Ok you can’t read it so what. It’s psychedelic man. Translation = KING COUNTY QUEENS this Saturday at Darrell’s Tavern out on Aurora in Shoreline. With The I Love Myselfs, Fun Ladies, and The Less Than Equals, featuring Kurt’s giant drum!
“The romantic dreamscape of ‘Gone With The Summer’ reminds me of a slinky Nina Simone cooing in a smoky nightclub in Paris, and while ‘Toward The Dawn’ takes a little too long to see the sunlight, it does deliver another frightfully funky jam from Jeff that transported me right back to some ‘70s album from the likes of Parliament.” Jeff Penczak – Terrascope
I do so love it when people get what the hell we’re up to. Thanks Tony! “Dyer, a 35-year local rock stalwart and head cheese at local indie label Green Monkey Records, dips into the well of first-wave Northwest rock and roll. The result is the joyous audio equivalent of the best sloppy-drunk sweaty house party you ever crashed. Like any good band rocking a house party, Dyer and his bandmates play with grittily fun-loving chemistry, and that’s what makes this ragged little record sing.” Tony Kay – The Sun Break
“Susanne is not a conventional singer, so some listeners might be put off by her delivery, but between the strong lyrics and the creative backing parts, it’s a rewarding listen for those who give it a chance.” Jon Davis -Expose’
Tom Dyer’s latest video for his take on The Fleetwoods’ “Come Softly To Me” features zero humans, just his cat Snicket. A desperate attempt to pander to cat lovers (who are likely to share cat videos with everyone they know) or simply a sad cry for help? Who knows? Who cares? Nonetheless, it is time for you to enjoy the mystery that is Snicket, accompanied by the lovely New Pagan Gods!
“It sounds like the perfect music that is meant for times like this, where you just want to listen and phase out the rest of the world, just to be able to bathe in the textures and surroundings of these compositions.” John Book – This Is Books Music
Jeff Kelly has just released his latest Bandcamp download album: A Whisper Of Rain: Home Recordings 1991-1996 Vol. 1 on the Official Green Pajamas Bootleg Page.
JEFF: This is part one of a selection of songs I recorded at home between 1991 – 1996. Some were ad-libbed, unfinished ideas. Some were used as demos. Some could have been released “as is” by The Green Pajamas. All of these songs were recorded on a 4 or 8 track cassette deck, usually in one session. Some were written, recorded and mixed, all in one session. These are a few of the ones that have stuck with us over the years.
A most fine review in Blurt: From start to finish, the record’s a 15-track gas, chock full of familiar gems and obscure nuggets. Among the “likes” you might be thumbs-upping at a social media outlet very soon: the Raiders’ “Hungry,” served up raw and bloody, no medium-cooked meat for Dyer & Co. (there’s also a cover of “Just Like Me”), the Ventures’ timeless surf instro “Walk Don’t Run,” just to remind you that these cats weren’t from SoCal but from Tacoma, Wash.; the Frantics’ “Werewolf,” a freaky, sleazy instro that wouldn’t be out of place on one of those Songs the Cramps Taught Us collections; “Angel of the Morning” by Merrilee Rush & the Turnabouts, a sure-to-surprise-you pop classic if you were expecting a straight up garage set from Dyer (and for my money, as one who owns the original 45, far truer to the original Chip Taylor-penned tune than country songstress Juice Newton’s watered-down cover; and of course “Louie Louie,” which in Dyer’s hands takes not only a huge left turn but an unplanned detour down an alley, across the freeway, and off into the hinterlands, so unique is the arrangement.
In his notes Dyer calls this his own “revisionist Northwest history” with “no attempt to duplicate the originals.” Instead, he set out to capture the DIY spirit and the maverick vibe that the songs’ creators represented. Methinks he succeeded. FRED MILLS