Nearly all of us over at Three Imaginary Girls migrated to the fair city of city after growing up in a small town or suburb. One reason we knew Seattle was the mecca we’d be seeking was, of course, all the great local music. But equally as important, there was the access to great music â€“ local radio stations (like KEXP, natch), and access to amazing local record stores. There’s just no better way to spend an afternoon than persuing the aisles of a great local record store, whether it’s knowing your favorite bands will always be available (and not for crazy corporate prices), discovering great new bands from smart and friendly clerks, or finding unexpected treasure in the used bins.
One such local treasure in Seattle is Sonic Boom Records. The record store â€“ now expanded to three neighborhood locations, in Fremont, Capitol Hill, and Ballard â€“ is happily celebrating its tenth birthday this month, and they have given us all loads of reasons to celebrate. In typical imaginary fashion, we will highlight our top three.
Reason #1: A compilation CDâ€¦ for free
Sonic Boom Records just released a 10th Anniversary compilation CD, which features 37 tracks from artists like Band Of Horses (a non-album track entitled “The End’s Not Near”), Spoon, Feist, The New Pornographers, Rilo Kiley, Minus The Bear, The Blue Scholars , Kinski, Built To Spill Talib Kweli, Animal Collective, Lavender Diamond, Dungen, Amiina, Pinback, and many more. And better still â€“ the compilation is free â€“ yes, FREE â€“ to Sonic Boom customers both in the store and online.
Reason #2: A fun-run with free doughnuts
On September 23rd at Fremont Oktoberfest, at 9:30 AM, Sonic Boom staff, customers and friends – adorned in “Team Sonic Boom” shirts designed by Sub Pop Records’ own Jeff Kleinsmith – will don their best sneaks and walk/run/stagger their way through Fremont for the race (just over three miles â€“ totally doable even for non-athlete sorts). At the end of the race, there’s beer and Top Pot doughnuts for all (well, beer for all those over 21, ya know.)
Reason #3: In-store performances galore
Sonic Boom hosts so many in-stores during the year, it’s almost easy to take them for granted. But you shouldn’t, especially this month, as there as some damn fine ones still to come..
September 22: VAMPIRE WEEKEND free live in-store, 4pm, Ballard store
September 24: THE LUCKSMITHS free live in-store, 6pm, Ballard store
September 25: OAKLEY HALL free live in-store, 6pm, Ballard store
September 30: MARIA TAYLOR free live in-store,4 p.m. Ballard store
Here’s one of the many in-store performances you can find on YouTube — The Long Winters performing “Pushover” at the Ballard store:
Welcome to the double-digits, Sonic Boom!
If you want a double dose of Lucksmiths action, join us at the Crocodile for a night of sweet pop bliss with the Lucksmiths, Math and Physics Club (celebrating their EP release), and Australia’s own Fred Astereo (think Magnetic Fields, Divine Comedy, and the Lucksmiths wrapped in a dapper wrapper).
We like the shops, the shops that go Boom,
three imaginary girls
(Three Imaginary Girls is a Seattle-based website that showcases the great music of the Northwest and beyond to music lovers worldwide. We post a Settle live show calendar to help you fill your day-planner with loads of great shows, as well as record reviews, live show reviews, and an imagi-blog to entertain you throughout the day.)