REVIEW: Tom Dyer’s New Pagan Gods’ “History Of Northwest Rock Vol. 1 (1959-1968)”

Tom Dyer photo TomDyer_cover_zpsccugrsdl.jpg For Tom Dyer’s new album, he has gathered a few musicians, called them the New Pagan Gods and paid tribute to the old Pagan Gods, specifically the Gods of Seattle rock’n’roll at the dawn of the music up here in the Pacific Northwest.

If you are a longtime resident of the Northwest, you have no doubt heard many of these songs Dyer and friend have chosen to cover on History Of Northwest Rock Vol. 1 (1959-1968), and there may even be a few that you didn’t know had a connection to the Pacific Northwest. He begins the album with a nice version of The Sonics’ “The Witch”, which was also covered nicely by The Mummies. You might see the title “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” and think “wait, Ringo wasn’t from the city of Bremerton” but instead, this rare song was originally performed b Tiny Tony & The Statics on an obscure 45 many collectors continue to hunt for. “Dirty Robber” is attacked quite nicely and fans of The Mummies will also recognize this song too. Here, Dyer pays tribute to Tacoma and the group who made it first, The Wailers. They are given a double tribute with a rendition of the beastly “Out Of Our Tree”, also covered nicely by The Mummies.

The album ends with an awesome version of The Dimensions’ “She’s Boss” but by going through these songs, it’s a way to hear what the Pacific Norhtwest music scene was as it managed to keep itself within semi-obscurity for a few decades as it recorded some of the best songs by some of the best people around. Dyer gets a chance to honor those who came before in the hopes younger audiences will continue on with their new spirit for the future. The album is not only a celebration of incredible garage rock, but rock’n’roll in general, pre-B.S.

FREE DL: Indian Jewelry’s “Vast Division”

Houston’s Indian Jewelry will be releasing an album in early September called Doing Easy (Studded Left) and they want to do you a bit easy right now by offering you a song from it to check out. It’s called “Vast Division”, which you are able to download for free, while supplies last. The vinyl pressing of the album will be released by Reverberation Appreciation Society in November.

Before that, they have a show home in Houston in August before they begin a two week European tour:

August 28… Houston, TX (Walters)
September 10… Copenhagen, Denmark (Huset-KBH)
September 11… Hamburg, Germany (Hamburg Psych Fest)
September 13… Berlin, Germany (Urban Spree)
September 14… Tilburg, Netherlands (Incubate)
September 15… Brussels, Belgium (Home Plugged)
September 16… Paris, France (La Machine du Moulin Rouge)
September 19… Angers, France (Chabada)
September 20… Clermont-Ferrand, France (Le Baraka)
September 21… Lausanne, Switzerland (Le Romandie Rock Club)
September 22… Basel, Switzerland (Kaschemme Klub)
September 23… Lyon, France (Le Sonic)
September 25… Liverpool, UK (Blade Factory at Camp & Furnace)
September 25… London, UK (The Shacklewell Arms)

SOME STUFFS: Slim Wray get thick with new EP

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You might not think of a band from New York to make surf music but when you go by the name of Slim Wray, it shows an influence. Slim Wray is not a man but a band and not only do they surf it up, but they bring some garage rock elements to their music too, which you’ll hear more of on their forthcoming EP due out on July 14th called Post No Bills. The group spent time in a Brooklyn recording studio to put together the release

SOME STUFFS: Dylan Fox And The Wave to release an album next week

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Heard of Dylan Fox And The Wave yet? Then you have hit the right place at the right time, for the group will be releasing an album on June 16th (next week Tuesday) Chasing Shadows so if you became familiar with these garage rockers with their EP’s, you have to wait anxiously for the new work. I am here to give you one song as a preview, a tune called “You Never Say Anything Nice” that doesn’t sound nice. Well okay, it is gritty and pretty in its own way but the ugly thing is all in the mind. The nice balance of rock and pop works quite nicely, check it out.

AUDIO: The Wave Pictures’ “Pea Green Coat”

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You may not be familiar with the name The Wave Pictures but if you know who Billy Childish is, then you’ll want to know. The Wave Pictures now have their first American release through Team Love Records, an album that was written and produced by the (or Thee) one and only Childish, who is always ready to give you the rich and rugged rock’n’roll he knows and loves. Straight out of the garage and into your ear goggles will be an album due out on the 17th of March called Great Big Flamingo Burning Moon, and here is the first single, “Pea Green Coat”.

FREE MP3 DL: Sun Voyager’s “God Is Dead”

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“God Is Dead”, so says New York garage/psych-rock band Sun Voyager, which is why they wrote, recorded, and released the song, which you may hear now. The song is part of their split EP they did with Greasy Hearts, titled Grease Voyage, and you may listen to “God is Dead” from Sun Voyager’s half. The full EP is available on cassette and in digital form from King Pizza Records.

VIDEO: Tom Dyer/Northwest Ono Band’s “No Lou This Xmas”

Another Christmas video on my website, I don’t know what it’s going on but if the music is good, I’m more than willing to share wthem with you. This one comes from here in the Pacific Northwest, specifically up the highway to Seattle with Tom Dyer and the “Northwest Ono Band”. While this does not feature the Mountlake Terrace Community Choir, it does feature a crisp rock attitude you can enjoy so check out “No Lou This Xmas” and find out who/what Lou refers to. Then again, I’m not going to cut to the chase: a kid inside the video is rewarded with “the gift” of hearing Lou Reed’s Transformer album, and hopefully that will give you the reason why the song is called this. Now enjoy. The song can be found on Dyer’s album Xmas​-​30 Years In The Making (Green Monkey).

REVIEW: Crayon’s “Brick Factory” (vinyl reissue)

 photo Crayon_cover_zpsc6625b73.jpg If there’s one thing that Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Pearl Jam did for the Pacific Northwest, it showed that it was a great place to find lots of great. The band thing is that the hype of grunge made countless fans assume that all bands sounded the same and had the exact influences. Not every band was super-polished or had the publicity teams to make them a powerful force. Take for example, a group from Bellingham, Washington named Crayon. They released a small handful of 7″ singles and EP’s before they came up with their debut album in 1994. The spirit of Brick Factory (HHBTM) sounded like a group that were willing to show how new they were, even though they existed for four years. They weren’t too polished or sharp, nor did they want to be. They wanted to twist their style of pop music with a lot of garage rock and noise, as if they wanted to join Sonic Youth, King Missile (Dog Fly Religion), Coffin Break, or Hazel and have a huge party. It was loose punk rock with a poppy edge, and their album sounded like something you’d pop into your cassette deck and just get drunk.

That album is now 20 years old and the spirit lives on with its reissue, which has come out on vinyl for the first time. You might assume that having fourteen songs on an album is too much and would lower the sound quality, but the original album was under 40 minutes, which means the sound quality is excellent. Some may feel indie music from the early 90’s have been lost in time but as far as the fans are still out there and show how much this music moved them, a reissue like the one for Brick Factory will continue being reissued. If you get the digital version of this album, you’ll get seven more songs that are from their earlier singles. Brick Factory may not make you feel as long as you were 20 years ago, but it is sure to remember why these songs trilled you in the first place.

(You may pre-order the LP directly from HHBTM Records.)

AUDIO: Thee Gold Blooms’ “Katie-Sue”

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They look like a band that could easily fit in with any musical era of the last 25 years but Perth’s Thee Gold Blooms are heavily influenced by the music of the 1960’s. Even the title of their song, “Katie-Sun”, may sound innocent and fancy free but the music has a bit of grit and bulk, so it’s not just bubble gum chewing and sparkles, they want to have fun with what they do and they’re very much doing it. They’re polishing up what will become their debut album, due out in January. As for “Katie-Sun”, it will be released on December 5th.