Grand Hallway Imaginary Scoop Jenni Potts Lillydale Mirah Ms. Led Patience Please Schoolyard Heroes The Cops The Fucking Eagles Young Sportsmen

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):

8. Share This Place, Mirah and Spectratone International, K Records (song: “Credo Cigalia”):

7. Abominations, Schoolyard Heroes, Stolen Transmissions/Universal (song: “Screaming Theater in a Crowded Fire”):

6. A Million Dollars Worth of Music, The Fucking Eagles, Gaptooth Jukebox (song: “He Won’t Love You Like I’ll Leave You”):

5. The Fourth, Jenni Potts, Clickpop (song: “Another Way”; note: this video is cuter than a thousand LOL Catz combined):

4. Death to Palaces, Young Sportsmen, self-released, (song: unknown to me, also)

3. Shake Yourself Awake, Ms. Led, Fish the Cat (song: “New Agenda”):

2. Free Electricity, The Cops, The Control Group/Mt.Fuji (song: “Modern Black Flats”):

1. Yes is the Answer, Grand Hallway, self-released (song: Seward Park):

Gogol Bordello Imaginary Scoop Lillydale Panic! at the Disco

My favorite three Bumbershoot photos, by photographer Eduardo Brambila

We’ve seen so many amazing photos of Bumbershoot come in over the weekend, it’s been hard to choose which ones to use. So we thought we’d ask some of our favorite local photographers to pick their personal three favorites from their weekend’s work and to share them with the rest of the imaginary class.

Here are photographer Eduardo Brambila’s favorite three, in his own words…

Panic at the Disco: I really like this one because it’s a portrait even though it’s during a live show. It looks as though he posed so that I could take a picture. Not to mention he’s not bad looking… (yeah.. not at all!).

Gogol Bordello: I really like the sharpness and colors that came out on this one. There is a little lens flare which I still need to fix… but other than that it shows motion and uh, um, he, uh well.. he’s foreign? Which is cool!

Lillydale: I’m a sucker for lighting from the back and creating an outline out of light. She also had a man fro, which is kinda cool.


We think Eduardo is um, kinda cool too! You can see why by visiting his Flickr page.


Lillydale Live Show Review

Bumbershoot 2007: The final Lillydale show

Once the final Bumbershoot schedule was released, seeing Lillydale was toward the top of my agenda. Since the first time I caught them live earlier in the summer, I’ve been anxious for a chance to see them again as I really found their brand of power-pop appealing. Unfortunately, shows since then have been preciously scarce. It got worse when I found out just prior to this show that this would be the final Lillydale show.

Of course that was a disappointment, but there are some advantages to playing your final show at Bumbershoot: you’re playing to a crowd that most likely hasn’t heard your band before; that crowd is probably larger than usual; and the Sky Church at the Experience Music Project has the best PA system Paul Allen’s billions would be willing to buy.

The band certainly gave their audience a memorable show for the last time they’d take the stage. The Sky Church was nearly packed and I could not imagine anyone disappointed at the show they had just witnessed.

Lillydale photos by Eduardo BrambilaThe first song was “Here We Go (Again…),” which has garnered some pretty heavy rotation on my iPod over the past few weeks. The first time I heard it, I thought it was a cover of the Posies’ “I May Hate You Sometimes”. When I realized that was not the case (after roughly twelve seconds) but something much better, I fell in love with the song first and the band second.

Most of the set, if not all of it, came from its terrific LP The Art of Becoming One’s Own Shadow… which was released earlier this year on Mt. Fuji Records. The band played for a little over 45 minutes, including some favorites like “The Last Teen Anthem,” “Deconstructing the Weight,” and “Lighting the Lanterns in the Shade.” All sounded pristine because the band was tight and “on it.”

When the lights came up and the band left the stage, I saw more than a few people with tears running down their faces. They were, no doubt, friends or family of the band (or were dumped via text message moments before – but I prefer to think the former), but I couldn’t help feeling the same sentiment.


* Another memorable moment I witnessed at the show, but completely unrelated to Lillydale: some guy standing near me lit up a joint and inhaled a colossal hit of pot while (presumably) putting it out in his hand and back in his pocket with only a minimal cloud and nearly invisible to security. As a nonuser of marijuana, I was still thoroughly impressed with the ingenuity.


Bad Dream Good Breakfast Bicycle BOAT Bre Loughlin Central Services Coho Dept of Energy Emblematic H is for Hellgate Hungry Pines Hypatia Lake Iceage Cobra Idiot Pilot Imaginary Scoop Key Note Speaker Lillydale Pink Snowflakes Spook the Horse Tennis Pro The Hands The Kindness Kind The Lonely Forest The Look The Trucks The Upsidedown Tiny Vipers With Friends Like These Young Sportsmen

Fests are upon us: Part 1: Georgetown Music Festival

Georgetown Music FestivalSummertime in Seattle means nothing if not music festivals. While Bumbershoot and the Capitol Hill Block Party have grown to astronomical (read as: huge touring bands) proportions, The Georgetown Music Festival is keeping it local as can be, with a preliminary lineup of loads of Seattle- (and a few Portland) based bands prepared to rock South Seattle this June 2-3. Here's the preliminary list from their MySpace page:

Hypatia Lake
H is for Hellgate
Iceage Cobra
The Kindness Kind
Dept. of Energy
Key Note Speaker
Lonely Forest
Pink Snowflakes (PDX)
The Trucks
Tennis Pro
Young Sportsmen
The Upside Down (PDX)
Bre Loughlin
Hungry Pines
Idiot Pilot
Central Services
The Look
The Hands
Tiny Vipers
Spook the Horse
With Friends Like These
Bad Dream, Good Breakfast


If you visit the Georgetown Music Fest website, you can join their email list to get all the latest udpates, and also register to win free tickets!

Elf Power Imaginary Scoop Lillydale Patience Please The Crocodile

Tonight's Recommended Show: Elf Power, Lillydale, and Patience Please at the Crocodile

Elf Power - Photo: Jason ThrasherThere will be some Elephant 6 goodness in the house tonight! Elf Power are headlining tonight's show at the Crocodile and with them they will likely bring their moog, accordion, clarinet and, of course, guitar indie-rock with a slight psychedelic overtone.

Most folks will be at the show to bask in the indie cred of their seven lush albums released over their 12-year career. I'll be there for that… but also to get one step closer to understanding their Orange Twin Conservation Community. Ever since I heard about the OTCC, I've been both captivated and, I'll admit, slightly baffled by it, its mission and how it thrives in this music industry world full of selfishness (have you folks watched MTV recently) and the over-commercialism of music (again with the MTV).

The OTCC is a cooperative record label+ that the Elf Power folks run in magical Athens, GA that encompasses a record label and website… and more; Everyone involved with the label (the bands, etc) is part of a physical community of gentle people working towards the common goal of peace, love, happiness, organic goods and the betterment of the earth… and living commune style. It's beautiful!

All that and they write some pretty alluring songs.

Also on the bill we've got Lillydale, who you might recognize from their days as KEXP favorites and Patience Please, who we hope will debuting some new songs from there upcoming full-length (to be released on another Athens, GA label, Happy Happy Birthday to Me).

Audio boy crazy Kelli Hanson Lillydale New West Motels The Pharmacy Three Thirty-Eight and an Eye

TIG on KEXP for August 2005

Our August visit as guests on KEXP's Audioasis was fun as ever. Abe Beeson graciously let us play our favorite local songs of the moment. Our next appearance will be Saturday, October 8th.

Listen in!

{7:02} The Pharmacy — "Waste of Breath"
Seattle-based band, The Pharmacy was just what the imaginary doctor ordered to start this radio show off with a bang {insert bad pun cringe here}. Their debut album B.F.F. combines the wackiness of Boat with a DIY garage punk sound. Looking for a fresh take on the Moldy Peaches? Pick up this album ASAP.

It's one of my albums of the year so far. Seriously. I was just working on my list.

{7:05} New West Motels — "Beautiful"
Oh yeah? Well New West Motels frontman Rob Sharp is one of my favorite imaginary email friends of the year so far. Even if you've never heard the band, you should join their mailing list just so you can get emails from Rob.

But while you're at it, check out the band. They're comprised of ex-members of Neko Case & Her Boyfriends and Fairgrove, and this track in particular has become a car CD fave this summer with its hooks and jangles. Plus, the band recently performed (with the Turn Ons) at the Skate King in Bellevue. Neat!

{7:12} Lillydale — "The Dove and the Snake"
Before our trek down to KEXP, we listened to this song time and time again trying to figure out who the lead singer of Lillydale sounded like. Dana and Abe Beeson thought John Lydon. They have a point. But the way that frontman Josie O Markevich holds his notes, the aural resemblance to Mark Greaney of JJ72 is uncanny.

Listen to the track and decide for yourself.

{7:16} Three Thirty-Eight and an Eye — "Washing Machine"
I think it's important to spice up mundane household tasks by giving them their very own theme song, which is why I love the track "Washing Machine" from Portland band Three Thirty-Eight and an Eye. Thanks to this They Might Be Giants-esque quartet I'll never forget the vital steps to getting my clothes dirt-free!

How could you not like a band that self-describes itself as, "If Willy Wonka and Kermit the Frog were They Might Be Giants?"

You should have seen Abe dance during the rinse cycle part. It was like the fire of the fifties twist crazy, reborn.

And now we all know not to mix our whites with dark colors. Wash with light colors. It's lo-fi, it's fun, and it's functional. What a creation! Highly recommended.

{7:23} boy crazy — "Ophelia"
Here's one from the imaginary archives! Although boy crazy is no longer together, they've left us with two Magic Marker Records releases to replay over and over whenever we need a blast of Portland's version of the Hidden Cameras. The boy/girl vocals over classic pop melodies make me think they could do one hellava cover of the Archies' "Sugar, Sugar." Also of note, the band features Rachel Blumberg, who you know and love as the drummer for the Decemberists.

{7:27} Kelli Hanson — "Circles"
We ended the night with local artist Kelli Hanson, who recently released her second full-length Lullaby for an Astronaut, a disc full of diverse, dark, sparsely orchestrated melodies. Not your typical singer-songwriter, the album has sounds ranging from Brit-pop to folk to the Moroccan oud, held together by tight production values and spot-on songwriting. An intriguing black horse local release, and one worth checking out.

Speaking of checking out, that's all we've got for this time.

Whoa. Nice segue!

Aww, thanks. We're already planning for our next setlist, so go ahead and send your local CDs our way. We'll be on the air again Saturday, October 8th, so mark your calendars!