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Recommended show: The last Team Gina show EVER this Sunday

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{Photo courtesy of Kyle Johnson from the Three Imaginary Girls Flickr Photo Pool}

It is with a heavy heart that we recommend the *last* Team Gina show ever, this Sunday at the Comet.

We’ve loved everything about these ladies since we first saw them back in 2007 when they opened for Leslie and the Lys. We’ve featured their songs in podcasts, counted them as a favorite in past end of year best of lists, and have always adored their electrifying beats and fashion sense. I’d say our favorite Team Gina moment was celebrating our sixth anniversary with them at the Exile in {imaginary} Girlville show.

This Sunday is the last time we will all be able to sing along to their live version of “Boobies” and therefore, it’s a must to get thee to the Comet to cheer on Gina Bling and Gina Genius.

Also taking the stage at the Comet that night: Punk Bunny and Black Barbie. It doesn’t get any better than that for what’s sure to be a killer goodbye party.

If you’re looking for something else? Other options for Sunday night fun include:

  • Willow, Skylark*
  • Slicing Grandpa/Michelob Jackson & The Decapitators/Last Koresh/Disease Eater, Funhouse
  • DJ Krush, Neumo’s
  • Wayne Horvitz’s These Hills Of Glory/Figeater, Rendezvous

 

What do you have on the dance card for this weekend?

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Tonight's recommended show: Team Gina and the Redwood Plan

Photo by Kyle JohnsonJesus Christ, there is a lot going on tonight. A lot. Glass Candy at Nectar, The Roots at the Paramount, Britney is in Tacoma. Yet, my recommendation is for Team Gina and The Redwood Plan at Chop Suey tonight.

For a while, the calendar on Chop Suey's website said this was Team Gina's final show. It's not, but it might be their final show for a while. I asked the lovely Gina Bling when they played at the High Dive last month what was going on with the band and she said they're taking a break from shows to work on a new album. She was excited for one particular song about how Barack Obama is sexy.

Their last album was Products of the Eighties and my friend Imaginary Shrie wrote of it:

Their mantra seems to be ridiculously danceable feminist hip hop delivered by means of raw vocals over sparse Casio beats. Picture two headbanded, heel-wearing sexies sucking on gigantic lollipops and hitting on your kid sister outside of the sneaker store: this is Team Gina.

Reminiscent of Gravy Train!!! or Peaches, with a hint of Jewish white boy rapper MC Paul Barman, Team Gina lay it down with glitzy panache, but not without worthy purpose. The Ginas meld slumber party worthy shout-alongs with liberal political leanings in a very self-aware, and for lack of a better word, FUN way. They're educating us about AIDS while slathering the track with synthy Milli Vanilli beats. They righteously hail the wonders of breasts, theirs in particular, touting "if my tits were a hotel they'd be four stars". Maybe I've been listening to too much Team Gina, but "Boobies" is a breast cancer awareness advertisement waiting to happen.

Also on the bill is The Redwood Plan, arguably the best new band in Seattle. Led by Lesli Wood, formerly of Ms. Led and also featuring Jamie Hellgate of H is for Hellgate, The Redwood Plan is an energetic, dance punk band that will kick your ass and get you to move yours. After their star-making performance at the Sunset last month (which was broadcast live on KEXP), they've been one of the most buzzed-about bands in the Northwest – and for good reason. Here's a clip of the band playing in Denver last month:

If that isn't up your alley, something else will be. Like…

  • Zepparella/The Relay, Tractor
  • Zera Marvel/Memphis Radio Kings {album release}/Trentalange, Sunset Tavern !
  • People Eating People/One Million Teeth/Silver Teeth/Battery D, Comet
  • Team Gina/The Redwood Plan/Chupacabra, Chop Suey
  • Marissa Nadler, Sonic Boom in-store {6pm, Ballard}*
  • Jessica Williams, Triple Door*
  • Sing It Loud/The Night Boys/The Morning Light, El Corazon*
  • Teixeira, Lo-Fi Gallery
  • The Budos Band/Publish The Quest, Neumo's
  • The Beautiful Mothers {album release}/The Second Academy, High Dive
  • The Roots, Paramount Theatre* !
  • Defiance OH/Your Heart Breaks/Dichotomy/Like Claws, Vera*
  • {Team Gina photo by Kyle Johnson}

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    Brent Amaker & the Rodeo Imaginary Scoop Team Gina The High Dive They Live We Wrote the Book on Connectors

    Tonight's recommended show: Ear Candy's Birthday Bash Deux: Bash Harder

    This show would have gotten my recommendation for the night even if it wasn't celebrating the second anniversary of my friend Travis Hay's excellent blog from the PI, Ear Candy, and the launch of his new, also excellent, northwest music site Ear Candy Beat.

    This is such a great bill because each band is exponentially different from the one that preceded it and the one to follow. Team Gina starts off with their fun, lesbian hip hop and then We Wrote the Book on Connectors are next with their silly "mustache rock". Brent Amaker and the Rodeo is next is some great country music and the night is closed out by They Live, a promising new rap duo of Gatsby (from Cancer Rising, aka Larry Mizell, Jr., the great hip hop columnist for The Stranger) and BlesOne.

    They Live was a last-minute addition to the bill when those fucking Fucking Eagles had to drop off the lineup due to a family emergency but They Live will surely close out one of the best parties of the weekend in style. It starts around 9 and costs $10 to get in the door, 21+.

    What's on your calendar for the night?

  • Bullitt County/Betty Ford Falcons, Jules Maes
  • The Brian Jonestown Massacre/Flavor Crystals, Neumo's
  • Jason Webley/Sxip Shirey/Serena Tideman, Vera*
  • Colonies/Alligators, Piecora's
  • Nine N Out/Michael Clarke & The Alley Walkers/Scotty P & The Ozone, Mars Bar
  • Mysterious Chocolate/Screen Test, High Dive {6pm}
  • The Fucking Eagles/Brent Amaker & The Rodeo/We Wrote The Book On Connectors/Team Gina, High Dive {late}
  • Girl Trouble/Guns N Rossetti/The Heels, Sunset Tavern !
  • The Classic Crime/Vision & Valor/Look Closer {album release}, Showbox*
  • Robyn Hitchcock & Venus 3, Triple Door* !
  • Destruction/Krisiun/Mantic Ritual, El Corazon*
  • Autolite Strike, Full Tilt Ice Cream*
  • Hot Buttered Rum/Everyone Orchestra, Crocodile
  • Head, Funhouse
  • Ian McFeron Band {album release}, Tractor
  • The Occupation/Skeletons With Flesh On Them/The Quit/Little Penguins, Comet
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    Gina Young Imaginary Scoop Lesli Wood Live Girls! Theater Ms. Led Team Gina The Wild Rose

    See Gina Young's new play 'Salt Water'

    I knew that Gina Young is a talented singer-songwriter and half of one of my favorite Northwest bands, Team Gina (she's Gina Genius) and was responsible for two of my local albums last year (Team Gina's Products of the 80's and her own solo record 3AM Voice, but I did not know she's also an accomplished playwright until a notice for this landed in my e-mail box:

    The lovely Miss Gina Young of TEAM GINA and solo fame has ANOTHER side you might not know about… and that side takes centerstage (literally!) this February with the production of her newest play, Salt Water.

    Directed by Nikki Przasnyski, the play follows two friends, Sybil and Alison, the kind of friends who can finish each others sentences. But when the two young women trespass on a New Jersey beach after dark one night, their friendship unravels and ultimately self-destructs—with the help of a pimply lifeguard, a giant frog, a stray asteroid and a deliciously manipulative mermaid. Salt Water is a play about the death of a friendship and the sacrifices we make for the people we love.

    Every performance of Salt Water will take place at Live Girls! Theater (2220 NW Market St, Seattle, WA) and many will be accompanied by a live performance, as follows:

    February 19 – performance by GINA YOUNG
    February 20 – performance by Your Heart Breaks
    February 21 – play only
    February 26, 28 – performance of Eve Ensler's V-Day Project
    March 1, 5 – performance by Your Heart Breaks
    March 6 – performance by Lesli Wood
    March 7 – performance by the Preons

    I will definitely be at at least one of these performances, most likely two – opening night on the 19th and then on March 6 with Lesli Wood (of the already-missed Ms. Led and a kick-ass new project called The Redwood Plan).

    If you this isn't enough of the genius of Gina Genius for you, she also will be playing an acoustic, solo show at the Wild Rose on Thursday night with the noted queercore artist Bitch.

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    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:

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    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!

     

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    Chris B's Top 10 NW Releases of 2008

    I always find it frustrating when another reviewer or critic says they couldn't compile an annual top 10 list because they couldn't find ten albums they appreciated in any given year. Each year there are thousands and thousands of records being released – some great, some crap. 2008 was another fantastic year for Northwest music. Not because Fleet Foxes cleaned up in Pitchfork's reader's poll or placed at or near the top of several British publications' best of the year lists. No, it was a great year for Northwest music because there was always some exciting sound coming out of a rock club on any given night. I don't think I could identify a single night on a calendar where there was not some excellent show that was preferable to staying at home for the night.

    Fleet Foxes were the story of 2008 – and good for them, but there were countless other bands that didn't get picked up by the hype machine that were equally deserving. When I making this top 10 list, I first listed every album that could conceivably be one of my ten favorites and then narrowed it down from there. My first draft had 30 entries. The (biggest) problem with top 10 lists is that you only have ten spots to fill. Having said that, I did the best I could (knowing full-well that I left off at least twenty deserving candidates). For what it's worth, three of them were made available as free downloads and 8 were of bands from Seattle. Here are the ten Northwest albums that made my iPod a happier place in 2008 – with YouTubage where available:

    10. Man Plus, The Hungarian Suicide Songbook (song: Kids Gone Bad)

     

    9. The Turn-Ons, Curses

    8. The Old Haunts, Poisonous Times (song: Not Hopeless)

     

    7. Dyme Def, 3 Bad Brothaaas mixtape (song: "The Game Needs Me" Remix)

    6. Vancougar, Canadian Tuxedo (song: Distance)

     

    5. Team Gina, Products of the Eighties (song: Products of the Eighties)

     

    4. The Kindness Kind, The Kindness Kind (song: Suckerpunch)

     

    3. The Young Sportsmen, If You Want It

    2. Kay Kay and his Weathered Underground, Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground (song: Simon Courage Flees the Coop)

     

    1. The Saturday Knights, Mingle (song: 45)

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    Reminder: Team Gina and Athens Boys Choir at Chop Suey Wednesday night

    I know I've mentioned this here before but like Jack White once put it, "I said it once before but it bears repeating." Team Gina and Athens Boys Choir are playing a show at Chop Suey Wednesday night. The show will be a queer-friendly dance party and has a sock-hop theme, so you're encouraged to dress as your favorite character from American Graffiti.

    The details are:

    10.22 | Wednesday
    Chop Suey Presents
    TEAM GINA
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    Athens Boys Choir
    Anaturale
    DJ Mathematix

    $8
    8pm doors // 21+

    And the videos to ABC's "Fagette" and Team Gina's "Butch/Femme", respectively…

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    It's an indie sock hop with Team Gina and Athens Boys Choir

    Last night I was hanging out with TIG's awesome photographer/writer Jeanine Anderson and one of her equally awesome friends after the CSS show at Neumo's.

    Team Gina's Gina Genius approached us with flyers to her lesbian hip hop band's upcoming show at Chop Suey next month with Athens Boys Choir. She and bandmate Gina Bling were out spreading the word about their show. Since I like Team Gina an awful lot, very rarely run into artists I've written about (who I had never previously met) and appreciate when bands put in the time to get the word out about their own shows, I'll post the details of the show here. I also like to have an excuse to post more of Kyle Johnson's always fantastic photos. The show has a sock hop theme, so you are encouraged to dress like Pink Ladies or T-Birds, if you so desire.

    October 22 
    Chop Suey Presents
    TEAM GINA
    Athens Boys Choir
    Anaturale
    DJ Mathematix

    $8
    8pm doors // 21+

    I know I've posted this before, but I'll do it again since there's not a video to my favorite TG song "Wife Swapping" yet and because it hasn't stopped being great. This is the video to "Rock the Like":

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    Products of the Eighties

    Team Gina's newest release Products of the Eighties sports a unicorn on the front of the cd. Unicorns are possibly the coolest fantasy animal ever, and while I don't prescribe to a hot pink and neon green color palette and I'm not in the habit of wearing fishnets under leg warmers, this retro-dance jam duo makes the eighties almost seem cool (again).

    After meeting and bonding over identical first names, in spelling and pronunciation, Team Gina was born. Their mantra seems to be ridiculously danceable feminist hip hop delivered by means of raw vocals over sparse Casio beats. Picture two headbanded, heel-wearing sexies sucking on gigantic lollipops and hitting on your kid sister outside of the sneaker store: this is Team Gina.

    Reminiscent of Gravy Train!!! or Peaches, with a hint of Jewish white boy rapper MC Paul Barman, Team Gina lay it down with glitzy panache, but not without worthy purpose. The Ginas meld slumber party worthy shout-alongs with liberal political leanings in a very self-aware, and for lack of a better word, FUN way. They're educating us about AIDS while slathering the track with synthy Milli Vanilli beats. They righteously hail the wonders of breasts, theirs in particular, touting "if my tits were a hotel they'd be four stars". Maybe I've been listening to too much Team Gina, but "Boobies" is a breast cancer awareness advertisement waiting to happen.

    Pop culture, especially eighties pop culture, seems to be a favorite topic of the Ginas. Dropping references to everything from the Garbage Pail Kids to Saved By The Bell to the Oregon Trail computer game, Team Gina professes their love for a much loathed, or much loved depending on how you look at it, decade of excess. It's not all games for this smokin' lesbian outfit though. They have a liberal message to spread, though they don't bang you over the head with it. They simply lay down some phat beats and cheerleader chant their funktronica way into your heart. Their mission is fun, and their message is tolerance and knowledge –> which is power!