Tricks & Treats: An Imaginary Guide for the Holiday

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Photo courtesy of Team Gina!

The week surrounding Halloween is usually chock full of reasons to dress up in your scary finest. After all this is the only time of the year where you can throw caution to the wind and live out your wildest dramatic fantasies in the comfort of a public setting. With that, a few recommendations (based on our failures / successes of last year)

1. Don’t want the pressure of planning a gathering and filling your apartment with flammable plastic items purchased last minute at the drug store around the corner? Head to Zero Zero! And put a little adventure in your holiday:

Saturday, 10/28: Happy Hallowoah! Team Gina / DJ Chompers / DJ X / DJ Ruben from the Charming Snakes / DJ Shawn Prince {Zero Zero}
Have you ever left a lame party only to walk by a much cooler one and you have the overwhelming urge to crash it? Last Halloween igChar found herself in that very situation. Luckily the cool kids party is happening again this year and everyone is invited (as long as you’re over 21 and not a jerk). It’s at super rock star salon Zero Zero and features a slew of local DJ’s and Team Gina (think Scream Club meets Anna Oxygen). And it’s free.

2. Keep all those jumbo mixed bags of candy for yourself and carve pumpkins with friends – just make sure you buy your pumpkins ahead of time. Last year igLiz thought that the city stores were so insanely full of pumpkins that there was no way they’d run out anytime before Halloween night. She’d been tripping over them and running her cart over them in the grocery store for weeks, there was surely a man:pumpkin ratio of mammoth proportions in Seattle. Alas, come Halloween night and the night of her pumpkin carving date, there was not a pumpkin for sale between Northgate and Beacon Hill. The horror! Let’s not have a repeat of the first annual carving of a honeydew melon. They just can’t handle having a candle lit inside them for more than 20 minutes.

3. Skip the dress up and hit see a show! How’s your Best of 2006 list coming along so far? While each of us imaginary girls are in varying stages of preparedness (with igLiz making spreadsheet calculations and igChar still pondering her choices), igDana knows at least two of her top ten: Figurines’ Skeletons and Heartless Bastards All This Time. And would you believe these two touring bands (Heartless Bastards are from Ohio, Figurines are from Denmark) are both playing Seattle, only one day apart… and on a Monday and Tuesday night? It’s going to be a very double tall soy latte kind of week.

Monday, 10/30: Heartless Bastards {The Tractor Tavern}
Heartless Bastards play the Tractor on Monday, October 30th, Halloween eve. Come and hear the haunting the voice of their front-woman Erika Wennerstrom: throaty, soaring, and impossibly powerful without being piercing, full of hope yet tinged with soulfulness in all the right ways.

Tuesday, 10/31: Figurines, The Ark {The Crocodile Cafe}
Figurines top the list of staggeringly great Scandinavian bands with releases this year (The Knife, El Perro Del Mar, Dryden). While TIG was one of the first to gush about the Figurines record when it was released earlier this year, we definitely weren’t the last. The album has garnered huge praise from Pitchfork and a slew of others for their hook-laden indie rock perfection. For Halloween, come to the Crocodile and dress as a superfan.And can’t decide what to wear? Let the stars make your decision for you. This month’s AstroPOP column (astrology readings and record reviews in one!) recommends a costume for you based on your birthday. Can’t argue with that!

dana, liz, char

High i-pod rotation:
Regina Spektor
Viva Voce and Silversun Pickups {at the Crocodile 10/27}

Listen to our imaginary Podcasts in iTunes! {featuring tons of great Northwest bands, including Siberian, Strength, Night Canopy, New West Motels, The Elephants, The Sea Navy, The Aught-Threes, 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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