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SEATTLE MUSIC COMMUNITY GIVES BACK
On Nov. 17, a constellation of Seattle artists, businesses and nonprofits will align to release GIVE, a downloadable music and video compendium to benefit Arts Corps, Seattle's largest nonprofit arts educator, along with Ballard Food Bank, Rainier Valley Food Bank, University District Food Bank and West Seattle Food Bank. GIVE is a snapshot of the incredible creativity and diversity that defines Seattle's music community in 2009. Local artists providing exclusive material include Fleet Foxes, Ben Gibbard (of Death Cab for Cutie), David Bazan, D. Black, The Dutchess and the Duke, Visqueen, Champagne Champagne and many more. The GIVE compilation will be available online on November 17 at the above link as well as in Caffé Vita shops, Easy Street Records, Sonic Boom Records, University Book Stores, The Crocodile and Neumos.
ADVISORY ON FILM ACTIVITY NEAR POLICE PRECINCTS
SPD Precinct Headquarters Map
Due to heightened security measures at Seattle Police Department precinct headquarters, please contact the Seattle Film Office if you are filming near one. We encourage you to notify us even if the filming would not normally require a film permit. Email or call Chris Swenson, Film Program Coordinator, at email@example.com or 206.733.9245. Click the above link for the map detailing Seattle Police Department precinct locations.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
KEXP'S 7TH ANNUAL YULE BENEFIT IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER
KEXP is proud to announce the 7th Annual Yule Benefit on Saturday, December 12th at Neumos. All proceeds will benefit the station, which was recently awarded the Seattle City of Music Impact Award. This year's line-up features Portland indie darlings The Thermals, co-headlining with local haunting indie folk from The Cave Singers, Americana Goth outfit The Builders and The Butchers and orchestral pop group Grand Hallway. The KEXP Yule Benefit brings community together to help further the station's quest to create meaningful music experiences. Now in its seventh year, this holiday tradition is known for showcasing the finest up-and-coming bands, alongside some of the Northwest's best- known artists.
NWFF SEEKS STREET TEAM VOLUNTEERS
Northwest Film Forum
Northwest Film Forum is currently seeking street team volunteers to distribute its winter calendar. The calendars will be printed and available by the end of this week and NWFF is looking for people to take on one Seattle neighborhood each to take calendars to coffee shops, cafes and other establishments. Email Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are available.
SUPPORT GIRLS ROCK! SEATTLE
Girls Rock! Seattle
Join Girls Rock! Seattle for a benefit show at The High Dive on November 20. Girls Rock! Seattle is a non-profit organization (fiscally sponsored by Reel Grrls) dedicated to building positive self-esteem in girls and encouraging creative expression through music. Their music education programs provide girls with an opportunity to participate in an environment that fosters leadership, encourages social change, and cultivates a supportive community of female peers and mentors. The show will feature performances by Goodness and The Redwood Plan and begin at 8:00 pm.
MEET GRUNGE PHOTOGRAPHER MICHAEL LAVINE AT BOOK SIGNING
Easy Street Records
Easy Street West Seattle will host a book signing this Saturday for Michael Lavine's new book of compelling black-and-white photographs, Grunge. During the grunge era, Lavine was one of two primary photographers enlisted by Sub Pop to visually record the bands that defined the movement. He captured grunge's genesis in the late eighties and nineties while living in Olympia, WA and then served as the label's go-to photographer for shooting bands on the road after moving to NYC. Grunge also features text by Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and reveals a unique era in music and fashion with incomparable authority, intimacy and sensitivity. Meet Mr. Lavine at the Easy Street West Seattle store this Saturday, November 14 from 4:00 - 5:00 pm.
TEEN MUSICIANS, AUDITION FOR STG'S MORE MUSIC @ THE MOORE
More Music @ The Moore
The Seattle Theatre Group seeks teen musicians to perform in More Music @ The Moore 2010. Musicians between 14-21 years, interested in a career in music, are encouraged to audition. All styles of music are welcome, especially original works. Selected musicians will perform in two shows at the Moore Theatre on March 12; learn from leading music industry professionals; and work with Boston-based Music Director, Daniel Bernard Roumain. Auditions will be held on November 17 from 4:00 - 9:00 pm at the Moore Theatre. To sign up for an audition, email email@example.com. To learn more about the program, visit the above link.
EMP|SFM TO HONOR STEVE CROPPER AT FOUNDERS AWARD CELEBRATION
EMP|SFM is proud to honor legendary guitarist, songwriter and producer Steve Cropper at its Third Annual Founders Award Celebration, which will be held on Thursday, November 12. The 2009 Founders Award will pay tribute to the legendary guitarist, songwriter and producer Steve Cropper. Cropper's career began in the early 1960s, first with the legendary soul group the Mar-Keys and later as a founding member of Booker T. & The MG's. Proceeds from the Founders Award Celebration will benefit the museum's youth education programs. Performances from Mike Musberger, Jeff Fielder, Andrew McKeag, Ty Bailey, Craig Flory and Skerik will feature selections from Cropper's songbook and other classic soul hits. The award presentation and tribute concert will begin at 8:00 pm. For more information, click the above link.
GET INVOLVED WITH SEATTLE FILMMAKING THROUGH THE NWFF CALLBOARD
Interest in helping films get made in Seattle? Check out the Northwest Film Forum's Call Board! The Callboard is geared toward crew finding work and productions finding crew. Filmmakers, grips, gaffers, screenwriters, editors, actors, graphic designers, sound recordists, composers, set builders, volunteers, enthusiasts and anyone else interested in Seattle filmmaking is encouraged to post and browse opportunities.
BURNING FUSE FILM FESTIVAL AT GRAND ILLUSION
Burning Fuse Film Festival
Burning Fuse, which premiered in San Francisco four months ago as the brainchild of filmmaker Todd Darling, is a journey of discovery. This collection of six fascinating and thought-provoking documentaries ranges from topics as varied as how Bush's environmental de-regulation has affected a wide range of Americans (A Snowmobile for George), an ex-stripper's conversion to evangelical Christianity (Pussycat Preacher), soldiers who become conscientious objectors (Soldiers of Conscience), young surfers in war-torn Liberia (Sliding Liberia), voting booth conspiracies related to the 2004 U.S. presidential election (Murder, Spies and Voter Lies: The Clint Curtis Story), and the story of Faubourg Treme, New Orleans, arguably the oldest Black neighborhood in America, the birthplace of the Civil rights movement and the home of jazz (Faubourg Treme). The festival runs at the Grand Illusion Cinema from November 20-26. Check out the schedule at the above link.
BILLBOARD'S #1 ALBUM SAYS "HELLO SEATTLE"
Minnesota artist Owl City name checks the Emerald City in his debut album Ocean Eyes. Aside from the #1 Album, Owl City also has the #1 song and video in the country with the single "Fireflies."
EVERGREEN OUT ON DVD NOW
Locally produced feature film Evergreen, which was featured in dramatic competition at Sundance in 2004, is finally available on DVD. IndiePix Films is releasing the film, a stunning debut by Enid Zentelis that premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, was nominated for the festival's Grand Jury Prize and then screened at festivals across the world. Evergreen was the first film widely distributed by satellite, opening in 115 AMC theaters across the nation in a striking embrace of an independent film by a major theatrical chain. The film was produced by Norma Jean Straw, founder of the Seattle based multi-media production company Straw Stories. Read more about the film at the above link.
JOIN CONVERSATION ABOUT AFRICAN CONTEMPORARY ARTS TODAY AT HIDMO
STG and Hidmo Eritrean restaurant will host a lively conversation about African contemporary arts today, "Africa Live Seattle: Conversations Across Continents," on Wednesday, November 11. The conversation will be moderated by Vivian Philips and special guests will include South African contemporary choreographer, Gregory Maqoma; Seattle-based contemporary choreographer Donald Byrd; and Seattle-based African and hip hop artist Dumi Maraire. Come early and have dinner at Hidmo before the talk and stay late to jam with our South African guests! The conversation begins at 7:30 pm with a music jam/party following at 8:30. This event is free and open to the public, though an RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org is recommended.
ESCAPE TO THE CARIBBEAN WITH SIFF
Join SIFF this Friday night as they transform Pravda Studios into a tropical paradise! Enjoy Caribbean-themed food and specialty rum cocktails all night, featuring a live aerial performance by Tamara the Trapeze Lady, a live steel drum band, silent auction, raffle, and later: DJ Verse spinning dance music. Ticket price include food, cocktails, and four free film vouchers; proceeds benefit SIFF. The event takes place this Friday, November 13 starting at 8:00 pm at Pravda.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 11/2 - 8
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Brandi Carlile "Give up the Ghost"
- Pink Martini "Splendor in the Grass"
- Dutchess & Duke "Sunset/Sunrise"
- Pearl Jam "Backspacer"
- Visqueen" Message to Garcia"
- Alice in Chains "Black Gives Way to Blue"
- Nirvana "Bleach" (Deluxe)
- Boat "Setting the Paces"
- Built to Spill "There is no Enemy"
- Cave Singers "Welcome Joy"
AMAZON HIGHLIGHTS LOCAL BANDS IN THE BEST OF 2009 FEATURE
Sound on the Sound
Amazon.com just released their annual best-of list and the Seattle based we-sell-everything-site gave a nod to a number of local bands, and we're not just talking Death Cab For Cutie; we're talking less nationally recognized local bands like The Maldives, The Nightgowns, D. Black, Grand Hallway and Throw Me The Statue. It was a surprise, albeit an incredibly pleasant one, to see so many familiar names on the lists. To see all the local bands that received honors, follow the above link.
HAIL TO VISQUEEN: RACHEL FLOTARD SENDS A POWERFUL MESSAGE
With dark clouds constantly hanging over the Emerald City, playing in a Seattle rock band must come with a warning label. Resist trying to break on through to the sunny side because you can't even get your head above the clouds. That's the least of Rachel Flotard's worries. The do-it-all frontwoman for power-popping, Seattle-based Visqueen is planning a fundraiser, promoting a record, running her own label, preparing for a trip to Southeast Asia in December and hustling to book a major tour for 2010. While maintaining a fervent following in the Pacific Northwest since Visqueen's birth in 2001, the fact that their third album, Message To Garcia, can win over cautious and caustic critics makes Flotard's juggling act even more remarkable. Even CNN hails it as one of 2009's top three records. Click the above link to read the entire profile on Flotard.
DOZENS OF ACTS, SEVERAL STAGES BECKON AT FIRST SEATTLE CABARET FESTIVAL
The inaugural Seattle International Cabaret Festival which, after kicking off with the Tiger Lillies at the Moore last week, resumes on Wednesday with dozens of acts performing at four venues. It's the brainchild of Chris Snell, Can Can's artistic director and a longtime live-entertainment producer ("anything from opera to punk rock," he says). His aim, he explains, is to provide a showcase for "the more avant-garde side of cabaret," especially in music and physical performance. The festival includes acts from across the country and even a few from across the Atlantic. The international component comes from Europe's Gypsy Sound System, whose Balkan vibe is served up with techno trimmings, and England's Danbert Nobacon (of Chumbawamba) who'll take part in "Cabaret Macabre": an annual shindig orchestrated by Seattle band the Bad Things. "Cabaret Macabre" also features L.A. duo the Peculiar Pretzelmen, and local aerialist/balloon-swallower Michele Francis.
INDIE LABELS STILL GROWING IN OLYMPIA
Flashback to the early '90s. Music and Olympia were synonymous. There was an explosion of artists and labels that created the Olympia we know and love, from the renowned K Records to the Riot Grrl sound. Even Sub Pop started as a cassette/fanzine at The Evergreen State College. But the decline of grunge hasn't hampered Olympia's independent distribution scene. The city has recently seen an increase in indie labels that thrive on internet savvy. Calvin Johnson, father of K Records, comments on this new generation of labels. "It's the healthiest it's ever been. It's very active. Records are coming from everywhere." These new labels are able to survive a harsh economy by utilizing the internet to distribute across the globe. "People overseas are interested in our music because it's good and partly because of the history and reputation of the Northwest," said one label owner.