2018/04/15

2018 Gigography


Here is the list of concerts by Joseph Arthur in 2018 :


2018-01-01 City Winery, New York, NY USA
2018-01-15 City Winyard, New York, NY USA
2018-01-25 Suicide Sally, A Tribute to Suicide & Alan Vega, Bowery Electric, New York, NY USA
2018-02-09 City Vineyard, New York, NY USA
2018-02-10 Live @ Drew's, Ringwood, NJ USA
2018-02-23 City Vineyard, New York, NY USA
2018-02-24 Live @ Drew's, Ringwood, NJ USA
2018-03-06 The Music of Led Zeppelin Rehearsal, City Winery, New York, NY USA
2018-03-07 The Music of Led Zeppelin, Carnegie Hall, New York, NY USA



to be continued...


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UPDATED 2018-04-15

2018/04/11

INTERVIEW : 2018-04-11 Joseph Arthur and Peter Buck of R.E.M. Detail Their Debut Album Arthur Buck, Share First Single (by Scott Russell)

ARTHUR BUCK


In February, Joseph Arthur and Peter Buck of R.E.M. announced they had joined forces to form Arthur Buck, signing to New West Records. Now, the duo have detailed their self-titled debut album, set for a June 15 release, and shared its first single, album opener “I Am the Moment.”

Arthur Buck was produced by Arthur and mixed by Tchad Blake (U2, Pearl Jam, The Black Keys), with Arthur and Buck co-writing all 11 of its songs. The duo decided to collaborate after meeting up in Mexico in late 2017, writing eight songs in three days and performing for a small audience of locals on the fourth. “I Am the Moment” was the first track they wrote together.

Arthur recalls:

My first thought was, “Hey, I’ll get Peter to play acoustic guitar on some of the stuff I’m working on!” So I started showing him songs. But he was like, “That’s cool. Now check this out.” And he started playing chords and whatnot. So I put my guitar down and began singing over his changes, and it was magical. It was easy. And these great songs just started popping out.

Arthur Buck have been working steadily on their debut album ever since their initial meeting, recording basic tracks at Type Foundry Studio in Portland, Ore. with Arthur producing at his Brooklyn, N.Y. studio. “It was all new songs, and it was spontaneous,” Buck says. “And the great thing about working that way was that it didn’t have to be anything in particular. It was liberated from any expectation. It was free.”

“We wrote ‘I Am The Moment’ within the first ten minutes of seeing each other,” Arthur told NPR. “Same way as we wrote our other songs. He had the chords and arrangement and I did the top line—except when I sang, ‘I am the moment,’ he sang back, ‘Waiting for you.’ Peter said, ‘Okay, finish the lyrics so we can play that tonight.’ And I did, and we did. And the crowd completely sang along to it.”

Arthur Buck tour dates are in the works, and will be announced soon. Keep an eye out.


INTERVIEW : 2018-04-11 Joseph Arthur and Peter Buck Team Up for New Project Arthur Buck (by Caine O'Rear)





Singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur and R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck have joined forces to form the appropriately monikered Arthur Buck.

The duo will release its debut album June 15 on New West Records. You can check out Arthur Buck’s first single, “I Am The Moment,” which premiered on NPR, below.

The two artists met in Mexico in 2017.

Of that meeting, Arthur says. “My first thought was, ‘Hey, I’ll get Peter to play acoustic guitar on some of the stuff I’m working on!’ So I started showing him songs. But he was like, ‘That’s cool. Now check this out.’ And he started playing chords and whatnot. So I put my guitar down and began singing over his changes, and it was magical. It was easy. And these great songs just started popping out.”

Check out the track listing for the album after the video, and look for tour dates to be announced shortly.




INTERVIEW : 2018-04-11 Joseph Arthur and R.E.M.'s Peter Buck Hold Onto Music For Survival (by Ann Powers)





Joseph Arthur lands in the middle of whatever new project he takes on like a benevolent tempest, a lopsided grin forming below his third eye and an oil pastel pencil in his hand. Friends and fans of the singer-songwriter and visual artist have come to cherish his relentless pursuit of new sounds and visions – Arthur, who's been recording since 1997, has more than 20 releases to his name, plus countless paintings, drawings and assemblages. He's the kind of guy Jack Kerouac had in mind when he famously wrote, "The only ones for me are the mad ones." But as he's matured, Arthur has also become a passionate advocate for sanity, charting his own journey into recovery and self-realization in his sweet psychedelic songs.

Peter Buck is a guy who likes to join people's storm systems and make them sing. His legendary work in R.E.M. helped rewrite the rock songbook; he's the crate digger who connected Michael Stipe's numinous musings to the history of hooks and riffs. Beyond R.E.M., his myriad other recordings occupy their own overflowing rack, from the Warren Zevon-fronted Hindu Love Gods to supergroups The Minus 5 and Filthy Friends, which featured Pacific Northwest-based luminaries like Scott McCaughey and Corin Tucker. "I don't really believe in side projects," Buck tells NPR. "Anything I do is something I am completely focused on in the moment. I really believe in the process of collaboration."

Buck's open mind first encountered Arthur's whirlwind in 2004, when the solo artist opened up for his band. Since then they've played together occasionally, including at the intimate festival Buck and his wife, Chloe, organize in Todos Santos, where they live part-time. They met up again in the small Mexican coastal town last year.

"The day I got in, I heard from a mutual friend of Peter's that Peter and Chloe were going to be down there the exact days I was," Arthur explains. "I immediately got a text from Peter and it said something like, 'Let's play a gig at the Todos Santos Inn,' and the next day I went to his house and never left. We ended up playing three gigs that week."

Songwriting commenced. Arthur had been working for a while on songs about a matter that's both highly personal and complicated: his own recovery from abuse at the hands of intimates with narcissistic personality disorder, or NPD. (He's been open about this on his Instagram.)

"For me this Arthur Buck record in many ways is like my first record," Arthur says. "And I'm about one year old. Sounds bonkers I know, but it's true. The solo songs I was working on when me and Peter began hit the subjects more on the nose than these and they allowed me enough liberation to keep this record fun even though it touches on heavy things that shocked me about human nature and my own nature."




Arthur Buck's self-titled debut album comes out June 15 via New West Records.

Arthur's determination to share his psychic transformations coupled with Buck's receptive nature and they began a creative binge. "I've never had an easier time writing with someone than I do with Peter," Arthur says. "This record has a vitality to it that is surprising to everyone who hears it. And I think it's down to we aren't just tired old cats who are bored and f****** around. We are people who still hold onto music for survival. You can't fake that. You can hear that."

The sparks fly freely in the song "I Am the Moment": a classic chiming Buck guitar lick sets up a vocal that's both gritty and cosmically gleeful, enlivened by a handclap-sharp rhythm track. Buck and Arthur came up with this song in Los Angeles, where Arthur had decamped to prepare for a gallery opening and play a show.

"We wrote 'I Am The Moment' within the first ten minutes of seeing each other," Arthur recalls. "Same way as we wrote our other songs. He had the chords and arrangement and I did the top line — except when I sang, 'I am the moment ,' he sang back, 'Waiting for you.' Peter said, 'Okay, finish the lyrics so we can play that tonight.' And I did, and we did. And the crowd completely sang along to it."

Arthur Buck came together so quickly partly because of the energizing isolation of Todos Santos, where they embarked on the project – "It's the kind of place where the outside world doesn't have much sway," Buck says — and partly because the two men were already so at ease with each other. "Joseph's and my writing styles complement each other well," the guitarist observed. "Joe is a great melodicist and lyricist, while I tend to be more focused in form and structure. I've known Joe for over twenty years and have played music with him almost that long. The Arthur Buck album and the songs we wrote are a kind of mesh of our personalities and songwriting. Having known each other for so long, the creative stuff occurred naturally. The fact that we are both going through some similar life experiences kind of helped the collaboration."

The album Arthur Buck will be released on New West on June 15. Expect some live dates to follow – and more oceanic energy. "It wasn't expected or what I could have even dreamed of," Arthur concluded. "It blew through both of us like a wild Mexican wave and all you could do was try and ride it."




2018/03/19

INTERVIEW : 2018 Arthur Buck (Primary Talent International)



Sometimes, the catalyst for creating great art is simply being in the right place at the right time. For Arthur Buck, the new collaboration between singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur and guitarist Peter Buck, that place was Mexico, and that time was the fall of 2017. The two musicians, it should be noted, have a history that stretches back decades; among other pairings, Arthur opened shows for R.E.M. in the early 2000s, while Buck has backed Arthur on numerous occasions, including for an elegiac, piano-led cover of Lou Reed's 'Walk On the Wild Side' on the 'Late Show with David Letterman'in 2014.

But back to Mexico.

Specifically, a little town off the Baja coast named Todos Santos, with the Sierra de la Laguna mountains to the east and the bright blue Pacific stretching out infinitely to the west. It is here that Buck has for the last several years held the Todos Santos Music Festival, which he created with his wife, Chloe Johnson, in 2012, shortly after R.E.M. called it a day. Among the many artists who have played the festival is Arthur, who also happened to leave behind a guitar - a Dobro, specifically - after his last appearance there. And so last year he made the trek down to Todos Santos to pick up the instrument. Which is where he ran into Buck.

"I have a house there, and I said to Joe, 'Drop by. Come swimming,'" Buck recalls. Arthur took him up on the offer, though he didn't merely drop by - he moved in. "We'd basically go to the beach, we'd swim in the ocean, and then in the afternoons I'd grab a guitar and we'd sit in the shade and play," Buck says.

During these impromptu jam sessions, Arthur recalls, "My thought at first was, 'Hey, I'll get Peter to play acoustic guitar on some of the stuff I'm working on!' So I started showing him songs. But he was like, 'That's cool. Now check this out.' And he started playing chords and whatnot to songs he was writing. So I put my guitar down and began singing over his changes, and it was magical. It was easy. And these great songs just started popping out."

And they popped out quick: In three days, the pair came up with roughly eight new tunes. And on the fourth day, they gigged. First up was a benefit for Los Bomberos, the local Todos Santos firemen. The next night was a free show for the Palapa Society at the Todos Santos Inn. After that, Arthurrecalls, "I said to Peter, 'Hey, I've got this art show happening in L.A. Why don't you come play with me?' So he did, and we wrote a couple more songs at sound check the day of the show."

One of these was a buoyant, upbeat number titled "I Am the Moment." Explains Buck of the song's origins, "Joe went to get some takeout Thai food and he left his guitar, and I came up with the music and a little melody idea." Recalls Arthur, "When I got back Peter said to me, 'Finish the lyrics before the show so we can play it tonight.' And I was like, 'Dude, finish the lyrics before the show?' But I did it."

Buck laughs. "We kinda screwed it up a little bit, and I think we did it twice. But I just like to work quickly and spontaneously. I mean, what's the worst that can happen, you know?"
The pace only quickened from there. Roughly four days later, the two were ensconced in Type Foundry Studio, in Buck's adopted hometown of Portland, with Arthur programming beats and rhythms and Buck playing acoustic guitar. Total time logged? "About seven hours," Buck reports. Arthur then took the tracks back to his home studio in Brooklyn, where he recorded his vocals, added instrumental and electronic overdubs and produced the record. Tchad Blake was brought in to mix the proceedings, and, the result is the new Arthur Buck - the product of a shockingly productive burst of inspiration.

"It was all new songs, and it was spontaneous," he says. "And the great thing about working that way was that it didn't have to be anything in particular. It was liberated from any expectation. It was free."

Indeed, the vibrant 11-song collection captures the spontaneity at the heart of the project - right down to the 1-2-3-4 count off from Buck that begins the proceedings - with sounds and styles mashed together in an easy, almost playful manner. The album opens with the aforementioned 'I Am the Moment', which, in its final form, marries Buck's sharply-strummed acoustic guitar chords to an almost disco beat, with all manner of sonic ephemera ping-ponging around in the background.

Explains Arthur, "I wanted to make it something that you would want to dance to. I like sort of chaotic elements, and the aesthetic of electronics and samples and stuff like that. That excites me in music. And I enjoy blending forms, like, 'Okay, this is rock and roll, but it's got an indie rock vibe and it's funky.' It's a little bit wrong, but that's what I like about it."

That sort of stylistic subversiveness is all over Arthur Buck, from the hip-hop bent of 'The Wanderer' to the whistling that kicks off the slinky and soulful 'Before Your Love is Gone,' to the chamber-pop-esque album intermission, 'Summertime,'which, Buck says, "was something I had written on piano for a play a while ago and was just sitting around. And near the end of the project I said to Joe, 'I'm gonna send you something that's like 30 seconds long and your job is to sing to it tonight.' And I think he had it back to me the next day."

Then there's the ultra-catchy 'Are You Electrified?,' which marries a verse built on ringing, arpeggiated acoustic guitars to an anthemic, distorted power-chord chorus ("That's the single," Buck says, then laughs. "Or whatever they call it these days..."), as well as the dark and droning "Can't Make It Without You," which Arthur points to as one of his favorites on the album. "That one is pure Peter-Buck-feedback-guitar-and-EBow," he says. "Peter did that in the studio in Portland and I was just watching him thinking, What the fuuuck... Because I'm a huge R.E.M. fan, and that one reminded me of something like 'E-Bow the Letter.' I was sitting there going, 'That's that sound!'" He laughs. "And it's like, I don't know why that surprised me, you know what I mean? But the song is just amazing."

Buck is similarly enthusiastic about what Arthur brought to the proceedings. "When we were writing the songs I didn't really foresee this record sounding like it does," he says. "I wasn't really sure what would happen. But when Joe started sending me rough mixes of stuff I was like, 'Oh, yeah, this is kinda Joe's picture of what these songs are.' It's not what I would've done, but I love that. Everyone has different ways of writing and Joe tends to really write off of inspiration. He'll do a song with 15 verses and one chorus. And that's great. But I tend to throw in a lot of bridges. I like chords. I like hooks. So the two of us complement each other really well. And I also like that the songs we wrote are really forward-looking in a lot of ways. It's a very positive record."

Arthur concurs. "That's the vibe I wanted. I mean, with the state of the world right now, do we really want to hear a white guy singing about how miserable he is? We need some optimistic music. But at the same time, I don't feel this music voids the struggle at all." As an example, he points to 'The Wanderer,' which was among the first tunes the pair composed back in Todos Santos. "The lyrics sort of talk about how you don't have to be miserable," Arthur says. "They acknowledge suffering while still transcending it. And I feel like the record as a whole does that. It has a positive vibe without being hokey, which is a difficult thing to do."

As for what comes next for Arthur Buck, now that the album is done? "We're definitely going to play a bunch of shows,"Buck says. And as things tend to go with the pair, when there's playing, there's also writing. "We've already come up with more songs for whatever's going to come next," he continues. "So absolutely, this will be an ongoing thing."

"It's funny," Arthur adds. "Peter and I always talked about writing together, and we just never did. And this time it just happened weirdly spontaneously. I really did go down to Mexico just to get my Dobro. But once I was there, meeting up with Peter and playing some music just seemed like a good idea."

He laughs. "Now, of course, I'm like, 'That was the best decision I could have ever made!'"  




2018/03/07

2018-03-07 - The Music of Led Zeppelin, Carnegie Hall, New York


On Stage :

Andy York (guitar)
Jackie Greene (guitar)
Tony Shanahan (bass)
Dennis Diken (drums)
Andy Burton (keyboards)


Setlist :

Ramble On


Recording :

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






2018/03/06

2018-03-06 - The Music of Led Zeppelin Rehearsal, City Winery, New York


On Stage :

Andy York (guitar)
Jackie Greene (guitar)
Tony Shanahan (bass)
Dennis Diken (drums)
Andy Burton (keyboards)


Setlist : 

Ramble On


Recording :







The band with JA are :




2018/02/09

2018-02-09 - City Vineyard, New York



On Stage :

Solo concert


Setlist : 

Gypsy Faded
Echo Park
Faith
You've been loved
Nefarious
Redemption's Son
Streetcar
A Smile that explodes
Come Back World
Dear Lord
Walk on the Wild Side
Box of Pain
Favorite Girl
Ballad of Boogie Christ
Temporary People
Travel as Equals
I used to know how to walk on the Water


thank you to Denise for collecting this setlist


Recording :

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