Ambient Alternative at the Anza

Ambient Alternative at the Anza poster

I'll be playing guitar in this cool event. I'm excited about this one because we finally have a line-up of bands that will go together well. I've played many gigs with Elza in Vancouver but over the last two years we always seem to get paired up with good, but mis-matched bands. Usually we are opening for bands that are of a completely different genre.

So one day I suggested Elza just produce her own show, that way she can choose the bands that we play with. I suggested she call it something like "A night of Post-Rock," or some such thing. Well, now it's happening. She called it "Ambient Alternative at the Anza."

The poster is pretty cool too. Yes there will actually be cello, but I don't think there will be a cat. All the details for the show are below. I hope to see you there.

Ambient Alternative at the Anza

Join us at the ANZA Club for a night of ambient alternative rock with Elza, Boy Breaking Glass, Au4 and Bright Red Kite

Doors - 7:30 pm
TIckets - $10 (Cash only)
19+ to enter

Elza's music is introspective, haunting and emotionally charged. Her dark and intricate sound is inspired by a wide variety of styles, drawing mainly from 90's alternative acts and mixed in seamlessly with her classical piano training and synths explorations. Elza brings her studio-born dreams to audiences with 7-piece live band, dazzling crowds with her rich, dark grooves.

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Sinatra and Dean Martin Charts Update

Sinatra big band charts

Thanks to a Sinatra performer in the UK, I've received a few more Sinatra charts as we exchanged a bunch. He sent me what he has, and I gave him what he needed.

So here's the updated list of charts I have for these to great artists. Unfortunately I haven't had the chance to play this music in Vancouver for a couple years. I miss playing this style of music on guitar. Here's hoping there will be come another day.

I'm interested to hear from any other performers out there who have played this music, who might want to share ideas and tips. If you are one of them, please get in touch.

Here is a list of all the Sinatra charts I have now:

  • All of Me
  • All the Way
  • A Lot of Livin' To Do
  • Angel Eyes
  • Autumn Leaves
  • Best is Yet to Come
  • Best is Yet to Come -- Quincy Jones Arr.
  • Brazil
  • Cheek to Cheek
  • Come Dance with Me
  • Come Fly With Me -- Billy May version
  • Come Fly With Me -- Sinatra/Basie version
  • Embraceable You
  • Fly Me to the Moon
  • Fly Me to the Moon -- Quincy Jones arr.
  • For Once in My Life
  • Have You Met Miss Jones
  • I Get a Kick Out of You
  • I've Got the World on a String
  • In the Still of the Night -- Johnny Mandel arr.
  • I Won't Dance
  • I'm Gonna Live Until I Die
  • I've Got you Under My Skin -- Nelson Riddle arr.
  • It Happened in Monterey
  • It was a Very Good Year
  • Lady is a Tramp
  • Learnin the Blues
  • Let's Fall in Love
  • Love and Marriage
  • Luck Be a Lady
  • Mack the Knife
  • My Kind of Town
  • My Way
  • New York New York
  • Nothin' But the Blues
  • One for My Baby
  • Second Time Around
  • September in the Rain
  • Something Stupid
  • Strangers in the Night
  • Summer Wind
  • That's Life
  • Way You Look Tonight
  • Where or When
  • Witchcraft
  • Young At Heart
  • You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me

We now also have the Harry Connick Jr. chart for "I Get a Kick Out of You." And also the Michael Buble version of "Come Fly With Me."

Dean Martin Big Band Charts

  • Ain't that a Kick in the Head
  • Everybody Loves Somebody
  • Everybody Loves Somebody
  • Just in Time
  • Sway
  • That's Amore
  • When You're Smiling / Drinkin'

Custom Edjan Stratocaster Guitar

I am totally blown away by this new guitar, custom-made just for me by Vancouver luthier Jeremy Edjan! This is the second Edjan strat I own. This one is on par with the high-level Fenders, the ones that hang on the expensive wall at the back of the shop!

Not only does it look amazing, the sound from the hand-wound pickups is thick, meaty. And yet it still has that distinct pharmacy Stratocaster tone. The playability is just as good if not better than the Fender Pro Telecaster I bought a few months ago.

I am truly honored to own this guitar. I can't wait to play a show with it.

Custom Edjan Stratocaster guitar

Who is Art Bergmann and Why You Should Care

In around 1980 a kid named Mike went to his high school gymnasium on a North Vancouver evening to attend an all-ages concert with a band called the Young Canadians. Looking back on it today, nearly forty years later, I asked Mike “Is that when you decided you wanted to play in a rock band?”

“No, I was just scared. There were real punk rockers there.”

In Vancouver in 1977 Art Bergmann, Barry Taylor, and Jim Bescott formed the K-Tels, inspired by punk rock from Britain and 1960s garage rock. But after being threatened with a law suit from K-Tel Records -- the company that released cheap compliations of the "hits of the day" -- they changed their name to the Young Canadians. Along with bands like DOA and the Pointed Sticks, they helped create a thriving Canadian punk rock scene.


The Young Canadians had a hit with their EP release, “Hawaii.” The song opens with a wailing guitar melody that is instantly memorable. Then Bergmann’s raucous voice enters with the words, “let’s go to fucking Hawaii, get drunk in the sun.”

Listening to Bergmann’s lyrics reveals the true depth to their music. Is it a critique of Canadian middle-class desires to act out the lives of the wealthy? Or to spend their hard earned money on something of questionable personal or spiritual value? Either way, you can hear instantly how fun it would have been to see these guys play live.

Let’s go to fuckin’ Hawaii
Get drunk in the sun
I wanna lay on Wai-ki-ki
Get a tan on my butt

Running from the rain
Thousands on the run
Make it like the rich
Headed for the fun

The Young Canadians only lasted about two years. But Art Bergman continued making music, first with Los Popularos and then on his own.

Solo Career

Through his solo career, Bergmann has become an artist so far beyond his punk rock beginnings -— great as that was. To my ears, he fits in the genre some call “singer-songwriter,” but biting, acerbic. Try his album Sexual Roulette, released in 1990, which explores drug addiction, death, HIV/Aids, and depression.

His latest release is The Apostate, which is musically much gentler, and still beautiful. Pedal steel guitar rounds out the sound on some tracks. Some speculate that may be an influence of rural Alberta where he's been living the last 20 or so years. But Bergman has said that it actually goes back to the time he first started learning music. It was folk and country songs he listented to then.

Bergmann is currently touring and I had the priveledge to see him perform in Vancouver last night. According to an interview with the Georgia Straight, his health problems make touring pretty hard on him. But watching them play last night at the Rickshaw you'd almost never know it. The guy still rocks.

After a killer encore, audience members were encouraged to come up on stage and join the band in a percussion based jam. It was a little wild -- exactly as it should be.