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Poison In The Russian Room
The Green Pajamas
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Released: Apr 28, 2009
Label: Hidden Agenda
Track Listing
1 The Lonesome End Of The Lake
2 Poison In The Russian Room
3 Any Way The Wind Blows
4 Cristina Dancing
5 This Angel's On Fire
6 Mr. Ivan
7 Queen Of Broken Hearts
8 Suicide Subways
9 Song
10 The Fairy Queen 1
11 Who's That Calling
12 The Sinner In My Soul
13 Some Pleasure Unknown
14 Open Your Eyes
15 The Fairy Queen 2
16 Poison In The Russian Room (Reprise)

Liner Notes

"It’s a journey, the rare kind in music. Artists attempt it often, but it is difficult to maintain momentum through a dozen or so songs. Poison in the Russian Room is a slow burn of beauty and the kind of record that lures and compels the listener to hear one more song, and then the next, until it is over." - Pop Matters

**** "(The Green Pajamas') most cohesive and blisteringly esoteric collection yet" - All Music Guide

**** One of the Sunday Times of London's Top 100 of the year...  
Lately, Seattle's psychedelic survivors the Green Pajamas have tended towards a pre-Raphaelite wispiness, but their 23rd album opens with the agenda-setting deep bass groove of The Lonesome End of the Lake and remains quietly assertive and subtly melodic throughout. Jeff Kelly's knack for an instantly addictive tune isn't in doubt, but it's the details that captivate - the flamenco hand-claps on Christina Dancing, the distant telephone vocal on Suicide Subways, the unexpected saxophone blow-out on Who's That Calling and the backward sucked guitar sounds on The Fairy Queen. Try on these superb pajamas today! Or something.  -Stewart Lee

 

From the Hidden Agenda website...

Poison In The Russian Room is veteran Seattle combo The Green Pajamas’ new album, a conceptual piece split into two distinct parts. This is their seventh release for Hidden Agenda Records, seven among several dozen official releases since their inception in the mid 80s. While The Green Pajamas’ trademark psychedelia has gone through many moon phases (both gibbous and crescent) on the last 25 years, here in 2009 the band might rock harder than ever (they’re from Seattle after all, grunge finds a way), but also invert all expectations with a Pentangle-influenced acid-folkiness that will charm and enchant.

Track by track with Jeff Kelly:

This CD is divided up like an old LP in that there is a distinctive side 1 and side 2. The first part is a collection of 8 songs.

"Any Way the Wind Blows"
I got Criterion's DVD of "Pandora's Box" starring Louise Brooks and fell in love with the movie and her as well. This is my humble tribute to the film. How did I never know about Louise Brooks??

"Cristina Dancing" 
Another tribute to another mesmerizing presence of whom I knew not of until recently, Cristina Hoyos. And again thanks to Criterion and their box set of Carlos Saura's beautiful "Flamenco Trilogy." You just have to see her...

"This Angel's On Fire"
This one has some wild sax playing by local jazz legend, Ronnie Pierce. He's eighty-something years old.

"Mr. Ivan" 
This is my favorite kind of Eric song, one of his melancholy mood pieces.

"Queen of Broken Hearts"
Laura has been busy writing songs for the next Goblin Market record and didn't have anything for this one. So I asked if I could write her one to sing. And she said yes and did. And very well I think.

"Suicide Subways"
While visiting Tokyo, where his brother was living, Eric heard some astounding statistics regarding how many people throw themselves in front of the subway trains every year. If you're on a train in Tokyo that isn't moving, it's probably due to another "human accident," as they apparently refer to these tragedies.

The second part of the record is called 'In Search of the Elusive Fairy Queen and Some Pleasure Unknown'. I wanted a title that sounded like something from the days of Pentangle or one of those groups. This small collection of songs might be about one's quest to attain the unattainable, to see the unseeable, touch something that has never been touched. Most of the instrumentation is sparse. I left a lot of room, for instance, for Craig Flory to play some wonderful saxophone on "Who's That Calling." It's perhaps a little bit of a different sound than past records.