Three Imaginary Girls breathe a sigh of relief and head out to celebrate

Isn’t it a wonderful relief that Campaign 2008 has come and gone (and with such satisfying results!)? I was on Capitol Hill Tuesday night, hours after the polls had closed, and it was electric. By Neumo’s, the streets were blocked off and full of people celebrating the election of President-elect Barack Obama. It was remarkable seeing everyone so excited at the realization of a dream many people had but never thought they’d see in their lifetime.

I’m sure that with everyone with the mass celebrations across Seattle Tuesday night, the celebrations will continue throughout the first weekend after this historic election. While looking at the calendar to come up with recommendations for the upcoming week, I found three shows to highlight that all, coincidentally or not, feature all girl bands.

All Girl Summer Fun Band at the Vera Project, Saturday, November 8

The AGSFB has been a favorite band of mine for many years, for both personal and aesthetic reasons. They were on the cover of the issue of ROCKRGRL magazine five years ago that first published my reviews as a music critic. I also met my real life imaginary friends, Liz and Dana, at an AGSFB show at the Crocodile.

But I was listening to this band prior to that. They have a twee pop sensibility that has some of the most sugary and catchy songs you’re likely to run across. Thematically, they sing about things like boyfriends play video games, crushes on Jason Lee, and really old cell phones. They’ve been under the radar for a few years, mostly (I presume) due to band member Kathy Foster’s other band, The Thermals, having considerable success. Finally, though, AGSFB has just released their first album in five years in late September, called Looking into It and are playing an all-ages show at Vera to support this record.

Here’s another one of my favorite AGSFB songs, “Dear Mr. and Mrs. Troublemaker”:

Vancougar at the Wild Rose, Saturday, November 8

Vancougar just found its way on to my iPod recently when I had gotten a copy of their new Mint Records album Canadian Tuxedo. Their songs are upbeat pop rock songs influenced equally from 60s girl groups like The Chiffons, The Shangri-Las or The Angels and garage rock bands. They remind me of the aforementioned All Girl Summer Fun Band but rock a little more, with a heavier reliance on power chords. Check out the video to their song “Distance” below:

MiniRex at the High Dive, Thursday, November 13

MiniRex formed mostly from the ashes of The Buttersprites, another beloved Northwest all girl band, are a five-piece all girl band that has a lot of catchy, upbeat go-go pop punk songs. I’ve been really enjoying “Gallon of Wine” lately. It’s a perfect little song with a steady, consistent drum beat over Amzeah Smith’s vocals that are much more soulful than a lot of pop music. I’ve yet to see them live, but all of the people I know who has recommends them highly, saying their shows are a lot of fun live. From this video of the band playing “Gallons of Wine” at a recent show at Nectar, it looks like that is a fair assessment:

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

High iPod rotation:
DJ Spooky
Pale Man Made

(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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