DEC. 1ST 2013. Yes I do put up Christmas lights. I spent all day Friday in the yard and on the roof. It all starts with a cup of coffee, then I get out the ladder and get on the roof. Cleaning the gutters comes first, and this reminds me that I need new gutters. All the down spouts are clogged, and in some places the gutters are coming apart from the roof. So I'll tell myself again that next year this needs to be fixed, but when it comes to spending the money for it I'll balk. I just throw all the grime from the gutters onto the ground then I go along and pick it up latter. This lends itself to a full fledged winter yard clean up. When that is done it's time for another cup of splended java. Then the lights go up. Christmas can get such a bad rap. You know "it's so commercial" or "I wont be part of this whole Christian holiday". It is what you make it, and you don't have to make about Retail or Religion. If it is about celebrating your beliefs and or engaging in some gift buying dive in and enjoy. For me it's about a feeling. A feeling that was grown out of many loving childhood memories. Family spending time together even in trying times. And yes all those other things like opening presents, and hoping to see Santa. So I get up on the roof in hopes of lighting those old feelings again. It will never be the same as it was when I was 8 years old, but I honor all the work Mom, and Grandma,and all my Aunts and Uncles put into making it special. So when I get down from the roof, and all the colors of the lights are shining bright. That feeling is burning a little warmer again. Please take a look and listen to the latest Gorbie release. Lots of work was put into it, and I think it would make a wonderful Christmas present. Even if it was just for yourself! Seperation spepepepepepepepepepepepepepepepepepepepepepepepepepepepepepepepepepepepepepepepepepepepepepepepepepepepepepepepepepepepepepepepepepepepepeppepeepepepepepepepepepepepepepeppeppbeen reading some H.P. Lovecraft lately. July 10th 2013. So this year has been spent mostly working on my yard, and working on my little "Boutique" record label. We had the pleasure of partnering up with Helen Chaya, and releasing her CD "I'm not thinking of war today". The next big project will be the very talented St Even. For me performing out has been minimal this year, but I do have a show to announce. Thursday August 1st I will be playing atop the Hotel Deluxes parking garage. This will be part of the NW Film Center's "Top Down" outdoor screening series. I will be playing from 8pm till 9pm, and then a screening of the film "The Dancing Outlaw" will be shown. You can buy tickets and find out more by following the link above. Playing on a rooftop in the summer, in Portland should be a hoot. Hope to see you there! MAY 21st 2013. So what the hell is the "GORBIE INTERNATIONAL RECORDS" thing? What about the Gorbie Record Store? Is this Barry Brusseau's website or a record label? Naw, you're probably not asking these questions, but I had to start somewhere. I've learned not to ever count on someone else (a record label) putting out your record. That applies even more nowadays since there's rarely any money to be made. But before I went through with self-releasing my debut record I did send it out to a few Portland labels. I was really looking for a partner, and I thought I had some real good ideas for a cool release. I didn't hold my breath though, and as I predicted the phone (or emails) never brought any news of a "partner". I even had a friend say they'd put there little label emblem on it, but I don't think they liked the record much. So I didn't push it and they never brought it up again. So I moved forward on my own. It just seemed like I was spending all this money for a cool record, and it should have a label. Maybe it would have been a good hypster move to go no label, but after some thought astectically I decided to come up with my own fake label. The obvious choice for me was my Dog. Mikey was such a beautiful animal, and I loved him dearly. Though Mikey was the name he came with (we adopted him). His name morphed into many names, and Gorbie was one ( Mikey into Mikel into Mikel Gorbichov into Gorbie). I had this great image of his eye for the art, and then adding INTERNATIONAL RECORDS just sounded so good (I have sold numerous records internationally so it's not a sham). So the fake label was born. If you're still reading and have overlooked all my bad English then you're a special person, and no can take that away from you. The transformation from fake to real all started with an idea I had for these home recordings. I wanted to do a special release, but I was broke from doing my debut vinyl. So I started to brainstorm how I could make something unique and special, but not go broke doing it. So I decided to get 50 CD's duplicated for cheap, and then put the rest of the package together with my own hands. No jewel cases or plastic, and digi packs were to expensive. The idea formed in my head to use some kind of cloth for the cover, and then buy these cd covers from Stumptown Printers. I spent time at the fabric store, and the craft store. I also enlisted friends to help with sewing and printing. I also decided that I wanted to give them away for free. That cd was called "A Cheap Charming Sound". It was such a hit with my friends and the local papers that I started to get some big ideas. At the time I was surounded by so much talent, with recorded music, and not sure what to do with it. I made an offer at an open mic one night that I would love to record some people for free and maybe release it on my new "label". Mr. Jon Ransom was the first person to take me up on it, and my first release outside myself. I kind of thought that I could help some good people out and give them a little direction. All the while being part of something that I love. I'm not sure that I have that much to give after all this time spent in this tough business, but I do what I can. I've kind of established a look and feel for the label and who knows what will come of it. I'm not concerned with distribution or much that a real label would do, but I do give a damn about making it all with a big heart. All the music you can buy here (that's not me) is music I've had some hand in putting together. If you purchase one of these "Gorbie International Releases" all the money goes to the artist. With the help on Jon we are a all in house record label. We still have to have the Cd's or vinyl manufactured, but that's ok. March 20th 2013. This is the new video for my latest LP. Jake Kelly shot it, and Jon Ransom helped put the finishing touches on it. It stars my wife Amber.
0CT.12. 2012 The second I payed for the first project I began saving for the second album. $50 a paycheck deducted automatically into my specially set up bank account. Now as I type this I'm sewing my ass off making these special canvas covers for a vinyl record that has yet to arrive. I'm not to nervous though I still have until Oct. 20th. I first put together this website just for my debut vinyl. I needed a better web presence, and I was told I should have a website. It's been the right move getting one, but it's hard to feel that connection. That's probably why I'm not always on top of keeping the content fresh. I don't have interns to handle my website, and sometimes after working that 12 hour day I just don't feel like updating things. So I'm making an effort now. I really wanted to build a mailing list from here, and to those that have signed up I thank you. I begin rehearsals Friday, and will have two more after that. I then will try and come up with some special visuals for the show. I still have lots of work to do, and it's taking a tol on me. I stress about shit, and don't sleep. I've run myself down and feel a bit under the weather. I'm not complaining too much am I? The new record makes me proud, and the special package it'll come in makes me happy. I will send out an email as soon as the records arrive, and give all of you folks on the list first crack at the limited canvas package. Take care my friends! This is the story of my debut LP.Welcome to my little website. I wanted to be able to show all the aspects of this labor of love I've worked so hard to make a reality. That labor of love of course being a wonderful 12' vinyl record. I got the thought in my head that there's no reason why I can't make a solo record and put it on vinyl. So for two plus years I started saving $50 dollars a paycheck, and creating some real personal, and heart warming music. From the second I stepped into the studio to having the final product in my hands, I never cut corners. I went to Type Foundry Studios here in Portland Oregon, and enlisted Adam Selzer for his expertise in recording atmospheric folk. I stayed analog all the way through for a pure vinyl experience. I took the masters to Timothy Stolenworks at Stereophonic Mastering, and had it mastered specifically for vinyl. I then sent those mastered tracks to the leading expert in cutting lacquers: John Golden Mastering. This is realy an art form in its own right, and is ultimatley the last step in the sound of your record. Now the heart of this record is the music, but the soul of it is in the senses of sight and touch. It's really hard to achieve the same aesthetic in any other medium. I wanted to make the kind of record you put on your turntable, and then sit down and experience the package. It's that chance to fully express your imagination (both yours and mine). For the cover I had this old photo I wanted to use, but it was real old and small (and I didn't have the negative). I started to think about what options I had, and decided to call an old friend who just happened to be a talented artist. I gave Rachel Blumberg the photograph and asked her to paint me a version of the picture. She did a beautiful job, and it not only became the cover, but it looks great on my wall. I wanted the lyrics sheet to be special, but more than just a sheet of text. The great thing about vinyl is the size of canvas to express. So you have a lot more options to do something that you don't need a magnifying glass to read. I'm a hack of a photo enthusiast, but I really enjoy experimenting with old cameras and Pinhole cameras. I had this big box of these pictures, some good, some bad, and some perfect for this project. I sat down and tried to match images with lyrics. While the pictures were not taken with the songs in mind, and the song not created with the pictures in mind, clear matches started to fall into place. So I wanted each song to have its own card with lyric and matching image. I also wanted to paper to feel good in you hands, so I picked out a nice textured paper for that final touch. 9 cards with lyrics and one card with thanks you's. That left two songs without cards, and two of my favorite pinhole pictures without a use. I still had the inner sleeve to complete, and this is what would become the art for the inside sleeve. The two pictures were one hour exposures taken with my pinhole camera. One from the vewpoint looking out into my backyard, and the other looking from my backyard to my house. They were taken at dusk, and the colors are deep and sureal. The final job was the artwork for the labels on the vinyl. I gave this job to my 12 year old nephew, and it was the final touch. I made this record for myself, because I wanted nothing more than to hold the final product in my hands. If you believe that the format of vinyl is the best way to experience music than it's for you too. I don't need to put it next to the other stacks of old music project in my garage. This is why I only pressed 300 records, and I'm only charging $10. Get this record home and put it on your record player. Turn up the volume and listen to the sound of the felt on the end of the drum stick hitting the drum, the sound of a creaky piano chair. The warmth of a nylon string guitar with a baritone vocal full of heart felt effort and vulnerability.