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The Nightgowns

A few reasons to join us at the Imaginary Winter Holiday Spectacular at Chop Suey TONIGHT

Join us tonight - Imaginary Stylee!

Tonight is the night!

We would be so honored to have you join us at the Imaginary Winter Holiday Spectacular tonight {December 23} at Chop Suey!

There's a lot of exciting stuff going on, including but not limited to:


Latest comment by: imaginary dana: "That was RIDICULOUSLY fun. I plan to compulsively refresh until I see some Santa Roderick photos up there. "

Imaginary Interview: the Nightgowns... playing the Holiday Spectacular 2009

the Nightgowns

The Imaginary Winter Holiday Spectacular {December 23, 2009 at Chop Suey} is less than a week a way! As we countdown to the big holiday party, let's replay our recent chat with one of the bands on the bill: the Nightgowns. We never know what's going to happen when the Nightgowns fellas are in the house, but it always ends fabulously. And for the record, we don't know what's going to happen when they play this year's Imaginary Winter Holiday Spectacular {December 23, 2009 at Chop Suey}, but we suspect it might involved swirly guitars, keyboard twirls and some mistletoe.

We chatted up Cody Nightgown recently and found out what happened the night they opened for Grand Duchy, their "lucky" charm, a loveletter from them to Wallpaper {also playing the IWH Spectacular} and what they want to find under the tree.


Mine eyes have seen the glory of the Imaginary Winter Holiday Spectacular poster

Imaginary Spectacular


It's hard to believe, but the Imaginary Winter Holiday Spectacular at Chop Suey on December 23rd is only one week away!

Today we are giddy to unveil the posters for the show! The Spectacular is *so* spectacular it has two color combos. The poster was designed by our friends at Admiration Society and lovingly screen-printed by Seattle Show Posters - who will make limited edition huge prints of the gray version of the poster (above) available for purchase at the show.

But, if you're more in the winning mood than the buying mood, everyone who comes through the door will be given a raffle ticket (extra tickets will be available for purchase with proceeds going to charity) with a chance to win a slew of amazing prizes donated by our generous sponsors:



Latest comment by: Anonymous: "Speaking of. . .anyone taken a look at the Stereogum Christmas album? Santa looks awfully familiar! "

Mark your calendar for the Imaginary Winter Holiday Spectacular 2009

the Imaginary Winter Holiday Spectacular 2009

The month of December sometimes gets a bad rap. For most, it's chock full of stress, mayhem and not-so-merry necessities. But don't go all glum on us, we've got a remedy: The Imaginary Winter Holiday Spectacular 2009!

Join us as we mark our fifth year spending the winter holidays imaginarily on Wednesday, December 23, 2009 at Chop Suey. The night will be filled with performances by some of our favorite Seattle bands of 2009 and enough festive cheer to even make Rudolph forget about his holiday duties. The lineup will include the music stylings of:

The Redwood Plan
the Nightgowns
Skeletons with Flesh on Them
The Special Places


Latest comment by: Tim: "Just to clarify, the Christmas Belles are actually a band that are performing on stage ( and I believe the Sugarplum Elves ( will be the ones spreading holiday cheer throughout the ...

Three Imaginary Girls IndieTune Podcast {August 13, 2009}

Imaginary liz put together a podcast featuring some of her favorite songs of the moment. A bunch of these bands are playing a Seattle show in the coming weeks (mark your calendar!) and some have just been on repeat this summer. Enjoy!

Lacrosse - "I See A Brightness" from the album Bandages For The Heart
Coulter - "Give It A Chance" from the album Sent to Coventry
The Little Penguins - "The Blame" from the album Welcome to the Celebration
The Nightgowns - "Pppps" from the album Sing Something
Tiny Masters Of Today - "Pop Chart" from the album Skeletons
We Wrote The Book On Connectors - "Almost Magical" from the album Ride It Out Like A Turbo Horse
Shotty - "Not Today, After Work" from the album Ah Here We Go
Viva Voce - "Devotion" from the album Rose City
Capgun Coup - "Social Security Number" from the album brought to you by nebraskafish
Japandroids - "To Hell With Good Intentions" from the All Lies EP
The Very Most - "You're In Love With the Sun" from the Summer EP
Andrea Wittgens - "Punchline" from the album In The Skyline
17th Chapter - "Old Folks" fro the album Around The Bend And Then Some
Unbunny - "Dental Hygenist" from the album Uncertain Tracks, 1996-2008

Latest comment by: : "Oh cool, I will be there!"

Monday morning check-in: Seaweed, Nightgowns, or BBQ with a Dinosaur?

the whore moans @ the crocodile 8.7.09

What a weekend of great music! There were multiple FREE KEXP events this weekend, shows all around town and the weather was nice and cool so we could wear our black t-shirts without frying.

Photographer Amelia Gydé caught the Redwood Plan's album release show at The Crocodile on Friday night. With a bill including Seaweed, The Redwood Plan and The Whore Moans, I'm guessing this picture (of The Whore Moans) caught one of the tamer moments of the evening?

I know some imaginary folks were at the Nightgowns / BOAT show at the Sunset on Friday... how was that? Photos please!

And then there were all the other things going around town... like free Dinosaur Jr.!

Grab your coffee and let's catch up!

(For more photos from the weekend, check out the imaginary photo Flickr pool - and add your own!)

Latest comment by: serotonein: "Seaweed were as tight as I've seen them since their first reunion show, and Aaron's voice sounded great. it was fun seeing an old-school mosh pit even if I had the sense to stay out of it :) They only played one new song with no mention of if/when we'll see a new ...

One of the many reasons to head to the Sunset this Friday night: The Nightgowns

I've been sitting on The Nightgowns' Sing Something for at least a couple months now, and I don't know why it's taken me so long to sing this band's praises. They're basically a synthpop quartet, but not in the twee and cute way, and also not in the Hot Chip dance way. Instead, they've found just the right mix to let those clean guitar riffs and crazy synth riffs share the spotlight and create some really awesome -- and quirky -- pop tunes. It also doesn't hurt that the lead singer sounds British, even though these boys are from Tacoma.

Which brings us to the reason why I'm finally deciding to talk about The Nightgowns -- they'll be at the Sunset Tavern in Ballard next Friday night, and if you're an indie pop lover you'll want to be there too. Also on the bill are TIG favorites: BOAT and The Special Places.

My favorite tracks on Sing Something are easily "Buoy" and "Working For A Living," but I also like how the general tone of the album dies down for the final two songs, "Pppps" and "Gone With The Wind." The former is a song about how you always have more to say to that special guy or gal even after you've "telephoned and talked forever," and the only way to say it is with a P.S. and a P.P.S. (all the way up to a P.P.P.P.S., in this case).

Here's a live performance of "Working For A Living" from the band's CD release party earlier this year. Someone please check out the show next Friday so I can live vicariously through you!



Latest comment by: fred.D: "that gotta be one of the catchiest song i've heard in a long time. Thanks TIG, your new layout feels more like a blog now though"

Monday morning check-in: Heat, Bands, Sweets

Photo: Hot Avocados

This weekend was full of things to do. As we reported earlier, there was a bunch of fun to be had at the EMP

There was bunches of fun to be had at EMP (was it Exhibitchin'?), the Northwest Film Forum (Herb and Dorothy), Top Pot Doughnuts (indie rock + dough + nuts = NUM!), and all the clubs were full of worthy ways of a band ilk.

I had a wonderful weekend of outdoors activities topped off with a visit with Black Francis (more to come on that) with a gaggle of imaginaries.

What did you do (besides procure your tickets to see the Pixies in November)?


Latest comment by: imaginary dana: "My favorite quote of the weekend, by Mr. Black Francis at the Triple Door: "This place has class up the ass!" He was right, you know..."

Best of 2009 {so far}

I don't know how it happened, but half the year officially is over! That means that we're half way to end of the year list time! I know that for a bunch of us, there are few things we love more than lists and mix tapes (I usually make a mix for friends of my year-end list favorites) -- so it makes sense we should do a mid-year check in and see what's topping our Best of 2009 list. Here's my off-the-cuff list of what albums would vying for Top 10 of 2009 in my book:


Latest comment by: sklein: "Chellise Landing - 'Curtain Crimes'. Perfect album."