Tonight in Seattle:  

Calvin Johnson

Celebrate vinyl at the Henry Art Gallery with a K Records-flavored opening night party this Friday {7/13}

The Record at the Henry

We here at TIG have always considered the record, whether it's 7", 10", 12" or custom cut somewhere in between, a piece of art. Colored or standard black, civilian weight or hi-fi 180 gram, each record is precious. Listening to a song on vinyl creates both a physical and emotional bond to the sounds wafting from each (usually) round piece of magical plastic.

It's hard to just be a casual listener when interacting with the vinyl medium; you have to slow down and consciously listen to the record. Even when you're not listening to the record you need to lovingly care for it, respectfully storing, or in some cases displaying, your collection.

It's no secret that most folks hooked by the medium liken perusing someone's record collection akin to reading their palm. The management, care, and contents of a stranger's collection can give great insight into their… dare I say, heart. It's an open door to connect with one another, sharing stories about their favorite memories finding, listening, and sharing the sometimes smooth, sometimes scratchy depths of the vinyl grooves.

We here in Seattle are extremely lucky that the people at the Henry Art Gallery share our reverence for all things vinyl and have brought the new exhibition, The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl to Seattle. Organized by the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, The Record is "the first museum exhibition to explore the culture of vinyl records within the history of contemporary art. Bringing together 41 artists from around the world who have worked with records as their subject or medium, this groundbreaking exhibition examines the record’s transformative power from the 1960s to the present."

The Record exhibit opens this Friday, July 13, 2012 in the North Galleries at the Henry (15th Ave NE & 41st St in the University District) with the big opening night festivities run from 6pm-9pm (so still plenty of time to see the Young Evils later that night!).  

The opening celebration includes live musical performances from Slashed Tires and The Hive Dwellers (Calvin Johnson's latest band); Mark Baumgarten (City Arts editor at large) will read from his new book Love Rock Revolution: K Records and the Rise of Independent Music (hitting shelves on July 10th!); and, of course, a first peek at the exhibit.

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Latest comment by: whitney Ford-Terry: "In conjunction with the exhibition The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl, Mike Dixon will be cutting a series of limited edition high-quality, 10” lacquer recording blanks, in real time, on a 1940’s Presto 6N record lathe in the Henry’s Test Site. A new ...

Tonight's recommended activity: Calvin Johnson and Chris Estey chat doc at the NW Film Forum

Calvin Johnson and Chris Estey

As we announced back in January, there's a new film which captures the first meeting of Three Imaginary Girls' very own Chris Estey and the King of Indie, Calvin Johnson (wiki K Records, Beat Happening, all things rad)!

This meeting of the two mega-minds took place in the historic Columbia City Theater where Chris and Calvin chat and delve into their contrasting tones: Calvin's mysterious cosmos, mesmerizing baritone, and weighted works, with a concentration his latest solo incarnation ("he spits literary bop prosody in the form of three songs") versus Chris's torrential confessionals told with his signature unsurpassable jubilance that spills out like a spoken-word graphic novel (and inspired by Phil Ochs’ seminal Greatest Hits album).

Tonight (Monday, March 5th!!!) is the Seattle debut of this 35-minute film at the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle at 7 pm.  It is confirmed that both Calvin Johnson and Chris Estey will be there and Calvin will even play a couple of live songs!!!

It is going to fill up, so let's all get there early to grab seats!

(photo by Kathy Wolf)

Must-see film: Calvin Johnson and Chris Estey chat, and we get to watch

Calvin Johnson and Chris Estey

We are always bursting with pride to count Chris Estey as a friend, let alone be honored enough to have him share his words on Three Imaginary Girls.  But today, the thunderous applause coming from the imaginary office for Chris is deafening.

This morning we heard the amazing news that there are now public screenings scheduled for Have You Ever Had a Beard?, a new film which captures the first meeting of our dear Mr. Estey (wait, should we make that the title of a new advice column?) and the King of Indie, Calvin Johnson (wiki K Records, Beat Happening, all things rad)! 

This meeting of the two mega-minds took place in the historic Columbia City Theater where Chris and Calvin chat and delve into their contrasting tones: Calvin's mysterious cosmos, mesmerizing baritone, and weighted works, with a concentration his latest solo incarnation ("he spits literary bop prosody in the form of three songs") versus Chris's torrential confessionals told with his signature unsurpassable jubilance that spills out like a spoken-word graphic novel (and inspired by Phil Ochs’ seminal Greatest Hits album).

The world premiere of the movie is at Portland's Hollywood Theatre on Friday February 24, 2012.  Calvin Johnson (who will perform a couple of songs and answer questions) (!!!!) and directors Kathy Wolf and Pat Thomas will be in attendance.

The Seattle showing is a couple weeks later, on Monday March 5th at the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle at 7 pm.  Rumor has it that both Calvin Johnson and Chris Estey will be at the Seattle showing (be still my heart!!!).

Mark your calendar!!!  We'll let you know when tickets are available for advance purchase.

(photo by Kathy Wolf)

Latest comment by: RC: "Exciting!"

Monday morning check-in and welcome home!

Calvin Johnson

(Photo of Calvin Johnson / The Hive Dwellers by Lori Paulson)

Ahhh... it's Monday morning... and the Monday morning after SXSW at that. Whether you just arrived back into SeaTac or where here for the sunny Saturday-ness, I am sure we have all earned our warm mug of theraputic goodness this morning.

What did you do? Did Ted Leo rock your pants off (see Lori's amazing photo proof of that)? Did you go south and are you ready to tell us all about it (pretty please)?

Relive your weekend by perusing the TIG Flickr Photo Pool and add your own photos of your weekend's adventures.

 

Photo Review: Ted Leo + Rx at Neumos with The Hive Dwellers and The Sea Navy

Ted Leo by Lori Paulson

at Neumos

For years I have followed Ted Leo's music. I was fanatic for a while, even. Then it came to the point where one of his songs would pop up on my iPod and it would be a pleasant reminder of why I love him so. Friday night was that reminder times a million and then some. Oddly enough, it was my first time seeing him. Neumos started out a bit empty, but upbeat local band, The Sea Navy, came out and got everyone dancing as more people filtered in. The Hive Dwellers (fronted by K Records head Calvin Johnson) followed up The Sea Navy with a set that defied the laws of most Neumos shows by not using one microphone or any fancy lighting. I can do no justice in describing what happened, you really had to be there. I'll just mention that there was a lot of hip-gyrating. A lot of it.

Soon enough, Neumos was jam-packed with die-hard indie rock fans, buzzing excitedly about their love of Ted Leo. It seems he has quite a cult following and it's really not hard to see why. Ted Leo is a great indie-rock god to believe in, a force to be reckoned with, really (but likely the nicest force you will ever encounter). I will definitely be seeing him any time he is back in the area because, I don't know about you, but I really like to get my face rocked off. ...Also, covering Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" is one of the keys to my heart.

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Latest comment by: Leo Fan: "Although I agree that Ted Leo's version of Dancing in the Dark was great and helped bring out some of the true darkness of that song, it was Ted's version of the Waterboys' classic "Fisherman's Blues" that led into Dancing in the Dark that really took the cake. It ...

You could have the next hit pop record, on tape!

Speaking of the next cassette revolution, one of the men who should be credited with making cassettes sexy is K Records founder Calvin Johnson.

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Latest comment by: Imaginary Jeffrey: "With just a mention of Calvin Johnson, I absolutely have to plug his solo album, What Was Me. Please, check it out if you like soulfully and woefully naked music. Amazon's Listing. Honestly, I can't imagine where Seattle music would be without this ...

The Best of Folklife 2007: Central Services and Calvin Johnson

Calvin Johnson at Folklife

at Seattle Center

I made the trek out to Folklife this past Sunday especially to see pop darlings Central Services and twee deity (tweeity, if you will) Calvin Johnson.

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Latest comment by: imaginary liz: "I know! Don't even get me started on how much I heart Chelsea."

Spend your weekend with Calvin and Hutch

A weekend with two of my favorite beguiling heartthrobs AND sunshine... I nearly faint at the thought.

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Latest comment by: Krause: "Portland is for hippies."

The Imaginary Live Show Rundown

The Elephants. Photo by Christopher Nelson.

The Elephants by Christopher Nelson

A run-down of some great shows we saw, and up-coming ones we think you shouldn't miss.

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TIG on KEXP for April 2005

kexp

KEXP

Saturday April 2nd, Three Imaginary Girls stopped by the KEXP studios to play some tunes during the local Northwest music show, Audioasis, including Pomeranian, Love Hotel, The Cloves, and many more.

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