Three Imaginary Girls recommend a few ways to (not) stalk The Decemberists

photo by Gregory A. Perez

This week Seattle has a bunch of mid-week reasons to rejoice. For those that already have a golden ticket to the acoustic Nada Surf show at the Triple Door, congratulations. If you haven’t, perhaps you can find solace by listening to their new album (yes the whole thing!) before it is released! Starting today (Friday, January 25th), the Nada Surfers have put all of the tracks from the forthcoming (and hotly anticipated) Lucky on their MySpace page for everyone to shamelessly stream.

Those of us that snoozed a bit too long, we can find solace with a series of opportunities to stalk the Decemberists. For Decemberists overachiever fans, start your week off with a stop by Tractor Tavern with the once in a blue moon Decemberists show in the friendly (and intimate) Ballard venue when they share the stage with alty-Americana favorite, Bobby Bare, Jr. For something a little more inline with that pesky restraining order, you can see darling smarty-pants Colin Meloy and friends two nights in a row at the Moore Theatre on Wednesday (January 30th) and Thursday (January 31st).

To prepare for “Decemberists Week,” there’s a fine stash of Decemberists songs to obsess over, but how about a clip of them being cute, talented, and funny? Here’s a bit of video from last year’s Bonnaroo festival in which Chris Funk and Colin Meloy jokingly play each other’s guitars and ended up on the ground in their fine summer suits:

Looking for something a little more… on the West side and FREE? We’re excited that the NYC band who brought imaginary Liz the song “Love Astronaut” is going to be visiting West Seattle’s Skylark on Thursday, January 31st — and it’s free! Murder Mystery‘s sound picks up where Stellastarr* left off; the songs are slightly glossy and the vocals have that (you know you like it) Julian Casablancas crackly deep feel to them… The end result is a collection of tracks that makes Liz hit repeat, often. Their full-length self released album is going to be officially released on Tuesday, January 29th (which makes their show two days later even more of a reason to celebrate).

And lest we forget, this Tuesday the new Chris Walla album (Field Manual) is also going to be released! After the wee bit of drama the album’s files encountered along the way, we’re even more excited to hear the full thing. Back in October, a hard drive of all the songs (carried by a courier hired by Barsuk to bring the record across the Canada/US border) was confiscated by the computer-forensics division of the US Homeland Security folks. Anything that piques the interest of the authorities has to be good, right? If you’re reading this before January 29th, you can get a sneak peak of the album (if the fine sampling from KEXP over the last few weeks isn’t enough) on Barsuk Records’ website.

See you out and about!
Three Imaginary Girls

High iPod rotation:
Cat Power
Baby Dee
Jeffrey Lewis

(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 Seattle 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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  1. Kasa
    Posted January 25, 2008 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    Is the Tractor Bobby Bare show actually happening anymore? It’s not listed on their side – looks like Korby Lenker instead…

  2. Posted January 25, 2008 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    Hmm… maybe it’s been cancelled (eep – apologies to the superfans!)

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