- Volume Two Now Available: OF WINE AND TEARS
OF WINE AND TEARS: HOME RECORDINGS 1991-1996 VOL. 2 is now available on Bandcamp. This is another 18 song collection, part two of a personal selection of 36 unreleased recordings. Jeff states: "This is the stuff that lead up to STRUNG BEHIND THE SUN in 1997. A lot of these tracks were written and recorded in that same way. A lot of the the arrangements are loose and spontaneous, sometimes goofy, sometimes good. Sometimes I had a written song, sometimes only a germ of an idea and sometimes, no idea at all when I would sit down at my keyboard to record. I was lucky most of the old cassettes I dug out still sounded pretty good after sitting in a drawer for 20 years!"
OF WINE AND TEARS is available HERE.
- She Says No Video By FFF
Green Monkey Records has released the fourth Fur For Fairies video. What was originally a rock song written by Jeff in the 1970's, She Says No, sung by Susanne Kelly to a Wurlitzer electric piano accompaniment, is now quiet and contemplative, the video stark and mysterious. You can see it HERE.
- A WHISPER OF RAIN On Bandcamp
"I was listening to Leonard Cohen and Nick Drake and really mostly jazz and classical music at the time, I didn't know much about Nirvana except they were from here. I came to appreciate some of that stuff later, when it was all just about over. I did like IN UTERO."
Jeff's liner notes state: "This is a selection of songs I recorded at home between 1991 - 1996. Some were ad-libbed, unfinished ideas. Some were used as demos. Some could have been released "as is" by The Green Pajamas. All of these songs were recorded on a 4 or 8 track cassette deck, usually in one session. Some were written, recorded and mixed, all in one session. These are a few of the ones that have stuck with us over the years."
The download is available HERE.
Volume two will be released within the next few weeks.
- Ultra-Rare Green Pajamas
Jeff is now posting "ultra-rare" Green Pajamas tracks on Facebook, starting with the never before released, "Agent 99 (Mix 1)," from 1997. He will post a new song each week. Right now, you can also hear an alternate mix of "Just A Breath Away" from SEVEN FATHOMS DOWN AND FALLING and "The Ravenna Witch no. 2," right here: The Green Pajamas Facebook.
- FUR FOR FAIRIES!
Still from the "Like The End Of The World" video.
Susanne Kelly is FUR FOR FAIRIES on this new rock and roll album produced by Jeff Kelly. The CD will be released in a beautiful eco wallet edition by Green Monkey Records next month. Often, funky, hard rocking and even a little bit jazzy in places, this record is very different than Jeff and Susanne's quieter, more introspective, BY RECKLESS MOONLIGHT. "We were listening to a lot of soul music and lots of swinging Blue Note stuff from the mid-sixties like Lou Donaldson when we recorded this," says Jeff. "I also got a new studio set-up which enabled me to do some interesting things that I couldn't do in the past, which gives it a fresh sound." Susanne's lusty, earthy vocals also guarantee this isn't a Green Pajamas record though Jeff does sneak in some PJs like electric guitar here and there..
You can now Like Fur For Fairies on Facebook!
Debut album cover.
- Tom Dyer Talks TWENTYFIVE
The facts on: Twentyfive by Jeff Kelly, 1991. A long time ago Jeff used to record his music onto cassettes. Tons of them. Some were fun. Some were sad. Some were noisy. Some rocked. Some were Lover’s Rock. Five years before this very private release, Jeff got married. To Susanne. I was there. Some of the songs he wrote were now about Susanne. Sometimes they were recorded with Susanne, like their unreleased L7 project, or Coffee In Nepal, which I released on cassette and which has been release on CD and vinyl. They laid the ground for their 2014 beautiful By Reckless Moonlight album back then.
This is a little different. Twentyfive is twenty-two songs written and recorded about/for Susanne (plus 3 poems) in the ensuing five years of nuptial bliss, all assembled onto one cassette and given to her on her twenty-fifth birthday. Some had been released on other releases, some not. “Oh How I Love You” from Coffee In Nepal is one of Jeff's best songs of any period. Jeff made a few copies and gave them to a few people. I was one of them.
Original fold-out cassette cover
Jeff was not doing a lot musically at that point, it was a bit of a fallow period in his otherwise prolific career. I listed Twentyfive out on some Jeff Kelly Discography to make it look like Jeff was still keeping his hand in, true, if a little fluffy. Like the Green Pajamas’ Happy Halloween (which had about 10 copies made when it was originally released), its legend grew over time.
At some point around 2003/4 I was living out in Rhode Island, had acquired some digital audio tools and digitized my copy for no particular reason I can remember other than I could. I was able to get rid of some of the cassette's tape hiss (so thrilling) and burnt it to CDR. Scanned the cassette cover and made it into a CD cover. Made two copies. Sent one to Jeff. Still have my copy.
So there you have it. A nice snapshot of the beginning of true love.
Can’t wait until Susanne turns 50!
Tom Dyer, Seattle, June 2015