Three Imaginary Girls make their picks!

3girlsmod.jpgAt the risk of sounding like a network TV newscaster, “This Saturday (July 22nd) is going to be hot outside, but what we’ve got coming up on the calendar is even hotter!”

Your full day of festivities starts at noon at the Phinney Neighborhood Center. It’s the 826 Seattle Variety Show! 826 Seattle is a nonprofit writing mecca in Greenwood for kids ages 6-18 that offers free writing workshops, handholding through publishing projects, one-on-one help with homework, and assistance learning English. The workshops offered vary from “How to Make Zines” to “Creative Whining.”

They’re holding a variety show to help raise money for this invaluable service. There will be jugglers, comedians, a celebrity dunk tank, and a cupcake decorating station sponsored by Cupcake Royale. And if that’s not delicious enough, local bands Coconut Coolouts. The Bad Things, Lillydale, and The Trashies are playing.

But the fun doesn’t end there. Power up with cupcakes ‘cause you’ve got to head to Neumo’s for the evening portion of your hefty entertainment schedule: The Long Winters album release show!

We feel like it has been decades since the release of the last Long Winters album, When I Pretend to Fall. In truth, it has been only 1,177 days (3 years, 2 months, 20 days). This album is masterful, charming, and leaves the listener pining for more. It made for a long 1,177 days.

Sure, we were partially satiated with the Ultimatum EP late last year. It was lush and serene with elements of guitar savvy that made smarty pants everywhere swoon, and served as a hold-me-over until this Saturday’s event: the release of the new Long Winters album.

The new album, Putting the Days to Bed, is John Roderick’s finest work to date. His organic guitar mastery is flush with smart production wizardry. The lyrics are effortless yet the way John mixes them, they shine with a striking inner beauty. The result is reminiscent of a Kerouac-inspired Nothing Painted Blue or McSweeney’s-obsessed Paul Westerberg.

Live, the Long Winters deliver each song with a sense of fearlessness and forthrightness that makes you hang on every word. Roderick segments the songs with jabs of rye wit and wisdom you’ll hear people quoting at parties weeks later.

But you, dear KEXP listener, KNOW all of this. You heard them this morning when they in-studio’d it up and John made you laugh and his songs made you listen with your full attention. So, we’ll see you at the show?

Other great bills we think you need to check out this week…
Fri, 07/21: Scream Club/Nrdlngr/The Nachos, High Dive
Sun, 07/23: Camera Obscura/Georgie James, Neumo’s (all-ages)
Mon, 07/24: The Rentals/Ozma, Neumo’s (all-ages)
Tue, 07/25: Grant Lee Phillips/Kristen Hersh, Crocodile
Wed, 07/26: Os Mutantes, Moore Theatre (all-ages)

Kick it,
dana, liz, char

in high ipod rotation:
Tender Trap

(Three Imaginary Girls is a Seattle-based website that showcases the great music of the Northwest to music lovers worldwide. We post a Seattle live show calendar to help you fill your day-planner with loads of great shows and just recorded our first podcast. Our Calendar Guru, Jason, has an Olympic-size talent for bar trivia games.)

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