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Rockstar New Wave Karaoke Bash: What a way to celebrate the 10th Imagi-versary

{Sean Nelson / by Laura Musselman}

We can't thank you enough for helping us celebrate our 10th Anniversary in Rockstar New Wave Karaoke style last Friday {June 1, 2012} at Chop Suey!!!  The evening was so much fun and having you all there really made it all super special.  There were so many amazing moments some that we can't even believe actually happened!  If we weren't already in love with every one of the performers that took the stage, we are certainly over the moon with them now.

There were so many amazing performances it's impossible to list all the amazing moments here… but here are just a couple off the top of our heads:

Ben Hooker re-writing Duran Duran's "Girls on Film" to "Three Imaginary Girls On-Line."  We still don't know how he did it and really wish it was caught "on film." We are still blushing from the honor of having a Ben Hooker-penned song about us!

Patrick from Your Favorite Book singing "99 Luft Balloons" IN GERMAN!  We're not sure if you noticed, but the words on the karaoke monitor were in English, which means Patrick actually memorized the German version. From seeing YFB shows in the past, we knew he was going to go all the way.  But, blow up red balloons and fill the crowd with them as he broke out into song? While singing in German?

{Jenny Jiminez / by Laura Musselman}

Jenny Jimenez capturing all that is "She Bop" by Cyndi Lauper. The face paint, the outfit, the dance moves, AND a spot on rendition of this classic Cyndi tune.  It was a big undertaking and Jenny nailed it!

Sean Nelson singing "Peace, Love, and Understanding."  Sean not only covered the Elvis Costello song beautifully, he got so into the moment that he left the stage with a hole ripped in the knee of his pants and a bloody knee! We admire his new wave devotion!

{Jenny and Chris of Tullycraft / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

Jenny and Chris of Tullycraft's version of "Come On Eileen."  The overalls, the dance moves pulled directly from a Dexy's Midnight Runners video and the over-the-top vocals. Thank goodness it was captured on video (posted below)!

Kevin Emerson (of Central Services /Board of Education, Math & Physics Club) and Ethan Jones (of Math & Physics Club) getting Romantics with "Talking in Your Sleep."  It was a wonderful surprise to have them both on the stage (it wasn't planned ahead of time) and they sounded great!

The end of night wrap up "Tainted Love" sing along!  All that love on one stage was the perfect (and fun) way to top off the night!

But really, every song our rockstars (and audience members) did was a-maze-ing!!! Here's a recap of karaoke songs the rockstars chose:

Adrian LeFluer and Imaginary Dana (our lovely awesome hosts!) – The Buggles – "Video Killed the Radio Star"
We Wrote The Book on Connectors – Simple Minds – "Don't You (forget about me)"
Cristina Bautista – Cars – "Just What I Needed"
Math & Physics Club – Joe Jackson – "Is She Really Going Out With Him
Jenny George and Imaginary Amie – The Vapors – "Turning Japanese"
Shane Tutmarc – The Clash's "Should I Stay or Should I Go"
Anna Banana w/ Amy Rockwell – The Go Go's  – "Our Lips are Sealed"
Jenny Jimenez – Cyndi Lauper – "She Bop"
Ben Hooker – Duran Duran – "Girls on Film"
Noddy – Cars – "Drive"
Tullycraft – Dexy's Midnight Runners – "Come On Eileen"
Kithkin – Eurythmics – "Sweet Dreams"
Your Favorite Book – Nena – "99 Luft Balloons"
Lesli Wood – Kim Wilde – "Kids in America"
Lesli Wood and Larry Brady – Human League – "Don't You Want Me Baby?"
The Mangles – A-ha – "Take On Me"
Sean Nelson – Elvis Costello – "Peace, Love and, Understanding"
Tennis Pro – Milli Vanilli – "Blame It on the Rain"
Exohxo – Talking Heads – "Once in a Lifetime"
Alicia Amiri – INXS – "Suicide Blonde"
The Young Evils – Flock of Seagulls – "I Ran (so far away)"
Mal de Mer – Cyndi Lauper – "Time After Time"
Black Nite Crash – Adam Ant – "Desperate But Not Serious"

{Adrian and Dana / by Laura Musselman}

{Cristina Bautista / by Laura Musselman}

{Anna Banana / by Laura Musselman}

{Rockstar New Wave Karaoke / by Laura Musselman}

{Cody Hurd / by Laura Musselman}{Cody Hurd / by Laura Musselman}

{Joe and Michael / by Laura Musselman}

{Rockstar New Wave Karaoke / by Laura Musselman}

What were your favorite moments? And has anyone found any videos of the night?

So far we've only found this one from of the Tullycraft performance of "Come On Eileen" (love it!) and Imaginary Rich made a mash-up of some performances later in the night!:

Huge, huge, HUGE thanks to our friend {and longstanding imaginary photographer} Laura Musselman for capturing the night in such detail!

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Get your copy of the {very limited edition} Imaginary Zine!

The Imaginary Zine - The First 10 Years of Being Imaginary

If you don't have a copy of the zine yet (or you want to buy another!), you can order online for immediate USPS delivery.  The zine is limited run of 333 copies (the back cover does not lie), so buy yours soon!

The Imaginary Zine is a 60-page old school printed zine recounting our first 10 years with some of our favorite blog posts and stories from our imaginary friends.  It also includes a cd chock full of rare, live, or exclusive songs by some of our favorite local artists (full list below)!

The most amazing part? It's only $4 (+ USPS postage).  Order your copy now!

Want a sneak peak of some of the radness inside the hand-crafted zine?

The Imaginary Mix CD of Very Imaginary Songs

1. “Scared Straight” by The Long Winters {live version / tig zine exclusive!}
2. “Imaginary Girl (Party Mix)” by Tennis Pro {tig zine exclusive!}
3. “On Tape” by Tullycraft
4. “White and Grey” by Math and Physics Club {acoustic live version / tig zine exclusive!}
5. “in the morning” by The Femurs {tig zine exclusive!}
6. “White Flag (I'm Afraid)” by BOAT {tig zine exclusive!}
7. “Sunshine All Around” by Exohxo {tig zine exclusive!}
8. “More Demerol” by Your Favorite Book
9. “I Need a New Mentor” by Dolour {tig zine exclusive!}
10. “Vaxxine” by Visqueen
11. “imaginary girls” by Keith John Adams

Memories and stories shared by:

John Richards {John in the Morning, KEXP}, Michael Bracy {Imaginary Boy Embracey}, Jon Wooster, David Drury {Tennis Pro}, Rachel Flotard {Visqueen}, Anna Lange {Anna Banana / Pretty Parlor}, Jason Doctor, Megan Seling {The Stranger / Bake it in a Cake}, Char Davidson {imaginary char}, Cristina Bautista, Larry Rose {Larry's Lounge, KEXP}, Shannon & Chris Lorraine {The Withholders / The Malinks}, Pete Greenburg, Joseph Riippi, Charles Bert {Math and Physics Club}, Alithea O'Dell, Amy Duchene {Imaginary Stella}, Jasen Samford {Exohxo}, Erik Klemetti {Erik Gonzalez}, Litsa Dremousis {a writer for MSN music}, Corianton Hale, Rick Goral {Seattle Show Posters / Row Boat Press}, D. Crane {BOAT}, Lisa Wood, Chris Estey, Alicia Amiri, Mary Kwatkosky-Lawlor {Imaginary Mimi}, Pete Hilgendorf {The Mangles / Scottish Men of Science}, Jesse Flores, John Osebold {Jose Bold / "AWESOME"}, Kiku Hughes {Imaginary Kiku}, Jen Andrews {Too Beautiful to Live}.

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Rockstar New Wave Karaoke Countdown: The Mangles

The ManglesThe Mangles are an illusive group of guys.  We were lucky enough to meet them in TIG's infancy and immediately BFF'd over all things vinyl, indie, and rad.

Even though the group only comes out of their Mangle den a few times a year, it's always to the extreme delight of all at the show.  Whether they  use the moniker of The Mangles or the long-retired Scottish Men of Science or as some of the fellas behind Blue Disguise Records (responsible for the early Visqueen releases, among other things), they treat every show as a covert basement show, bringing everyone into the fold of secret handshakes in the name of an authentic college-rock show, minus the attitude and fake poses. 

Beyond that, they translate their genuine love and respect of everything from Linda Ronstadt to Quasi to Hüsker Dü into an unforgettable performance that reminds you of the giddiness you felt the first time you snuck into an over 21 show.

Their songs gather a most exquisite range of influences, from The Replacements to The Bangles to Gang of Four to the Clash.  They are smart guys, and their writing and performance style reflects that (and I'm not just saying that because they are responsible for writing the best song ever, "Liz Riley").

They've taken the TIG stage in the past, notably at our 2008 Holiday Spectacular, 2004 Shamrock the Vote show (at which they were an all-boy Bangles tribute band) and on the karaoke mic at our Suicide Karaoke show to mark our 2nd anniversary.

We're not sure what song they are going to do this year at our 10th Anniversary Rockstar New Wave Karaoke Bash at Chop Suey {tix} on Friday, June 1st, but we know it's not to be missed!

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TIG's 10th Anniversary Fun: 22 rockstars singing new wave karaoke songs can't be wrong!

Three Imaginary Girls / Rockstar Karaoke New Wave BashAs you may have heard, 2012 marks Three Imaginary Girls' 10th anniversary of being Seattle's sparkly indie-pop press and we can't think of a more imaginary way to celebrate than with a big bash with some of our favorite rockstars and YOU!

On Friday, June 1st at Chop Suey, we're going to host the biggest TIG birthday party of all imaginary time with some of Seattle's most stellar rockstars taking the karaoke mic to sing in the key of new wave, including:

Sean Nelson
Lesli Wood
Megan Seling
Jenny Jimenez
Shane Tutmarc
Alicia Amiri
Cristina Bautista
Anna Banana Lange
Jenny George

and members of:
Visqueen
The Young Evils
Exohxo
Tullycraft
Math & Physics Club
Tennis Pro
Mal de Mer
Black Nite Crash
Kithkin
The Mangles
Your Favorite Book
Noddy
We Wrote the Book on Connectors

It can't get any more astonishing, right?  Well, the rockstars aren't the only ones taking the mic, we want YOU to sing too! Throughout the night, audience members can volunteer to take the Chop Suey stage by storm to karaoke their favorite new wave hit.  Folks will be chosen first come, first served, so get there and turn in your song early (doors are at 8:30pm)!

To add to the birthday merriment, the evening is going to be hosted by imaginary Dana and Adrian LeFluer (of Iron Composer fame), who you might remember stealing the show as emcee at our 69 Love Songs cover night a few years back. 

Get your ticket to the night of new wave love and big imaginary fun now! And check out the Facebook page for the event!

As an added bonus for those at the show,  you can be the first to pick up a copy of the Imaginary Zine! A printed old school zine recounting our first 10 years in stories and recounted memories from our imaginary friends. It will have a special screenprinted cover (thanks Seattle Show Posters / 112 Printworks!) and a cd chock full of rare, live, or exclusive songs by some of our favorite local artists, including The Long Winters, BOAT, Exohxo, The Femurs, Tullycraft and MORE!  It's limited to a hand-numbered print run of only 333, so you should make plans to pick up your copy at the show. 

But what we really want to know is… what new wave songs do you want to hear karaoke'd at the party? 

P.S. – HUGE thanks to Roshan Gurusinghe for the beauuuuutiful poster for the show… sweet dreams (are made of this)!

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Spice up your holiday mixtapes with festive indie songs

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{Photo taken at the 2010 Imaginary Holiday Office Party by Laura Musselman}

We posted our own mix of holiday songs that kicked our imaginary holiday season off a couple weeks ago. But, since then, we’ve found ourselves up to our jingle bells with more awesome holiday songs! With the seasonality limitation of holiday music, sometimes it’s easy for our holiday mixtapes to get stale. Here are some recommendations to fill out your annual holiday playlists:

Mangle Bell Rock by the Mangles
It’s a wonderfully rocking batch of songs that blend both Seattle and Minneapolis vintages of garage rock. Favorite track: “Living White Hell”

Christmastime Approximately by various artists
I found this compilation via Eux Autres who have a super stellar track, “Teenage Christmas,” on the Christmastime Approximately compilation.  If you hurry on over to the  Where It’s At is Where You Are Records website, you might still be able to download the entire album for free (for a limited time only). Another fave track: “Just Like Xmas (In Cottonopolis)”

An Indiecater Christmas 2010 by various artists
It’s the Irish label’s third Christmas compilation (the 2008 and 2009 versions are also quite grand) and there are a couple favorite tracks to recommend: Paisley and Charlie – “Snow Blitz” and Boca Chica – “Not On Christmas Eve.” The album is available for sale but you can stream to the whole album on the Indiecater website to for a sample.  If you want to hear more Boca Chica, the Pittsburgh group has a mini- holiday EP that you can download on the Boca Chica bandcamp page.

The Matinee Holiday Soiree
by various artists
We mentioned this compilation on our holiday songs podcast, but I wanted to point out again its festive brilliance. To sample it, you can visit the Matinee Recordings FaceBook page to stream the entire EP and download a free MP3 of “Santa Needs A Holiday” by Strawberry Whiplash.

Christmas Special by the boy least likely to
A full album of original holiday songs if a huge undertaking, but for the soft spoken, bedroom pop outfit the boy least likely to it makes perfect sense. You can buy the album just about anywhere and and sample a couple songs on the band’s website.

Various free tracks around the web worth checking out:

“California Christmas” by Sleepy Rebels
(watch the video of their Santa-themed video “Sweet Things”)

“Christmas Don’t Be Late”
by Hurricane Bells

“Dear Santa” by Persil

What new and old favorite holiday songs are on your festive mixtape?

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The Mangles do Linda Ronstadt: A West Seattle Saturday night

Mangles this Saturday night

This weekend is the big goodbye to Harvey Danger with the band playing a series of Seattle shows to bid a fond and official farewell to the HD life.

The last show (this Saturday night) has sold out and the recently added early show is nearly there. I thought it fitting that those of us who don’t have Saturday night tickets might as well congregate somewhere where Sean Nelson might be if he wasn’t taking the stage at the Crocodile: in West Seattle singing along to Dusty Springfield’s “Son Of A Preacher Man” at Skylark with the Mangles (it’s a free show).

You might recognize the Mangles as the band who played my birthday party last year at Chop Suey (and killed with with originals and covers) and who were part of our Shamrock the Vote show a few years back. It’ll be a pub-friendly night (they take the stage at 10p), sure to have us all singing along. My hope is that the night will take a turn towards the Burt Sugarman’s Midnight Special ilk of things:
[video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haZPPBJC8Ic]

 

The Mangles have promised a Saturday night set that is 80% Linda Ronstadt, 10% could have been, 10% should have been. They also encourage you to wear your polka-dot dress, corduroy jacket and/or vest. The initial set list of songs they’ve been working on includes:
Angie Baby – Helen Reddy
Let Me Be There – Olivia Newton-John
Poor Poor Pitiful Me – Linda Ronstadt (Warren Zevon)
It’s So Easy – Linda Ronstadt (Buddy Holly)
You’re No Good – Linda Ronstadt
Blue Bayou – Linda Ronstadt
How Do I Make You – Ronstadt
Hurt So Bad – Linda Ronstadt

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Join us for the Winter Holiday Spectacular tomorrow night at Chop Suey

Dec 27 at Chop SueyWho's ready to get out of the house and hit the town?

Tomorrow night (Saturday, December 27th) is the night of the BIG Three Imaginary Girls Winter Holiday Spectacular at Chop Suey and we'd love to have you there to celebrate all those December holidays and raise funds for a great local charity (Soild Ground).

This year the Winter Holiday Spectacular will feature performances from six of our favorite Seattle bands:

And if you haven't heard, we'll be joined by Indie Rock Santa John Roderick (of The Long Winters). You can take your place on his lap and have your picture taken by the lovely and talented Laura Musselman for free. In other celebrity sightings, the legendary Jim Anderson (from the Crocodile) manning the soundboard for the night.

It's our end of the year blow-out so there will be no-holds-barred on what the evening will have in store.

{Special thanks to the evening's sponsors: Easy Street Records and Seattle Show Posters}

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TIG presents: Winter Holiday Spectacular with Telekinesis,The Kindness Kind, Hey Marseilles, M. Bison, Indie-Rock Santa and more

It's Ho Ho Holiday time and that means it's time for the joyous Three Imaginary Girls Holiday Party!

Join us for the TIG Winter Holiday Spectacular at Chop Suey on Saturday, December 27th. The night will be packed with fun big enough to help you forget about any holiday drama and celebrate all those December holidays (including but not limited to imaginary Liz's birthday).

This year the Winter Holiday Spectacular will feature performances from six of our favorite Seattle bands:

You can also have a keepsake of the spectacularly good times for your mantel! Indie Rock Santa John Roderick (of The Long Winters) will have his lap available so you can pose with him to have your picture taken by the lovely and talented Laura Musselman for free. Also on tap, we'll have the legendary Jim Anderson (from the Crocodile) manning the soundboard for the night.

The best part of the evening is that all proceeds will benefit Soild Ground, an organization that builds community to end poverty. Each year they give 33,000 families each year the services, resources and support they need to overcome homelessness, hunger and despair. They also mobilize people to create public and private policies that are responsive to the needs of low-income people.

It's our end of the year blow-out so there will be no-holds-barred on what the evening will have in store.

Come mistle-toe one on with us!

{Special thanks to the evening's sponsors: Easy Street Records and Seattle Show Posters}

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More about the bands:

The Kindness Kind
Updating electronic pop with intricate hooks and Cure-inspired vocals that make us emphatically smile, dance and sing along.

Hey Marseilles
Hey Marseilles create lush soundscapes that mash folky indie pop with your favorite orchestra instruments (including cello, trumpet, and accordion to name a few).

M. Bison
This quartet's songs mix of showtuney Ben Folds Five keyboards with singalong vocals (that every once in a while have a distinct Squeeze feel) and poppy guitar jabs.

Star Lake Drownings
Formerly known as Stella by Starlight, SLD infuses shoegazer into our favorite parts of the Rentals and early Belly.

The Femurs
It makes sense that we'd spend the holidays with the first band that Dana and Liz ever interviewed together. We love Rob Femur and his Ramones-infused indie-folk that brings to mind both early Violent Femmes with Beach Boys harmonies.

The Mangles
We are so excited to celebrate the night with The Mangles. They will start the night off with a fun bang as they cover The Bangles and perhaps even sneak Liz's favorite theme song into the mix.