On a night with more tempting shows than any Friday night in recent memory (Grand Archives, the Stooges, Cloud Cult, USE, Siberian, The Valley, The Blood Brothers, etc etc), even the choice of where to pre-show party is a bit overwhelming. I'm debating between these options….
Option A: Cloud Cult in-store at Sonic Boom Records in Ballard.
Since I (tragically) can't make their Neumo's show this evening, catching Cloud Cult mere blocks from my home at the finest record store this side of the Ballard Bridge is super tempting. "Chemicals Collide" is already ear-marked for my Best of 2007 imaginary mixtape, and since this show is free and all-ages, there's no excuse not to go.
Option B: Easy Street Records and Seattle Weekly present the "Easy Hour" at Solo on Queen Anne and then Speaker Speaker live in-store.
From 5:30-7:30 "Easy Hour" at SOLO offers drink specials, giveaways, and a raffle for awesome prizes (you'll have to show to find out what!). It event is a benefit for the Vera Project, so we can all feel good about those post-work libations. After the Easy Hour, swing up a few steps to Easy Street Records to catch local power-punk-pop band Speaker Speaker play an all-ages free in-store at 8p.
Of course, then we have…
Option C: Power-nap to freshen up for all those fantastic shows late-night (Grand Archives!! Grand Archives!!!!)
This seems like a rather lame, yet appealing in many ways, option.
And then there's the uber-ambitious….
Option D: DO IT ALL.
Cloud Cult at 6p, Solo by 7p, Speaker Speaker at 8p, and then the Crocodile/ Neumo's/ Showbox/ wherever the night may take you by 9p.
What's an imaginary girl to do?