Three Imaginary Girls Want to Be Mesmerizing, Too

It has been nearly impossible for me to ignore the current economic crisis every time I turned on the news. Either the stock market or the sky has been falling for quite some time and I now know more about hedge funds, put options and derivatives than I probably should.

While I’m going to most likely be at four shows this upcoming week, I’m going to recommend just one of them. I find it hard to recommend multiple shows while I watch arguments on CNBC as to whether or not this economy is going to be a depression or just a really bad recession. Still, the one show I’m highlighting is a good one.

Liz Phair at the Showbox at the Market, Tuesday, October 7

A little over three months ago, TIG celebrated its sixth anniversary by getting nine of our favorite Northwest bands to play Liz Phair’s amazing first album Exile in Guyville from beginning to end, from “6’1″” to “Strange Loop”. It was a remarkable evening full of exceptional performances across the board. I won’t soon be forgetting Team Gina’s take on “Flower” or how the super-group led by Lesli Wood played “Divorce Song” or Rachel Flotard getting my favorite song from the album (“Fuck and Run”) exactly perfect.

That show took place in late June, just as Phair was on her own small tour, celebrating the re-release of her debut album and also playing it from front to back. That included stops in New York, San Francisco and Guyville itself, Chicago. Tuesday night she’ll be stopping in Seattle to also be playing Exile in Guyville – and I could not be more excited.

It’s become a cliché, but Guyville is an important, ground-breaking album and an emotional, personal one. I still don’t hear too many records that are as open and honest as this one is – even after fifteen years since its release; especially not in Phair’s later albums (although I do still like all of them but Somebody’s Miracle). For me, I don’t often seek out what has been called “sad bastard music”, but “Divorce Song” and “Fuck and Run” are the only songs I really find comforting when I’m sad or depressed or lonely.

Exile in Guyville is a record that belongs to its audience, collectively and individually, just as much as it belongs to its creator. On Tuesday night, they’ll all be in the same room.

It’s true that I stole your lighter,

Chris Burlingame
* Three Imaginary Girls *

High iPod Rotation:

Damien Jurado
Soda Fountain Rag
Blue Scholars

(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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