Flip those calendars to February

Flip over your calendar to February and start the countdown of the shortest month. This is certainly a good sign for how exciting our 2007 is going to be! We have four recommendations for the first week alone…

Saturday, February 3: Audioasis showcase featuring Carrie Akre / Ragazza /The Earaches /SHIM/ Sunday Night Blackouts {High Dive}
We have loads of fabulous reasons why you should check out this showcase

1) The fabulous charity it benefits (Elderhouse).
2) The fabulous radio station that sponsors it (*grin*).
3) The fabulous value of eight hours of music for a mere six dollars.

But we especially recommend you get there to hear Ragazza, a brand new duo featuring Dejha Colantuono (The Rotten Apples, ex-Daylight Basement) and Joey Veneziani (ex-Daylight Basement, Secret Civilians). Dejha’s edgy, soulful voice and paired with Joey’s elegant electronic arrangements create a delightful aural experience. They just released their debut EP, and you can hear some samples on MySpace (make sure you hear “Universal Radio” – it’s a great jam). They’re on second, so make sure you get the High Dive early. Tickets are available.

Wednesday, February 7: Half-Cocked {Northwest Film Forum}
In 2002, imaginary girl Liz’s world was cinematically rocked by a little film named Horns and Halos, which followed an enigmatic character who ran a small publishing company focused on getting a not-so-complementary biography of George W. Bush back on the book shelves (it was dropped by its original publisher under mysterious circumstances after it hit #8 on the best seller charts). The film was so rousing she talked about it for the next year and used many a hyperbolic phrase in describing it. She gives huge thanks, hugs, and kudos to Suki Hawley and Michael Galinsky (also known for his work with indie bands Sleepyhead and Laptop), the New York City duo who wrote/directed Horns and Halos – for their courage, fortitude and vision for bringing that story to the indie-film-viewing masses.

Next Wednesday, the Northwest Film Forum is hosting a special screening (ONE NIGHT ONLY!) of Suki Hawley and Michael Galinsky’s first feature, Half-Cocked. Since its 1994 release, the film has grown to an indie-rock cult phenomenon. Shot on 16mm black and white film, the film follows a group of kids who steal a van full of music equipment and pretend to be a band in order to stay on the road. Set in Louisville, Chattanooga, and Nashville, starring members of Rodan, Crain, Ruby Falls, The Make Up, and the Grifters. As a lady who counts Ladies and Gentleman: The Fabulous Stains as her favorite film, imaginary Liz is sure to hyperbolically talk about this film for years to come.

Thursday February 8: 33 1/3 book reading with Sean Nelson & Mike McGonigal {Sonic Boom Records General Store}
It doesn’t seem so long ago that we were buying our copies of OK Computer from Sonic Boom’s wee-sized Fremont location. Now they’ve grown to multiple locations all over to fill the backpacks of Seattle’s music lovers. Their latest addition to the SB family is the Sonic Boom General Store, which will specialize in vinyl, magazines, books, designer toys, gifts, and snacks. We’ll find any one of those things exciting. We mean, “designer toys?” Snacks? FUN!

But we digress. This Thursday is a night of smarty pants good times that involves a trifecta of things, each as fun as a mouth full of pop rocks: Sean Nelson, Mike McGonigal, and 33 1/3 book series. Sean Nelson, Seattle Man about Town, will be reading from his new 33 1/3 book on Joni Mitchell’s Court and Spark and Mike McGonigal, curator of the finest arts and culture publication-Yeti, will focus on My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless. With both men being stunning examples of charm, eloquence, and wit, we’re breathless with anticipation for Thursday’s reading.

Thursday February 8: Night Canopy / The Cave Singers / Lighting Dust {Crocodile Cafe}
What do you get when you cross angelic singer-songwriter Amy Blashke with Pretty Girls Makes Graves (nearly RIP!) drummer Nick DeWitt? Why, you get Night Canopy, a new band with a deeply impressive debut record, Of Honey and Country, loaded down with catchy alt-folk-country-pop songs (take that, allmusic.com!), and angular, ear-catching goodness. You can read all about the record on Three Imaginary Girls, but that’s won’t be enough. Oh no, you need to see them live because Jenny Jimenez, former bass player for the Catch, joins Night Canopy for live performance to provide back-up vocals – and perhaps high-kicks?

Boom, it’s (almost) spring!

dana, liz, char
*three imaginary girls*

In high ipod rotation:
New Grenada
Matt & Kim
Menomena {Oh! Oh! Who are playing with a STELLAR lineup at the Crocodile this Friday night, Feb 1 (S and Siberian are also on the bill). So that’s five events for ya this week. Good luck with that!}

(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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