 29, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    Video Demo 2010 a nine-minute-long clip of found footage from Dadabit, which apareps to be the collage archive of a visual artist from Georgia (the country). It was made in collaboration with Sunny Levine, who produced Ariel Pink’s amazing new album (which not the music in this video, FYI). We suggest you recline back in your puffy chair with some yerba mate and lose yourself in the gauzy light of the images, cause this is a brain-sized goose-feather pillow of weirdness. (via Schmooze)

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