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CITY COUNCIL PRIORITIZES FILM AND MUSIC IN ITS 2009 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES
In this video of the January 12th meeting of the Seattle City Council, Councilmember Richard McIver, Chair of the Housing and Economic Development Committee, describes the council's plan to support the music and film industry in Seattle. McIver encourages local film production and advocates for a "vibrant and significant industry that thrives on live music," noting that live music is an essential part of Seattle's history and culture.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
JOB OPPORTUNITY: THE VERA PROJECT DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR
The Vera Project seeks a skilled and well-organized professional to support its ongoing fundraising efforts. The Development Coordinator will work with Vera's Development Director to write and assemble grant proposals, research funding prospects, maintain positive donor relations, and work with Vera's Board, members and staff to keep the organization stable and sustainable. The Vera Project operates through a participatory structure that encourages inter-generational collaboration and participation in all realms of the organization, so this position will at times work on fundraising projects with the Board of Directors and the young people who participate at Vera. This position is a great opportunity to help keep all-ages music and art thriving in Seattle.
HELP THE DUTCHMAN AND CALLEYE RECORDING STUDIOS
On the morning of January 8th, historic rehearsal studios the Dutchman and Calleye recording studios were consumed by a tragic fire. The studios first opened in 1984 and had been rehearsal spaces for many Seattle music legends including Nirvana, Mudhoney, The Screaming Trees, and The Gits. Continuing the tradition of servicing local artists, it has since continued being a stalwart resource for local and up and coming musicians with hundreds of artists rehearsing, performing, and recording on the premise over the years. Gary Mula, founder and proprietor of the space, has and continues to work with numerous musicians and groups, as well as working with independent films in contributing both creative and technical talents to the productions. You can donate money to The Dutchman Fund at any local Banner Bank, or via PayPal at the Dutchman Fund website.
HBO SPONSORS NFFTY, PRIZES ANNOUNCED
EThe National Film Festival for Talented Youth announces HBO as newest festival sponsor. NFFTY is thrilled to have their support for the 2009 festival (April 24-26) and the next generation of filmmakers. NFFTY also announced today two new filmmaker prizes for NFFTY 09. The Grand Prize will include an all expense-paid trip to Los Angeles to meet with creative executives and agents. Another lucky winner will receive a special prize: a full scholarship to attend TheFilmSchool¹s Summer Prodigy Camp. In addition to these prizes, NFFTY will honor 15 filmmakers with Jury and Audience Awards.
THE 2009 SLAMDANCE SHORT SCREENPLAY COMPETITION IS UNDERWAY
Slamdance is now accepting entries for its short screenplay competition for 2009. One Top 5 finalist will have their short film produced by $99 Special and screen at the 2010 Slamdance Film Festival! Slamdance will also accept entries for its Teleplay Competition starting January 28th. The Teleplay Competition accepts pilots for drama, comedy, and documentaries or game shows with a grand prize of $3,000.
VOLUNTEER WITH THE UPCOMING SEATTLE IMPROVISED MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Seattle Improved Music Festival needs you! If you can provide a home for visiting musicians, put up some posters around town, or work the door for festival events, contact Gust Burns at firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers will receive free entry to shows!
SEATTLE SYMPHONY TO PERFORM FREE CONCERT AT CITY HALL
City Hall will host the Seattle Symphony Orchestra in a free performance on Friday, January 23. The symphony concert is a special performance of Seattle Presents, a free lunchtime concert series presented year-round by the Mayor's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. Associate Conductor Carolyn Kuan will conduct works by Bernstein, Haydn, Bach and Seattle-based Brazilian composer Jovino Santos Neto with guest violinists Annalise Hastings and Felicity James. The performance is Seattle Symphony's fourth at City Hall. Last January, nearly 300 people packed the City Hall lobby to hear the symphony perform.
WIF PRESENTS DEAN HYERS AND BILL TRUE
Don't miss your chance to talk one-on-one with award-winning filmmakers Bill True and Dean Hyers and find out how they are making indie film happen in LA all the way from Minneapolis. WIF members and their guests are welcome to attend this event tonight, January 14th, at WIF Headquarters (1418 10th Ave., Seattle 98122) at 7 pm.
THE FILM SCHOOL PRESENTS SUBSTANCE AND SALE: TAKING YOUR SCRIPT AND YOURSELF TO THE NEXT LEVEL
Calling all aspiring screenwriters! Check out this new course at TheFilmSchool. "Substance and Sale" will focus on improving students' scripts and developing the business skills they need to market themselves and their material. Producer Gary Goldstein and President of Castle Rock Entertainment Liz Glotzer will join Warren Etheredge and John Jacobsen for this three day workshop from February 6-8.
SEATTLE'S OLDOMINION CREW CELEBRATES ITS 10TH ANNIVERSARY
On Saturday January 31st, Obese Productions, Neumo's and The Vera Project invite you to celebrate Oldominion's Decennial Anniversary with a pair of shows and a broadcast radio event. The Vera Project hosts the first event of the day, an all ages show which will include full sets by Nite Owls, Suicide Riots, Dim Mak (featuring Bishop I) and Oldominion. Tune in to KEXP 90.3 at 8pm to hear a live in studio performance from Nite Owls. They'll be hanging out with the DJs and playing some Oldominion songs for an hour. After that it's on to Neumos for a 21 plus night set.
FREE SCREENING OF TULIA, TEXAS
A special free screening of Tulia, Texas will unspool on Saturday, January 24 at SIFF Cinema at Seattle Center followed by a discussion with local civil rights pioneers. The documentary looks at the aftermath and investigation behind the massive 1999 Tulia, Texas drug bust, which resulted in the arrest of 46 people, 39 of whom were African American. "Tulia, Texas," directed by Cassandra Herrman and Kelly Whalen, is co-presented in Seattle by the Langston Hughes African-American Film Festival, the Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas, and the ACLU of Washington. Speakers following the film include ACLU of WA lawyers who worked on the actual cases in Tulia and local civil rights scholars..
SOUTH KIPSAP HIGH SCHOOL TO ATTEND 2010 ROSE BOWL
Congratulations to the Marching Band at SouthKitsapHigh School! The band has the honor of attending the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena on January 1, 2010. SouthKitsapHigh School is the only school in the state of Washington to be selected for 2010. In order to represent their community at the Tournament of Roses Parade, the students need to raise about $200,000 to fund the trip. These funds will cover transportation, accommodations, and admission to the Tournament of Roses Parade. To support this once-in-a-lifetime experience, contact Gary Grams at 360-874-5600 or email@example.com
WASHINGTON BLUES SOCIETY RECIEVES NATIONAL AWARD
Congratulations to the Washington Blues Society, recipients of the 2009 Keeping the Blues Alive Award from the Blues Foundation. The Washington Blues Society will also celebrate its 20th anniversary in February. With over 600 members, the Society hosts a Best of the Blues Awards show every year and supports blues musicians and venues across Washington State.
ONE DAY ARTIST RESIDENCIES AT EMP
The Experience Music Project/Science Fiction Museum is looking for your creative art: performance, visual, technology, film, etc. Anything goes as you take part in the EMP|SFM Artist Residency Program, from podcast tours of epic space battles to collaborative guitar-building in SkyChurch. The only limit is your imagination. This project is very open-ended - feel free to tackle the big question of why science fiction and music belong under one roof, or choose one unique aspect of the museum to expound upon. Residencies take place on Family Day. Applicants interested in the Spring residency, themed "Do It Yourself," should submit a proposal by January 21st.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE: VOLUNTEER IN THE ARTS!
What do theater, visual arts and music have in common? Besides artistic talent, creativity and inspiration, nonprofit arts organizations need YOU! If you have a passion for the music, theatre or visual arts, and you don't know how or where to get involved, come to this presentation. You'll learn new ways to participate in activities that are meaningful to you and that make a difference in the community. Unique and exciting volunteer roles in the arts include ushering, office support, teaching, studio assistance, interpretation, leadership, and more.
SPARKS OF GLORY: A VANISHED WORLD
MOR's outreach series continues with an afternoon dedicated to the vibrant and distinctive communal life of Jewish Europe before the Holocaust. David Stock's nostalgic A Vanished World summons up the sounds of life in a shtetl built of music, Joseph Achron's work recalls folkloric elements of Russian Jewish life, Egon Ledec's atmospheric salon pieces echo of Central European gentility, and Lori Laitman's song cycle, The Seed of Dream, sung by baritone Erich Parce, reports from the horrific last moments of the Vilna ghetto. This free event on January 31st will include an introduction by Artistic Director Mina Miller.
JANUARY SAFE HOUSE SCREENING: HANDS OF GOD
Join the Underground Railroad Film Series at St. Mary's Church on January 15th for a presentation of "Hands of God," a documentary about Afro-Peruvian percussionist Julio "Chocolate" Algendones. Mixing the traditional and the contemporary, from cajón to Jazz, Chocolate composed and played many music styles, taught all over the world and contributed to the creative development of numerous artists including the dance group Peru Negro. Stay for a Post Screening Discussion with Rose Cano, Director of "Callejon: The Alley", a bi-lingual musical co-production of North South Conexions and Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center.
THE 2009 SEATTLE BOB MARLEY BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE CONCERT
The 4th Annual Seattle Tribute to Bob Marley Reggae Consciousness is taking place at the King Cat Theater on February 5th and 6th. A great 2-day showcase of local, regional, national, and international musical talent, Reggae Consciousness is still accepting submissions to the line-up. Interested parties please email firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition to striving to build the most comprehensive and outstanding annual expression of Reggae Spirit, Music, and Culture, this event will also be a fund drive for select non-profit organizations performing positive social works locally in the Seattle area and in Jamaica. This event will also feature film shorts, guest speakers, craft vendors, and hot tasty Caribbean catering.
ENCORE PRESENTATION OF MY LEFT HAND
What do you do when you're 31-years old, married with two young children and facing cancer, the loss of your left hand, and possibly your life? If you're Seattle native Joshua Isaac, you get a camera and make My Left Hand - a thought-provoking and ultimately triumphant film. The last screening by Jewish Family Services sold out, so they're hosting an encore of My Left Hand on Thursday, January 29th.
826 SEATTLE ANNOUNCES THE 2009 "WRITE LIKE I DO" ADULT WRITING WORKSHOP SERIES
826 Seattle has announced and is now selling tickets for the 2009 line-up of their popular "How To Write Like I Do" adult writing workshop series. The series kicks off February 10 with "How to be a Musician When You're Not That Good of a Musician" taught by the versatile lead singer of The Long Winters, John Roderick. Roderick will explain many aspects of being a singer/songwriter and recording artist, including but not limited to: how to keep writing when everything you write is boring and terrible; how to maintain some semblance of dignity in a shameful world; and how to, when all else fails, become a colorful personality.
THE OFF HOURS SUPPORT GREEN FILMMAKING
Seattle director Megan Griffiths and producers Mischa Jakupcak, Lacey Leavitt, and Joy Saez are encouraging other local moviemakers to go green! Their upcoming film The Off Hours promotes environmentally responsible filmmaking. Written by Megan Griffiths, The Off Hours is the story of three residents of a small, truck-stop town trying to find inspiration in their nightly routine. The film was awarded a Panavision grant and was granted fiscal sponsorship through the Northwest Film Forum.
SPOKANE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
The 11th Spokane International Film Festival is almost here! There were so many great films to choose from that SPIFF has extended the days of the festival. Films from over 20 countries, from Austria to Taiwan, Morocco to Russia, come to Spokane February 5th through 15th. Don't miss your chance to see these award-winning features, documentaries, and short films from around the world!
GUILLERMO E. BROWN and BILLLL$ SHUFFLE MODE
Imagine an artist forcing all his sonic possibilities into an hour-long spectacle of music and video. Guillermo E. Brown's Shuffle Mode-an experimental, beat-based, electronic, jazzy, soulful, label-free, multimedia work tracing one man's pathway to music through a diversity of influences is that. The show, presented by CD Forum and sponsored by KUOW, runs January 30-31 at the Broadway Performance Hall.
LASAGNA OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP SLIPPING TOWARDS THE PRISON OF PERMANENT DARKNESS AT OTB SOUNDSTAGE
Walking to Werner filmmaker Linas Phillips returns to the stage armed with one of off-Broadway's finest performers, Jim Fletcher, and one peculiar book. The longtime friends bring their private rapport to the OtB mainstage in this video-saturated theater performance about aliens, friendship, pasta and porn. Featuring Fletcher and Phillips' startlingly honest and uncomfortably funny exchanges, Whitley Strieber's The Key, and local favorites Lori Goldston and Leah Schrager. Also, join for a toast of Linus and Co. at the Sitting Room following the opening night performance on Thursday, Jan 15.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 1/5 - 1/11
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
- The Moondoggies - Don't Be a Stranger
- The Dutchess and the Duke - She's the Dutchess and He's the Duke
- Death Cab for Cutie - Something About Airplanes Deluxe Edition
- Fleet Foxes - Sun Giant
- The Saturday Knights - Mingle
- Jake One - White Van Music
- Helio Sequence - Keep Your Eyes Ahead
- Various Artists - Live at KEXP: Volume 4
- Death Cab for Cutie - Narrow Stairs
ILIKE FOUNDERS RESHAPING THE MUSIC BUSINESS FOR 2009 and BEYOND
Rolling Stone names iLike founders Ali and Hadi Partovi among the insiders who are defining the future of the music industry. Seattle-based iLike elegantly connects the world of social networking and music fandom and encourages those 140 million Facebook-ers to sample new acts and make playlists and recommendations - plus buy more than $15 million worth of MP3 downloads, merch and concert tickets. Like MySpace, iLike is working aggressively with the record industry to market music online without alienating fans from buying it.
NEW FACES VOTED TOP NORTHWEST BAND OF 2008
Three Imaginary Girls readers have voted New Faces' debut album "Two Years" as the best Northwest release of 2008. The Loveless Records group, who performed at October's City of Music launch party, outranked internationally recognized acts like Death Cab for Cutie and Fleet Foxes. Congratulations to all Northwest bands for a great year in music!
FLEET FOXES TO SOFTLY ROCK "SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE"
Fleet Foxes, maybe not the funniest band in the history of the universe, are about to join the extremely short list of indie label bands to perform on "Saturday Night Live". They'll play "Blue Ridge Mountains" and "Mykonos" on the show's January 17 episode. Rosario Dawson, who some might say is way prettier than Robin Pecknold, will be hosting.
ROLLING STONE REVIEWS THE WHORE MOANS
The Seattle punk band was just written up in the quintessential American music magazine, Rolling Stone. David Fricke writes, "the Whore Moans are steadfast believers in loud-fast salvation, or what they call in one power-chord catapult, 'The Holy Fucking Moment.' This album has plenty."
MICROSOFT'S SONGSMITH MAKES MUSIC USING PC
Sing a song into your PC, and Microsoft will help you make music. That's the premise behind Songsmith, song-writing software that Microsoft released at the Consumer Electronics Show. Songsmith joins together the two loves of several employees at Microsoft Research: music and computer science. During an interview in his Redmond office earlier this week, Microsoft researcher (and '80s cover band guitarist) Dan Morris explained. "When a musician hears a melody, it's almost like the chords are there," he said. "You hear chords when you hear the melody." For "song writer-types," Morris said, "this is something we take for granted." So, Morris decided that perhaps the relationship could be captured algorithmically. That's exactly what Songsmith, which Morris developed with fellow researcher Sumit Basu and intern Ian Simon, does.
KEXP + VERA YOUTH PODCASTING WORKSHOP 2008 PRESENT VOL 1.
One of KEXP's missions is to facilitate music discovery, and as such, they were very excited to have the opportunity to host the first ever Youth Podcasting Workshops! These workshops, hosted in a partnership with the Vera Project, were an intensive, hands-on, 8-week series geared towards young adults in the Seattle area. The goal of these workshops was to engage young people in our community, champion youth-led and youth-focused programming, and offer increased training opportunities. Workshop participants learned how to create a podcast, from song selection, to securing music rights, to recording, editing and hosting the final podcast. Check out the results on the KEXP blog!
MT. ST. HELENS VIETNAM BAND DEBUTS LP DETAILS, DATES
Last year, Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band tried to break onto the web-rock scene by purposefully withholding their music from the web. Instead of posting a few songs on MySpace, they uploaded a few silly instructional videos about "technology" and "homeostasis" to YouTube. And in the tradition of things so crazy they just might work, the band got some blog attention, released an EP co-produced by Scott Colburn (Arcade Fire, Animal Collective), played a few shows, got signed to Dead Oceans, and now they're ready to release their self-titled debut album on March 10.
NETFLIX, FILM INDEPENDENT SET COMPETITION
Movie rental service Netflix and Los Angeles-based Film Independent are joining forces to discover a new independent filmmaker, who will receive a $150,000 production grant to make a feature film, which will be distributed online by Netflix. Josh Brolin is serving as honorary chair and as one of the judges of the competition, dubbed the "Netflix FIND Your Voice Film Competition." The winner will own all rights to his or her film. Film Independent will provide advisement and mentorship to the winning filmmaker throughout the production process and will also screen the winner's movie at the Los Angeles Film Festival.
PEARL JAM RELEASING REMASTERED 'TEN' ON VERIZON WIRELESS
Pearl Jam is rolling out tracks from the remastered version of its 1991 debut album, "Ten," exclusively through Verizon Wireless. A different song from the new edition, due March 24, will go live through V Cast Music with Rhapsody for 10 consecutive weeks, beginning with "Once" on Tuesday. The newly remastered tracks can be purchased as ringtones, ringbacks and ringback jukeboxes. An additional component of the "Ten" reissue is a new mix by producer Brendan O'Brien. The album will be offered in a variety of incarnations, the ritziest of which includes such bonuses as a cassette dub of the band's first demo tape with singer Eddie Vedder.
BLITZEN TRAPPER: "FURR" VIDEO PREMIERES ON PITCHFORK
Furr, the 2008 album released by Sub Pop's Blitzen Trapper, wound up being a slow-burner, the kind of album that snuck up on people after a while, and the Jade Harris-directed video for the title track has a similarly subtle appeal. Stop motion and/or Flash are used to shift objects around the screen, some of which track closely the story of the song, some of which serve a more decorative purpose. It's a sepia-toned dream with flying caribou, gramophones that belch rattlesnakes, and (spoiler alert!) a happy ending.
APPLE CUTS ITUNES PRICING, EASES COPY PROTECTION
Apple is cutting the price of some songs in its market-leading iTunes online music store to 69 cents and plans to begin selling all tracks without copy protection. At the Macworld Expo trade show Tuesday, Apple's top marketing executive, Phil Schiller, said iTunes songs would come in three pricing tiers: 69 cents, 99 cents and $1.29, depending on the recording company they come from. Until now, pricing has been 99 cents per song. The new pricing begins in April, and "with many more songs priced at 69 cents than $1.29," said Apple CEO Steve Jobs in a press release. Jobs was not at yesterday's event, as had been expected.
SERIES TESTS HOW FAR EXPERIMENTAL JAZZ CAN STRETCH
When does sound become music and when does music become jazz? This is the artistic and philosophical question the participants in the first "Is That Jazz?" experimental-music festival have posed to their audience. The series of three performances, which started last week at the Chapel Performance Space in Wallingford, features six artists and groups playing a variety of conventional instruments in unconventional ways. More than a performance, the "Is That Jazz?" series is also a discussion.
MOD SYSTEMS' VIDEO DOWNLOADS TO SD CARDS AT RETAIL STORES
Is the distribution of video going to the SD card? MOD Systems, which scored $35 million in venture funding from NCR and Toshiba in September, hopes so. The Seattle company is introducing a new system that it hopes will replace the pre-packaged DVDs found at Target, Best Buy and other retailers. It does this with a kiosk that spits out SD cards with a person's favorite movie or TV shows on it.
"SOUND SALON" AT JEWEL BOX EXPERIMENTS WITH A CAPPELLA TWISTS, MINIMALIST TURNS
"In the Bleak of Winter, Sundays" is an evening hosted by a new Seattle a cappella trio that performs along with two invited guest acts. The trio's name is fasten with pins (spelled entirely in lowercase, says singer Arni Adler, because they don't want to make too much of themselves). And the venue is the Rendezvous' intimate Jewelbox Theater, a local gem from the 1920s that seats 60. Here you get to listen to fresh, experimental work at pleasantly low volume, while a waitress (who keeps her own sound-level to an admirably discreet hush) brings you drinks. Tricky changes in key and tempo put a special stamp on the songs, sometimes to humorous effect, sometimes with results that are more eerie.
MUSIC OF HEART TO DEBUT IN MUSICAL READING ALLIES
Allies, a new rock-infused musical featuring the music of 70s and 80s power band Heart, will receive a special industry reading at The Zipper Factory on January 26. The staged concert reading, which is open to the public as seating allows, will be directed by Drama Desk nominee Samuel Buggein. Part love rock show, part drama, Allies features legendary Heart hits including "Barracuda," "These Dreams," and "Alone."
MUSIC SALES UP AT INSOUND
Despite an uncertain economic climate, one indie music retailer has somehow managed to increase their sales. Insound.com remains a glimmer of hope in the current dire state of retail woes. A whopping 91% increase was reported for the month of December in 2008, as opposed to the same month in '07. Much like other retailers, their vinyl sales soared 130% in 2008. Insound is also offering a free digital mixtape featuring Northwest artists J. Tillman and Blue Giant.
VINYL SALES ALMOST DOUBLE IN 2008
While CD sales continue to decline, vinyl is still experience a renaissance: 89 percent more LPs were sold last year than in '07. Part of the leap can be attributed to Capitol Records' decision to reissue many of their most famous albums on vinyl, as the Beatles' Abbey Road was the year's second-highest-selling vinyl album, Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon ranked seventh and Radiohead's OK Computer rounded out the Top 10. Neutral Milk Hotel's 1998 classic In The Aeroplane Over the Sea came in sixth, ahead of Dark Side, Fleet Foxes and Metallica's Death Magnetic.