Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Los Angeles

Since the end of DB I've stopped blogging all together...The beginning of 2015 saw me back in Berlin, I guess I wanted to see what I missed but only to realize I've moved on and was completely out of sync with the city.  The lifestyle, the night life, all that hedonistic craziness was no longer appealing anymore, it felt incredibly distracting. Regardless, it was great to see some old Berlin friends there...The Berlin winter reminded me so much of that heavy winter I went thru during 2012/2013 of the Drifters/Love is the devil period, I had to leave.  I set sail for Istanbul and Beirut visiting my friend Khodor and just chilled there for a few weeks...During this visit a very important vision came to me. I'm not really the tripper type who takes too much hallucinogens nor the hippie spiritual type, but while I was coming down with a cold during a rainy night with the electricity knocked off, I saw a vision.  It was so dramatic that I'll spare you the cringe worthy details...soon after the vision appeared before me, the electricity came back and the rain stopped.  I sat there in the kitchen with my mouth half open, still not really sure what it was that I saw. It was a fucking weird night. Immediately two days later, I booked my flight to LA.

All my original plans to stay in Berlin for a bit and later return to Vancouver went out the window. LA had been my final destination plan for 2015, but instead of taking 6 months to a year to move there, I went straight for it. Upon arrival the city welcomed me and took me in. New friends, old friends, even running into old high school friends from Hawaii (!!!) and everything was in sync and everything fell in its place.  I wanna thank Juan for letting me crash at his place upon my arrival, and Julia for helping me find my place in LA.  I'm now writing on my desk in my room, living in a small modest house in east LA close to Alhambra with two room mates. My neighbors are mostly Mexican families, and some OG cholo dads raising their kids now, working on their cars or lifting weights in their garage on sundays. Its quiet and from our rooftop I can see the palm trees, the mountains and the skyscrapers of downtown LA.  My room strangely resembles the room I lived in Honolulu back in 1998, or the room in Montreal 2005.  Mattress on the floor, a desk, and books and shit everywhere hahaha.  Upon my first week moving to LA, I scored some commercial music syncs (once I get the paycheck next month I won't have to work for a while) along with soundtrack jobs. As my friend Dean Hurley aptly described, "You got baptized by LA.  Welcome to Los Angeles, my friend." Everything just felt right. I remember waking up and walking out to my rooftop in my underwear in February and it was 85 F... (about 25 celcius?) at that the moment, it truly felt like a long 10 year winter in my life was over....

Before I rant on, theres some music updates:

1) Before moving to LA, I also played in a free jazz trio at cafe Oto in London with my dear Lisbon friends Gabriel Ferrandini (drums), and David Maranha (electric organ, me on tenor saxophone) We played two 45 min sets with a 20 min intermission in between. It was recorded.  It is now being mixed by my friend Jonathan Schenke in New York. And I can't wait to share it with you all.  Its pretty wild...not for timid ears. Musically its not the direction Last Lizard is heading, but a one time thing, as we vowed to play together as a trio whenever the opportunity arises and see us all in the same city, and tap into something higher than play music as some sort of religious, personal exorcism, an exercise leading into your unconscious, letting it guide you and lead you where your supposed to be...I felt like I ran and I ran bumping into walls violently, and spun around and kept running forward. Whenever I ran into a wall I spun around the corner and kept running. I felt like I lost 15 lbs and all that heavy shit inside me was repelled.

2) During the same London trip, I also recorded a session with old friends Simon Frank (Hot & Cold) and Austin Milne.  We drank a bunch of buckfast (cheap ass caffeinated wine LOL  Needless to say we went a little ape shit crazy...With Austin and I on dual sax, and Simon on synth and drum machine.  This will take some time to edit or even comprehend what we did hahaha.

3) I'm also currently writing two film scores, unfortunately I can't disclose any information as of now, but will definitely post more info about them in the future.

4) 2 upcoming shows as Last Lizard:
I had recently played the Lougheed House in Calgary, Alberta.  My first show as Last Lizard. I want to thank Evangelos for bringing me there, and all the people that came to show means a lot to me. Truly.

The next two shows are A) May 22 at Obey Festival in Halifax, opening for OG free jazz saxophonist Peter Brotzmann, and B) May 23 at Arcosanti festival in Arizona, a strange utopia town built by Paolo Soleri in 1970. Can't wait to play in the open desert amphitheatre...

The first release as Last Lizard will take some time to conceptualize, and prepare but after the ending of Dirty Beaches, I am now on my own time and schedule. I am in no rush to be anywhere...after all, I'll always be making music until I die.

Last but not least, heres an article I read about La Monte Young giving advice to musicians which I find very inspiring and I want to share this with all of you:

God Speed,

Pacific Boy

Los Angeles, May 2015.

Photos by Michael Grondin



  2. Glad you're doing well. Can't wait to hear the new music. Change of subject, but since you've travelled a lot I thought I'd ask... Are you familiar with Tokyo at all? Any suggestions for places to see good local bands? Or cool spots in general there?

    1. Tokyo has a lot to offer, but music wise I'd recommend BIG LOVE RECORDS in harajuku, there are a few spots I like drinking in Golden Gai in shinjuku, but the favorite one for me was NIGHTINGALE, a bar that played mostly obscure noise music. Theres also a jazz bar called LADYJANE in shimokitazawa that had endless vinyls of every jazz record you can imagine... Theres alot to do there and food is amazing. But I'd recommend starting from BIG LOVE Records and you might make some friends there. Its always better to explore with locals that knows the ins and outs.

    2. ^Thanks for the advice. It'll be my first time there; I'll definitely check out all of your recommendations.

      Keep on keepin' on. I can't wait to hear the new tunes!

  3. I didn't know DB split up until just now. I discovered you via Spotify (via Jacuzzi Boys, I believe), and eventually just started playing your music straight up while drawing and tattooing, it's been perfect for me.
    Sounds like you have done quite a bit of wandering. I too have spent time in Berlin, spent the last 5 summers there, and I'm with you, it's run its course for me too.
    I'm looking forward to hearing your now project/s, because I learned that it's your style I'm into, no one can just go off making noise in a contrived way. You're clearly feeling it out, I appreciate that very much.
    Forgive me for not doing my homework here, but I'm taking the "fuck it" approach to writing you with what might seem like a naive request. My interests are selfish, but the good ones in my life benefit from my obscure taste, so it's a potential win/win/win.
    I'd like to get in touch with you personally to ask you for a date to play in my town, the kind of music you'd like to play, and I'd bet its the kind of music I'd be honored to hear.
    So you can email me at if you're at least compelled to hear my pitch.
    @muscadomestica via IG
    Katharine Hadron-Collider via FB

    Thank you Alex

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