Monday

Three weeks ago this song only existed in a dream. Now it’s on YouTube. How’s that for materializing your dreams? This is entirely my doing…all instruments and production from top to bottom…so trust me when I say, I got it as close to the way I heard it in my dream. Enjoy.

Sunday

I guess I could keep remixing London Bridge…I’ve done a number of mixes on it so far and they are all great for different reasons…but the mix I’m most happy with is the one I’m going to post in the next day or two. This song came together very fast and tracking it was relatively smooth. There was one evening though when I was holed up in the studio down by the docks…I’d mic’d up the drums, had done a few run-throughs and on the first take…and then I broke a drum stick. I used to play drums in skate punk bands in college and I still have a tendency to pound the shit out of the drums. I realized those were my last unbroken pair of sticks…and because everything was closed due to the medieval plague…I couldn’t just go buy another pair…so I pulled some Macgyver shit; I used crazy glue to glue the stick together…let it set, then reinforced it with three layers of gaffer tape and then wrapped three zip ties around that. Because I didn’t want the stick to break again, I played the kit cautiously…more gently…and that actually made the drums sound a bit smoother, rather than punchy which actually worked out for the best. As I say I also used a banjo on this recording…the first time ever. The church bells I tracked down through a friend I have in Europe who had actual recorded samples of bells recorded in London–I told him the three notes I needed and he sent them over through Dropbox. I wanted to use a hammond B3 on this one, but wound up using a simple electric organ because the only dude I know who has an actual B3 is in lockdown. The electric organ worked out nicely in any case. I’ll post it soon. Stay tuned. I’m very stoked for this tune.

Saturday

In the studio tonight…as I’ve been for two weeks and will be for many more. I guess these new songs are going to turn into a new album. As I previously mentioned, I had a dream a few weeks back in which I was in London…it was a super vivid dream and in the dream, I was at a woman’s flat and she was playing records on a phonograph. I asked who she was playing and she said she was playing my new record. I didn’t recognize the song, because I hadn’t written it yet. It sounded really nice and I listened to it…in the dream I heard it perfectly clear…melodies, instrumentation, arrangement, song format–even the slightest nuances like church bells and a banjo–yes a banjo, which I’ve never fucking used in my life, but in the dream it was clearly there in the chorus of the song…so this time I had to borrow one and learn to play the godam thing before I could actually recreate it and track it…worked out nicely though–perfect I would say. The song was charted exactly how I’d heard it in the dream. In the following weeks I recorded it by myself in the studio because of the lockdown…so all tracks, piano, guitars, drums, organ, vocals, bass, etc, are played by me and the entire production from top to bottom was done by me as well…I don’t normally like to to everything myself because I like the energy other musicians and a co-producer bring to my songs…but this time I had to do it all solo…and because of that it turned out sounding exactly like it did in my dream…very surreal to hear a song so clearly in a dream and a few weeks later record it identically to how it sounded in the dream–I’m kind of beside myself hearing how perfectly identical it is to the dream version. I’m not even sure if I can take credit for the song, because I didn’t actually sit and compose it…I merely charted from how I’d heard it on the phonograph in my dream. A few friends say absolutely I composed it, but subconsciously. Evidently this has happened to other songwriters…has only happened to me once though. What I’ve done is pull something from the dream world, into the conscious world of reality.

Anyway, I did a first mix tonight. I’m going to move on to the second song I recorded, Looking Glass and start mixing that tonight…but will listen to London Bridge again tomorrow – I may need to adjust some levels, but it’s basically done and will be ready in the next couple days. As always I’ll post it here so you can check it out. But really, I’m going to send this song to every radio station in England. I think that’s why I wrote it…why it came to me in a dream…I was meant to share this with everyone, but mainly the English. Not sure why–guess we’ll see.

Stay tuned for London Bridge.

Thursday

Hard to believe, but in the midst of all the chaos surrounding this medieval virus that should never ever have happened in the first place–someone still had the presence of mind to message me after watching my documentary and suggest my film casts Vancouver in an unflattering light…we didn’t really use a light though…we started with one and would use it if the room was dark or if we filmed indoor during the evening, but mostly we didn’t use one.

I like Vancouver when I’m there…I really like riding my bike on the Arbutus Greenway…and there is an all night grocery store on Commercial that comes in handy at 3am…if I want to get oranges and soda water…sometimes they have pizza pockets on sale. You can take a slow car ride through Stanley Park and see the lights at night…smoke it…listen to Strange Ways Here We Come. It can be nice. Problem is that there isn’t really a place to go at 11pm to check out off the wall bands who nobody has really heard of…obscure bands–like an all girl punk rock band from Tokyo that tears shit up and isn’t above trashing their gear on stage for the hell of it. It’s a huge contrast from LA of course, but it doesn’t have to be that way. That shit could exist in Vancouver easily…if people wanted it to happen. Unless it’s a well-known band you’re seeing in a concert hall it’s usually very early shows…7-945pm in most cases–after which the town turns into cheese puff dance parties, where the dress codes and sound tracks may be different, but the idea is the same.

I think it’s this way because the scene is very small and run by a very small group of people from smaller towns or cushy suburbs…they want to be urban or hood, but they don’t want to rock the boat…they’d rather tattoo over their pasts and squander their positions on self-glorification and/or lemming-like compliance with the no-fun guidelines that have sort of helped ruin the original live music scene in that town. A town without a thriving original live music scene is like taco chips without the salsa. My opinion, for what it’s worth, is that original live music lovers in Vancity deserve far more and if their needs are not being met…then they should elect people with some crystalline imagination and far reaching artistic vision to take the original live music scene over and make it fun again–I think many of the people running it now have failed without even trying to make a difference. Until people emerge who have the passionate visionary edge and are diligent enough to take it to the wall at all costs–you’ll have original local live bands performing in people’s living rooms and back yards…and venues that haven’t closed will continue catering to cheese puff dance parties and variety nights. It’s wasted potential at this point as far as I can tell.

That being said, I should specify that there are some really great people in Vancity slugging it out in the trenches, doing their best to keep things going and we should applaud them for it…that town needs much more of that spirit and if it’s demanded by the people–it will happen.

Monday

Sunday

After I released my documentary, “The Day the Music Died”, I was feeling supersonic. I spent some time solo, doing epic bike rides with the headphones on. One day I rode from Fred 62 to the Santa Monica Pier…stopping along the way of course for random smoke breaks and to drink juice. I had some really great music on the iPod…and I recall lying flat on my back in some park in Westwood, staring at the clouds turning inside out, listening to John Lennon and realizing the importance of the pursuit of magical compositions. Amidst panic buying, social distancing and the general anxiety of the deadly pandemic that should never have happened in the first place–I curled up real close with my electric guitar in a dark room on night. I’m not sure how it happens after all these years of being a songwriter…you can’t really force it to happen…it just sort of happens. Perhaps the great songs are already out there and you just have to point your satellite dishes into the stars and fine tune the frequencies. I sailed out pretty far into it and found this song. I knew I had to record it–you always want to record the great ones right away…so I spent the weekend in the studio tracking the drums, bass, leads, piano and hammond–sort of all came together in a magical sort of way and I can’t wait to share it with the world. I always track vocals last so looks I’ll be tracking those tonight or tomorrow–shouldn’t take me more than a week to produce, so could be posted here by next weekend. This song has a certain melancholy to it…hard to explain–something dreamy but just slightly forlorn and I don’t know where that comes from. The spirit world? The whispers of long lost ghosts? Sativa? Hard to say…I’ll let the music speak for itself. Stay tuned.

Sunday

Can’t wait to rock out in West Hollywood…will be playing some selections from the new Fallout Shelter album. Stay tuned…

Wednesday

There is some invincibility in pouring into the typewriter. It supersedes all else in restoring vitality and purpose. On the way home, I took a detour up Wilcox and had a few puffs as I drove…when I got back to the apartment I attacked the typewriter like in the days of old, when I would venture toward the end of the night, napalming the jungles of contemporary prose with razor wit, fearless sincerity and an utter disregard for literary boundaries–I called it the Napalm Narrative. At that point, the writing became a life force of its own…a fierce doppelganger born of midnight alchemy and existential heroism and in time the line between fiction and reality would blur, then disappear…and there was no deciphering between the prose and I–it became me and I  became it; it was method writing, a long lost art form.

Sunday

Hello, hello…it’s good to be back, it’s good to be back.

Dropped in to say, “A likely Ending” will be coming soon to the selected shorts section. Buckle in, make some popcorn…gonna take this shit to the wall.

Saturday

A year of re-shooting, re-editing and re-thinking…it’s finally here. My latest documentary – The Day the Music Died. This film, which was shot in Los Angeles, Seattle and Vancouver is my contribution…a public service that will hopefully remind people that preserving arts & culture in the digital age isn’t just up to the boards, councils and foundations…it’s up to us–the general public brigade. I can now say I’ve truly done my part.

Sunday

Melrose kid.

Friday

Saw this at the Satellite on a week night…these guys were pretty good…they looked like UCLA frat boys but then they started playing crazy punk rock–sort of reminded me of punk bands I used to go see in college…the singer pulled off his hoodie during the first song…he was wearing a Beyonce t-shirt…he jumped down into the crowd and started a mosh pit. He sang a song about growing up in Virginia and crashing his car and how the crash rattled his brain and made him crazy. I’d hoped they’d kick over their amps at the end, but I guess amps are expensive. They were selling shirts afterward for a buck. I assumed punk was dead…guess I was wrong.

Thursday

Sunset.

Wednesday

Only in LA.

Tuesday

Venerate our grandfathers who turned the tide at Normandy.

Saturday

This little guy–living the dream.

Thursday

Wickedest kitchen floor pattern.

Tuesday

Satellite nights.

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.

Friday

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.

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”.

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..

 

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

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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.