|Film + Music Newsletter
2007 MUSICTECH SUMMIT
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
AIDAN QUINN SIGNS ON TO THE OFF HOURS
The Seattle independent film, The Off Hours has cast actor Aidan Quinn (Legends of the Fall, Benny and Joon) to play the role of Stu, the alcoholic diner owner struggling to reconnect with his teenage daughter, and are now in scheduling talks. Aidan was recently nominated for an Emmy Award for his portrayal of Henry Dawes in the HBO film Wounded Knee, starring Quinn and Anna Paquin. The production currently has offers out to several other high caliber actors to portray other leading roles in the film.
SEATTLE JAZZ SCENE PRESENTS THE SEATTLE JAZZ SHOWCASE: OCTOBER 15 - NOVEMBER 1
A collective of dozens of Seattle jazz musicians have banded together to create - a place to present news, views and sounds of Seattle's vast and varied jazz culture. To celebrate the debut of their new website, Seattle Jazz Scene presents 24 bands over three weeks at the LAB Theater at the Seattle Drum School.
NWFF ANNOUCES WINNERS OF 2007 SIGHTINGS FESTIVAL
The 10th Annual Local Sightings Film Festival has wrapped! All My Love, directed by Brian Short has won best feature and Fortune Hunters, directed by Thom Harp, has won best short film. NWFF would like to thank the jurors, filmmakers, audience, volunteers, sponsors, and everyone who helped make the festival the wonder that it was.
CENTRAL AREA SENIOR CENTER PRESENTS TS MONK SEXTET
The Central Area Senior Center is celebrating the grand opening of the photographic exhibit of over 60 pictures form "Jackson Street after Hours", the authoritative history of jazz in Seattle, all month long. On October 21st, the Center will host the internationally famous TS Monk Sextet for a one-time only performance at 3pm. The Garfield High Jazz combo will play at this event and we expect a jam session of professionals and students to top off of the show.
WASHINGTON COMPOSERS FORUM CALL FOR GRAPHIC SCORES
WCF has put out a call for recordings of original music to be accompanied by video created by local filmmakers. Chosen recordings will be presented with video in two concerts in Seattle. The Submission deadline is October 30th. Results will be announced November 2nd.
GOATS ON FILM
Just in case you missed seeing the goats in person...A short video documenting their participation in maintenance of Robert Morris' earthwork Johnson Pit #30 in SeaTac is now available online. The work was created by students in Jerry DePinto's media class at Bellevue's Sammamish High School and features still photos and video of the goats on location, along with 4Culture Collection Curator Greg Bell discussing artist Robert Morris, his earthwork, and the role of goats in maintenance of the piece.
THE MUSICIANS' ASSOCIATION OF SEATTLE PRESENTS MUSICIAN SEMINARS
The Musicians' Association of Seattle is hosting two free seminars this fall. Protect Your Recording, presented by Dick Gabriel from the American Federation of Musicians' Electronic Media Division, will provide musicians' with the information and tools to protect their rights and future income stream with regard to recorded product. Basic Income Tax Savvy for Musicians, presented by Shannon Knipp, CPA with the firm Minar and Northey, LLP, will cover federal, state and local tax compliance for self-employed musicians.
CHRIS WALLA SOLO RECORD TO BE RELEASED
Chris Walla will release his debut solo full-length Field Manual on January 29, 2008, on Barsuk Records. Known both as the guitarist / producer in Death Cab for Cutie and as an in-demand producer of other independent-minded artists (Tegan & Sara, The Decemberists), Walla brings a refined aesthetic and melodic ear to everything he involves himself in. Walla's past recordings of his own songs (occasionally made available online under the name "Martin Youth Auxiliary") have mostly been quickly-recorded lo-fi sketches unintended for widespread release. Field Manual represents the first time his own songs have been given the studio attention and thought-out approach to recording for which he is in such demand by others.
KING FM TO BROADCAST SEATTLE YOUTH SYMPHONY CONCERTS
Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras (SYSO) is pleased to announce that 98.1 KING FM will be broadcasting Seattle Youth Symphony concerts from the 2007-08 65th anniversary season as part of KING FM's Northwest Focus. The broadcasts will take place a week after the concerts; the Sunday November 18, 2007 concert will be broadcast on Wednesday November 21st 2007 at 8:00 p.m.
EVER WANTED TO GET A SONG ON ONHOLD?
Artists seeking to have their music considered for the OnHold program may submit recordings any time during the year. Please note that only recordings by artists who work in or have substantial ties to the greater Seattle area will be considered for the program. Compositions by artists or organizations that control their own publishing rights are preferred.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 10/8-10/14
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard, Fremont, and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
1. Band Of Horses - Cease To Begin
2. Eddie Vedder - Into The Wild
3. Cave Singers - Ivitation Songs
4. The Blakes - The Blakes
5. Brandi Carlile - Live At Easy Street
6. Valley - Valley EP
7. Various Artists - Live At KEXP Vol3
8. Schoolyard Heroes - Abominations
9. Band Of Horses - Everything All The Time
10. Neko Case & Her Boyfriend - Virginian
GAY FILM FESTIVAL GROWS UP A BIT, BUT KEEPS ITS PUNK EDGE
The Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival turns 12 this year and, after viewing some of the 75 programs and 150 narrative features, documentaries and short films, one feels like the fest has undergone a rite of passage that's pushed it to a higher plateau of sophistication. The festival's programming director, Jason Plourde, understands the need to integrate outlaw and mainstream. He says, "I think we've consistently been growing and maturing as an organization. Each year we learn how to improve the film festival, and the films we have to choose from just keep getting better and more diverse.
SEVEN NIGHTS, SEVEN DANCE FLOORS
After a week of club-hopping the Seattle PI has discovered that, despite rumors to the contrary, dance fever is alive and well in the Emerald City. It's a scene propelled by a combination of diverse, exuberant crowds and skilled DJs who can make Foreigner and Soulja Boy go together like peanut butter goes with jelly. What follows is not exactly Notes From the Underground, but it is the record of a man gripped by a strange passion to push it, crank it, start it and work it for seven joyous nights.
EARLY SANTANA MEMBERS AT EMP EXHIBIT OPENING ON SATURDAY
Early members of Latin-rock band Santana were among the musicians performing at the official opening Saturday of "American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music" at the Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame. The ambitious new exhibit is the largest in EMP's history, filling more than 5,000 square feet of space and enlisting three guest curators from the University of Washington.
SUCCESS HASN'T SPOILED THE BLAKES YET
It would be easy to dismiss a band like the Blakes as your average pretty-boy-garage-rock-stars-in-training. All three are undeniably attractive young men, rough around the edges, suitably clad in scruffy leather and denim, voracious smokers, and ripe with barbed wit and flirtatious bravado. Combine that first impression with the reality that they fled Seattle briefly for a failed stab at success in Los Angeles, and a flurry of press comparing them to the Strokes, and you have a premature backlash building against a band that is finally getting a fair shot at success. What success the band has enjoyed so far hasn't gone to their heads, thankfully. They're still incredibly hard workers and earnestly committed to their craft.
THROW ME THE STATUE PUT BASKERVILLE HILL ON THE MAP
The young label has released a compilation featuring eight unknown artists, the solo debut of Black Bear, and Throw Me the Statue's Moonbeams. Reitherman recorded that album himself as a solo project, and its multitracked depth and smart, bright pop suggests the homemade majesty of Of Montreal as much as the moon-gazing wonder of the Microphones. There are even hints of Very Emergency-era Promise Ring here, too, especially in the affably flat vocals of "Your Girlfriend's Car" or the cruising guitar riff of "A Mutinous Dream." Since releasing the album, Throw Me the Statue has grown into a full, five-piece band.
A NEW EXPERIMENTAL DOCUMENTARY LETS KURT COBAIN DELIVER HIS OWN EULOGY
At times the visuals are literal. Kurt talks about his insensitive dad bringing him to work-cut to a lumberyard in Aberdeen. He talks about sitting in his dad's office-cut to the desk and the file cabinet. He talks about listening to Queen's News of the World while waiting for his dad to finish work-cue Freddie Mercury singing "It's Late" and a shot of a pile of logs. We get it. At other times, the images are poetic, journalistic, or just random, like a dead bird fanned out on a forest floor. Before long, these literal and abstract correspondences take on their own life as both illustration of and commentary on the narration. The most powerful image, however, is the one that doesn't appear until the last minute of the film: Cobain's face. We spend the whole film not seeing it, but imagining it superimposed over footage of the places he grew up seeing, hating, struggling to escape.
PETER GREENAWAY SAYS CINEMA IS DEAD
Famously uncompromising British helmer Peter Greenaway declared cinema officially dead but said interactive forms of filmmaking offered exciting new possibilities. "New electronic filmmaking means the potential for expanding the notions of cinema have become very rich indeed," Greenaway said during a master class at the Pusan Intl. Film Festival Tuesday. "Cinema's death date was in 1983, when the remote control was introduced to the living room," said Greenaway, who has shocked and delighted auds, often simultaneously, with classic movies such as "The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover" and "Prospero's Books." The Welsh-born, English-raised helmer shocked the film students in attendance by taking aim at some of the biggest figures in the biz.
WRITERS GUILD DRAFTS HARDLINE REGULATIONS
The WGA clearly wants to send a signal. The guild has formulated strike rules that would impose an exceptionally aggressive stance on its 12,000 members. In addition to a ban on any guild-covered work in features and TV, a draft recap of the WGA rules said the guild plans to prohibit any writing for new media and declare that writers can't do animated features -- even though that realm is not under WGA jurisdiction. The WGA didn't specify what the penalties would be for violating the rules. It's also asserting that nonmembers who perform banned work during a strike will be barred from joining the guild in the future.
DUBAI BUILDING TOWARDS FILM-INDUSTRY HUB
Tourism, a booming market economy and an audacious construction industry have been slotted into place by Dubai's savvy rulers, who are determined to ensure that Dubai the empire continues long after dwindling oil supplies have run dry. The next stage in the relentless Project Dubai is well under way: making the city a global hub for culture and the arts. Harnessing the power behind the Dubai marketing machine, one facet of this push -- the Dubai International Film Festival -- is muscling its way onto the international film scene.
THE COBAIN COLLECTION
Mythic Northwest luminary Kurt Cobain gets his latest due in the surrealistic docudrama "Kurt Cobain About a Son," opening today at the Varsity Theatre. The enigmatic rocker has been on screen before, and no doubt will be again (in documentary or dramatic form). For completists, The Seattle Times offers a rundown of some of the available films Cobain has graced, in body, voice or spirit.
NECTAR KNOWS HOW TO MIX IT UP
If you're all about variety, this mini-club in Fremont is the spot. One night they might have hip-hoppers passing the mic, the next local rock bands thrashing away, the next a touring act. The variegated musical stylings reflect the restless tastes of Nectar's new booker, Colin Johnson, who came here after Chop Suey let him go. Capitol Hill's loss was Fremont's gain, as his eclectic bookings are creating a sort of Chop Fremont on the north side.
IT'LL BE A BIG WEEK FOR SMALL THEATER COMPANIES
The bigger theaters in town have grabbed a lot of attention lately, with splashy musicals and new mountings of classics. But smaller Seattle companies and shows are also well in evidence this fall - and the coming week is no exception. Upcoming openings and current productions include, "I Feel Fine" presented by the newly renovated Annex Theatre, "Final Broadcast" by the Vashon Island troupe UMO Ensemble, and "Dinah Was" presented by the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center.
GET YOUR KINCORA FIX WHILE YOU CAN
Kincora, among others, will soon be no more. And as the demolition date draws near for the stretch of Pine Street's beloved 500 block, it only seems appropriate to savor every last drop. The floors are sticky and there are pinball machines and booths salvaged from old van seats, but there is also a worn leather couch and armchair right near a flickering gas fireplace. Sadly though, the condos they are a-comin'. And there's not a midnight ride that will stop them. But the spirit of Kincora will live on.
FEMALE FILMMAKERS, EXECUTIVES DISCUSS THE MOVIE INDUSTRY
On Friday of last week, movie business reporter Nikki Finke wrote on "Deadline Hollywood" that Warner Bros. president of production Jeff Robinov had issued a company edict: "We are no longer doing movies with women in the lead." According to Finke's sources, Robinov's decree came in the wake of underperformance by two summer movies, "The Invasion" and "The Brave One," which featured Nicole Kidman and Jodie Foster, respectively, in starring roles. One of Finke's sources, an unnamed producer, asked, "What's next -- fire all the Warner Bros. women executives?" If so, it would be a bloody day: Three of Robinov's four executive vice presidents of production are women.
BRILLIANT SINGING, EMOTIONAL STAGING BRING "IPHIGENIA" TO LIFE
Producing an opera that will go on to New York's Metropolitan Opera is a daunting concept for any regional company. But in the new co-production of Gluck's "Iphigenia in Tauris," Seattle Opera can feel considerable pride in the quality of the show they're sending on to New York next month.
TABELLA, TOMMY'S MAY LOSE LIQUOR LICENSES
The State Liquor Control Board said Friday that Tabella Restaurant and Lounge in Belltown and Tommy's Nightclub and Grill in the University District could be banned from selling alcohol. The move by the liquor board was the latest in a months-long debate in Seattle over how to control nightclubs. Mayor Greg Nickels has been pushing for city licensing of nightclubs, saying that would allow the city to act quickly to rein in problem clubs. However, the City Council recently decided to delay any new license requirements. Many club owners viewed the August sting operation as a political move by Nickels to hasten support for licensing -- one that may have backfired because opponents of licensing say it showed that existing laws are sufficient to close problem establishments.
QUEENSRYCHE'S GEOFF TATE TO SING NATIONAL ANTHEM AT SEAHAWKS GAME
Geoff Tate of Seattle rock band Queensryche will sing the national anthem before the Seattle Seahawks take on the New Orleans Saints Sunday at Qwest Field. Tate will perform just before the 5:15 p.m. kickoff. Queensryche recently completed a tour with Alice Cooper and Heaven and Hell. The Seattle band recently released "Sign of the Times: The Best of Queensryche" on Capitol/EMI and will release "Take Cover" Nov. 13 on Rhino Records.
5 NIGHTS OF THE BLUE SCHOLARS
The Blue Scholars are presenting a very special showcase at Neumos this December 18-22. "The Program" features five nights of Blue Scholars performances, joined each evening by a variety of exciting Hip Hop artists and DJs in the Northwest Â- including Common Market, Vitamin D, The Saturday Knights, Khingz, B-Mello, Dyme Def, Cancer Rising, Unexpected Arrival, blesOne and many more favorites.
1.2 MILLION MUSIC SWINDLERS ADOPT RADIOHEAD
Gigwise reported that more than 1.2 million people have downloaded the $0.00 to priceless In Rainbows since it's digital release two days ago. I don't want to go into why this is such a punch in the face to the major labels who haven't seen first week numbers like this at all in the 21st Century. It just goes to show that Radiohead - who recently became free agents - are savvy marketers, who want their music to be heard, regardless of money and label politics.
SUPERSTARS LEAVING MAJOR RECORD LABELS
Prince freed himself from record labels years ago. Paul McCartney, Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails have followed. Now the Material Girl appears to be kissing her big-name record company goodbye for a cool $120 million. "There's a prevailing wisdom that many established acts don't need a record label anymore," said Bruce Flohr, an executive at Red Light Management, which represents artists such as Dave Matthews Band and Alanis Morissette, and ATO Records, home to David Gray, Gomez and Crowded House, among others. "This is the new frontier. This is the beginning of a new era for the music business," Flohr said.
HOLLYWOOD BRACES FOR HORRIFYING HALLOWEEN
While a strike in January would have a minimal effect, a walkout right after the Oct. 31 deadline would be hugely disruptive. A long strike would leave viewers with 10-episode seasons of their favorite scripted shows and tons of repeats. The networks have been proactive, urging writers to turn in their pilot scripts -- normally due by year's end -- before Oct. 31. Still, they're not expected to get more than 30%-50% of the commissioned scripts by then. If a strike ensues, network execs will have to make their pilot picks from a smaller pool, and hundreds of writers who can't finish their scripts on time won't be paid or will be paid only a fraction for their work. A strike longer than six to eight weeks also would trigger the force majeure clause in writers' overall deals, giving studios free rein to drop expensive pacts.
NIELSEN UNVEILS NEW DIGITAL TRACKING SERVICES
The Nielsen Company unveiled new Internet and mobile measurement services designed to track two of the hotter areas of digital activity today -- blogs and mobile. Nielsen Online combines the company's Nielsen/NetRatings and BuzzMetrics services to track and analyze online traffic, advertising, videos, blogs, consumer-generated media, word-of-mouth and consumer behavior and commerce trends.
MYSPACE ONSTAGE | WEB SITE KICKED OFF IN SEATTLE
Find the band you like, buy its album and go to its show. All on one Web site. This is what MySpace is moving toward. The community networking site has established itself as the place to find new music and connect to idols. But lately, it has expanded offline by founding a record label. Myspace kicked off its first music tour in Seattle last night with some of its most clicked-on bands.
HOLLYWOOD WRITERS MAY STRIKE OVER NEW MEDIA
The rhetoric between executives of unions representing television and movie writers and those at studios has grown intensely heated amid fears that writers may wage a strike when their contract expires in couple of weeks.
UNIVERSAL PROPOSES "TOTAL MUSIC" PARTNERSHIP W/WMG AND SONY-BMG
BusinessWeek broke the story and our sources confirm that Universal's Doug Morris is asking his major label rivals to join in a co-owned music subscription initiative dubbed "Total Music". SonyBMG is said to be already on board and talks with WMG are ongoing. Where EMI stands is less clear perhaps because of the recent change in ownership.
ITUNES PLUS TO DROP DRM FREE PRICE AND ADD INDIES
As early as this week iTunes Plus is expected to drop the price of all DRM free tracks to 99 cents from the current $1.29. Also on tap is the long over due addition of more indie label product to the DRM free category.
MUST-HAVE NEW RELEASES WITH SEATTLE TIES
As critics begin to consider the year in review, Seattle artists and labels are releasing albums like crazy: Enter Band of Horses, Grayskul and the Blakes, with fourth-quarter "local album of the year" candidates. Grayskul and the Blakes live in the city proper, but former Seattle-dweller Band of Horses (gone to live in the Carolinas) has perhaps a more permanent, spiritual Seattle residence - kind of like Ken Griffey Jr.
FISCH NAMED TO OPERA POST
Seattle Opera has named Asher Fisch, an Israeli conductor who has appeared with the company since 2003, as principal guest conductor. The announcement came Tuesday afternoon in an Opera board meeting, where company general director Speight Jenkins praised Fisch as a conductor who "is vastly knowledgeable about opera, has impeccable taste, has a great deal of experience in the practical decisions of working in an opera company, and finally, has great rapport with the musicians who comprise our orchestra."
SONY MAKES MUSIC WITH MYSPACE
News Corp.'s MySpace and Sony BMG Music Entertainment have partnered to allow the streaming of musicvideos on the social networking website. Sony BMG will license musicvids, select audio material and other content from its artist roster and will make the content available on its artists@MySpace profile pages.
STING TOPS LIST OF WORST LYRICISTS
This month Blender magazine has released its list of the 40 worst lyricists in rock. Sting leads the pack, but not far behind are the likes of Carly Simon and Kevin Federline. Blender senior critic Jon Dolan says that Sting writes as though he were trying to signal that he's smart, dropping references to Nabokov and Mephistopheles - not to mention scylla and charybidis. "He has the Wikipedia songs," says Dolan. "He has the Google Alerts songs. He has the songs where only he can understand it."