Tom Dyer’s New Pagan Gods have just released History of NW Rock Vol. 1. 1959-1968, featuring 15 rollicking interpretations on Northwest Rock Classics originally by the Sonics, Wailers, Fleetwoods, Ventures, Kingsmen, Merrilee Rush and more! Sure to be jolly fun for the whole family!
Jeff Penczak in The Terrascope sez: “What we actually have here is Dyer and a bunch of his drinking buddies (essentially various Green Pajamas/Chemistry Set members) ripping through some of Dyer’s favourite Pac NW garage singles . . . It’s obvious the boys had a lot of fun (and perhaps more than a few pints) while recording these chestnuts and even though most of them will be unfamiliar to non-Northwesterners, they will certainly appeal to barflies and anyone who loves to work up a sweat and a thirst on the weekend.”
Green Monkey Records has created a new video for The OF’s “Double Shift” using the power of Psychology. According to Tom Dyer, who wrote, directed, shot and edited the video, the technology of the digital video camera is being used to peer deeply and directly into the slightly disturbed mind of John Carey, revealing the precisely timed essence of each musical note as it is played. Mr. Carey reports no ill effect from the experience and is currently resting comfortably at his home in Roslyn, WA.
Graham Reid of Elsewhere sez: Tom Dyer’s New Pagan Gods; History of Northwest Rock Vol 1 1959 – 1968: And more covers-cum-tribute. Anyone who has heard or read about the history of the rock, pop, soul and beyond out of the Pacific Northwest is impressed: the Sonics, the Kingsmen (Louie Louie), Paul Revere and the Raiders . . . Here Tom Dyer of Seattle’s prolific Green Monkey label (which we have mentioned often) hooks up with fellow travellers for often faithful, frequently enjoyable, always play-loud covers of the Sonics’ The Witch and You Got Your Head on Backwards, the Ventures’ Walk Don’t Run, the incredibly obscure Tiny Tony and the Statics (whose original I Wanna Hold Your Hand came out a year before the Beatles’ song with a similar title), Paul Revere’s classics Hungry and Just Like Me, the Fleetwoods’ Come Softly To Me and more. Louie Louie among them. With pointed liner notes (Dyer knew some of these characters or has a story to place them in context) this is just a whole bunch of fun. You still need to hear some of these originals of course, but these are delivered in the enthusiastic spirit of the Northwest garageband ethic.
The record release party for Sunlight Reaches will be held on Friday, July 17 at Slim’s Last Chance Chili Parlor (5606 1st Avenue South, Seattle). Appearing on the bill with Jimm & Mallets of Forethought will be Christy McWilson, who is preparing to release her first album since 2009 and Walter Salas-Humara, formerly of The Silos. This is the only scheduled appearance for the Jimm & Mallets, so it is not to be missed by living humans. The show will start at 8:00PM sharp, with Walter kicking off the festivities, followed by Christy and finally, Jimm. Don’t be late!!
Dagger ‘Zine heart emoticon for Tom Dyer’s New Pagan Gods History of NW Rock Vol. 1! “You could say that Tom Dyer is a proud Northwesterner….ok, a proud Seattle-ite. Dude’s been documenting the NW scene for a few decades now … Who produced it? Who else, Mr. Steve Fisk. They tackle fifteen songs on here and many are my faves. … the cast assembled here are folks who have a true reverence for these songs and the era. They’re doing it because they love and appreciate it. These songs are in the right hands. Dive in.” http://daggerzine.tumblr.com/