|News from the Film + Music Office
HOLIDAY HAPPY HOUR DECEMBER 17TH!
Wednesday December 17th, 5-7pm at Sole Repair on Capitol Hill
Please join us in December for a special holiday themed Film, Music and Digital Media Happy Hour. The event is sponsored by the Seattle Mayor's Office of Film + Music, WashingtonFilmWorks, the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Recording Academy, and Washington Interactive Network. Seattle has been a growing hub for film, music, and digital media over the past several years, and it is vital for these three communities to interact for our city to continue to thrive. This event is not open to the public and attendees must be 21 or older to attend. Please note that we are not holding a November Happy Hour. We hope to see you there!
SEATTLE TIMES STRONGLY ENDORSES THE CITY OF MUSIC INITIATIVE AND ADMISSION TAX EXEMPTION FOR LIVE MUSIC VENUES
Seattle Times says that Mayor Greg Nickels' Seattle City of Music campaign rocks! The music industry is huge in Seattle and City Hall can help grow a valued economic niche even bigger. Seattle Mayor Nickels wants to build the city's economy using the rhythm method; his 12-year plan to bolster a rich, diverse music industry will make a good thing better. Nickels asked the Seattle City Council to forgive the city's admission tax on live music performances. That is a tough request in a tight economy, but the money has the feel of an investment, not a loss to the treasury. The mayor's proposal is most appealing where it proposes to help a valued piece of the economy help itself.
VIDEO RECAP OF THE CITY OF MUSIC KICKOFF EVENT
If you were unable to attend the Seattle City of Music event on October 29th (or if you just want to relive the magic), Seattle Channel has prepared an excellent video of the night that includes both performances and speakers. A recap of just the speakers will also air on Seattle Channel on November 18th at 5:30 pm and November 19th at 4:00 pm.
KUOW'S ONE-HOUR PROGRAM ON THE CITY OF MUSIC INITIATIVE
Ross Reynold's KUOW call-in radio show "The Conversation" recently devoted a program to Seattle City of Music. Callers active in the Seattle music scene, including manager and promoter Dave Meinert, were overwhelmingly supportive of more opportunities for musicians. Despite the tough economic times, Seattle music labels are doing well and the general outlook is very positive.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
YOUNG ARTISTS WARMED BY 4CULTURE EQUIPMENT AWARD
4Culture is pleased to announce over $500,000 has been approved by the Board of Directors to be distributed to King County cultural organizations through the 2008 Heritage Facilities and Arts Equipment funding programs. These programs enhance the cultural life of King County citizens by funding the purchase, design, construction and remodeling of cultural facilities, and the purchase of equipment intended to be used by the recipient organization for at least 10 years. Awardees included Music Works Northwest, Friends of KEXP, Vera Project, Reel Grrls, Experience Music Project, Seattle Repertory Theater and many more.
KEXP WINTER INTERNSHIPS - APPLY NOW!
KEXP offers internships in all areas of radio broadcasting. Interns will gain real world experience in a broad array of fields including non-profit fundraising, marketing, sales, web design, sound engineering, and music programming. KEXP interns will learn skills in business communication, project management, problem solving, audio technology, database management and more. These skills and experiences offer interns a unique ground-level glimpse of the day-to-day life of a community radio station, while offering relationship building and networking opportunities that will aid in securing future employment in the music industry.
SIFF 2009 CALL FOR ENTRIES
SIFF is seeking features, documentaries, short films, and animation for the 35th Seattle International Film Festival. With more than 450 films over 25 days, SIFF is the largest film festival in the United States. Attracting more than 150,000 viewers, SIFF is a great way to get your film noticed. Early bird submission deadline is December 1, 2008 and the final deadline is February 1, 2009.
DAMIEN JURADO'S NEW VIDEO PREMIERES
Damien Jurado's new video "Caskets" premieres on November 13 on MTV2. "Caskets" was shot in eastern Washington with a local crew and features beautiful shots of the natural landscape. The video was directed by Matt Williams and produced by Thinklab.
CELEBRATE THE SEASON WITH THE NORTHWEST CHOIRS
The Northwest Boychoir celebrates its 30-year Seattle Christmas concert tradition with the presentation of its 2008 A Festival of Lessons & Carols concert series, showcasing the 80-member combined chorus of the Northwest Boychoir and Vocalpoint! Seattle. This classical performance consists of nine holiday readings, each followed by a traditional carol performed by the choir. The audience then joins the choir for the singing of a familiar Christmas carol.
JAZZ IN THE CITY'S FOURTH ANNUAL BENEFIT CONCERT
Join 98.9 KWJZ and the Jackson Street Music Program as they welcome Jazz in the City's Fourth Annual Benefit Concert on Friday November 28th at Benaroya Hall. Jazz In The City stars Brian Culbertson, featuring saxophonist Mike Phillips and guitarist Tony Maiden. Proceeds benefit the Jackson Street Music Program.
FLOORED MOVIE SCREENING AT 911 MEDIA ARTS
You're invited to attend a free screening of the feature documentary "Floored" tomorrow. The film chronicles Chicago commodity traders - eccentric men and women on the frontlines of the economy. The local filmmakers are looking for feedback - specifically from anyone who has an interest in finance, follows the market or watches CNBC from time to time. Feel free to bring any friends or co-workers.
CELEBRATED A CAPPELLA QUARTET THE BOBS, LOCAL ACTS BRING HOLIDAY MUSIC TO CITY VENUES
Enjoy good tidings and great music at six free holiday concerts in December at City Hall and Seattle Municipal Tower. On the holiday bill is a performance by a cappella favorites The Bobs. Combining vocal mastery with irreverent humor, this quartet is at the top of the list of a cappella ensembles performing and recording in America today. All concerts take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, December 2nd to 18th. The concerts are part of the free lunchtime Seattle Presents concert series presented year round by the Mayor's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.
FESTIVAL OF NEW CINEMA FROM SPAIN OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION
Join the Northwest Film Forum on this Friday for Under the Stars, the first film in the Festival of New Cinema from Spain. Director Félix Viscarret will be there to present the film and host a question and answer session. NWFF is also happy to host an ACLU-moderated panel discussion after the 7pm show of OBSCENE on Saturday, November 22.
FREE SHARED WORKFLOW DEMO AT KEY CODE MEDIA
Check out these two free seminars on November 20th about Final Cut and Avid compatible Ethernet based Shared Area Network. Learn how Editshare has integrated educational institutions, broadcasters and video production companies giving them greater throughput and productivity for editing, graphics, encoding video. Key Code Media is the largest Avid reseller in the nation and was the Apple VAR of the year in 2006.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 11/3 - 11/9
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Various Artists - Live at KEXP: Volume 4
- Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
- Common Market - Tobacco Road
- Blitzen Trapper - Furr
- Moondoggies - Don't be a Stranger
- Jake One - White Van Music
- Death Cab for Cutie - Narrow Stairs
- The Intelligence - Intelligence/Oh Sees Split
- Black Nite Crash - Array
- Partman Parthorse - Year of the Jerk
SEATTLE BAND KORE IONZ HAS A HIGHER CALLING THAT INVOLVES CHANGING LIVES
Their members' homelands span the globe - from Hawaii, the Virgin Islands and Bosnia-Herzegovina. But their heart is in one place. "I believe everybody that has the power of the microphone ... has the potential to brainwash, but also the potential to change society for the better, especially the youth," said Daniel Pak, lead singer and rhythm guitarist of Seattle band Kore Ionz. Last week, the reggae band took that message of hope to kids detained at the King County Juvenile Detention Center for a free concert.
NORTHWEST FILM FORUM WELCOMES INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR LYALL BUSH
Northwest Film Forum welcomes Lyall Bush as its interim executive director. Officially assuming his role on November 10, 2008, Bush joins the organization with a new spirit and energy that will build on the legacy left by Michael Seiwerath and continue to drive NWFF to greater community and artistic goals. Bush comes from a nonprofit background and has worked in the area of film for over a decade. Bush's involvement at Northwest Film Forum began several years ago when he was vice-president of the board; over the years he has also moderated panel discussions and given talks on filmmakers.
33 1/3 BOOK SERIES ASKING FOR BOOK PROPOSALS
Do you know about the 33 1/3 book series, published by Continuum? Each book highlights one particular rock 'n' roll album. The Decemberists' Colin Meloy wrote about the "Let It Be" album by The Replacements. Chris Ott wrote a book on Joy Division's "Unknown Pleasures" album. Other albums that have been written about include ones by ABBA, Led Zeppelin, Radiohead, DJ Shadow, The Smiths, Dusty Springfield, and many more. Now they're asking you, dear music fan, for your own proposal.
HOW TERMINAL ILLNESS HELPED ONE LOCAL MUSICIAN FIND HIS VOICE
John Spalding has terminal lung cancer, and an estimated two to five months to live. He was diagnosed with the aggressive disease four years ago. Originating in his colon, the cancer cells eventually metastasized to his lungs, and Spalding has subsequently undergone more than 80 rounds of chemotherapy and multiple surgeries-and perhaps most astonishingly, a spiritual and creative growth spurt culminating in the release of what will be his band LoveLand's debut and swan song. "The Beautiful Truth" has been many years in the making, and is the result of Spalding's collaborations with an esteemed cast of celebrated local musicians, including members of Minus the Bear, Pretty Girls Make Graves, These Arms Are Snakes, Botch, and Helms Alee.
YOUTUBE TO POST FULL-LENGTH MGM CONTENT
YouTube, the largest video-sharing website, will show full-length television shows and films from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's archives in its latest step to boost advertising revenue by adding professional programming. MGM Studios will kick off the partnership by posting episodes of its decade-old "American Gladiators" program to YouTube on one channel. These will be free to watch, with ads running alongside the video. The company has been experimenting with full-length shows for some months with Time Warner's HBO and CBS's Showtime cable networks. The new partnerships put YouTube in more direct competition with Hulu, the online video site owned by News Corp and General Electric's NBC Universal.
BUMBERSHOOT 2009 NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
Want to be a part of the biggest music and arts festival Seattle has to offer? You should. Bumbershoot '09 is now accepting applications.
BORED OF EDUCATION? LET CENTRAL SERVICES CHANGE YOUR TUNE
Thanks to Board of Education, a family-friendly offshoot of local indie-pop band Central Services, a new generation of kids is going to grow up with an encyclopedic knowledge of volcanoes. They'll know all there is to know about globular clusters, lycopene, global warming and the proper use of commas. And they will have learned these things in the best way there is to learn anything: through catchy, instantly memorable pop-rock. Over the course of their 13-song release, the band leapfrogs its way through genres and ideas as if they were nothing, bringing seemingly disparate elements into happy collision. Their "Tin Foil Robots" march to chipper indie-pop, while inventor William W. Averell gets a wicked disco break.
NORTHWEST FILM FORUM LAUNCHES WINTER PROGRAM
The NWFF has announced its schedule for the winter of 2008/9. It starts with Caroline Suh's "Frontrunners" on November 29th followed by Seattle's own Linas Phillips "Great Speeches from a Dying World" on December 5th.
YOUNG MUSICIANS GET SMARTER, STUDY SUGGESTS
Children who study a musical instrument for at least three years outperform children with no instrumental training on non-musical tests of vocabulary and non-verbal reasoning. This new finding adds to a list of music's magic. Past research has shown tunes can evoke strong memories, reduce stress and even boost athletic performance.
VIDEO: DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE LIVE ON "THE TONIGHT SHOW"
Neil Young-opening Seattle rockers Death Cab for Cutie take a few steps forward and a couple of steps backward on their newest album, Narrow Stairs. The poignantly realized minor everyday tragedy of "Cath..." - which combines Ben Gibbard's vivid, succinct, and conflicted storytelling with gnarled Pacific Northwest indie-rock-style backing - is one of the band's surest steps yet. Death Cab's restrained performance on "The Tonight Show" Halloween night puts the song's best foot forward, as Gibbard's high, more-impassioned-than-the-album vocals are answered by a short, artful guitar solo by producer/guitarist/solo artist Chris Walla.
LIVE NATION TO SELL MAJOR LABEL MP3s ON ARTIST PAGES
Live Nation, which has been on a tear recently with major artist signings and its own ticketing system that will soon replace a contract with Ticketmaster, has confirmed that it will sell unprotected MP3s from three of the four major labels. Rather than an iTunes-style database, Live Nation's MP3 store will route fans to artist pages somewhat similar to the ones found on MySpace. The deal represents another major label move away from DRM, but it also strengthens Live Nation's position as a one-stop-shop for all things relating to its artists.