Behind the Scene

Liz, Dana, and Char, the ladies of Seattle-based indie webzine Three Imaginary Girls, have a not so imaginary crush on the Long Winters and aren't afraid to get up early or stay out late—all in the name of rock and roll. The girls took the time to answer these questions collectively.


Liz Riley, Dana Bos, and Char Davidson.

Job titles, duties:

Imaginary Girls, of course.

How did the three of you meet?

Liz and Dana met while volunteering at the first KEXP pledge drive for John in the Morning. Anyone who's willing to get up at 5 a.m. for indie rock must be worth knowing, right? Then those two met Char at a Visqueen show at the Crocodile.

What paid the bills before? Is TIG your main gig now? If not, who is lucky enough to share your time and energy?

TIG is our main gig, but we all share our time and energy with various day jobs around Seattle as writers, project managers, and graphic designers. We'll let you keep guessing who does what.

Favorite part of your job:

1. Interviewing the Long Winters.

2. Being the first to find out about new music when we open our mail.

3. Getting to meet people who are just as excited about music as we are and can discuss it over drinks any day of the week.

Bands TIG has broken or touted before anyone else:

Three Imaginary Girls came into being alongside Visqueen and the Long Winters, and we've loved watching them release more records and continue to rock throughout the years.

While we can't claim all the credit for their subsequent successes, here are some of the local bands about which we were thrilled to toot our imaginary horns:


2. The Decemberists (We saw them and wrote about them at their first Seattle show on Valentine's Day 2002 at the Crocodile, with Carissa's Wierd.)

3. Math and Physics Club

4. Smoosh

5. The Trucks

Best Northwest bands to look out for in 2007:

The Trucks, Night Canopy, the Treatment, Patience Please, Tea Cozies, the Saturday Knights, We Wrote the Book on Connectors.

Thing you love most about working together:

We feel incredibly lucky to have found one another and have the ability to share our insatiable passion for finding great new music and putting it out there for other people to find and enjoy. We each bring our own superpowers to the table.

Dana is the charismatic one. She can whip a crowd into a frenzy in five minutes flat—whether she is emceeing an event or ruling the karaoke stage.

Char is crafty with the pen and the wrench. I've seen her pull together a wickedly smart Her Space Holiday feature and put together the engine of a biodiesel Volkswagen in the same day.

Liz is like that friend who always knows exactly what you should be listening to. Based on what you currently have in iPod rotation, she can tell you, "Oh my, I know exactly the new record you're going to love," and she's always spot-on.

What does the crystal ball hold for TIG's future?

A new Web site with kick-ass technology that we've been trying to implement for over two years, hopefully launching in early 2007. We also have big bad plans for more imaginary podcasts and can't wait to share the results of our Best Northwest Releases of 2006 Readers' Poll (you can vote for yourself through the end of 2006 at

Your top five records to listen to . . . 

While party planning: The Gossip, Standing in the Way of Control.

While on a road trip: Cars Can Be Blue, All the Stuff We Do.

While Web site wrangling: The Elephants, The Elephants.

While searching for free Wi-Fi: The Thermals, More Parts per Million.

While warming up for karaoke: The Go-Go's, Beauty and the Beat.

Three Imaginary Girls' Very Merry Imaginary Karaoke Holiday Bash (See Wire, p. 31) Crocodile Cafe, 2200 Second Ave., 441-5611, $10. 8 p.m. Fri., Dec. 8.

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