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Rockstar New Wave Karaoke Bash: What a way to celebrate the 10th Imagi-versary

{Sean Nelson / by Laura Musselman}

We can't thank you enough for helping us celebrate our 10th Anniversary in Rockstar New Wave Karaoke style last Friday {June 1, 2012} at Chop Suey!!! The evening was so much fun and having you all there really made it all super special.  There were so many amazing moments, some that we can't even believe actually happened!  If we weren't already in love with every one of the performers that took the stage, we are certainly over the moon with them now.

There were so many amazing performances it's impossible to list all the amazing moments here... but here are just a couple off the top of our heads:

Ben Hooker re-writing Duran Duran's "Girls on Film" to "Three Imaginary Girls On-Line."  We still don't know how he did it and really wish it was caught "on film." We are still blushing from the honor of having a Ben Hooker-penned song about us!

Patrick from Your Favorite Book singing "99 Luft Balloons" IN GERMAN!  We're not sure if you noticed, but the words on the karaoke monitor were in English, which means Patrick actually memorized the German version. From seeing YFB shows in the past, we knew he was going to go all the way.  But, blow up red balloons and fill the crowd with them as he broke out into song? While singing in German?

{Jenny Jiminez / by Laura Musselman}

Jenny Jimenez capturing all that is "She Bop" by Cyndi Lauper. The face paint, the outfit, the dance moves, AND a spot on rendition of this classic Cyndi tune.  It was a big undertaking and Jenny nailed it!

Sean Nelson singing "Peace, Love, and Understanding."  Sean not only covered the Elvis Costello song beautifully, he got so into the moment that he left the stage with a hole ripped in the knee of his pants and a bloody knee! We admire his new wave devotion!

{Jenny and Chris of Tullycraft / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

Jenny and Chris of Tullycraft's version of "Come On Eileen."  The overalls, the dance moves pulled directly from a Dexy's Midnight Runners video and the over-the-top vocals. Thank goodness it was captured on video (posted below)!

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Rockstar New Wave Karaoke Countdown: Noddy


{Noddy at Dancing on the Valentine 7! photo by: Benjamin Haley}

So I have this beat-up CD of Noddy’s called Goddamn Heart Attack that I picked up at a show loooong ago (2006, I believe) when they opened for a band I no longer remember at High Dive (I *think*).

Anyway, Noddy has evolved a bit since then, but I will never forget the moment they took the stage and I fell for their pop-synthy tunes and pretty vocals. Every time a song from that CD pops up on my iTunes, I can’t help smiling—in fact, every time I’ve seen them play, my face starts to hurt from all the crazy, happy grinning.

On February 10th of this year, Noddy played Dancing on the Valentine 7. Arriving in striped shirts inspired by vintage Duran Duran pictures (as shown above), they totally KILLED IT  on stage with covers of "Big Thing," "Red Carpet Massacre," and "Someone Else Not Me."

We think Noddy is the perfect choice to sing some New Wave karaoke with us!!! They’re still trying to narrow down exact choices, but let’s just say I’m super happy with the three song choices they’re juggling … maybe I’ll even drag out my Doc Martens for the occasion and pretend I’m at The Underground, circa 1987.

Get prepped for some hand-clapping Noddy goodness with their video for “Black Heart”:

TIG's 10th Anniversary Fun: 22 rockstars singing new wave karaoke songs can't be wrong!

Three Imaginary Girls / Rockstar Karaoke New Wave BashAs you may have heard, 2012 marks Three Imaginary Girls' 10th anniversary of being Seattle's sparkly indie-pop press and we can't think of a more imaginary way to celebrate than with a big bash with some of our favorite rockstars and YOU!

On Friday, June 1st at Chop Suey, we're going to host the biggest TIG birthday party of all imaginary time with some of Seattle's most stellar rockstars taking the karaoke mic to sing in the key of new wave, including:

Sean Nelson
Lesli Wood
Megan Seling
Jenny Jimenez
Shane Tutmarc
Alicia Amiri
Cristina Bautista
Anna Banana Lange
Jenny George

and members of:
Visqueen
The Young Evils
Exohxo
Tullycraft
Math & Physics Club
Tennis Pro
Mal de Mer
Black Nite Crash
Kithkin
The Mangles
Your Favorite Book
Noddy
We Wrote the Book on Connectors

It can't get any more astonishing, right?  Well, the rockstars aren't the only ones taking the mic, we want YOU to sing too! Throughout the night, audience members can volunteer to take the Chop Suey stage by storm to karaoke their favorite new wave hit.  Folks will be chosen first come, first served, so get there and turn in your song early (doors are at 8:30pm)!

To add to the birthday merriment, the evening is going to be hosted by imaginary Dana and Adrian LeFluer (of Iron Composer fame), who you might remember stealing the show as emcee at our 69 Love Songs cover night a few years back. 

Get your ticket to the night of new wave love and big imaginary fun now!

As an added bonus for those at the show,  you can be the first to pick up a copy of the Imaginary Zine! A printed old school zine recounting our first 10 years in stories and recounted memories from our imaginary friends. It will have a special screenprinted cover (thanks Seattle Show Posters / 112 Printworks!) and a cd chock full of rare, live, or exclusive songs by some of our favorite local artists, including The Long Winters, BOAT, Exohxo, The Femurs, Tullycraft and MORE!  It's limited to a hand-numbered print run of only 333, so you should make plans to pick up your copy at the show.

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Recommended show + free tickets: Hotels CD release at Columbia City Theater this Friday {4/27}

Seattle post-punk(ish) new wave band Hotels just released their latest EP Cinemascope I, the first of a series of three EPs that the band plan to put out. With this four song EP, Hotels sound as solid as ever; from the looping, jangly sound of album opener "The Reddest Rose" to the creeping bass line from front man Blake Madden on "Unknown Quadrant." Their 2011 release On The Casino Floor was a concept album about a casino in space (seriously!) and that aesthetic is returned to on the psychedelic, six-minute closing track "True Crime." You can listen to {and download} the entire EP at Hotel's Bandcamp page here.

In celebration, Hotels will be playing a show this Friday {4/27} at Columbia City Theater, and we'd love to send you and a friend to the show on us! Just shoot us an email to tig {at} three imaginary girls {dot} com anytime before the end of the day on Thursday -- yep, that's tomorrow! -- for a chance to win. Be sure to put "SendMeToHotels" in the subject line so we know it's you.

And ps, we'd be crazy not to mention that Noddy and Sports will be opening the show: in case you're not familiar, Noddy started as the solo project of former Man Plus front man Jared Mills, and has since evolved into a fully formed 5 piece band, releasing their 13-track debut album last fall titled Murder! Dance! Kill!. And Sports are equally synth-laden and just as influenced by 80's new wave, so be sure to wear your dancing shoes. Their latest self titled release can be found in name-your-price form at the bands bandcamp page here.

As an added treat, Hotels will be joined on stage by Adra Boo of Seattle soul/groove duo Fly Moon Royalty. All of this for a mere six dollars? Seattle, you'd be silly to skip this show. We'll see you there!

{9p / $6 advance, $8 day of show / 21+}

Latest comment by: Ruby A.: "SendMeToHotels I want to go pretty please!!"

Photo essay: we came, we saw, we Danced On The Valentine!

at The Crocodile

{John Roderick / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

It was another amazing year for Dancing On The Valentine, Jenny George's annual leukemia and lymphoma Duran Duran cover night benefit concert. Friends and fans packed the Crocodile while we heard most excellent renditions of DD hits and B-sides from the likes of Lesli Wood, Daniel G. Harmann, Noddy, John Roderick, and Fly Moon Royalty. Show-stealers NighTraiN took the stage with Hotels for a mindblowing cover of "Come Undone," Princess brought metal sensibility to Duran Duran's music like we've never quite heard it before, and Exohxo and Katie Kate rounded out an incredibly successful night. The tally is still in the works, but rumor has it that a very impressive amount of money was raised for a donation. Nice work, Seattle!

In case you were up in the photo booth (thanks Ben "The Chauffeur" Haley and assistant) and missed one of the songs, here's a recap of who oh-so-amazingly did what! We got our photo booth on too, so if you see any errors here, please let us know and we'll update:

Lesli Wood with Jupe Jupe - Girls on Film / Wild Boys
Davidson Hart Kingsbery - Skin Trade / Do You Believe in Shame?
Daniel G. Harmann & the Trouble Starts - Planet Earth / Electric Barbarella / Secret Oktober
Noddy - Red Carpet Massacre / Big Thing / Someone Else Not Me
Hotels - Come Undone (with NighTraiN) / Save a Prayer / A View To A Kill / Late Bar
Princess - Careless Memories / New Religion
John Roderick - Lonely in Your Nightmare / Hold Back the Rain / The Chauffeur
Fly Moon Royalty - Read My Lips / All You Need is Now
Exohxo - Rio / The Reflex / New Moon on Monday / Union of the Snake
Katie Kate - Hungry Like the Wolf / Notorious / Ordinary World

And, here's some photos to prove it all happened:

Lesli Wood and Jupe Jupe:

{Lesli Wood and Jupe Jupe / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Lesli Wood and Jupe Jupe / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

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Latest comment by: KenDarling: "What an amazing night! It really was great for the cause. Rumor is, a lot of money was raised and I literally bruised my hand while clapping on stage during Rio. Great night! "

Recommended Show + Ticket Giveaway! Win tix to Dancing on the Valentine 7 {2/10}

We know we've already warned you to buy tickets to Dancing on the Valentine Seven (and the Ragged Tiger), because WE KNOW this thing is gonna sell out - but just in case, here's another reminder, and a chance to win a pair of tickets so you can spend your money on booze and (LOTS of) raffle tickets instead! 

DOTV7 is officially ONE WEEK AWAY, and ALL ticket and raffle proceeds go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Here's another look at the awesome lineup of Northwest bands that will be on stage at The Crocodile covering Duran Duran songs: 

John Roderick (of The Long Winters
Exohxo
Lesli Wood (of The Redwood Plan) with Jupe Jupe
Katie Kate
Noddy
Princess
Hotels

Daniel G. Harmann & The Trouble Starts
Fly Moon Royalty
Davidson Hart Kingsbery

Just send us an email to tig {at} threeimaginarygirls {dot} com with the subject line "Sing Blue Silver" sometime between now and 5pm on Wednesday, February 8. We'll pick a winner and notify you on Wednesday night so you and your date have time to plan outfits for Friday! 

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Latest comment by: imaginary liz: "

Like like like!!!

And I triple agree... this show is going to sell out.  Get your tickets while they are still available!

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Buy Your Tix Now for Dancing on the Valentine Seven at The Crocodile {2/10}

This year is already flying by - which means in just a little over 2 weeks, it's time for Dancing on the Valentine Seven (and the Ragged Tiger)!!! 

Jenny George's awesome fundraising cover night for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society takes place at The Crocodile on Friday, February 10, and features a line-up including TIG's Indie Santa Claus John Roderick, Lesli Wood (of the Redwood Plan) with Jupe Jupe, The Hotels, Katie Kate, Noddy, Exohxo, Princess, Flymoon Royalty, and Daniel G. Harmann with The Trouble Starts

The seventh (!!!!) annual DOTV gathering marks a return to its original form featuring Duran Duran covers, in honor of Jenny's incredible meeting with the band last fall. Our own Imaginary Dana is Emcee'ing again (yay!), DJ Mike Steve will spin some tunes in-between bands, there'll be some sweet sweet raffle prizes, merch from previous DOTVs, and of course - Ben Haley's famous photobooth! 

We hate to state the obvious - but we're giving you advanced warning because y'all better get your tickets now...this thing is gonna sell out.