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Young Sportsmen

So much free indie pop!

Our dear friends over at Indiepages have posted their top 40 songs of the year (split up between EPs and LPs of course) for free download! So much free music!

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Best of 2008: Top Northwest Releases of 2008 TIG Editorial Picks

TIG staffers are a lot like you -- coming up with our list of faves for the year is a fun and gripping process. After comparing/contrasting/debating our individual favorites, we figured the sum of our imaginary parts would make for an interesting list.

While ChrisB and Keenan, among other things, brought in the power-pop elements,  Chris Estey stood by the smartie subtle elements of this year's Northwest offerings. Imaginary liz, as usual, loved the lo-fi and indie-pop songs, while imaginary dana spent much of the year obessed with Throw the the Statue and of course, the Fleet Foxes. And nearly all of us agreed that the Saturday Knights album was a force to be reckoned with. Here's our our staff votes tallied up...

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REMINDER: Final Young Sportsmen show Friday night

The Young Sportsmen will be playing their final show at the Sunset on Friday night with Peter Parker and Guns and Rosetti. :-(

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Latest comment by: Imaginary Kiku: "Oh no! Young Sportsmen are nicest band! Too tragic, say goodbye for me!"

Nnnnnooooo! Young Sportsmen are breaking up?!?

I guess this is the karmic reward I get for posting about Pleasureboaters and The Trucks splitting up earlier in the week.

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Latest comment by: imaginary dana: "I know, they are a consistently great live band, and have been so under-appreciated. This is sad news indeed!!"

Young Sportsmen — If You Want It

Young Sportsmen -- If You Want It
Punchy bass lines and pounding drums are right up front leading the songs with gusto.

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Best of 2008: it's half-yearly check-in time

As of today, we're officially in the second half of 2008. Welcome! To gear you up for another fabulous six months of local Northwest releases, we here at imaginary headquarters have brainstormed an imaginary mix for all of you, containing some of our favorite songs by Northwest artists released this year to date thus far.

No promises that each of these will make our Best of 2008 Reader's Poll final list, but at least this way you have the next six months to follow-up and listen to these releases before you have to decide. To paraphrase imaginary ChrisB, we feel like this list is pretty unfuckwithable. But that doesn't mean that we didn't inadvertently overlook something great. If you have additions for our list, please chime in with your comments below.

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Latest comment by: Mike: "Including mbison on your half-year list will turn out to be a insightful and an early prediction for this bands' success. Caught them this weekend at the Hi-Dive, and got their EP. Great stuff- they're here to stay."

Come to KTUB, 'cause our cops don't work for Greg Nickels

Three Imaginary Girls is proud to present this lovely all-ages (and inexpensive!) show this Friday, May 23. And don't be turned off by the gothic preteens outside of KTUB -- they usually don't come inside.

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Latest comment by: Imaginary Kiku: "Yes that is true! There is a TGI Fridays within walking distance, as well as a delicious sushi place, a movie theater, a coffee shop that is PAY OPTIONAL, a frozen yogurt place, a Noah's Bagels and a Starbucks, if you instead want to pay for your coffee"

TIG Presents: BOAT, Young Sportsmen, Mighty Giant, and the Prawns at KTUB

May 23 at KTUB: BOAT, Young Sportsmen, Mighty Giant, The Prawns

May 23 at KTUB!

Join us as we say goodbye to one of the Kirkland Teen Union Building's best interns, Katie Nguyen, who will be graduating this year and going off to live the college life.

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Latest comment by: wheresthelove: "why booo mighty giant? i heard they are pretty good."

TIG Best Northwest Releases of 2007: Readers' Poll Results

Best of 2007
You voted, we tabulated. Here are the winners of the Three Imaginary Girls top 50 Northwest Releases of 2007 Readers' Poll!

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Latest comment by: randy: "My favorites from this list (NOT in any particular order except for Modest Mouse): Modest Mouse The Cops Tullycraft The Blakes The Lonely H Feral Children Pleasureboaters Throw Me The Statue The Whore Moans The Shins Siberian We really do have some ...

Best of 2007: ChrisB's Top 10 Northwest releases

OK, the rain has let up a bit but I'm still not anxious to leave the apartment yet. Here's my 10 favorite local albums from 2007, complete with YouTube-y goodness - as best I could find it.

(I'm sure there'll be some continuity issues with the scores I've assigned - I wrote the reviews for four of the albums below. This is how I am ranking them at the end of the year.)

10. Fleeting Frequencies, Patience Please, Happy Happy Birthday to Me (song: "Bint"):

9.  ...The Art of Becoming One's Own Shadow, Lillydale, Mt. Fuji (song: unknown, at least to me, but it was the only one I could find):

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Latest comment by: shane: "Woot-city, population: me!"