PHANTOM LAKE, NG3: A Dark Album

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The new Green Pajamas album, PHANTOM LAKE: NORTHERN GOTHIC 3, will be released on compact disc March 16th by Green Monkey Records. (It is already available as a digital download from Bandcamp.) The CD has twelve songs - two written by Eric Lichter, three written by Laura Weller, six written by Jeff Kelly and one written by Laura and Jeff.  The CD cover art features six stunning black and white images, photographed in rural Washington by Susanne Kelly.  A full lyric sheet is also included with the CD release. 

From the official press release:

Phantom Lake: Northern Gothic 3 is the final installment of the trilogy which began in 2002 with Northern Gothic (Camera Obscura). It was followed up by, Box of Secrets: Northern Gothic 2 (Hidden Agenda) in 2007. 

When Laura Weller and Jeff Kelly were thinking about where their next project might go, Laura introduced the idea of writing songs inspired by childhood. She had grown up in a neighborhood called Phantom Lake, memories of which eventually inspired four songs on this record. Jeff also drew from youth, remembering trips to Lost Lake, about twelve miles out of Shelton, Washington, where relatives had a cabin, as well as many vacations to the Washington coast over the years. Eric Lichter remembers a family from his past in the song, “The Rosebergs,” about a catastrophic tsunami roaring in off of the Pacific.

These are the same landscapes that populated many of the songs on the two previous Northern Gothic albums. The grey skies, the endless evergreens, the “black and blue moon” and “a thousand crows” which hang over small lakeside or West Coast towns populated by the lonesome, the unlucky-in-loves and even a few slightly eerie children.  

This is a dark album. It is about obsession and sorrow and murder and too much whisky. The characters that permeate these songs exist in the shadows, often in the margins of society. These lost souls of the northern gothic world of Phantom Lake remind us of what it is to be human. 

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SUPERNATURAL AFTERNOON

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A new Green Pajamas album, SUPERNATURAL AFTERNOON, will be out soon on UK based, Sugarbush Records.  The album, a compilation of recent recordings and digital singles, will be released as a 12" LP on purple vinyl.  The album will not be released in CD format.  The record was produced by Jeff Kelly and features a cover drawing, Zitkala-Sa, by his wife, Susanne.  

All but one of the songs, "Ancient Lake" by Eric Lichter, are written by Jeff.  Here's the list...

Side A:

January Girl

Big Black Storm (Single version)

Who Is The Girl (Version 2)

Supernatural Afternoon

The Jailer's Song

Side B:

Kill The Power

Red Bird (Single version)

Ancient Lake

The Red, Red Rose

Raise Ravens

"The Red, Red Rose" and "Raise Ravens" are remastered tracks from the previous RED, RED ROSE CD EP on Green Monkey Records.  None of the other songs have ever been available in a physical format.   The word from Sugarbush is that this might be their best sounding Pajamas issue yet and the other three vinyl LPs, DEATH BY MISADVENTURE, IF YOU KNEW WHAT I DREAMED and TO THE END OF THE SEA, are all remarkably good pressings.

        

Previous Sugarbush LP releases 

 

 

LIVE SHOW!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Green Pajamas will once again open an evening with MKB Ultra on March 11th.  Jeff Kelly is a big fan of the band and the PJs are very happy to play this special show with them along with the legendary, Sage, at The Royal Room in Seattle's Columbia City.  

This will be the last Green Pajamas live date for a spell so please come early as they will go on first, at 9:00 PM!  

Advance tickets - $8.00 ($10.00 night of show) - are available here: http://www.strangertickets.com/events/41242322/mkb-ultra-w-sage-and-green-pajamas

 

Surprise Video Release!

The surprise, new Green Pajamas video, "Kill The Power," begins ugly and angry but ends very upbeat: It re-enforces the idea of "killing" the current fascist leaning U.S. government, by way of persistent and peaceful protest.

The digital single is out next week on Green Monkey Records.

You can see the video on YouTube or on our website right HERE.

New Video: When Juliet Smiles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The latest music video for TO THE END OF THE SEA is out now on YouTube.  Carrie Von Kiel portrays Juliet in "When Juliet Smiles" which also features Jeff as the lighthouse keeper. Laura joins Jeff performing the song in the video, directed and filmed by Susanne Kelly.  While editing, Jeff added the title - A Short Film About Loving - just a fun nod to one of his favorite directors, Krzysztof Kieslowski, and his, "A Short Film About Killing."  You can view "When Juliet Smiles" right HERE

 

 

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