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I’d like to make the world a holiday mixtape…

Remember when the “news” made claim that a Christmas song by the Shins had overtaken Mariah Carey’s holiday anthem as the “the most played holiday song?”

Although I love the Shins, their version of a Paul McCartney holiday song, and the idea of it being the #1 holiday song, I’ve always been a tad suspect.

If we are living in a world in which the Shins can have the #1 holiday song, then I’d like to make the world a holiday mixtape… with these amazing holiday songs (in no particular order) in hopes these will make the #1 list someday.

{Here’s our playlist of the songs available on youtube}

Do you have any we should add to this list?

  • Princess Superstar – “Xmas Swagger” (youtube)
  • Emmy The Great & Tim Wheeler – “Home For The Holidays” (youtube)
  • Eux Autres – “Another Christmas At Home” (youtube)
  • Darren Hanlon – “Spend Christmas Day With Me” (youtube)
  • Billy Squier – “Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You” (youtube)
  • Old 97’s – Love The Holidays (youtube)
  • The Wedding Present – “Step Into Christmas” (youtube)
  • Math and Physics Club – “It Must Be Christmas” (youtube)
  • Six Cents and Natalie – “Secret Santa (You Could Be The One)” (youtube)
  • The Dandy Warhols – “Little Drummer Boy” (youtube)
  • The Kinks – “Father Christmas” (youtube)
  • The Ramones – “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight)” (youtube)
  • Allo Darlin’ – “Will You Please Spend New Years With Me?” (bandcamp)
  • Sunturns – “The Sun Turns” (bandcamp)
  • Belle & Sebastian – Santa Claus (The Sonics cover) (youtube)
  • The Beths – “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”(bandcamp)
  • Exohxo – “Snoopy’s Christmas (featuring Colin McBride)” (soundcloud)
  • Bright Eyes – Blue Christmas (youtube)
  • ballboy – “Merry Christmas to the Drunks, Merry Christmas to the Lovers” (bandcamp)
  • Bears – “Merry Christmas Have a Happy New Year” (bandcamp)
  • xnerdyspicex – “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” (bandcamp)
  • Wham! – “Last Christmas” (youtube)

Want some more Christmas-song joy? Imaginary Liz has a radio show – here’s the 2020 holiday episode:


Here are some videos to watch on repeat:

This one wins for best video:

A favorite – spot the John Roderick Santa!


I feel like he’s saying “Merry Christmas” right to me!

There should be some sort of trophy for “Best Christmas Song Dance Moves”

And in case you haven’t heard the Shin’s version of “Wonderful Christmastime” – enjoy!

Top photo: Santa John Roderick. Photo credit: Laura Duffy

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Happy 14 Years of Imaginary Fun!

Happy 14th birthday to Three Imaginary Girls!

It’s so crazy to think our year-long batch of 10-year birthday celebrations was actually 4 years ago (back in 2012). I feel like those events (the shows, karaoke party, poster retrospective show, photography exhibit, ice cream social, the crafternoon, film screening, infographic, zine publishing, etc.) were just last week.

This illustrates many things; Mainly, that time flies when you’re juggling day job priorities and sleep vs. show/film decision-making-pyramids {as we are sure you know all too well}. But more tangibly, it also points out that there’s no better time to start thinking about our big 15th birthday fun than now {because Saturday, June 10, 2017 will be here before you can sing your favorite Telekinesis lyric}.

What do you think? Rockstar karaoke? Fun DJ happy hour? Ice cream dance party? Movie night?

We realize it’s hard for us to all coordinate schedules and get out of the house {believe us, we know!}, so if we do something we want to make sure you’re able to make it – because you are the biggest and most important facet of the imaginary community. And we love seeing your sweet faces!

So we’re throwing this out there now as a birthday resolution of sorts – let’s make plans to celebrate our 15th birthday together next year!

Also, I’d like to take this {and every} opportunity to thank everyone on the imaginary team for sharing their brainy thoughts and opinions and talents via Three Imaginary Girls.

A super special big shout out to the TIG Film Team who is kicking major booty with their nonstop full-scale SIFF 2016 coverage. Their film recaps and commentary are delivered with the sharpest wit – perfect for both the film geek and casual participant alike. You rule: Imaginary Amie, Imaginary Rich, Imaginary Embracey, and Roxie Rider!

And have you checked out our recent live show reviews & photo galleriesalbum reviews, and interviews? The whole team – including Imaginary Gemma, Brady Harvey, Imaginary Jean, Imaginary Dana, JimiC, Jonathan Speights – have been in full force and we are so so so grateful and giddy. And that’s just the start – we will be covering the Capitol Hill Block Party this year! Wait until you see our coverage from the front lines!

The biggest thanks goes to all those who contributed with their kind $ donations and enthusiastic words of encouragement to our 2015 indie-go-go effort. You are the reason we’re even able to share in all of this happy. You. Are. The. Best.

There are plenty of reasons to celebrate this birthday. Tradition suggests 14th year gift ideas could involve elephants and gold. So let’s collectively birthday dance!

Side note: “Oh, Tina” was originally written by The Elephants, a Tacoma band who later morphed into The Nightgowns.

And of course:

Side note: This video was part of our 2015 fundraising drive (thank you again, so much!) visit our thank you page for more info.

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Let your Brit-Pop flag fly!!! {with a dance party, brit-pop karaoke, unibrows and more…}

Britpop Seattle!

Britpop runs in my veins.  For the anglophile music geeks amongst us, there is no greater way to electrify the room than to say words like Pulp, Supergrass, Lush, Suede, Elastica, James, Ride, Charlatans, Ash, Blur … oh yeah, and Oasis.

Finally there is way for us to celebrate our love of the parklife.  Mark your calendars for:

The Good Mixer: a britpop dance party
Thursday, April 17, 2014 at the Lo-Fi | 21+ | $8

The evening marks the 20 year anniversary of two very important britpop albums: Blur's Parklife + Pulp's His-n-Hers with a  dance party hosted by Marco Collins with DJ sets by Erik Blood, DJ Shannon (KEXP), Kurt Bloch and more!

Also of very important note, there will be BRITPOP KARAOKE!  I feel like I've waited my whole life for this. Finally, we can have a sing along to Lush's "Ladykillers" and do our best Jarvis impression as we sing, "I said I'll see what I can do."  Imaginary Dana and I will be hosting this karaoke portion and we are ready to cheer on all your Stone Roses / La's / Adorable / Happy Mondays dreams. (I know we have a lot of them!)

Speaking of sweet Jarvis, there's going to be a Jarvis Cocker dance-off (judged by Imaginary Amie, Imaginary Dana, and myself). And if you don't feel like dancing, there will be giveaways for the most surly Oasis unibrows and you can power up with fish-n-chips from Nosh Food Truck or one of the themed drinks:  “Common Peeber” (PBR + shot of whiskey), “Beetlerum” (rum + coca-cola)… AND there will also be a photo booth complete with 90’s gear (accessories provided by Red Light Vintage)!

Basically, it's going to be the best Britpop dance party this side of Glastonbury… and doors are at 8pm.

In the meantime, you can take a quiz or three (although, you probably already have):

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Getting into the holiday spirit by watching videos on repeat

I've found the best way to solidify my holiday cheer is with holiday mix tapes and eggnog. This year I've yet to have a cup of the 'nog (which I hope to remedy at the holiday party for the dayjob tonight), but I  have found myself watching a handful of holiday song videos on repeat and repeat and repeat. I thought I'd share them with you in case you haven't connected with your inner jolly yet.

What's your favorite holiday video? Please share below!
(you can post videos at 500 pixel-width in the comments!!!)

I am so in love with this new holiday album by Tim Wheeler (of Ash) and his girlfriend Emmy the Great.  The album is chock full of classics, like "Zombie Christmas," "Sleigh Me" and "Jesus the Reindeer," that make for a slick, infectious indie-rock holiday soundtrack. This video captures that vibe of the whole album, This Is Christmas and illustrates just how stunningly cute this couple is.

Imaginary Dana passed this along to me early on in the holiday season and I haven't been able to thank her enough. The intro is spectacular (as are the sweaters), but the sing-along is how I daydream every imaginary event will end up (all-star jam!) and gives me joyous visions of new year gaiety.

I've shared this with you before and, if we've recently crossed paths I've sung the line "pumpkin pie on paper plates!" during the course of our conversation. I can't explain it, but it's one of my favorite things of 2011 – so look for it on my best of the year mix. Yes, a holiday song on the end of year mix, beotches! It's that amazing! "Damn, granny got game!"