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Record Store Day 2014 is here! {this Saturday}

{Record Store Day 2014}

It's time for Christmas in April, you guys! Yup, Record Store Day 2014 is here, and with it, no less than a few thousand RSD-only exclusive releases that you can't get anywhere else, on any other day. To try and help you wade through it all, here's a few helpful links for you to print / sort / map out as you see fit so you can have the best plan of attack possible on Saturday.

First things first: here's the main site for Record Store Day 2014, and here's the link for RSD-only releases and limited editions.

And while this is by no means exhaustive, here's some our favorite certified RSD-participating shops, in no particular order, with addresses, opening times, and any specials we've found advertised so far.

Easy Street
4559 California Ave SW, West Seattle
{website} // 206.938.EASY
They'll be open Saturday at 7am. Keep an eye out for in-store performance announcements here, and check out their blog for RSD recommendations!

Sonic Boom
2209 NW Market St, Ballard
{website} // 206.297.BOOM
Shopping starts at the regular opening bell (10am). Expect raffles, discounts, and even a live performance later in the day (St. Paul & The Broken Bones at 6pm).

Everyday Music
1520 10th Ave E, Capitol Hill
{website} // 206.568.3321
Everyday will be opening an hour early -- 8am -- with performances going strong from noon til 8:30pm, poster and more details here.

Light In The Attic Records
913 NW 50th St, Ballard
{website}
Per a recent blog post, the shop will be expanding their Saturday hours (usually 12-4p) to 9a - 5p on Saturday. LITA also will have tons of other hand-picked goodies available and a hefty 25% discount on non-RSD merch.

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Is it summer yet? Pickathon 2014 lineup announced {8/1-3}

Hoo-wee, friends! Adding Pickathon to our summer festival circuit schedule two years ago might have been the best, sunniest, dusty-boots-est move we've ever made, having spent long hot weekends steeped in performances by Andrew Bird, Dr. Dog, Langhorne Slim, the Mynabirds, Neko Case, Sharon van Etten, Thee Oh Sees, King Tuff, Phosphorescent -- just to name a few. And looking at this year's lineup, our time spent at Pickathon 2014 is going to be no exception.

In case you're not familiar, Pickathon is an intimate, homegrown, multi-stage festival out on a farm (Pendarvis Farm, to be exact) in Happy Valley, Oregon that takes place every year in August. But contrary to popular belief, it's not all banjos and stardust -- although there are a little bit of both, in good and appropriate amounts. Pickathon showcases a wide spectrum of bands, with this year's lineup hosting gems like X and Blind Pilot next to indie bands Warpaint and Courtney Barnett. There really is something for everyone, and with each band playing multiple performances on different stages over the weekend, your chances are better-than-good to get a glimpse of all the music you'd like to take in.

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Maybe the best Tuesday night ever? John Roderick's Rendezvous is here!

We had the fortune of attending the opening night of John Roderick's most recent endeavor yesterday, a little something called John Roderick's Rendezvous. It's part lecture series, part guest, part Q and A, and even features a little music -- and by gosh, we. are. HOOKED.

For six bucks, just about every other Tuesday, you can hit the Jewelbox Theater (you guessed it, the show is at the Rendezvous) from 6-7ish pm, skip rush hour, have a bite and a drink, and soak in the hilarity John has to offer. Last night we were treated to a Marijuana 101 of sorts, on the heels of Washington having passed legalization laws this past election cycle; a charming guest, and a new-ish song of John's to close out the night.

The tickets went fast for the opening show and we anticipate the rest to be no exception, with guests potentially ranging from literal celebrities to a random person John met in the QFC parking lot pre-show -- not knowing is part of the fun! The next installment is on the 25th and the show will be on sale to the public this evening at 7pm, so set a timer and get on it!

{Photo courtesy of Stephanie at afar.com.}

Timber! lineup announced, tickets on sale Tuesday 2/25

Set a calendar reminder for next Tuesday, friends -- tickets for the second annual Timber! Outdoor Music Festival are going on sale at 10am, and you're not going to want to miss it. (We say that a lot here at Three Imaginary Girls, but really, you're going to want to get on this ASAP.)

The first round of artists -- with more TBA -- include none other than Charles Bradley, J Mascis, Damien Jurado, and a host of local favorites and up-and-comers that are sure to make your festival season a little bit sweeter. From Sasquatch! (the Memorial Day installment, we mean) to Pickathon and straight through to Bumbershoot and beyond, we are quite convinced that this year is going to be a doozy for beautiful, music-dense weekends in the great Northwest.

Learn more about Timber! at the official website here, and bookmark this page for refreshing at 9:58am next Tuesday {February 25th}.

We'll see you out in Carnation!

Recommended Shows: Loves Me and Loves Me Not Valentine shows at the Volterra Drawing Room {12/14 and 12/15}

Maybe you’re the kind of imaginary that LOVES Valentine’s Day! Or maybe you’re the kind of imaginary that HATES it! Either way, our friend Marco Collins has you covered. Marco is following up his amazing Acoustic Christmas nights with two shows around February’s most polarizing holiday: Loves Me for the lovers and Loves Me Not for the haters.

Both shows feature a range of diverse NW artists, and are at the Volterra Drawing Room. Tickets are just $15 GA, or $25 for reserved seating. If you haven’t been before, the Drawing Room is a cozy intimate venue with great acoustics. We had a blast at the Christmas shows, so we can’t wait to see what kind of surprises happen during these two!!

Grab some tix now and take your date—or not date—to a memorable show this weekend.

Loves Me performers:
SHELBY EARL
SHAPRECE (with IG88)
SHAWN SMITH (Brad/Satchel)
MAIAH MANSER
MARK SHIRTZ

Loves Me Not performers:
JASON DODSON (The Maldives)
MIKE HERRERA (MXPX)
NAOMI WACHIRA
RULER
S (JENN GHETTO)

Loves Me Not will also feature artwork by Ten Hundred (P Smoov)!

{Loves Me: Friday 2/14 | Loves Me Not: Saturday 2/15 | Volterra Drawing Room | Doors at 7pm, show at 8pm | All Ages | $15 GA, $25 reserved seats}

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Recommended show & ticket giveaway: Dancing on the Valentine 9: You Can Dance for Inspiration {2/8}

Dancing on the Valentine Feb 8 at NeumosIt's time once again for us to tell you how much we love Jenny George's annual fundraising event, Dancing on the Valentine!!

This year the theme is MADONNA! YAYYYYY! Dancing on the Valentine 9: You Can Dance for Inspiration, is on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 8pm at Neumos!!! This awesome event will have raffle prizes from local businesses, a performance by aerialist Kelly Ward, photobooth goodness by Ben Haley, tunes spun by DJ Doc Blammer, and our own Dana as the emcee!

And of course, there's the music!!! This year features Madonna covers by:

Adra Boo from Fly Moon Royalty
The Redwood Plan
The Young Evils
Fox and the Law
XVIII Eyes
Lazer Kitty
Gibraltar the Band
Three Beats Two
The Hotels
The Swearengens
Trick Candles

In honor of survivor Jenny George, all proceeds from this event go the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, whose mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma, as well as improve the quality of life of patients and their families. This is the BEST way to celebrate Valentine's! So good. And we've got two tickets to giveaway to this super boss event! For a chance to win them, email us at tig {at} threeimaginarygirls {dot} com with the subject line "Into the Groove" anytime between now and 9am Thursday, 2/6. We will pick a winner and email them that afternoon!

OH man. Can't wait to see all the costumes!! Any bets on who's going to writhe around on stage in a wedding dress singing "Like a Virgin?"

{Dancing on the Valentine: You Can Dance for Inspiration -- A Tribute to Madonna Benefitting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society | Saturday, February 8 | Neumos | $15 Adv | Doors at 8pm} 

Don't miss: Tractor Tavern's 20th anniversary celebration, featuring The Maldives {this weekend!}

If Ballard had a soundtrack, The Maldives would surely be it. Our favorite good old boys have played SeafoodFest, KEXP’s Ballard Hood to Hood party, and the venerable Tractor Tavern over fifty times. OMG, fifty! So fair warning to the new bougie Ballard, they’ll be leading a two night hipster hootenanny this Friday and Saturday to celebrate the Tractor’s 20th Anniversary. It’s time to get dirty.

The Tractor remains a bar for the masses where PBR tallboys are the house specialty and mixed drinks don’t come with more than three ingredients (one of those being the ice). And we love it like that. Dance hall hospitality collides with punk rock enthusiasm to create the best type of dingy beer soaked venue. And while the graffiti covering the bathroom walls provides enough entertainment in itself, the Tractor’s real draw has always been the stellar talent they continue to book. Known for keeping the alt-country / Americana musical flame aglow here in Seattle, everyone from Wanda Jackson, Old 97’s, El Vez, Dale Watson, and Evan Dando have taken the stage. C’mon, where else in Seattle can you square dance every week under a garland of old cowboy boots? We’ve got our very own honky tonk and that’s definitely something to celebrate!

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Are you on the Seattle Living Room Shows list yet?

You know how in the movies all the beautiful people go to secret shows in lofts and warehouses where you can only get in if you’re on the list? And it’s always some band you’ve never heard of but when you watch the movie years later you’re like “Oh my god! Those guys are famous now!” Well, it turns out that actually happens in real life, and all you have to do to be one of the beautiful people is sign up for an email list.

Since 2008, sisters Carrie and Kristen Watt have been organizing Seattle Living Room Shows. Every month they put together a show in an unconventional space – often a real living room. You only find out the location and sometimes the final lineup after you buy your tickets. But the coolest thing about the Living Room Shows is that they’re not about being cool. They are about providing the best live listening experience possible.

Okay, that totally sounded like marketing copy, but everything about the shows is designed to get fans up close and personal with really great music. They get artists like Lemolo and Damien Jurado to play in lofts and galleries to a few dozen people. While the Quietus bemoans 2013 as the year the gig-talkers won, SLRS are providing intimate listening room experiences for people who actually want to hear the music. The only talking during the show is between the performers and the audience. I’ve only been to two of them so far, but SLRS are quickly becoming my favorite way to see live music.

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Don't miss: Damien Jurado at the Neptune {1/17}

{Damien Jurado / Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son}

Rejoice, fans of the Saint Bartlett > Maraqopa trajectory: I have heard the new Damien Jurado album, and it is good.

As we reported back in October, Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son is here (yeah, he's talking about Jesus -- don't worry, it's a rad trip; take a drag on what Father John Misty had to say about it) and with it, a release show at the Neptune this Friday. As the first official show endorsement of 2014, I would highly, highly recommend not missing this performance. Here's why: the first time I heard Brothers and Sisters, I immediately tried to figure out how to get some peyote, so I could go jam out in the desert someplace with "Silver Donna" fed through a transistor radio on infinite repeat, eventually disappearing completely.

Yeah -- it's really accesible, but it's that kind of record.

With the helping hand of Richard Swift, Damien Jurado continues to expand his consciousness -- and seemingly, his alignment with the art he wants to make, not the art that's expected of him -- with his most psych-tinged record yet. And while I'm still very much present, typing at this keyboard without said substance or desert experience coming to pass in real-time, it is crystal clear to me that this is for sure a trip that I want to be on. The very touchable, dimensional reality is that Jurado can go from a song like "Go First" to something like this:

and whoever has that kind of incredible range of work in them also has me at the front of the line, for all performances and record pre-orders, forever and ever. (Amen.)

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Imaginary Keenan's navel-gazing 2013 wrap-up

2013 was one of the most challenging years of my adult life. I tackled a ridiculous amount of life and ALL CAPS FEELINGS all at once but somehow came out alive and mostly unscathed thanks to finally learning how to take care of myself. 2013 found me taking solace in music much more than the few years preceding it, mostly because I needed it. 2013 was the year of obsessive repeats and the return of music as therapy to my life. Here are a few things that really shook me to the core and pulled me through even the darkest days.

Fortunately, this year featured new releases by two of my all-time (and seriously imaginary) favorites, BOAT and Tullycraft. I spent the first quarter of the year listening to both on repeat, generally in succession. I owe my sanity in the first few months at a brutal corporate job I have since (thankfully) left mostly to these two records.

BOAT's Pretend to Be Brave is a beautiful, slow burning record. My husband and I have a joke about BOAT songs - "My favorite BOAT song is the one about overcoming difficulties and becoming a better person" {cue rim shot} and that couldn't have been more true on the latest effort nearly a decade into their career. But like with every BOAT record, the songwriting becomes more focused, more honest and the hooks become even stronger. The secret weapon on this record is the absolutely perfect backing vocal performance provided by Portland's Shelley Short, adding just the right amount of sparkle. My only disappointment was that BOAT didn't play more shows in 2013. Hopefully this is something they'll correct in the new year. Please enjoy the lead single, "Hating the Criminal".

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