Tom Dyer
Xmas-30 Years in the Making

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December 20th, 2014

The Green Pajamas “Death By Misadventure,” $5, CD or download Dec. 20 only!

The album centers around the tawdry tale of the Fall of the Queen Bee and as Mr. Kelly says, any resemblance to real people living, dead or otherwise, is completely true.

GMR Goes Bananas! The 5 Buck Special of the Day Xmas Sale. Ho Ho Ho! Every day a new item on sale! 1 day only and just 5 bucks! CD/CDR or Download from Bandcamp! How do we do it?

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Nice Review for Tom Dyer – Xmas in JP’s Music Blog!

December 19th, 2014

“Beginning with the two-minute “It’s Christmas (And I’m Jolly),” Dyer gets you in the mood with his type of a gospel choir, belting out “Ho, Ho, Ho” and “Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas.” The album’s first single, “No Lou This Christmas” is a tribute to the late-Lou Reed as Dyer plugs in for this rocker. Dyer adds a nice, loose rhythm to “Jingle Bells Ska,” and turns “Peace On Earth” into a spaghetti western, before bringing out the kid in all of us with the fun vibe of “Hot Dog! It’s Christmas!” A great piece of holiday folk music is “Snowing In Seattle,” which sounds as if it was recorded right on the spot, in one take as Dyer was looking out the window.” JP’s Music Blog

Santa’s Helper!

December 19th, 2014

Dec 19: Gary Minkler “Little Trailer Ruby” 5 bucks. Today only. CD or download, you pick.

If you want to really get this record, you have to listen to it more than once. More than twice. That’s how good records are. More artistic? A naked touch of soul? You give it some time and you decide.

GMR Goes Bananas! The 5 Buck Special of the Day Xmas Sale. Ho Ho Ho! Every day a new item on sale! 1 day only and just 5 bucks! CD/CDR or Download from Bandcamp! Nuts, I tell ya.

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$5!!

December 18th, 2014

Dec 18: The Green Pajamas “Summer of Lust” CD or DL, 5 bucks! Today only.

After being out of print for over 20 years,…it sounds remarkably fresh. Two young guys + one Teac 4 track = great fun.

GMR Goes Bananas! The 5 Buck Special of the Day Xmas Sale. Ho Ho Ho! Every day a new item on sale! 1 day only and just 5 bucks! CD/CDR or Download from Bandcamp! It’s just crazy!

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We will change this at about midnight pacific time daily. BAM!

1 Day Sale!

December 17th, 2014

Dec 17, Slam Suzzanne “On The Floor With Your Mom” CDR or DL, today only. $5.

These guys were absolutely over top as a live monster. 100% rock. Punk. Thrash. Whatever. Lyrics that are both hilarious and socially relevant, speaking to the inner child in us all. They like to say f*ck.

GMR Goes Bananas! The 5 Buck Special of the Day Xmas Sale. Ho Ho Ho! Every day a new item on sale! 1 day only and just 5 bucks! CD/CDR or Download from Bandcamp! Buy ‘em all! It’s just crazy!

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GMR Says Big Thanks To Local Biz Pals!

December 16th, 2014

Part of our successful MusiCares fundraiser last Saturday was due to the great raffle and auction items donated to us by local businesses. We want say a giant thanks (alphabetically) to Ballard Brothers Seafood, Easy Street Records, Fantagraphics, Fretboard Journal, Ghost Gallery, Hattie’s Hat, Sonic Boom Records and The Sonics.
Also we gotta give a shout out to Northwest Polite Society, who handled the posters for us, and finally Dan and Scott and the crew at Darrell’s Tavern for being super good sports in letting us do the event and just doing a great job all evening! Ho Ho Ho!

$5 Xmas Sale!

December 16th, 2014

Dec 16:Goblin Market “Beneath Far Gondal’s Foreign Sky” CD or Bandcamp download coupon, 5bucks!! Today only!

This is a side project of the Green Pajamas’ Jeff Kelly and Laura Weller. Like its predecessors, this is a literary affair, based on the works of the Brontë sisters.

To make your holiday season more musical we are having 5 Buck Special of the Day Xmas Sale. Every day a new item on sale! 1 day only and just 5 bucks! CD/CDR or Download from Bandcamp! Buy ‘em all! You’ve missed a ton o fun already. They make great gifts!

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Tom Dyer’s Top 11 Albums of 2014

December 16th, 2014

Ok. The usual rules- nothing on my label though of course they are awfully darn good. I thought I would get this out before Xmas for all of those who still need last minute gift ideas.
1. Prince – Art Official Age.
Ok, I’m a long time Prince fan. Saw him at the Tacoma Dome for the Purple Rain tour. That said, some of his recent albums have been in the “just okay” category. The purple one put out two new albums on the same day (neither of which included the rocking “Screwdriver”) and this one get the prize as far as I’m concerned. From minute one it just makes you want to get yer groove on. Nuthin’ ground breaking, just a delicious pleasure.
2. Julian Casablancas and the Voids – Tyranny.
I mostly get pushed toward Julian by Ben. He is a giant Strokes fan. Me, not so much, first album great, all that “Juicebox” stuff not my thing. This is horse of a different color. Or two. It roams from keyboard sample driven songs to fairly Strokesy guitar rock. In general, it’s pretty dense. At first I thought it was poorly recorded. It’s not. It is just choices made in the post-John Cage world where all sounds have musical validity. It all adds up to a pretty interesting pile of goo.
3. Sam Boshnack Quintet – Exploding Syndrome.
Don’t even remember how I came across this – I have one of Sam’s Reptet discs, which is quite good. So what you’ve got here is a straight up jazz quintet playing Sam’s compositions. I dig ‘em. This stuff is not exactly avant-ɡarde – it’s more like composition based openedness kinda like Mingus bands where they would have some clear, but a very interesting structure to get crazy in. They got an award for being a Northwest alternative jazz group. I have no idea what that even means. Floyd Reitsma did a great job recording this – it sounds warm and clear just like great jazz should. Very fine players.
4. The Tom Price Desert Classic – Hell.
I just got this recently from Tom down at Slim’s Chili Parlor so it is really new to me but, man, I think it is great. This despite the fact that it is a vinyl LP so lazy me had to go hook up el turntable to even hear it (turntable wanders between my living room and studio space, ok), further delaying my introduction. So what is it? Really basic, really great rock and roll. A little dark. A little fuzzy. Straightforward. Catchy tunes. Contains guitars using distortion. Tom was a U-man long ago as well as a long-time Gas Huffer and an occasional Monkeywrench. All those things kinda inform this, some of the same players, but this is its own thing. Available at local stores and from SubPop mail order. Did I mention really great? Tom Price is A Rock and Roll Devil.
5. Thumbscrew – Thumbscrew.
Straight up jazz guitar trio that plays the kinds of notes that I like. There is nothing particularly tricky about this album from a sound perspective, although I very much like the sounds here. Electric guitar, upright bass, drums that vary from “light” to “dense” whatever that means. Things resolve toward logical conclusions that are surprising . Distinctly pleasurable.
6. Jason Webley and Friends – Margaret
Jason is an Everett, WA guy and this is a album in a small hard cover book about a long gone woman from Everett, Margaret Rucker, who’s scrap book was found in a dumpster in San Francisco. It is a good tale and that is what got me to buy it. The first time I listened to it I thought “eh, not so much”. But I am a ways past that now and I am quite taken with it. The music is made by Jason and a bunch of his musical friends (including the consistently interesting Jherek Bischoff), originally for a show to be performed in Everett. The music is gentle and thoughtful while deep and dramatic. They did a really good job on this.
7. Scott Walker + Sunn – Soused
So you either hate this stuff or dig it (or you’ve just never even heard of it), because it ain’t pretty. It is totally art music. This one is a collaboration with metal guys Sunn who I know nothing about, but to me it sound like another Scott Walker album in the batch of his output over the last ten years or so. Not particularly melodic. Definitely challenging. Lyrically unique. I’m in.
8. Clipping – CLPPNG.
This album is less on the edge than their first download-only album, but it still isn’t what I would call pretty (am I sensing a theme?). It has plenty of “non-musical” (John Cage part 2!) sounds that carry the day – power tools! I am certainly no hip hop expert – what I like of current hip hop tends to be way over on the “art music” side, and this lands right dab in the center of that. A little weird, not dance music for sure, but pretty damn cool.

9. The Westerlies – Wish the Children Would Come On Home.
Read about this in the Sunday Seattle Times (old school). This is two trumpets and two trombones. Guys that went to Seattle high Schools, played in the school band went off to music college, graduated, became professional musicians and now here they are making this cool record. They are playing the compositions of Wayne Horowitz here (who adds keyboards and electronics on four tracks) which might make you think arty, but I would mostly call this lovely. Want something to listen to on a rainy Sunday morning while lounging on the couch and reading a book? This is gonna work pretty well.
10. Nels Cline Singers – Macroscope.
There are no singers in this group. Well okay, they do have “voice”. Instead highly proficient guitar, bass and drums, plus a couple buckets of extras. If you go to buy this in a record store, it goes in the jazz section. The free jazz section. Cepting the songs are all credited to to Nels Cline, so I don’t know how that works in free improv. But I do know how the music works. Works good. This is dynamic, fluid music that goes thru a pile levels and tonalities in a very short time. I am listening to “Hairy Mother” as I write. Seven minutes of throbbing goodness. There is nothing boring about this record.
11. Levi Fuller and The Library – The Wonders That There Are.
Levi is the fellow that puts out the Ball of Wax quarterly Audio journal thingy who always includes one of his tunes somewhere in the middle. This time he has a whole blessed album with his band The Library (take that, book reading Seattle). It ranges from the uber folkie to the fairly rocked out and outerspacey, keeping in mind that at his most rocking, no one will confuse the Library with AC/DC or Metallica. Nonetheless there is something about this album I find quite appealing. It is understated and quite tasty and well worth your attention.

Green Monkey Xmas Show Raises $2,000 for MusiCares!

December 16th, 2014

The Green Monkey Records Xmas Charity Bash was a raging success, raising $2,000 for the MusiCares Foundation, an organization that helps music people in need. It was a musical holiday extravaganza as well, with over thirty performers crammed into four hours of festive fun!
Thanks to all the great Northwest musicians, the local businesses that donated wonderful raffle prizes:
Easy Street Records
Sonic Boom Records
Fantagraphics
Hattie’s Hat(!)
Ballard Brothers Seafood
Terra Bella Flowers
GhostGallery
Darrell’s Tavern(!!)
Fretboard Journal
the Sonics
Polite Society and the behind-the scenes folks that did the organizing work, notably Jen Stippich and Howie Wahlen.

The Green Pajamas and many friends perform "This Winter's Night".

2CD Set $5!!

December 15th, 2014

The Life “Alone (deluxe edition)” 2CD set or download, Dec 15 only, 5 bucks!

What you have here is the entire 10 song 1987 Alone album remastered from the analog masters, plus an entire second bonus disc, Witness The Will, containing 17 songs recorded for their unreleased second album.

GMR Goes Bananas! The 5 Buck Special of the Day Xmas Sale. Ho Ho Ho! Every day a new item on sale! 1 day only and just 5 bucks! CD/CDR or Download from Bandcamp! Kinda like an Advent Calendar for music lovers!

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We will change this at about midnight pacific time daily. Like clockwork.

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