Hi all -
I'm a record and book collector, lover of physical objects. I'm a late-comer to Ariel, from hearing Beverly Kills on Sirius XMU about 6 years ago. I wrote for Pitchfork in the late 90s but went away from indie and into the electronic music netherworld for quite awhile. I was also on the east coast so even further removed from Ariel's whole scene. Anyway, he's become my absolute favorite artist during these past years. I think he is criminally underrated in the industry as a whole, as a songwriter and arranger (I was a professional composer in my previous career) and cannot get enough of him. I was hoping discogs had enough penetration by now to collect basically all his stuff since price is no object for me, but there's not much there if one is to go by the AP wikipedia page anyway. Some of you guys have some great collections. I'm quite envious. Up until now I've only listened digitally but I'm really wanting to dive head first into getting everything possible I can from him. The only thing I actually own is an LP of Before Today, still unopened.
Is there a discography site for him that is very fan-oriented/completist with photos and tracklists, etc., or is the wikipedia page still the best thing that exists? I'd love to use something as a starting point to check off from. I previously collected Saint Etienne and really enjoy finding rarities appear on discogs/ebay and slamming the buy button.
Discogs is pretty much your best bet. Most of the stuff listed on Wikipedia is still unreleased (Nile, Kids on Drugs, Vital Pink, etc.) while the stuff on discogs is everything that is currently available (physically or digitally). Keep checking discogs, add stuff to your wantlist, and eventually stuff will pop up! It takes a while to get a nice collection, especially the rarer stuff that only pops up once in a blue moon.
And you should rip open that Before Today LP! It's probably the most commonly available AP record, and vinyl is made to be listened to!