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Photoessay: day three of Sasquatch! at the Gorge

{The Moondoggies / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Wayne Coyne and Jim Bennett / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

Sunday morning's installment of the Sasquatch! music festival found us with smiling, weary eyes and happy tired feet from all the blissing-out (two posts' worth!), which worked out perfectly with the grey sky vibe and our first sets of the day. The alt.folk.traditional-yet-bizarre sounds of Cotton Jones began the trip for us on the small (Yeti) stage, and their sounds bled nicely into the warm, longing big-guitar melody of the Moondoggies on the Bigfoot stage. Bursts of sun came through just in time for the straightforward rock of Black Joe Lewis, who lifted us up perfectly to take on a dusk set from Gayngs and a mindmelting mainstage show from the Flaming Lips.

Photos below!

Cotton Jones:

{Cotton Jones / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Cotton Jones / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Cotton Jones fan / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

The Moondoggies:

{The Moondoggies / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{The Moondoggies / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

Fans and friends:

{Sasquatch! fans / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Hallie and Nikki / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Kayla / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

Black Joe Lewis:

{Black Joe Lewis / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Black Joe Lewis / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Black Joe Lewis / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Black Joe Lewis / by Victoria VanBruinisse}


{Gayngs / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Gayngs / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Gayngs / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

The Flaming Lips:

{Flaming Lips fans / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Flaming Lips fans / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Flaming Lips / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Washington Bus / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

Part one and part two of our opening day coverage are here and here, respectively. Check out photos from our day one road trip, along with days two, three and four in the imaginary flickr pool!

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Sneak peek: our picks for mind-melters at Sasquatch 2011

{Sasquatch 2010 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

It’s high time we started scouring the schedule and getting that backlog of laundry done — because this year’s Sasquatch festival up at the Gorge is upon us, and we’ll be heading up there for the long Memorial Day weekend (including Friday) to report back the best of what’s good. Here’s a blow-by-blow of what’s really blasting some emotional sunshine into the damp, grey corners of our Seattle springtime:

Monday’s main stage shows are going to kick serious ass. Starting with the finish line: the day will wrap up with a full frontal dose of Wilco on a stage warmed up by the Decemberists, a win-win for a variety of tastes. Prior to that, the throwback sounds of Best Coast will be assaulting us from the Yeti stage, and before that we’ll shoot over to the Bigfoot stage to catch the sweet, smiling-but-melancholy sounds of Stornoway. All this and a bag of goodies after starting off our morning (at 1pm) with the Young Evils, and the first appearance at the main stage for the day to catch Mr. Miller and the rest of the Old 97’s. Monday will be full of big guitars, upbeat jangle-pop, swoontastic harmonies, and hopefully, lots and lots of sunshine to go along with the vibe.

And Saturday ain’t no slouch, either. With a fair amount of stage-hopping, the day basically goes like this: Coffee. The Globes. The Head and the Heart. Aloe Blacc. Split sets (or drink more coffee and clone ourselves) to catch as much of the Local Natives and Dan Mangan as we can. Sharon Van Etten. Wye Oak. Send one clone to Iron and Wine and the other to the Thermals, then reconvene for Matt & Kim. See the first half of what Bright Eyes brings to the stage, then the second half of Robyn‘s set, and polish the whole thing off with a closer from mainstage headliners Death Cab for Cutie.

That’s tiring just to type.

Smack in the middle of all that, there’s Sunday — and with it will come no rest for the weary. It’ll all be worth it for even a glimpse of the Flaming Lips doing the entirety of The Soft Bulletin (!!) capped off with some face-rocking-off by Modest Mouse. Earlier in the day we’re very much looking forward to getting our sway on to Fitz & the Tantrums, the soulful indie-folk.alt.TheBand sounds of our very own Moondoggies, a little bit of Northwest legendry via some Wheedle’s Groove, and kickstarting our day with new-roots faves Cotton Jones. Bookending the start of the weekend will be what’s sure to be great sets on Friday from Bob Mould and the Foo Fighters, we literally Can. Not. Wait. to bring you photos and in-depth coverage of the shows and adventures we have up in lovely George, Washington.

We’ll see you there!

{Check out photos from last year in the imaginary flickr pool! 2010 Sasquatch photo courtesy of Victoria VanBruinisse.}

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The 2011 Sasquatch bill is un-frack-withable

Gorge-ous Backdrop

{Sasquatch photo by asclepius6 from the Imaginary Flickr Photo Pool}

Do you hear that?

It is the sound of folks feverishly tweeting and posting about the amazing #Sasquatch line-up just announced. After weeks (who are we kidding, months!) of mathematically calculating probabilities based on tour schedules and record release dates, we finally have a firm answer of who’s going to be at the Gorge this Memorial Day weekend, as well as explanations as to why certain folks don’t have a Seattle tour date in the next few months.

Not to sound like everyone else every other year, but this year’s line-up has left me speechless. The Sasquatch folks have brought together the best of the best of the best (except Allo Darlin, which I’m guessing will be begged to participate next year) to celebrate their 10th Anniversary.  I mean Wilco, Bright Eyes, Matt & Kim, The Radio Dept., The Thermals, Stornoway, and The Young Evils!?!?!?  You’re killing me!!!

Are you headed that way? Who are you most excited about (mine bolded below)? Anyone else you think is going to be added to the bill before we pack up our roadtrip munchies and head Quincy, WA way?

Foo Fighters, Death Cab For Cutie, Modest Mouse , Wilco, The Flaming Lips (performing The Soft Bulletin & more), The Decemberists, Bright Eyes, Iron & Wine, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Bassnectar, Robyn, Flogging Molly, Death From Above 1979, Pink Martini, Cold War Kids, Old 97’s, Ratatat, Wolf Parade, Chromeo, Guided By Voices, Yeasayer, Beach House, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Local Natives, Matt & Kim, Deerhunter, Mstrkrft, Trailer Park Boys, Sleigh Bells, Major Lazer, Flying Lotus, Skrillex, Tokyo Police Club, Fitz & The Tantrums, !!!, Archers of Loaf, Against Me!, The Thermals, Best Coast, CSS, Surfer Blood, Jenny & Johnny, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Head & The Heart, Bonobo (DJ Set), City and Colour, Reggie Watts, K-Os, Gayngs, Tim Minchin, The Drums, The Radio Dept, Young the Giant, The Antlers, Sharon Van Etten, Villagers, Stornoway, Aloe Blacc, Black Mountain, Moondoggies, Noah & The Whale, Sam Roberts Band, Secret Sisters, Twin Shadow, Das Racist, Wye Oak, Tig Notaro, Wheedle’s Groove, Smith Westerns, Rival Schools, Foster the People, Alberta Cross, S. Carey, White Denim, Washed Out, Gold Panda, Dan Mangan, Axis of Awesome, The Globes, Cotton Jones, Jaill, Mad Rad, Basia Bulat, Other Lives, The Bronx, White Arrows, Pepper Rabbit, Talkdemonic, Rebecca Gates and The Consortium, The Young Evils, and more!

4-day all-inclusive passes are on sale now at the Sasquatch website.


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Win tickets to see the Flaming Lips at the Paramount {9/27}

{The Flaming Lips.}

Can you say rOctober, anyone? We can!

Here in imaginary-land we’ve been prefunking fall tour since laying eyes on Bumbershoot a few weeks back, sending lucky ticket winners to everything from Cobirds Unite to Pavement to Matt and Kim. And to help keep easin’ that weather transition on down the road, we want to send you to another free show! As of right this very instant, we’ve got not one, but two pairs of tickets to give away for the Flaming Lips show this coming Monday, September 27th.

Two. Two pairs! So what are you waiting for? Enter to win!  Tell all your friends! Tell them twice! Open a new tab right this instant and send an email off to [email protected], and let us know why we should send you to the show. Act quickly, because we’ll need your entry by 5pm tomorrow — that’s 5pm on Thursday, September 23rd.

(Be sure to use the subject line PuttingAllTheVegetablesAway so that we know that it’s you.)

Good luck, everyone! We’ll see you at the Paramount!

{Band photo courtesy of the fine, fine folks over at Flaming Lips dot com.}

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The Flaming Lips light up Marymoor Park

The Flaming Lips are a piece of the beginning of a very long musical story for me. Country girl moves to city, meets guy in Tripping Daisy shirt, gets musical education and learns some hard lessons about life. That Tripping Daisy guy brought over the Soft Bulletin record, and my life really was never the same again. I can recount many nights spent with my best friend in my Camaro, seats laid back all the way, smoking a joint and marveling over Soft Bulletin or Clouds Taste Metallic. I’ve spent all these years pining for the Flaming Lips, embracing all their weird projects (hi Zaireeka) and geeking out on each release they put out. Finally seeing them perform, and in a venue so beautiful and comfy as Marymoor Park, was the culmination of all those years of anticipation.

Stardeath & White Dwarfs, the opener, is an Oklahoma band as well and the lead singer just happens to be Wayne Coyne’s nephew Dennis. I give absolute props to them on the fact that they opened their set with “Sweet Loaf” from the Butthole Surfers. That song set the tone for the rest of the set, swirling psychedelia punctuated by seizure-inducing disco light flashes. The raspy-voiced Dennis sported nifty white jumper pants with suspenders, channeling classic rock mainstays like Black Sabbath or Pink Floyd, with a sprinkle of the weirdness of Can. Topping off their set was an overly dramatic and bro-rocky cover of Madonna’s “Borderline”, which would have probably been better left to queen of pop herself.

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Wayne and the crew were busy little bees onstage setting up for the show, so I thought I had time for a beer garden run. Unfortunately (uggh!) I missed the opening but I DO know that there was a naked lady on the huge video screen towards the back of the stage. The camera proceeded to zoom in on her as she was about to give birth, and then suddenly the screen opened up and the band walked through her vagina onto the stage. Talk about an introduction!

“Race for the Prize” off the lauded Soft Bulletin started their set, soft and delicate. True to form, Wayne was onstage jumping around frenetically waving streamers in his hands, signalling the release of the shower of confetti and large balloons that traditionally mark the beginning of their shows. Life-sized bunnies were dancing madly side stage (previous shows have included teletubbies in their place), and right on queue for the third song “Yeah Yeah Yeah Song” a huge gorilla lifted Wayne up on his shoulders and walked around while Wayne shouted the lyrics through a megaphone. The wacky display was sensory-overload and an integral component to hearing their songs live. The Lips’ live show is a visual representation of how the music sounds on record. The cacophonous events that happened onstage served as an extension of the normal senses that we use to enjoy music, and that’s why I love this band so damn much.

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Wayne Coyne is an excellent front man; energetic and charming, and a true showman. He’s a fan of the empowering fist pump, and most of the show found him singing while emphatically holding his fist in the air. Throughout the show he expressed thoughts of encouragement and positive-thinking and introduced “Bad Days” (the only song they played off Clouds Taste Metallic) as a song “about the ability of the power of your mind to dream a little bit and make it all a little bit better”. They even played their own somber, yet beautiful, version of “Taps” and encouraged people to hold their peace signs in the air, saying that the band had vowed to play this song everyday “until the war fucking ends”.

The new material that they played from their upcoming release Embryonic, like “Convinced of the Hex”, was almost a bit of return to form for them, more psychedelic, slower and sludgier. The stage was foggy and atmospheric for most of the last half of the set, the antics onstage getting odder as the songs went on. “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots” was a crowd-pleaser of course, eliciting a lot of singing and swaying from the audience. During “Pompeii Am Gotterdammerung”, a moody song in it’s own right, the red and white light show extended to light up all the trees surrounding the venue, creating an arena-like feel around the crowd. It was strangely beautiful and a perfect accompaniment to the transcendence of that particular song.

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The last song before their encore, which they preempted with “Come on guys, we’re just going to go off now for a second”, was their biggest single to date “She Don’t Use Jelly”. A TV clip from “The John Stewart Show” (where they played the song in ’94) was played on the big screen behind the band as an introduction to the song. Even the most jaded Flaming Lips fan couldn’t resist the bombastic drums and off-kilter energy of the song, the crowd escalated into a joyous uproar. After a brief walk-off and the subsequent cheering (they were filming that night) the whole band returned for one last go-round with “Do You Realize?”. It was drawn out and sweet and a very apt ending to a sonically and visually astounding night.

I can’t help but mention my disappointment in the lack of songs from Transmissions From A Satellite Heart, Clouds Taste Metallic and Soft Bulletin. But they WERE touring in support of a new record, one which sounds promising, surreal and as ever-evolving as the rest of their magnificent catalog. Wayne Coyne was God, and his band the disciples as they marched through the set, enticing the crowd to love them. It would take a cold harsh heart not to feel the swell of promise, joy and love that exude from one of their performances. So be jealous if you weren’t there… because that jealousy is TOTALLY warranted.

Imaginary Scoop The Flaming Lips

Monday morning check-in: Flaming Lips or an International Pop Overthrow

Flaming Lips @ Marymoor

We’re counting down to Bumbershoot – but that hasn’t stopped the weekends full of shows leading up to the big Labor Day fest.

Imaginary Shrie saw the Flaming Lips {words and photos to be posted soon!}, and {one of my favorites} No-Fi Soul Rebellion was at the Sunset… what did you do to mark Friday, Saturday and Sunday?

Thanks to nlarzalere for the Photo of the Day, a fab Flaming Lips photo in the Flickr Photo Pool!

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Recommended show: The Flaming Lips at Marymoor Park this Friday, August 21st

I would be really really upset if I lived my whole fabulous life and never took the opportunity to see The Flaming Lips. From those early psychadelic garage-rock days to the immaculately produced and executed work of the last few years, they are a constant wonderment to me. Not only are their albums some of the most noted in indie rock, but the down-to-earthness of their personalities (as seen through the phenomeal docu-realness Fearless Freaks) and their continued sonic genius make them hard to put down.

A perfect venue for a near-perfect band, I’m positive that Marymoor Park will help put The Lips’ best foot forward on Friday night (August 21st). I’m excited to experience their antics, be they Hatorade for the Arcade Fire or the NEW King of Pop outfitted in a fetching dolphin suit, I’ll be there to soak it all up.

The band are touring in support of their 12th studio album, Embryonic, but expect to see old gems and new favorites alike. Tickets are a bit pricey at almost $40, but I’ll personally refund your money if you don’t have a blast. And with that ticket you ALSO receive six free Lips’ songs and a free bootleg recording of that night’s show.

{Flaming Lips photo by joshc from TIG’s Flickr pool}


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Win tickets to see The Flaming Lips

The Flaming Lips photo by joshc

As someone who has yet to see The Flaming Lips live, I get kind of tired of hearing accounts from my friends of how transcendent their shows are. I assure you this fatigue stems entirely from jealousy.

Enough about me, though, because you could care less about my pettiness and we have more important things to discuss. We have a pair of tickets to give away to a (very) lucky reader. The drill is that you need to send an e-mail to [email protected] sometime prior to 9am on August 3rd with “FlamingLips” (all one word) in the subject line. The winner will, of course, be notified shortly thereafter to give you plenty of time before the August 21 show at Marymoor Park to brag to your neighbors, coworkers, postmen and women, et al.

What will The Flaming Lips show entail? Dancing Justin Timberlakes in dolphin costumes? Shit-talk about The Arcade Fire?

{Flaming Lips photo by joshc from TIG’s Flickr pool}

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Schmindie News Roundup

Judging by how fast tickets for The Shins' and Iron and Wine's (separate) two-night stands sold out, everyone loves their schmindie. So, as a public service announcement, I'm compiling some schmindie-related news stories in one neat post.

I feel like one of those poor college kids who get an internship at Media Matters and it means they have to watch "Glenn Beck" every night. I'm regularly asked to define schmindie, so, to me, schmindie is boring indie rock that gets the benefit of the doubt because it's "indie". Generally, if it has guys with beards and/or acoustic guitars, you're probably going to need to wake me when it's over.

  • Fleet Foxes are releasing a 7" single to their song "Mykonos" on Tuesday and have announced a North American tour. The dates (which I'm taking from their MySpace page) for that are:

5/25/09 George, WA Sasquatch Festival – Gorge Amphitheatre
7/29/09 Washington DC 9:30 Club**
7/30/09 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory**
7/31/09 Jersey City, NJ All Points West – Liberty State Park
8/1/09 Newport, RI Newport Folk Festival – Fort Adams State Park
8/03/09 Montreal, QC Metropolis Theatre**
8/04/09 Toronto, ON Massey Hall**
8/05/09 Royal Oak, MI Royal Oak Theatre **
8/07/09 Chicago, IL Lollapalooza – Grant Park
8/09/09 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue ** (on-sale May 9th)

  • If you missed your chance at getting tickets to see Iron and Wine at The Triple Door for Tuesday night's show, he's playing an acoustic set at the Sonic Boom on Capitol Hill Tuesday night at 6pm.
  • Someone pitched a 33 1/3 book on "Forthcoming 2009 Album" by Wilco (which got exactly as far in the process as my proposal) and now said album has a title. It's (and I really wish I was making this up) Wilco (The Album). The first track is called (and I really, really wish I was making this up) "Wilco (The Song)". Pitchfork has the details.
  • Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips has apologized to The Arcade Fire for all that shit he talked about them. Pitchfork reported that he said, "I wish whatever had been said wouldn't have been taken as such a defiant statement from the Flaming Lips, because it wasn't…I really feel bad about it. I like enough of their music. The idea that I'm somehow against them…I'm not!"
  • Tickets are sold out for Sasquatch! on Saturday and Sunday. Only Monday tickets remain. I cannot get you in to any of the days so please stop asking me.

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P4K Fest adds Lips to “Write the Night: Set Lists By Request" closer

As if Yo La Tengo, Built to Spill, Jesus Lizard and Tortoise weren't enough.. the brilliant minds (or not so) behind the lauded Pitchfork Music Festival have added the infamous Flaming Lips to the Sunday ender show, "Write the Night: Set Lists By Request". Ticketholders will be emailed a link to a website in which they can vote on which song they'd like to be played by each band. 

Setlist decided by audience!!! ("Kim's Watermelon Gun", "When You Smile", "A Spoonful Weighs A Ton"! I can't decide.)

The 2009 Pitchfork Music Festival — to be held in Chicago's Union Park Friday, July 17 – Sunday, July 19 — is pleased to announce the addition of The Flaming Lips to this year's festival! The unparalleled band will join Yo La Tengo, The Jesus Lizard, Tortoise and Built to Spill in Pitchfork Music Festival's new series, “Write the Night: Set Lists By Request." While the previously announced "Write the Night" participants will be playing on Friday night, The Flaming Lips will close out the festival in grand fashion on Sunday night. When someone buys a ticket they will receive a confirmation email including a link to a web page where they can vote on which of each band’s songs they’d like to hear during their set – and truly be the ones to “Write the Night." Remember, voting began on March 13th when tickets went on sale and it will end on June 12th.

Holy schnikees! If your musical boner wasn't just aroused, here is the rest of the lineup (so far) to titilate your ears.

Friday – "Write the Night: Set Lists by Request"
Built to Spill
The Jesus Lizard
Yo La Tengo

The National
Pharoahe Monch
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

The Flaming Lips – "Write the Night" redux*
Grizzly Bear
The Walkmen
Vivian Girls