Three Imaginary Girls are still reeling from a historic week in Seattle

What a historic week in Seattle, wasn’t it? For better or worse, we ushered in an era where the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, who had been in print for over 140 years, went to a web-only newspaper. In more welcome news, The Crocodile, the most storied club in Northwest pop culture, reopened their doors after a long fifteen month absence from the Seattle music scene.

On the evening of the morning that I bought the final print issue of the PI, I had gotten a tour of the Crocodile from the club’s talent buyer Eli Anderson and the lovely and charming publicist Kerri Harrop and was blown away by how different the space is from the Crocodile CafĂ© that we remember pre-December 2007. I don’t think there was a single aspect of the club that wasn’t given a significant makeover. Only the Second and Blanchard address was recognizable from my memory.

Those two events are the inspiration for events to recommend in this column.

Ear Candy’s Birthday Party with Brent Amaker and the Rodeo, We Wrote the Book on Connectors and Team Gina, Saturday, March 21 at the High Dive

Amongst the things I’m going to miss the most from the print edition of the PI is my friend Travis Hay’s weekly show calendar column in the Friday “What’s Happening” section. To celebrate his own birthday and to launch his own Northwest music website (a growth from his excellent blog on the PI’s website), Ear Candy Beat, he put together an excellent bill to play his birthday show on Saturday night.

What I love about this bill (which has a TBA special guest because one band, The Fucking Eagles, had to cancel) is its diversity. There are three bands that are unlikely to have appeared on the same bill of a club show. The night starts out with the lesbian, white-girl hip hop of Team Gina (who I have praised repeatedly hear and at TIG) and continues with the silly “mustache rock” from We Wrote the Book on Connectors (trust me, mustache rock is preferable to “beard rock”) and some country from Brent Amaker and the Rodeo.

Hotels, Romance, New Faces and The Globes at The Crocodile, Wednesday, March 25

When I toured The Crocodile earlier this week, their booker, Eli Anderson, was most excited about the local shows on the club’s calendar and one he singled out was this show, the first all-local, ticketed show at the new Crocodile.

The band I’m most interested in is Hotels, who I’ve known casually over the past few years. They have a catchy, keyboard driven sound and an emotionally distant vocalist in singer Blake Madden. They had just released their latest album, Where Hearts Go Broke last month and from the little I’ve heard, it’s a lot more accessible than their previous work. The band was also singled out in the latest issue of Seattle Sound magazine by KEXP’s John Richards as one of the five bands he expects to break out in 2009. Also on the bill are The Globes, New Faces (who beat Fleet Foxes and everyone else to win TIG’s 2008 reader’s poll) and Romance, which will make for a very solid evening of rock.

See you out and about,

Chris Burlingame
*Three Imaginary Girls*

High iPod rotation:
The Minus 5
Black Swedes
Basic Astronomy

(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. Posted March 20, 2009 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    nice to see that it’s back, even if it doesn’t feel the same.

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