- New Bootlegs!
2015 will see several updates to the Green Pajamas "official bootleg" discography, available on their Bandcamp website, starting with, LIVE '99 and LIVE '04, released today, and both available for $5.00.
LIVE '99 LIVE '04
LIVE '99 is a boombox recording from a Friday night at Seattle's Sit And Spin tavern. The edited performance is loud and raw and features rare live recordings of PJ's standards at the time, "Rattlesnake Kiss" and "Queen Of Sunshine," both of which have not been performed by the Pajamas for many years now. There is also a stunning, "Any Time Of Day," clocking in at about 9 minutes. But, be forewarned, sound quality is strictly for fans! LIVE '04, is a subtler set, featuring the lesser performed, "Secret Circle," "Christine Crystaline," and "When You're Good To Me." This recording is probably from a board/audience mix and sounds pretty great loud in headphones - Jeff says it's "a little bit like being up on stage with the band when you turn it up." Both recordings feature his CDR cover art, originally printed only for the five Green Pajamas members.
You can stream or buy these recordings at the their website here: Green Pajamas Official Bootleg Page.
- HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Released
The Green Pajamas in the autumn 1984: Jeff, Joe, Karl and Steven.
Originally released in 1984 on cassette tape, Green Monkey Records is reissuing HAPPY HALLOWEEN! on CD just in time for Halloween 2014. Joe Ross wrote the extensive liner notes and also compiled the 13(!) bonus tracks now available for the first time. You can listen to, read about and order a copy of the HAPPY HALLOWEEN! CD HERE.
- I'd Rather Be Filming In Vanda's Room
Susanne Kelly's pissed off statement about working a 'souless day job,' is on our video page, here, or on YouTube, here. "I wanted to make it gritty," says Jeff. Starring, among other cats, her brother, John (late of Brewtal Thirst), on Rickenbacker bass guitar.
- BY RECKLESS MOONLIGHT
For a long time, Jeff and Susanne had talked about doing a sort of follow-up to their 1987 COFFEE IN NEPAL, an album that they had recorded in the early days of their romance. Now, 27 years after COFFEE, Green Monkey Records is releasing BY RECKLESS MOONLIGHT, featuring 13 songs, a 12-page booklet with song lyrics, artwork by Susanne and photography by Carrie Von Kiel. Jeff will write an information page for the Green Monkey website in the coming weeks.
- LUST in Spain!
Joe and Jeff making SOL, 1984.
For those collectors that find it hard to keep up with the Pajamas discography, here's a new challenge. Vinilísssimo Records, of Spain has just released the SUMMER OF LUST LP on 180 gram vinyl!
- Live At The Sunset Saturday Night
Rehearsing in West Seattle. Photo by Eric.
The Green Pajamas will perform this Saturday, March 8th, at a KEXP benefit for Nick of Time Foundation which is dedicated to educating schools, athletes, families and communities about Sudden Cardiac Arrest. The Pajamas will open the show at 9 o'clock followed by the bands, Campfire OK and Tango Alpha Tango at Ballard's Sunset Tavern.
- Most Listened to Records of 2013
Just for fun, here is a list of the Green Pajamas' most listened to records of 2013. Another eclectic, unpredictable mix...
Boards of Canada: Tomorrow's Harvest
Bat For Lashes: The Haunted Man
Caleb Burhans: Evensong
Wavves: Afraid of Heights
La Luz: It's Alive
A Great Big World
Arcade Fire: Reflektor
"In 2013 Jasmine Records released a double CD containing all of Jimmy
Reed's singles for Vee Jay Records from 1953-1961. Nice liner notes, great
songs (25 singles, As & Bs) and you can really hear his influence on early
60s British blues and Dylan."
"Someone that I discovered this year, although it's not new (he died in
2009) is Vic Chessnutt. Particularly this album, Dark Developments, which
is a collaboration with Elf Power from 2008."Jeff -
Yasmine Hamdan: Ya Nass
Syd Arthur: On An ON
George Jones: 50 Years of Hits
Caravan: The World Is Yours: Anthology 1968-1976
Emmylou Harris: Red Dirt Girl
Lorde: Pure Heroine
Natalia Kills: Trouble
Tame Impala: Inner Speaker
Mothers of Invention: Whole 1960’s catalogue!
- This Winter's Night on Bandcamp
The first Green Pajamas Christmas song, This Winter's Night, is now available on Bandcamp. It was recorded in December 1984 in Joe Ross' bedroom with Joe, Jeff, Karl Wilhelm and a bunch of friends with two mics and a stereo cassette deck. Joe and Jeff later did some overdubs of bells and percussion on Jeff's 4-track reel to reel. Recorded before the PJs went to Green Monkey to record "Kim," the now famous waitress also gets a mention in this earlier release. You can listen/buy it here: This Winter's Night
- Live On KEXP!
Joe and Jeff at Slim's Last Chance, 10/5/13: older and not wiser.
The Green Pajamas will be interviewed and perform live on KEXP radio on Saturday, December 28th with host, DJ Sharlese Metcalf. The time is 8:30 in the evening. Tune in!
Photo by Deborah Spenser.
The Green Pajamas would like to thank all our friends and fans for coming out and supporting us at Slim's on May 18th. You all made it a wonderful night.
And thanks too, to Jilly Rizzo for inviting us!
Exciting news to come...
- Early Show This Saturday Night!
The Green Pajamas will play first of three bands this Saturday night, May 18th, at Slim's Last Chance Chili Shack & Watering Hole in Seattle. So come early! The show will start at approximately 9:00 with the PJs followed by Jilly Rizzo and The Fentons.
- Pajamas Most Listened To 2012
My most listened/viewed pick-of-the-year is this youtube clip from 1971.
(My son) Lincoln, who has become something of a youtube affectionado, and I have
watched this one many times.
As far as records. So little time to listen but here's what's turned my head this year.
1. the new Mackelmore record I love
2. Ken Stringfellow DANZIG IN MOONLIGHT
3. Carice Van Houtens new record
As for new records – (my daughter) Lindsay turned me on to this singer/songwriter from Montreal named Mac Demarco. He's pretty cool!
I also love the Macklemore/Ryan Lewis CD, THE HEIST.
And Eric Lichter – Elks in Paris
1. The Bee Gees THE STUDIO ALBUMS 1967-1968 and ODESSA
2. Smoosh WITHERSHINS
3. Birdie BIRDIE
4. CHARADE SOUNDTRACK re-issue Henri Mancini
5. Lana Del Ray BORN TO DIE
6. RAVEL, FAURE, BONIS: TRIOS AVEC PIANO Trios George Sand
- Christmas EP on Bandcamp!
You can now stream or download the O HOLY NIGHT E.P. on the Pajamas' Bandcamp site through December. The tracks are: O Holy Night from 2007, The Carolers' Song from 2001, What Child Is This from 2010 and the bonus track, Cold North Sea Of Love / Bleak Are The Bells (Mix 1), previously unreleased, dating from 2002. You can get it HERE. Merry Christmas!
- The Spell Video
Photo by Carlton Lonegran
The latest video from DEATH BY MISADVENTURE has arrived. Jeff calls it "The Green Pajamas on French T.V. circa 1968." Filmed in stunning black and white by Carlton Lonegran, it is also Jeff's humble homage to film director, Pedro Costa. Watch it on YouTube or on our video page right HERE.
- Lost Girls Scariest Book?
Jeff states: "One of those special moments in my life was when I got an email, out of the blue, from Andrew Pyper many years ago now. A friend of his had given him NORTHERN GOTHIC as a gift and he was just writing me to say how much he liked the song. I thought, wow, if the author of the book digs the song, I must have done it right!"
The author talks about his book, one of Jeff's very favorites, right here: www.andrewpyper.com
- Live 2008 West Seattle Summer Fest
A new recording has been posted on the PJ's Bandcamp bootleg page: WEST SEATTLE SUMMER FEST 2008. Raw and very live, recorded on a hot afternoon in July by Jayney Wallick, including Kim and a rare live performance of The Wave from THIS IS WHERE WE DISAPPEAR. Check it out...
- Pajamas Guest Edit MAGNET
All this week The Green Pajamas are Guest Editors at Magnet magazine on-line. Each day new entries about film, art, music, booze and more will be posted by Jeff, Laura and Eric. You can go to the guest editor page right here. Jud Cost's feature from the print edition has been posted too: Something A Little More Comfortable
We hope you enjoy it!
- "The Queen Bee's Last Tango" Video!
Green Monkey Records has posted the prequel video to "The Queen Bee Is Dead" on YouTube: "The Queen's Last Tango." It features Rusty Ruiz as the king, Susanne Kelly as the queen, John Dailey as the prince, The Creepy Things (Tess, Jane and Martina) on strings and The Green Pajamas on Finlandia vodka.
You can view it HERE.