Joseph Arthur Releases Free Double-LP

 

Redemption City is the name, profundity is
the game!

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Wow – out of the
blue, this morning, January 19th, Joseph Arthur delivered a free double-album’s
worth of material. Titled Redemption City,
it’s available now at his website (www.josepharthur.com)
as a two-part download, either in MP3 or FLAC format. He will also be appearing
on the Late Show with David Letterman tonight.

 

Arthur posted some
comments about the album as well – see below. (Photo credit for above: Jean Baptiste Toussaint.

 

 

 

From Joseph Arthur:

 

Please don’t take
the method or the freedom of this release

to be any judgment
on its value.

I think it’s top
notch,

but it’s great to
take advantage of what the internet is actually good at –

IMMEDIACY.

This is the first
time I’ve released something while still

inhabiting its
space,

I’m alive in the
nowness of it!

Join me there or
here or here and there.

 

Around the time I
was putting out Redemption’s Son,

I met Peter Beard
in Montauk.

Lucky enough to
stay with friends at the old Andy Warhol

house,

where the Rolling
Stones had rehearsed.

A bunch of us were
there

partying, playing
cards, trying to do yoga,

but mostly
partying.

It was fun.

(Thank you Rene and
Suzy.)

One night I told
Peter the name of my record that was

about to come out

“Redemption’s Son,” I said.

“Too
religious,” he said.

He was probably
right but that’s what it was called, though

it wasn’t out yet.

 

The next day he
said, “I thought of a better title for you.”

I asked, “What?”

He paused for drama
and then said,

“Redemption
City.”

911 had just
happened,

it was a crazy
title and I instantly liked it better than

“Redemption’s Son”,

but it was too
late,

that record was
already on its way to stores.

(that’s where we
used to get music back in the day.)

But I held onto
that title.

I made a giant
painting of a city when I opened the

‘Museum of Modern
Arthur’

and called it “Redemption
City”

but somehow its destiny
is to be a title of a record.

Peter Beard is a
deep cat,

animal blood on
huge beautiful prints must awaken the

favor of the gods

because his will
for this title has chased me down the years,

and a few years ago
I set about making it.

The record inspired
by the title.

What would a city
of redemption sound like?

What kind of
characters would inhabit it?

The files for this
record date back to ’09 and one track

further than that.

I work on it, get
burned out and then reopen it weeks later.

I built a studio
(with the help of Matt Becker) in Brooklyn

to make it,

and it’s the only
record I’ve made where I’ve done

everything on it,

played all the
things that make all the noise, drums, bass,

synths and guitars,

produced it mixed
it, you name it.

Not that i haven’t
been helped.

Jen Michel used to
come around and listen to tracks and

say,

“Man, this is
the record.”

she wanted this one
out for awhile,

but it wasn’t
ready;

a few more
buildings had to go up and a few more roads

had to be paved.

Carla Podgurecki
snapped the cover photo one night on

my roof overlooking
the city of NYC

and Merrit Jacob
came in at the end of it all and helped

me make final mix
choices

and nudged the
thing along in the right direction towards

home.

Actually, that’s an
understatement; he became the partner I

needed to help find
the finish.

Finally, it was
mastered by the great Fred Kevorkian.

 

It’s been one hell
of a process,

and I hope you like
it.

If you do, pass it
along and spread the word!

 

We’ve set this up
so you can just have the record.

You can donate,

pay what you want,

or nothing at all.

Passing it on,
spreading the word, is better than money,

but records are
hard to make and expensive so if you dig it,

Dig in!

 

PS

 

There is lots of
interesting low-end stuff on this record so…

I’m talking to you
with the laptop on your chest
listening to

this thing,

lazy in your bed
and not wanting to connect it to fancy

headphones or
decent speakers

for shame!

 

PPS

 

Part 1

Is complete as a
record and for those who are generally

against the idea of
an artist making a double record (of

which there are
many) you can stop there and you have it.

 

Part 2

Is the deep cuts,

Which would have
otherwise remained on the cutting room

floor or else been
leaked out over time in various ways,

fragmented beings
with no brothers or sisters or home.

I think both parts
serve to strengthen the whole.  They are

relating to each
other and breathing back and forth.

They are each
other’s shadow and hold hands when no one

is watching.

It’s true that
often less is more but sometimes more is more

and that is
something that, in this case, will be down to

taste.

 

With the Internet
and new ways of releasing music it seems

that the doors are
open to broader perspectives on what’s

too much.

Here you have both
a double and a single record,

depending on how
you want it or your level of interest.

Also it’s not
important (or possible!) to listen to all of it in

one sitting.

Take in Part 1 and
then move slowly into part 2.

It’s a city.

There are lots of
avenues and side streets,

Abandoned buildings
and bodegas,

Cars parked on the
side of oblivion with cats in them.

Come in and walk
around.

 

So without
further ado,

 

for Peter Beard and
the others who helped me get here,

 

Welcome to

 

Redemption City.

 

 

 

 

 

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