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Remember when, a couple years back, we could call the Wedding Present a local band while frontman David Gedge took up a brief residency in Seattle? Well, let the good Gedge times roll once again as the full band returns to town as part of a small tour across the US to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the release of their seminal album Bizarro. On Wednesday, April 21, The Wedding Present will take the Crocodile stage and play the brilliant Bizarro album in it's entirety from "Brassneck" to "Be Honest" and some (fingers crossed) b-sides.
To unleash my WP geekus maximus in the healthiest of ways, I asked some of my favorite fellow Wedding Present fans (i.e. you, me and a Lucksmith) to let us know your Bizarro story. In an unlimited-part series, I'll spread out the joy starting next week as we countdown to the big show.
Of course, if you have a favorite piece of the Bizarro puzzle, feel free to join in the fun and post it below or me at tig @ threeimaginarygirls . com with the subject line of Bizarro.
This Morning Benders have been getting all kinds of buzz for their brand-new album Big Echo, including being awarded a prestigious "Best New Music" honor from Pitchfork. On Friday night, they'll be bringing those songs to the cozy confines of the Crocodile.
Even better: a) two of our favorite bands around here, Miniature Tigers and BOAT are opening and b) we have a pair of tickets to give to a lucky TIG reader.
If you want to go see The Morning Benders, BOAT and Miniature Tigers (and you surely do), but would prefer spending the money that would have gotten you in the door on drinks and/or t-shirts, send an e-mail to email@example.com before 9am on Thursday, April 1 with "morningbenders" in the subject line. Oh and be over 21 before Friday.
Dear Companion, the recent rustic collaboration between young multi-instrumentalists and co-vocalists Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore, was recently praised by Pitchfork for its creative attack on mountaintop removal mining in their home state of Kentucky. With two astonishing, cello-stoked opening tracks ("Something, Somewhere, Sometime" and "My Wealth Comes To Me") the album protests artfully on the side of beauty and love for Cold Springs and Lexington boys Moore and Sollee for their Sub Pop debut, against an outrageously exploitative economic system of environmental damage.
This is the opener for the uniquely thematic Sub Pop album, and also my favorite track on the record:
The planets have aligned and have brought together the mightiest of Spelling Bees for a wonderful cause: to help fund the King and Snohomish County Regional Spelling Bee.
With the folding of the Seattle PI, so went the traditional funding for the Regional Spelling Bee. Now it's up to us, the former spelling nerds / current club goers and likely drinkers amongst us to put things back on track... to raise enough money so that lil Beatrice and Baxter can show off their Western Washington know it all "i before e" chops to the Scripps professionals! It is all going down at the Crocodile this Thursday 3/25.
You know those bands that always seem to be there for you when your heart gets mangled? The band that gets your groove back in gear? For me, that's the Wedding Present.
The wonderful thing I've come to learn over the years? The Wedding Present is *that* band for a bunch of you too!
It's a strange and glorious fact that Bizarro, the Wedding Present's classic second studio album and the one that includes our favorites like "Brassneck" and "Kennedy" (to name a couple), will turn 21 years old this year. To celebrate, Gedge and company will be playing the album live, in its entirety, at concerts across North America, Japan and Europe (full tour shed-jule below). Obviously, those of us in Seattle are counting the days until April 21 when the Wedding Present is set to play the Crocodile.
We here at Three Imaginary Girls, especially me, want to mark the occasion here as well! Let's gather forces and geek out all Bizarro stylee!
Here's the idea: Send me a few sentences, a paragraph, or a story about a favorite song from the Bizarro album. Tell us all about why the song (or songs - feel free to take on more than one!) rules or how it has affected you. It can be short, long, quirky, solemn, desirous, uplifting or clinical (i.e why the particular chord progression is magical).
A few weeks ago, a band from LA came across my radar called Pepper Rabbit. They're a lo-fi, two-piece pop rock band getting a lot of comparisons to Atlas Sound, Mercury Rev and Beirut, all of which sound surprisingly fair, even if I don't think any of those bands sound that similar. What I found so compelling about this band is how the duo of Xander Singh and Luc Laurent are able to use loops with a lot of different instruments (guitar, keyboards/piano, ukelele, trumpet, clarinet, etc...) to still get a cohesive pop sound behind Singh's harmonies. The song I've had in my head lately is "Red Wine", (right-click here to download) which sounds like a straight-forward piano ballad, but delves into orchestral pop when the harmonies reverberate across the piano parts. It's a haunting, but a startling, pretty song.
They've self-released released two EPs thus far, Clicks and Shakes, and are playing their first show in Seattle tonight at the Crocodile with People Eating People (who are also fantastic and worth checking out) and Pepi Ginsberg. They'll also be on KEXP later today at noon.
My Morning Jacket/Massive Attack/Pavement/Ween/Vampire Weekend/MGMT/Band of Horses/The Nationa/LCD Soundsystem/Tegan & Sara/Broken Social Scene/Passion Pit/She & Him/Public Enemy/Nada Sur/The New Pornographers/The XX, Dirty Projectors/Ok, Go/Drive By Truckers/Kid Kudi/Deadmaus/The Long Winters/Minus the Bear/The Mountain Goats/Quasi/Camera Obscura/Fruit Bats/Brother Ali/Midlake/Dr. Dog/The Hold Steady/Caribou/Simian Mobile Disco/City of Colour/No Age/the Temper Trap/Vetiver/Miike Snow/Portugal. The Man/Telekinesis/ The Middle East/Mayer Hawthorne/Why?/Girls/Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes/Wale/The Lonely Forest/Japandroids/Boys Noize/Yacht/Laura Marling/Patrick Watson/Freelance Whales/Past Lives/Cymbals Eat Guitars/The Low Anthem/The Very Best/Phantogram/Neon Indian/Hudson Mohawke/Nurses/The Tallest Man on Earth/Fresh Espresso/Mumford & Sons/Jets Overhead/Tune-yards/Shabazz Palaces/Fool's Gold/Morning Teleportation/Z-Trip, Dam-Funk/Local Natives/Avi Buffalo/Booka Shade/A-Trak/Yes Giantess/Craig Robinson/Rob Riggle/Garfunkel & Oates/Luke Burbank & more.....
Tickets go on sale Saturday... so, erm, what do ya think?
There couldn't possibly be a better way to shake off your 3-day-weekend-back-at-work-blues then tonight's show at the Crocodile. There's a kind of showmanship that only comes from multiple decades worth of rocking and being unbelivably famous in your own country but relatively relegated to the indie rock nerds in the country that borders your own. Enter Sloan, a band that has opened for the Rolling Stones in their homeland of Canada and regularly headlines huge venues to thousands of screaming fans, but plays intimate rock clubs in the states.
Despite the smaller venue size on this side of the border, Sloan always brings arena-sized performance to the plate, consistently performing fan favorites from their nearly two decade career of hard hitting power-pop. And, as an added bonus, local alt-country pop favorites the Tripwires are set to open. I swear it's worth the Tuesday night show.
I hope that Sloan plays this song.
The weekend is nearly upon us... what are you most looking forward to?
On Friday night, Lesli Wood and the Redwood Plan kicking arse at the Comet with Dept of Energy headlining? Fresh Espresso (with a name like that you know they know how to work a Seattle crowd) with Truckasaurus and Head Like a Kite?
Saturday night we have to make sure you get your booty, whether it's broken hearted or already full of gue, to the Crocodile for the Dancing on the Valentine bash. It's an annual tradition and the *perfect* way to celebrate all the loves of your life and help raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. This years theme is all David Bowie all night. Dress up and dance your ___ off. What song do you want to hear covered?
Tragos Amargos, a side project of Portland's Y La Bamba, opened last Saturday's completely sold-out show at The Crocodile. The amazing folk music lineup also showcased fellow Pacific Northwest favorites Loch Lomond and headliner Hey Marseilles.