The Fold Presents
Line & Circle
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90057
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Singer/songwriter Joseph Arthur recorded and released his debut album, Big City Secrets, for Peter Gabriel's Real World Records in 1997. Two years later, his EP, Vacancy, with a sleeve including paintings by Arthur himself, earned a Grammy nomination for Best Album Packaging. He followed with a successful touring career, going on the road with Ben Harper, Gomez and R.E.M, among others.
Armed with an array of guitars and a stockpile of effects pedals and looping tools, Joseph’s one-man show is inspired. Painting while he sings has also become a staple of Joseph's impressive solo performances, with the art available for sale after concerts, in online auctions, and to help raise money for various humanitarian relief efforts, such as Haiti Relief Funds.
Joseph’s philanthropy extends to music as well; an EP including 6 versions of his song "In the Sun" (one cover by Michael Stipe of R.E.M. and Coldplay singer Chris Martin, one remixed by Justin Timberlake and one of which includes Arthur himself singing alongside Stipe) was released in 2006 for a Hurricane Katrina Relief program. In August of 2006, Joseph lent his musical talent to another worthy cause when he was invited to help launch 'A River Blue', an art festival serving to empower the creative endeavors of children living in Alebtong, Aloi and Amoro IDP (internally-displaced persons) camps in northern Uganda.
The end of 2010 saw Joseph tour nationally and internationally with the power-group Fistful of Mercy (Joseph Arthur, Ben Harper and Dhani Harrison). With a new solo album on the way, Joseph Arthur continues to be a gushing fountain of creativity, and he doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.
Line & Circle
Line & Circle was born of the collaboration between Brian J. Cohen & Brian Egan, friends and bandmates who met at college in the Midwest. Cohen was from Akron, Ohio, pre-med and penny-loafered and overtly Anglophilic. Egan was the quiet guy down the hall, the classically trained pianist, born and raised in Dayton, with Guided by Voices playing through his ever-shut door.
So…two guys named Brian from the Midwest.
But also, lines and circles are the elements of, well, everything. The shapes that formed the essence of the very first cave paintings. The forms that make up every letter of every alphabet in every language. And now, the ones and zeros that make up binary code. An entire history of communication, stripped back to its essence, leads to these two simple shapes.
Yes, everything. For as long as we’ve been here.
The two Brians moved to California. Their lives were binary now too, divided into before and after. Before was the place they came from–––Ohio, with its blue-collar spirit, familiar apple-cheeked faces, and long cold winters–––and after was the place they went to–––Los Angeles, with its jammed freeways and long-haired girls and relentlessly good weather.
They had no choice but to buy sunglasses and write songs.
Their new material was leaner than their previous collaborations, and yet somehow bigger. Less trees, more sky. Their early demos caught the ear of White Iris’ Lewis Pesacov, who previously produced debut albums for Best Coast and Nikki Lane. They took to the studio, along with a newly formed band, including guitarist Eric Neujahr, bassist Nathan Gammill and drummer Nick Cisik. There, with nods to early 4AD dream pop and chiming I.R.S. Records-era guitar rock, the group pared the songs to their essence–––there’s that word again–––simple melodic phrases and hooky ostinatos that subvert the complications of the lyrics. The result is this first release, a 7” on White Iris Records. Recorded live, Roman Ruins (side A) and Carelessness (side B) are soaring and dark and glittering and nostalgic, like the soundtrack to an epic coming-of-age story.
So, two songs. Two guys named Brian. Two shapes. Ohio and California.
Cave paintings. Line & Circle. Everything, forever.
Debut 7” single Roman Ruins / Carelessness out 7/10/12 on White Iris.
*Photo by Megan Kathleen McIsaac