Three Imaginary Girls: Plan B ways to celebrate Sub Pop’s birthday

Happy birthday, Sub Pop! Congratulations on 20 wonderful years of going out of business. There’s of course tons of stuff going on with Sub Pop’s 20-year anniversary festival at Marymoor Park and all the other events surrounding it (including that “secret” show at Neumo’s on Monday with Olf-way Arade-pay that you didn’t hear about from me).

Of course, there is so much more going on this week as well (and the weather forecasts say it is going to be gorgeous). Here are a few other options:

Star Anna at the Tractor Tavern, Friday, July 11
When Star Anna played “Glory” and “Dance of Seven Veils” at Exile in {Imaginary} Girlville two weeks ago, a handful of my friends said they were blown away by her voice. It is easy to see why. Star Anna is a country singer in the best sense of the word. Her voice is gorgeous and has a lot of range but she conveys emotion better than nearly anyone else you’re likely to hear. Even just hearing her songs on record and someone else’s (Liz Phair’s) songs live, it is impossible to conclude that she doesn’t mean every syllable when she’s singing. There’s no ambiguity when this golden-voice singer steps in front of a microphone.

Here’s the video to her song “If Wishes Were Horses”. Watch it and see what I mean:

Candy Fest 2008 at the Comet and King Cobra, Saturday, July 12
SP20 isn’t the only festival going on this weekend. The Comet and King Cobra are hosting Candy Fest 2008 and it sounds like a blast. $12 gets you a wristband and you can move back and forth between the two clubs from 4 o’ clock on throughout most of the night, checking out some excellent garage, punk, glam and powerpop bands. I really enjoy Quadrillion, The Greatest Hits, The Knast, The Girls, Thee Makeout Party and RazRez, who are playing their first show in what seems like ages.

RazRez just finished up their debut album and are getting pretty close to releasing it. This night you’ll get to experience their loud, fast guitar-based glam/punk sound for yourselves.

The Jesus and Mary Chain at the Showbox SoDo, Wednesday, July 16
I would estimate that a good 25% of my CD collection sounds like The Jesus and Mary Chain. With fuzzy guitars heavy on the reverb, drone-y and nihilistic vocals and generous use of feedback and distortion, JAMC were hugely influential on bands like Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Black Angels and The Raveonettes. I was just listening to their classic, debut album Psychocandy after a long absence and realized just how well each song held up. Nothing sounded dated after 23 years.

Tickets are a little steep ($33-35) but to me it’s worth it just for the chance to hear “Some Candy Talking” and “Just Like Honey” performed live.

Here’s the “Some Candy Talking” video to whet your appetite:

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

High iPod rotation:
Scream Club
No Age
Mudhoney

(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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