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SOUND OFF! 2009 CALL FOR ENTRIES
For the eighth year EMP|SFM hosts Sound Off!, the Northwest's largest underage battle of the bands competition. A launching pad for musical careers, Sound Off! has enjoyed hosting many young up-and-coming bands over the years including Schoolyard Heroes, Idiot Pilot, Mon Frere, The Lonely H, Dyme Def, Capitol Basement, The Lonely Forest, Natalie Portman's Shaved Head and New Faces. If you're age 21 or under and play rock, hip-hop, electronic, pop, or any other kind of music, this is your chance to join the ranks of these luminary groups and perform at EMP|SFM. The application can be found online and is due November 10th, 2008.
AMAZON LAUNCHES SOUNDUNWOUND
Wikipedia is an undeniably helpful resource for researching bands, with fairly accurate data that tends to be updated in near real time. Amazon hopes the same trend will happen on its new SoundUnwound site, which borrows a page from Wikipedia's playbook by allowing users to edit information about any band, label, album or song. To get the ball rolling, Amazon has included music information from its retail site as well as data from the Internet Movie Database and Musicbrainz (an open-source Gracenote-style database that can associate metadata to CDs and digital files). Amazon staff and a Mechanical Turk group built upon this data before the site launched on Monday.
911 MEDIA LITERACY SCHOLARSHIPS APPLICATIONS DUE ON SEPTEMBER 15TH
The 911 Media Arts Center is offering two scholarships with the purpose of providing access to and promoting participation in media arts. The Artist Media Scholarship provides financial support to seed interest and exploration in the digital media arts. The Youth Tech Scholarship was created to introduce and motivate young people to experiment, explore and succeed in media arts and technology. For more information and to apply, visit the website above. Applicants must be between the ages of 16 and 19.
KEXP AND VERA PROJECT PODCASTING WORKSHOP SERIES
Vera and KEXP have teamed up to start a 10-week program to teach you the ins and outs of podcasting about local music and the all-ages movement nationwide. Team up with other great people, and KEXP's DJs to create three of your own podcasts which will be featured alongside KEXP's already existing podcasts. The entire 10-week program costs $80 and spots are very limited. To sign up, fill out the application on the site and send it with a resume to email@example.com. Scholarships are available on a need basis.
2009 JACK STRAW ARTIST RESIDENCY PROGRAMS
The Jack Straw Artist Residency Programs offer established and emerging artists in diverse disciplines an opportunity to explore the creative use of sound in a professional atmosphere through residencies in their recording studios and participation in their various presentation programs. An artist may apply to more than one program, but must submit a complete and separate set of applications for each. The Writers Program applications are due Friday October 31st, 2008. The Artist Support Program and New Media Gallery applications are due Friday November 7th, 2008.
PARAMOUNT PICTURES ACQUIRES SCREENLIFE
Paramount Pictures has acquired Seattle-based company, Screenlife LLC, creator of the "Scene It?" game franchise, the company announced Tuesday. While Screenlife will continue to operate as a standalone company, it will report into Paramount Digital Entertainment who has an eye towards pushing deeper into digital content initiatives. "The acquisition of Screenlife advances Paramount Digital Entertainment's multiplatform strategy and will enable us to create new digital content that is interactive, entertaining and easily accessible to audiences everywhere," said Thomas Lesinski, president, Paramount Digital Entertainment.
NEUMOS SEEKING PRODUCTION AND MARKETING INTERN
Neumos is looking for interns to assist in production and marketing approximately 10 hours per week. As an intern, you'll be working directly with the venue's Production Manager and Marketing Director in show preparation and day-to-day venue business. This is your chance to become familiar with the music industry and become an integral part of the Seattle nightlife community. Given Neumos' status as one of the top music venues in the US, the experience gained from interning would be invaluable to a resume and a solid foundation to a future career in the industry. Applicants must be 21 or older. For more information and to apply, email Prod.Promo.Intern@gmail.com.
FEATURE FILM LOOKING FOR CREW
"Star Kids: Awakening to Purpose" is a local feature length children's film that starts filming this week. The production currently has openings for a Unit Production Manager, Fundraising Coordinator, and Sound person. If interested, contact William Spiritdancer at firstname.lastname@example.org
ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: RA RA RIOT
NPR podcast, "All Songs Considered" covers Ra Ra Riot, signed on to local label Barsuk Records. This young band formed in 2006 and immediately made an appearance at South by Southwest the following year. Their debut album was released August of this year.
SUB POP OFFICIALLY SIGNS BROOKLYN'S OBITS
Sub Pop is exceedingly thrilled to announce that they are now working with the band Obits! According to Sub Pop's website, "They are an amazing band, an excellent group of people and we are very excited to be working with them." The plan is to release the first Obits full-length record album sometime in the first few months of 2009.
THE LOCAL MUSIC SHOW: FERAL CHILDREN
The Local Music Show on location at Liberty on Capitol Hill. John Richards interviews members of Feral Children and features videos from Heavy Hearts, Helio Sequence and Fleet Foxes.
DON'T JUST BUY THE MUSIC - NOW YOU CAN INVEST IN THE MUSIC YOU ENJOY
It may not be the most obvious investment choice in these turbulent economic times. But a new venture is seeking to convince music fans to place their savings as well as their faith in rock 'n' roll. The venture, known as Bandstocks, dreamed up by a music business lawyer and backed by the founder of Friends Reunited, is being billed as the latest innovative funding model that could provide artists with an alternative to major labels. Investors will get a copy of the album, a credit on the CD sleeve and a percentage of the profits from its sale and licensing. For the artist, founder Andrew Lewis claimed that Bandstocks would offer a better return than a major-label deal, as well as more freedom and control over copyright.
BENAROYA HALL'S 10TH ANNIVERSARY BLOCK PARTY
Celebrate good times at Benaroya Hall's Anniversary, honoring ten years of creating music, community, education and culture, on September 14th from 10am to 6pm. The day features free performances and activities for the whole family with Seattle Symphony, Soundbridge, Seattle Art Museum and The Triple Door. Anniversary attendees also receive free admission to SAM's permanent collection. It's a block party not to be missed! Admission is free.
"LA FRANCE" AT THE NORTHWEST FILM FORUM
In a progressive and unique new model of film releasing, the Northwest Film Forum acquired limited rights to Serge Bozon's award-winning "La France," and toured the film to ten US and Canadian cinemas this summer. The WWI musical, which had eluded US distribution since its premiere at Cannes Film Fest Director's Fortnight, has a short run at NWFF from September 5th - 11th.
PLAY AT MAHLER MANIA AT BENAROYA HALL
As part of a day of festivities at Benaroya Hall on September 14, there is a play-along of Mahler's First Symphony. This opportunity is open to everyone who plays violin, viola, cello, bass, harp, flute, piccolo, oboe, English horn, clarinet, bass clarinet, E-flat clarinet, bassoon, contrabassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, timpani, triangle, tam tam, cymbals and/or bass drum. If you would like to participate, send an e-mail to MahlerMania@seattlesymphony.org to get on the list. If you don't play an instrument, come watch and listen. Sheet music and further information is posted online at the Seattle Symphony website.
BRINGING HIP-HOP TO CAMBODIA
Phanna Nam, also known as Peanut, discovered hip-hop dancing through the Seattle group, Massive Monkey. He is the son of Cambodian immigrants and credits dance with keeping him out of the trouble that was so prevalent in his South Seattle neighborhood. Now, he is taking his dance moves back to the young people of Cambodia. It's a mission that he feels is his true calling in life. In an archive interview from April 22nd, 2008, Phanna talks with Megan Sukys about how hip-hop took him back to the home of his parents.
LYNN SHELTON RECEIVES 2008 GENIUS AWARD
Every fall since 2003, "The Stranger" has given a check for $5,000 and much media attention to a filmmaker, a writer, a visual artist, a theater artist, and an arts organization making startling, original work. The 2008 Stranger Genius Awards issue, with profiles of this year's winners, including Seattle-based filmmaker Lynn Shelton, hits streets September 11th.
TOWN HALL CONCERT FOR DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS IN INDIA
The Association for India's Development is a non-profit volunteer organization that works on grassroots developmental projects in India. The AID Seattle Chapter is organizing a concert showcasing Indian classical music by the world renowned flute maestro Pandit Hariprasad Charuasaia this September 13th at the Seattle Town Hall. The net proceeds will go solely towards funding development projects in India.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 8/25 - 8/31
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
- Moondoggies - Don't Be A Stranger
- The Dutchess & The Duke - She's the Dutchess, He's the Duke
- Death Cab for Cutie - Narrow Stairs
- Brandi Carlile - Live at Easy Street
- Mad Rad - White Gold
- The Saturday Knights - Mingle
- Neko Case - Furnace Room Lullaby
- Jaguar Love - Take Me to The Sea
- Fleet Foxes - Sun Giant EP
PITCHFORK PRAISES TRUCKASAURAS DEBUT
Seattle club band Truckasauras was nervous about the Pitchfork review of its debut album, but the notoriously harsh online music publication gave "thumbs up" for "Tea Parties, Guns & Valor." The review mentioned that the idea of making the record as a mixtape actually strengthens it, giving it a videogame feel, crunk beats, and a party passion. Check out their MySpace.
SONG RECALLS A FRIEND'S SUICIDE LEAP
Thoughts about his friend's fatal jump from the Aurora Bridge kept rattling around in Ethan Anderson's head and that of band mate Adam Monda, also a friend of the victim. So the pair, primary songwriters for the band Massy Ferguson, set to writing about suicide, about its local icon. The result: "The Ride," a song on the band's upcoming CD, "Cold Equations." After the CD release party Sept. 13 at the Tractor Tavern, Massy Ferguson will donate all proceeds from the song, purchased from either iTunes downloads, the band's MySpace site, or as part of each CD sale, to the Crisis Clinic, a local nonprofit that staffs the bridge's suicide prevention call boxes.
THROW ME THE STATUE
Throw Me the Statue, a happy-go-lucky indie pop band that began in Scott Reitherman's bedroom as a lo-fi pet project for the multi-instrumentalist gradually, by 2007, became a full-fledged band. The band includes Charlie Smith (bass, keys), Aaron Goldman (keys) and Jarred Grimes (drums). Their music can be sampled at http://www.myspace.com/throwmethestatue.
ON MATTERS OF LIFE AND DEATH CAB
The pop-rock group, Death Cab for Cutie, founded in 1997 in Bellingham, is one of Seattle's most successful bands of the new century. The group's 2005 album, "Plans", went platinum after selling more than 1 million copies." In May, Death Cab for Cutie -- featuring Gibbard, Chris Walla, Nick Harmer and Jason McGerr -- released its seventh full-length album, "Narrow Stairs", a powerful, deeply personal CD filled with pathos and heartbreak. With an Australian tour now history, Death Cab for Cutie performed their homecoming show at Memorial Stadium on the final night of Bumbershoot. It was the band's fourth appearance at the festival since 1999.
VIDEO OF WILCO AND FLEET FOXES PERFORMING BOB DYLAN
Well, this seems right in every sense. Wilco and Fleet Foxes, together in Spokane on their current tour, cover Dylan's "I Shall Be Released", whose best versions were recorded by The Band. Check out the video at the link above.
ROCK THE BELLS: HERE COMES HIP-HOP'S HOTTEST HAPPENING
For the first time in years, a full lineup of rap will ring through the Gorge this Saturday the 6th. Rock the Bells is coming to Washington. This is the first time the hip-hop fest has spread to the Northwest. Around 10,000 fans are expected at the Saturday Gorge concert. "It's quite a feat," said Chang Weisberg, founder of the festival. "You get a whole year of hip-hop in one day." Also on the lineup is Northwest favorite and hometown hip-hop heroes the Blue Scholars. "I was blown away that a crew out of Seattle has such a dedicated fan base," said Weisberg. Blue Scholars has toured and played high-profile gigs at Bumbershoot and Sasquatch, but this will be the first time the local favorites will share the same stage with such big timers, "when everybody gets to lay it all out on the line," said Weisberg.
PEARL JAM'S JEFF AMENT PREPS SOLO DEBUT
Seattle's Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament will unveil his first solo album, "Tone," September 16th via the band's Ten Club fan organization and select U.S. indie retailers. As of now, "Tone" will only be available on CD as part of a one-time-only pressing of 3,000 copies. The material on "Tone" represents an accumulation of 10 years worth of songs Ament never solicited for potential inclusion on a Pearl Jam album. "It just got to a point where I had to clean off the shelf a little bit," he tells Billboard.com. "I broke this group of 35 songs into three groups and decided to finish one of them."
WESTSIDE SYMPHONETTE WANTS YOU!
Musicians 11 to 77 are invited to join the multi-age groups of Westside Symphonette as it gets ready to start a new season of rehearsals and performances - no audition required! You just have to show up. The first rehearsals are on Tuesday, September 16th, 5:30-6:30pm for the junior orchestra, 6:45-8:15 pm for the senior orchestra. Toni can answer questions at email@example.com or by phone at 206-243-6955.
DON LAFONTAINE, VOICE OF MOVIE TRAILERS DIES
The omnipresent baritone and gravely bass undertones of Don LaFontaine's distinctive voice had the unique ability to seamlessly embellish big-screen kisses, slice through over-the-top explosions, perfectly pair with robust musical scores, glide alongside car chases and effortlessly co-star with any A-list talent in Hollywood. The Voiceover actor, who was the world's most recognizable announcer, died Monday from complications following the treatment of an ongoing illness.