2011/04/29

2011-04-29 - The Vanguard, Sidney


On Stage :

Solo concert


Setlist : 

vacancy
out on a limb
gypsy faded
too much to hide
black lexus
temporary people
travel as equals
echo park
a smile that explodes
birthday card
invisible hands
in the sun
honey and the moon
redemption's son
i miss the zoo
mercedes 


Recording :

Sadly, there's no audio recording of this event. 
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2011/04/26

INTERVIEW : 2011-04-26 FasterLouder Interview (by Paul Busch)




Speaking to FL prior to leaving New York, Joseph Arthur is barely hiding a drop of pre-travel jitters and angst. “I am in Brooklyn right next to where my nephews are sleeping so I am trying to talk low. My brother in law is trying to install some things on my computer and I am attempting to get ready to go to China tomorrow and leave here for three or four months. Whereas I have one more evening to pack and I have not started packing and whereas I am stressed out complexly beyond all measure and I have five Australian phone interviews to do back to back, and that is how I am. Do you believe it? But I have accepted my fate and decided to be chilled for the next whatever period of time.”

In 1996, Arthur was signed to Peter Gabriel’s label Real World, becoming the first American onboard there. He has now released 7 studio albums and gaggle of EP’s and collaborated with many. His visit to Australia will be his first and will also introduce punters to Fistful Of Mercy, with Dhani Harrison and Ben Harper.

“I have known Ben for awhile,” Arthur explains, “I was playing on the West Coast and had two nights at The Troubadour. I was thinking I wanted to make one of the shows different than the other. So I called up Ben out of the blue and asked if he wanted to join me and he said ‘hell yeah dude’, and he ended up sitting in for both of the shows. I was like well, since you are here we should record something and he was cool with that. We got Dhani and we went into the studio for three days and we had nine tracks of great vocal harmonies. I like to say that we are influenced by the idea of Crosby, Stills and Nash. I have not listened to their music much but it was like that idea of male singers singing together all the time with great harmonies. A month or so after that we had the notion to call Jim Keltner, who Dhani had grew up around, and Dhani called him up and he played on the record and it was this magic unfolding.”


As I Call You Down, their debut album is a startling collection of nine tracks. Gorgeous harmonies throughout and each artist makes this ensemble very extraordinary. There are similarities to other 60-70s male folk/country artists that will cross your mind as you listen, and you should listen. Besides this collaboration, Arthur has a new album The Graduation Ceremony coming out very soon.

“I was working on another record for the past two years. It is kind of like a big concept album with big production and it ran away from me a little bit, so I made this record in response to that. I just wanted to do something simple and song based and I was fortunate enough to have Jim Keltner play drums on it and John Alagia [John Mayer and Dave Matthews] helped me produce it the rest of the way home over about a month in Los Angeles. It came out really well, so we decided to put it out before the big production record comes out. I was going to leave it like that and Jim came to work on The Ballad Of Boogie Christ. I asked Jim if I could play him some of this other stuff I had just recorded and he played on the first one. We ran down through the whole record and he played through each song and I was like ‘Holy Shit, we just got Jim Keltner to play on the entire record!’.”

Arthur keeps up a fairly busy touring schedule and is prolific with his writing, releases and his visual arts. Drop into his website and check out his poetry, his discography and drop into the virtual Museum of Modern Arthur to view his artwork. “It is always a challenge to get music out there or a series of challenges,” he says, “When I used to have record deals I was always working projects through a record company and I had to get them excited about it. This was a challenge when your sales history, like mine, is spotty. It is more difficult to push them through. Then when you have your own thing, and your own label and distribution, there is a different series of limitations and things to deal with. There is no EASY way as far as I can tell. To put something out there and to try and make people aware of it is the trick”.

“I don’t care if the social networking gets left behind at times and it is not a good career move. You get to a certain time in your own sanity and your own sense of humanity is more important than being connected. I am someone that invests a lot into this music stuff and career and everything, but I can only go so far with it. You have to put your spirit and humanity above it.”

2011/04/22

2011-04-22 - Fistful Of Mercy - Byron Bay Bluefest, Byron Bay

by Hilary M Whittle

On Stage :

Fistful Of Mercy : 
Joseph Arthur (vocals & guitar)
Ben Harper (vocals & guitar)
Dhani Harrison (vocals & guitar)
Jessy Greene (violin)


Setlist : 

i dont want to waste your time
in vain or true
as i call you down
buckets of rain (bob dylan cover)
fistful of mercy
please me like you want to (ben harper cover)
restore me
in the sun
things go 'round
father's son
with whom you belong


Recording :

The concert was recorded.






Poster :



2011/04/17

2011/04/14

2011-04-14 - Venice Sound Stage, Marina del Rey


photo by Reverend Justito


On Stage :

Solo concert.
Y opened the show.


Setlist : 

vacancy
out on a limb
this is still my world
smile that explodes
too much to hide
i miss the zoo
morning cup
history
in the sun
echo park


Recording :

Sadly, there's no audio recording of this event. 
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Review :

by Reverend Justito

Just the other day, I was outnumbered by my older (and dare I say slightly out of touch) co-workers. #Twitter is useless they all claimed. Well, had it not been for that useless social media outlet, I would have never known that Joseph Arthur would be playing a last minute show less than five miles from my home. With plans of an early bed time thrown away, I headed down to a place called the Revival: Venice Sound Stage for yet another round of magic with Mr. Arthur.

Before we discuss the music, it’s important to describe the Revival: Venice Sound Stage. It is hidden in a large brick building complex that is buried in a residential neighborhood in Venice, CA. If you know where the Del Taco is on Lincoln, it’s three blocks behind it. After walking up a long driveway, past what I can only assume are clothing factories and artist lockouts, I finally found unit G. Having been told earlier in the day that the music started at 9pm, I assumed I would be casually cool walking in around 9:30. Wrong, as it turns out, the place was not yet opened and I was the first “fan” there (our pal Y was the only other individual I saw inside the venue). The gal at the plastic card table accepted my $10 donation and allowed me in despite the fact Arthur was messing with his massive pedal boards’ mid-sound-check. Looking around, the inside is actually rather sweet. Some small stools/chairs set up; random art exhibits spread across the floor and a sweet dog named Chumash thrown in for good measure. Truly an exciting place that I hope I can check out again in the near future. 

I found a seat and as a few more folks wandered into the venue, we got to hear Arthur perform “Out On A Limb” to make sure everything was working properly. When sound check ended, Arthur roamed the room saying hello to various friends as Y set up. If you read our coverage of the Bootleg Theater residency back in February, you know all about Y. While his partner in crime with the pink guitar was MIA, Y warmed up the room with a quick three song set. Well, four song set if you include his sound check of the Poison classic “Every Rose Has its Thorn.” The first song was called “Lonely Angels” and in talking to Y after the set, he told me it’s his “Black Dog” in the sense the songs title is only mentioned once within the song. The second song was very familiar from the Bootleg Theater run. If Y had a hit at this point in his career; “Give It Up To Love” would be it. He closed the brief set with another solo acoustic song called “Mars.”

Y’s confidence from that first unannounced night at Bootleg has truly blossomed. After the set, he jumped off the stage and came over to say hello. What happened next I must give Y mad kudos for. If I had a dollar for every time someone said Justin-time or Justin-credible to me, I could pay off the server space/web URL’s for this site for the next 15 years. In telling him my name was Justin, he was like oh like Just-in The Wind (in melody with the Kansas jam Dust In The Wind). That was a first and it truly made me laugh. I thanked him for the sticker, and he traveled to the next crowd member sharing his tales of when he was a pirate upon the high seas.

Arthur hit the stage at 10:45pm and opened with “Vacancy.” It was the only time all night that Arthur was joined by a special guest. That guest of course was the venue’s four legged resident Chumash whose bark harmonized well with the opening number. Arthur even joked about the bitches guest vocals as he tuned up for his official performance of “Out On A Limb.” While the sound check version was stripped down and minimal, Arthur brought out multiple layers of loops and effects for the 20-25 folks who made it out to Venice on a windy yet warm Thursday night. While there were multiple layers, the song never lost the delicate touch that makes it so magical in the first place.

As a fan of jam bands, I love when Arthur segues from song to song. On this particular evening, he pushed it three songs deep with “This Is Still My World>Smile That Explodes>Too Much To Hide.” The high water mark in the sequence was the piercing jam that connected “This Is Still My World” to “Smile That Explodes.” We all know “World” is Sibyl Buck’s favorite pop song of all time, and even after watching the replay I am still not sure how Arthur got such a loud snarling bad ass mamba jamba jam out of the soft ballad. I also must ponder if the string of songs would have gone longer if not for Arthur’s amp crapping out on him during “Too Much To Hide.”

In between random tales of his recent trip to China, Arthur shared how the venue felt more like a living room and how he truly felt naked upon the stage. As smells of marijuana and In & Out Hamburgers started to choke the room, Arthur asked if anyone had any requests. I knew this was my shot to hear a song I was dying to hear without being that asshole who shouts requests at inappropriate moments. Three songs were screamed out, which Arthur performed in reverse order of how they were received. First up was “I Miss The Zoo.” This could very well be the first time Arthur has performed “I Miss The Zoo” without having multiple pages of lyrics in front of him. Very stripped back, I am rather confident he nailed all the lyrics, which was damn exciting for someone who has seen this jam grow from early versions during his April 2010 Venice residency.

Up next was my very bratty request. From the Could We Survive EP – I have always been a huge fan of “Morning Cup.” Sadly, in all the shows I have seen Arthur play, the man has never busted this gem out. It took him a bit to remember the opening chords, but once he did, it was as if he had played it nightly for the last decade. With minimal stage lighting, Arthur continued on with the requests, strumming and singing both “History” and “In The Sun” from his best known record Come To Where I’m From. Despite never leaving the stage, Arthur declared that “Echo Park” would be his encore.

Had much of LA not already been committed to Coachella, Janet Jackson, Prince, Big Audio Dynamite, Duran Duran and Sleigh Bells, I must assume more folks would have made it down to the Venice Sound Studios. To be totally honest, I am glad it was such an intimate event. I’ve seen Joseph Arthur in concert, on this Thursday night in Venice, I got to see my pal Joe perform some jams for a room full of friends.


2011/04/04

2011-04-04 - Skylark Lounge, Hong Kong



On Stage :

Solo concert


Setlist :


Recording :

Sadly, there's no audio recording of this event.
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Poster :