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New Green Monkey Records Address!

March 9th, 2016

For all of you that were about to send us your band’s latest masterpiece to our Seattle PO Box – STOP! It is no more. You may now send your snail mail to Green Monkey Records, PO Box 13494 Olympia, WA 98508. As always, our response will be prompt, polite and persuasive. Yrs, The Management


February 18th, 2016

SLAM SUZZANNE will give you all you want – plus more – this Saturday at Tony V’s Garage in Everett!!! FUCK!!

AOTM “Trees and Timber” in the year of the monkey!!

February 9th, 2016

Trees and TimberAs you all know, February 8 is the beginning of the Chinese New Year. As some of you know, 2016 is the Year of the MONKEY. That’s right, baby. THE MONKEY. How pleasant.

So let’s get it going, shall we?

To start with there is the February Album of the Month. Trees and Timber – Hello, My Name Is Love. Super fine Tacoma tunesters. Now there have been a couple recent lists of best Tacoma bands but T’n’T weren’t on ‘em. WHA??? Well, neither were The Sonics or Girl Trouble, so they at least have top notch company. However, it is still not right. So, to do our little part, we are going to feature them as our album of the month. I dig ‘em fully.


January 24th, 2016

Monkey Business Mach IIYo Peoples. Howie made me do this and now you want it. Monkey Business Mach II, 11 songs from 11 recent Green Monkey releases all in one tidy package, yer Whitman’s Sampler of Underground Seattle Rock. Pay whatchu want, including FREE. There are zero reasons not to rock this. Do it now.

The lineup: 1. The Fuzz – Can’t Wait 2. Fur For Fairies – My Stolen Kiss 3. Tom Dyer’s New Pagan Gods – I Wanna Hold Your Hand 4. Jimm McIver – Up and Coming Killer 5. The OF – Escape Goat 6. Me Three – Alien Breakfast 7. The Green Pajamas – Thinking Only of You (Lust Don’t Last) 8. Jeff & Susanne Kelly – In Vanda’s Room 9. Slam Suzzanne – I Like To Say Fuck 10. The Queen Annes – Something Quick 11. Gary Minkler – Where I Am

Liquid Generation Going Out To Press!

January 18th, 2016

I have just finished mastering Liquid Generation’s never before released album Quarter To Zen, a burning slab of garage rock if there ever was one. Ye-gads!
For those in the know, you will recall we released a single with LG way back when. Well, here is a big messy pile of moreness coming atcha!


January 6th, 2016

Fur For Fairies in MAGNET MAGAZINE

January 2nd, 2016

Green Pajamas offshoot Fur For Fairies keeps it gothic, poetic and dramatic

Even though the artist is listed here as Fur For Fairies, make no mistake about it: This is the debut LP of Susanne Kelly, longtime wife of Jeff Kelly, lead singer/songwriter for Seattle indie-rock stalwarts the Green Pajamas. Needless to say, the music here bears no resemblance to the Pajamas.

The Green Monkey Records press release refers to Susanne’s album as “11 lucky slices of infinity and grace.” WTF? What kind of drugs was that guy using? This isn’t a Jackie Kennedy album we’re talking about. As a misguided, ultra-twee way to describe the artist, Fur For Fairies doesn’t give you much, either. For some reason, Susanne Kelly’s name appears nowhere on the release—odd considering how she totally owns the music.

One voyage through these gritty, sometimes blood-soaked and hell-bound songs, and you get the full picture. Susanne, who considers herself as much an actor as a singer, takes on the appearance of a midnight wraith, a ghoul, maybe even a well-hidden cannibal. In short, much of this is pretty creepy stuff, especially for a beautiful girl with a background as a well-respected Seattle artist whose paintings hang in important places.

“I looked upon each track as a short story, a perfect little art piece dipped in melancholy,” says Susanne. “I almost feel like I’m playing each part in costume. That way, I don’t get stuck in a rut.” The inspiration to create this oddball mini-masterpiece comes from what she labels “a rebellion from soulsucking day jobs” both Kellys were working in the health-care industry for far too long. As for the scary cover photo of Susanne with matted hair and crimson-stained lips— something even her mother might not recognize—Susanne confirms, “I’m not making this record to be eye candy.”

The lyrics, written by Jeff with help from Susanne, have more than a few H.P. Lovecraft moments. “Gone With Summer” states, “It’s raining cold drops of you.” Or as “The End Of The World” illustrates, “You walk like a boy, you feel like a girl/I bet you would taste like the end of the world.”

Jeff has wrought backing tracks that resemble nothing he’s ever attempted with the GPJs. Haunted church organ settles under cobwebbed oboe, tinkling celeste and slashing, Hendrix-like guitar accompanied by an occasional seismic bass pattern that sucks all the air out of the room. This is a man who took something away with him when he visited Bram Stoker’s grave in London’s Highgate Cemetery at millennium’s end.

When it comes to Susanne’s work ethic, Jeff likes to inject a little Keats into the discussion. “She puts songs across that realize her limits and become great within,” he says. “Each song is a fully finished piece without peaks and valleys.”

As for that drywall-peeling bass sound, he credits it to something he once heard on a track by London punk legends Siouxsie & The Banshees. If Siouxsie gets the chance to hear Susanne, she should feel that the torch may have finally been passed to a dramatically worthy successor.

—Jud Cost

Tom Dyer’s Top 10 of 2015 – The Final Tally!

December 28th, 2015

1. The Sonics – This Is The Sonics
2. Industrial Revelation – Liberation & the Kingdom of Nri
3. K. Leimer – the grey catalog
4. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
5. Chris Potter Underground Orchestra – Imaginary Cities
6. Trees and Timber – Hello, My Name is Love
7. Sam Phillips – The Man Who Invented Rock and Roll
8. D’Angelo And The Vanguard – Black Messiah
9. Minus 5 – Dungeon Golds
10. The Cheaters – See You Next Year Fuckbrains
11. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
12. Future Fridays – From Fun-zo to Done-zo

Tom Dyer’s Top 10 Albums of 2015 – #1 The Sonics

December 27th, 2015

1. The Sonics – This Is The Sonics
Let me keep this simple for you. Any year The Sonics put out a great new album like this it is going to be #1 on my list. Period.
The Sonics are older than sin. Hell, they’re older than me. They invented garage rock back in in nineteen-sixty-something, but they still rock like a bunch of damn teenagers. Savage. Primitive.
Saw these guys play a couple times recently – at the Showbox with Mudhoney opening and at Easy Street with a thousand guest stars. They ripped it up. Like going to church except better – the Church of Jerry Roslie!
Their new record is MONO fer crissakes. It’s got about half all-new Sonics’ originals and half savagely pounded covers. They even do a Kinks’ song off “School Boys in Disgrace.” Who does that? They are the only band in the world who has a song called “Save The Planet” which is not about saving whales; it’s about drinking beer! That’s what I call Tacoma. If you don’t own this album, that is a mistake. Go see them. Buy this record. Buy their all records. Experience the beauty and bliss. Peace out.

Tom Dyer’s Top 10 Albums of 2015 – #2 Industrial Revelation

December 26th, 2015

2. Industrial Revelation – Liberation & the Kingdom of Nri
The closest I’ve come to seeing these guys is finding a couple cases of their last CD “Oak Head” on the sidewalk and making sure they got back to them. I kept a copy (they said ok) and thought it was pretty cool. Have tried to go see them a couple times but since they got The Stranger Genius Award they pack out and I ain’t got in. Which brings us to this very fine album. I got it a few weeks ago and I still don’t completely know what I think of it. But I do know I really like it. These guys are considered jazzbos but I’m not even sure that quite describes it. There are definitely serious chops here but there is a prevailing sense of order that somehow seems different to me. At points it is rather grand – cinematic. It is not particularly avant garde or dissonant (which I tend to favor) though some of that intellect seems to inform this. At points it is super groovin’ like on Grace Love’s guest vocal on “First Dance.” Maybe this is just what jazz has become through the filter of thirty years of hip hop and popular music. I dig it.

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