Three Imaginary Girls think you should start off 2008 right… get your Ho Ho Ho on...

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This week we have our imaginary staffer Chris Burlingame to pinch hit this week and offer some recommendations. He joked, “I think it’s like one of those times when the bar is ready to close down and you ask someone who never learned to drive to be your ride home because they’re the only one around who is sober.” We think it’s actually because he a super cool dude who has some great recommendations:

2007 ended with lots of great shows (Unscrew the Croc Employees volume 1, Wu Tang Clan, Harvey Danger, the Lashes and the Trucks at the Comet, etc…), but the year is now but a memory. Fortunately, there is still plenty of great goings on about town to continue the momentum in to 2008.

Friday, January 4 at Chop Suey
It was December 16 that most of us found out that the Crocodile Café was closed. For the Croc’s staff, it was a hell of a time to find out you were out of a job. Or, more specifically, that works out to being 9 days before Christmas, 15 before the end of the year and 20 before their rent checks for January were due.

Fortunately, this is the second of two benefits for those employees at Chop Suey. The first one (on Sunday, December 30) was a huge success. It raised thousands of dollars and crammed hundreds of people in to the club to hear some great music and mingle with many of the Crocodile employees that made going to rock shows considerably more pleasant. The talent lending their time to this most-worthy cause includes Coconut Coolouts, Das Llamas, the Intelligence and The Girls. 8pm doors, $6, 21+.

Saturday, January 5 at the Vera Project
Whatever your opinion of The Lashes is (and chances are, if you live in Seattle, you have one), it is tough to deny that they have a knack for crafting simple, catchy pop-punk songs that can get stuck in your head for days at a time. Last week, the TIG blog was all aflutter as to whether or not The Lashes are like Radiohead (I say nay but still like them). They’ll certainly be playing songs from their brand new (available at Sonic Boom only) EP Thank You (Side A).

I hope all of the teenagers crushing on Ben Lashes stick around for the headlining band, Kay Kay and his Weathered Underground, one of my favorite new-ish bands in Seattle. A collective that usually has at least a dozen members on stage (including string and brass sections and sometimes even a tuba!), KKAHWU have an old-timey, sometimes vaudevillian, sound. They’ve appeared on “Last Call with Carson Daly” and have a full-length album scheduled for release early in the New Year. It is one of my most anticipated albums of ’08. With Ships and the Lonely H, 7:30pm doors, $10, all ages.

Wednesday, January 9 at the Tractor Tavern
Last year, quirky-but-delicate-voiced singer/songwriter Mirah released Share this Place, an album and video collaboration with members of the Black Cat Orchestra and filmmaker Britta Johnson that explores the lives of insects. It premiered at the Seattle International Children’s Festival last spring. Each song, twelve altogether, uniquely imagines the lives of a different insect with an entomologist’s eye for detail and child’s imagination.

The videos won’t be at the Tractor this time, but Mirah’s voice will be -- and she sings like an angel. For now, this is the only chance to see the performance on the West Coast. With Tara Jane O’Neil; 7pm doors, $12, 21+.

Here’s the video for “Credo Cigalia”:

Gr8 08!
ChrisB and Three Imaginary Girls

High iPod rotation:
The Kindness Kind
Loves
Imperial Teen

(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.)

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