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Dyer’s “I Am Fretless” – Absolute Masterpiece!

December 28th, 2012

“‘I Am Fretless’ is an absolute masterpiece of experimental sounds of East vs. West. In this song Dyer takes his listeners on a journey splashed with color. The dynamics and the sounds of this piece are like nothing you have ever heard before. “I Am Fretless” would make George Harrison jealous would he still be alive today.” Julien Alexandre

http://redhousereviews.hubpages.com/hub/Tom-Dyer-I-Aint-Blue-Anymore-Album-Review

Dyer Gets Thumbs up From Indie Music and Arts

December 27th, 2012

“Brutal honesty roars out of Seattle, Washington – Tom Dyer sings songs about the harsh realities of today’s society with a strong blues background sounding similar to blues legend Howlin’ Wolf. Tom Dyer is a brilliant independent pop rock artist with a great songwriting ability and superb musicianship. “I Ain’t Blue Anymore” is a raucous collection of music that is definitely worth listening to.” Leslie Snyder

http://www.facebook.com/notes/ima-indie-music-and-art/tom-dyer-i-aint-blue-anymore-review-by-leslie-snyder/427932550605636

Dyer in Popbucket

December 27th, 2012

A short article on TD and GMR at: http://www.popbucket.co.uk/tom-dyer-at-the-forefront-of-independent-music-in-seattle/

“I Ain’t Blue” called “gutsy” at antiMusic.com

December 27th, 2012

“This music is an acquired taste, and not something everyone’s going to love. This is because Dyer performs with a sort of musical primitivism. Steve Martin once titled one of his recordings, Comedy Is Not Pretty. You might also subtitle Dyer’s album Music Is (Sometimes) not pretty because this album is, quite frankly, really rough around the edges. However this approach is not at all a bad thing, if you can get used to it. It makes for real, earthy music. Dyer’s “John the Revelator,” for example, with its banjo and backing vocals, is a gutsy piece of music. It’s church music for people really serious about their religion. It is not the kind of sugarcane in cellophane you often hear on contemporary Christian music stations, that’s for darn sure.” Dan MacIntosh
http://www.antimusic.com/reviews/12/Tom_Dyer_-_I_Aint_Blue_Anymore.shtml

“Ain’t Blue” Reviewed at examiner.com

December 27th, 2012

“Walkin’ In The Sky,” is one of the best offerings on I Ain’t Blue Anymore showcasing the lower register of Dyer. The listener cannot help but wonder how much coarser Dyer can take his voice, but with a nod to many blues styles and his inconsistent musical predilection are what make the track. – Kyle Jarmon

http://www.examiner.com/review/i-ain-t-blue-anymore-with-tom-dyer

“Ain’t Blue” reviewed at Most Def

December 27th, 2012

“…stand-out track ‘Walkin’ in the Sky’ is an homage to John Lee Hooker. Also included here is an impressive cover of Beefhearts’ ‘Smithsonian Institute Blues (Or The Big Dig)’ – from ‘Lick My Decals Off, Baby’ …”

http://most-def.blogspot.com/2012/12/tom-dyer-i-aint-blue-any-more-blues-2012.html

Tom Dyer’s Green Monkey Top 10 OF 2012!

December 19th, 2012

First – let me say all my favorites for the year were released on Green Monkey, but here’s my favorites from the rest of the world. And yes I want to do the Gangnam Style Horsie Dance, but that is a whole ‘nother matter.

1. Can – Lost Tapes. The music on this box set was unearthed when they moved Can’s studio in Germany. Crazy good. Amazing that this has been hidden away for years. “Waiting for the Streetcar” repeats that line over about 940 times. Pretty great.

2. Alec K Redfearn & The Eyesores – Sister Death. I have been a Alec K follower since I was back in Rhode Island, where he domiciles. If you don’t know, Alec is the king of distortion pedal accordion. He’s got lots of records but this is probably his best. “Fire Shuffle” takes the basic shuffle beat of The Door’s “Roadhouse Blues” and pounds it into bloody submission. Most enjoyable.

3. The OF – Oh No, It’s the OF. This record is John Carey’s weird brainchild and was featured as April Album of the Month at Green Monkey. John does songs about little crabs and French fries. He does excessive Zappaesque guitar noodling. The OF wear outfits involving tinfoil and colendars on the head. Their song “You’re In Love with The OF” – it’s brilliant, Watson! If you want to be the hippest person on your block, get this – only 200 made.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Fergus & Geronimo – Funky Was the State of Affairs. I bought this at Easy Street just because I liked the cover. I brought it home and loved it – sorta punky fun without being cute or kitschy.  Smart allecky. Has appearance by female Earthling. Stupidly cool.

5. Ian Hunter – When I’m President. Ian is 70 years old. He does not care. He has been cranking out the albums the last few years. I do not agree with the critics who say they match his heights of Mott the Hoople days, but I think them pretty damn fine. And well worth investing your ears in. This one is highly satisfying.

6. The Intelligence – Everybody’s Got It Easy But Me. Lars started out making low-fi punky poppy albums. Now he makes hi-fi poppy punky albums. This one is loaded with great tunes. Two completely different bands. Lars counts to 47 on the first song. Who doesn’t want to hear that?

7. Yokokimthurston. One part Yoko – two parts Sonic Youth. Just about the basic noise fest you would expect. I’m not sure I will listen to this one million times, but I am quite pleased it exists.

8. Godspeed You! Black Emperor- ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! – My son told me about these guys a couple years ago and I liked ‘em. Their new album is a vague accent into noise with little discernible purpose that I can detect. Suits me fine.


9.  Captain Beefheart -Bat Chain Puller. This is the original version recorded for Frank Zappa that went into legal limbo and then got completely re-recorded and released on Virgin. John French (Drumbo) has always maintained this is the superior version. Well, the proof is in the pudding and I agree. Fabulous. If you want it you have to buy it from the Zappa family site.

10. Scott Walker – Bish Bosh – Scott Walker is one odd duck. This just came out.  I think this is music. Pretty arty and so far not a song on it I can hum along with. That may change with time. Still, it draws me in and makes me want to keep listening.

10a. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – The Heist. Some people (hey Ben) think I am lame because I dig Macklemore, but I am good with his hometown partisanship and overt sentimentality. As Mixalot once said, “Seattle ain’t bullshit.” “Thriftshop” is the hit, but “Jimmy Iovine” is the funnest – makes me laugh.

10b. AAIIEE - See You In Seattle. I found out about these guys because they were playing a show with The Gum at Darrell’s in North Seattle a month ago. They have been around since 1981. This record is ridiculous. It is a tribute to the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, done in a very rocking manner. Where else you gonna find a song about The Bubbleator I ask? Available directly from AAIIEE.

Honorable Mention: Mark Baumgarten – Love Rock Revolution: K Records and the Rise of Independent Music Technically speaking, this is a book. That usually won’t get you on the best music of the year list. However, it is a pretty fun read that gives a reasonable feel for the whole Olympia – K Records thing. It qualifies as a top album because if you go to Mark’s site there is a free K sampler download that gives you an excellent soundtrack to the book.

Green Pajamas’ “Summer Of Lust” Makes Best Reissues List!

December 17th, 2012

“Summer Of Lust” is #3 on The Active Listener‘s Best Reissues of 2012 list. Nice!

Henry Boy NEW Video for “Kiss Me Under The Mistletoe”

December 14th, 2012

Henry Boy Jenkins has a NEW Video for “Kiss Me Under The Mistletoe” – pretty sweet, baby!

 

Henry Boy Gets Xmas Monkey Kudos!

December 8th, 2012

Henry Boy’s “Kiss Me Under the Mistletoe” is getting the California Love from CSU!

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