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Happy anniversary to our amazing imaginary calendar editor (he's the BEST!)

Jason Doctor Rules!!!We've got a very important anniversary to celebrate here at imaginary headquarters. Ten years ago this week our very dear and very wonderful friend Jason Doctor, known by the imaginary name sero(tone)in, took the reigns of our imaginary show calendar as Calendar Editor-in-Chief.

Day in and day out, for the past 10 years, Jason has kept the Three Imaginary Girls calendar stocked full of all the show goings on in this town as well as infusing it with his learned recommendations.

He fearlessly tames the Three Imaginary Girls calendar email alias, wading through thousands of emails and the various weekly paper ads and announcements all in the name of keeping Seattle up to date on what shows they should go see (or at least be aware of).  

When he's not devoting all that time and hard work to the site, he's a brilliant barstool companion. He's a clever fountain of information about what happened at recent shows, what albums should be on our iPod, and what restaurants we should go to.  His dry wit is unmatched and champion-grade.  Oh, and dude can craft a fancy cocktail and bake a killer pie.

And, truthfully, we still don't know why he puts up with us.

I could post 100s of videos of songs he's introduced us to. But this one, a song by the Cure and performed by one of his favorite bands, always brings a smile to my face: Superchunk covering "In Between Days".

To loosely paraphrase Robert Smith (as sung by Mac McCaughan), "there couldn't be us... without you, Jason Doctor!"  (That is what they are singing, right?)

Latest comment by: Imaginary Amie: "

SO TRUE. We <3 you, Jason!!!! 


Recommended Show: BellaMaine with Poor Moon

The two singers who front BellaMaine are married to each other and have a toddler. At first blush, this adorable family image suits Julianne Thompson’s sweetly earnest voice. But then a second later one realizes how incredibly hardcore raising a baby and being in a band together really is, and the genius of BellaMaine becomes apparent.

BellaMaine’s songs might look like sweet and easy pop, but underneath their relaxed surface, these songs are made up of richly woven textures and dynamics; rhythms with strong forward momentum; and clever, memorable lyrics {“I’m not always honest, but I’m very sincere”}. Julianne and Nick’s vocals balance and provide counterpoints to each other in ways that are more satisfying than any pair since the xx, especially on the title track, “An Anxious Mind.”  Things get a little grittier on “Three Years,” and if “Away with the Boys” doesn’t have you singing, “I could share a lifetime with you, but your mama’s basement can’t fit two,” all summer, you probably have laryngitis.


Peter Hook & The Light bringing New Order to Seattle {9/25}

Peter Hook is back at it (OMG! OMG!), putting together a new North American tour to perform New Order’s Movement and Power, Corruption & Lies in their entirety. Considering that New Order is my favorite band EVER, I had to breathe into a paper bag for a full ten minutes to quit hyperventilating after I heard the announcement.  Mark your calendars, people: September 25th is the day that Hooky will be bringing the original electro dance sound to Neumos. When I fall asleep at night, I dream about a world where everyone owns a panda and the boys of New Order play nice and get back together. It’s kind of like being from a broken home, constantly pulled between Bernard Sumner and Peter Hook for loyalty. Yeah, sure, Bernard is the voice -- but Hook’s signature bass playing is what totally defines the New Order sound for me.   

While the latest reincarnation of New Order is also touring the States this summer, early word on the street has it that Peter Hook’s show is obliterating the competition with his vigor and enthusiasm on stage. I’m not surprised considering he always seemed the most comfortable of the group in the role of front man, and after seeing him perform Joy Division’s “Control” a few years ago at the Showbox, it was clear that Peter Hook wasn’t afraid of the vocals, doing an impressive job of re-creating the sound without straight imitating Ian Curtis.


Latest comment by: Imaginary Amie: "I am. I can't. OMG THIS IS AMAZING. "

Don't miss: Tom Brosseau at the Tractor {6/5}

{Tom Brosseau and Sean Watkins / by Todd Cooper}

Yes, this will be an acoustic show, but fear not, dear imaginaries: Tom Brosseau is the real deal.

I've long held the stance that Tom's specific brand of alt.folk sets him apart from the rest in his class -- to my ear, it's as if he grew up listening to Carter Family records on the front porch of a homestead in North Dakota, with a secret vinyl stash of Pixies and freak-folk records stashed under his bed that he'd study long after everyone in the house had gone to sleep. On the surface, it's singer-songwriter, alright, shot through with a perfect helping of dark and achy, wonderfully absent of ironic banjos and footstomp / handclap combos. If you haven't had the pleasure of listening to Tom's body of work yet, what I mean to say is goodbye is a really listenable album and a wonderful place to start:


Sasquatch 2013: Your guide to navigating the side stages {Monday, May 27th}

We're giving you the day-by-day for this year's Sasquatch! music festival -- check out our recommendations for Friday here, Saturday here, Sunday here, and read on for Monday's picks!

Start Monday off with Nissim at 1:00 on the Cthulhu stage. Nissim is the moniker of Damian Black -- who you might know better by his former alias, D. Black, manager and member of Sporting Life Records and accomplished rapper and producer in his own right. Black gave all that up several years ago when he converted to Judaism, got married, and had a son. Recently however, he’s been lured back into making music, although this time around the music is more earnest and uplifting in nature. Follow his set up at the Bigfoot stage at 2:25 for Minneapolis rapper P.O.S., who’s part of the ever-talented Doomtree collective and part of Rhymesayers, the label that brought us Atmosphere and Brother Ali. P.O.S. comes off a little stronger than some rappers, as some sort of hybrid between punk and rap. He’s just as likely to rap over squealing guitar as he is to record scratches and a bass beat. These two back-to-back is sure to wake you up and set a tone for your last day at the Gorge!

Stick around the Bigfoot stage for Cody ChesnuTT’s set at 3:25. Last year saw the release of his second full-length album Landing On A Hundred, the first since his debut in 2002. Fans of southern soul, R&B, funk, and blues will find a lot to like in ChesnuTT’s music, and his live shows are energetic and oozing with passion. Up next is Dirty Projectors at 4:30, led by the dizzying guitar work of the band's founder and guitarist David Longstreth. The really captivating aspect of Dirty Projectors are the vocals of Haley Dekle and especially Amber Coffman, who at times hit some serious Mariah Carey-level high notes. Their 2012 album Swing Lo Magellan may have been their most gorgeous and explorative release to date.


Sasquatch 2013: Your guide to navigating the side stages {Sunday, May 26th}

We're giving you the day-by-day for this year's Sasquatch! music festival -- check out our recommendations for Friday here, Saturday here, and read on for Sunday's picks!

Start Sunday off right with Seattle’s Deep Sea Diver, playing at 1:00 on the Bigfoot stage. Originally a solo project of guitarist Jessica Dobson, the band has evolved into a three piece that includes her husband Peter Mansen on drums. Dobson shreds on guitar; enough so that she’s spent time during the past year on tour as a guitarist for The Shins. Must see! Next up, at 2:00 on the Yeti stage, is Sean Nelson, who most will know as the former frontman for Harvey Danger. Nelson is set to release a solo album on June 4th titled Make Good Choices, featuring collaborations from Death Cab For Cutie’s Chris Walla and R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, and this will be a good chance to hear some of those new songs up-close-and-personal style.

At 3:05 on the Bigfoot stage is Diiv. The four-piece band is the project of Z. Cole Smith, former member of the band Beach Fossils. Smith has a strong admiration for Kurt Cobain, but the band has a sound that's distinctly different from his musical idol: elements of krautrock and early 90’s shoegaze dominate Diiv's vibe. For a changeup, Seattle rapper/producer/multi-instrumentalist O.C. Notes will be taking the Cthulhu stage at 4:15. The project is the moniker of Otis Calvin III, who can also be heard in the hip-hop duo Metal Chocolates. For Sasquatch, he’ll be joined live on stage by several talented Seattle area musicians, including Erik Blood on bass, Thomas Hunter (Wild Orchid Children) on guitar, Trent Moorman (Head Like A Kite) on drums, and Vox Mod on synths. Can't wait!!


Sasquatch 2013: Your guide to navigating the side stages {Saturday, May 25th}

We're giving you the day-by-day for this year's Sasquatch! music festival -- check out our recommendations for Friday here, and read on for Saturday's picks!

Options abound at 1:00 to start off your Saturday: over at the Yeti stage is Seattle’s Rose Windows. The septet recently signed to Sub Pop Records, who will release their debut album The Sun Dogs on June 25th. On the Cthulhu stage, also at 1:00, you'll find Ra Scion. Most will know Ra Scion as the front man for Common Market, the hip-hop duo he formed with producer Sabzi. He’s currently teamed up with Tacoma producer Todd Sykes, and his rhymes are just as potent as ever. Stick around the Cthulhu stage -- which is all Puget Sound hip-hop, all four days, by the way -- for Tilson XOXO, the current project of the former Saturday Knights front man. He released a fabulous soul infused Jackson Five-inspired song last fall called “Nevereverland” that was featured on Give Seattle 2013, a benefit album for The Vera Project.

Back at the Yeti Stage after that is Indians, the solo project of Danish musician Søren Løkke Juul. He released his debut album Somewhere Else on 4AD this past January. His stripped down electronic sound brings to mind a mellow version of Panda Bear or Porcelain Raft (who also play Saturday, at 7:40 on the Yeti Stage).

Next, head over to the Bigfoot Stage at 4:10 for Michael Kiwanuka. The British singer does a great job of balancing his old soul influences of Marvin Gaye and Bill Withers with more modern R&B {think a gentler D’Angelo-type sound}. His song “Tell Me A Tale” sounds like it could have just as easily been recorded in 1972 as 2012:


Sasquatch 2013: Your guide to navigating the side stages {Friday, May 24th}

Imaginaries! Sasquatch is right around the corner, and as always, this year’s festival has a little something for everybody. There’s the folky hand-clapping foot-stomping sounds of Mumford and Sons, the reunion of The Postal Service after a ten year hiatus (!), the inescapable hip-hop of hometown favorite Macklemore, and, what’s sure to be an unforgettably epic nighttime set from Sigur Ros. If you’re headed to Sasquatch, you’re likely pretty familiar with most of the big name mainstage acts. Thankfully, in-between all those great headlining sets, there are tons of great acts (many of them hailing from the great Pacific Northwest) to see off on those side stages. Hopefully this list will give you some ideas of who to see while you’re basking in the glory of all that is Sasquatch…

If you’re one of those ambitious types that will be there when the gates open Friday afternoon, you’ll be rewarded by a set from Erik Blood, playing on the Yeti stage at 4:00. Blood is an accomplished local producer, having manned the boards for local hip-hop acts Thee Satisfaction and Shabazz Palaces in recent years. He made lots of noise on his own with his 2009 debut The Way We Live, and followed it up with the equally fantastic Touch Screens in 2012. 

Following Blood on the Yeti Stage at 5:05 is local composer, producer, and orchestral musician Jherek Bischoff. His 2012 release Composed features contributions from the legendary David Byrne, and songs bring to mind some of the eastern European influenced sounds of DeVotchka and Beirut, as well as the orchestral-pop sounds of Hey Marseilles.


Bumbershoot 2013 lineup announced!

We're going to go out on a limb here: the Bumbershoot announcement was released yesterday, and seriously you guys, it might be one of the best festivals of the summer. Sasquatch! is always a party, and Pickathon will be a one-of-a-kind experience -- but the lineup for this year's Bumbershoot seriously knocked it out of the park. It's fresh, relevant, exciting, and we Can. Not. Wait. for Labor Day weekend to get here already!

The video above gives a great visual introduction to all of the artists this year, but in case you just can't wait for it to play through, pop on over here and check out the whole shebang. We are most excited about Death Cab for Cutie (!!) playing Transatlanticism in its entirety (SHUT UP), Heart (SERIOUSLY!), MGMT, Tegan and Sara, Allen Stone, Matt and Kim, The Breeders (!!!!!), !!! (!), Deerhunter, Charles Bradley (<3), Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, The Zombies, David Bazan, Mates of State, Superchunk (!!!), Diamond Rings, Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside, Ramona Falls, Matt Pond, The Grizzled Mighty, Kithkin, 15 Years of Barsuk Records (celebrating Barsuk's 15th anniversary) (<3 <3 <3!!), and more, more, more.


Latest comment by: John in Ballard: "

I've been waiting for years for The Zombies to come back to Seattle. Finally! 


A happy frenzy of Tullycraft, in video form

Ok, so there's a lot of Tullycraft stuff going on… but would you expect any less than a feverish (but happy) frenzy when one of our favorite imaginary bands releases a new album after six years of silence?

We're pretty sure you've read the imaginary record review of their new album, Lost in Light Rotation (Magic Marker Records / Fortuna Pop) and noticed that just posted a loving review of the album.  And, you've surely marked your calendar for the Tullycraft vs BOAT DJ gig at Saint John's in Captiol Hill tonight (4/25), right?

But, have you seen their new video for "Dig Up the Graves?" It's a scrapbook of fun, and mayhem, and cute facial expressions. Basically, if you love America and a good time, you'll dig this video.

And while we're here, here's the video for the first single from the album - it's a little more retro.  Yay old-timey radios!