2007 MUSICTECH SUMMIT IN THREE WEEKS
The Film + Music Office is proud to support the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Recording Academy to bring you the 2nd annual MusicTech Summit, hosted at the Experience Music Project Nov. 2nd and 3rd. This summit will examine how the changing technological landscape can empower artists and further their careers. Meet many of the most important players in this emerging industry, attend informative panels, network with industry leaders and jumpstart your career. The keynote address will be presented by Terry McBride, CEO of Nettwerk Music Group. Last year was a big success and this year promises to be even better.
FILM + MUSIC OFFICE HAPPY HOUR OCTOBER 24TH
The Mayor's Office of Film + Music if proud to present Happy Hour, a monthly film and music industry networking opportunity at Moe Bar (925 E. Pike St.) from 5 to 7 pm on Wednesday, October 24th. The past two events have been well attended and we have received a lot of great feedback regarding new business opportunities that have come from these events. As always, this will be a great time to learn more about the Film and Music Office, meet new people in our music and film industries and discuss current issues spanning film and music in Seattle. See you there!
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
'OUTSOURCED' WORKS AT NBC
Indie feature "Outsourced" is being developed into a TV comedy by helmer Ken Kwapis ("The Office"). NBC has made a premium script commitment to the half-hour, with Kwapis attached to direct a pilot if one is greenlit. George Wing ("50 First Dates") and John Jeffcoat, who wrote the feature, are set to adapt their work for TV. Like the movie, "Outsourced" will revolve around a customer service manager from Seattle who is sent to India to train a ragtag group of call-center employees.
PLAY THE GAME AND SAVE COLUMBIA CITY CINEMA
The Columbia City Cinema writes, "Hate to sound like church or Channel 9, but if you want to see us hang on until we get three screens and sail into smooth waters again, we need your help. What! Not again! Yes, again. We need to make the rent or there'll be no tomorrow. Otherwise, we'll go crashing against the second iceberg we see looming in the distance." Columbia City Cinema has created a fantasy stock game for those kind souls who donate to the hard-luck theatre.
PROST AMERIKA! INTERVIEWS SENATOR LISA BROWN
Senator Lisa Brown, creator of Washington Film Works, was recently interviewed by Prost Amerika about film in Washington, its economic impact, and the industry in general. It can be found at the link above.
SEATTLE CHANNEL PRESENTS PAUL MARIONI, A FILM BY JOHN FORSEN
Seattle's glass art scene is known worldwide, and Dale Chihuly remains one of the most recognizable living artists in the United States and across the globe. However, a handful of other Seattle artists also share the credit for bringing the studio glass "movement" here that had begun in the early 1970s in the San Francisco Bay Area. Among these early Seattle glass artists is Paul Marioni, subject of a new 30-minute film by Seattle filmmaker John Forsen, premiering on the SEATTLE CHANNEL on Saturday, October 20, 2007 at 8:30 pm on cable 21 in the city (and streaming at seattlechannel.org everywhere else).
THE SEATTLE CHANNEL HONORS WALT CROWLEY, OFFERS REEL SHORT MOVIES, AND EXPLORES THE AMERICAN AVANT GARDE
The Seattle Channel covers the memorial service held at Seattle's Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) with Hubert Locke presiding. Reel Short Movies once again presents a handful of works by local filmmakers, this episode honors short films from the 2005 Local Sightings Film Festival. On American Avant Garde, Karl Krogstad has to watch his sweet tooth with Conan Gale and Alan Sutherland's "I Want Your Cake." Each program is available online at the link above.
PEARL JAM'S IMMAGINE IN CORNICE DEBUTS AT #1 ON BILLBOARD'S MUSIC DVD CHART
Pearl Jam's newly released DVD, Immagine in Cornice "Picture in a Frame" makes an impressive debut at #1 on the Billboard Top Music DVD Chart. Released on September 25, 2007 the live concert film chronicles the band's 2006 European tour featuring performances at Pala Malaguti in Bologna, the Arena di Verona, the Forum in Milan, Palaisozaki in Torino and Duomo Square in Pistoia, Italy, and offers rare, behind-the-scenes footage, including personal interviews, candid performances, and glimpses backstage and off stage of the band's life on the road.
DON'T MISS THE LANGSTON HUGHES ANNUAL FALL PLAY, "DINAH WAS"
Seattle Parks and Recreation's Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center (LHPAC), opens its 2007 - 2008 season with Dinah Was, a dynamic musical production that celebrates the life and times of jazz & blues legend Dinah Washington. Hailed as the "Queen of Blues," Dinah Washington played hard and fast. She was the epitome of a blues diva who lived a tumultuous life - and was driven to sing about it.
SEATTLE CHANNEL WINS THE TOP MUNICIPAL TV AWARD
On Friday, October 5th, The Seattle Channel won the most prestigious award in municipal television, "Excellence in Government Programming (Operating Budget over $500,000)". The award was made by the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) at their annual awards ceremony in Portland, Oregon. This is the first time the Seattle Channel has won top honors, and follows our award for second place in the 2006 competition.
SOUND MAGAZINE SEEKS SALES REP
Sound Magazine, the region's premiere monthly music and arts source, is seeking a sales rep with print and/or media sales experience; preferably in the NW market. This is a great opportunity to join a small, dedicated, hard-working staff at a quickly rising publication. Please be familiar with the publication before applying. Copies can be found at local record stores, or click the link to our digital edition online at our website Send a resume AND cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls or drop-ins please.
MULTITALENTED SARAH RUDINOFF IS WORKING ON NEW MATERIAL-HER OWN
You may remember Sarah Rudinoff from Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the Leiber and Stoller revue Smokey Joe's Cafe-Rudinoff has proven already her versatile musical chops, fusing elements of rock, blues, and jazz. Most recently, Seattle Magazine found its way to Rudinoff, crowing in its 2007 Music Portfolio that "her big brassy vocals sound like they were soaked in Jack Daniels." Now, teamed up with collaborator Gretta Harley, the duo spent the better part of this summer woodshedding and hammering ideas into finished songs, Rudinoff takes her art to the next level, personal creation.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 10/1-10/7
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard, Fremont, and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
1. The Cave Singers - Invitation Songs
2. Eddie Vedder - Into the Wild
3. The Blakes - The Blakes
4. Various Artist - Live at KEXP Vol. 3
5. The Valley - The Valley
6. Schoolyard Heroes - Abominatons
7. Blue Scholars - Bayani
8. New Pronographers - Challengers
9. Minus the Bear - Planet of Ice
10. Pink Martini - Hey Eugene!
AFTER A DECADE OF SELLING RECORDS, SONIC BOOM IS KICKING HARDER THAN EVER
When Sonic Boom Records opened its doors on September 26, 1997, the small Fremont store was operated solely by co-owners Nabil Ayers and Jason Hughes. The store housed a meager selection of inventory, mostly contained in cardboard boxes. A decade later, the duo employs a 23-person staff among three locations (Fremont, Ballard, and Capitol Hill). Earlier this year, they opened the General Store in Fremont, branching out into books, snacks, magazines, and other random musical accessories. Thanks to Hughes and Ayers's day-by-day approach, Sonic Boom has thrived while Seattle neighborhoods become more expensive and the record industry slowly crumbles.
NIRVANA'S 'UNPLUGGED' FINALLY HEADING TO DVD
Nirvana's Nov. 18, 1993, "MTV Unplugged" taping will make its DVD debut Nov. 20 via Universal Music Enterprises. "MTV Unplugged in New York" was released Nov. 1, 1994, on CD, the first Nirvana product to appear following Kurt Cobain's suicide that April. Like the CD, the DVD will include the songs "Something in the Way" and "Oh Me," which did not appear on the original MTV broadcast. The DVD also sports four tracks from the band's soundcheck and previously unreleased behind-the-scenes footage.
TIME WARNER KICKS OFF NEW SERVICE
Cable operator Time Warner introduced a new music subscription service for its Internet customers called Road Runner Music. MusicNet is the technology and music catalog provider. Like other subscription services, Road Runner Music allows users unlimited access to more than 3 million tracks for about $10 a month, with a portable subscription plan for $15 a month.
THIS HOME'S ON THE HOUSE - "EXTREME MAKEOVER" WINNERS THRILLED BY NEW HOME
With television cameras rolling, Connie Chapin stood in the middle of a Kirkland street Thursday, crying tears of joy and hugging her three daughters and son. The family had just seen its new home, built to green and energy-efficient standards, for the first time. The crowd of more than 1,000 onlookers - many of them volunteers who helped build Chapin's replacement house - cheered. One group waved a big sign that read: "We [heart symbol] the Chapins."
MONTY PYTHON'S SPAM-A-LOT ROLLS INTO TOWN
They've got a lovely bunch of coconut shells to make the clip-clop hoof sounds of invisible horses. They've got a cart for hauling around plague victims. They've got fake armor, monks, peasants, a killer rabbit and the Voice of God (actually, of John Cleese). And they have more garish, naughty and irreverent song-and-dance routines than you can shake a scepter at. Beginning with a pre-Broadway tryout stand in Chicago in late 2004, followed by runs in New York, London, Las Vegas, Australia and a U.S. tour that comes to Seattle's Paramount Theatre next week, "Spamalot" is a feast for nonpurist Pythonites.
THE BLAKES: ON IGGY POP'S RADAR
The Blakes were knocking around Seattle for six-plus years, playing nonheadlining shows at the Lobo Saloon and other local dives, suddenly they became a "buzz band." A CD the band recorded in 2006 went into heavy rotation on KEXP and set off a positive chain of events. Now, the band is cranking out new songs at their West Seattle apartment and preparing for a tour that will last them the rest of the year.
THINGS ARE DEFINITELY LOOKING UP FOR SEATTLE BAND FALL FROM GRACE
All the struggles that have shaped this Seattle band -- near death, temporary paralysis, severe soul-searching depression, living as full-time, unsigned, hard-rocking musicians -- become focused into something primal in front of a live audience. Despite all the bandmates have been through, they remain grounded in good, hoping for the best. Lately, that streak of stubborn optimism has paid off. On Sept. 5 they emerged winners of Fuse network's "Bodog Music Battle of the Bands," beating Blaxmyth from Los Angeles and the Fear Nuttin Band from Boston for a $1 million recording contract with Bodog Music, a Vancouver, B.C., label whose artists include Wu-Tang Clan and Billy Idol.
JURY FINDS MINNESOTA WOMAN GUILTY OF USING P2P PROGRAM, MUST PAY RICHARD MARX $9,250
In the first trial involving the record-industry union versus an illegal downloader, a jury found Minnesota single mother Jammie Thomas guilty of infringing on music rights. While Thomas was illegally sharing 1,702 songs in her folder, she was only sued for twenty-four recordings. The price she'll have to pay: $222,000, or $9,250 per song, or 9,250 songs bought legally on iTunes.
LESBIAN & GAY FILM FEST IS BIGGER THAN EVER
Two more theaters (Central Cinema, SIFF Cinema) and plenty more films have been added to the ever-expanding Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. The 12th-annual edition kicks off Friday night at the Cinerama with the Seattle premiere of Paul Schrader's sassy whodunit, "The Walker."
NEW PEARL JAM DVD IS NO. 1
Pearl Jam's newest DVD debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Music DVD chart. Named "Immagine in Cornice," the DVD was released on Sept. 25 and documented the powerhouse Northwest rock band's tour through Europe. It includes performances, both candid and in concert, behind-the-scenes and backstage footage.
PORT TOWNSEND FILM FEST: GUSTS, GOULD, GOOD TIMES
Weather or not, the Port Townsend Film Festival goes on. The eighth annual edition of the town's three-day celebration of film unspooled last weekend, filled with high winds, good spirits, thought-provoking films, and the quirky touches that make this festival unique. The festival has followed the same successful structure for its eight years: three days and several dozen films, with a careful balance of features and documentaries, local and far-away filmmakers, new works and classics.
4 HURT IN NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING NEAR SEATTLE CENTER
Four men were shot, including the bouncer, at a nightclub near the Seattle Center just before midnight Friday. Four men were shot, including the bouncer, at a nightclub near the Seattle Center just before midnight Friday. After an argument started inside the Level 5 nightclub, one of the men went out to his car, pulled a handgun from the trunk and began firing in the parking lot at the other men as they left the club, according to Seattle Police Department reports.
A MOMENT WITH GUY MADDIN, FILMMAKER
In early 2006, visionary Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin set out with an all-Seattle cast and crew to make a movie. That simple premise led to "Brand Upon the Brain!" a surreal silent film with a live orchestra, celebrity narrators and spontaneous sound mixing that has delighted the film festival circuit from New York to Berlin. Wednesday and Thursday at 8 p.m., Maddin will present the film at the Cinerama as part of the finale of the Northwest Film Forum's Local Sightings festival. The film will be accompanied by an 11-piece orchestra and narrated by actor Karen Black on Wednesday and Maddin on Thursday.11-piece orchestra and narrated by actor Karen Black on Wednesday and Maddin on Thursday.
VEDDER, PENN SET FOR THR/BILLBOARD FILM & TV CONFERENCE
Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder and actor/director Sean Penn will be the subjects of the keynote Q&A at the Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Film & TV Music Conference, to be held Nov. 1-2 at Los Angeles' Beverly Hilton. Vedder and Penn will be interviewed by Billboard executive editor Tamara Conniff on Nov. 1 about the Penn-directed "Into the Wild," for which Vedder composed the soundtrack.
LEAKED MEMO REVEALS EMI'S DIGITAL PATH
EMI's new top executive, Terra Firma's Guy Hands, told staff in a leaked memo that record labels have to get more creative with digital opportunities and rely less on CD sales if they are to survive. "Rather than embracing digitalisation and the opportunities it brings for promotion of product and distribution through multiple channels, the industry has stuck its head in the sand." Calling the Radiohead direct-to-fan ploy as a "wake-up call," Hands proposed labels act more like venture capitalists. Rather than paying artists large upfront advances recoupable against future sales, labels should provide funding for recording a new album or even launching a tour in return for a share of the results-both profits and losses-he suggested.
TREATS FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO LOVERS
The world is full of gifted young violinists who start their careers at preschool age - but they don't always make a successful transition to the adult concert stage. One who has done this particularly well is Japanese-born Kyoko Takezawa, who began playing the violin as a 3-year-old and was already touring North America at 7. Now in her mid-30s, she is a concert artist who consistently ranks among the finest of today's violinists. Her immaculate technique, sense of style and mature artistry make her an artist who always connects with audiences - without any of the overdone histrionics or aggressive overplaying that are sometimes seen in aspiring players.
SEATTLE OPERA AND THE MET COLLABORATE ON "IPHIGENIA"
So how do you pronounce "Iphigenia"? Opera fans are pondering this question, as the opening date - this Saturday - for Seattle Opera's "Iphigenia in Tauris," the company's first co-production with the Metropolitan Opera of New York, draws closer.
LATIN EXPERIENCE: NEW EMP EXHIBIT EXPLORES ITS INFLUENCE ON U.S. POP
While in the midst of planning an expansive new exhibit on the history of Latin music in America, Experience Music Project curator Jasen Emmons realized he needed more real estate.
TIVO TO FEATURE RHAPSODY MUSIC SERVICE
TiVo Inc. is introducing music to its mix of entertainment services, offering owners of the company's digital video recorders access through their TVs to the Rhapsody music service. The new feature announced Tuesday means TiVo subscribers with broadband-connected set-top boxes will be able to listen to music streamed over the Internet from Rhapsody's service. The service, now part of Rhapsody America, a new joint venture between RealNetworks Inc. and Viacom Inc.'s MTV Networks, has a catalog of more than 4 million songs.
HOLLYWOOD WRITERS STRIKE INCREASINGLY POSSIBLE ABRUPT SESSION PREVENTS TALKS DURING WEEKEND, TUESDAY IS NEXT SESSION
Talks between Hollywood writers and studios abruptly broke off for the weekend, dimming hopes of averting a strike that could cripple the television industry. The Writers Guild of America has been in talks since July with studios represented by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. Negotiations lasted only about an hour on Friday and were not scheduled to resume until Tuesday.
UNIQUE NORTHWEST TRANSIT AND THE LEGACY OF MUSIC BENEFACTORS
Seattle is the hometown for the legendary street band of the galaxy. Today, we look back at the unique Northwest we've discovered on the show: From the Dynamic Logs and Blue Scholars to the scenic wonder of Metro Buses and the mechanical marvel of the Ballard Locks.
WEBSITE SET UP TO HELP DEFENDANT IN RIAA CASE
Jammie Thomas-- the Minnesota woman who recently became the first person in the U.S. convicted of music sharing copyright infringement in a jury trial-- is appealing the decision of the Minnesota federal court, which sentenced her to a fine of $222,000 after handing down its verdict.
RIAA JUROR: 'WE WANTED TO SEND A MESSAGE'
It took the jury in Capitol Records v. Thomas only five minutes to find that 30-year-old Jammie Thomas had infringed recording industry copyrights on 24 music tracks, according to the first juror to speak out on the verdict.
SEATTLE CELEBRATES SISTER-CITY TIE WITH MUSIC
The Kobe City Philharmonic Chorus concert and the "Big Kimono" ceremony on Thursday are part of weeklong events marking the 50th anniversary of the Seattle-Kobe (Japan) sister-city relationship. A delegation from Kobe will present a large silk art kimono to Seattle city officials at 11:30 a.m. followed by the free concert at noon in the City Hall Lobby, 600 Fourth Ave., Seattle.
"SPURTS OF MEMORY" WILL SEAR THEMSELVES ONTO YOURS
Winnipeg filmmaker Guy Maddin calls "Brand Upon the Brain!," which he shot in Seattle last year with an all-local cast and crew, his "first foreign film." It's certainly one of the strangest and most hypnotic movies ever to make its local debut at Cinerama.
Maddin started it as a short when he visited Seattle in January 2006; it grew into a 40-minute featurette and then a feature. Like so much of his work, it's a grainy color-drained fantasy, interrupted this time by color flashes and silent-film-style card titles.
PARAMOUNT'S 2008 SCHEDULE TINTED WITH "PURPLE"
The Oprah Winfrey-backed musical "The Color Purple" will have its Seattle debut next year, as part of the 2008 Broadway Across America series of shows at the Paramount Theatre. Also in the next Paramount series is another Seattle premiere, of Broadway's "Avenue Q," a Tony Award-winning musical spoof of "Sesame Street."
ORGANIST DOES BACH PROUD DURING RECITAL
In his first of a series of three Bach concerts under the auspices of the Seattle Symphony (also Jan. 28 and April 28), Organist Joseph Adam's chose some of Bach's most cheerful music. He bracketed the concert with two expansive works, beginning with the "Piece d'orgue (Fantasia)." Joyful and upbeat, it set the tone for the recital, from initial runs to majestic chords.
THOUSANDS START DAY WITH RADIOHEAD'S 'IN RAINBOWS'
Radiohead's new "In Rainbows" album is finally available online from Radiohead.com today (Oct. 10), with thousands of fans downloading the 10 new tracks early this morning. No figures are yet available for how many downloads have been sold, or the average amount paid under the band's "honesty box" pricing policy. However, unofficial sources suggest most customers have chosen to pay around £5 ($10.17) for the download edition. The album will not be U.K. chart eligible, according to the Official U.K. Charts Co.
SEATTLE SOUND EMPLOYS SEVEN SEATTLE ARTISTS TO INTERVIEW THE MUSICIANS YOU LOVE
In this month's issue of Seattle Sound magazine. Seven Seattle musicians get personal with seven musicians they love, respect and plan to see play in town this month. Featuring Built to Spill, The Go! Team, Bob Mould, The Trucks, Rogue Wave, Visqueen, The Black Lips, Death Cab for Cutie and more.
RE-ENERGIZED: GRAYSKUL RETURN TO THE SEATTLE HIP HOP FRAY
Rather than falling into the over-saturated terrain of George W. Bush or Seattle pride, Graskul's lyrical lexicon favors more viscerally evocative imagery. Vultures, crucifixion, brainwashing and vaguely otherworldly, "creatures in the harvest" abound, and that's just in Blood Radio's infectious lead single, "Scarecrow." But the popular perception of Grayskul is further fueled by the duo's gritty voices, moody beats and a revolving door of gothic imagery.
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