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LOU REED & METALICA TOP TOM DYER’S TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2011

December 31st, 2011

OK – Here’s my top hits of the year – excluding of course any Green Monkey stuff, which if course would top the list. Howie’s top hits to be posted shortly.

1. Lou Reed/Metallica – LuLu

The 19 minute “Junior Dad” is sublime. High art meets stupidity.

2. Shabazz PalacesBlack Up

These guys make one sonically awesome record.

3. Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology

Reissue of Smithsonian box – better than ever at 6 discs.

4. David LynchCrazy Clown Time

This is a totally nut job record. Cult movie director is a goofier musician.

5. Gil Scott- HeronWe’re New Here

GSH gets the remix plus action – even better than previous year’s “I’m New Here.” R.I.P.

6. If by YesSalt On Sea Glass

Petra Haden and Yuka Honda of Cibo Matto make pop music. Pretty nice.

7. The Black Keys - El Camino

I am a recent convert to these guys – not exactly retro, but pretty fuzzy.

8. Sonic YouthSimon Werner a Disparu

Nice instrumental stuff – who needs singing?

9. Tom WaitsBad As Me

I’ve been sort of disinterested for a while, but I think this is one of his best in some time.

10. Arcade FireThe Suburbs

Took me 6 months of being pestered by son Ben to like this. Pretty catchy.

11. Hank 3 - Ghost To a Ghost/Gutter Town

He is almost as crazy as David Lynch. Country fiddling with the Primus dude, Tom Waits and lots of dog howls. My brother Bruce got me here.

 

12. TinariwenTassili

The latest for the these guys – no rifles or electric guitars this time. Recorded outside in the middle of the desert. Sounds great.

13. John CaleExtra Playful EP

First song is loaded with interesting sounds and uber catchy in a John Cale sort of way, the rest are still groovy.

14. David Bowie - Toy

Ok – so this wasn’t even released – it was leaked to the internet this year and I got it. A must have for the Bowie fans.

THE LIFE – ALONE OUT NEXT WEEK

December 28th, 2011

Ok kids – Got The Life’s fantastic double CD version of Alone ready to go for next week. Mastering a Goblin Market album with Jeff Kelly this afternoon. Started working on a new Tom Dyer record. Booya!

JEFF KELLY AND THE GREEN NIGHTDRESS!

December 24th, 2011

A very fine translation of our blab about Green Pajama (Nightdress) Country!

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LAST MINUTE CHRISTMAS SHOPPING!!

December 21st, 2011

Okay – you have 5 days until Christmas, but why wait?

The perfect Xmas gift is this year’s Green Monkey Xmas album. Why? Let’s count the ways.

1. IT’S GREAT! 15 brand new Christmas songs delivered up with holiday flair.

2. Eco-friendly – no unnecessary packaging to put in the land fill – Digital download only – just tasty 1′s and zeros.

3. Track 5 contains the F-bomb which your Aunt Sally won’t notice until half way through after being lulled into holiday submission by the previous four tunes.

4. Every penny we collect will go Seattle’s long running Millionair Club charity, who focuses on getting people work and who doesn’t take any government funding – they do it on their own.

5. You can also download the Best of our last year’s Xmas album and help even more!

6. Previously unreleased Jeff Kelly song for Green Pajama freaks.

7. All these songs are donated by the artists from the sweet purity of their hearts. How festive!

8. Don’t have ten bucks to blow? No problem – pick the songs you want and download them for a buck apiece.

9. And a partridge in a pear tree.

ROCK AND REPRISE’S FRANK GUTCH JR. TELLS IT THE WAY IT IS!

December 11th, 2011

Franks waxes pontific on the state of the music today with some kind words for the Monkey along the way! @ Segarini: Don’t Believe A Word I Say

DAGGER SEZ ICONS MOSTLY AWESOME!

December 5th, 2011

A sweet review from the folks down at Dagger in December short reviews.

THE ICONS- APPOINTMENT WITH DESTINY- GREEN MONKEY- Seattle bunch who have apparently been around for years (or maybe just got back together). Some of it sounds a bit clunky (like the opener “You’re the One”) but then some sounds awesome (like the ripping “X-Ray”) and most of this falls into the latter category. I dig the parody of the old Groundhogs record, too. www.greenmonkeyrecords.com

HIPPIES STOLE MY BLOG! LIKES PJS!

December 5th, 2011

An interesting review of Pajama Country in the amusingly named Hippies Stole My Blog!

GMR X-MAS ALBUM IS OUT!

December 4th, 2011

Okay. It has been a jamming month for me and it is a couple days late, but wot the hell - It Crawled Down the Chimney: It’s another GMR X-mas! is out for you! I am very happy with the result. I was up to my earholes on this one – finished up Tony Driscoll’s lovely It’s X-mas (And I’m Lonely) Thursday night. A small part of me wonders why I put all this work into this every year and then just give it away. Don’t have a rational answer other than it is fun to make and I like people to hear it. That is enough.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to all that contributed!