Three Imaginary Girls: Celebrate independence with indie-rock and indie-films… and Bond

How often do we get a 3-day weekend that begins on a Friday? Not just any holiday weekend, but the 4th of July as well. And it is the last Independence Day before January 20, 2009, and that is worth celebrating in and of itself, right?

Fortunately, there are also plenty of options for this weekend. The Long Winters are playing Saturday night at the Showbox and there’s the excellent KEXP Audioasis show at the High Dive with Aqueduct and Man Plus (benefiting Summer Search) but here are a few other things I’m excited about:

The Model Rockets, The Tripwires and The Doll Test at the Tractor, July 4
The Tractor has all of a sudden become the home for powerpop in Seattle — and that’s a damn good thing if you ask me. Tonight’s bill is especially stellar, with the reunion show of The Model Rockets, an excellent rock band whose history goes back over 15 years. If you love powerpop in the tradition of Sloan, You Am I and Big Star (and I certainly do), this is a show for you.

The members of The Model Rockets have been continuing the lineage by playing in The Tripwires and The Doll Test, who are also playing tonight.

If you’ve seen one fireworks show, you’ve seen them all but how often do you get to see The Model Rockets?

Bond and Beyond, Saturday, July 5 at SIFF Cinema
James Bond films are a great American tradition: there’s a good/evil theme that runs through it (with eccentric villains usually on the opposite end of the Cold War), Bond kicks ass (and looks good doing it) and he’s chasing babes and drinking booze. How American can you get? Of course, you’d have to suspend disbelief over 007’s Britishness, but whatever. That’s what Hollywood is for, right?

SIFF Cinema kicks off their Bond and Beyond series this weekend with two of my favorite older Bond films: The Spy Who Loved Me and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. OHMSS is one of the more underrated films in the series but in hindsight, I think it still holds up. It’s the only film where George Lazenby played Agent 007, mostly because he had the misfortune of not being Sean Connery. Still, the double feature with The Spy Who Loved Me (with Connery as Bond) is unbeatable for a lazy Saturday afternoon.

Benefit for Acrassicauda with The Keeper, Ubik and Shogun at the Rendezvous, Saturday, July 5
I’m not one to normally recommend metal shows but this one is easy.

One of my absolute favorite films to play at SIFF this year was Heavy Metal in Baghdad, Vice Films’ documentary about a loud rock band in Iraq whose life and livelihood were ripped apart by the war in their home country. Caught in a horrible Catch-22, the members of Acrassicauda (Latin for “black scorpions”) risk being innocent casualties of war in Iraq but can’t find employment to support their families outside of Iraq. At the risk of spoiling the film, the band members are forced to sell their gear and instruments to pay their rent.

This show is a benefit for Acrassicauda and I’m in favor of supporting anyone whose goal is to bring both rock and roll to the Middle East.

Here’s a clip from the film (which is now available on DVD):

See you out and about,
Chris Burlingame
*Three Imaginary Girls*

High iPod rotation:
Mono in VCF
Silversun Pickups
The Saturday Knights

(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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One Comment

  1. Posted November 7, 2008 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    A small correction if I may: Roger Moore starred in The Spy Who Loved me. He is actually my favorite Bond. He has just the right level of bordeline arrogant coolness about him that I think is right. Connery was very good too.

    The touchy-feely direction they are taking Bond right now isn’t quite as fun to watch, in my opinion.

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