|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 TONIGHT!
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, tonight, 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
SEATTLE CHANNEL WINS PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL AWARD
Television professionals from around the United States agree with what Seattle residents have known for a long time: the SEATTLE CHANNEL is the best municipal television station in the country. Over the weekend, the SEATTLE CHANNEL received the prestigious Excellence in Government Programming Award from the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) at the group's annual meeting, held in Portland, Oregon.
EARSHOT BLASTS THE LID OFF MAINSTREAM BOX
Lasting until Nov. 4 and hosting more than 70 performances (on stage and screen) from about 300 artists, the massive Earshot Jazz Festival is mostly based in Seattle, but stretches into Kirkland and all the way up to Edmonds. There's something for hard-core and casual jazz fans, but it's mostly aimed at people who like new and exciting sounds.
TRINITY WINS CITY SEARCH AWARDS
Trinity has won the Best of City Search audience awards in the following categories: bartenders, dance club, DJs, see and be seen bar, singles scene, and dance club.
103.7 THE MOUNTAIN TRAVELS TO MEXICO WITH SPOKANE-ARTIST TYRONE WELLS
This January 103.7 The Mountain will travel to Cancun, Mexico for the 6th Annual Mountain Music Lounge in Mexico. Details of the trip & contest can be found on the website. This year the trip will include a performance by Spokane artist, Tyrone Wells. Past performers on this trip have included: Los Lonely Boys, Jonny Lang, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Pete Yorn, Carbon Leaf, and John Hiatt.
THE MOUNTAIN HITS #1 LOCALLY / #57 NATIONALLY WITH LIVE FROM THE MOUNTAIN MUSIC LOUNGE VOL. 13
On September 25th, KMTT - 103.7 The Mountain released the 13th CD in the Live from The Mountain Music Lounge CD collection. This year's release, sold at Western Washington Starbucks stores, sold over 15,000 copies in Western Washington in its first week - debuting at #1 locally, and #57 on the national sales charts. The disc features music recorded live in "The Mountain Music Lounge" and features tracks from Brandi Carlile, Paul Simon (recorded at Key Arena), Snow Patrol (recorded at The Triple Door), Amos Lee (recorded at The Moore), and many more.
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.
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.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 10/15-10/21
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard, Fremont, and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Eddie Vedder - Into The Wild
- Cave Singers - Invitation Songs
- The Blakes - Blakes
- Various Artists - Live at KEXP Vol. 3
- Band of Horses - Cease to Begin
- Brandi Carlile - Live at Easy Street
- The Valley - Valley EP
- New Pornographers - Challengers
- Blue Scholars - Bayani
- Minus the Bear - Planet of Ice
BUSY BAND OF HORSES BACK ON "LETTERMAN"
After a flurry of activity - "secret show" at the Vera, in-store concert at Easy Street Records, radio appearances - in Seattle last week, Band of Horses jumps to a bigger stage, performing on CBS' "Late Show With David Letterman" on Thursday. (They also performed on the show last summer.) Band of Horses, which relocated from Seattle to South Carolina a few months ago, will be playing from its new Sub Pop album "Cease to Begin."
"NEXT GREAT AMERICAN BAND": SOUNDS LIKE ANOTHER FOX
Fox's new reality/talent competition, "The Next Great American Band," is the brainchild of 19 Entertainment, creators of the all-powerful "American Idol" franchise and "So You Think You Can Dance." Though its pedigree is good, the show airs in an often risky Friday-night time slot.
SONGS BY DEATH CAB'S GUITARIST SEIZED AT BORDER
The Department of Homeland Security may be substantially hipper than previously known. Chris Walla, the guitarist and producer for Seattle indie rockers Death Cab for Cutie, says border guards seized a computer drive containing the master tracks for his upcoming solo album last month when a courier tried to deliver it to Seattle-based Barsuk Records from a studio in Vancouver, B.C.
SEATTLE IS NAMED ONE OF AMERICA'S 'TOUGHEST' CITIES
Seattle? One of America's "toughest" cities? In whose bizarro world? Well, that would be the world of Maxim magazine, whose current issue ranks the Emerald City sixth for toughness, while New York didn't even make the list. Among the magazine's criteria was the number of martial arts studios an area has -- Seattle has one for every 64,000 residents, Maxim reports. Seattle also got points for "suffering heartache whenever their sports teams take the field."
A FEMININE TALL BOY DOES IT ALL, FROM BUSKING TO HUSTLING GREENS
Having spent years as a veterinary assistant and being employed by the Department of Natural Resources for a spell, Charmaine Slaven has given up these more staid positions to concentrate on her music. She dedicates most of her time to practicing, promoting, and gigging with her band, The Tall Boys. "And we busk a lot, Thursday through Monday, in Ballard," Slaven explains. "We also have a regular spot at the U District Farmers Market." The Tall Boys play a monthly square-dancing gig at the Tractor Tavern, and performed some sweet string tunes at SAM's grand opening.
'PARTING GLANCES' AT SIFF CINEMA AT MCCAW HALL
The high point of this year's Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival is a scrappy indie movie from 1986 starring Steve Buscemi as a rock star on the ascent who's also an AIDS patient on the decline. Tender and resolutely unsentimental, Parting Glances avoided future AIDS movie clichés not because the example had yet to be set, but because its interests lay elsewhere-in a study of a sexually complicated friendship and in a loving portrait of bohemian New York suddenly aware of its own foreshortened prospects.
THE STUNNING STRATEGY BEHIND RADIOHEAD'S IN RAINBOWS
While record companies desperately attempt to litigate away the new technology that's making a limitless supply of audio files available via the internet, Radiohead have taken a high-concept approach to the problem, giving away the recordings while tightly controlling the initial release. They've also eliminated any number of middlemen by self-releasing the record.
JAZZ/NOT JAZZ: AT EARSHOT, IT'S NOT AN IMPORTANT DISTINCTION
Seattle's longest-running jazz festival is also its most visionary. Now 19 years old, the Earshot Jazz Festival curates a roster of far-flung musical talent, much of it outside the scope of traditional jazz. But jazz demands evolution: As the classics endure, new music expands into indefinable outer realms. This year, the Earshot Jazz Festival includes young iconoclasts, old masters, films dedicated to old masters, demented screaming, experimental guitar, and a band of Bedouin rebels from Western Africa.
SEATTLE FBI INVESTIGATES DAVID COPPERFIELD'S WAREHOUSE
FBI agents based in Seattle searched a Las Vegas warehouse owned by famed magician David Copperfield Wednesday evening. Agents swarmed the facility where Copperfield stores props from his Las Vegas magic shows. Agents had a search warrant, but authorities in Seattle won't say exactly what they are looking for. A source familiar with the investigation say Copperfield and his lawyer have been "cooperative" with agents.
LOCAL ZOMBIES BEING RECRUITED
Here's your chance to stagger across the big screen looking your worst. A full length zombie movie is being filmed in Port Gamble on the Kitsap Peninsula this fall, and they need zombie extras. From Oct. 23 to Nov. 17, you could be a part of several scenes in "Zombies of Mass Destruction," in roles ranging from pizza delivery boy to zombie cheerleader. So will this be a rom-zom-com in the vein of "Shaun of the Dead" According to the movie's blog. Produced by Oscar-nominated Typecast Films and from director Kevin Hamedani, this Seattle-based movie combines horror, comedy, and political commentary." Kitsap and Beyond blog has a full filming schedule.
COPPOLA CHIDES 3 OSCAR-WINNING ACTORS
Everyone wants to work with Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Jack Nicholson - except Francis Ford Coppola. Coppola - who directed Pacino and De Niro in "The Godfather" trilogy - says the trio of Oscar-winning actors have become apathetic.
MINUS THE BEAR ADD SUCCESSFUL NEW EFFORT
Since their humble beginnings on indie charts, Minus the Bear have now reappeared on a number of charts with their fourth studio set, "Planet of Ice," released Aug. 21 via Suicide Squeeze. Produced by Bayles and Chris Common, the album is a continuation of the band's psychedelic guitar soundscapes, punctuated by tense dissonances and Snider's husky voice reporting dreamlike lyrics like "The man in the hole/has carried away the moonlight/cupped in his hands/a dime on the water" (from "Burying Luck")
JOEY BISHOP DEAD AT 89
The Rat Pack once was the coolest group of entertainers on the planet - Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Peter Lawford, Sammy Davis Jr. Oh, yeah, and a stone-faced comedian named Joey Bishop. Although not as widely appreciated, it was Bishop with his deadpan delivery, dead-on timing and bottomless pit of jokes, who was "the hub of the big wheel," according to Rat Pack leader Sinatra himself. Bishop, who also starred on two TV shows throughout most of the 1960s, died Wednesday at age 89. He turned out to be the Rat Pack's last man standing, having outlived Sinatra, Martin, Davis and Lawford.
APPLE VS. EVERYONE
Since the iTunes Store opened in 2003, Apple and the world's top media companies have happily shared the profits from consumers' increasing appetite for downloadable songs and videos. This summer, the four-year honeymoon ended. In July, Universal Music Group announced that it would be downgrading its licensing contract with iTunes. Universal then revealed late last week that it has been in negotiations with other major labels to launch a rival service. Two months ago, NBC announced it would be pulling the network's shows from iTunes and relocating to Amazon Unbox. And in the last two weeks, Radiohead sidestepped both iTunes and the major record labels by allowing fans to purchase its new album online for whatever price they choose. Does all this mean that Apple's dominance of online media is coming to an end?
"LARS AND THE REAL GIRL" | HIS GIRLFRIEND IS A DOLL - FOR REAL
Prepared to be shocked by "Lars and the Real Girl," simply because it isn't shocking at all. Instead, Craig Gillespie's comedy, written by Nancy Oliver (TV's "Six Feet Under"), is almost impossibly sweet, a tale of love and kindness that's funny without being snarky. And when's the last time you said that about a movie that depicts a relationship between a man and a life-size doll?
SHANE TUTMARC FINDS HEALING IN HIS ROOTS
A few years ago, Shane Tutmarc was Ben Gibbard. He was Isaac Brock. He was Jeremy Enigk. In other words, Tutmarc was the boy wonder of the Seattle music scene, giddily surfing waves of local hype. He was a regular performer in Seattle clubs as a teenager, he was the darling of KEXP, labels came courting... And then, something happened, better put, something didn't happen. Tutmarc and his band Dolour never progressed to the next level, never released that one start-to-finish album that blew people away, never made you think, "Oh yeah, I see the progression from last year, two years ago." No longer sailing, he found himself drifting, aimless and without rudder.
RECITAL INTRODUCES HISTORIC ORGAN TO SEATTLE CHURCH
It's not really a debut - but more of a reawakening. A historic Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ, rescued from the Tacoma First Methodist Church before the church's demolition, has been installed in Seattle First Baptist Church and will be heard there in a dedication recital on Sunday evening. The recitalist will be Douglas Cleveland, organist and choir director of Plymouth Congregational Church.
'MYTHBUSTERS' IRRADIATING ROACHES AT HANFORD
The "Mythbusters" TV show is testing whether roaches could survive a nuclear blast by exposing them to radiation at the Hanford nuclear reservation. The crew from the Discovery Channel show is exposing the bugs to radiation from a device used to calibrate radiation meters. They have 200 cockroaches. Of those 50 will get no radiation, as a control. The others will be divided in three groups that get higher and higher doses of radiation.
FACING COMPETITION, ITUNES REVS UP ITS FILM SECTION
Mr. Burns, the director of indie favorites like "The Brothers McMullen" and "She's the One," but whose latest movies have not done as well, knew from experience how that story would end, he said: "Not enough money to market the film, not a wide-enough release to even make a dent in the moviegoing public's consciousness." So he and his partners, who spent $4 million making "Purple Violets," instead are gambling any chance of recouping their investment on a distribution deal that involves not a single theater. On Nov. 20 the film will go up for sale exclusively on iTunes.
JOHNNY MARR: GUITARIST, NOW A PROFESSOR
Johnny Marr, the co-founder and guitarist of 1980s icons The Smiths, is turning to academia as a visiting professor of music. Marr, whose distinctive guitar style propelled hits by The Smiths including "How Soon Is Now," "Panic" and "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now," has been appointed to teach undergraduates at Salford University. The university in Manchester, northwest England, said Thursday that Marr would deliver a series of workshops and master classes to students in its popular music and recording course.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT CLASSICS RETURN TO THE METRO CINEMAS BEGINNING OCTOBER 24!
The Metro Cinema is presenting a handful of films by Werner Herzog, Terrence Malick and Howard Hawks as part of their Metro Classics program. The series begins with the undeniable Fitzcarraldo on October 24th. See the link above for show times.
MARKETING A WAR FILM? SKIP THE BATTLES
For New Line, one of the biggest challenges in marketing "Rendition," which stars Reese Witherspoon as a young American mother whose Egyptian-born husband mysteriously disappears, has been differentiating the film from other recent movies set against the backdrop of the Middle East. The studio has been insistent on one point: The movie is not about the Iraq War. The goal is to convince moviegoers that the film stands apart from a recent string of war-related films that have been a disappointment at the boxoffice and that it is worth seeing despite its difficult subject matter.
LURCHING "UNDEAD" LIVEN FREMONT
More than 150 zombies - or rather, software developers, structural engineers, administrative assistants and other upstanding folks oozing fake blood from a variety of costumes - lurched across Seattle's Fremont neighborhood Sunday afternoon, groaning through a third-annual Zombie Walk.
LOCAL RAPPERS GO NOVA AT THE SUNSET
The red velvet-covered confines of Ballard's Sunset Tavern dripped sweat Friday night as a sold-out audience screamed for an encore. The Saturday Knights -- known for keeping more than a few tricks up their sleeves -- bounded back on stage with friends in tow: earlier performers Dyme Def.
NORMA DURST | TEACHER, VIOLIST WITH SYMPHONY, 83
The violist and teacher, who died Tuesday at 83 after a battle with cancer, had been with the orchestra for more than half its then-100-year history. A beloved figure in the orchestra and in the classroom, where she taught in Seattle public schools for 31 years (as well as 12 years at the Cornish College of the Arts), Miss Durst is fondly remembered by her friends and colleagues.
CONCERT PROMOTER AND CANCER SURVIVOR GIVES BACK
He was a serious bodybuilder, fresh from a New York internship producing concerts -- and headed to law school. Then, life pitched Redmond's Noah Wick one of those unexpected curves and he discovered that his well-planned road to the future had an unwanted detour sign smack in the middle of it. But as it turns out, it gave him a new direction. On Nov. 19, Giro Entertainment will host a benefit at Seattle's Triple Door. Triple Door is donating the use of the venue. All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Webster Testis Cancer Fund at Virginia Mason. Two local bands, Thomas Starks and Ether Hour, will play for the event.
GENTLE JAZZ WITH A SOCIAL CONSCIENCE
So much African popular music exported to the States is laden with the polyester sound of synthesizers and the generic screams of electric guitars. Performers mock the roots of African culture in an overblown musical language they've heard but haven't internalized. This rocking of Mother Africa's music isn't necessary for international popularity. Zimbabwe native Oliver Mtukudzi has proved this in a career spanning 30 years and 54 albums. The guitarist, singer and songwriter's music rises above the mundane through messages of peace, human rights and social justice sung in his native Shona tongue.
MINISTRY BASSIST FOUND DEAD
Ministry's bassist Paul Raven was found dead today in a private home in a small French village on the Swiss border. Initial reports indicate Raven's passing was due to a heart attack. Raven (known also for his work with Killing Joke, Prong) was in Geneva working with French recording artists Treponem Pal on their new release, with Marco Neves, Ted Parsons (Prong) and members of The Young Gods.
COPPOLA SAYS HIS FIRST FILM IN 10 YEARS IS NOT A COMEBACK
Even though "Youth Without Youth" is his first movie in a decade, Francis Ford Coppola insists he isn't making a comeback to film-making. "I never went anywhere," the Oscar-winning director said in an interview Sunday with The Associated Press. "Youth Without Youth" is a metaphysical story about a 70-year-old Romanian professor of linguistics who miraculously becomes younger after being struck by lightning.
CLOONEY TO BECOME MANAGER OF NEW COMPANY FOR CLEAN ENERGY
George Clooney will become an executive board member of a new Swiss energy company that will develop environmentally friendly techniques for car motors and other devices, the billionaire who is setting up the firm said Saturday.The new company will have different branches doing research and development in the clean production of hydrogen, solar energy and fuel cells, said Nicolas Hayek, chairman of the Swatch Group.
BELLEVUE BEGINS TO ROLL OUT NIGHTCLUB SCENE OF ITS OWN
Bob Derrick, city director of economic development sees a real economic advantage for Bellevue in having more nighttime attractions because it will make the city more appealing to potential residents and businesses. But it won't happen overnight. Downtowns develop in incremental steps, said Leslie Lloyd, president of the Downtown Bellevue Association. "You need to have enough offerings that it becomes a destination in and of itself," Lloyd said. "People want to go to a place where they have choices."
INNOCENTS LOST: IS HOLLYWOOD MOURNING SOMETHING?
In Gone Baby Gone, a child goes missing; in Reservation Road a child is killed. In Into the Wild, a college kid disappears shortly after graduation, and in In the Valley of Elah, a young serviceman disappears after he returns from Iraq. In all these pictures, parents are left wondering what happened, begging for the return of their children. It's tempting, though probably unfair, to see all of these stories of familial loss as echoes of a nation's losses during an unpopular war. What's more likely is that these films reflect broader worries - about the world's complexity, about dangers outside the home, and even sometimes inside it.
CHORAL ARTS NEW DIRECTOR DOING DOUBLE DUTY
This month marks the official passing of the baton at Choral Arts, one of the Northwest's finest virtuoso choruses. Taking over for founding director Richard Sparks, who has relocated (he now conducts Pro Coro Canada), is a figure familiar to worldwide choral audiences, but not as well known here in Seattle: Robert Bode, who has been on the music faculty of Whitman College in Walla Walla for 21 years. Bode has found the Choral Arts directorship so enticing that he will commute the more than 250 miles between Walla Walla and Seattle.
WITH DEADLINE ON MENU, WGA SETS TABLE FOR STRIKE 2
Another day, another strike authorization. With a contract deadline looming in the WGA's film and TV talks with studios and networks, the guild Monday scheduled a separate strike-authorization vote by WGA newswriters. The move -- involving 500 members whose CBS contract expired more than 2 1/2 years ago -- follows Friday's announcement that WGA members had authorized a possible strike by screenwriters and primetime broadcast scribes.
ACCIDENT HALTS PRODUCTION OF "DINAH WAS"
"Dinah Was," a musical play about the life of singer Dinah Washington, is canceling performances due to an accident suffered by the lead actress. Stephanie Hatley, who plays Washington, fractured her foot during the Oct. 19 performance at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center. Langston Hughes has canceled the performances of "Dinah Was" slated for Thursday-Sunday, but hopes to continue the run later if possible.
BELLINGHAM FESTIVAL OF MUSIC RETURNS
The Bellingham Festival of Music, in operation for 15 years before its cancellation this year due to a fiscal shortfall, will return in 2008. Under the leadership of its previous artistic director, Michael Palmer, the festival will take place from July 5-20, 2008, with orchestral and chamber concerts in Western Washington University and the White Salmon Lodge at Mount Baker.
TROUBLED BELLTOWN NIGHTSPOT TO BECOME EVANGELICAL CHURCH
Mars Hill Church expects to close a $3.95 million deal on Thursday to acquire the property at 2333 Western Ave. and open its downtown church sometime in January, pastor Tim Gaydos said.
FERAL CHILDREN: RAIN, SMALL TOWNS, AND FISTFIGHTS
The band first began playing together in their hometown nearly a decade ago as Blood Alley, a band Cotton describes as entirely derivative of fellow Northwest bands Built to Spill and Modest Mouse, the latter of which they're often compared to, thanks in part to their backwoods roots. After spending two years scattered throughout the Northwest and beyond, they all moved to Seattle and reunited to form Feral Children, which is when things finally began to gel.
BARSUK'S RADIO MAN DIGS CAMPING, DYLAN, AND BAKED GOODS
Seattle Weekly has posted a brief interview with Wes Howerton, Barsuk Record's radio/marketing man.
BLOOD BROTHERS STILL TOGETHER... FOR NOW
Message board-mongering fans of the Blood Brothers' agit-punk antics have been in mourning mode since Monday, when a Three One G records forum administrator (purportedly label owner, Justin Pearson) posted a troubling message on a thread discussing the break-up of Some Girls. In addition to briefs on the status of other Three One G bands, it read: "the blood bros broke up." So what's really going on here? The word from the Blood Brothers' management: "They are taking a break currently for the rest of the year and will make any final decisions or announcements next year."
MYSPACE MOVIE SHOOTING THIS WEEK
What is billed as the world's first user-generated movie -- launched by MySpace, Vertigo Films and Film4 and backed by the U.K. Film Council and Screen WM -- will begin shooting this week, backers said Tuesday.The backers for the project, titled "Faintheart," launched an Internet-wide search for a director and wannabe movie stars from among the great unwashed to star alongside a British who's who of indie talent including Eddie Marsan ("Miami Vice"), Ewan Bremner ("Hallam Foe") and Jessica Hynes ("Shaun of the Dead").
GLOBAL ANTIPIRACY TREATY IN WORKS
U.S. trade representative Susan C. Schwab announced Tuesday that the Bush administration and some key trading partners are launching a collaborative effort against piracy that will focus on three main points -- improving cooperation as well as establishing a code of best practices and strengthening the legal framework of intellectual property rights enforcement.
THE RISE OF NERDCORE
"We didn't set out to be a nerdcore band," Andy Hartpence admits. "But when you rap about things like moderating an online forum, I guess it's a classification you can't avoid." Hartpence is the front man for Optimus Rhyme, one of an ever-growing number of Seattle bands more apt to rhapsodize about Second Life than thug life.