Three Imaginary Girls: Biding time between festival weekends

This is an interesting weekend. It is between two festivals — last weekend’s Sub Pop 20 extravaganza (I didn’t even go but I followed it so closely online that I felt exhausted) and next Capitol Hill Block Party next. Still, there is no shortage of interesting things to do this week. Like…

Pabst Record Swap at Neumo’s, Saturday, July 19
On Saturday, Neumo’s becomes huge record store with tons of vendors. It’ll be like a shopping mall for music — with beer and music. If you’re searching for that elusive, original pressing of The Velvet Underground and Nico, this could be a good place to start. The doors open at 5 and then at 9 the live music from Dub Trio, Elefaders and Library Science starts. It’s free and sure to be more fun than scouring Ebay on a Saturday night.

photo by Scott Steinbright

The Little Penguins at Jules Maes Saloon, Saturday, July 19
Amongst the list of bands I’ve been meaning to check out, The Little Penguins would be pretty close to the top. Led by Will Hallauer, drummer for The Turn-Ons (one of my favorite Northwest bands altogether), The Little Penguins have a straight-forward approach to pop songwriting. Hallauer’s voice somewhere falls in between Bob Dylan and Morrissey’s and the band’s songs are catchy with an impressive lyrical depth.

As another bonus, their producer (and The Turn-Ons’ guitarist), Erik Blood, will be joining the band through the summer as a fifth member. With his work in The Turn-Ons as well as producing local bands like Charmparticles, The Lights and The Catch and his obvious love for the production values of Phil Spector, Blood knows his way around a pop song as well as anyone in town. Having Blood as a member of this band adds another dimension to its already impressive sound. From what I’ve heard from the band online, The Little Penguins have the potential to be one of the most impressive Northwest bands in the very near future.

The Toy Box Party at the High Dive, Sunday, July 20
The Toy Box is a recording studio located in beautiful Fremont and this show is a celebration of the studio, showcasing 10 bands (!) that have recorded there. There is an impressive list of bands playing tonight — and from what I hear, each band will play two or three songs. This is a wonderful opportunity to check out some really excellent bands. If you’re not impressed with one, chances are the next one will be more to your liking.

The lineup includes: Supersonic Soul Pimps, Michael Vermillion, Sam Squared, The Catch, Ships, Shawn Smith, Haircuts that Hurt, Lonesome Rhodes, Mike Clark and the Red Taillights and With Friends Like These.

Judas Priest at WaMu Theater, Tuesday, July 22
I’m not exactly a loyal Judas Priest fan — the closest you may come to finding anything Priestian on my iPod is a cover of “Livin’ After Midnight” by The Donnas — but I do recommend this show because the band inspired one of the two funniest movies about rock music, Heavy Metal Parking Lot (of couse, This Is Spinal Tap is the other). Shot just prior to a Priest concert outside of Baltimore in 1986, the short film is a documentary full of mullets and Camaros, but lacking any pretention, HMPL showcases a group of people that love their beer cheap and both their rock and roll loud and fast.

Here’s the trailer to HMPL:

See you out and about,
Chris Burlingame

*Three Imaginary Girls*

High iPod rotation:
This is Ivy League
Anything related to Sub Pop

(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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