Candy .22 Grimm Image Records Imaginary Scoop The Saturday Knights

So what's Barfly from the Saturday Knights been up to in Hollywood, anyways? (And a reminder about Tilson)

So long-time Seattle hip-hop demigod Barfly went south to Los Angeles a few months ago, thus putting The Saturday Knights on the shelf for good (are they really gone? Could the life force that spawned the mad art of he and DJ Spence and Tilson be frozen completely?).

Meanwhile, Barfly, who has always had a few joints blazing in different sectors, has resurrected one of his pre-TSK teams Candy .22, with their album A Girl And Her Gun set for soon in 2010. That release will be on Grimm Image, and this prelude video below for new track “Streetlights” from director Hazard Gibson (of Cinema Muerte) features music from Smoke of Pac NW rap kings Oldominion:


Word is Spencer has some turntable hijinks up his sleeve this year, but Tilson has been working with Head Like A Kite on music which also has its own movie (in case you missed this when it made the blogging rounds a few weeks ago):


If we never get a follow up to The Saturday Knights’ essential, crucial debut Mingle, at least it looks like the fantastic Three Funkateers will be keeping the new decade exciting with just as noteworthy collaborations with others! Don’t give up on us, guys.

Arthur & Yu Champagne Champagne Common Market D. Black Fences Fleet Foxes Grand Archives Head Like A Kite Hey Marseilles Imaginary Scoop J. Tillman Joshua Morrison Kinski Le Loup Mad Rad Moondoggies Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band Pearly Gate Music Pica Beats Sera Cahoone Talbot Tagora The Blakes The Cave Singers The Maldives The Saturday Knights Visqueen

GIVE-ing season arrived this week — with a 30+ track local artist compilation

Fresh off the presses from our inboxes comes this week’s launch of GIVE — 30 downloadable tracks from a variety of Seattle artists, who are donating their songs to benefit Arts Corps and local area foodbanks. The $7.00 (!) compilation, which was produced, curated, and funded by Caffe Vita, will be available online here. Physical compilations can be picked up at all Caffe Vita locations, Easy Street Records, Sonic Boom Records, University Book Store, The Crocodile, EMP, Neumo’s, and Sorrento Hotel. The in-hand compilations will include a physical card with a redemption code for the download, and a prettied-up sleeve to make it a ready-to-give present.

Here’s the full track listing — nearly all of which are exclusive to the compilation:

Arthur & Yu: “Magic Mountain”
The Blakes: “Parking Lot”
Sera Cahoone: “Love’s Gonna Live Here”
The Cave Singers: “Growing Palm”
Champagne Champagne (feat. Fences): “Victim of the Modern Age”
Common Market: “The Picture of My Delorean Gray”
D. Black: “On the Go”
Fatal Lucciano: “Gangsta”
Fences: “Sadie”
Fleet Foxes: “Mykonos”
Grand Archives: “Wake Up”
Head Like a Kite: “Director’s Cut”
Hey Marseilles: “From a Terrace”
Kinski: “Whatever Happened to Madeleine Stowe”
Le Loup: “Forgive Me”
Mad Rad: “Love in a Strange World”
The Maldives: “In the End”
Gabriel Mintz: “Safeway”
Moondoggies: “Side of the Road”
Joshua Morrison: “Mammoth Cave”
Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band: “Bitter Cold”
Pearly Gate Music: “Big Escape” [wow!]
The Pica Beats: “Durian Shakes”
The Saturday Nights: “Go!”
Talbot Tagora: “Ichthus Hop”
J. Tillman: “Earthly Bodies”
Visqueen: “Hand Me Down”

The best part of it all is that a full 100% of the sales will go directly to GIVE beneficiaries: Arts Corps, Ballard Food Bank, Rainier Valley Food Bank, University District Food Bank, and West Seattle Food Bank. The next-to-best part is that there’s more coming, by way of tracks from the Long Winters, Ben Gibbard, David Bazan, and the Dutchess and the Duke — purchasers will be notified as the tracks become available. To trump all of that, there will be a companion benefit concert featuring Grand Archives, D. Black, Grant Olsen of Arthur & Yu, Kinski, and a roster of other artists at the Crocodile on December 3rd for $15.00.

No matter which way you like it best, make sure to give some Seattle for the holidays! With a roster and a beneficiary list like this, you just can’t go wrong.

EMP Imaginary Scoop The Saturday Knights

Re: Recommended Saturday night show: Exhibitchin' #01 at the EMP|SFM

I agree with you, Amie, that Exhibitchin’ sounds like a great event, where I’m sure I’ll see you in a few hours, and my love of The Saturday Knights should surprise exactly no one.

I wanted to post this video to The Saturday Knight’s “Count It Off” because it’s on display at the EMP right now as part of the “Jim Henson’s Fantastic World” exhibit. It’s also getting ready to premiere on MTV2’s show Subterranean this week, before added to the video rotation on MTV and its various channels.

I should note that I have posted this video here before, about four months ago. I found a(n unsanctioned) video on YouTube and posted it after getting a press release about the video’s existence. Immediately after doing so, the director of the video, Travis Senger, e-mailed me to asked me to instead post the higher-quality video that was on Vimeo. At the time, I could only embed YouTube videos and my hands were tied, so the only options were to leave the lower-quality YouTube video up or take it down altogether. Now that we can embed Vimeo videos and with the timing of Exhbitchin’, this seemed like a good time to make it up to him and repost the video he wanted me to originally.

The video is from Lincoln Leopard Films and was produced by Michael J. Mouncer. It looks like Tilson, Barfly and Suspence are having a blast on an episode of “Sesame Street”. You can watch it here:


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Recommended Saturday night show: Exhibitchin' #01 at the EMP|SFM

Do you like Muppets? And local bands? And $3 beers? Well then, I have the show for YOU. The EMP|SFM Exhibitchin’ #01 is tonight! The deets: Exibitchin #01 at the EMP|SFM

Date: Saturday, August 1, 2009 – Sunday, August 2, 2009

Time: 9:00 pm – 1:00 am

Ticket Info: Tickets are $10 for EMP|SFM members and $12 for the general public in advance; and $15 for EMP|SFM members and general public at the door. Tickets are on sale now at
EMP|SFM’s new after hours dance party will feature live music, cheap drinks and super surprises throughout the evening and into the morning.

Start the night out right and get your inner-Muppet on for an Animal drumming competition! Drums and sticks will be provided, animalistic tendencies—that’s all you, baby. Dance to music by local rap-pop-rock legends The Saturday Knights, the deliciously funky Eldridge Gravy & the Court Supreme and wunderkind spin master DJ Electro Wolf. Enjoy $3 beers and other drink specials throughout the night. Oh, and did we mention surprises? What’s a bitchin’ event without a little spectacle here and there?

Prizes for most-spazzy and most-snazzy Animal impersonations will be awarded. Save a place in the competition, send an e-mail to [email protected] and get the low-down.

Based on the excitement around this event, and the tweets I’ve seen about it (EMPSFM: Just heard we found shackles for our Animal drumming contest during Exhibitchin’ 2morrow night. Winner gets Bumbershoot tiks! ), Exhibitchin’ #01 sounds like a great way to spend my Saturday (K)night, so I’m gonna go check it out.

You go too.


Dyme Def Imaginary Scoop The Crocodile The Saturday Knights

Tonight's recommended show: Dyme Def's EP release

Tonight, the Crocodile is hosting their first hip hop show, and it's going to be quite the party. It's the EP release for Dyme Def's newest album, Panic.

Sampling hooks from known-entities like Beastie Boys and Jay-Z and putting them on top of their own skilled rhymes, Dyme Def has become one of the best hip hop groups in the northwest. The first time I saw them, in 2007, I wrote:

Up until the Blue Scholars took the stage, the highlight of the evening for me was Dyme Def, A local trio whose LP, Space Music, I’ve only just recently become addicted to. Their set was only 30 minutes but it was tight and energetic. I don’t think any of the three rappers ever had their own verse; they seemed to all finish each other’s sentences as a group – which requires perfect timing to pull off – which they, of course, had. They won the crowd over early when their DJ, hot producer Bean One, sampled the Beastie Boys’ “Paul Revere” and got the loudest applause thus far into the evening. It was at that point obvious that the crowd was 95% Caucasian. They closed their set with “The Game Needs Me,” the best Northwest rap song I’ve heard all year. The chorus is catchy as hell (“Can’t leave rap alone, the game needs me”); the verses are smart and skillful, boastful but not too arrogant; and the beat is energetic and has a few unpredictable breaks. One rapper in Dyme Def said it was in regular rotation on KUBE. That is no insignificant feat. I’ve also heard it on KEXP several times as well.

Also on the bill is One Be Lo, Spaceman, D. Black and (one of my favorites) The Satutrday Knights.

What else ya gonna do tonight?

  • Insanity/Book Of Black Earth/Scorched Earth/Vulgarizer, Funhouse
  • Richard Buckner/Dolorean, Tractor {6pm}
  • Igor & Red Elvises, Tractor {late}
  • Dyme Def {album release}/The Saturday Knights/OneBeLo/Spaceman & D. Black, Crocodile
  • Smile Brigade, Jules Maes
  • Desillusion/Urban Collapse/Wide Eye Panic/Blame It On The Girl, Showbox SoDo
  • Brent Amaker & The Radio/The Redwood Plan, High Dive
  • Peanut Butter Wolf/James Pants/Mayer Hawthorne/Dam Funk, Chop Suey*
  • Dan Deacon/Future Islands/Teeth Mountain/Skeleton Breath, Vera*
  • Bloc Party, Showbox
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    Imaginary Scoop Light in the Attic The Saturday Knights

    New Saturday Knights video: Count it Off

    Photo by Jeanine Anderson 

    I'm a little confused by this because a press release showed up in my e-mail box today for this, a new video from The Saturday Knights, and said it premiered last week at SXSW, but the date for the YouTube link says it was added a month ago. The important thing, though, is that there's a new video from The Saturday Knights and it rocks.

    This song is for their song "Count it Off", which was from their 2008 album Mingle (which I said was the best album to come out of the Northwest last year and the TIG editorial board agreed) and the last time I saw TSK play it live, they renamed it "Counting for Chris" in honor of another TIG writer (but not me).

    This video was directed by Travis Senger and produced by Michael J. Mouncer from Lincoln Leopard Films. You can watch it here (or find a higher quality video from Vimeo here):

    UPDATE: The video's director, Travis Senger, e-mailed me and said the video somehow leaked to YouTube after a private screening for some Seattle blogs but it did officially premier at SXSW.

    {Tilson photo by Jeanine Anderson.}

    DJ Mr. Hill Grayskul Imaginary Scoop Oldominion The Saturday Knights

    Win tickets to the huge Oldominion show (complete with the Saturday Knights) on Saturday night

    saturday knights

    This Saturday, January 31st is the night of the big Oldominion crew 10th Anniversary Party with performances from Oldominion, The Saturday Knights, Grayskul and DJ Mr. Hill at Neumo's.

    We here at TIG are big fans of the Saturday Knights (they were our imaginary #1 in the TIG Editors' top picks of 2008 after all) so we're honored to have a pair of tickets to give away to the big show.

    To enter to win ye Oldominion tickets, email tig @ three imaginary girls . com (with a subject line of OldieTix) by noon on Thursday 1/29.


    Black Nite Crash Blitzen Trapper Central Services Damien Jurado Fleet Foxes Grand Archives Gutter Twins Helm's Alee Hey Marseilles Imaginary Scoop Kaylee Cole Lake Mark Pickerel & His Praying Hands Moondoggies Natalie Portman's Shaved Head New Faces Sera Cahoone Shane Tutmarc and the Traveling Mercies Speaker Speaker Tea for Julie The Dutchess and the Duke The Helio Sequence The Kindness Kind The Saturday Knights These Arms Are Snakes Throw Me the Statue Voyager One Your Heart Breaks

    Best of 2008: Top Northwest Releases of 2008 Readers' Poll Winners

    Upset. The word of the our 2008 Best Northwest Releases of 2008 Readers’ Poll is upset.

    With the Fleet Foxes winning readers and critical polls alike, who would’ve thought they wouldn’t get top honors in our humble little Northwest poll? But they didn’t — they placed a distant second to New Faces, another debut record from some very talented, very young Northwest fellas.

    We had other surprises as well, with unsigned newcomers such as Hey Marseilles, the Kindness Kind, and Kaylee Cole cracking the top ten, beating out Northwest heavyweights such as Death Cab for Cutie. We did not expect that. And we love it when you surprise us, dear readers.

    We imaginaries like to champion the up-and-comers from the Northwest, and our results indicate that you do as well. We think you all also have fabulous taste, as always. Thanks to everyone who participated in our poll. We couldn’t be more proud or thrilled to present the top 50 winners on your behalf…

    Winners of the TIG Top Northwest Releases of 2008 Readers’ Poll:

    50. Michael VermillionLast Night on Earth {info}
    49. Jared Mees and the Grown ChildrenCaffeine, Alchohol, Sunshine, Money {album review}
    48. Destruction Island Destruction Island Preaches the New Wilderness
    47. Boy Eats Drums Machine Booomboxxx
    46. The Apple WarAlarm Bell City {live show review}
    45. The Hungry PinesGolden You {info}
    44. Hypatia Lake Angels & Demons Space & Time {info}
    43. All Girl Summer Fun BandLooking Into It {live show review}
    42. The Dandy Warhols…Earth to the Dandy Warhols… {info}
    41. By SunlightBy Sunlight
    40. Blue ScholarsButter and Guns {info}
    39. Parenthetical GirlsEntanglements {album review}
    38. Your Heart BreaksLove is a Long Dark Road
    37. Isobel Campbell & Mark LaneganSunday at Devil Dirt {info}
    36. H is for HellgateCome for the peaks stay for the valleys {info}
    35. Andrea Wittgens In The Skyline {info}
    34. Common MarketBlack Patch War {album review}
    33. Colin MeloyColin Meloy Sings Live! {album review}
    32. Chris WallaField Manual {album review}
    31. Head Like a Kite – There Is Loud Laughter Everywhere {album review}
    30. LakeOh, the Places You’ll Go
    29. BOATTopps {info}
    28. 31 KnotsWorried Well {info}
    27. Gutter Twins Saturnalia {album review}
    26. MoondoggiesDon’t Be A Stranger {info}
    25. Mark Pickerel & His Praying HandsCody’s Dream {album review}
    24. Tea for JulieThe Sense in Tying Knots {album review}
    23. Central Services Central Services Presents… The Board of Education! {info}
    22. These Arms Are SnakesTail Swallower & Dove {info}
    21. Speaker SpeakerCall It Off {info}
    20. Sera CahooneOnly As the Day Is Long {album review}
    19. Dutchess and the DukeShe’s the Dutchess, He’s the Duke {live show review}
    18. The Saturday KnightsMingle {album review}
    17. Throw Me The StatueMoonbeams {album review}
    16. Helms AleeNight Terror {live show review}
    15. Natalie Portman’s Shaved HeadGlistening Pleasure {live show review}
    14. Death Cab for CuteNarrow Stairs {album review}
    13. Voyager OneAfterhours in the Afterlife {album review}
    12. Shane Tutmarc and the Traveling MerciesHey Lazarus {album review}
    11. Black Nite CrashArray {info}
    10. Damien JuradoCaught In The Trees {album review}
    9. Blitzen Trapper – Furr {album review}
    8. Grand ArchivesGrand Archives {album review}
    7. Hey MarseillesTo Travels and Trunks {live show review}
    6. Helio SequenceKeep Your Eyes Ahead {album review}
    5. Man PlusHungarian Suicide Songbook {album review}
    4. The Kindness KindThe Kindness Kind {info}
    3. Kaylee ColeWe’re Still Here Missing You {live show review}
    2. Fleet FoxesFleet Foxes {album review}
    1. New FacesTwo Years {album review}

    All Girl Summer Fun Band BOAT Chris Walla Common Market Damien Jurado Fleet Foxes Grand Archives H is for Hellgate Hey Marseilles Imaginary Scoop Jared Mees and the Grown Children Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground LoveLand Man Plus Old Haunts Pica Beats Team Gina The Dead Science The Doll Test The Dutchess and the Duke The Kindness Kind The Nextdoor Neighbors The Pharmacy The Saturday Knights Throw Me the Statue Wallpaper Young Sportsmen

    Best of 2008: Top Northwest Releases of 2008 TIG Editorial Picks

    TIG staffers are a lot like you — coming up with our list of faves for the year is a fun and gripping process. After comparing/contrasting/debating our individual favorites, we figured the sum of our imaginary parts would make for an interesting list.

    While ChrisB and Keenan, among other things, brought in the power-pop elements,  Chris Estey stood by the smartie subtle elements of this year’s Northwest offerings. Imaginary liz, as usual, loved the lo-fi and indie-pop songs, while imaginary dana spent much of the year obessed with Throw the the Statue and of course, the Fleet Foxes. And nearly all of us agreed that the Saturday Knights album was a force to be reckoned with. Here’s our our staff votes tallied up…

    Top Northwest Releases of 2008, TIG Editorial Picks:

    25. The Nextdoor Neighbors – Magic Vs The Machine {live show review}
    24. The Dead ScienceVillanaire {album review}
    23. H is for HellgateCome for the peaks stay for the valleys {info}
    22. Kay Kay and His Weathered UnderdroundKay Kay and His Weathered Underdround {live show review}
    21. BOATTopps EP {live show review}
    20. LoveLandThe Beautiful Truth {info}
    19. Damien JuradoCaught In The Trees {album review}
    18. Common MarketBlack Patch War {album review}
    17. Chris WallaField Manual {album review}
    16. Hey MarseillesTo Travels and Trunks {live show review}
    15. Jared Mees and the Grown ChildrenCaffeine, Alchohol, Sunshine, Money {album review}
    14. Grand ArchivesGrand Archives {album review}
    13. Man PlusHungarian Suicide Songbook {album review}
    12. WallpaperOn The Chewing Gum Ground
    11. (TIE) Young SportsmenIf You Want It {album review}
    11. (TIE) Doll TestMosque Alarm Clock
    10. The Pica BeatsBeating Back the Claws of the Cold {info}
    9. Team GinaProducts of the 80s {album review}
    8. The Kindness KindThe Kindness Kind {info}
    7. The PharmacyChoose Ur Own Adventure {info}
    6. Throw Me The StatueMoonbeams {album review}
    5. Dutchess and the DukeShe’s the Dutchess, He’s the Duke {live show review}
    4. The Old HauntsPoisonous Times {live show review}
    3. All Girl Summer Fun BandLooking Into It {live show review}
    2. Fleet FoxesFleet Foxes {album review}
    1. The Saturday KnightsMingle {album review}

    Peruse some of individual staffer favs:

    Damien Jurado Fleet Foxes Grand Archives Hey Marseilles Imaginary Scoop Natalie Portman's Shaved Head Shake Some Action! Stuporhero Team Gina The Doll Test The Dutchess and the Duke The Saturday Knights Throw Me the Statue

    imaginary dana's top Northwest picks for 2008

    I’m a chronic procrastinator, so here it is, January 5th, and I’m finally ready to make sense of the musical chaos and wonderment that was 2008 and compile a list of favorites.

    Don’t even try to make me rank these releases in order, or I’ll never, ever finish my list. Let’s just say these were some of the very best local bands in my iTunes list this year, presented alphabetically.

    • All Girl Summer Fun BandLooking Into It {live show review}
    • Black Nite CrashArray {info}
    • Damien JuradoCaught In The Trees {album review}
    • Doll TestMosque Alarm Clock
    • Dutchess and the DukeShe’s the Dutchess, He’s the Duke {live show review}
    • Fleet FoxesFleet Foxes {album review}
    • Grand ArchivesGrand Archives {album review}
    • Hey MarseillesTo Travels and Trunks {live show review}
    • Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head Glistening Pleasure {info}
    • The Saturday KnightsMingle {album review}
    • Shake Some Action – Sunny Days Ahead {album review}
    • StuporheroWeightless {info}
    • Team GinaProducts of the 80s {album review}
    • TelekinesisTalouse-Latrec EP
    • Throw Me The StatueMoonbeams {album review}

    Phew — so glad I got that off my chest. Bring on the new music in the new year!