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INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
WASHINGTONFILMWORKS ANNOUNCES INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
WashingtonFilmWorks is seeking a part-time intern to assist with both day-to-day office administration and long-term projects. Candidates should be self-motivated with strong communication and organizational skills. Knowledge of database creation and management is encouraged but not required. Prior experience in filmmaking or production is not necessary. Interns would work a minimum of 20 hours per week for a six-month term. This is a terrific opportunity for students or those hoping to learn more about the film industry. Interested parties should e-mail a resume and cover letter to email@example.com.
CITY OF SEATTLE CAREER FAIR
The City of Seattle Career Fair will be held on May 21, 2008 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM at Joint-Training-Facility, 9401 Myers Way South, Seattle 98108. The fair will have job demonstrations, job information (full-time, temporary, and apprenticeships), job application assistance, benefit information and much more. Come learn about the amazing variety of jobs at the City, the impact our work has on the community, and the other benefits employees enjoy.
MUSICIANS, MOVIES AND MORE IN DOWNTOWN PARKS
Mayor Greg Nickels today announced the lineup of entertainers who have received permits to perform in downtown parks this month. The Center City Busker Program is part of Nickels' Center City strategy for making downtown parks livelier and more welcoming with musicians, dancers, and other street performers. Throughout the summer, buskers will appear in Freeway, Hing Hay, Westlake, Waterfront, and Cal Anderson parks, and in Pioneer Square and Occidental Square. In May, park visitors will enjoy acoustic blues and reggae by Marc Mollan; a mix of styles by Amber Tide; the lively accordion of Kenneth Lynn; Ian Dobson playing steel drums, as well as salsa, world music and much more.
PRESIDENTS VIDEO TAKES TOP HONORS AT WORLDFEST
WorldFest-Houston, the 3rd longest-running International Film Festival in North America, celebrated the conclusion of its 41st Annual Independent Film Showcase with a Grand Awards Gala on April 19th and Closing Day Festivities on April 20th. Local band the Presidents of the United States of America's music video "Mixed Up S.O.B." earned the honor of "Best Music Video." "Weird Al" Yankovic directed the video and Rosemary Garner produced.
BROKEN DISCO PREPARES LAST SHOW BEFORE SUMMER VACATION
The fourteenth episode of community dance-in-your-pants Broken Disco welcomes May flowers Friday, May 9th at Chop Suey. After that they'll be taking the summer off, so come out and dance - or miss out until fall.
MUSIC INTERNSHIP OPENS UP AT THE STRANGER
Want to work in the lovely snake pit of discontent called the Stranger? Their music internship has just opened up. For more information on The Stranger and what they do, check out their website. Then email your resume and a writing sample (can be anything, even an ungraded essay) to Megan Seling at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OFFICE OF ARTS & CULTURAL AFFAIRS RELEASES YEARLY REPORT TO THE COMMUNITY
The Office of Arts & Cultural affairs has released the 2007 report on the status of the arts in Seattle. Highlights include Seattle Presents, the Office's lunchtime concert series which showcases a stellar lineup of Seattle musicians performing everything from classical to alt-country, global to swing, and opera to punk. In 2007, the concert series attracted 7,000 people to 41 performances featuring 340 artists. For more information on this program and much more, visit the link above.
ROCK'S SAKE BENEFIT CONCERT FOR MUSICARES
For Rock's Sake- a Concert to benefit MusiCares, will be held Friday, May 9, at the Mainstage Comedy Club, in Seattle. The headliner for the evening will be White Sox, featuring Alan White (Yes), Spike Edney and Jamie Moses (Queen), Jeff Scott Sodo (Journey), and Bernt Bodal (HØST), with special guests, Tracy Alan Moore and Randy Hansen.
JACK STRAW PRODUCTIONS ANNOUNCES ITS 2008 SPRING AUDIO WORKSHOP SERIES
Jack Straw Productions is holding classes this spring that will cover the basics of microphones, field recording, Pro Tools and creative soundscaping. Their workshops are ideal for musicians, sound artists, writers, journalists, documentarians, and filmmakers. All classes are held in the professional recording studios at Jack Straw Productions. Spaces are limited, so call 206.634.0919 or email email@example.com to reserve your spot.
PARADIGM TO SCREEN AT THE DEATH HOUSE DOOR
On May 18th at 11am at SIFF Cinema, Paradigm Studios will be presenting a screening of "At the Death House Door," a new documentary by Steve James and Peter Gilbert ("Hoop Dreams"). The film follows Pastor Carroll Pickett, who served 15 years as the death house chaplain to the infamous "Walls" prison unit in Huntsville, Texas and presided over 95 executions. From this personal and intimate story, the film asks broader questions about the criminal justice system and when it can go awry. The screening is free, though donations will be requested and appreciated.
WEST COAST GOSPEL MUSIC CONFERENCE CELEBRATES 10TH ANNIVERSARY
The Seattle Area Gospel Announcers Guild is putting on "Celebrating the Heart of Gospel" for the 10th West Coast Gospel Music Conference, a two day event May 23-24 to take place at the Bethlehem Baptist Church in Tacoma. On the event schedule are included: a celebratory Musical show, a Youth Jam, a National Artist Showcase, as well as workshops and seminars.
MY BIG AMAZING RENOVATION IS COMING TO SEATTLE
One of HGTV's newest weekly series, "My Big Amazing Renovation," is coming to Seattle and surrounding areas to film BIG, AMAZING, renovations! Each half-hour episode features some of the most incredible renovations throughout the country with the inspiring homeowners who transform their current home into their dream home. The series will premiere this Fall and is produced by High Noon Entertainment in Denver, CO. Homeowners who would like to be considered for the program should contact Theresa Mercado at (303) 712-3103 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 4/28 - 5/4
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Sera Cahoone - Only as the Day is Long
- Helio Sequence - Keep Your Eyes Ahead
- Fleet Foxes - Sun Giant
- Eddie Vedder - Into the Wild
- Pearl Jam - Live at Easy Street
- Gossip - Live in Liverpool
- Colin Meloy - Colin Meloy Sings Live
- VA/Funhouse - Comp Thing
- Grand Archives - Grand Archives
- Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks - Real Emotional Trash
REAL TO REEL
Once thought a poor cousin to the mighty narrative feature and relegated to faded art-house cinemas and obscure film festivals, documentaries have come into their own-and Seattle's women directors are making them their own. Following in the footsteps of maverick female documentarians like Leni Riefenstahl, Maya Deren, Greta Schiller, Barbara Kopple and Chris Hegedus, local filmmakers are choosing to document subjects from crude oil to burlesque shows. Given the wealth of Seattle women working in the genre, Seattle Magazine wondered: Is there something that draws women to documentaries? Do women have a special knack for truth-telling? And what exactly is the truth, anyway? They asked a few local filmmakers-both emerging and established-to speak about the trend. While their answers were wide ranging, they all emphasized the supportive nature of Seattle's documentary community, which you can experience for yourself at this month's Seattle International Film Festival.
NOISE FOR THE NEEDY LINEUP ANNOUNCED!
Noise for the Needy, a Seattle-based non-profit organization whose goal is to raise money for charitable causes through the production of live music shows, is proud to announce the first batch of this year's bigger-than-ever-before events. Proceeds this year will benefit Urban Rest Stop, an organization that provides a clean, safe and welcoming facility where homeless individuals and families can come and use restrooms, shower and laundry facilities in Seattle at no cost to patrons.
INDIFLIX LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS
IndiFlix is working with the Seattle International Film Festival this year in the first ever MyFestival online film competition. They are looking for volunteers to help out with an internet marketing campaign. MyFestival is SIFF's online film venue where film lovers worldwide log-in for free to view 10 Features and 10 Shorts that didn't make it into the festival, and vote on which films will screen closing night as an Official Selection at SIFF Cinema in Seattle's theatre district. Contact Mike Williams of Indiflix Filmmaker Relations and Acquisitions, at email@example.com for more information.
SEATTLE-BASED DIANO GARCIA GIVES A AFRO-BEAT MAKEOVER TO EMERALD CITY FUNK, HIP HOP
For a city that dominated mainstream music in the '90s with its grunge icons, Seattle hasn't broken its rappers in the same way it did with its alternative-rock acts. Local talent Diano Garcia has the potential of turning that around. Built from parts of funk, rap, soul, psychedelic rock, and world music, Garcia has an adventurous style that could only emanate from the creative open-mindedness of Seattle.
MONROE NATIVE DIRECTS MALAWI-SET AIDS DOCUMENTARY
When Nathan Rissman, 36, was growing up in Monroe, little did he know he'd one day be working side by side with the one of the world's biggest pop icons - Madonna. Rissman spent most of his 20s in Seattle, working for Nordstrom and his family's electrician business before branching out into set design and art direction for fashion shows, music videos and commercials. It was through his videos that he met his future boss. When he moved to London, Madonna's current home, Rissman became her go-to man for a gamut of jobs, from video archivist to research assistant to gardener. His can-do attitude paid off. When Madonna decided to produce a documentary about the plight of children orphaned by AIDS in Malawi, she wanted Rissman to direct. Three hundred hours of footage later, "I Am Because We Are" is premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.
MICROSOFT'S BAUDBOYS SINGERS SCORING BIG WITH THEIR GIGS
About five years ago, the Baudboys, Microsoft's programmers-cum-a capella group started reinventing their sound with an eye on the Harmony Sweepstakes, billed as the "premier American showcase for vocal harmony music." They won the Northwest regional event and competed Saturday in the national tournament in California. The group, which split off from another company group called the Microtones in the early 1990s, performed to a packed atrium on the corporate campus Wednesday. The Baudboys, whose name is derived from a measurement of modem speeds, played a set ranging from serene Ladysmith Black Mambazo to a brazenly geeky arrangement of "Gonna Make You Happy (Tonight)," written by an Australian comedy trio, Tripod.
BELLEVUE HIGH SCHOOL FESTIVAL A HIGH NOTE FOR JAZZ BANDS
Bellevue's jazz festival, one of the largest in the state, is expected to attract 1,000 musicians from 50 middle-school, junior-high and high-school bands in Washington and Oregon. Washington is considered one of the top states in high-school jazz-band competitions. This year five of the 15 bands accepted into the premier Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival are from the Puget Sound area. "The Seattle area clearly has demonstrated high-quality jazz-education programs for a number of years," said Erika Floreska, director of education at Jazz at Lincoln Center, which hosts the New York competition. "We're really impressed with Washington state."
ROCKIN' IN THE FREE WORLD
The Seattle Sound Magazine has created the first installment of "Rockin' in the Free World," a semi-weekly column highlighting free concerts happening in the Seattle area. The month of May music events include KEXP Ballard Day, hip-hop duo Common Market, and pop quintet Throw Me the Statue.
GRAND ARCHIVES FRONT MAN CONFRONTS HIS CRITICS
On April 30, with a performance on "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson," Grand Archives kicked off its big national headlining tour in support of the recently released Sub Pop debut, "The Grand Archives." Front man Mat Brooke sat down with Michael Alan Goldberg of Seattle Weekly to (positively) review some of his own (mostly positive) reviews.
Scratchmaster Joe discusses his transformation into Nicemaster Nice, and the local music scene that he has such mixed feelings about. He also comments on his community service work, including the 160-foot-long mural in Georgetown, and his electronic-music production class at the Meadowbrook Teen Center in Lake City.
NIGHTLIFE REPORTER TOM SCANLON WRITES HIS LAST COLUMN
The Times is reducing its work force and long-time columnist Tom Scanlon one of the Voluntary Buyouts. After nearly a decade on the local music/clubs post, Scanlon is taking the golden - "more like bronze" says Scanlon - parachute. His final column highlights some of the coverage he has provided on the local music scene.
CBC FORMALLY AXES RADIO ORCHESTRA IN VANCOUVER
The Vancouver-based CBC Radio Orchestra - the last radio orchestra left in North America - is dead, despite attempts to stave off its execution. The head of CBC Radio music, Mark Steinmetz, flew in from Toronto Thursday to tell the orchestra's 35 freelance musicians that the orchestra will be disbanded in September, key players in the Vancouver music scene said.
DISCORDS IN THE VIOLIN SECTIONS
The concertmaster post (leader of the first violin section) is proving a hot seat in Seattle. Marjorie Kransberg-Talvi, longtime leader of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra, has resigned that post, unhappy at criticism of her playing by conductor Stewart Kershaw, effective the end of this season. Ingrid Matthews is taking a one-year leave from being leader of Seattle Baroque Orchestra, citing a need to take some time off.
UNIVERSITIES BAFFLED BY MASSIVE SURGE IN RIAA COPYRIGHT NOTICES
In the last 10 days, universities around the country have seen more than a 20-fold increase in the number of filesharing takedown notices from the recording industry, in an unexplained spike that seems focused on colleges in the Midwest. The spike is not matched by an increase in actual file sharing.
BUMBERSHOOT ADDS LUDACRIS AND MORE
Bumbershoot has added some notable acts to its Labor Day weekend schedule - Ludacris, Mike Doughty, Kid Sister and Man Man. This is in addition to an impressive lineup that includes Beck, Stone Temple Pilots and Lucinda Williams.
FLEET FOXES ADD NEW MEMBER, MORE TOUR DATES
Fleet Foxes have extended their previously scheduled tour to reach back around to North America this summer. The extension comes in support of the band's self-titled debut album, which comes out June 3 on Sub Pop. Their band also got a little bigger, taking on songwriter J. Tillman for drum/backup vocal duties.
AMAZON TO SELL OUT-OF-PRINT CDS ONE AT A TIME
Looking for Henry Mancini's soundtrack to the movie "Hatari," which contained the song "Baby Elephant Walk?" How about "Carryin On," by jazz guitarist Grant Green? Both CDs have been out of print, but Amazon.com can make a copy for you, one at a time, using its "Disc on Demand" system and new partnership with music labels Sony, BMG and EMI Music. The Seattle online retailer said the CDs will be created by its CreateSpace subsidiary, of Santa Cruz, Calif. Amazon bought CreateSpace in 2005, when it was known as CustomFlix Labs Inc.
IODA, IMMF Sign Distro Deal
IODA and the International Music Managers Forum have linked for a worldwide digital distribution partnership. Through the deal IODA will handle all licensing, encoding, delivery, and accounting for IMMF. Members of the IMMF/MMF can use IODA's Rightsholder Dashboard, which enables managers to handle royalties and contribute to the release process. The arrangement also provides for an artist owned and controlled catalog as well as the release of previously unavailable materials. "Instead of relying on the traditional label system to release content, artists and managers can do it themselves, easily distributing and managing both new material and the unique recordings that may be collecting dust in their attics," said Kevin Arnold, CEO of IODA. "The IMMF is the largest and most forward-thinking managers group in the world, and we are thrilled that it has chosen IODA as its global partner."
TEA COZIES ON TOUR
Seattle-based the Tea Cozies, who were recently named Venus Zine's Band of the Month, are kicking off their West Coast Tour this Saturday in San Francisco. The band will be joined by fellow Seattleites Daguerreotypes and the Little Penguins. Tea Cozies are working on songs for a new album and say their mission statement is to "keep making music until the apocalypse hits."
UNITED STATE OF ELECTRONICA RECORDING NEW ALBUM
U.S.E is currently in the process of recording songs for an album due for a late summer release. The band is still finishing up vocals and vocoder work, and has another recording session slated. Drummer Jon E. Rock states that they are still uncertain about what avenue to take in releasing the album, considering an iTunes and vinyl release.
JOSHUA ROMAN ON HIS DEPARTURE
In late January, while the Seattle Symphony was emerging from a national publicity headache, the institution received one more piece of bad news. Principal cellist, musical wunderkind and media darling Joshua Roman had announced that, at the end of the 2007-2008 season, he would be leaving the Symphony to pursue a career as a solo cellist. Seattle Sound Magazine has a conversation with Roman about his departure.
PEARL JAM RETEAMS WITH BRENDAN O'BRIEN FOR NEW ALBUM
Pearl Jam has started recording its ninth studio album with producer Brendan O'Brien, guitarist Mike McCready told Seattle radio station KISW last Thursday. Though only "four or five" songs are being worked on so far, McCready said the band is hoping to release the record in 2008.
HALF HOUR DEATH CAB DOC TO PREMIER ON CURRENT TV
With the impending release of "Narrow Stairs" and the supporting tour in full swing, Seattle's Death Cab For Cutie are ramping up their visibility. Current TV is airing a documentary about the group Thursday, May 8, titled "Open Windows".
FEDERAL JUDGE SETS FORMULA FOR INTERNET MUSIC ROYALTIES
A federal court on Wednesday established a formula for determining the Internet royalties owed to thousands of music composers, writers and publishers by three major online services -- Yahoo Inc., AOL and RealNetworks Inc. The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers hailed the decision, estimating the guidelines could yield as much as $100 million in payments covering a seven-year period ending in 2009.
TEAM GINA GETS HYPED, PREPS FOR LP
Team Gina has been quiet all winter, but Seattle's synchronized dancing rap duo is gearing up for a full-on blitz of performances this summer. The band also just completed filming a video for "Rock the Like," the first single off the group's upcoming debut full-length, due out on Don't Stop Believin' Records in June or July.
THESE ARMS ARE SNAKES SIGN TO SUICIDE SQUEEZE
Seattle-based These Arms Are Snakes have signed to local label Suicide Squeeze Records. The band conducts turbulent blends of angst-ridden destruction and jolts of post-punk reminiscent to the early sounds of Swing Kids, The Refused, or Nation of Ulysses. Work on their next record starts this week, with an anticipated release date of October 7, 2008.
NADA MUCHO TO RELEASE A SEATTLE SOUNDS AND SONGS COMPILATION CD
Nada Mucho have been hard at work creating a compilation CD of the sounds and songs of the "Seattle Underground." They've managed to get a number of great local acts to contribute new or previously unreleased material for the album, which is due July 1st through Global Seepej Records.