Three Imaginary Girls are at the Top of the Croc this week

Brittney Bush Bollay

Brittney Bush Bollay

I’m writing this post from (not-snowy) Southern California, so a good portion of the week I’ve been bombarded with ads for movies. I always love the sheer hyperbole that goes into commercials, often repeating some hack critic’s lines that were designed to appear in advertising. “If you only see one movie this year, make sure it’s…”

I generally loathe that expression but I’m going to apply it to a show this week. There really is a ton going on this week. I’m very excited to see Lily Allen at the Showbox Sodo with Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head (for the third time in less than a week) on Monday and Thursday night I’m still trying to decide whether to see Portland’s best Italo-Disco duo, Glass Candy, at Nectar or Team Gina and The Redwood Plan at Chop Suey. The latter might win out because it’ll probably be the last Team Gina show for a bit, while they take some time off to work on a new album.

Top of the Croc with “Awesome”, BOAT, Tullycraft and iji, Saturday, April 4 at the Crocodile

OK, this is our show but if you only go to one show a year, you should a) go to a lot more and b) go to this one. I love this lineup and I know what (most of the) special surprises are planned, so you’re going to have to trust me and get to the Crocodile on Saturday night.

Headliners “Awesome” is the band I’m most anxious to see – a great, literary rock band that doesn’t have the pretention The Decemberists have. And they’re really funny. At TIG this week we had gotten the bands who are playing this show to interview one another and this exchange from BOAT and a couple of “Awesome”rs has cracked me up and tells you everything you need to know about this band (and nothing at all, really):

BOAT: The Latin word for seven is septum. September was the seventh month of the year until 153 BC, when the Roman Emperor moved September to its current position as the ninth month of the year. In it’s current lineup, “Awesome” is a septet- a seven piece musical group. Suppose Silvio Berluscone, the current Italian Prime Minister, mandated the addition of two musicians to the band, making the band a nontet. Which two famous musicians, living or dead, would you choose to add to the band? Why?

Basil Harris: I dated a woman in college with a deviated septum. Her nose was kind of big – not unattractive, but she always caught shit for it in high school – and when she went in to have surgery to correct her breathing, they asked her if she wanted some “cosmetic alteration” while they were in there. She said no, which I always thought was a pro move. Fuck those bastards and their small-nosed definitions of beauty. She looked a little like Jennifer Aniston, who I also think has a larger than “normal” (whatever that means) but completely proportional and distinctive nose.

David Nixon: According to ancient Greek myth, the deviated septum originates with the Nostrox. The Nostrox was kind of like the Cyclops — who (according to Krull) gave one of his eyes in order to be able to see into the future but was tricked and ended up only being able to know his own time of death. Similarly, the Nostrox gave up one of his nostrils in order to be able to see the past but was tricked and ended up only being able to know his own birthday. After generations of interbreeding with normal humans, we’re left with the recessive nostrox gene, which expresses itself as the deviated septum. So if we’re going to add some band members, I guess we’d have one Nostrox, playing noseflute. And heck, let’s also have a cyclops playing the eyeflute. They can also be the hot dancers with tambourine and cowbell. And they can work the merch table.

See you out and about,

Chris Burlingame
*Three Imaginary Girls*

High iPod rotation:
Born Anchors
The Globes
Coco Coca

(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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