Another darn TD Review: "idiosyncratic but this is appealingly odd and engaging." Graham Reid Tom Dyer: 1+1=? (Green Monkey) by Graham Reid The Green Monkey label boss Tom Dyer continues on his idiosyncratic way (an album a year in the past decade), this time taking a sideways a step away from left-field rock/pop and into what are nominally “duets” . . . although he sings everything and the other party [...]
"1+1=? is an intriguing curiosity, a vision of pop-rock music viewed through a kaleidoscope of warped mirrors and unpredictably shifting angles, and a lot of fun to boot." Tom Dyer — 1 + 1 = ? (Green Monkey GM1055, 2019, CD / DL) by Jon Davis, Published 2019-08-30 Tom Dyer is something of a musical institution in the Pacific Northwest, having been involved in a variety of endeavors since [...]
"If you like your duets albums off the planet and out there some this is the album for you". Well of course we do! http://www.whisperinandhollerin.com/reviews/review.asp?id=14769 Our Rating: This is the latest album by Green Monkey Records head honcho Tom Dyer and this time it's an album of collaborations with other artistes on the label and favored friends that I should have reviewed at least a month ago, but well since [...]
Tom Dyer has released a 4th video for his 1+1 = ? album, Song of Frogs. The video is a meditation on a new day and was shot locally at the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge & McLane Creek Nature Trail.
Chemistry Set playing "2,000 Light Years From Home" shot live in 1988 by Howie Wahlen at the Backstage. Good planning, Howie! More to come soon! 2 disc CDR available now! https://greenmonkeyrecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-incomplete-fabulous-stinking
Tom Dyer has released a third video for from his 1+1 = ? album: "Barbra." The song (named for Ms. Streisand but is not about her) is a collaboration between TD and Mark Brunke. Mr. Brunke directed the video and states the following: The film is made up of outtakes used in films shot on various kinds of Super 8 film. The film is made up of black and white, [...]
The always prolific Mr. Kelly has a lovely new single from his Beneath The Stars, Above the River album "The Lisbon Vampire (Single Version)" b/w "Moon Over Grenada (Acoustic Version)". It is available on bandcamp this very minute and will be available on download and streaming services quite soon.
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