REVIEW: Green Pajamas’ “Happy Halloween!”

 photo GreenPajamasHH_cover_zps4ba2ee2f.jpg Halloween 2014 is behind us now but this album by the Green Pajamas was released before October 31st and in truth, it’s music that is non-seasonal, which is good. The music on Happy Halloween! (Green Monkey) was recorded in 1984 but remained unreleased until thirty years later. Why it was held back is unknown but this is an album that should’ve came out way back then. If you are someone who has been a fan of this Seattle band over the years, you will find this to be great, as if a holy grail of sorts has been unleashed and you’ve been patiently waiting for something (anything) unreleased until now. A group like that, at least for me, were always on the verge of becoming something huge but because of the fact that Seattle was not the “hip place” it would become seven years later, a lot of great artists were held back from superstardom. For those who have called Green Pajamas personal favorites, songs like “In The SKy”, “I’ll Want To Run For You” and “Johnna Johnna” will become the classics it deserves to be.

AUDIO: IAN’s “I Don’t Care”

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What started out as a one-woman project from Jilian Medford has turned into a trio known as IAN. After releasing an EP on her own, once Medford came up with the group concept, they went in to record a new set of music. That new set is being presented as the IAN EP, and from it you can take a listen to “I Don’t Care”, the hopebeing that you will care for it and them.

IAN have a small number of shows happening in L.A. at the end of the year and the beginning of the new year, see them if you can.

December 19, 2014… Los Angeles, CA (The El Cid) ƕ
December 22, 2014… Los Angeles, CA (The Echo) Ɯ
January 10, 2015… Los Angeles, CA (The Bootleg) ȝ

ƕ = w/ Trash Honey and Steps Of Doe
Ɯ = w/ Girpool
ȝ = w/ French Vanilla & Feels

VIDEO: Shivery Shakes’ “Hold On”

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Music videos are essentially commercials or informercials but what if you’re an artist who find yourselves stuck in an actual informercial? This is what Shivery Shakes discovered when they created “Hold On” and found themselves in a world of television trouble. The song is from their Three Waves And A Shake album on Austin Town Hall/Punctum.

AUDIO: Bandit’s “Dragon”

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Her name is Angela Plake but as an artist, she wants you to become familiar with her as Bandit. She has her own band that were formed in Nashville and they recently recorded their debut album. They’re signed by Broken Circles and the album will be released early next year, three years after their formation, called Of Life, presenting themselves as a rock band with some grit, grime, and garage vibes going on, all while showing strong songwriting skills that are sure to expand their audience quite a bit. Have a listen to what she/they are about with the song “Dragon”.

VIDEO: Tomorrows Tulips’ “Papers By The TV”

Tomorrows Tulips just released a new album called When so for fans of garage-y pop kindness, have a look at a video that seems to go quick and easy, but it’s a pleasant quick and easy. You can order the When album directly from Burger Records in all good and trendy formats, or below via Amazon.

SOME STUFFS: Tijuana Panthers present new video and fall tour dates

If you missed Tijuana Panthers when they were on the road last month, don’t worry, for they are going back again for more shows beginning next month, which will take them through mid-November.

October 25… Santa Ana, CA (Beach Goth Festival)
November 5… – Los Angeles, CA (El Rey) *
November 6… San Luis Obispo, CA (SLO Brewing Co) *
November 7… Santa Barbara, CA Velvet Jones() *
November 8… San Francisco, CA (The Independent) *
November 10… Bellingham, WA (The Wild Buffalo) *
November 11… Seattle, WA ()Crocodile Cafe *
November 12… Portland, OR (Hawthorne Theatre) *

* w/ Mariachi El Bronx

To keep you entertained, the Panthers have made a video for “Money Jar”. Toss your eyes in it (the jar, that is) and have a good viewing.

BOOK’S JOOK: The Mummies’ “Food, Sickles & Girls”

  • Book’s Jook is a column dedicated to placing a record within my dream jukebox, if I were to have one. The Seeburg jukebox shown below is similar to the one I have wanted since I was a kid. To read more on why I started this column, click here.

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    Most of my choices in Book’s Jook have been the mainstream stuff, but for this week I decided to go to the underground for a bit of independent spirit. The Mummies were a garage rock band out of San Mateo, California who dressed up like mummies at live shows and terrorized the crowds with their music and passion. “Food, Sickles & Girls” was on their own label, Pre-B.S. (which stood for “Pre Bullshit”, the claim being that if you made music before The Beatles and rock’n’roll became more corrupt, it was “before the B.S.”), and was their second record following their debut 7″ EP. For the record, all of their songs were meant to sound like crap, or at least not as professional as what you’d expect to hear in the early 90’s. While everyone was reaching towards digital fascinations, the guys in The Mummies recorded and mixed everything in mono, and sometimes it sounded as if all instruments and vocals went through a single microphone. It had a bootleg feel, or like finding some local record by some local band rocking out, not sounding as professional as something on Capitol, Decca, or Atlantic but often times it had toe best music. I loved the attitude in “Food, Sickles & Girls”, especially as the lyric changed in the second half, particular what happened after they sang “food and eating girls”. The B-side was another fine rocker done on a different style called “One By One”, and that one sounded more like something you’d hear on an obscure B-side from 1962.

    The band did a “reissue” of “Food, Sickles & Girls” for the Bellingham, Washington label Estrus Records, but it was a completely different recording, which pepped up the song but it was not the same. Nonetheless, they continued to release more 45’s, EP’s and albums for the next few years before calling it a day, with Maz Kattuah spending more time with The Phantom Surfers while drummer wizard Russell Quan ended up playing with almost every other band in the Bay Area. One of my favorite Quan-related articles was when he was interviewed to talk about his favorite food joints throughout the Bay Area, and whenever I get down to that area, I’d like to visit what remains open, in honor of food.

    …and sickles.

    …and girls.

  • AUDIO: Wolvves’ “Home”

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    If Wolvves allegedly “make violent music with bad rap lyrics your parents hate and choruses you can fuck someone up to in a mosh pit”, it would be motivating enough to not only listen, but become a groupie based on their magical powers. Maybe you don’t want to do that just yet but you want to become a believer as if your name was Neil Diamond. The band have released an EP called Go Demon or Go Home (Rubber Brother) and from Side 1 comes a song called “Home”.

    SOME STUFFS: Dope Body to release 2nd album in October

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    If you know of Dope Body, you may be surprised that they have a new album, considering they’ve been on the road for ages. Their debut was released on Drag City two years ago, pretty much stayed on the road for the last two years but they are returning with Lifer, again on Drag City, and will they take on another journey to the road? Most likely, but first you have to hear the new music first.

    Yes, you got it, Dope Body already have shows set up for mid-October, with a few dates before that:
    August 29… Brooklyn, NY (Brooklyn Night Bazaar)
    September 26… College Park, MD (University of Maryland @ WMUC Third Rail)
    October 16… New York, NY (Studio at Webster Hall)
    October 17… Brooklyn, NY (Palisades)
    October 18… Ithaca, NY (-Cornell University)
    October 19… Happiness in Columbus, OH (Double Happiness)
    October 20… Chicago, IL (Township)
    October 21… Louisville, KY (Zanzabar)
    October 22… Richmond, VA (Strange Matter)
    October 24… Baltimore, MD (Metro Gallery)
    October 25… Philadelphia, PA (Johnny Brenda’s)

    Lifer will hit virtual and digital streets on the 21st of October.

    REVIEW: The Ghost Wolves’ “Man, Woman, Beast”

     photo GhostWolves_cover_zps2743eb82.jpg After releasing two EP’s, Austin, Texas’ The Ghost Wolves have released their mammoth debut album, Man, Woman, Beast (Plowboy). The duo consists of nothing but guitar and drums, with vocalist/guitarist Carley Wolf getting deep in a rural blues way, partly sexy, partly alluring, but wholly threatening due to the lyrics and how she does it. Drummer Jonathan Wolf occasionally joins her on vocals but for the most part it’s Carley’s world. When you hear her sing “I don’t want to disappear/but I’m looking for my beans and bread here/I don’t wanna disappear//send me some dollars to my grave/I make my millions from my grave/pepperoni pizza to my grave” (in “Grave Dollars”), you realize The Ghost Wolves mean business and do it like the bishops of blues and rock but pull it off with a spirit that shows a pinch of humor, sarcasm, and a very direct-and-to-the-point approach that is sure to cause a ruckus in a live setting. Carley’s voice may remind a few of a cross between E.G. Daly and Altered Images’ Clare Grogan, but there’s more to that, which I think fans will discover and explore on this and future works. By keeping things to her and Jonathan’s drums, the duo lineup is great and I feel this will bring them to a wider audience as time goes on.