Jenni Potts (photo by Weston Renoud)
Imaginary Liz loves to have fun with numbers, so it’s no surprise that this week she’s convinced TIG staffer ChrisB to help her focus on shows that fall on 1/11. This Friday, January 11th, there’s a whole host of shows to choose from... and ponder.
Oddly, there are a slew of bands who’ve pulled their band name from their record shelves:
- The lightheartedly named Guns N Rosetti are opening for Peter Parker at Jules Maes.
- Hell’s Belles, the AC/DC cover band that’ve never disappointed a crowd, will be at Neumos.
- Black Nite Crash, named after a Ride song and who our favorite local shoegazers, will be at Skylark.
But Chris suggests getting out of Seattle all together and head up to Bellingham’s Boundary Bay Brewery and Bistro to see two of his favorite 2007 local artists. Bellingham singer/songwriter Jenni Potts is only 20 years old but crafted one of his favorite Northwestern albums all year with her The Fourth EP (Clickpop). It is an intensely personal but beautifully composed record where Potts reflects on the decisions she’s made throughout her life. She also has a strong but vulnerable voice and her lyrics are unsentimental but not hopeless. Listening to The Fourth is like imagining Chan Marshall singing Liz Phair’s Exile in Guyville. Look for a full-length album out very soon.
Like Potts, the Kindness Kind makes revealing pop songs with a singer unafraid of wearing her heart on her sleeve. In this case, singer Alessandra Rose finds her inner Morrissey by way of Regina Spektor with a gifted goth-pop band to support her. Whereas Potts’ songs are raw, often only employing her harmonies and acoustic guitar, the Kindness Kind intricately craft each song so that you can notice something new each listen to their debut A Novel. Both live and on Memorex, their best songs grow more intense as they progress.
Sad that all the fun is happening on Friday? Tis not true! We’ve actually been counting down to Tuesday, January 15th for months now. It’s the day our beloved Magnetic Fields release their new album, Distortion. From what we’ve heard, the direction of the songs hold true to the name. They are full of fuzz and delectably dark, subtlety comic and all Merritt. We can’t think of anything finer. Oh, except for a free MP3 of a song from the album. There’s one featured on The Walrus blog.
Another release coming out on Tuesday that’s caught our eye is the completionist 2CD+DVD megapack from Eels. The set, officially entitled Useless Trinkets: B Sides, Soundtracks, Rarities and Unreleased 1996-2007, covers pretty much everything listed in the title, which will make for a wonderfully melancholy evening. While you’re there, don’t forget to pick up the Spice Girls “Greatest Hits” (for your older sister’s birthday, of course).
See you out and about!
Three Imaginary Girls and Chris Burlingame
(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.)