i’m exhausted by my imagination.

“painting might be impossible to write about
its a place beyond words from where it comes
its nature showing strange flowers
its a drug that obliterates the self
its a mirror in the spirit world
its where the shadows come out to play
its a shared hallucination
its dream made material set ablaze in the night
maybe it goes beyond everything else
like playing a guitar without strings
its a place man meets god and says
what the fuck
i love to paint
its where i go to church.”

joseph arthur
joseph arthur
joseph arthur

is one of my very favorite artists, my definition of music is art.
i think what i enjoy most about him, is that he’s honest.

signed by peter gabriel, joseph is amazing as an intensely personal songwriter, refreshing musician and respected amongst many [the twilight singers, joan osbourne, tara angell] as a special friend to produce an album with. inside of loop master-mind techniques, fusing raw acoustics, waltzing bass lines, vocal quality and subtle electronica.. joseph has always possessed such a talented gift that will forever include all aspects of art, chaos & beauty.

please listen to a few rarities.

all of our hands [unreleased]

crying like a man [live laiterie 1997-01-28]


throw me from my window // hold me in the sky

holding the void is a trio side project of joseph’s that stands apart from his solo act. supported by two musicians pat sansone & rene lopez, its different in the sense that its a full band and truly shows a strong spectrum of emotion found hidden inside of pure rock n’ roll.

gone without it

hands born dirty



over the years, joseph’s artwork that he enjoys to create whether it be on canvas, inside autographs, on guitars or physically on stage has intrigued loyal fans all over the world.

in spring 2006, he released an art book titled *we almost made it* along with the accompanying instrumental cd *the invisible parade*. when this project was first designed, it was made as a zine full of his own poetry and artwork; then once the music became apart of it, the book turned into an overall pleasurable visual and aural experience.

for a taste of the instrumental sounds of “the invisible parade

chapter 1

chapter 3

    chapter 21

    during the summer, joseph began the process of his very own label lonely astronaut records. on september 19, his new album *nuclear daydream* will be released..listen:: black lexus, enough to get away [nuclear daydream 2006]

    and a fall us/canadian tour will follow.

    25-SEP Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live Info
    26-SEP Hoboken, NJ Maxwell’s Info
    27-SEP New York, NY Bowery Ballroom Info
    28-SEP Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club Info
    30-SEP Toronto, ON Mod Club Info
    02-OCT Ferndale, MI Magic Bag Info
    03-OCT Cincinnati, OH 20th Century Theater Info
    04-OCT Chicago, IL Double Door Info
    05-OCT Indianapolis, IN Birdy’s Info
    06-OCT Minneapolis, MN Fine Line Music Cafe Info
    07-OCT Lawrence, KS The Bottleneck Info
    08-OCT Denver, CO Bluebird Theater Info
    11-OCT Vancouver, BC Red Room Info
    12-OCT Seattle, WA Crocodile Cafe Info
    13-OCT Portland, OR Doug Fir Info
    14-OCT Eugene, OR John Henry’s Info
    15-OCT San Francisco, CA Cafe Du Nord Info
    17-OCT Los Angeles, CA El Rey Info
    19-OCT San Diego, CA House of Blues Info
    20-OCT Phoenix, AZ The Clubhouse Info
    22-OCT Norman, OK Oplolis Info
    23-OCT Dallas, TX Gypsy Tea Room Info
    24-OCT Houston, TX Meridien Info
    25-OCT Austin, TX The Parish Room Info
    28-OCT New Orleans, LA Voodoo Fest Info
    29-OCT Nashville, TN 3rd & Lindsey Info
    30-OCT Atlanta, GA The Loft Info
    01-NOV Annapolis, MD Rams Head Tavern Info
    03-NOV Brooklyn, NY Southpaw Info

    all artwork by joseph arthur.

    4 Responses

    1. jeffro

      very cool post. very visually stunning. his track, “Exhausted,” remains one of my favorite songs of all-time.