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KEXP is having a party, and you're invited! {TODAY at 6pm}

{KEXP // on air}

You read that right!

Our beloved KEXP is holding a pre-housewarming party at their new home -- Seattle Center! -- today, starting at 6pm. And you, you, and you (yep, you too! yay!) are all invited to come down and celebrate. The party is tonight from 6pm - 8pm, features music by The Cave Singers, and is free free free!

Here's a little more official word on the event:

This is the first public event at the site of KEXP’s New Home in the Northwest Rooms of Seattle Center, and the culmination of an on-air celebration of the musical history of Seattle Center. The rally kicks off KEXP’s “All In” music match, an opportunity for music lovers to double their New Home donations. From July 10 through Tuesday, August 5, all gifts to help build KEXP’s new facility will be matched with funds contributed by a pool of artists including Pearl Jam, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Dave Matthews.  

In its new facility, KEXP will offer public access to in-studio performances, educational opportunities for all ages, world-class tools to connect worldwide audiences to more “music that matters,” and improved hospitality for touring bands, so they sound, feel, and smell their best when performing for the KEXP community. In order to build its New Home, KEXP has launched Breaking New Ground Together: The Campaign to Build KEXP’s New Home, a $15 million capital campaign. The “All In” music match enables KEXP music lovers worldwide a way to maximize their support for the New Home and the benefits KEXP brings to music fans, artists, and the city of Seattle.

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An evening with Eef Barzelay {Friday, May 9th}

{Eef Barzelay}Mark your calendars, sweet imaginary friends, because this is a good one: your pal and ours, the one and only Eef Barzelay {of Clem Snide fame} will be making a stop in Seattle on Friday, May 9th, and you're all invited to the show. Well, not all of you, technically, since it's a house show -- there's only going to be room for a mere forty of us to experience this intimate night together.

Okay, let's rephrase: everyone is invited and everyone is welcome, and we're going to fit as many of our bodies as we can into that house next month. (And that happens to be approximately forty of us.) Everyone who buys a ticket to the show will be entered to win a custom cover song from Eef -- PS, those typically go for $100.00 -- on top of having a gorgeously intimate night floor-side.

In case you're not up to speed on what Eef's been doing lately -- everyone's got their favorite solo-Eef and Clem Snide songs embedded into those go-to mixes, us included -- take a listen to his releases from this past February 14th. Always the master of covers, Eef's done it again with a set of classics and one new (NSFW) track.

This one's clear for streaming wherever you please, though:

Pick up your pass here, and we'll see you at the show next month!

{Photo courtesy of the artist.}

Highlights from Pickathon 2013

It was another incredible year out on Pendarvis Farm for this year's installment of Pickathon. Having had our inaugural visit last year, blistering temperatures and all, we knew that this year's trip would be nothing short of fantastic! With a great lineup (and cooler forecast) on the horizon, we went into the weekend with high expectations, and every single one of them was met. Here's a few highlights that made the weekend downright magical:

{Andrew Bird / by Victoria VanBruinisse}
Andrew Bird with Tift Merritt & Band

Hiking out to a stage built out of (mostly) branches in the middle of the woods to see Andrew Bird do an offbeat, slightly bluegrass-tinged set on opening night was without a doubt order of business number one for us this year. Greeted upon arrival to the catchy beats and gritty guitar hooks of Sallie Ford and The Sound Outside wafting out into the parking lot, we wandered onto the grounds and took in most of their mainstage set, immediately following it with that hike to the Woods Stage -- where we found throngs of people amassed around progressive African electro-pop band Vieux Farke, who delivered an unexpectedly blistering, make-the-whole-audience dance performance. And suddenly, a mere two hours into this year's whirlwind Farm Experience, it was already time for Andrew Bird.

{Sallie Ford and The Sound Outside / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Sallie Ford and The Sound Outside / by Victoria VanBruinisse}
Sallie Ford and The Sound Outside

{Andrew Bird / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Andrew Bird / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Andrew Bird / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Andrew Bird / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Andrew Bird / by Victoria VanBruinisse}
Andrew Bird with Tift Merritt & Band

In a fit of total perfection, Andrew Bird proceeded to enrapture us with an easy-breezy Bowl Of Fire vibe that we hadn't experienced in-person before, and it was downright incredible. Living up to every ounce of expecatation we'd collectively put on him, Bird played the bulk of his hour-long set with Tift Merritt and members of her band huddled around a single mic, crooning out into the darkness to an attentive mass of festivalgoers:

And that was just the first night!

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Sub Pop takes over Seattle {7/11-13}

{Sub Pop logo}

You've likely heard the news, but just in case you've been on a media / internet fast or something: Sub Pop is taking over Seattle, with a couple of ginormous events around town in honor of their 25th anniversary {aka their Silver Jubilee}. There's a lot of details to get to, so we're going to jump right in...

Today {Thursday} // Mudhoney, The Space Needle

{Mudhoney}

Yep, you read that right. Not only is Mudhoney playing on top of the motherfucking Space Needle, KEXP will be broadcasting live today from noon - 5:30p from the observation deck -- the first live broadcast from the Space Needle, ever! Leading up to the performance, there are a bunch of excellent in-studios and interviews scheduled too. Check out the schedule, and tune in:

12:30p: Interview with producer Jack Endino
1:00p: Sera Cahoone
1:30p: Interview with photographer Charles Peterson
2:15p: Interview with Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil
3:00p: J. Mascis
4:00p: Interview with label founder Bruce Pavitt
5:00p: Mudhoney

We heard on the Morning Show today that Charles Peterson will be shooting Mudhoney from a god damn helicopter. More information at KEXP here, where you can also find a link to a live video stream later today. Killer!

Tomorrow {Friday} // Jonathan Meiburg, Columbia City Theater

While this isn't going to be an official Silver Jubilee event, it's going to be an excellent show, and you should absolutely make it part of your Sub Pop-themed weekend {so long as you don't already have tickets to the Silver Jubil-Eve Comedy Thing}: Jonathan Meiburg (of Shearwater) will be playing at Columbia City Theater (!!!) and we're so excited, we can barely contain ourselves.

Somehow, tickets are still available for the show -- they're TEN DOLLARS, you guys -- pick yours up here, and PS, be sure to get to the show in time for the second band on the lineup, Brass Bed. They're not a Sub Pop band, and have nothing to do with the Jubilee, but the single off their upcoming release, "A Bullet For You," has been on heavy rotation in the imaginary offices of late. We're betting they'll be an excellent precursor to some solo Shearwater vibes:

{Saturday} // Sub Pop Jubilee, Georgetown

Okay, here's the meat and potatoes: the Jubilee itself will be taking place all day and all night Saturday in what's arguably one of Seattle's best neighborhoods, and the whole entire thing is f-r-e-e FREE.

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Latest comment by: John (In Ballard) : "Liz, I was listening to that yesterday and even watched a little of the live youtube stream of the Sera Cahoone set. It looked so nerve racking, and kind of windy. This Saturday is going to be pretty sweet; I'm trying to guess who or what those TBA's are ...

Don't miss: Lemolo + The Kaleidoscope Dance {Tacoma, 7/6}

{Lemolo at Columbia City Theater / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

Listen up, friends to the south! Our lovely pals Meagan Grandall and Kendra Cox (who you know better as Lemolo) are putting on a very special show this coming Saturday {7/6} in Tacoma: they'll be playing their debut album The Kaleidoscope from start to finish, with a dance troupe performing in sync for the entire show. Even if you're not in Tacoma, you should plan to go to Tacoma, because this will absolutely be worth the trip.

Okay, don't be scared. I know it sounds like the music of Lemolo being put to interpretive dance, because it is. But it's more than that! It's a big-dream collaborative idea that was hatched by some dancers in attendance at last year's album release show at Columbia City Theater -- and after a year of scheming and rehearsing, The BareFoot Collective and the MLK Ballet have turned that dream into a reality. Lemolo's soundscapey gorgeousness coupled with some of the most talented performance artists in Washington state? Yes please. I mean, seriously, these tracks are practically begging for performance art accompaniment:

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Tune in: new videos from Pickwick, Sean Nelson

About a month or so ago, an email came in to the imaginary inbox with a link to Pickwick's latest video effort, an outstanding feat of mini-moviemaking for one of the best tracks on Can't Talk Medicine, "Lady Luck". (In the event you missed earlier praise, it's a Richard Swift cover featuring Sharon Van Etten that slays with sultry, buttery vocals; more here.) The band has a habit of working with killer directors, so it's no surprise that the visual presentation of the song is seamless: the framing is gorgeous, the cues are on point, and the whole thing is just teeming with that rare blend understated powerfulness. And really, did anyone expect that a bunch of straight beardy dudes would do such an excellent job portraying a day in the life of a crossdresser? Welp, not only did these dudes do it, they did it really, really well.

It's an incredibly concise, fly-on-the-wall visual of our friend's process: out with old, in with the new; with subtle cues from the lyrics (I look around and I don't feel like myself ; it's just the beginning, though the end is near) layered in with first-take bad-assery to really knock the finished product out of the park. It's daring and brilliant, and executed near-perfectly. Bravah, Heathers! {buy the album / get tour dates}

The other homerun that hit our queue at about the same time as the Pickwick video was the title single off of Sean Nelson's upcoming release, Make Good Choices. It's an incredibly catchy rendering of a specific relationship lifecycle, a timeline of pain and clarity stitched together with some of the most concise post-'Fuck off, ex!' storytelling ever.

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Photo essay: DOTV 8 at Neumos = success!

We were elbow-to-elbow with all our best pals in the front row at Neumos Saturday night, in the name of love, fundraising, and the one and only Jenny George. Yep, this past weekend was the 8th annual Dancing on the Valentine fundraiser, and it was jam-packed with great local bands belting out our favorite Cure tracks. The money's still being tallied, but judging by the crowd, we're sure that the night went a long way toward the annual Leukemia and Lymphoma Society donation -- take a peek at the photos below and relive all the fun! We were particularly enamored with Lesli Wood (as usual), Adra Boo, NighTrain, Panama Gold, and those fellows in Fox and the Law:

{Dancing on the Valentine / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Lesli Wood with Jupe Jupe / by Victoria VanBruinisse}
Lesli Wood with Jupe Jupe

{Atticus and Dana! / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Dancing on the Valentine / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

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Latest comment by: Imaginary Amie: "Agreed. Simply gorg, V! And seeing all the amazing photo-ness makes me feel a little less sad that I couldn't be there. xoxoxo"

Recommended show + free tickets: Bands on the Big Screen {1/31}

Seattle's got talent, friends, and next Thursday {that's the 31st} you can see the art that people make out of the art that people are making -- yep, we're talking about Bands on the Big Screen. The event is a ninety-minute screening of music videos by local filmmakers at SIFF Cinema Uptown, followed by a Q&A with the directors. As if a chance to see some of your favorite artists on a screen larger than life isn't enough to send you running for your wallet, the whole thing is a benefit put on by our pals Team Up for Nonprofits for Northwest Folklife.

That fifteen bucks you spend on a ticket will go a long way towards a great cause, but if you want to roll the dice on a pair of free passes, we've got your number! Just send an email to tig {at} threeimaginarygirls {dot} com with the subject line "BandsOnTheBigScreen" between now and 5pm on Tuesday, January 29th. We'll pick a lucky winner and notify you by email that you're heading to the show on us.

For everyone else, that ticket purchase link is below. We'll see you there!

{Jon Jon Augustavo, Brad Curran, Hayley Young, Stephan Gray and Tyler Kalberg present videos made with and for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Pickwick, Kaylee Cole, and more. Tickets are $15.00 adv and available here.}

The best of last winter: More Than Shapes

Remember last winter, when John Roderick played at a house show in Ballard, and how it was pretty much the best thing ever?

Yep.

In case you missed all those great videos the first time, here's a recap:

and the rest are on the Dorsia Films site here.

Happy Friday!

Latest comment by: imaginary liz: "

It *WAS* the best thing ever!!!

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Creating an EP in 13 hours: Why Amber Valentine is Very Imaginary

Music has probably saved all of us at least a few times during our lives, but what if diving into the process of creating an album really had a huge impact on your mental health?

I’ve been virtual friends with the fantastic Amber Valentine for a while, and heartily applauded her courage for coming forward and writing honestly about her recent struggles with anorexia and anxiety, and really just admiring this lovely, beautiful girl for fighting and finding ways to make her life better.

Out of her struggles, Amber Valentine’s Shriveled Heart & The Skeletons Left Behind came about with an EP full of songs inspired by The Wizard of Oz. She calls it “morbid fairy tale pop” – and I couldn’t agree more: each piece is a haunting melody featuring Amber’s child-like sing-songy voice. And the video she made (that I've posted above) explaining the process is a great, inspiring, honest watch. 

I had a chance to interview Amber about why she decided to create an EP in 13 hours by herself, what it means to her, and what’s next.

TIG: Can you talk a little bit more about what pushed you to create an EP of songs?

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Latest comment by: Amber Valentine: "Omg! Amie, thank you so much for the kind, kind words! "