Joseph Arthur’s talents as a singer-songwriter have sometimes gone under the radar. While he’s long been cited as a favorite of musicians you probably love — from Peter Gabriel and Lou Reed to Ben Harper and Greg Dulli — he’s never become a household name. But he doesn’t need to, when the famous people in his fan club keep calling him to form groups. The most recent addition to his list of supergroups (which includes the Lonely Astronauts, with members of the Jayhawks and Fistful of Mercy with Harper) is his new project, RNDM. This one sees Arthur paired up with Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament, and longtime Seattle-scene drummer Richard Stuverud. For the latest episode of The Hivecast With Matt Pinfield, both Arthur and Ament sat down with Matt to talk about how the project came about, as well as a serious bummer that Arthur went through recently when his van was towed, impounded, and sold — all for some unpaid parking tickets.
“It was a comedy of errors,” Arthur explains on the podcast. “I actually had thought they were paid, and then it went to a shop to get repaired, and they parked it on the street, and then a marshal towed it. I was in Mexico, and my manager told me the shop was going to pay for the towing, actually, so I assumed that was all taken care of. Then I got back from Mexico and he informed me that he had the worst news, and the van had been sold. And there was no way to get it back. Art, paintings, amps – a bass amp, a Fender twin that has the Jayhawks case on it, because it’s actually Kraig Jarret Johnson’s amp, who was in the Jayhawks and Golden Smog, and he’s had that amp since he was eighteen. It was one of those things you can’t really replace.”
Arthur got the van back, eventually — with the help of private investigators, translators, and a staggering amount of cash. Tune into the Hivecast to hear more about that, as well as happier stories about what RNDM has in store for audiences. [Download & subscribe to the Hivecast via iTunes.]