Monday

One of my favorite things about LA is that you can wander into a live music venue on a Sunday or Monday at midnight and the place is packed for freaky indie bands nobody has really heard of–no selfie-stick dance party…yet people diligently stay until the end of the night. They joke and say that Monday is the new Friday in LA–and I guess that means that staying up late and grooving out to original live music artists is worth the sleep you’ll loose being out late and waking up early for work–other possibility is that nobody works early in Hollywood. But certainly someone has to get the infrastructure started each morning. Don’t get me wrong–LA has it’s issues as we all know…but live music venues seem to get continuous support. Meanwhile a friend of mine in Vancity emailed me the other day and mentioned that she was really disappointed because they’ve lost another venue–another in a long line of closures that have plagued the city in recent years. I gave up playing shows in Vancouver, because it’s gotten stale…and though never really spent much time at the Libra Room–I know the place was one of the last hubs left for many musicians…so this will definitely impact them as it will the arts & culture in that district. This only further confirms the issue with live music venue closures in Vancouver…and getting to the bottom of it is a challenge because very few people there want to talk about it…maybe they’re shy to talk…but it’s almost like people are afraid of getting blacklisted there for going on record–though I’m not sure who is going to blacklist them being that there’s barely a scene left. We will keep trying to land some interviews that can shed more light on the situation there…will be back up there at some point and hopefully can chat with some folks that will be able to shed some light on the venue closure mystery.

Friday

It seems I’ll go to the greatest of lengths to get an important interview. Though I dearly love palm trees, the hot sun and the dry desert heat…and leaving Los Angeles city limits usually makes me edgy–I’m dragging a small but diligent crew out of our comfort zone–we’re heading up into a snowy, freezing, winterland; a remote location of the mountains near the California/Oregon border. I already feel like Martin Sheen motoring up the river in anticipation of meeting colonel Kurtz. Certainly there’s something Joseph Conrad about this one…and for good measure I’ve got my small but mighty area heater with me…

Thursday

On the documentary trail, we spoke with Todd Christiansen–owner of The Mint LA; a truly famous live music venue which has been a staple for live bands and live music lovers in Los Angeles for decades. Among other points, he spoke of the driving force behind his club–a genuine passion for live music.

Wednesday

I went into this place because the pretty woman I was with liked that it was all yellow–like a yellow submarine. We were sitting by the window laughing at the random freaks that walked by…she was showing me pictures of a dog–it was a nice unwind after the busy day I’d had. Then a text came in for me…I checked it and found that it was from a guy in Vancouver I’d requested an interview with when I was there over the holidays. His text said he wanted more information on the documentary. I explained that it’s about the decay of contemporary arts & culture in the digital age and the impact it has had on artists, venues, promoters, radio, etc. The larger picture being the promotion of awareness–because I’m sure most people don’t fully realize how endangered the arts sector really is in this age. I explained that I was in a different country now, finishing the film; he was a month too late.

After perhaps half an hour the guy wrote back and explained that he’d have declined anyway because he’d heard that my film was going to portray Vancity in a not so flattering light. I’m not sure who he heard that from–but I have my suspicions…still it’s not surprising that people there don’t really want to talk about the unfortunate issues that have ransacked the live music scene in that city. When I initially started shooting this documentary, I’d asked a publication in Vancouver to comment on what the venue closures could mean for the city…I was declined any comment basically because I wasn’t on Facebook or Instagram. Of course that’s the reason they gave, but I’m guessing it was because nobody up there wants to color outside the lines and actually go on record about why so many venues have died–it’s almost like if you don’t mention it; it’s not really there. If you google search ‘live music venue closures in Vancouver’ it’s crystal clear what’s been going on up there…why conceal it? Awareness is step one in fixing the problem. And if the venues haven’t closed or changed their format to dance parties, they’ve swept live music into a quiet corner–starting the bands at 730pm and sweeping them off stage at 10pm to make room for a dance party–even the venues that subscribe to a hip dress code and soundtrack do this.

It may not seem like it today, because of the general drabness–but at one point in time, Vancity was a hub for live music…there was a huge network of live venues and local bands and cool promoters being cool to their local bands…also, massive mainstream bands used to go there and record with Bob Rock at Mushroom studios…which is now probably an office or a warehouse–gone the wayside like so many other illustrious and small venues. Your comments are important to me and everyone else who wants to find solutions. I’m not portraying anyone in any light; that’s preposterous–I’m objectively investigating how the digital age has impacted artists who work hard to give their work to a world that rarely acknowledges the value of it. Mostly this film searches for solutions…not ways to portray anyone in any sort of light. Hope that clears things up.

Wednesday

I like that I never know what to expect when walking into a live music venue in LA at 10pm.

Tuesday

We were invited DTLA to chat with Troy ‘T-Roy’ Berry–owner of Surge Events, one of Hollywood’s premiere booking companies. Among many other things, he talked to us about how Los Angeles has managed to maintain it’s live music venues over the years without catering solely to dj’s and dance parties. Evidently, all bands all night is the norm in LA.

Monday

We spent most of the afternoon yesterday on the USC campus chatting with Barry Levine of legendary KXSC Radio who’s been hosting his show ‘The Bear’s Den’ for the last 23 years. We learned a lot about the importance of independent radio and what it means for bands, big and small. We will be dodging LA traffic again today–on the hunt for more answers. Stay tuned.

Sunday

Whirlwind weekend…spent it downtown LA shooting interviews and locations for the upcoming documentary–today did our segment conclusion on the beach in Malibu–and I can tell you; we learned a lot this time around. A few years ago we shot a full length documentary about the decay of arts & culture and how the digital age has changed the playing field for independent artists–we traveled up and down the west coast conducting interviews and investigative journalism in search of answers.

Though talented as hell, the editor we were working with back then had an entirely different idea of what we’d originally intended for the film and after previewing the documentary for a while – we realized that it needed to be re-edited and most of it re-shot–so much of the original footage was cut and substituted for comedic outtakes and subtle satire. It made me think – do I really want to officially release the documentary the way it is? The answer was no and I pulled the documentary from my page. Subsequently I moved on to some other projects–I put together a documentary about North Bend Washington and created a short about a 96 year old war veteran who’d stormed the beaches on D-Day. I’ve always been a firm believer that, in regard to art, one should always aim for perfection–even if it means tearing it all down and doing it over again–art is forever; you want it to be exactly what you’ve intended to express…and so for the last number of months, we’ve been basically putting the arts & culture documentary together from scratch and it’s infinitely clear that we made the right decision in doing so. I’m proud of my other docs, but this new one is on an entirely different level. Because it’s a new doc, it will have a new name. The dedication to investigative journalism will always remain the same however.

Saturday

Thursday

On the documentary trail today, we wound up making a stop at the Westlake Theatre – was like a post card from a dead generation; fascinating and haunting all in one. For the next two nights we’ll be filming in DTLA…very much looking forward to it.

Wednesday

Over the break I started making notes for my third novel ‘Madrigals of Hollywest Manor’ – one which will venerate the old building, the neighborhood and it’s larger than life misfits who actually fit perfectly into their time and place–the glorious misadventures. Many of the locations are now gone, many of the people as well…certainly the era and it’s sensibilities are dead–love among 1990’s ruins…but they haven’t joined the endless leagues of the forgotten; my next novel will immortalize those red letter days…like a sliver of violet sunset caught moving across a wall of recollection. Just saying.

Tuesday

Ok, back to work. We were up on Olive Hill in East Hollywood this morning shooting another scene for this epic documentary. We explored the history of the property as well as a bit about the enigmatic architect himself; Frank Lloyd Wright, who’s stunning creation ‘Hollyhock House’, though possessing a tragic element, lives on in modern day Los Angeles and offers artists a place of creative serenity.

Monday

There was a wind warning in LA last night…at around midnight we thought–hey, let’s smoke, then scooter down to the pier and play some pinball at the arcade…as if it were the 90’s again. Because of the wind warning I thought we’d get to see some enormous waves…but in spite of the wind warning–the tide rolled in as it normally does. Still powerful, but not as crazy as I imagined.

Anyway, looking forward to shooting more of the new documentary this week. The more folks talk to us…the more layers peel away and the clearer the conclusion becomes. Getting there.

Sunday

I’ve never been an early riser. However, today found myself wandering around Hollywood at 8am…breakfast at Gelson’s. After snapping this pic, we realized that the building in the background is actually the building they used in the movie Swingers–one of my fave 90’s films. Evidently Jon Favreau actually lived their while they were filming the movie so it made sense for them to use the facade for cut-away shots. 90’s baby.

Tuesday

Us lefties are forced to exist in a world that is largely designed for the right-handed majority who all seem to have drunk the same Kool-Aid. How can anyone blame us for being complete misfits?

Monday

This happened sooner than I thought…my new album “Fallout Shelter” is available on Spotify now. How’s that for being ahead of schedule?

Saturday

What can I say about this album? Primarily I write melodies. If a song has a great lyric, a great beat, great piano work…but it has no melody–I’d never release it. It has to have some magic in the melody. This one has a lot of different portraits–yet they all correlate nicely; as if you’re wandering through a vast white-walled gallery as you’re listening. As for the actual recording process…I always start with drums and bass…get the rhythm section in there first; a solid foundation upon which to build a song.

For some reason I got really intense about the organs on this recording. I kept wanting to record them over and over. Eventually I was awoken one night by a vivid dream in which I actually heard organ lines for a few of the songs–songs on which I’d tracked the organs but wasn’t quite satisfied with. The next day we went in and re-recorded the organ lines and the lines from my dream worked perfectly. After we got the organs perfected, I started obsessing about the guitars–which I’d tracked months before, but since then had started hearing other ideas and the ideas seemed never to come when I was in the studio with the guitar–rather they came when I was strolling around the isles at Ralph’s or driving in my car. I re-tracked most of the guitars and used a lot of delay and reverb–I used a different guitar and a different cabinet–made a world of difference. I guess the moral of the story is this–with art, never settle for less than perfection, even if it means tearing the whole thing down and starting from scratch.

Wednesday

I listened to the finished album in entirety yesterday. After spending a year writing, recording and mixing this one–it’s a tremendous feeling to have finally finished it.

Monday

I’ve got something very special for you today–it’s the official video for Fallout Shelter; first single from the upcoming album. I’d get into it here and explain the meaning of the video–but I’ll leave that up to you to interpret.

If you dig it, share it!

best, JT

Friday

We shot a documentary film in North Bend about the phenomenon that has reported there over the decades; Big Foot sightings, UFO sightings, a strange energy out in the woods and of course Twin Peaks which became a cultural phenomenon. During the shooting of this film, we delved deep into the history and the lore of the region. We talked to local community leaders, historians, a chief and his daughter and many more…we even solved the Big Foot hoax of the 1970’s once and for all–which no other film ever has. After all of this…eventually I realized that we had to trek out into the foreboding forests that surround the region with their mystical presence–the question became whether or not there was really something out there–I think we answered that question too. It was quite an adventure and we captured it all on tape.

Thursday

“Writing books is the closest men ever come to child bearing,”
― Norman Mailer

Sunday

Great show last night in Encino…thanks to everyone at VCF for putting this one together.

Saturday

Had a particularly rad rehearsal last night and it turns out we’re going to throw a cover into the set tonight; the Smiths’ ‘There Is a Light That Never Goes Out‘. I never play covers but in this case I’m making an exception because we do such a haunting piano version of it.

Thursday

Had an afternoon off yesterday. I spent the latter part of the morning sitting at Pep Boys in Silverlake having my brakes and rotors done. They have a big screen TV in their waiting area, which is more like a lounge with leather chairs, USB ports, a beverage machine and a cappuccino maker. I sat there in one of the post modern chairs sipping on cold soda water, watching the pretty anchorwoman with an ultra-perfect smile read the news…Trump wraps up LA visit, a car accidentally crashed into a house in suburbia–two injured, Oprah and some ginger royalty guy are making a documentary on mental health…then the weather report came…and the weather man said, ‘If you’re going to do some outdoor activities; today is the best day to do it.’ I looked out the window…sunny and gorgeous as always…so why today? I realized, who cares why–why the hell not? I took it as a sign.

After Pep Boys, I drove out to Santa Monica while listening to Bukowski’s Hollywood audiobook…perhaps his best novel–I nearly pissed myself laughing. I parked near the pier and got on my bike. I did my usual route up the PCH, taking in the majesty of the deep blue Pacific. Wound up at Malibu Lagoon diving into oncoming waves all afternoon…got so sunburned it hurt to put my face on the pillow last night. When you’re on the beach you often don’t realize how hot the sun is because of the cool water and the pacific breeze–but that sun is fucking hot…so…though I don’t ever drink, I guess I’ll look like a hypertensive alcoholic with red-face…for a few weeks anyway. In any case, looking forward to playing this Saturday in Genesta Park with some great musicians.

Tuesday

This must have been the coolest high school ever; Jack Tripper and Jeff Spicoli went here…the rock facade is wicked-deadly also.

Tuesday

An old friend sent me a couple pics that I’d totally forgotten about. They are 1990’s Polaroids…figured I’d post one…I think this one was taken in 1996…our manager needed some band photos to book a tour for us and so we met up at the mall to do some band shots and our bass player couldn’t make it, so we got one of our friends, who didn’t play bass at all, to sit in with us–he’s the guy in the middle who looks like a 1930’s mobster…someone thought it was grunge to sit around a dining room display table at The Bay.

Thursday

New novel “Waiters” coming soon…

Tuesday

RIP Good Luck Bar.

Thursday

Just posted new short “Crashers”.

Monday

I posted a montage from the show yesterday.

Friday

My bicycle repair guy is just down the street from the Westlake Theater. Every time I drive by it, I can’t help but think of what a disappointment it is that such an illustrious theater was last used as a fucking swap meet. What good is declaring it a historic cultural monument if it’s just going to sit there vacant and fall deeper into disrepair? Isn’t it obvious that it should be converted into a live music venue? So what if the neighborhood is dirty and run down? Most neighborhoods in LA are–that’s part of this city’s charm. The Westlake Theater could easily be to LA what the Fillmore Auditorium was to San Francisco. Just saying.

Thursday

My good friend Rhys Moody passed away on Wednesday evening last week. I didn’t even find out about it until Tuesday night. I’m still a bit shocked. Rhys was an engineer at East West Studios in Hollywood and a damn fine producer. He co-produced three of my albums, “Fides Veritas Eruditio”, “Don’t Let It Go” and “Auburn” and really helped bring them to the next level. I learned so much about music production from Rhys…he had a way of passing on knowledge. Last year when I was in LA playing the club circuit, he rented a room in his house to me and so we were sort of like frat boy roommates for a number of months. Man, we had some great laughs and some epic bike rides around Burbank…lot’s of smoke breaks in between.

They held his celebration of life last night in Studio One at East West. Such a nice service, he’d have loved it; his friends and family in such a legendary room telling stories and playing music. Though it was sad, I’m glad I was there. He’ll be missed.

Wednesday

Fairfax kid

Wednesday

Hey music fans, my best of album ‘Singles’ has been added to Spotify. It’s the ultimate JTB playlist – 19 of my best pop songs. Enjoy.

https://open.spotify.com/album/7c7FxCxIOpFkK4Dw0cSoVE

Sunday

Very stoked for our upcoming outdoor show at Warner Center Park in Los Angeles on July 21st.

http://www.socalsummerconcerts.com/view-as-list/details/2784-the-mccartney-years-the-jarrod-tyler-band

Friday

‘Aere Perennius’…hot off the press.

Wednesday

Tuesday

After spending months and many all-nighters working on Unconquered Sun, I thought I would sleep for a week after it was released. However, I wound up jumping directly into another project that needed to get done by June 6th, to commemorate those who served in the allied forces and the many who gave their lives on D-Day and throughout the second world war. Their sacrifice should never be forgotten. I spoke with WWII veteran Burt Mann about his experiences on D-Day, being wounded in action and also about this life in Chicago after the war.

Wednesday

After months of hard mixing and obsession-driven marathon sessions and pushing this project up a hill at times; Unconquered Sun is finally done. I’ve been so immersed in the production of this album that my friends have actually stopped trying to contact me I’ve noticed. I wasn’t quite here, but I can’t really apologize. What was intended for release in 1999 is released now–in 2019. As I say, I doubt I’m going to release on iTunes–nothing against iTunes…I have three albums on iTunes now…but unless someone downloads this entire album, rather than a few songs they think are catchy, they’ll miss the experience this album provides. To me, offering listeners this full experience through a wormhole directly from 1999 is more important to me. It’s the closest thing one can get to hearing it on record. Anyway, it’s done–and I’m going to sleep for  a week. Better late than never.

Saturday

Just got word that we’ll be playing an outdoor concert at Warner Center in Los Angeles July 21st and we’re totally stoked for this show. Not sure about other gigs in the metro LA area as our contract specifies a 30 day, no-play clause in LA on either side of July 21st. Maybe this will mean a Santa Barbara or San Diego show. We will see. Stay tuned for more dates.

Thursday

We had a blast playing at the Sea Monster Lounge last night in Seattle. Really amazing sounding room. Here are some pics from the show.

Wednesday

There are a number of dogs living at the place were we rehearse in Twin Peaks…evidently they love Epic Crunch Goldfish Crackers…pretty much ate the whole bag–how could I say no?

Tuesday

Some more rehearsals in Twin Peaks over the next couple days. I find I’ve been spending a lot of time in North Bend WA since filming my documentary there last year. The musicians I’m playing these Seattle shows with live in Twin Peaks and our rehearsal space is just down the road from the Sheriff Truman’s office…which is now the Dirtfish Rally school. It’s very cool–because how many other bands can say that they go for cherry pie at the Double R Diner after their rehearsals? Not very many.

Thursday

Heading down to Seattle next week for another show…this time we’re at the Sea Monster Lounge. Stoked.

Sunday

Amazing time at Tim’s in Seattle.

Tuesday

As I previously mentioned, we’re putting together a rather complex production for the “Downtown Lover” video which we’ll be shooting over the next few weeks–we’re actually going to use props, lights and a small cast for that video.

In the meantime however, I was approached with a remarkably clever video idea for “Fading Fast”–a song from the upcoming album. I wrote Fading Fast on piano at 3am surrounded by candles and smoke. Though Fading Fast is a deep canvas portrait; it works nicely with the daytime concept and the motion of flight. Check it:

Wednesday

Really looking forward to our next show:

Saturday

Had a blast last night rocking out for a packed house at the Railway Club.

Wednesday

This is an interview I did last week with Nick at 101.7fm Civil Radio.

Saturday

Rhys and me, touching up some of my songs in Studio 3 at East West Studios Hollywood. Studio 3–where Brian Wilson recorded Pet Sounds. Historic.

Thursday

Just got this poster today from the folks at the Railway Club…looking forward to this show. Playing with the original line up.

Monday

“Writers may be disreputable, incorrigible, early to decay or late to bloom but they dare to go it alone”
― John Updike

Friday

If you haven’t already, check out my most recent documentary. A must see if you’re a Twin Peaks fan.

Thursday

All you have to do to understand what’s gone on in this town is google search ‘live music venue closures in Vancouver’. It’s part of the reason why in the last year, the bulk of my shows have been in LA, or Seattle or Portland…by the way they don’t start bands at 7pm and have them off stage by 10pm in those other cities–all bands all night. We need to get residency nights going here…

Monday

Just posted a new short in the PROSE section called “1999”. Check it.

Tuesday

Spent all night in our studio down by the docks tracking and partially mixing Downtown Lover–a song from the new album. It’s 7am and though I’m tired as fuck–I know we did some amazing work last night. Guess I’ll sleep when I’m dead.

Monday

This is an interview I did with journalist Nick Pannu at Civil Radio. We talked about my new documentary “Road to Twin Peaks: A North Bend Story”.

Friday

Met up with Mark Lingelbach and company the other night and tracked some piano on a great new Lambsbreath song…felt that one immediately. Thanks for the invite guys.

https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/itslikeyourechannelingbillyjoel?source=feed_text&__tn__=*NK-R

Monday

Here’s a video of me and the boys tearing it up at the Silverlake Lounge in Los Angeles. The place has been one of my fave hang outs since I can remember. A great venue that is a true supporter of original live music..

Friday

Wednesday

Sunday

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

Wednesday

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.

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.

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

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 lightning…”

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.