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Only a few days left to support TIG's indiegogo campaign - we'd love your help!

Imaginary Fun Times!

Almost a month ago, on June 10, 2015, Three Imaginary Girls celebrated our 13th birthday!

On that same day, we launched an indiegogo campaign to help usher in the next era of TIG: to raise enough funds to help with a big tech project and to keep the imaginary ship afloat.

With the help of some super kind imaginary friends {huge hugs and massive thanks to you!}, WE REACHED OUR GOAL!

We are so extremely grateful and honored and humbled by the outpouring of support. We really can't thank our (at current count) 66 donors who made our site conversion a reality.

But before our indiegogo campaign ends on July 10th, we want to send out one final call for support to help us hit our stretch goal, which would put us on firm footing for the years ahead.

Help TIG

All the details about our project costs and a rundown of the thank you gifts {vintage shirts or hoodies anyone?} are on our indiegogo campaign page {go go go!}.

And, if you haven't seen our video yet {at the bottom of this page}, check out {and share} it!

You just might spot some friends: Lesli Wood, Sean Nelson, Head and the Heart, Kurt B. Reighley, Rachel Flotard, John Vanderslice, Chris Estey, Jenny Jimenez, AWESOME, Frightened Rabbit, The Crocodile, Cars Can Be Blue, The Pale / Pale Pacific, Christina Boutista, Tullycraft, Anna Banana, Mash Hall, The Thermals, Jenny George, Ben Gibbard, Nada Surf, Telekinesis, Allo Darlin, Hey Marseilles, Owen Wilson, Head Like A Kite, Thee Satisfaction, Eef Barzelay, Ben Hooker, Mal de Mer, The Young Evils, Aqueduct, Fishboy, Pete Greenberg, BOAT, Math & Physics Club, Exohxo, Minus 5, Rhett Miller, John Roderick, Pickwick, For Better Or For Awesome, and many imaginary staffers… just to name a few.

If you can't contribute but are interested in helping, thank you! Please share this campaign with your friends and help us get the word out.

Happy 13th birthday to TIG! We need your help!

Photo: Steve Louie

It's a very imaginary 13th birthday!

On June 10, 2002, ThreeImaginaryGirls.com published our first set of reviews.  In the blog world that's like we're.... well, it feels like we've been around since before there were blogs.

To help usher in the next era of TIG, we're reaching out to you for help.

We're at a crossroads. With 13 years and 8,300 reviews and articles in the imaginary archive, the time has come to convert the entire site to WordPress; it's a more economical and friendly web platform than what we're on now that will enable us to continue spreading the imaginary word and keep those reviews of the amazing shows or bands you love alive.

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What’s happening in the land of Three Imaginary Girls?

Photo by Victoria VanBruinisse 2012

Dearest Imaginaries,

You may have noticed that our posts haven’t been happening with any regularity for quite some time. We want to assure you that we’re still here, and we still love all the same things we’ve always loved and want to share them with you—we’ve just been going through some (ch-ch-ch-ch-ch) changes.

Here are some details that will further illuminate you:

You might not believe it, but even a little endeavor like TIG hits the pocketbook hard, every month, and over the years that’s added up to a lot of cash to cover site hosting and developer time to fix scripts that are over our heads. We’re looking into ways to ask for help (more on that soon), and we also came up with this brilliant idea to switch TIG from its current format to a much more economically-friendly option.

Unfortunately, rather than the website-conversion/imaginary refresh taking a few months like we thought it would, it’s taken literally an entire year and we’re still not finished with all the tweaks and misc. things that need to happen before we deem the new site worthy of our amazing imaginary audience. RELATED: Oh hey, do you know a friendly neighborhood WordPress dev who’d want to chat with us over coffee? Ours is currently M.I.A.

In the meantime, we’ve been working real hard at our day jobs while also trying to port all the old content over to the new site and make it shiny, instead of focusing on sharing the awesome media we’ve been consuming since our absence. But trust us: WE WILL RE-EMERGE TRIUMPHANTLY VERY SOON.

We really, really, really want to keep TIG alive. ♥ Stay tuned for more updates!

So much love,
imaginary liz & imaginary amie

photo by: Victoria VanBruinisse (2012)

Let your Brit-Pop flag fly!!! {with a dance party, brit-pop karaoke, unibrows and more...}

Britpop Seattle!

Britpop runs in my veins.  For the anglophile music geeks amongst us, there is no greater way to electrify the room than to say words like Pulp, Supergrass, Lush, Suede, Elastica, James, Ride, Charlatans, Ash, Blur … oh yeah, and Oasis.

Finally there is way for us to celebrate our love of the parklife.  Mark your calendars for:

The Good Mixer: a britpop dance party
Thursday, April 17, 2014 at the Lo-Fi | 21+ | $8

The evening marks the 20 year anniversary of two very important britpop albums: Blur's Parklife + Pulp's His-n-Hers with a  dance party hosted by Marco Collins with DJ sets by Erik Blood, DJ Shannon (KEXP), Kurt Bloch and more!

Also of very important note, there will be BRITPOP KARAOKE!  I feel like I've waited my whole life for this. Finally, we can have a sing along to Lush's "Ladykillers" and do our best Jarvis impression as we sing, "I said I'll see what I can do."  Imaginary Dana and I will be hosting this karaoke portion and we are ready to cheer on all your Stone Roses / La's / Adorable / Happy Mondays dreams. (I know we have a lot of them!)

Speaking of sweet Jarvis, there's going to be a Jarvis Cocker dance-off (judged by Imaginary Amie, Imaginary Dana, and myself). And if you don't feel like dancing, there will be giveaways for the most surly Oasis unibrows and you can power up with fish-n-chips from Nosh Food Truck or one of the themed drinks:  “Common Peeber” (PBR + shot of whiskey), “Beetlerum” (rum + coca-cola)... AND there will also be a photo booth complete with 90’s gear (accessories provided by Red Light Vintage)!

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I'll be in KUOW's Chat Room TODAY with Rachel Flotard, Lyall Bush on the Weekday show

Fuel
{photo by Fnarf}

I am beyond honored to be join Rachel Flotard (Visqueen, Fretboard Journal, lady about town) and Lyall Bush (Executive Director of the Northwest Film Forum), along with host Steve Scher on KUOW's Weekday program TODAY around 10.40am.

We are all going to sit around the preverbal water cooler and chat about about a few of the topics making the rounds. The topics are subject to change at a moment's notice - but it looks like we might gab about the Grammys, George W. Bush's hidden painting talent and the state of the film industry.

Fill your mug with something warm and join the convo!  It starts at 10.40am today (TUESDAY 2/12) on KUOW.org / 94.9fm.

This chat room segment was recently been made famous by recent participants  Sir Mixalot and John Roderick who spent their "chat room" time talking about the gun buyback program here in Seattle (and a couple other lighter subjects like the Super Bowl and Macklemore's success).  You can listen to their the segment on the KUOW website, it starts about 36 minutes in.

Latest comment by: imaginary liz: "

In case you missed it, you can hear the segment on the KUOW.org website.  Can I mention a thousand times over how brillant Steve, Rachel, Lyall and KUOW are?

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Photos of you + Santa Roderick have arrived!

{Santa Roderick / by John E. Hollingsworth}

It's a Christmas miracle! A mere few days after all the fun was had at our Imaginary Holiday Spectacular, photos of you and Santa are ready for your viewing pleasure.

Just click on over here to check them out! Huge piles of gratitude to John E. Hollingsworth for capturing all the fun.

Happy Holidays, everyone!

Come sit on Santa Roderick's lap TONIGHT! {12/21}

Come on down to Chop Suey tonight and help us celebrate the last event of our tenth year anniversary! 2012 has been a very good year, so let's get together and see her out right: with a bunch of great bands and a ride on Santa Roderick's lap. We'll have the lovely and talented John E. Hollingsworth on hand to take your photo!

Seriously, you guys. This could be you:

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Countdown to the Imaginary Holiday Spectacular: Pablo Trucker (!)

I've loved Pablo Trucker just about as long as I've been in Seattle. Literally.

Picture it: Capitol Hill, 2008. It's summertime. I've got a habit of hiding out at the back bar in Victrola during the morning, often before I head in to work at my temp agency gig. Andrew Rudd, drummer and vocalist for the band, is my faithful barista, always taking a moment to chat with me while he crafted my morning brew. One day, our conversation turns to an intriguing red flyer on the front of the espresso machine. Pablo Trucker, it claims, playing one night of a Jack Wilson and the Wife Stealers residency at The Sunset. "You should come," Andrew says to me, over the whirr of the grinders. Having never heard of the band, knowing nothing of the sound, I tell him I'll be there with bells on.

And such was my introduction to Pablo Trucker. I made my way down to Ballard that fateful Monday night, rife with apology since it was getting late, and I wasn't sure if I'd make it through the whole show. Well, I wound up fighting those dayjob schoolnight blues, staying on for the set, and the mighty Pablo Trucker melted my face off with awesome. Never in my life had I seen and heard so much coming out of two people -- here's a clip from my first ever imaginary writeup:

I feel like I should have worn more layers, or prepared somehow otherwise, for what wound up transpiring. One guitar. One drumkit. Two voices, red spotlights, and enough ache to last all of us well into next year sometime. Beyond that, I don't even have any words for it, except go buy the album the minute it comes out, and go see them live next time you have the chance. Seriously. They're my new favorite everything. 

Fast forwarding to this past fall: when I checked in with Andrew to see if he and Brian Wagner were up for playing our holiday show, I knew it was a shot in the dark. You see, the Pablo Trucker has been a bit dormant as of late -- Kory surfaced in Pickwick, Andrew and Brian haven't done m/any shows out -- a few of us had begun to wonder if Pablo Trucker was no more. Friends would tweet about how incredible a reunion would be, but no plans were laid out for a show anytime soon. And then, Andrew responded to my email with an enthusiastic "Count us in!"

Well, we've been party plannign ever since, and now that we're a day out from our Imaginary Holiday Spectacular {do you have your tickets yet??}, we found a few minutes in the happy holiday mayhem this week to catch up with Andrew about life since then, what's going on with the band these days, and more.

TIG: So, what have you and Brian been up to? We haven't heard much from the Pablo Trucker camp since that Christmas album you did in 2010.

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Countdown to the Imaginary Spectacular: Lesli Wood (of The Redwood Plan)

It’s probably impossible that you haven’t heard Lesli Wood sing, either from her awesome Ms. Led days, or covering songs for Jenny George’s annual Dancing on the Valentine benefit, or fronting her kick-ass band The Redwood Plan.

It also goes without saying that the imaginary girls LOVE the heck out of Ms. Wood, and are beyond thrilled that she’s agreed to sing at our Imaginary Holiday Spectacular this Friday! (that’s the 21st, people! SO CLOSE!) Every time she takes the stage, I’m personally blown away by her powerhouse vocals and amazing presence. Hell, sometimes when I see her out and about in Seattle I’m too awe-struck to say “Hi” because I’m rendered unable by my starstruck fandom.

I can’t imagine anyone NOT loving Lesli Wood, and I’m so looking forward to seeing her play on Friday. You’re coming too, right?

Head on over to the StrangerTickets site to grab some $10 tix before they sell out, because we really really really really want you to be there to celebrate the holidays with us!

Photo by Victoria VanBruinisse. 

Countdown to the Imaginary Holiday Spectacular: Cristina Bautista and Leif Anders

Happy Friday! You know what that means, right? Well, besides the end of the work week, of course, it means that a mere seven days from now, we'll be gearing up for the Imaginary Holiday Spectacular at Chop Suey, full of friends and good cheer. On Monday we told you a little bit more about show openers Brite Lines and our pal Chris Otepka, and today we'd like to get into our middle-set stars, Cristina Bautista and Leif Anders.

{Cristina Bautista / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

We've loved Cristina B. oh-so-muchly for as long as we can remember, from her time in Connecticut Four to her days as a member of Visqueen {photo above from Visqueen's Last Show at the Neptune, RIP} to her much-loved recent excursions as a solo artist. If you only know Cristina in one of her previous incarnations, take a trip on over to her website to get a sample of her sound. It's sweetly upbeat without sounding saccharine, clean and gritty alt.pop without the pomp and circumstance, all while remaining decidedly Pacific Northwest: Gold Parts, specifically, is a soundtrack for the days when you need to kick ass (or be kicked in the ass) -- and fills those train-out-the-window movie-scene grey-day quotas we need filled around here in the wintertime too. [Editor's note: Am I the only one who thinks "Long Divisions" should be synced up with some kind of tormented day-starting modern-day Angela Chase scene in whatever the 2012 My So-Called Life equivalent is? I can't be!] 

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