|News from the Film + Music Office
MAYOR NICKELS LEADS SEATTLE CITY OF MUSIC ANNOUNCEMENT AND CELEBRATION
Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels and dozens of music-related entities are coming together to celebrate and honor Seattle's rich music history and its ongoing importance in our city's economy and culture. Today, from 5pm - 7pm at The Paramount Theatre, Mayor Greg Nickels will host a celebration of music and announce a strategy to make Seattle a destination for musicians and music-related business in the coming decade. The night, which replaces our typical monthly Happy Hour event, will include performances by Blue Scholars, New Faces, Vince Mira, and more! The event is free to the public, but an RSVP is required. Be sure to join us afterwards at the War Room from 7pm - 9pm for the after party!
MUSICTECH SUMMIT 08
The Film + Music Office proudly supports The Recording Academy Pacific Northwest Chapter to bring you the 3rd annual GRAMMY MusicTech Summit, hosted at McCaw Hall November 6th and 7th, 2008. 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 Ian Rogers, CEO of TopSpin Media. Last year was a big success, and this year promises to be even better!
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
THE LARGEST GATHERING OF DRUMMERS EVER ON SUNDAY IN KIRKLAND
Just imagine - 534 drummers drumming simultaneously to break two Guinness World Records, promote hearing safety, and promote music education in Seattle Public Schools via Rotary Music 4 Life™! Come to the sixth annual Woodstick Big Beat Drum Event, the world's largest gathering of drummers playing drum sets, on Sunday, November 2nd. If you are a drummer, join top name Northwest drummers like Matt Cameron (Pearl Jam, Soundgarden), Dom Famularo, Michael Derosier (Heart), Joe Plummer (Modest Mouse), Jeff Kathan (Paul Rogers) and Tony Coleman (BB King). Participate in free drum clinics, hear drum performances, and compete in contests. Woodstick will occur in nine different cities simultaneously via a live Internet connection. Proceeds will purchase instruments for underserved school music programs in each city.
SEATTLE'S WORLD CHAMPION MASSIVE MONKEES HOST INTERNATIONAL BREAKDANCE BATTLE
Presenting sponsor Coosh has partnered with the Massive Monkees, Seattle's world champion breakdance crew, to host a 2-on-2 international battle at the Paramount Theatre. Invited competitors are from as far away as Korea, Brasil, Denmark, France and Finland. The evening will also feature performances by recording artist B.o.B with his single "Haterz Everywhere," Pacific Division, Dyme Def and Salah the world renowned street performer from Paris. Tilson of the Saturday Knights will host the action and Massive Monkees will perform on stage with 10-piece live band Big World Breaks. Special appearance by Mayor Greg Nickels as this event is presented in coordination with the Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs.
ONE POT + DJ SPOOKY AKA PAUL MILLER
One Pot, Caffe Vita, and The Stranger's own Charles Mudede will be throwing a little dinner in November 1st in honor of Paul Miller, better known as the internationally renowned recording artist DJ Spooky. Paul's remarkable new book Sound Unbound just hit book-stands this week, so come celebrate with a major feast in Caffe Vita's outrageously beautiful Capitol Hill loft.
GUITAR 101 RETURNS THIS FALL!
Have you ever wanted to jam out on the guitar? Or need to re-visit guitar basics? Now is your chance! This fall, EMP|SFM is offering its Guitar 101 series for beginning guitar students. This six-week course taught by legendary Hell's Belles guitarist Amy Stolzenbach, is designed for beginners and will focus on helping you learn the basics of playing guitar. No experience is necessary to sign up. Classes will be taught with the electric guitar.
FREE SCREENING OF "THE UPSETTER"
Scion Independent Film Series presents a free screening of "The Upsetter: The Life and Music of Lee Scratch Perry" on November 11th at the Harvard Exit Theatre. The screening will also include a welcome cocktail reception with Kid Hops and a Q&A with a special guest.
POLISH RADIO STATION SPOTLIGHTS SEATTLE
Check out these Polish radio reports from Polskie Radio. The stories focus on the recent election cycle and also feature Darek Mazzone, the world music DJ at KEXP.
HALLOWEEN AT NORTHWEST FILM FORUM
Be spooked and scared by these two special Halloween events at the Northwest Film Forum. On October 30th, sit back and listen to the legendary "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast performed by Orson Welles. And on the 31st, enjoy a screening of Michael Jackson's classic "Thriller" music video, complete with behind-the-scenes footage. Happy Halloween!
FRANCES FARMER WILL HAVE HER REVENGE!
Come celebrate the life of Seattle born Actress Frances Farmer in a two day event presented by West Seattle's Historic Admiral Theater. Come dressed to impress (30's style) for the elegant first night, featuring a cocktail reception and a 72nd Anniversary showing of the award winning classic "Come and Get It". The evening also includes a presentation of "The Bad Girl of West Seattle" by local historian Peder Nelson. Saturday features the family friendly matinee "Rhythm on the Range" co-starring Bing Crosby, culminating that evening with Jessica Lange's Academy Award-nominated performance in the critically acclaimed movie, Frances.
CORNISH MUSIC SERIES PRESENTS A SPACE IN THE HEART: A JAZZ OPERA BY WILLIAM O. SMITH
The Cornish Music Series, in conjunction with the 2008 Earshot Jazz Festival, presents "A Space in the Heart," a jazz opera by composer William O. Smith. Smith's work for clarinet trio and three vocalists, with original libretto by Peter Monaghan, tells an archetypal American tale of desire, desperation, and despair. In the work - seven dramatically-sung scenes with abstract instrumental interludes - a model astronaut, besotted with the captain of her mission, and stunned by what she learns during a space flight, vies with a rival for the captain's heart. The work crystallizes around classic themes - romantic love, covetousness, violence - but also such scientific realities as Venus as an acrid orb. The opera will be performed on November 7th and 8th.
STIFF CALL FOR ENTRIES
Seattle's True Independent Film Festival is now accepting submissions for 2009. Early deadline is November 5th. If you have a film and want to be part of the fun, submit through Withoutabox.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 10/20 - 10/26
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
- Moondoggies - Don't Be A Stranger
- Pica Beats - Beating Back the Claws of Winter
- Various Artists - Live at KEXP: Volume 4
- Common Market - Tobacco Road
- Jake One - White Van Music
- Blitzen Trapper - Furr
- The Dutchess & The Duke - She's the Dutchess, He's the Duke
- Death Cab for Cutie - Narrow Stairs
- Pearl Jam - Live From Easy Street
MAGAZINE ASKS READERS TO SUBMIT FILM PITCHES
Details magazine and Gotham indie film veteran Larry Meistrich are teaming on a novel promotion whereby they will produce a film from the best idea submitted by a reader. No genre or concept is out of bounds and submissions can take the form of anything from a few sentences to a finished screenplay. The winner will appeal to "intelligent, modern, metropolitan men," the magazine says. Its budget and financing will be determined after the winner is chosen.
NATALIE PORTMAN'S SHAVED HEAD TO TOUR WITH THE FAINT
Seattle-based post-teenage electro-pop sensations Natalie Portman's Shaved Head have just announced a mini-tour with none other than Saddle Creek Records' band the Faint. With all the sad news about Seattle bands breaking up in recent weeks, it's great to hear about one of our own heading out on such a high profile tour. The band also played at CMJ at the Mercury Lounge on October 22nd.
"GET SCREENED" VIDEO CONTEST ANNOUNCED
Seattle based Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is organizing a "Get Screened" Video Contest. The contest calls on entrants to create a short 30 or 60 second video - public-service announcement-style - that advances their mission of reducing colon-cancer deaths. The winning video will be a key component of the Hutchinson Center's multi-media public-awareness campaign to increase colon-cancer screening rates and reduce deaths. There are several cash prizes and incentives for the top videos. The first place winner will receive $2,500, two second place winners will receive $1,000, and two third place winners $500. Perhaps, more importantly, works of the best video producers will be promoted and displayed as part of the multi-faceted colon-cancer screening awareness campaign.
WHATEVER THIS ZANY GROUP IS, IT'S "AWESOME"
"Awesome" - always in quotation marks - is a Seattle rock band that likes to sing songs about fruit, bees and Delaware. No, no, "Awesome" is an "art collective" that was once seen engaging in slow-motion cellphone battles at the 70th birthday party of a local didgeridooist. Or are they purveyors of echoey trance music from the depths of the cistern at Fort Worden? Actually, they're all of these and more - and they're about to become more so.
FREE STUDIO TIME? MAMA SAYS YES
Jack Straw, the friendly local non-profit recording studio/arts organization, gives away free studio recording time every year to a few lucky artists. And studio time isn't cheap. But you're in luck: applications are open for next year! The deadline to apply is November 7th. If you want more information about how to get one of those sweet, sweet free studio time deals, head on down to the Jack Straw website.
PITCHFORK REVIEWS SEATTLE'S MAMIFFER
Describing the band as "if Tori Amos went mute and post-metal," Pitchfork awarded "Hirror Enniffer" with a 7.5 rating. The album is a "textural delight" that is "grounded in pop simplicity."
MICROSOFT SCORES WITH NEW KARAOKE GAME
"Lips," announced a few months ago, is Microsoft's stab at karaoke for the Xbox 360. It comes with two motion-sensitive microphones, costs $70 and hits stores in mid-November. The innovative party game will include a "Freestyle Mode" that allows players to import their own music into the game.
HOLLYWOOD BRACES FOR NEW D.C. CHIEF
Showbiz is bracing for the arrival of a new sheriff in Washington. Because no matter what happens next week on Election Day, one thing is certain: Current FCC chief Kevin Martin is out the door. Even if Republican John McCain wins, Martin is history, Beltway insiders say. Should Democrat Barack Obama be elected, his chief kingmaker on showbiz-related policy issues is likely to be his old friend and Harvard Law School classmate Julius Genachowski. Former FCC chairman Michael Powell has McCain's ear on media policy and would undoubtedly play a big role in guiding a McCain administration's pick for FCC chief. The two names most buzzed about as possible McCain appointments to the FCC are Bill Bailey, a former telecom adviser to McCain who now lobbies for Disney, and Mark Busey, the GOP candidate's chief of staff.
5 REASONS CMJ LOVES KEXP
Congratulations to Seattle's own KEXP radio station for winning five CMJ awards at the Music Marathon extravaganza in NYC least week. The awards include Station of the Year (for the 4th year in a row!), Most Likely to Reinvent Radio, Most Groundbreaking, Biggest Asset to the Community, and Best Podcast. Congratulations KEXP!
$35 A TICKET THEATER OPENS FRIDAY
Final preparations are underway for the anticipated opening of Gold Class Cinemas in Redmond. The theater will charge $35 a person, but you won't be greeted by a teenage ticket taker. Instead, a concierge welcomes you at the door. There's jazz, modern art, a bar and a full wine list, with the most expensive bottle going for $625. It's all very extravagant, but times are hard, which begs the question, are Pacific Northwesterners ready for this?
MAC USERS GET NETFLIX - THANKS TO MICROSOFT
Beginning Monday, November 3, Macintosh computer owners who are Netflix subscribers will be able to watch any of 12,000 movies streamed from Netflix servers. To do so, however, they will have to download an application called Silverlight that was developed by Apple rival Microsoft. Apple operates its own movie rental service via its iTunes store and reportedly declined to license its anti-piracy software to Netflix. Silverlight requires an Intel-based Mac and will be available to all Netflix subscribers except those paying for the lowest-priced plan.
Q&A: PRODUCER-MUSICIAN JACK ENDINO
Three years ago this week, Seattle based Jack Endino's third solo album, "Permanent Fatal Error," was released. Coming 20 years after his start as Skin Yard's guitarist, the thunderous, 15-track "Error" is a sort of summary of the man's storied musical career. There are sonic nods to some of the grunge-era bands he famously produced (Nirvana, Soundgarden, Mudhoney, etc.), tastes of punk rhythm and massive, heavy metal guitar solos, but the album's loud, crunchy rock is never derivative or sappily nostalgic. "Error" sounds like a melding of Endino's early catalog and more recent work-which makes sense, since the record was 12 years in the making.
A SEARING ELEKTRA AT SEATTLE OPERA
Nearly a century has passed since "Elektra" first thrilled and horrified audiences at its Dresden premiere in January 1909. Yet no matter how unshockable we've become as a consequence of incessant depictions of violence across the media, Richard Strauss's fourth opera still has the power - rare among works of the past, let alone of our own era - to do just that. The current production by Seattle Opera (featuring the company's most compelling work in recent memory) taps directly into this power with searing results, thanks to some superb casting and a breathtakingly high level of music making from the pit.
PERHAPS iPODS AREN'T REPLACING RADIO
By most estimates, teenagers and young adults have abandoned radio listening in droves over the last decade. Teenagers on average spent three fewer hours listing to the radio in 2007 than they did in 1998, according to the radio ratings company Arbitron, and listening had declined more steeply among adults 18 to 24. Arbitron has not published comparable numbers for 2008, but a new study by a media research firm suggests that the trend is changing. The firm, Paragon Media Strategies, reports that 14 to 24 year-olds mostly say their radio listening has increased over the last year or two, while they said the opposite last year. Paragon recruited the respondents and conducted the study online.