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#TBT ‘Feel Something’ EP 2013

Feel Something Video

It’s just over 3 years since I released my first solo record after a decade of playing in bands. I finally succumbed to the dreaded solo record and it was not the experience I had expected at all. It was actually one of the best experiences and fondest memories I have of my recording career to date. There was no pressure to make this record and the idea was to keep it simple, gentle and raw. My friend Isobel Campbell, who played cello on this record, described it perfectly when I expressed my nervousness, she described making a solo record like ‘running through the streets naked’, there’s some truth to that.

Feel Something Promo Shoot

The record was produced by Eric McCann and came out July 21st on AED records and we shot 3 beautiful videos in Los Angeles directed by visionary filmmaker Paul Orehovec and edited by Chris Patridge who works with me still on all my other projects.

Feel Something Video Shoot

The first video we shot was for ‘Sunken Ships’ which we shot at my apartment

This was also the record that put Broken Arrow together as Brandi and I had such fun making it and her harmonies on the EP break my heart

Photo by Alex Kinnan

The second video we shot was for the title track ‘Feel Something’ and I think this is my favorite video to look at out of the 3 we shot. We shot this one in DTLA and it was filmed guerilla style by me, Chris and Paul in locations round DTLA till we got noticed or thrown out –

When we shot the 3rd video for ‘Don’t Let Me Down’ we had the biggest production out of all 3 videos and got to shoot our own little western movie featuring a good amount of the people involved making the record.

Don't Let Me Down Video Shoot by Giammarrio Villa

‘Don’t Let Me Down’ was by far the most fun to shoot and I still love this video –

It was a great experience start to finish making this record and many good things came out of it.

Click here to buy the ‘Feel Something’ EP

Feel Something EP

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Broken Arrow Xmas LA Show

Broken Arrow will be playing our final show of the year on December 9th at Harvard & Stone with our friends Bullet & Snowfox and special guest from the UK, Paul Freeman. This will be our Xmas Party for fans, friends and family and good way to wrap up the year after spending most of it on our record.

Bullet & Snowfox

Bullet & Snowfox

We’re really happy with how the record sounds so far and will be playing most of the songs from it as well as a new song we recently got together in rehearsal called ‘Love Like This’.

It’s been a minute since updating what’s been going on with BA on this site since recording the new astrid album. Broken Arrow was still very active since we announced the astrid reunion. Brandi and I went out to Joshua Tree with photographer and director Nitin Vadukul and shot all the artwork for our debut and also shot a video for future single ‘Promises’.

Last month saw us play H&S with Lauren Ruth Ward, Marc With Love and Jeremy Pinnell and the 55’s. This was a really awesome night and our first show with Matt LaRocca on guitar as Pablo has been working on the new Snow Patrol album.

Our management is working on some exciting things for next year and we should have some news about the record by early 2016. We hope to see some of you at Harvard & Stone, Dec 9th. Happy Holidays!

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Broken Arrow News

After handing everything over for the MJ-12 release on Manimal this Summer it was time to get back to working on Broken Arrow with Brandi Emma. We’ve been meeting up with Paul Wilson (Producer/Guitar) and now have 3 songs nearly complete, we tracked all the rest of the songs with Eric McCann and now just need to add vocals and other sounds to the remaining songs. It’s only taken a year! It’s been a long process with Broken Arrow but Brandi and I have definitely figured out how we want this project to sound and we wanted our song choices for this record to be solid and cohesive so we actually wrote some new material as we went along on this journey. It’s been a trip, Brandi and I have developed a strong writing partnership and we’re both really excited for people to hear what we’ve spent the last year working on.

We dipped our toe back into the live scene recently with a show at Bar Lubitsch with friends The Out Of Towners and old friend and Broken Arrow collaborator Matt Van Winkle. We followed that with a spot on the Lady Low residency at 3 of Clubs in Hollywood last week (5/12). One of our oldest friends Ryan Fuller aka Fort King also shared this bill and an incredible night was had by all. We’ve been playing out as a trio with Eric McCann on upright bass and Brandi switching between guitar and harmonium. We both felt like this was a really good way to convey the new material with folks. It’s certainly not what to expect on the record as Pablo has given us a very full sound on these recordings but it’s an intimate way to hear these songs. Next up is The Hotel Cafe on June 9th at 9pm. Line up to be announced soon as well as links for tickets.

Last month we got together with filmmaker Xia Magnus to shoot the first Broken Arrow video for ‘Warning Signs’. We shot the majority of this video in Harvard & Stone and a fairly sleazy motel next to it on Hollywood Blvd. We also got some nice footage whilst roaming the streets of Hollywood on a Friday night. We ended up going for a really simplistic vibe for this video.

I’ve been working on several projects this year but I have to say that Broken Arrow has always remained the priority. Brandi and I have worked so hard on the material we’ve written but somewhere along the way the songs took on a life of their own and became something else. It’s partly down to the people we’re working with but it’s also down to the fact we took our time and let the sound develop organically. We both felt so good about the show we played the other night and now feel like it’s the right time to really move forward with Broken Arrow.

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Tales From The Canyon

Last week Brandi and I went to finish tracking the last of the ‘Broken Arrow’ single with Paul Wilson at his place in Laurel Canyon. It doesn’t matter how long I’ve lived in this city, I still get chills when I think about the history and stories from certain parts of LA. Whether it’s the neighborhoods Bukowski used to roll in or places where some of my favorite movies were shot. Laurel Canyon is certainly the most rich in musical history and the energy there is tangible. It’s a pretty wonderful environment to be creative in and I guess that’s why it still remains such a popular place for artists and musicians. It was a nice way to finish up these recordings which were spread out over 4 different studios.

We spent a fair amount of time working on ‘Warning Signs’ which is Brandi’s nod to some of the records that have influenced her songwriting over the years. When I was recording my backing vocals on this song I couldn’t help but thinking that the track has a very delicate, authentic 70’s feel to it so I’m really excited about sharing this record once we fix a release date. Her vocal on this song is heartbreaking, just beautiful.

‘Danger Signals’ is the flip side of this single and was the first song Brandi and I got together after promotion of my solo EP wrapped last year. It was fairly obvious when we played this song with a full band that it was time to start a band and move away from the singer/songwriter thing.

Paul Wilson & Eric McCann

Paul Wilson & Eric McCann

Eric McCann plays hypnotic bass on this song mixed with Paul Wilson’s angular, 90’s style guitars and so far that mix is working a treat for us. We’re spending the next few weeks putting a plan together for this release and as soon as we have details I’ll post them on this site.

After having said all that about moving away from the singer/songwriter thing I’ll be playing a solo show (very rare for me these days) at Malo in Silverlake, this Wednesday night (09/10). I’ll be playing with my buddies Rodney Eastman and Michael Miller. This is a free show so if you’re around please come and grab a taco or two with us. This event starts at 8.30pm. It’s always an intimate, cosy vibe at Malo so I’m really looking forward to it. I’ll be playing 3 new songs which I have written for my next solo record, some older songs and maybe a Matthew Teardrop cover or two.

Deejay Sean Patrick and I have been busy recently putting together some great line ups and events for our Monday nights at Harvard & Stone. This coming Monday (9/8) we have Lou Barlow playing solo and Joel Jerome and his Babies on Acid. All our events are free and this is a special solo show as Lou is away with Sebadoh pretty much the rest of the year so let’s send him off in style!

Then in October (10/6) we are having Mark Gardener (Ride) come visit us and play a mix of old and new songs. It’s been a few years since I saw Mark so I’m looking forward to seeing him and hearing his new material.

I’m also happy to announce that Harvard & Stone has been nominated in 7 categories in the “Best of LA” LA Weekly Readers Poll. We were nominated in the following categories BEST BAR FOR PEOPLE WATCHING, BEST BAR WITH LIVE MUSIC, BEST BARTENDER, JILL WEBSTER, BEST HAPPY HOUR, BEST MUSIC VENUE, BEST WHISKEY BAR, BEST MODERN COCKTAIL BAR and Sean Patrick is also down for best DJ too! If you feel up to it and would like to vote for us in any of the categories just click here and follow the instructions. To keep up to date on the shows I’m booking at Harvard & Stone just go direct to their website and check out the calender.

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God Speed & Silver Linings

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I’ve really been neglecting my blogging duties as of late for many reasons but the main one being that I’ve been working a lot more at Harvard & Stone lately, so apologies to anyone who might even have noticed that! I’m now booking 3 nights a week at this quality LA bar/music venue and I’m getting to see, hear and work with so many great new bands and also some well seasoned scenesters. The whole “World Cup” thing has passed me by completely. I have noticed though, this last few weeks, when people hear my accent the first question they ask is “who are you rooting for?” and in all honesty I’ve been more excited about the latest pictures of Kevin Smith crying on the set on Star Wars Episode VII or having Tashaki Miyaki come play at H&S at the end of this month to care about football! Admittedly, I’m a terrible Scotsman I don’t drink (anymore) or like football. I do however enjoy a good black pudding but that’s pretty hard to find in LA.

Last week was the official launch party for the release of ‘God Speed & Silver Linings’ by Sugarplum Fairies out on Starfish Records now. This is my record of the year so far next to ‘Lost in the Dream’ by The War on Drugs. The album was produced by Marlon Rabenreither (Gold Star, Lael Neale), mixed by Todd Burke (Belle & Sebastian, Ben Harper) and features guest performances by me and RT Valine. Silvia Ryder, who pretty much is SPF, is an old friend and I’m so happy she asked me to be involved in this project as the full record is really something quite special indeed. Silvia’s vocal on this record has developed so much since it’s predecessor and to quote ‘American Songwriter Magazine’ sounds like Nico on a double date with Leonard Cohen! There’s a whole range of different styles on this record ranging from Americana to Jazz yet it’s solidly cohesive sounding and held together perfectly by Marlon Rabenreither’s beautiful production. You can purchase this record from all good online record stores.

So, an update on Broken Arrow. We recently finished our run of shows at The Hotel Cafe and have started to record our first two singles which we hope to have finished by August. We really did have such a great time during the residency and thank you everyone who came down to support us.

Tommy Schobel

Tommy Schobel

We had a new line up for these shows including Tommy Schobel (who played with Brandi in The Fox Must Pay) on drums and Paul Wilson from Snow Patrol on guitar. Paul’s out here in LA right now and though we shared many adventures in the past I’d not seen him in years so it’s been great catching up not to mention playing music together. Paul and Tommy did such a great job so thanks from Eric, Brandi and myself for helping us out.

Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson

Brandi and I also did a little run of promotion to help with these shows including a 2 hour interview with 5 songs live for Suicide Girls Radio. This was definitely a new one for me as these straight talking ladies gave me a radio experience I’ll never forget! It’s certainly not the BBC but hey, that’s not a bad thing! If you would like to hear acoustic versions of some of our new songs or better still watch me sweat profusely for 2 hours you can watch it here! The whole thing was filmed so I’m definitely looking forward to my Mum and Dad hearing me share about my extensive knowledge of uncircumcised penises.

Brandi & I will be returning to The Hotel Cafe as a duo on July 24th opening for Fred Page from the UK.

Once we get our record finished we will be announcing more dates and release news. In the meantime Brandi and I are continuing to write some more new material together. Keep checking this site for updates on Broken Arrow.

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Broken Arrow: Hotel Cafe Residency June 11th

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It’s just after noon on the 15th of May, it’s 100 degrees outside (so I’m not leaving the house today) and it’s the day after the first Hotel Cafe Residency show for Broken Arrow. It was such a great night, Lou Barlow was magnificent as were Gold Star and Tara Fox not to mention the fact we were pretty happy with how we performed also. We were a little nervous as Brandi and I had just finished writing 5 of these songs 2 weeks ago in our little cave in Silverlake. It all turned out fine in the end. Take a look at my post for the May 28th show at Hotel Cafe which is followed by an Indie 103 session on the May 29th. I am now super excited to announce the line up for our final show on June 11th.

Ben Lee

Ben Lee

I first met Ben Lee when I was a young whipper snapper playing in a band called ‘astrid’. Our first European tour was with Ben when he released his ‘Breathing Tornados’ album in 1998. It was a pretty amazing tour and that record was never off the tour bus for a long time after that. A few years ago, after I moved to LA, I met Ben at my regular Yoga class (yes, this is very LA) and it was really nice to reconnect with him after all these years! He is an incredible talent and a true gentleman so we are all really excited about Ben jumping on the bill for the big Hotel Cafe Finale!

Jason Keary

Jason Keary

Jason Keary is a songwriter from Nashville. His self produced “Another Bird Here Has Flown” EP came out last year and was mixed by Clay Jones (Modest Mouse, Elvis Costello and Counting Crows). Jason contacted me earlier this year and we’ve stayed in touch ever since. I’m really looking forward to finally meeting him and hearing the songs I love from his EP. We will also be doing a song together so that’ll be fun too!

Skin & Bones is a folk/blues duo with hints of alt country and bluegrass. This cocktail of genres makes for an explosive live performance. I was recently turned on to these young lads by Silvia Ryder from Sugarplum Fairies and I loved what I heard. The duo consists of Taylor Borsuk and Peter Blackwelder. I recently had them come play at my Monday night at Harvard & Stone and they blew the room away! Really looking forward to seeing Skin & Bones play again!

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Broken Arrow: Hotel Cafe Residency May 28th

I’ve been having a rare old time these past few weeks collaborating on other projects for 2014. I recently recorded with my friend Silvia Ryder from Sugarplum Fairies and we did a cover of ‘Moment of Fame’ originally by Son Of The Velvet Rat. The song is going to be featured on the new Sugarplum Fairies long player, ‘Godspeed & Silver Linings’ due for release May 27th. The song was premiered on BBC Radio 1 Scotland by my old friend Roddy Hart last week. I’m so happy with how this collaboration turned out and you can listen to the track here. Silvia and I are talking about working on more material later this year so I look forward to that when it happens.

Sugarplum Fairies

Sugarplum Fairies

The Second night of the residency at Hotel Cafe (May 28th) is now confirmed and I’m pleased to announce our guests for this date…..

Victoria Williams

Victoria Williams

Victoria Williams is an American songwriter and musical legend. Brandi and I met Victoria at a house party in Yucca Valley when we all played in a mutual friends front room. I’ve seen Victoria perform several times since then and have been spellbound every time by her unique voice and incredible songwriting. She is also an absolute darling! In 2006 Victoria was ranked #89 on Paste magazine’s list of the Top 100 Living Songwriters. Although her debut album, Happy Come Home was released in 1987, Victoria was largely overlooked until artists like Soul Asylum, Lou Reed, Evan Dando, The Jayhawks and Pearl Jam recorded her songs for the 1993 Sweet Relief tribute/benefit album, the proceeds helped cover Victoria’s medical expenses in her battle against multiple sclerosis. We are very honored to have Victoria play with us at The Hotel Cafe.

Miranda Lee Richards

Miranda Lee Richards

I’m so happy to have Miranda Lee Richards come back and play with us at Hotel Cafe again. Miranda has been playing at some of my events round LA recently and playing songs form her forthcoming album which sounds absolutely incredible. Miranda got her professional start in the Brian Jonestown Massacre, and that led to her subsequent appearance in seminal documentary DIG! Miranda landed a record deal with Virgin Records, who released her debut album, The Herethereafter, in 2001. Since it’s release, Miranda has collaborated in the studio or on stage with Tricky, Tim Burgess (Charlatans), Neil Halstead (Mojave Three), Tyler Hilton, Harper Simon, the Jesus and Mary Chain and The Lovetones.

Georg Altziebler

Georg Altziebler

Georg Altziebler is the front man of Austrian starlets, Son Of The Velvet Rat. Georg has collaborated with Lucinda Williams amongst others over the years and has created a unique style and sound with SOTVR’s beautiful poetry and music. We’ve played a lot of shows together this year but Georg had to go back home to Austria recently so I was delighted when he let me know he’d be back in town for this show. Always a pleasure to share the stage with ‘The Rats’.

DJ Sean Patrick will be taking care of our ears between bands and tickets for all 3 nights are priced at $10.

The rest of my time has been spent with Brandi Emma getting a set of brand new material ready for the first show at Hotel Cafe on May 14th. Tickets went on sale this week and can be bought via The Hotel Cafe website.

I will be announcing the June 11th line up very soon.

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Broken Arrow: Hotel Cafe Residency May 14th

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Broken Arrow is the new project I started with Brandi Emma several months ago. The whole concept came about after promoting my solo EP from last year and we both started writing together. I am pleased to announce that we will be showcasing our new material and launching this project properly over a 3 night residency at The Hotel Cafe (May 14th, May 28th & June 11th). I will be announcing full line ups for each individual date over the coming weeks but here is a little bit about our guests for May 14th……

Lou Barlow

Lou Barlow

I grew up listening to Dinosaur JR, Sebadoh and all things Lou Barlow. When I was about 21 my old band (astrid) opened for Lou at Glasgow’s legendary Nice ‘N’ Sleazys. He did a 3 night solo residency and my friends and I set up camp in the pub for 3 days and nights! Words can’t even express how excited we all are to have Lou perform with us.

Gold Star

Gold Star

Gold Star is a new project from Marlon Rabenreither. I’ve known Marlon since I first moved to LA over 3 years ago and started booking shows around town. His other project, The Sister Ruby Band, were undoubtedly the standout act from any night I booked. His songs are old beyond his years and Gold Star have since gone on to stir up a lot of buzz in this town. We are very happy to have Marlon and his band join us during our residency.

Tara Fox

Tara Fox

I recently got introduced to the music of Tara Fox, funnily enough, through Marlon from Gold Star. I had both bands come and play my night at Harvard & Stone. Tara is an extremely talented songwriter and performer and we all look forward to seeing her with her full band at Hotel Cafe.

DJ Sean Patrick

DJ Sean Patrick

In between all these wonderful artists performing we will have DJ Sean Patrick spinning and keeping changeovers vibrant! Sean is a good friend and my co-host/resident DJ from Harvard & Stone Monday Nights. We’re all looking forward to seeing what Sean has in store for this residency and very grateful for him sharing his talents to make these nights extra special.

Keep an eye out for more news on The Hotel Cafe residency.

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Yucca Valley & The Hotel Cafe

Last Saturday I went out to the desert to play a show with the band in Yucca Valley. The show was curated by our friends Georg and Heike from Son of the Velvet Rat and the event was held in their home. I headed out a day early with my wife and we hired a little cabin in 29 Palms about 30 mins drive from Yucca Valley in the heart of the hi desert.

For this Scottish boy it was quite the adventure. Having grown up in one of the most remote parts of Scotland I immediately felt a sense of familiarity when we left Los Angeles, hit the highway and ventured into vast, open territory. It’s so beautiful in such a unique way words can’t describe it because it’s a feeling you get when you’re out there.

Mitch (my wife) and I relaxed and enjoyed our rental the day before the show, hot tubbing under the moon, star gazing and looking out over Joshua Tree national park when we woke.

Photo by Heike Binder-Altziebler

Photo by Heike Binder-Altziebler

The day of the show we had a pre gig barbeque with Matt Van Winkle and Celeste Bacchi before meeting the rest of the band at the venue. Matt played a solo set to open the show followed by music from Phillip Rosenberg, Ted Quinn. The house was full and the atmosphere was incredible. We took to the living room floor stage and played a set including 3 of our new songs, ‘Danger Signals’, ‘The Things I find’ and ‘Tell It To Your Friends’ plus 3 songs of ‘Feel Something’. People were dancing and seemed to be singing along so I think we did a good job.

Victoria Williams

Victoria Williams

After we finished Victoria Williams played a set with her band. Such a great performance and what an honor to play with such an accomplished musician and songwriter. You could hear a pin drop when she played! The show ended with The Out of Towners playing a wonderful and rockin’ set, they even had our hosts for the evening come up and close the night with a rendition of ‘Dead Flowers’. A great weekend, thank you Georg and Heike.

Feb 5th will be the first offical LA performance of my new (kind of) project with Brandi Emma, Broken Arrow.

Charlie Clark & Brandi Emma

The band is Eric McCann, Joel Patterson, Matt Van Winkle, myself and Brandi. Our name was taken from a song of a previous solo record Brandi did called ‘Photographic Memory’. The venue for this show is The Hotel Cafe and the line up for the night is pretty damn good even if I do say so myself.

Miranda Lee Richards

Miranda Lee Richards

Miranda Lee Richards is opening the night with her band at 9pm. I first saw Miranda play 2 years ago at The Clean Air Festival held at Pappy & Harriets in Pioneer Town (back out in the desert funnily enough). It was about 2am and she performed a delicate and haunting show that has always remained a musical highlight for me since moving here. It’s an absolute pleasure to play with Miranda and I’m really looking forward to seeing her again.

Son of the Velvet Rat

Son of the Velvet Rat

Broken Arrow will play at 10pm followed by Son of the Velvet Rat. We’ve been playing some shows together and really just enjoying the creative flow of working together. I’m certainly looking forward to hearing songs from their new record ‘Firedancer’ which everyone should buy! I’ve watched SOTVR win over audiences round LA over the last year so it’s always great to do shows together.

Rachel Goodrich

Rachel Goodrich

Closing the night will be old friend and possibly the best guitar player I’ve seen since moving to LA, Rachel Goodrich. We played together at The Standard in Hollywood years ago. Rachel was a regular performer at my night at Taix and we’ve been good pals ever since. Rachel will be the perfect end to the night as her latest band, The Grrrls, have been blowing peoples minds round Echo Park recently.

It’s $8 well spent and you can buy tickets in advance here. Hope to see some of you there.

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