Three Imaginary Girls are hip hoppin’ and not stoppin’

photo by Tomika Davis

Fresh Espresso (photo by Tomika Davis)

(Insert beatbox noise here) We the ladies of TIG have bands and beats to suggest to you, G. There’s a grip of hip hop this week live in town, old favorites and new groups to make you get down. So chiggity check your calendar and check your technique, and come out and shake your Jet City physique!

If you, beloved reader, can forgive the terrible rhyme scheme from above, in all seriousness, there really is a lot of excellent hip hop in Seattle this week, from deep underground, and just above it for your rumpshakin pleasure. Might we suggest the following:


12/4/09: Champagne Champagne/Fresh Espresso/Spaceman/Grynch/The Physics/Thee Satisfaction/DJ Darwin - Crocodile: “The only goal for our group is to make music that makes us feel good,” says DJ Gajamagic, a member of Champagne Champagne. In the eternal words of former president and gaffe master, “Mission accomplished.”

12/5/09: Mad Rad/They Live/VS/Fatal Lucciauno/Helladope/Katie Kate/DJSwervewon - Crocodile: If ever there were an appropriate time to summon Offspring lyrics from my psyche to describe Mad Rad (is there ever an appropriate time for this kind of thing?), the words “pretty fly for a white guy,” or in this case, guys would be those lyrics. Beloved local beardy weirdies, these guys are fly like Jeff Goldblum.

12/6/09: Del The Funkee Homosapien/Bukue One/Yirim Seck/Life Cycle - Neumo’s: Come pay your respects to hip hop royalty. On your knees, fools! Supplicate!

12/7/09: Steed Lords/The Mopes/Ascetic Junkies/Breaker Breaker - Comet: Representin straight outta Iceland, their beats are as cold as the natural splendor of their homeland. Take that, Rick Steves!

12/8/09: Kid Cudi - Showbox SoDo: Not unlike King Midas, everything this Kid touches turns to gold! Not unlike Nate Dogg (but in an eighth of the time), he has collaborated with just about everyone on the planet in the span of less than a year (Dare I say Dogg year? Ugh!)

12/9/09: Keenhouse/LexiconDon/Fighter X - Nectar: If there was a Venn diagram with the circles representing DEVO, Dan the Automator, and Harold Faltermeyer (the guy who did the theme for Beverly Hills Cop), these guys would be the army green color in the middle.

12/10/09: Z-Trip/Kid Koala - Showbox: Being heralded as the “original Girl Talk, only better,” by The Australian, this master of mashup, not unlike a peanut butter and banana sandwich will scratch many taste itches with his brand of mixing. How crazy would a mashup of Z-Trip and Girl Talk be? The universe would potentially collapse in on itself. Forget I mentioned it! Quickly!

Bow wow wow, yippy yo, yippy yay, TIG is definitely in the ho-ouse...

Mary Kwatkosky-Lawlor (Imaginary Mimi)
*Three Imaginary Girls*

In high i-pod rotation:
Curtains For You
People Eating People
Hope Sandoval & The Warm Intentions

(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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