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Ariel Pink has created countless songs, and for the first decade or so, the prolific musician did it all by himself, at his Los Angeles home — he’d “fall out of bed and record a track,” as he told one interviewer.
And the recordings, many of which first came out on cassette, often sounded like they had the most severe psychedelic bedhead ever, the audio equivalent of baggy eyes, messy hair, pajamas buttoned up wrong, a swimming head. Under the lo-fidelity gunk were hidden memorable pop songs, which share some of the same anything-goes wildness of his biggest influence (and later friend/collaborator), R. Stevie Moore.
Eventually Pink got signed by a big record label (4AD, home to The Breeders, Scott Walker, The National, etc.) and made a couple more normally recorded albums, with some songs so presentable and undeniably, perfectly pop that they even get played on The River (“Only In My Dreams”).
“The idea is to have interesting results. That’s my bottom line,” Pink said in an interview. He once wrote a song called “Interesting Results” about the importance of creating something ... anything. “Thank the lord that my standards for success are so low,” he sings near the beginning, and ends the sloppy, energetic tune by speaking directly to the listener: “It may not be much, but let’s see YOU try.”
Ariel Pink appears at Pearl Street in Northampton Saturday at 9 p.m. Kirin J Callinan and Purple Pilgrims are the two opening acts.
Larry Chernicoff (vibraphone) and his Miniature Orchestra bring their jazz/classical fusion to the Arts Block in Greenfield tonight at 8 p.m.
Drew Paton’s 1940s Hit Parade is back at the Rendezvous in Turners Falls tonight at 7 p.m.
Northampton’s own Pale Cowboy would be a solid harmony-filled indie-folk band — except their spirit is more adventurous and unique than that, as proven by their highly tuneful and playful “Life Nature Library” EP. See them (and special guests) play the cozy performance space at Flying Object in Hadley tonight at 8 p.m.
The Lonesome Brothers headline a show that will also include short solo sets from each band member (Jim Armenti, Ray Mason and Tom Shea) at the homey Montague Bookmill tonight at 8 p.m. Plus their new CD “Check Engine,” hot off the press, should be available for purchase for the first time.
Le Cirque de Pamplemousse is the latest Meat For Tea Magazine release party (for their new “Chop” issue). The multimedia event will include art on display, spoken word, plus musical performances by Curious Buddies, The Warblers and Kim Gordon’s new project Body/Head. The celebration will be at Sonelab recording studio in Easthampton (142 Pleasant St.) Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Boston-based mandolin master Jimmy Ryan (from the Blood Oranges) and guest Ray Mason are at The Parlor Room at Signature Sounds in Northampton Saturday at 8 p.m.
Free Range Cats and Lisa Palumbo appear at the Basement in Northampton Saturday at 8 p.m. No cover charge.
Watermelon Wednesdays begins its 2013 season with a classical performance by the Adaskin String Trio. At the West Whately Chapel Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.