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Archival Posts: 2-1-2010 to 9-1-2010

September 1, 2010 12:01am 

TD is fast asleep & I (Howie) decided to take over the controls of the mighty! I’ve thrown the switch on the first ever GMR Sale! Before TD discovers this check out the new Aotm, Jeff Kelly – Ash Wednesday Rain. Click that Paypal button to get Ash Wednesday Rain for only $8 bucks W/ free shipping. I say it should be all month, but who knows what will happen when TD starts getting the orders & discovers he’s practically giving the CD away.

August 23, 2010 8:13pm

So those fine champions of the obscure at The Ripple Effect just reviewed The Life’s under-rated but mighty Do It Again/Broken Man single from 1991 or so. I believe they are completely right in their assessment! And yes, I do have a small pile hidden away if you think you must have it. Drop a line. Mr. McIver and pals are nearly ready to surrender to my tender entreaties to release their collected works. Eric and Jimm’s latest project Picture Day will be having their record release party for Wild Aim this Friday at Piecoras on Capital Hill. Check it out!

August 21, 2010 9:03am 

Life remains stoopid busy, but things continue to continue. Jeff Kelly’s Ash Wednesday Rain will be our September AotM. If you have been too damn cheap to buy this great album, you can listen to it all month for free soon. Sweet!!!!

A fine review of Red Rose in the Terrascope!

If you are wondering what the background music is in the video at the moment, it is an excerpt from a cover of The Dehumanizers’ Godmen of the Future that I did a year ago for a comp that may come out some day.

August 15, 2010 9:04pm

Got a nice review of The Red, Red Rose in Blurt. Overdubed PJ Jeff on some Icons trax today. Just listened to Nas and Damina Marley – Distant Relatives – sorta new, pretty good.

August 7, 2010 6:13am

The Green Pajamas - The Red, Red Rose

The Red, Red Rose is on the GMR shopping page now. You can buy it from us direct for $4.99 in the US and $6.99 elsewhere, or $5.99 + shipping from CDBaby. In case you’re wondering why all the different prices, CDBaby keeps 4 bucks on everything they sell. That’s fine, but we’re losing money if we sell them for 5 bucks on CDBaby. We’re not that altruistic. Yet.

Time to get to rockin’ now.

August 5, 2010 10:45pm

Did I mention The Green Pajamas’ The Red Red Rose EP is officially out? Oh my – how irrioesponsible. It IS out as of Tuesday. You can buy it from CDBaby or from us – it will be on our shop page in the next day or so. It costs a buck more from CDBaby, cuz they keep 4 bucks on everything they sell and I didn’t want to sell it for 1 buck. Economics! Buy it direct from GMR and save a buck, plus free shipping in the US!

August 1, 2010 7:22pm

Lessee – AotM is up as ya’ll can see – The Young Fresh Fellows kindly consented to let me stream some of my personal Fellows faves for the next month – now dig ’em!

Just finished putting together The Green Pajamas – Red, Red Rose EP – it will officially be released Tuesday and is muy bueno.

Have spent the last week wrestling with a piece of software for my Pro Tools rig – much more fun than actually recording music.

Nice review of The Complete Book of Hours as well as a review of the Masters of Disaster at Onward!

July 23, 2010 5:56pm

A NINE STAR review of The Complete Book of Hours in Blurt! Off to shoot another Icons video with Howie tonight. Then a little field research at the Tractor Tavern!

July 22, 2010 5:49pm

Did a fun interview with Gary Garles on KRUU, Fairfield, IA today. He played damn near the whole It Crawled Anthology on his show. Rock-a-rama-dama-ding-dong!

July 19, 2010 8:55pm

Got a fantastic review of It Crawled From the Basement today from The Ripple Effect – made my day!

July 19, 2010 6:38am

For the video, “The Young Icons” were: Isabella “Bella” and Rodelio (“JR”) Francisco, Asia Davis (standing in back next to the Bella), Makayla Boulet (next to JR in front), with special guest Walter E. Gogh on broom. Thanks Young Icons!

July 17, 2010 9:47am

Busy busy. New ICONS video to your right, shot edited everything else by Howie. Background octopus by Vicki. Nice.

July 1, 2010 9:38pm

The Icons - Masters of DisasterHere ye go friends abounding! The Icons – Masters of Disaster is now streaming. Yoose can buys it too.

June 28, 2010 7:55am

Okay! The Weekend Report: The Icons – Masters of Disaster is pretty much ready to roll out the door this week. It is very yellow! We are going to shoot a video for “We’re So Bad” next week.

Got my new computer all set up for Pro Tools and spent all day yesterday recording guitar solos on the new Icons album – total wank-fest!

The Green Pajamas -The Red, Red Rose EP should go out to press this week.

June 24, 2010 10:36am

YO! It’s a Web exclusive! Our friend, Angelo, at Power Pop Criminals has just posted the previously unreleased Green Pajamas at the Hall of Fame, Seattle [1986]. The show was the record release party for the Monkey Business compilation – dusted off & mixed from a 4 track recording of the event by your GMR Prez, Tom Dyer and given to the blog this year. Angelo made a custom cover you can download – looks great!(By the by, this was Howie’s fine idea.)

Advance warning, password is the password.


June 20, 11:01pm

New computer, trying to get all my Pro Tools stuff working. Nuthin’ but fun!

June 13, 2010 11:36am

Just call me Action Jackson. We are going to release a single of The Green Pajamas -The Red, Red Rose. Mastered it yesterday. Sounds great. Jeff is working on the cover. Looks great. We are going to try to have this out in a couple weeks. More to follow soon.

The cover for The Icons – Masters of Disaster is done (did it meself) and out to the printers. Crazyman rock coming your way soon!

Doing a studio upgrade new furniture, new hot rod computer for Pro Tools. Yippee Zippy!

Work progressing on The Icons album #2. Have conceptualized a new totally secret band/project that I can tell you nothing about -IT’S SECRET!

Other than that, nothing.

June 9, 2010 9:19am

An excellent article on The Red, Red Rose in Clare People from Ireland! Click here and read!

June 8, 2010 8:51am

The Red, Red Rose covered on Boston Public Radio WBUR today.

June 7, 2010 8:54pm

The Green Pajamas have a new web site – check it out.

Designed the cover for The Icons’ Masters of Disaster today. Off to print – shooting for around June 1 release. Album is mastered and ready to go.

Overdubs on The Icons’ 100% new Appointment with Destiny! continue.

June 7, 2010 9:30am

Article in the Boston Herald on The Green Pajmas’ Red Red Rose. Read the comments, some are truly bizarre.

June 6, 2010 2:07pm

Okay. I put up some video that moves. We’ll try to have more. About time eh?

June 3, 2010 8:06am

Overdubbing. Mixing. Mastering. More overdubbing.

June 1, 2010 11:26am

Great review of The Complete Book of Hours at Ireland’s whisperinandhollerin – thanks Tim!

“…more than worthy of its’ comprehensive CD issue. It’s a thrilling, psychedelic-tinged tome from start to finish and it should never be left to gather dust again.” Tim Peacock

May 31, 2010 4:40pm

Okay, the new AotM is up and running – Sue Ann Harkey’s Listen Little Man. Ms. Harkey has a long and interesting history on the art side of the Seattle music scene and I think you will find this quite different from some of our other AotMs.

Been cutting tracks with The Icons at Conrad Uno’s Egg Studios the last 2 days. Got eleven tracks down and am very happy with them. What does that mean to you the music afficianado of today? It means that we will be releasing The Icons original, but remixed Masters of Disaster, along with bonus track of course, this June. Yipes! This was our first album in 1986. It didn’t get any attention even from my little dinky label and I was in the band. But soon it is yours.

The new album, tentatively and ridiculously titled Appointment with Destiny!, we will finish and overdubbing as I have time over the next few months. Five tracks are completly done at this point and I must immodestly say they rock like dogs. We will try to get that done in time for your Christmas shopping pleasure.

Now back to work.

May 25, 2010 7:41am

The Icons Masters of Disaster is remixed. The dog is rockin’. Time to get the cover done.

Sue Ann Harkey Listen Little Man is our upcoming AotM in mere days.

Going into Uno’s this weekend to record more tunes for The Icons new album, Appointment with Destiny!

Talking to Jeff Kelly about an all new Green Pajamas album for this summer.

May 11, 2010 7:34am

Positive press response to The Green Pajamas’ The Red, Red Rose in less than an hour from Blurt and The Clare Herald (County Clare, Ireland), which immediately posted in Google News worldwide.

Fred Mills in Blurt:

“The stark yet propulsive tune is, in a word, haunting, recalling vintage Sandy Denny-era Fairport Convention as envisioned through a dark psychedelic lens – and we defy anyone not to feel a lump in the throat when Kelly gets to the lines, “One January afternoon/ They killed you in your school clothes.” Please listen to this song; it’s an important one. Much like Neil Young’s “Ohio” brought the Kent State deaths of 1970 into focus, “The Red, Red Rose” helps crystallize both the emotions and nuances of a tragedy that sometimes get obscured in the black-and-white world of news reports.”

May 10, 2010 9:41pm

Nice review of Vol. 1 from across the seas.


May 10, 2010 2:55PM

Been ill the last weekend but will get back on it. Our first ever video is now posted and amusingly, the picture does not move! It is a beautiful tune though, The Green Pajamas’ The Red, Red Rose, written for suicide victim Phoebe Prince.

May 2, 2010 5:10PM

Nice review of The Complete Book of Hours in the Big Takeover.

The Icons – Masters of Disaster is done in theory. I’m sure I will find some nits to pick. Time to get something to eat.

May 1, 2010 9:55am

Okay, new AotM is up (thanks Howie!) and it is the Pipster doing the Blue Snake Shoes thing. Start diggin’ it now!

I, dear freinds, am going to try to finish mixing The Icons – Masters of Disaster this weekend, so wish me well.

April 30, 2010 11:06am

A fine time was had by all last night at the Book of Hours Listening party. It was particularly fun getting to meet Steven Lawrence’s son Rob who flew up for the occasion with his Aunt Julie. Thanks to Dave Segal at the Stranger for listing us as a happening thing to do last night, with sundry nice comments about The Complete Book of Hours and thanks to Blair for setting the whole thing up. And thanks to my neighbor for the giant cool posters!

On to the May AotM, Pip McCaslin starring in Blue Snake Shoes!

April 29, 2010 8:03am


Be there.

April 25, 2010 4:34pm

Getting everything set for Thursday. Whew.

April 19, 2010 8:06am

Book of Hours Listening Party Thursday, April 29
We are pleased to invite you to an ultra casual (no-host bar) but totally Official Listening Party for the Green Pajamas’ newly rereleased The Complete Book of Hours. The event will be held at the Showbox at the Market Green Room (1426 1st Ave Seattle, WA 98101/206.628.3151) on Thursday, April 29, at 7:00pm.

Not only will it be a no host bar, but there will not be mountains of swag for the paparazzi, just a chance for friends old and new to get together and celebrate and enjoy a great record. How novel!

All living Pajamas (RIP, Mr. Lawrence) past and present have been invited and many if not most are likely to appear.

And you are probably wondering – will I be able to buy the Green Pajamas – The Complete Book of Hours right there on the spot?

You know you can!

And get Jeff Kelly to sign it with a kiss? Gee, I hope so!

See ya there!

April 18, 2010 8:22am

I got a call a week ago from Showtime’s WEEDS TV show looking for props for their show, which will pretend to be in a Seattle bar this year. They wanted posters and other swag, so I made some swell new posters you can download on the Press page. If you want to print one and wish a higher resolution copy, just let me know and I’ll send you one.

April 18, 2010 7:42am

Saw a great French Gypsy jazz trio, Samarabalouf, last night at Meany. Totally hot! Also saw Amy Denio for the first time a week ago, playing with a yet unnamed trio. Also very good. Really like her new CD, Tutto Bene, recomend it highly. Went to the Friends of the Library sale and have 50 new CDs that I don’t have time to listen to. Mixed three more Icons tunes for the Masters of Disaster release. Figure it will be out in June.

April 16, 2010 8:01am

Howie just pointed out that this is the second month in a row that the opening number of the AotM is about “Paula.” How subliminal. Who is “Paula” anyway?

Got a great review of Book of Hours at Rock And Reprise. Check it out: “There is no doubt in my mind that their recent and most excellent Poison In the Russian Room was one of the top albums released last year [2009], but how could an album [The Complete Book of Hours] recorded over twenty years ago— twenty years!— bump up against that kind of quality? I have no idea, but it does.” Frank O. Gutch Jr.

April 15, 2010 9:26pm

Went to a memorial service for Jack Oram, a long ago studio pal and UW research scientist featured on GM001 Local Product with his fine “Draw the Line” by the Cosmic Tunas. You can hear it and other Jack tunes at the quickie MySpace page I made for him before he passed. R.I.P.

April 12, 2010 8:06am

Okay – orders for Book sent to distributors, promos sent out, lotsa stickers sent, listening party set up for Thursday, April 29th (more to follow). Whew. Off to work.

April 3, 2010 8:20am

A lovely review of Tom Dyer – Songs From Academia Vol. 2 at This Is Book’s Music. Orders are already rolling in for The Complete Book of Hours since last night. You may want to join the landslide this morning so your copy can go out to post today!

April 2, 2010 4:07pm

Ladies and Gentlemen –

We are absolutely delighted to announce the first-ever CD release of the Green Pajamas – Book of Hours. Originally released in 1987 on Green Monkey, with subsequent versions in Australia, Germany and Greece, this edition marks the first time all the tracks from the Book sessions have been released together. The album was remastered with love from the 1987 analog tapes. It is now complete.

And, you can stream it all month for free, though of course that is merely intended as a clever sales technique to make you wish to buy this fine release!

Get it direct from us, from CD Baby or in fine stores in the beautiful area in which you live!

Ps. Didn’t go with the Wah Wah.

April 2, 2010 2:15pm

Haven’t been doing much updating on the page the last couple weeks as I have been too dang busy doing all the other stuff that life commands – Getting The Complete Book of Hours done, mixing the Icons tracks and writing some new stuff for hte next Icons sessions, learning Jerome Kern’s Just the Way You Look Tonight for the Rotary Rogues and doing jury duty in Superior Court. Plus Ben was on Spring Break from Evergreen. Right now I am gonna go to Ballard to buy a Wah Wah pedal, but when I return the April AotM will go live!

March 17, 2010 10:32pm

What follows is a cool thing and I will be there and thought you might wannna be too.
Ball of Wax Volume 19 Release Show
Wednesday, March 17th, 8:00 p.m.
The Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Ave. NW
With An Invitation to Love, The Foghorns, Led to Sea, Vinca Minor, Tito Ramsey, Norman Baker, Can the Boy Tell Time? and Gene Pool and Chris Poage
$7 (includes a free copy of Ball of Wax 19 CD)

PS. Green Pajamas will be at the Sunset Friday night!

March 14, 2010 8:37pm

A long weekend mixing the Icons- five songs done and one with a little work to do then back to Uno’s to do some more. The one’s that is done is rockin’ harder than hard. Wrote two new songs for the Icons next session, 1,2,3,4,5,6 & Green Means Go!

Friday I received Green Pajamas – Book of Hours discs, the cover is out to press so that is coming along nicely. Gonna be fantastico. I asked the PJ’s if they were gonna play the whole album like the Lou Reed did with Berlin and Todd Rundgren did with A Wizard A True Star. Jeff said he had misread the master plan and had the band learn all the songs on November instead. Yowsa!

Got a pretty sweet advance copy of Picture Day starring Eric Lichter (PJ’s) and Jimm McIver (our current AotM dude!) with special guest Ken Stringfellow.

Howie is on the stick with fixing all the stuff I’ve left messed up in the web page.

Ain’t life grand!

March 1, 2010 6:50am

Okay, da March AotM is up and streaming and we march on to April. This month we have Jimm McIver and The Boxes from 2002 starring Jimm McIver from The Life, who were award winning artists for us back in ’87 or ’88. Fabulous – enjoy!

02-27-10 3:57pm

Cripes! We are a mere day or so from having Jimm McIver up as the March AotM – presuming Jimm gets back from Siberia and gives us the all-important files. GIVE US THE FILES!! In the meantime you may – no must – rock with AL BLOCH one more time.

Speaking of rocking like Martian dogs in heat, The damn mighty Icons finished tracking six songs at Uno’s last night and they are better than any songs recorded in the history of recording, the history of the United States, the history of …. Well, HEY, I think they’re pretty good.

Blessings to Howie who has sat here figuring out how to post the AotM, coding is FUN!

PJ’s Book of Hours is at the pressing plant in BF, Texas.
What’s not to like?

02-21-10 8:20pm

Well, I mentioned we are delaying Book of Hours – it’s because this will be a 100% real CD just like you buy at Walmart and I am having to get the GMR machine set up. In the meantime Jimm McIver has consented to move up the most excellent Jim and the Boxes – Polaroid Angel to be our March AotM. If you’ve not heard it you are in for a treat! The Mighty Icons are going to Uno’s this Wednesday to rock like mad demons.

Found the old GMR mailing list from 20 years ago recently and have been sending postcards out for fun to see who is still around.

Got this response recently:

Greetings GMR,

Just yesterday I was re-placing a Jeff Kelly/Green Monkey promo postcard for Private Electrical Storm into the little slot in the wall that it has stayed for the past 18(!) years and I wondered, “Ash Wednesday’s pretty cool, Wonder what these guys are up to?”. Lo & behold a NEW postcard shows up today, and it’s from Green Monkey Records!! Good to know you’re still plugging away. Listening to the Al Bloch streaming album now and loving it. Site is put together well and I look forward to catching up. Thanks for getting in touch!

Love & Kisses,

Mr. X

02-13-2010 8:36pm

We now have a Photo Gallery! Thanks Josh for setting this up. We will keep adding to this as we go forward, just for your viewing pleasure! Working on the Book of Hours cover and mixing The Icons -wowsa!

02-12-2010 7:31 pm

Nice quickie review of Tom Dyer Vol. 1 & 2 in the Big Takeover.

02-10-2010 9:20pm

The Green Pajamas’ Poison in the Russian Room made the London Times Top 100 of 2009. I know it ain’t a GMR release, but I did tell you it was “A Green Pajamas Masterpiece!” on June 14, 2009 in my review on Amazon. I’m stickin’ with it. If you haven’t bought it yet, there is something seriously wrong with you. On your way to the emergency room, make sure you pick up two copies.

02-10-2010 1:05pm

Was in Chicago this week doing Argosy University business. Got snowed in and stayed an extra day. Flew back in time to make The Icons rehersal with special Guest Superstar Glen Slater of The Walkabouts and Melting Fish. The ever-so-mighty Icons are going in to Egg Studios to record with Conrad Uno on the 24th. Time to Rock, baby.

02-8-2010 9:20pm

Hmmm…think The Complete Book of Hours is gonna get delayed a month while we work out some design and distribution details. Not to worry, we will have a fantastic March AotM no matter what.

02-05-2010 11:16PM

Old home week. Howie Wahlen, who usta be the GMR store dude in the ’80s decided he has nothing better to do with his life than serve the monkey and is back on board in a blistering multiplicity of roles to be clarified later. We all live to serve the monkey.

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