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Human Ear

Ariel Pink

Thrash & Burn

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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