Three Imaginary Girls and a few reasons to brave the snow and ice

OK dearest readers. As I’m writing this, I’m in my very comfy apartment after dealing with the snow (and resulting transportation headaches) all day long. My conscience says everyone should be staying in. Plus, it’s the holiday season and isn’t that time for your family?

Then, I look at the calendar and realize, hey, there’s a lot going on this week. I’m getting out of town for a few days at the beginning of the week and it is too see some more rock. I shouldn’t be surprised because I’ve been writing this column every week for nearly all of 2008 and I’m never grasping at straws finding stuff to cover here.

Here is a not-so-random sampling of things worth your time.

The Godfather and The Godfather Part II at SIFF Cinema, Friday, December 19 through January 1

If the holidays are about families, like I wrote in the first paragraph, then this is the perfect way to spend your Christmas (or whatever your preferred December holiday is) because there is not a single family that is more prominent in film than the Corleones.

The Godfather is often listen at or near the top of every film survey’s list of great films of all time because it simply is. Even while reaching three hours in length, The Godfather films are enormously compelling morality tales. You really have everything a film lover could expect: drama, love, suspense, Brando, Pacino, Keaton, Caan, DeNiro, character studies, severed horse heads, gunplay, offers that can’t be refused.

Even better, on a few of these days, SIFF Cinema is showing The Godfather and The Godfather Part II consecutively (check SIFF.net for ticket information).

Here’s the trailer from The Godfather back in 1972:


The Scheme at the High Dive, Monday, December 22

The Scheme is an excellent Northwest powerpop band in the tradition of Big Star or Fountains of Wayne. Led by singer/guitarist David Thompson and a dynamic new rhythm section (Gwon Chang on bass and Gregg Anderson on drums), the band has some very catchy songs. They don’t play too often, so this is a good opportunity to hear songs from the album Sunset on a Daydream (which was recorded by a previous incarnation of The Scheme) as well as some newer songs that I am quite anxious to hear.

If you like upbeat, guitar-based pop/rock songs, The Scheme is definitely a band to check out. Even on a Monday night.

Breaker Breaker with The Black Swedes and I Can Make You on Fire at Chop Suey, Tuesday, December 23

One of the bands I had been meaning to catch all year long was Breaker Breaker, a synth-heavy new wave group. I feel guilty about not catching one of their shows (although I would feel more if they hadn’t taken their name from a Chuck Norris movie) because I enjoy the bouncy keyboards providing a dizzying melodies for singer Ashleigh Estes’ melodies. It sounds like Breaker Breaker will get people at Chop Suey dancing on Christmas Eve’s eve.

Also on the bill are two bands from the ashes of Argo, a local pop rock band I was both friendly with and fond of. I Can Make You on Fire is an instrumental rock band and The Black Swedes are an acoustic guitar duo. This should make for an interesting and eclectic evening.

Until next week...

Chris Burlingame
Three Imaginary Girls

In high iPod rotation:
The Limbs
The Decemberists
The Girls

(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. jessie
    Posted December 19, 2008 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

    The Limbs are playing Skylark tonight. Free show. Driving can’t be recommended, in good conscience, but anyone in the Delridge area or close by should walk...

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