Trailblazer…another great youtube find. Takes me back to high school…girls, skateboarding and “ALL” albums. I can’t remember how many times I saw these guys live, but it was alot. Even played in a band that opened for them at a skate park…hellz yeah.

Thursday

So, I had a meeting in Echo Park last night–and afterward decided to check in at the Satellite. Let me tell you that I’ve been going to the Satellite since it was called Spaceland…over ten years ago…back when there was still a pool table in the upstairs portion of the club. In that time I’ve seen some great bands and some not so great bands…but band nights are always basically great–even when they’re not so great. However, last night–it wasn’t even a band playing…I walked in and there is a guy on stage, singing by himself…he had a full band on a backing track–karaoke style. Ok–I’m all for self-expression, but come on millennials–you can try harder than that. Not judging, just saying.

Tuesday

Aside from rehearsing with a new band and booking shows in Los Angeles, I’ve been busy with other projects…primarily the recording of an EP that will be available on iTunes in the spring. I wrote this song after watching Hal Ashby’s film “Shampoo”…which is filled with vintage LA scenes–the way I still see LA. I spend a lot of time doing epic bike rides up the PCH in Malibu and this song sort of just formed in my head during those sunny excursions. On a side-note, Hal Ashby lived in Malibu and became something of a recluse in his later years. As I coasted down the highway, the Pacific on one side and high reaching cliffs on the other; I thought of Ashby and his many great films, particularly Shampoo. I wrote the lyrics while sitting on a log at Malibu Lagoon…same place I wrote the song ‘Bones’. This song however, has an entirely different energy…and yes–that is me playing drums on this recording–I didn’t yet have a drummer here when we tracked the drums–which I always track first on a recording. So, I got behind the old Pearl kit and banged this sucker out. We also used a Baldwin Baby Grand, Fender guitars and an old Hammond organ to create an organic sound. If you dig it–share it.

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.

Sunday

Went to Vitellos tonight and saw the Dennis Drieth Band…guy is a legend…he has some top shelf musicians as well. Was really something to see.

Saturday

Anyway, the TRIP Santa Monica show has been cancelled…my cold/flu has left me with bronchitis–great fun…I just love sounding like Al Pacino in Sea Of Love. We will be doing our next show at The Kibitz Room March 12th…so guess it will be instrumental rehearsals until I’m 100%. See ya’ll there!

Thursday

Tonight I went to see a friend’s band play at the State Social House on the Sunset Strip–it was upstairs in the attic and they sounded great in there–nice setting. I had to leave early though to meet with a promoter in Silverlake about a possible street festival gig in the summer…so I got caught in the currents of Thursday night club goers flooding the sidewalks. I was thinking about how the person who invented the miniskirt was a genius, when something else of greater relevance struck me; it was the Chateau Marmont.

I’ve walked by the CM many times…even rode along on my then roommate’s coattails to a party at the Marmont years ago–back in the crazy, booze soaked East Hollywood days. Never thought much more about the place before–only that if the walls could talk, I’d have enough to write a ten part saga. I was thinking about the Marmont and it’s world renowned stretch of street that has made some lives and taken others–it’s a lot to absorb, the shit that’s gone down there over the decades. Like for instance, River Phoenix’s tragic death on the sidewalk outside the Viper Room…where kids who are probably too young to remember it happening, now stand around and smoke. I’ve heard a thousand and one stories about the Strip…probably we all have.

As I walked by the Marmont, I thought about Belushi and how young he really was when he shot a fatal speed ball into his arm and how all of his talent and money and fame couldn’t save him. I thought about how different the world was back then. How character-driven talent still basically mattered–and how certain industries weren’t yet shattered. How these days it’s all tinted black SUVs and tourists standing in unbelievably long line-ups outside of trendy hang-outs on the Strip, snapping selfies and uploading them to FB so their ‘friends’ can see it all in real time; the great universal umbilical cord.

Looking at the giant billboards it’s not hard to see the pre-apocalyptic angst that’s got these millennials so thin skinned and distracted. Maybe I’m wrong–maybe at the end of a long night of clubbing, some go home and entertain with Joseph Conrad dialogues…perhaps some of the actors might. Still, one wonders what LA would have been like in the 80s, or the 70s, or the 60s and before–when the aspiration was substance based. I think old architecture is the key…if  you stare at it long enough, it will tell you. And so, as the club goers and ubers went by in droves, there I stood for a good while, peering up at the Marmont, listening to what it had to say…it said:

“Le changement est une constante, inévitable, inéluctable.”

Tomorrow, I think I will take a photo of it and add it to my photography section that is already full of great stories.

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 kill it 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, this city is a candy store and I’m a fat kid with a sugar addiction. Having spent the last number of years in a town where dance parties and DJs are preferred over actual songwriters and bands; I’m surprised every night I go out in LA. 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 shit actually happened…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–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

“Tough guys don’t dance. You had better believe it.”

                                                        –Norman Mailer

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. 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.