Three Imaginary Girls make their picks!

The Divorce/Sirens Sister {album release}/Siberian, Crocodile {Saturday, 9/16}
We need a new verb, one that means, “to spend endless hours locked in a bizarre topical YouTube frenzy.” Of course, it’s natural to go on a YouTube jag when you first discover it and realize that nearly every video recording ever made is available to you, on demand and for free. Cancel your plans for the weekend. You have a date with the Mistress YouTube, and she will command your full attention.But then the initial frenzy passes, and life returns to normal… until a sudden fit hits and you realize that the most important thing in your life — surely more important than work, friends, family, chores — is watching every single Electric Company that ever was. {Letterman was every future editorial geek’s hero, no?}…

What does all of this have to do with the Sirens Sister show? igDana was first introduced to Seattle’s Sirens Sister during a particularly fierce early-MTV-cheesy-music-video-jag. (We suspect this obsession might have been prompted in no small part by grief over not attending the Journey/Def Leppard show a couple weeks back). It started a bit more credibly with Echo and the Bunnymen and the earliest U2 video ever…

…but then quickly disintegrated into a quest for the best 80s atrocity video ever. Hours passed with Rick Springfield and his futuristic-robot-penta-eyed-sax-playing monsters, a fantastic keytar, and our personal favorite — the career-ending, self-love prancing of Billy Squier

So it was whilst emerged in this haze of YouTubing that Echoes from the Ocean Shore, the debut release from Sirens Sister, first entered our imaginary lives. Not a coincidence, we think. The comparisons are undeniable, and at first listen, it’s easy to be dismissive of the tracks as too derivative and overt. Frontman Zach Davidson (ex-Vendetta Red) wails like Bono circa-War and October-era releases, and “Kissing Her” might as well have been released on Songs to Learn and Sing. But it’s not all new-wave influences. There’s definitely a strong element of 80s swagger, a cleanness in the instrumentation that harkens to the days when bi-leveled haircuts prevailed, hooks and hairdos ruled MTV, and a bit of posturing went a long, long way. But it takes very few listens for the incredibly hooky tracks on Echoes… to get stuck in your head. Before long, you may realize that you really like these songs — not despite their glossy finishes, but because of them. Just like you still love all those oldies on YouTube…

And with his curly hair and sassy on-stage moves, Zach does bear a slight resemblance to the aforementioned Senor Squier – minus the satin sheets. Come to the show Saturday to see if he rips his shirt off too.

BTW, you can also see Sirens Sister on YouTube. Let your mid-aughts-Seattle-retro-indie-rock obsession begin…

Maritime/Speaker Speaker/BOAT/The Lonely Forest, the Paradox {Tuesday, September 19}
And once you pull yourself from that 1980’s YouTube downward spiral you’ve found yourself in (days of your life can be lost there), mark your calendar for this Tuesday’s all-ages show at the Paradox. It has been way too long since Maritime has been here (well, since they toured for their stellar 2004 debut album, Glass Floor) and this time they will be joined by two of Seattle’s finest: succinct indie rockers Speaker Speaker, and lo-fi pop masterminds BOAT. Maritime (formed by members of The Promise Ring and The Dismemberment Plan) are best known for their gentle, pleasant pop that effortlessly cheers and commiserates at the same time. With We, the Vehicles, their second full-length, the band has taken a slightly gloomy turn. Their use of heavier guitar chords and sharper lyrical mood swings empowers the melancholy soul in each of us.

Make us guilty of love in the first degree,
dana, liz, char
*three imaginary girls*

ipod rotation:
Mission of Burma
The Trucks
The Charade (Sweden)

Listen to our imaginary Podcasts in iTunes! {featuring tons of great Northwest bands, including Math and Physics Club, The Pharmacy, The Doll Test, The Long Winters, Heather Duby, Stars of Track and Field, Patience Please, Tex, Boat, The Trucks , You Say Party! We Say Die!, Stuporhero, Panda & Angel, Martian Memo to God, The Zero Points, and many more!}

(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 as well as album and film reviews.)

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  1. Posted September 15, 2006 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    We forgot to mention — the quest for the cheesiest MTV video on YouTube continues!! If you have a really good one, post it here…

  2. Posted September 21, 2006 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    I will forever be a fan of this video…

    I have no idea if you can embed a video in a comment…we’ll see.

  3. Posted September 21, 2006 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    Damnit…totally didn’t work. Go to YouTube and search “Don Johnson Heartbeat”.

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