Jimm McIver
Sunlight Reaches

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June 29th, 2015

Jimm McIver talks about making Sunlight Reaches.

The Gutch-Master Thoughtfully Considers THe OF’s ESCAPE GOAT!

June 27th, 2015

Mr. Frank Gutch Jr. writes: “Man, can I hear the theatrical side of The OF on It’s a New World, the opening track of their new Escape Goat album. Equal parts Modest Mussorgsky and Richard Rodgers, it opens the curtain to one hellacious and adventurous album, the rock side teeming with jazz and art rock— Zappa and, of all bands, The Flock slipping like a dense fog into what is maybe not a completely new world but one we have neither seen nor heard for awhile.” And more at INDIE MUSICOLOGY.

If you’ve not yet tried out The OF, do it HERE.

June 22nd, 2015

Three online translations mashed together: “A great album has marked this musician from Seattle. Pop-rock lifetime that I would say the myth, with a dash mod.northern-soul and with a glossy production.” sr. humo – Alta Tension


June 21st, 2015

Jimm McIver Releases “Sunlight Reaches”!

June 17th, 2015

It is Official!!! Sunlight Reaches, Jimm’s first new album in 9 years is in stores, on line and available from Green Monkey today! Sunlight Reaches is his 3rd solo album, his 7th overall and most importantly his most mature, fully-realized work. This album began life at the Steel Bridge Songfest in Sturgeon Bay, WI with the poignant opener, “I Wonder If She Knows” – written following the death of his mother. Backed by a crack band, Sunlight Reaches is fully loaded – Motown groovin’ with “Witchcraft”, the funky Stax-styled “Temptation,” the witty, Hitchcockian “Suzanne Taliban,” the truly insincere “Up and Coming Killer” and the simple longing of “Hannah.” Buy it today!


June 16th, 2015


June 10th, 2015

Sez Frank: “The OF have been denting my ears a lot lately. Escape Goat has the sensitivity of Zappa with the instrumental levitations of The Flock and the madness of The Firesign Theater. Had I not already deluged this column with their video of Damn Dirty Hippie, I would post it again to give you the slightest idea. Hell, I will do it anyway. Be forewarned, though. The album is much more schizophrenic than this track would have you believe. Some of their jams are plain manic!”
From: Segarini: Don’t Believe a Word I Say Dissecting Pop Culture Since 2011. Great Music. Great Stories. Great Googa Mooga.

The OF Arrive in the Land of Podcast – here!

June 8th, 2015

Hear The OF in Podcast land with Don Campau!

Ken Clinger/ Radio
Strings Of Atlas/ Burning Days
The Flashing Astonishers/ Insignificant Others
Evan Peta/ Orion Slave Girls
The Grip Weeds/ Force Of Nature
V2/ I Like Doing This The Best
The Of/ Escape Goat
Points North/ Sky Punch
The Rezillos/ Number One Boy
They Might Be Giants/ Answer
Secret Lie/ Until Death Do Us Part
The Wind/ Something To Do Nothing About
Liquid Scene/ Which Side Of Time…

The OF Get New Zealand Love!

June 6th, 2015

Some fine press for Escape Goat from Graham Reid in Elsewhere, “The Green Monkey label out of Seattle is the home to some fascinating artists . . . They are certainly . . . unpredictable. The OF appear to be a fairly flexible ensemble which bring together left-field rock, falling apart jazz tropes, spoken word samples and song titles which might have fallen off a Frank Zappa or Zoogz Rift album.”


June 5th, 2015

Its the latest Pajamas bootleg available from Jeff Kelly!
The facts on: Twentyfive by Jeff Kelly, 1991. A long time ago Jeff used to record his music onto cassettes. Tons of them. Some were fun. Some were sad. Some were noisy. Some rocked. Some were Lover’s Rock. Five years before this very private release, Jeff got married. To Susanne. I was there. Some of the songs he wrote were now about Susanne. Sometimes they were recorded with Susanne, like their unreleased L7 project, or Coffee In Nepal, which I released on cassette and which has been released on CD and vinyl. They laid the ground for their beautiful 2014 By Reckless Moonlight album back then.

This is a little different. Twentyfive is twenty-two songs written and recorded about/for Susanne (plus three poems) in the ensuing five years of nuptial bliss, all assembled onto one cassette and given to her on her twenty-fifth birthday. Some had see light on other releases, some not. “Oh How I Love You” from Coffee In Nepal is one of Jeff’s best songs of any period. Jeff made a few copies and gave them to a few people. I was one of them.

Jeff was not doing a lot musically at that point, it was a bit of a fallow period in his otherwise prolific career. I listed Twentyfive out on some Jeff Kelly Discography to make it look like Jeff was still keeping his hand in, true, if a little fluffy. Like the Green Pajamas’ Happy Halloween (which had about 10 copies made when it was originally released), its legend grew over time.

At some point around 2003/4 I was living out in Rhode Island, had acquired some digital audio tools and digitized my copy for no particular reason I can remember other than I could. I was able to get rid of some of the cassette’s tape hiss (so thrilling) and burnt it to CDR. Scanned the cassette cover and made it into a CD cover. Made two copies. Sent one to Jeff. Still have my copy.

So there you have it. A nice snapshot of the beginning of true love.

Can’t wait until Susanne turns 50!

Tom Dyer, Seattle, June 2015

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