Jeff Kelly's latest solo album was written about his travels through Spain and Portugal in 2017 and 2018 which is something this reviewer has also done, but rather than going in spring like Jeff did I went in October and found this album does a good job of evoking those feeling and would sound perfect if listened to on headphones while sitting on the train from Gran Via in [...]
Tom Dyer has released a new video for "Seven Times Is Love" from his 1+1 = ? album. The video features the paintings of Vicki Dyer, Susanne Kelly and Mark Brunke. Music lovers should be forewarned - one viewer gushed "the video made me a little seasick." Dr. Dyer currently has plans for at least three additional videos from the album.
Toiling Midgets are releasing their first digital single/video on GMR, “Arachnid”, from their upcoming LP, Sea of Tranquility. “Arachnid" is a dense guitar instrumental, reflective of much of their experimental, psych/prog/jazz/punk/post-punk/noise rock work over their 40 year history. It is largely the work of the two main surviving group members, Craig Gray and Seattle-native Paul Hood. The single is being released in advance of their July/August tour dates in Germany [...]
"Kelly’s latest love letter is another jewel in an ever-expanding and consistently brilliant discography." JEFF KELLY - BENEATH THE STARS, ABOVE THE RIVER (CD on Green Monkey) The Green Pajamas’ front man returns with another solo album, which takes the form of a love letter to his beloved fado and flamenco music, experienced during his and wife Susanne’s recent travels to Spain and Portugal. While not overtly traditional, these songs [...]
Tom Dyer has just released a video for "Everything In The World Is Returning To A State of Nature" from his new album 1+1 + ?. The video features the photography of Marc Sterling and stars Green Monkey artists Maggie Teachout and brothers Dante and Eros Faulk. The song is about entropy. It had a gestation period of 15 years, which is pretty long when you think about it.
By Lee Zimmerman Although Jeff Kelly made an emphatic impression with Seattle’s trippy Green Pajamas, his solo sojourns have found him traipsing through more terrestrial planes. Not surprisingly then, his latest individual effort, Beneath the Stars, Above the River, has him venturing still further from the 1960s psychedelia that his band cultivated so thoroughly over the course of their 20 year run. Inspired by recent visits to Spain and Portugal, Kelly assumes [...]
Interview with Jeff Kelly by Tom Dyer June 11, 2019 TD: Hi Jeff – Congratulations on your beautiful new album. This is your first “post-performing Green Pajamas” release. Was making that change significant in your approach to recording this album. JK: Thanks. Not so much, except it was nice just to be able to think about recording all of the time again and to be done with rehearsing for live [...]
by Jon Davis, Published 2019-05-14 Those who know Jeff Kelly only from his work in The Green Pajamas might be a little surprised hearing Beneath the Stars, Above the River. His distinctive voice and a tinge of psychedelia remain, but the setting is rather different. It is in line with his previous solo releases, being less rock-oriented and with a marked fondness for waltz-time rhythms. Acoustic guitar is the dominant instrument, with [...]
Seattle's Jeff Kelly has appeared many times at Elsewhere for over a decade, initially when we made the case for his classy and literate pop-rock with the band Green Pajamas (intelligent indie-pop and sometimes hitting the perfect pop-rock point of the Beach Boys and Beatles 1965-66), then in a different incarnation on acoustic-framed and artistic albums and now . . . His travels to Spain and Portugal have opened the doors for [...]
Hi Kids - Our pals in England have pressed The Green Pajamas' All Clues Lead To Meagan's Bed on a small 2 LP vinyl run with 7 bonus tracks. We have a few copies for sale which are going fast. If you want one, don't delay.
Green Monkey is giving fans an exclusive early release for Jeff Kelly's new album, Beneath The Stars, Above The River. The album will be released in stores in one week but is available direct from Green Monkey right now! The first fifty copies are numbered and signed by Jeff! https://greenmonkeyrecords.bandcamp.com/album/beneath-the-stars-above-the-river
THE STRAIGHT WORD FROM FUZZLAND: After 15 years in "THE BIZ," Seattle rock & roll band The Fuzz is calling it a day! Come join us at Slim's (5606 1st Ave S) for the second of two "don't let the door hit ya on the way out" shows with special guests Nurse Ratchett and The Fakies! Our badass bassist Brad "Jackhammer" Jackman is heading for sunnier times in SoCal, so [...]
Green Monkey Records is most certainly pleased to release Jeff Kelly’s first single following the demise of the Green Pajamas as a performing entity. “Moon Over Granada” (https://greenmonkeyrecords.bandcamp.com/album/moon-over-granada-single) releases as a digital single and video today, March 1, and includes a non-album version of “Juliana of the One-Man-Scanner Station” as the B-side. “Moon Over Granada” is taken from the upcoming CD Beneath The Stars, Above The River, which will release [...]
Think I might have missed this one. Kurt Elzner’s Brain dump, er Wizard’s debut sounds like some secret Latin phrase but is actually a fun collection of garage post-pop with elements of Prince-ly funk, Guided By Voices-styled homegrown pop, and assorted batshit goofy, drooly headscratchers that will excite fans of everyone from Faust to The Residents. Opener ‘Life Is Fun’ sets the scene with the repetitive chorus ‘I gave my [...]
On February 22 we will release My Favorite Martian - Martian Chronicles, Los Angeles 1990's. It is really great. It stars Al Bloch. If you recall we just released Wenis, which also starred Al Bloch. Al said we should post something as a "tease", to get the base all fired up. This is it. Please note this was recorded on the 4th of July and those are actual fireworks you [...]
Sweet Wenis review by Gillian Garr in Northwest Music Scene. "The Donut House is a terrifically fun record of gleeful enthusiasm (even when the lyrics are sad), the joyful sound of a group of teenagers learning to play their instruments. Before they move on to doing something else." You should check out Gillian's new Sub Pop book. http://www.northwestmusicscene.net/late-arrival-the-coming-of-wenis/?fbclid=IwAR1gOGPkhtuDd_7ycxG_zeYWjcCjRtI77yOVv2UNOgbiDXlbh4xcT0jgUas
Tom Dyer’s Top 12 from 2018! Here’s the stuff that floated my boat this year. A lot of this stuff has very limited edition for hard copies so get on that if you are inclined. Levi Fuller & the Library – Bad Things Happen. I generally like Levi’s stuff but this is a step beyond. Desperate? Doomed? Levi’s question: When will we ever know just how fucked we are? Lyrically [...]
Ok this is a first - three Christmas releases on one day! First up: the annual various artists Christmas album - A Green Monkey Christmas For Martians Up On Mars! Everyone loves Martians, right? Next, a new True Olympians single "Lonely Little Christmas Tree"/"Christmas Train." So lonely! Last but certainly not least, a new Tom & Kat collection Tom & Kat's Excellent Christmas Adventure, pulling together all their holiday songs [...]