This has been the year when Ariel Pink really came out of the bedroom and fulfilled all the early promise spread over albums like House Arrest and The Doldrums. His live shows in the past have been erratic—an extremely trying solo Knitting Factory performance a few years back is likely to still irritate anyone who was present—but he’s ironed out most of those kinks now and has a tight live band backing him.
Here, Pink begins with an interview for NPR’s World Café show, where he discusses his bedroom beginnings and how he’s progressed into this year’s Before Today. “The goal is to get rich,” he claims, to stunned silence from the interviewer. There are only two live songs, but “Every Night I Die At Miyagi’s” is one of his best older tracks, and sounds playful and touching when delivered in this stripped down format.
“Bright Lit Blue Skies” from Before Today completes the brief set, which can be heard by heading over to this NPR link or by hitting the play button below.