Joseph Arthur’s tenth (tenth!) studio album dropped this past Tuesday (June 11th) and it is once again proof that the New York-based, wildly prolific musician and multi-media artist never runs dry of engaging ideas. Joe performed The Ballad of Boogie Christ front to back (with a few old favorites thrown in at the end) at the Bowery Ballroom last evening, and fans came out to pack the room despite a cold and windy rain working up a frenzy on the streets outside.
For a fan like me, who’s been following Joseph’s career since his 1997 debut, Boogie Christ is a bit more of straightforward “rock” album, bolstered by strong Bob Dylan influences, that still dips into the arena of Arthur’s gorgeous, subtly nuanced ballads.
The Ballad of Boogie Christ Cover Art
Although it’s always a kick to experience Joe’s one-man-band performances, last night he was accompanied by a full band – including a saxophone! – which allowed him to rock out a bit more, being freed up from carrying the entire evening on his nevertheless very musically capable shoulders.
Joe will be touring nationally throughout the month of June and you can find tour dates in your area at This Link. He’ll also be performing on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Friday June 21st, so be sure to tune in or set your DVRs! The Ballad of Boogie Christ is available from Joseph Arthur Dot Com and wherever fine music is procured.
This clip of Jimmy Kimmel on Jay Leno’s crappy “Ratings Poison” talk show has been viral for few days now, but I just had to post it where I can watch it whenever I need a good, hearty, sadistic belly laugh. Today, we are all Jimmy Kimmel! Freedom!
Somehow, I had the TV tuned to NBC at 10:00 PM last night when the new Jay Leno show debuted. It was about as funny and cutting edge as something my late grandmother would have enjoyed. In too many ways it reminded me of the now infamous, ill-fated Chevy ChaseShow, which ran for only five weeks back in 1993, because it just sucked wildly. I don’t know if Jay is going to really need to rely on ratings to stay on the air, or if it’s just a given that he might draw a large enough viewership from folks my parents’ age to keep advertisers happy. But I do know that I am pretty sure I heard him use the word “Poon” when he was telling his ‘off-color’ jokes near the end of the hour. And that was kind of funny.