Friday

Just received this photo. Thought I’d share it. This was taken by our audio engineer during my interview with Kyle Twede…the owner of Twede’s Diner…this is the same diner that was used in the Twin Peaks TV show; the one where Audrey Horne got up and danced beside the jukebox and where Agent Cooper ate cheery pie and where the log lady hung out and talked to her log. Kyle told us about it all and offered some intriguing history about the town itself.

Thursday

Feels good to be back in Vancity after so much intense filming in North Bend–time to decompress. I can truly say that after spending the last number of weeks working on this documentary; I realize Michael was absolutely right when he told me on the first day that North Bend is stranger than the Twin Peaks TV show…there really is a presence out in those old woods…hard to explain what we experienced there, but soon you’ll see for yourself.

Anyway was stoked to play the Railway last night. I think the last time I played the Railway Club with the original line up was probably 6 or 7 years ago. Here are some photos:

 

Wednesday

This came to my email today:

https://www.facebook.com/events/458089904598142/

https://www.showpass.com/jarrod-tyler-band-lambsbreath-railway/

Tuesday

Talking to some venues in LA about shows in the new year…it occurs to me that I have to file taxes each year in the USA…so why not play there as much as possible?

Friday

More screen shots from my upcoming documentary “Road to Twin Peaks: A North Bend Story”.

We spent the afternoon studying engineering maps of the Snoqualmie region, preparing for our trek into the woods in search of Bigfoot sighting locations–or Bigfoot himself. Because this trek will take us into remote parts of the woods where there may be no GPS signal–these maps will certainly come in handy. Stay tuned.

Monday

A bit beside myself…first on the agenda this morning was visiting Sheriff Truman’s office…what is now the Dirtfish Rally School. The Dirtfish staff are super cool individuals–they let our crew wander around the halls and film in pretty much any room we wanted. Same doors, paneling, light fixtures, carpet…it’s the same as when Agent Cooper and Sheriff Truman were solving the case all those years ago. As we were filming, the operator approached me and handed me a small chip of wood. It was a wood chip from Lucy’s original desk. When they redid the reception desk, they kept Lucy’s original desk and chipped it into many pieces which they sold for charity. I’m told they didn’t give many away…however they gave us one–an actual chip from Lucy’s desk. A small piece of an illustrious history. Thanks guys!

Note the original paneling and doors.

The receptionist who now mans Lucy’s post explains the chip from the original desk.

Taking a little bit of Twin Peaks back to Vancouver with us. How rad.

Sunday

Intense couple days of filming in North Bend. Below are a couple screen shots of Michael and I walking across the bridge from the opening scene of Twin Peaks…the bridge upon which Ronette Pulaski was found, traumatized and walking toward town. The bridge was used to transport lumber by train to the saw mill…today it is no longer in service and has been transformed into part of a hiking trail.

Friday

Heading down into the Snoqualmie woods again this weekend for another round of filming our documentary about the town of North Bend Washington. This time we hope to find the exact spot where several people spotted Big Foot…the plot thickens.

Also, in other news…I’ve been told that Lambsbreath is going to join the bill on October 11th at the Railway Club. It’s shaping up to be a hell of a show. Will keep y’all posted regarding opening acts, guest list, etc.

Thursday

Obsession is the single most wasteful human activity, because with an obsession you keep coming back and back and back to the same question and never get an answer.

–Norman Mailer

Monday

Aside from recording the new album and shooting the new documentary in North Bend, I’ve been working on a greatly fulfilling writing project called “Tales From Truman Park”. I wish there were more hours in a day…but there just aren’t–my social life suffers, but the mission is what matters…at least to us Capricorn Tigers.

Perhaps my best work to date. Often bizarre, absurd, hilarious and even a bit disturbing; Tales is an action packed romp through the long lost age of 1990’s romanticism. I invite you all to read the second installment. You can find it in the ‘Tales From Truman Park – volume two’ section of this website…or simply click on the link below.

TALES FROM TRUMAN PARK – volume two

Saturday

I’m told we’re going to be playing a set at the Railway Club on October 11th. We’ve been playing the Railway for years…really it’s one of the only clubs in town that is still doing live music nights the right way. Looking forward to rocking out.

Monday

I re-posted this old video of us playing to a packed house at Cafe Montmartre; an old haunt on Main St…don’t remember the cross street. I originally removed it because I thought the sound quality was total shit. Now that the cafe is dead and buried…I wanted to memorialize it. CM was like a time-warp–old Parisian ghosts and foggy cobblestone lanes. You can’t find any place quite like CM in Vancouver these days. They hosted everything from poetry slams to monologues to bands. Though we would blow the roof off the place and the neighbors would call the five-O nearly every time we played there…the owner Ali kept booking us. I think we were one of the last bands to play a show at CM before it closed–it’s closure would mark the beginning of a trend of venue closures that would plague Vancity for years to come. Anyway, as I contemplate relocating to Nashville next year, I wonder what happened here…and why so many great music venues were forced to close.

Btw…was totally kidding about the acid.

Monday

Crazy week. Been in North Bend, WA conducting interviews for my next documentary–it’s about the stranger than fiction town in which they shot seasons 1, 2 and 3 of Twin Peaks.

Getting a shot of Mount Si…from the same spot they originally filmed the famous opening sequence of Twin Peaks…I’ve included a still of the matching scene from the opening sequence for contrast.

Saturday

Just posted two short stories in the PROSE section – A Case of a Mistaken Name and The Hester Street Madrigals

I can’t imagine a world without prose.

Wednesday

For the last number of months I’ve been working on new volumes. Tales From Truman Park. These volumes are perhaps my best work to date. Often bizarre, absurd, hilarious and even a bit disturbing; Tales is an action packed romp through the long lost age of 1990’s romanticism. I invite you all to read volume one. You can find it in the ‘Tales From Truman Park’ section of this website.

Hope you enjoy it. 

Sunday

It felt real good to rock out for a couple thousand people on Kits Beach last night for the fireworks.

Wednesday

Hey, apologies if I don’t post blogs as much as I should. I get immersed in projects and lose touch with the world sometimes. I was in Los Angeles for the last few months, writing, recording and playing some much anticipated shows.

I’m looking forward to our campfire show at Kits Beach on Saturday night just before the fireworks. Truly the showboat is a historic landmark and it’s an honor to have been invited. Our late set starts at 9pm if you’re planning to join us.

Friday

Boy in the hood. Good Luck on Hillhurst Ave.

Monday

So, I didn’t think we’d get any photos of our set at the Silverlake Lounge last week but turns out one of the other bands had a camera going the whole time. The camera was for some reason placed directly beside the speaker so the sound quality of the video is horrendous; but they sent me over a couple screenshots which I thought I’d post…even though it looks like drugstore surveillance snaps, ha.

Sunday

Check out our new video for Audrey–it’s one of the songs we will be playing tonight at TR!P. If you’re looking for a great night of music, TR!P is the place. For my friends in Hollywood who said Santa Monica was too far to drive–uh, you’re pussies…and I guess I’ll see a few of you at the Kibitz later–I may be sitting in on the piano for a song or two with one of the bands. What did Jackie Wilson say?

Saturday

I was wandering around Los Feliz one afternoon about a month and a half ago. I found a garage sale and bought this little camera that takes black & white photos. I’ve been carrying it around with me snapping shots here and there around LA. Didn’t intend to post them, but there is a randomness to these photos that I like.

  1. Paper Seagull 2. Loading Only 3. Hollywood 4. Heat Wave 5. Canter’s 6. Dino Mart 7. Echo Park 8. Space Shuttle Endeavor Rockets 9. Space Shuttle Endeavor Nose 10. Big Fish 11. Silverlake 12. Curious Sherlock 13. Rest 14. Satellite 15. Roosevelt 16. 405 17. 45 Degrees Celsius 18. Misogyny 19. An Honest Living 20. Gelson’s on Franklin 21. Marg Mon 23. Ocean 24. Mystery Machine 25. 6 Weeks Old 27. Analog 28. Restrooms

Thursday

A friend of ours snapped a few pics of our show at the Kibitz Room. One for the books!

Wednesday

We are playing a set at TR!P Santa Monica this weekend–July 15th. Our last show at TR!P was a bit ill-fated…had to cancel on grounds of a bad cold.  Hard to sing when you sound like Al Pacino from Sea Of Love. If you’re driving in from Hollywood on the 10, it’s LEFT on Lincoln; had someone email me saying they tried to find TR!P and wound up in Brentwood. So, head south on Lincoln…or just do what everyone else does and use GPS?

https://www.tripsantamonica.com/calendar

Tuesday

Great show tonight at the Silverlake Lounge. Thanks again to T-Roy for having us…was a blast. Silverlake Lounge is another of those venues that has a history. Mostly you don’t really think of the history–then you realize; holy shit…that all went on here. Pages in time–snap shots. Tonight we played hard and sweat all over the stage–literally; took our place in those snap shots.

Monday

We are closing the evening with a set tonight at the Kibitz Room; a truly legendary venue. What can I say about the Kibitz? If Barbara Eden popped out of a bottle and told me I could pick five venues to play at; the Kibitz would be on that list, just under the Bronze in Sunnydale. The Kibitz is beyond illustrious, yet it’s got to be one of the most unpretentious, coolest bars in LA.

Anyway, we’re on at 11pm. If you miss it–catch us tomorrow night at the Silverlake Lounge–gotta love this town.

Sunday

To our LA friends; don’t miss us July 10th at the Silverlake Lounge – one of LA most legendary live music venues.

http://thesilverlakelounge.ticketfly.com/event/1577366-jarrod-tyler-band-common-los-angeles/

Saturday

Walking by Y-Que on Vermont today, I saw these two books on the shelf outside the store. Really I’m beside myself firstly that I found them and secondly that he was selling them for a buck each. Anais is often eclipsed by Miller, though she’s got a totally different perspective. Also, this is the only Updike I haven’t read though I’ve looked for it everywhere – so what are the odds that I’d stumble across it today? Guess I was meant to read it at this point in my life.

Thursday

For the last few days I’ve been proof reading an autobiography for a lyric book being published later this year. Often, being a proofreader can get clinical and a bit cerebral. This job however has intrigued me. The author grew up in Highland Park and has lived in LA his entire life. He’s a refined character who basically evaded a life of petty crime through his discovery of music. Included in his manuscript are old black and white photos of his parents, the old house in Highland Park and many of the children, looking happily innocent growing up in 1960’s Los Angeles–a time that I’ve always been ultra fascinated by. Still, I sensed something haunting in those old photos; perhaps too frequently I sense the darkness.

Over lunch today at Fred 62, discussing rewrites, the author told me backstories that weren’t included in his autobiography document; the darker side of his childhood…the harder reality…what transpired over the years for the children in the old photographs, his father, his mother, his old friends. Indeed, I was very intrigued, so much so I suggested he abandon the concept of a lyric book and focus on writing an epic novel about his childhood years in Highland Park. Obviously the suggestion was far too late at this point and not what the author initially set out to accomplish. It made me wonder how many epic novels never happen because it’s just too damn late. It also made me wonder if the image in an old photograph is something that we have, or something that we’ve lost.

How should I know? I don’t even know how my phone works. Anyway, if you need proofreading done–hit me up at proofwritingstudio.com

Tuesday

Dig this photo. Near Hollywood & Highland. The face is beautifully done, but what gets me is the moon in the background–looks like a faint watermark, moving silently across the deep blue abyss of afternoon sky. Poetry in motion.

Friday

Yes, this is for realz.

Tuesday

We are looking forward to this Thursday at The State on Sunset. Thanks to our pal Kelly McGarry for including us on this bill.

Sunday

Great rehearsal at our usual jam space this afternoon. Yes, it may be ‘hood’…but the guy who runs the place is a real mensch and often gives us a nice deal. Today we even got a room with A/C; appreciate the simple things. Also, if you’ve been texting or calling my Vancouver number–it’s dormant until I return to Vancity; not sure when that will be. In the meantime, email or use my LA number: 424 335 3909.

Thursday

Our latest single Audrey is selling like hotcakes on Apple Music/iTunes. Just when I thought nobody is buying music anymore.

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/audrey-single/1356634307

Saturday

A cool photo sent to me from a woman who’d been in the audience at our Mint show.

Friday

‘Listen, Jon, if I worried about what the people cared about I’d never write anything.’”

-Charles Bukowski, “Hollywood”

Tuesday

Another great night at the Echo. Man, Echo Park crowds are my kind of folks…they are die hard live music fans…a week night and they’re out in droves to see a four band bill and they stay until the end, grooving out to a band they’ve never even heard before. That’s what I call supporting your local live music scene. What’s more, there’s a serious 60’s 70’s vibe going on at the Echo these days…I can only hope this trend catches on and spreads to the rest of this vast continent…it’s an exciting thought. Gotta love this town.

Monday

Snapped this photo last night while walking back from a movie at El Capitan. Though I’ve walked by the Chinese Theater many times, I’ve never stopped and looked at the hand prints before…most are recent and whatever. However, this one struck me. Natalie Wood; one of the most beautiful and enigmatic ladies of cinema. Such nice writing too. What struck me was how tiny she was–tiny but mighty somehow. Who would have thought she’d pass away two decades later under mysterious circumstances. Tragic.

Sunday

‘The chest opens with a creak and from it Nancy produces a number of glasses bearing stained glass designs which catch the sunlight like a prism, casting a colorfast over the beige wall as she talks calmly, looking him in the eyes as she always has. The world is lost without her kind and that is why her kind is recreated time after time; someone has to maintain values. For this he feels an admiration creeping into his chest, where Nancy so easily fits.’

Monday

Checked out Jesus Sons at the Echoplex tonight…it was like a 70’s revival in there–loved every minute of it…I’m telling you; a nation wide 70’s revival is about to happen and the forefront is LA. And I gotta say, these guys don’t just emulate 1970’s guitar rock–they are 1970’s guitar rock…bell bottoms and all. if you loved The Last Waltz–you’ll dig this band. I remember seeing these guys a couple weeks or so ago upstairs at the Echo for the first time…great live band–gotta love the LA live music scene; never know who you’ll walk in on playing a set on any given night.

Wednesday

I was at the Satellite tonight…checked out a band called Balto…pretty decent–reminded me of Robby Robertson and The Band. When I got there the singer was bleeding from his eye…not sure why. The place wasn’t packed…but those are the best shows as far as I’m concerned.

We’re gearing up to play a show at TRIP in Santa Monica on the 19th. They feature burlesque dancers once a week…and bands pretty much every other night. We’re going to rock the hell out of that place–beach style.

Tuesday

Man, did we ever have a great time last night at the Silverlake Lounge…Next stop TRIP in Santa Monica February 19th!

Friday

Hey everyone–we are so looking forward to the show at the Silverlake Lounge Feb 12th. Thanks so much to Surge and The Silverlake for giving us this opportunity–they truly are supporters of local indie artists. Being that Monday is the new Friday in LA…why not come down and join us?

https://thesilverlakelounge.ticketfly.com/event/1599650-chase-klyn-alex-band-romi-los-angeles/

Thursday

Very stoked to play the Silverlake Lounge Feb 12th. The SL is an iconic music venue in Los Angeles (Sunset & Silverlake blvd). I’ve seen so many great bands at this venue over the years. Really, LA is a candy store and I’m like a fat kid with a sugar addiction. As a Canadian/USA resident; I live half the year in Vancouver, where dance parties and DJs are preferred over songwriters and bands: gotta pay them bills–I’m surprised every night I go out in LA though. You find live music in the most obscure places and the majority of venues aren’t about poses and a lot of photo taking—they’re about hosting great no-bullshit live shows, the focus is on obscure bands that rock. No coterie required.

In 2011 I was invited to the Silverlake Lounge by a few friends. They told me the residency featured a cool band from Arizona—Kinch…a strange sounding band name but I found they were totally kick ass—I think their song Carolina Cannonball was what won me over. I took my girlfriend to see them the following week again, the last night of their residency—I bought their CD and still have the thing. Still throw it on once in a while. Anyway, we’re looking forward to playing the SL Feb 12th—as always we’re going to bring it hard. Hit us up if you want tickets. 424 335 3909

Wednesday

Sunnydale – Class of 99′ – so hoping I run into Sarah Michelle Gellar today. Dream on JT.

Wednesday

This seemed like something out of a dream–rocking out at the iconic Mint. This place has been a music venue since the 1930s…the history astounds me…was an honor to be part of that history with the new line up. Next stop, the Silverlake Lounge Feb 12th.

Monday

Come join us at the Mint (6010 Pico Blvd W, Los Angeles) tomorrow night (Jan 30th)–we will be on at 10pm. So stoked for this one!

http://themintla.com/event.cfm?id=274096&cart

Tuesday

http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1222310014?ls=1&app=itunes

Sunday

Busy week…aside from recording–played a set at the legendary Kibitz Room on Fairfax–one of my fave places to hang out…Jakob Dylan used jam there back in the day, before he wrote Bringing Down the Horse (produced by T-bone Burnett)–one of the best albums of the 90’s. Anyway, about piano singing, there is something about the way the voice and piano tones blend–the sound is like an instrument unto itself. Really enjoyed it. Also, started rehearsals at the Musician’s Institute on Hollywood Blvd. Amazing atmosphere to rehearse in.

Saturday

Round two of tracking today. Among other tools, I used a nice gritty Hammond organ to compliment the other textures in the new song, which I’m calling “The Matter of Mr. Blue”. Can you guess what it will sound like? I will post the song soon enough. I can tell you that it’s inspired by an old Hal Ashby film. LA in the 70’s–the way I still see it today. Could be I lived here in a previous life…in the 70’s. Perhaps that’s why the old signage and architecture whisper to me when I pass it. Remember.

Friday

Only in LA…

Thursday

Back in LA… Will be doing some writing and recording in the coming weeks and will post some updates. It’s amazing how bright it is here…especially after all the weeks and weeks of rain up north. By the way it’s my birthday December 31st…so a big shout out to my fellow Capricorn/Tigers–feliz cumpleanos.

Monday

Thursday

Thanks Substation…last night was a blast! Four bands, no noise regulations…gotta love Ballard.

Tear it up G

‘but I’ve got a kite upon a string…and I’m praying for rain…praying for lightening…”

Thursday

If you haven’t already seen it, you may be inclined to check out a documentary film I spent a year making. The film, which is feature length, illustrates the realities of indie band life in the digital age. The film is centered around the music scene in our town, one which crumbled around us. In the span of a few short years, our town lost many key live music venues and this had a profound effect on our local scene.

Wednesday

Had a great time playing at Dante’s last night. Such a great sounding room–ideal for live music. See you again soon Portland!

Back wall of club

We’re not in the habit of traveling with a photographer…but a woman who was in the audience last night was nice enough to email me a couple snaps she took…

Sunday

This is our new, shared rehearsal space in Seattle. I think it’s a nice room to rock out in…also the Sex Pistols tapestry on the wall made me like it immediately. Had a good jam here tonight…tomorrow night we head to Portland to play at Dante’s. Perhaps it will be a divine comedy.

Friday

Portland was such fun we are going back. Playing at Dante’s October 11th–that’s this Wednesday. Thanks for inviting us…we are more than happy to come and rock out!

danteslive.com/event/7692705/the-angry-lisas-w-the-jarrod-tyler-band-and-guests/

Tuesday

Portland was nothing like Jello Biafra’s anecdote about the night before the DK played at the Long Goodbye. We had a great time…I wish I would have gotten some pics of the smoke machine that periodically engulfed the stage in a thick swirling mist as we rocked out…however, this trip we didn’t bring anyone to take photos. In any case, I wandered around a bit before the show and snapped a few myself.

Saturday

I remember this show. Great night at the Backstage Lounge–packed house. Me on keys, Jer on bass and that’s Travis back there behind the drums–all of us wearing the fraternal crest.

Thursday

Someone sent me this old poster yesterday–nearly ten years ago…almost no recollection of this show aside from T-Riley sassy stage antics. Very stoked because I don’t have any of these old gig posters aside from a few…really great artwork. I used to organize rock shows like these around town back when there was still somewhat of a circuit. These nights would get crazy–great performances and standing room only. What’s more, we were part of a resistance; doing our part to support original live music–before cheesy dance parties took over this town. Anyway, I’m not sure who the Willing were–I’m guessing the co-headliners?

Dig the jeans Farrah.

Wednesday

We will be playing the band shell on Kits Beach July 22nd–Saturday night baby. Not sure if we are headlining or supporting. Will post start time once I know more.

I’m sure we’ll be playing ‘Bones’. Very moody song, all about the ocean.

Thursday

Emerged from recording today to find that Auburn is in stores now. How nice international distribution really is. Listening to the mastered album, I’m glad I dedicated two years of my life to perfecting it. Nothing is more satisfying. I told the art designer that I wanted the cover to exude a shade of Bernardo Bertolucci — I think he did a fantastic job.