Today in (Northwest) Music: Hello Goodbye

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Shane Berry of The Divorce, Crocodile Cafe 6/30/07 (final show!)
photo by Allison Harger

Sadly, after seven years, Seattle must say goodbye to The Divorce, who performed their final shows last Saturday at the Crocodile, one for the kids and one for the boozers. The band, who were voted best pop/rock band for the 2006 Seattle Weekly Music Awards and who played KEXP’s 3rd Annual Yule Benefit, promise that you haven’t heard the last of them yet, as their members all “have plans for subsequent projects.” You can read about the final show on The Stranger’s Line Out. Be sure to check their MySpace page for updates and to hear four new songs from the unreleased album “In Arms,” which is available for purchase.

The Divorce - Yes! (MP3)
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bumbershootWhile you’re outta time if you had been planning to catch The Divorce live, you still have some time left to enjoy the benefits of being a KEXP “insider” and purchase Bumbershoot tickets for only $25 for a single date-specific ticket, right now! Starting July 13 the price goes up to a still-affordable $30/day and then, after August 17, ticket prices increase to $35/day. To take advantage of this Insider’s Deal, click here now and use your special promo code: “KEXP07″ and save! This offer expires July 12 or when discounted tickets sell out, whichever comes first.

Bumbershoot runs Labor Day Weekend, Saturday 9/1-3, with guests including Kings of Leon, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Andrew Bird, The Frames, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Ian Ball (of Gomez), The Greyboy Allstars, Art Brut, and a whole bunch more!

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This Saturday, KEXP presents Audioasis live at High Dive, a remote broadcast featuring Das Llamas, North Twin, Joy Wants Eternity, Transfer & Say Hi To Your Mom. All proceeds benefit the Shoreline Solar Project, which actively promotes the practical application of renewal energy and environmentally responsible practices to enhance the economic, ecological, and social environment of our community. Doors are at 5 pm and music starts at 6 pm. Tickets for this 21+ event are $7 and available at the door or from Brown Paper Tickets.

Das Llamas - Wood On Bone (MP3)

North Twin - Gasoline (MP3)

Joy Wants Eternity - What Lies Beyond [Extended Version] (MP3)

Say Hi To Your Mom - Angels And Darlas (MP3)

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tig1.gifThis weekend you can celebrate five fun and informative years with the Three Imaginary Girls at the their 5th birthday bash for two whole nights! On Friday, at the Crocodile, the 21+ event BOAT (CD release show!), The Shaky Hands, Dolour, and The Western States Motel. Saturday’s show at the Vera Project is all-ages and features The Shaky Hands, BOAT, Eux Autres, and Patience Please.

Tickets are super-cheap: Friday $8 in advance, $10 DOS and Saturday $7, $6 for Vera members, which you can become!

Check out the Three Imaginary Girls June podcast to hear two songs from each of the bands playing.

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The Gossip’s Beth Ditto seems to be in the U.K. news even more than Lily Allen these days. The Portland-based singer, who posed sans knickers for an NME cover shot, has been writing a regular column, “What Would Beth Ditto Do?”, in the Guardian’s G2 every Friday, covering such topics as how she came out to colleagues, how to respond to catcalls, and how to get cheap summer kicks by dressing up like Stevie Nicks and hosting your own psychic party. Most recently, Ditto is rumored to be following Lily Allen in the fashion world as well with her own line for New Look. The Guardian confirms with a record label rep that she “has been in talks with New Look but nothing has been agreed.”

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According to movie blog The Playlist, Eddie Vedder has composed a full soundtrack for Sean Penn’s forthcoming Into The Wild, the film based on Jon Krakauer’s best-selling story of Christopher McCandless, who abandoned his possessions, hitchhiked to Alaska, where lived in the wilderness for several months until he turned up dead. While Vedder has penned songs for other Penn projects -- Dead Man Walking and I Am Sam -- this is his first time writing an entire soundtrack and his first complete project outside of Pearl Jam. Vedder will apparently have a small role in the film, which was shot primarily in Seattle. Check out the trailer at The Playlist and this recent performance, from the Werchter Festival on June 30, of “Slow Night, So Long” by Kings of Leon, featuring Eddie on backup vocals and tambourine:

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