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NEXT HAPPY HOUR ON DECEMBER 17TH
Wednesday December 17th, 5-7pm at Sole Repair on Capitol Hill
Join us on December 17th for a special holiday 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. Attendance at this event is limited to industry representatives and not open to the general public. You must be 21 + to attend. We hope to see you there!
SEATTLE METROPOLITAN: CITY OF MUSIC ISSUE
Check out the special City of Music-themed December issue of Seattle Metropolitan. The magazine includes a tribute to the 50 rock guitarists, jazz stylists, banjo-picking folkies, smooth crooners, world-class cellists, avant-garde innovators, and one didgeridoo pioneer who have made Seattle one of the best music cities in the country. Also read about American Idol star Sanjaya Malakar's plans for the future, a profile of Kyla Fairchild, publisher of roots-music zine No Depression, and interviews with Dave Meinert and Team Gina.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
CONGRATULATIONS TO LOCAL FILMMAKER LYNN SHELTON!
Big news for Seattle filmmaker Lynn Shelton! Shelton has been nominated for a "Someone to Watch" Award at the 2009 Independent Spirit Awards for her second feature film My Effortless Brilliance. And Shelton's third feature film, a "bromantic comedy" entitled Humpday, will premiere for competition at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Congratulations to Shelton and the cast and crew of both films.
ARTISTS SELECTED TO PRODUCE FILMS ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE
A panel comprised of Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) staff and members of the Seattle art and film community selected the artists to create works for the film series. Five filmmakers and artists will each develop and produce a short film or video that explores climate change for SPU's Climate Action Now short film series. SJ Chiro, Britta Johnson, Susan Robb, Luke Sieczek and Rick Stevenson will create eight to 12-minute short features that creatively address climate protection as it relates to water and wastewater. The films are intended to raise public awareness of environmental stewardship, especially as it connects to SPU's work.
VERA'S BAZAAR AND BRING IT, SCREEN IT
The Vera Project, Seattle's non-profit, all-ages music and art venue is hosting its annual Bring It, Screen It/Bazaar fundraiser on December 6, 2008. Bring It, Screen It is an interactive event in which 10 designers create original Vera Project logos that are available to the public to silk screen on whatever article of clothing they bring. The Vera Bazaar occurs simultaneously and features local artists, craft-makers, musicians and designers selling their wares throughout Vera's venue. This is the perfect opportunity to find a creative, one-of-a-kind gift just in time for the holidays. This free event includes a live musical performance, DJs spinning on site, a bake sale, haircuts, and more!
CHOP SUEY SEEKS FILM SUBMISSIONS
Chop Suey is working to start an ongoing film series focused on independents, shorts, music videos and oddities. The series will start in 2009, and they are currently accepting submissions for consideration. You can submit web links to email@example.com or send DVD's to: Chop Suey, 1325 E.Madison Ave, Seattle, WA 98121, Attn: Film Series.
THE 48 HOUR TURKEY SHOOT FILM CHALLENGE IN REDMOND
The 48 Hour Turkey Shoot is a wild and sleepless weekend in which you and a team make a movie-write, shoot, edit and score it-in just 48 hours. On the night of December 5th, each team gets a character, a prop, a line of dialogue and a genre, all to include in your movie. Exactly 48 hours later, the movie must be complete. The movies will premiere at a local theater the following week and is absolutely free to enter!
GIRLS ROCK! SEATTLE LAUNCHES WITH BENEFIT SHOW
Girls Rock! Seattle will host an all-ages launch party and "50 Shows in 50 States" fundraiser at The Vera Project on Friday, December 12, featuring performances by local acts The Dutchess and the Duke, Panda and Angel, Another Perfect Crime, Kusikia and DJ Shani Thunders. A majority of proceeds will benefit Girls Rock Camp Alliance and Girls Rock! Seattle. Girls Rock! Seattle is part of a nationwide alliance of girls rock camps. The mission of Girls Rock! Seattle is to build positive self-esteem in girls, and encourage creative expression through music.
OFFICIAL BEST OF FEST OFFERS INDIE FILMS TO NEW AUDIENCE
Official Best of Fest is Seattle filmmaker Rick Stevenson's four-years-in-the-making effort to provide a brand new means of distribution for the world's best independent films. Using an international network of curators and audiences from the world's top film festivals, including SIFF, Official Best of Fest combs through the 25,000 films made every year and finds the best of the best then brings them to the public in gift sets sold at blue chip brand stores like Nordstrom.
EXPERIENCE: THE BAND AT THE EMP
Experience: The Band began in fall 2007 as a partnership between Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame and the Berklee College of Music's City Music program. This year-long, innovative, full scholarship program integrates instrumental and vocal instruction in rock and jazz, ensemble performance and musicianship classes with state-of-the-art online learning materials. Experience: The Band rehearses together every Saturday from late September to early June. You can check out their first public performance for free on December 13th.
A VISION FOR CHANGE: A BENEFIT TO SUPPORT HIV/AIDS WORK IN INDIA
Tasveer, a Northwest non-profit dedicated to promoting South Asian Cinema, will hold A Vision for Change, a benefit event to support HIV/AIDS work in India. This December 13th event will feature AIDS JaaGo, a series of four short films produced by Mira Nair's Mirabai production company, depicting the human condition of HIV/AIDS in India. A Vision for Change is free and all are welcome, but Tasveer encourages donations for Andril and Positive Rights, two grassroots HIV/AIDS projects based out of Namakkal, Tamil Nadu.
SCOTOPIA COMPLETES TWO NEW MUSIC VIDEOS
Check out these two new music videos for local Seattle musicians from Scotopia Pictures. "The List" is the new video for solo artist Mia Boyle. Brent Amaker & The Rodeo's new hip hop space country video, "Sissy New Age Cowboy," will compete in HD-Fest in Los Angeles this month.
SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS AT EXPOSED: INSIDE FILM
In the spirit of the holidays, join Exposed: Inside Film on December 16th for the weirdest Christmas movie ever made: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. This free evening of creepy aliens, kidnapped Earth children, celebrity Santa Claus and Christmas cheer also features awesome sci-fi trivia and gift giveaways. Expect the unexpected! Come dressed as an alien or Santa Claus and you'll be entered in a drawing for a free EMP|SFM membership. Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, first released in 1964, is lovingly considered one of the worst films ever made.
J. TILLMAN ADDED TO NEW ORLEANS BENEFIT CONCERT
J. Tillman of the Fleet Foxes joins Will Oldham, Nicole Atkins, and scores of other musicians for "Musicians Bringing Musicians Home IV" - a special evening of music in New Orleans on December 4th. The concert benefits Sweet Home New Orleans - a coalition of non-profit organizations that helps find affordable housing and provides rental assistance for Katrina displaced musicians, Mardi Gras performers and other traditional New Orleans artists. Past performers have included members of Sleater-Kinney and Death Cab for Cutie. The show follows a three day artist activism camp hosted by Air Traffic Control and Future of Music Coalition.
SAY HI SIGN TO BARSUK RECORDS
Seattle's Barsuk Records is honored to announce that they have added Say Hi to their roster. Barsuk will be releasing Oohs & Aahs nationally on March 3rd, 2009. Say Hi is Eric Elbogen, who wrote and recorded the LP at his home studio over the course of 2008. The songwriter used to live in Brooklyn, New York, but moved to Seattle in December 2006. An ever-evolving cast of musicians joins Elbogen live.
FEATURED LOCAL DOCUMENTARY: FOR MY WIFE
What would you do if you lost your husband or wife in a tragic accident? Charlene Strong's loss led her to dedicate her life to fighting for marriage equality. This week, Seattle Channel's CityStream takes a behind-the-scenes look at the story of For My Wife, a feature documentary chronicling Strong's journey. In December 2006, a flash flood in Seattle's Madison Valley killed Kate Fleming, an award-winning voice-over artist. When Charlene Strong, her life partner, rushed to Harborview to be by Fleming's side in her last moments, Strong was initially denied entrance to the hospital room because the couple was not legally married. Since then, Strong has been thrust into the spotlight becoming a powerful voice for same-sex couples and their families. Show premieres on Thursday, December 4.
ARTIST NETWORKING EVENT: "FINDING BALANCE: ARTISTS RAISING CHILDREN"
Artists/parents of Washington State are encouraged to participate in this Artists' Networking Event. Meet fellow artists who are practicing the art of raising a family while simultaneously practicing their art. A panel including Spike Mafford, Alex Martin and Michelle Templeton will be moderated by Miguel Guillen, Information Services Manager for Artist Trust and followed by a Q&A. All artists are invited.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 11/24 - 11/30
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
- Various Artists - Live at KEXP, Vol. 4
- Death Cab for Cutie - Something About Airplanes Deluxe Edition
- Moondoggies - Don't Be a Stranger
- Pearl Jam - Live at Easy Street
- Supersuckers - Get it Together
- Fleet Foxes - Sun Giant EP
- Rosie Thomas - A Very Rosie Christmas
- Helio Sequence - Keep Your Eyes Ahead
- Fleet Foxes - Sun Giant EP
ROLLING STONE NAMES BIMBOS CANTINA A "HOT ROCKER JOB"
Seattle's Bimbos Cantina is famous for its quesadilla pie, toddler-size organic burritos and a kitchen staff of insanely talented musicians moonlighting as line cooks. "There were a ton of awesome people there," says Fleet Foxes' Robin Pecknold, who put in time in 2004. "Working there definitely opened my mind." The list of musicians who have rolled burritos at Bimbos is a who's who of '90s and '00s Pacific Northwest indie rock, including members of Modest Mouse, Band of Horses, the Melvins, Hole, Minus the Bear, Pretty Girls Make Graves and Murder City Devils.
SEATTLE SYMPHONY PRODUCES "HOLIDAY CLASSICS" CD
Seattle Symphony has a gift for you: its first-ever holiday album, conducted by Gerard Schwarz. "Holiday Classics," which the orchestra self-produced, includes excerpts from Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite" and Handel's "Water Music," plus favorite carols. Many of the pieces on the recording were specially scored by Schwarz to take advantage of the symphony's strengths. Violinist Maria Larionoff carries the melody beautifully on "What Child Is This?" and the orchestra's celebrated horn section is spotlighted on "Silent Night."
Q: THE LEGENDARY QUINCY JONES
Seattle's Quincy Jones - known as Q to his friends and a legend to the rest of us - went from performing and arranging to producing chart toppers in both the film and music industries. At 75, he's still keeping up at a blistering pace. Jones has worked with everyone in music at some point: Count Basie, Bruce Springsteen, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon, Sarah Vaughn, Ray Charles, Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, Nat King Cole, Ice T - the list is a testament to the diversity and genius of his career. Jones' new book, The Complete Quincy Jones: My Journey and Passions, is not average. It's more like a scrapbook filled with photos, ticket stubs, sheet music and memories.
NEW TALENT BUYER AT CHOP SUEY
Matt Moroni (a.k.a. DJ Introcut) has been hired by Chop Suey to book electronic-music and hip hop shows. A tireless promoter and one of the principals of Poster Midget, Introcut also spins at Lo_Fi's Tuesday night weekly Stop Biting and Sunset Tavern's monthly Trashy Trash dance party. With his extensive connections and strong knowledge of electronic music and rap, Moroni should prove to be a valuable addition to Chop Suey's staff (which includes ex-Crocodile booker Pete Greenberg), enabling the Capitol Hill club to compete more seriously with Neumos for shows in those genres.
GROUP BRINGS ENGLISH RENAISSANCE WORKS TO LIFE
Groups disappearing from the music scene often get more attention than groups just beginning. Take the Renaissance Singers, which has been around for a few years but has kept a fairly low profile. As its name implies, the group of a dozen singers specializes in the Renaissance, a period the well-established Tudor Choir also claims with distinction. Its founding artistic director is Markdavin Obenza, who sings in the group as well and writes its succinct and well-informed program notes. As have many other choral conductors in the Seattle area, he is a product of the University of Washington, School of Music.
BLUE SCHOLARS, COMMON MARKET LAUNCH DECEMBER HIP-HOP TOUR
If you missed last year's five-day sold-out show showcasing the best of Seattle hip-hop, the Blue Scholars are at it again. This time they're joined by fellow Seattle hip-hop group Common Market, and touring the Northwest. Starting Friday, December 5, they perform in Bellingham, Spokane and Portland, then wrap up December 18-20 at Neumo's in Seattle. During this month's Northwest concerts, the duo plans to premier new material from their upcoming 2009 fall album.
SAM BEAM PRODUCING NEXT ROSIE THOMAS ALBUM
Rosie Thomas is planning some Iron & Wine and soul for her next album. The Seattle indie rocker - currently on the road promoting her holiday offering, "A Very Rosie Christmas" - has enlisted pal Sam Beam to produce her follow-up to 2006's "These Friends of Mine." "We've been talking about doing it for a year," Thomas tells Billboard.com. "I think it's going to be different because we write different kinds of things. I'm just going to come up with a bunch of songs, and when I like them I'm going to give them to him and he's going to start putting them together musically."
NEW RECORD STORE ALERT
Going against all notions of economic common sense, Eric Lanzillotta from the Anomalous label/mail order business and Ri Be Xibalba and Tanith Lanzillotta from the band Forest of Grey have just opened a shop called Dissonant Plane in Ballard. Dissonant Plane specializes in "black metal, free improvisation, avant-garde classical, experimental, ambient, and many other regions."
"HALO TRILOGY" SOUNDTRACK SET PREVIEWS NEW GAME
"Halo Trilogy," a compilation of the complete soundtracks of Microsoft's top-selling "Halo" video game franchise, was released December 2 as a five-disc collectible set. The bonus "Halo Wars" DVD includes four preview tracks in 5.1 surround sound for the highly anticipated sequel game. The DVD offers a behind-the-scenes look at the "Halo Wars" recording sessions at Ensemble Studios, under the audio direction of composer Stephen Rippy, with musicians from the Seattle Symphony, Dallas Symphony and Prague Symphony orchestras.
HONOR JUST TO BE ASKED IN, AS FILM ACADEMY TIGHTENS ITS RANKS
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, once the chummiest club in show business, is becoming more artsy and indie-minded just as much of the Hollywood establishment hoped to make it more commercial. A new admissions policy that began in 2004 was aimed at curtailing growth in the 81-year-old academy, which officials felt was getting too unwieldy. The 5,810 active members decide who wins Academy Awards, making them not only the movie world's most powerful body but also among the country's most influential cultural tastemakers. But, five years in, the revised system is also changing the makeup of the academy in ways that were not entirely expected.
NIRVANA'S "IN UTERO": DOWNLOAD THE 33 1/3 AUDIOBOOK
Nevermind broke Nirvana, but the band preferred its follow-up, In Utero. Rolling Stone contributor Gillian G. Gaar, who served as project consultant on the Nirvana box set With the Lights Out, spoke with Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, engineer Steve Albini and many more Nirvana insiders while writing her 33 1/3 book on the album - and now you can download the full audiobook for the first time. It's part of Audible.com's productions of the 33 1/3 book series about classic, critically acclaimed albums.
NEW HOT SPOT GAINSBOURG TO FEATURE MUSIC PHOTOS BY STEVEN DEWALL
Gainsbourgh, the restaurant owned by local music writer and DJ Hannah Levin, will start hosting an exhibit for Steven Dewall, who has shot Joe Strummer, PJ Harvey, Chan Marshall, The Flaming Lips, R.E.M., Lou Reed, and others in color and B&W. Duwall has been living in Seattle since 2004 and has contributed to Filter Magazine, Spin, and Harp among other magazines.
XBOX CHANNEL GOES LIVE WITH 'HORROR MEETS COMEDY'
Xbox is not content doing battle for videogame platform supremacy with PS3 and Wii. It wants to carve out a chunk of the online TV world, so Microsoft launched "Horror Meets Comedy," an online network of downloadable programs for the new Xbox's Independent Video Channel that gives eight horror filmmakers the chance to be funny for a change. Director James Gunn said that the "Horror Meets Comedy" series grew out of the writers strike and artists' ongoing war with Hollywood's corporate ownership. "With writers and directors getting so little money out of their own work, this project splits the revenue evenly between the filmmakers and Xbox."
BEN CHASNY ADJUSTS TO LIFE IN SEATTLE
Ben Chasny is better known as Six Organs of Admittance, an acid-folk guitar hero whose music channels the rural Zen simplicity of L, the American stylings of John Fahey, the woodsy mystique of Northern California, and the off-the-hook intensity of Les Rallizes Denude. There is a solace in his music that emergese from a river of sustained chaos, and it's resulted in one of the strongest bodies of work from a contemporary artist this side of Will Oldham. Having moved to Seattle recently, Chasny is now one of your neighbors. After being born and raised in California and spending most of his life in Humboldt County, Santa Cruz, and the Bay Area, Chasny has a unique perspective on life as a new Seattle transplant.
AMAZON.COM APPLICATION AVAILABLE FOR IPHONE, IPOD
Amazon.com Inc. said that its application for Apple Inc.'s iPhone and iPod touch devices is now available. The Seattle online retailer said shoppers can use the application to directly search and browse for items, and it also takes advantage of the iPhone's built-in camera. The "Amazon Remembers" function allows a user to take a photo of something, send it to Amazon.com, and the retailer will send back a list of products similar to the photograph. "Customers can build visual lists of things they want to remember, buy, or even learn more about," said Sam Hall, director of Amazon Mobile, in a statement.