Saturday

Posted a brand new short in the prose section tonight called “Snapshot”.

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:

Tuesday

Last week we started shooting a music video for “Downtown Lover”…I don’t want to ruin it so I’m not going to tell you about the rad idea we came up with—I want it to be a surprise…really you’d never guess. However, we did some performance cut-away shots in the jam room and I figured I’d post them for now.

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.

Thursday

We’ve been mastering some songs from the new album and the same question came up–the same question people always ask me, “Who’s Audrey?” never before have I been asked so much about a song…it used to be comical, but now it’s kind of annoying actually. I guess people are drawn to the romanticism of that song, so I can’t fault them for asking. People say it’s my best song, that it’s a pure dopamine rush. I think Afternoons is my best however. Out of all my songs on iTunes though, Audrey has sold the most, is a crowd fave and now I’m constantly asked who the hell Audrey is. Not sure why people ask me that all the time, but they assume I’m being coy when I never answer them. I’m not being coy though.

To answer the question I’m always asked–who’s Audrey?

She’s a fictional character that I created in my mind–I’m a writer after all.

*shrug*

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.

Tuesday

Spent the weekend in our little studio down by the docks…putting some finishing touches on the new album. After listening to the ten songs we’ve recorded, in specific order, it occurs to me that this album is probably my best most sincere work–I know I say that every time I’m about to release an album, but this time I really think I was blessed with inspiration…even if it didn’t seem like inspiration at the time.

An issue with music today is that a lot of songwriters pay attention to what music critics think. It’s like Bukowski once said, “If I cared what anyone thought I’d never write anything.” A music critic once told me that an artist is part of a larger movement of creativity; a medium between reality and the abstract dimension of creative muse–meanwhile this critic wrote a great review of an ‘artist’ who hadn’t wrote any of his own music and rather had sampled everything on his album. I think music critics are chicken-shit and uninspired for the most part. Case in point–after Brian Wilson released Pet Sounds, critics didn’t receive it very well; it took a few decades for them to catch on…though Paul McCartney said immediately that ‘God Only Knows’ was the greatest song ever written. I don’t criticize music–I just create it. Nobody knows how it happens, especially music critics. I know it starts with a spark of magic and that magic cannot be bought, sold or faked. You can teach math, sociology, psychology, medicine, law, quantum physics…music journalism–but you can’t teach songwriting.

As a kid I studied at a conservatory and was basically verbally abused, belittled and chastised for years by my first music teacher for coloring outside the lines–he was always breaking my balls over the fine print; he really took the fun out of it. He would bang his head on the piano keys and yell at me if my posture wasn’t perfect, he’d froth at the mouth if my scales weren’t perfect or if I wasn’t doing it exactly as he’d taught me…he’d yell “Staccato! Staccato! Staccato!” what a humorless twat–I felt bad for his wife and kids. I played my first gig with a children’s orchestra that he conducted and wound up sitting backstage afterward for a half hour listening to him yell at me over something I played during a Beethoven piece. I’d told him to ‘chill out‘ and it was more than he could bare…he’d turned a deep shade of red and yelled so loud there were veins bulging in his temples; way over the top–get a grip dude. In spite of his hollering, the guy didn’t help me become a better songwriter…he did however turn me off of playing with an orchestra.

By the time I was an adolescent and playing in skate-punk bands (perhaps out of rebellion) I was still studying music for the purpose of mastering drums, guitar and voice as I thought understanding each instrument would make me a better songwriter–however…there was an epiphany; I realized that everything I’d learned academically wasn’t what what helped me advance as a songwriter–any advancements in composition were all due to meditative study of great songwriters…I could recite the textbook with proper diction…sight read, turn a song into an algebra equation, but those lessons were nothing compared to the education I attained at the school of Brian Wilson. It was an all-out obsession with Pet Sounds that really changed the way I perceived songwriting–ironically it had little to do with academic study. For instance, in God Only Knows, the music walks into an entirely different key and then back again–without there being any hint that it’s happened…in fact the bass guitar listened to alone makes absolutely no sense…but ties the song together once the vocal melodies are added.

How did Wilson write that song? Did he sample a bunch of other people’s music? Did he default to the same formula that his contemporaries were writing with? Hell no…I’d read that he had taken hallucinogens and sat on a beach with a guitar…the sky opened up apparently and God came out of the clouds and told Wilson how to write that song. I can believe that…after all, the technicality of that song defies theory…and it sounds like heaven. This proves that you can’t approach songwriting with notes, counts, rests, numbers, theory and expect to achieve magic…though most songs can be explained with notes, counts, rests, and numbers; songs are not mathematical formulas–at least they shouldn’t be. Throw the text book away only after you’ve learned it. My point? You can’t teach songwriting…you can only expose an artist to amazing talent and hope that it rubs off. Don’t believe the hype of critics–write what you feel…and I don’t mean sample 90 percent of your album because a critic gave a sampled album great reviews, I mean actually write your album from the ground up–shoot for extraordinary…don’t fake it.

Friday

Sometimes a record is like a time capsule. I found a box full of my old CDs from the 90’s–from one of my many moves. I’d found it in my mom’s house under the basement stairs. I took it home with me a few years ago, but didn’t have a chance to open it until the other day–it’s just been sitting in a cupboard. Among the CDs I found a few XTC albums…particularly Black Sea. I’ve been driving around listening to it in my car. I also found Strangeways Here We Come and Disintegration – two more legendary albums that take me right back to wake-and-bake high school mornings sitting in class with one earphone in, as if it was yesterday. Amazing how music makes that happen.

Thursday 

Just got word that we’ll be playing the Sea Monster Lounge in Seattle April 24th. Stoked!

Tuesday

Another all-nighter at the studio. I hadn’t really planned on writing any more songs for this new album. Hard to tell though when you’re finished a work of art. I guess one never finishes, rather one just finally abandons it. I’ve always been a bit obsessed with the Titanic. I visited the Titanic exhibit in Richmond four times before it closed and still could not wrap my mind around the fact that I was standing only a matter of inches away from artifacts that had been on board the Titanic the night of April 15th 1912–artifacts that had sunk along with the ship and subsequently sat in complete darkness on the ocean floor for a hundred years. The personal effects of the passengers were very surreal. It was as if I could nearly hear their whispers. After the fourth visit, a song started to form in my head…a ghostly song as haunting and mysterious as the Titanic itself. Maybe it’s OCD, but when a song hits me, I can’t think of anything else really until the song is completed in my head, instruments, vocals, production, everything. After that, it’s all about recreating it on record. Sometimes it’s effortless…other times it’s a pain in the ass…sometimes it requires all-nighters. Art doesn’t step aside for fatigue…rather it eclipses it. It’s 8am–goodnight.

Sunday

“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”.

Tuesday

This is the cover of my soon to be released Ebook.

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..

Wednesday

The Matter of Mister Blue…coming soon.

Friday

Wednesday

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

Hope you enjoy it. 

Tales From Truman Park Volume I & II

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.

Thursday

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

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

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

Tuesday

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

Friday

Yes, this is for realz.

Tuesday

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

Sunday

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

Thursday

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

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

Saturday

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

Friday

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

-Charles Bukowski, “Hollywood”

Tuesday

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

Monday

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

Sunday

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

Monday

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

Wednesday

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

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

Tuesday

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

Friday

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

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

Thursday

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

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

Wednesday

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

Wednesday

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

Monday

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

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

Tuesday

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

Sunday

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

Saturday

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

Friday

Only in LA…

Thursday

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

Monday

Thursday

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

Tear it up G

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