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First bands announced for Capitol Hill Block Party {July 25-26-27}

{Capitol Hill Block Party}

The festival announcements just keep on comin'!

As you may have already heard this morning on KEXP, the first bands for this year's Capitol Hill Block Party are live, and they're looking like a good start to a killer party -- we'll be spending a long weekend in July with the likes of A$AP Rocky, Spoon, Chromeo, Matt and Kim, The War on Drugs, Odesza, Sol, Beat Connection, Star Slinger, Budos Band, Tanlines, XXYYXX, Angel Olsen, Poolside, Cymbals, Shy Girls and many, many more still to be announced.

We can't wait to hear what local bands will be taking up the rest of the slots, and who KEXP will have live from the Bean Room -- as we get more information, we'll be sure to share it with you! In the meantime, keep an eye out on the official Block Party website for updates. Three-day passes are on sale today at the lowest price ($99.00), the full lineup will be out on the 29th, with schedules and single-day tickets available on June 3rd.

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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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!

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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Celebrate 25 Years of Scarecrow Video this weekend {12/6-12/8}

My favorite Seattle institution, Scarecrow Video, is celebrating TWENTY-FIVE FREAKING YEARS this weekend with all kinds of specials and things and stuff and stuff and things.

Look, y’all, I can’t say this enough: Scarecrow is awesome. Scarecrow opened its doors on December 9, 1988 and started with an inventory of 600 titles. Now, it has something like 120,000 (blink blink). There is nothing like stepping into a video store and really LOOKING around, discovering new films, re-disovering old favorites, getting suggestions from the people who work there, and striking up conversations with fellow film-lovers. If there was ever a time for you to either go in for the first time, or return there after a long absence, THIS is it. This is the time. Now. 

Anyway. About the stuff and things: 

Friday, December 6 through Sunday, December 8, Scarecrow is going to have a ton of special things happening, including ONE FREE RENTAL per customer, and an ultra-cool amnesty on late fees (got an old late fee and haven't been in for awhile? update your account and rent something, and they will wip the slate clean -- unless you never returned the movie at all -- there are limits, people!), plus:

50% off all used titles
$1 VHS and Laserdiscs
$3 off Criterion titles (this is an ongoing sale)
Markdowns  on select box sets and out of print titles
Packs of 10 pre-paid rentals for only $25 (that's a $15 savings!) 
Raffles & giveaways
Favorite movies screening all weekend 
A scavenger hunt
You can also buy a copy of their amazing limited-edition 25th Anniversary poster by Marc Palm: $25 each (25" x36" - shown above) 

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New Damien Jurado album available for preorder

Jesus is out of his goddamn mind, and I want to live in Damien’s America.

So states Father John Misty today over at Spin.com, as part of an essay on Damien Jurado's forthcoming (read: January 2014) release, Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son. From what the trailer implies, this is the next step in the Saint Bartlett > Maraqopa trajectory, and it's a damn good one.

What do you do with all this incredulousness? Preorder the album, and sit tight for a few months. The album proper is out on the 21st, and your digital download will arrive a few weeks prior.

Damien heads to Europe in early December, with a show at the Neptune on January 17th to celebrate.

Don't miss: Laura Veirs at the Tractor {tonight!}

Okay, so, there's seriously at least a dozen places to go tonight in town tonight. Fiona Apple is at Benaroya, Mark Pickerel and his Praying Hands are doing a set at Easy Street (for free! 8pm), Dave Chappelle is at the Moore, Fox and the Law have their album release at Neumos, Dug is going down at Lo-Fi... and while they'll all be great shows, I'm putting my bet on Laura Veirs and Karl Blau at the Tractor.

"Sun Song," my favorite track off of Veirs' most recent release Warp & Weft, strikes a very specific chord with me as a now-resident of the Pacific Northwest: her bell-like vocals wrap long arms around the cities I know and love, when the warmth finally wins out over the mossy bones, string-plucks celebrating the first rays of sun breaking through they grey skies.

And to speak to the entirety of Warp & Weft, from her bio:

Beautiful, lush and at times deeply dark, "Warp and Weft" captures the intensity of motherhood, love and violence. Primarily electric-guitar driven, it is a fever dream of an album and could well be Veirs’ best work to date... Veirs was eight months pregnant with her second child during the recording; she says her experience as a mother brought about some of the more beautiful and painful songs. “I’m haunted by the idea that something terrible could happen to my kids but that fear pushes me to embrace the moment. This record is an exploration of extremes – deep, dark suffering and intense, compassionate love.”

Add in opener Karl Blau and you've got a recipe for a near-perfect night of northwest music. Feel all those from-here feelings in real-time tonight at the Tractor: the 21-and-up party gets started at 9:30pm, advance tickets are $15 and available here.


 

This Transatlanticism demo is the best thing you'll buy without hearing all day, promise

 
"I can't wait to go / grey."

I have the new / old Transatlanticism demos in my earholes right now, you guys, and I am seriously freaking out. The short version is that they are fucking incredible: "Sound of Settling" >> "Tiny Vessels" will pull your heartstrings and finish you off with a one-two punch of feels; "Passenger Seat" puts you right in the room with Ben and the piano. Although prone to hyperbole, I mean it without exaggeration when I say that these tracks are downright stunning.

Listening to Transatlanticism is always an all-encompassing experience, and the demos take it a step further: I feel like I'm holding a perfectly preserved time capsule, a glimpse into the as-is idea-brains of the musicians behind one of, for me at least, the most seminal albums of the early 00s. Reverse-equivalent to my recent obsession with the Wrens' deconstructed cover of "They'll Need A Crane" by TMBG, it's a preconstruction snapshot of what these songs were about to become, and it gives a beautiful, perhaps priceless, insight into the band's creative process.

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Saturday at Bumbershoot: so many Charles Bradley Feelings!

{Charles Bradley / by Victoria VanBruinisse}
"Oooooooooooooooh." Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires at the Mural Stage.

So, I think the Bumbershoot day with the most back-to-back Peak Experiences {Bob Mould! Death Cab! the Breeders! Patton Oswalt!} had to be Sunday -- but the runner up, just by a hair, was Saturday, AKA Charles Bradley Day. He bookended my day, playing early on at the KEXP Music Lounge, and at 8pm on the Starbucks stage (at the Mural, above). I say this without hyperbole: both performances were nothing short of incredible, because every time I see him, Charles takes me straight to church. A gritty, guts-of-New York church; a dirty, funky church where no one judges me, and where I can get up in the aisle and do the robot in a crop top if I feel like it.

Performing with his Extraordinaires, the morning vibe was set off just right, wall-to-wall with killer jams and followed by a hug -- quite literally -- for everyone in the first three rows.

{Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

It was just as good at the evening performance, with a little more strut and a lot more sequins (photos are only permitted during the first few songs, but just imagine Charles having a sparkly jacket costume-change mid set AND IT BEING SUPER AWESOME):

{Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

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