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The Imaginary Holiday Office Party: featuring... John Vanderslice!

2010 imaginary Holiday Office Party with Santa John Vanderslice

The search for mistletoe has begun -- and we're counting down to the big Imaginary Holiday Office Party!

The most exciting development of today: it's now officially official that John Vanderslice will not only be our Indie-Rock Santa for the night {and yes, you'll be able to get your picture taken with him for posterity by the amazing photographer Laura Musselman}, but he'll also be taking the stage to perform a set! That makes for a killer 4-band bill of:

~ The Tripwires
~ The Young Evils
~ John Vanderslice
~ Jose Bold {John Osebold of "AWESOME"}

We're eternally grateful to Killorn O'Neill for helping us to get the word out to the masses with this rad poster! We'll be slopping on our winter boots to staple these up around town (remember, imaginary volunteers are always welcome -- especially when it's a benefit!) Feel free to grab the above image and slap it on your blog / facebook page / desktop background to remind you to get your fine self there... and yes, there will be full-color mondo-size screenprints of the poster at the event for purchase.

We can't wait for this night of amazing music, tons of imaginary cheer, and to celebrate it all with you! Tickets will be on sale tomorrow {Wednesday, 11/24} at 10a {or there abouts} and all proceeds will benefit Teen Feed.  We'll post and twitter and Facebook profusely when they are available for purchase -- but they are limited, so make sure you get yours while you can!


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Ring in the holidays at the Imaginary Office Party with amazing bands and Indie Rock Santa John Vanderslice

imaginary holiday party 2007

{Holiday photo by Laura Musselman}

It's the time of year that calls for flasks by the punchbowl, pine-scented candles, and bejeweled reindeer sweaters. What a better way to ring in the holidays than with the The Imaginary Holiday Office Party!

On Thursday, December 16, Three Imaginary Girls will deck out the Columbia City Theater in holiday cheer with a little help from our friends: The Tripwires, The Young Evils, Jose Bold {John Osebold of "AWESOME" fame} and a special guest that is going to knock this town's socks off! In the Bourbon Bar, DJ Greg Vandy will be supplying the best in soul and roots starting at 7pm. And it wouldn't be an imaginary holiday party without our very own Indie Rock Santa!


Latest comment by: HunterJE: "Wow, hard lineup to miss, even on a work night."

Save the date: the Imaginary Office Party is coming! {Thursday 12/16}

[John Roderick / by Laura Musselman]

We know, we know. You've probably still got a bowl of Halloween candy you're polishing off. But the holidays are fast approaching, and we didn't want to go one more minute without telling you about our Imaginary Office Party! Grab a Sharpie, get your calendar out, and put a big ol' star on Thursday, December 16th -- you're not going to want to miss this. Promise.

Who: your shiny happy friends over at Three Imaginary Girls, along with the fine folks of Columbia City Theater, present...
The Imaginary Office Party! A night of music and all-around awesomeness featuring The Tripwires, The Young Evils, Jose Bold, and a super-secret second act that is going to knock your socks off!
Where: Columbia City Theater, 4916 Rainier Avenue S.
When: Thursday, December 16, 2010 -- doors at 7p
Why: Because we like you! No, really. The night is all about giving thanks to the lovely people we work with all year, and to help raise awareness about Teen Feed while we're at it.

On top of the rad bands we've got scheduled to play, everyone's favorite roots-and-soul expert Greg Vandy will be spinning in the Bourbon Bar from 7-9p to help us get our prefunk on. And it wouldn't be a party without Santa John Roderick, who has graciously agreed to offer up his lap for photo ops with the esteemed Ms. Laura Musselman during the earlier portion of the evening. Can somebody pinch us, please?

There is one little catch to the night: there will only be a limited number of tickets for sale. We'll announce here on TIG {soon!} when they're available for purchase -- just check back often and keep your eyes peeled for the link! The event is 21+ / $15, with a portion of the proceeds going directly to our friends over at Teen Feed.

We'll have a pretty poster and an official press release coming your way lickety split -- so stay tuned for more details!

{Endless thanks to Laura for the photo above from our 2009 party -- there's more where that came from over in our imaginary flickr pool!}


Recommended show: Hey Marseilles at Columbia City Theater {Saturday 10/30}

[Hey Marseilles / by Hayley Young]

We've said it before, we're saying it now, and we'll keep on sayin' it until the cows come home: we loves us some Hey Marseilles.

A little more seasoned these days, this local septet is one of those bands you want to catch every chance you get -- and thankfully for us, they'll be gracing the sweet stage of Columbia City Theater with their alt.orchestra.indiepop sound this Saturday. And as if one of our favorite bands at one of our favorite venues isn't enough to make for a stellar night, Fences will be opening up the show, fresh off a week of stellar performances at CMJ out on the East coast. For the win, indeed!

If you're able to get out to the show on the early side, make sure you do -- there's an opening reception going on from 6-9pm for November's art installation in the Bourbon Bar that you won't want to miss. Photographer Dylan Priest will be exhibiting shots from this summer's famed weekend out at Doe Bay, where Hey Marseilles and Fences both took the stage, among a slew of other talented acts. The reception is free, but the show is not -- make sure you take a moment to pick up a ticket before heading out! {21+ / $12 adv / 9pm}

Thanks to the talented Hayley Young for the gorgeous photo!


Friday's recommended shows: Kurt B. Reighley, Cataldo, Wheedle's Groove and more!

It's another lace-your-sneakers up kind of Friday here in Seattle -- so go get those kicks out of the back of your closet and get ready to hit the town.

Kurt B. Reighley's reading / booksigning at Elliott Bay Bookstore

[Kurt B. Reighley / by Victoria VanBruinisse]

Prefunk your Friday night right with a stop at Elliott Bay Bookstore in Capitol Hill around 7p. That's where you'll find our good pal Kurt Reighley (who you may also know as DJ El Toro from KEXP) reading selected sections from his new book, United States of Americana: Backyard Chickens, Burlesque Beauties, and Handmade Bitters: A Field Guide to the New American Roots Movement. Come early, get a good spot, and get your listen on -- and while you won't need an ID to get into this one, make sure you bring wallets along so you can pick up a copy.

Cataldo at the High Dive


We recently heard from Matt Bishop, lead singer / songsterer extraordinaire from the alt.orchestra-pop outfit Hey Marseilles, who recommended we take a moment out of our busy imaginary days to give the band Cataldo a listen -- and we're sure glad we did! Cataldo's sparse-but-loaded, sometimes twangy, always heartstring-yanking sound swept us right off our Mary Jane-wearin' feet. We can't wait to dig on the live show at the High Dive after Kurt's book party --  get there early to check out the warmups, as Red River and Drew Victor open.

If that doesn't suit your taste, mosey on over to check out Wheedle's Groove at Neumo's or "The Best of the New" at Columbia City Theater -- both are guaranteed to get your weekend started right. Wheedle's Groove will be taking the stage with DJs Mike Nipper and Marc Muller from the Emerald City Soul Club, putting on a night to remember as a fundraiser for Mother Maxine Hill. (Mother Maxine passed away recently, and funds are being raised to help cover the family's medical and funeral expenses.)

Out the other end of town, you can check out an awesome gig over at Columbia City Theater, where great new sounds from Lemolo, Kimo Muraki, Luke Stevens, Kirsten & Travis, Bryan John Appleby, and Youth Rescue Mission will be bringing the bliss -- for free. That's a lot of band for no bucks!


Win two tickets to see Cobirds Unite / The Young Evils at Columbia City Theater {9/24}

{R. Willoughby / R. Flotard}

{The Young Evils / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

Come nurse your hangover from Thursday night's Vampire Weekend show at the Columbia City Theater this Friday! Cobirds Unite (featuring Rusty Willoughby and Rachel Flotard) are headlining not one, but two shows -- an all-ages set at 7p, and a 21+ show at 10p. It's their album release party! And the Young Evils are playing -- both shows! And it's their album release party too! Sounds like a whole barrel full of fun to us, for sure.

Want to go -- for free? Well, we've got a pair of tickets to give away to both shows! Just send in an email to before 3p on Thursday (yes, this Thursday, September 23rd) with the subject line "BirdIsTheWord" -- and please don't forget to specify which show you'd like a chance to go to! Don't forget, the later performance is 21+ only.

We'll see you there!


Latest comment by: Starr : "I will be there either way, but free tickets would be SWEET!!! "

Tonight's recommended show: The Head and the Heart at Columbia City Theater

[The Head and the Heart by Victoria VanBruinisse]

If you're kicking yourself about missing The Head and the Heart last month at Block Party, The Comet, and/or Sonic Boom, you're in luck: our new favorite six-piece will be bringing the bliss to Columbia City Theater tonight, when they open up for Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground.

The Head and the Heart -- recently voted "Best Band that Didn't Exist Twelve Months Ago" in the Best of Seattle poll -- has taken our town by storm this summer. With a decidedly four-on-the-floor (and then some) sound and a stage presence that just won't quit, this group takes that earnest, backroad, achey-core vibe to a whole 'nother lev. And they're busy bees, too -- now that their self-titled release is out, they've got nine shows in September alone with the likes of Fences, Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band, and more. Whether you're at KEXP's Mural series, heading to PDX for Music Fest Northwest, or just generally kicking it on the left coast, you'll be able to dig on one of their shows.

But getting back to tonight -- come for the sweet stories, and stay on for the headliner. Tickets are only $12 and the whole boat gets going at 9pm.

We'll see you at the show!


This weekend's recommended shows: Friday with Carissa's Wierd / Saturday get your TBTL on

The Lonely Forest at Doe Bay

{The Lonely Forest photo: Trickshot Photography}

This coming weekend is going to be full of more fun than an swim-up pool bar. Friday night (7/9) we have the blessed reunion of Carissa's Wierd at the Showbox at the Market. If you haven't heard why you must be there, you can sample their song and hear some reasons on our recent Imaginary Mixtape podcast. Or you can just read intricate tales of our long term Carissa's Wierd love affair.

That same Friday night our friends at TBTL are hosting an amazing night of "Imaginary Radio" over at the swanky new Columbia City Theater with performances by Sir Mix A Lot, Rachel Flotard, John Roderick, Ben Huh and others.  It's already sold out, but for those of us that can't make it on Friday, the TBTL-ers have added a Saturday night show (some tickets still available) with an equally stellar lineup: Smoosh, Blue Scholars, The Lonely Forest, Andy Haynes and a couple more surprises!

Of course, one look at the imaginary calendar and you can see a bunch of other possibilities too! Which way are you headed this weekend?


Latest comment by: ig victoria: "doh. how did I not know about friday's show??? I must be getting old. srsly."