Posted in music | stolen gear | tour dates on August 28, 2012


RNDM is the new project of Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament, singer/songwriter Joseph Arthur (who played City Winery last night [8/27]), and Seattle scene drummer Richard Stuverud, who was previously in the band Three Fish with Jeff Ament. RNDM will release an album titled Acts on October 30, and you can stream one of its tracks, "Modern Times," over at Rolling Stone.

RNDM will support their new album with a tour this November, which kicks off in Brooklyn on November 2 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and comes back to NYC on November 8 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for both of those shows went on sale today (8/28) at noon.

Speaking of Pearl Jam, they play Philly's Made In America Festival this weekend (9/2).

Speaking of Joseh Artuhur, he recently posted a long twitter update to the case of his van which was seized and auctioned by NYC last week. His story and a list of the equipment that was in the van, along with a list of all RNDM dates, are below.


Many of you have asked questions to clarify the debacle with my van, so here goes. Hope this answers your questions.

My purpose here isn't to throw anyone under the bus, but to clarify the situation which many have been generous to support.

There were three outstanding tickets from awhile ago on the van (not literally on the van), which I was assured were taken care of, but were not. The van was brought to a shop for repairs, which I had assumed was a relatively safe place. It had been worked on there before without incident, which is one reason I was ok with equipment and art in it.

The other reason is I live in a small place and amps eat it up pretty good. I paint a lot, so the van becomes a de facto room/storage area. It is not unusual for me to leave stuff in the van (rolls of canvas and amps, hardly ever guitars), and I keep it in gated parking.

Unbeknownst to me, while in the repair shop, it was parked on the street and towed from the (misunderstood, outstanding) parking tickets. My manager was taking care of my van, and after it was towed we had discussions about who should pay for the towing, me or the shop.

The shop agreed to cover it and that seemed a happy turn. I naturally assumed that the van was promptly retrieved from the tow yard and returned to the shop for more repairs, but it never was.

I then went to Mexico and had the time of my life. The day after I got back, I received a call from my manager saying, "I have the worst news." I thought someone had died; I was relieved when no one had, but it was still pretty horrible. It was like a nightmare getting worse when I realized what was in the van. My heart sunk and broke.

It kept getting worse when I learned I really had no rights. The van was sold and now all of the contents belonged to the new owner whom we are not allowed to know. Our only ace is that we were never warned of the sale.

It's an absurd situation and a comedy/tragedy of errors. I am plenty upset about it - at the city, at my manager, and at myself - but I am attempting to be zen and keep it in perspective.

Nobody died but, yes, it's really bizarre. There is a sense of loss and violation, but obviously people endure much, much worse every single day. I have no time for self pity and very much hope that this doesn't come off like that.

Thanks to Spencer Tunick, Ron Kuby has taken my case. He's told me that my best chance at retrieving my things is to build the story through social media, so that is why I'm still posting about this, and very grateful for those of you who are supporting my little cause.

Lord knows there are more important things in the world than a missing van with some art and amps in it. There has been a heartening outpour of support, and it has deeply been appreciated. A few lawyers are on the case and will hopefully be able to shake the law in our favor, and at least retrieve the contents of the van.

I've been told it is unlikely I'll get the van back. Everything happens for a reason. I will rise above this and one day laugh at it. Thank you all again for your enormous support. It means a lot.


Vehicle: 2003 van, Dodge Ram, white
Photo: Van

• 1970s Fender Twin amp in a blue road case with JAYHAWKS stenciled in
white lettering.
• Eden Traveler bass head
• Ampeg 4 X 10 cabinet
• Joseph's nearly-completed set of hand-drawn tarot cards
• CD recorded for recording live shows, two mics
• CD burners -- two towers
• Many large paintings rolled up in canvas

RNDM -- 2012 Tour Dates
November 2: Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
November 3: Washington DC - Black Cat
November 4: Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
November 7: Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
November 8: New York City, NY - The Bowery Ballroom
November 9: Montreal, QC - Coronoa
November 13: Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
November 14: Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom
November 15: Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue & 7th St. Entry
November 16: Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck
November 18: Boulder, CO - The Fox
November 21: Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
November 23: San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
November 25:Portland, OR - The Doug Fir Lounge
November 26: Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret
November 27: Seattle, WA - The Showbox at the Market



Comments (22)

"Ron Kuby has taken my case. He's told me that my best chance at retrieving my things is to build the story through social media [and to make sure I mention his name every time I discuss this]"

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2012 1:49 PM

"Curtis Sliwa has taken my case. He's told me that I was a huckleberry for leaving my valuable shit in the van to begin with. Then he whacked me upside the head and said "Gitattaheya" and left"

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2012 1:58 PM

they should tour with brad

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2012 2:04 PM

heroin's a helluva drug

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2012 2:12 PM

leads? sure, i'll just check with the boys working down at the crime lab. they got 4 more detectives working on the case. they got us working in shifts!

Posted by you guys got any leads? | August 28, 2012 2:27 PM

"• CD recorded for recording live shows, two mics
• CD burners -- two towers"

This "theft" sounds like a mercy killing to me.
Thank you NYPD.

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2012 2:31 PM

this guy sounds like such a hack

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2012 3:36 PM

I miss the time when members of Pearl Jam actually cared about the band that made them all rich.

Posted by Venkman | August 28, 2012 3:53 PM

Why don't people look up names they're gonna settle on. "RNDM" is already taken and is active. On Dial Records.

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2012 5:45 PM

Jeff Ament could afford to help the guy out, what with the millions he's made selling his music to date rapist bros.

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2012 6:31 PM

Jeff Ament lives in an enormous gaudy mansion. Joseph Arthur lives in a van.

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2012 10:35 PM

He should have went with Bill Kunstler

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