Seattle act Truckasauras are three dudes on live analog synths, drum machines (and sometimes acoustic drums), keys, effects and other electronics, plus one dude manning a pair of VHS decks loaded with campy video clips. Their music is muscular yet melodic, ranging from jump-up party jams to heady, head-nodding instrumentals, acidic techno to swinging, old-school electro. This week, the Truck are lending their beats to 30-plus Seattle MCs for an event they’ve dubbed Kevin Collabo, after the old Voice of the Seattle Supersonics. Check out this interview with Truckasaurus members for The Stranger.
Death Cab frontman Ben Gibbard’s playing one for the kids. His November 3 solo show at the Croc is a benefit for Teen Feed, the U-District non-profit that was the beneficiary of this year’s Noise For the Needy Festival, and provides meals for homeless youth. “I believe in the work of Teen Feed,” Gibbard says in a press release. “I wanted to do my part to help raise awareness and money for the organization.” Tickets are available at the Croc and Sonic Boom starting today.
Live music, Galaxy Quest and baby races! Head over to Magnolia this weekend for the neighborhood’s SummerFest, happening Friday, August 6 and Saturday, August 7 around Magnolia Village. In addition to film and music entertainment, the event features a pie eating contest, parade, talent show and tons of arts and crafts. For more information about the schedule of the festival, follow the link.
Beginning this week, the streets of Everett will become just a bit more melodious. With the installation of a new art project, downtown visitors can sit down at a decorated piano and plunk away. There are no signs encouraging engagement with the pianos, but part of the fun of the installation is watching people harness their courage and creativity to bang out a piece or two. The instruments, which have been painted by various local artists, resemble the Puget Sound or the mouth of a leopard or a blooming garden. Tuned, repaired and decorated, the pianos sit on Everett’s downtown streets, waiting to be played. Click the link above to hear the full KUOW story.
This week’s installment of the KEXP 10-part series “Hip-Hop: The New Seattle Sound” profile Shabazz Palaces. Ishmael Butler is best known for his work with the Grammy-winning hip-hop group Digable Planets from the 1990s. These days he’s heading up a new project called Shabazz Palaces with beatmaster MTK. The music is hard to pin down, it’s layered with textures and story fragments. The groove is haunting and the hooks hit deep. They made a splash at SXSW this year, were listed as a “Best new track” my Pitchfork, and just picked up the first Stranger Genius Award for Music. In this episode, Ish talks about growing up as an artist working with Digable, his unique definition of success, and why Shabazz Palaces’ music is shrouded in mystery. To listen to the full show, check the above link.
The Earshot Jazz Festival is seeking Production Interns and a Production Assistant for the annual Earshot Jazz Festival, October 15 through November 7. Now in its 22nd year, the Earshot Jazz Festival presents local, national, and international musicians in venues throughout Seattle. With hundreds of artists performing in more than 60 events during the three-week festival, this is an opportunity for musicians, students of music or the music industry, or current production staffers to contribute to this outstanding community event. Scheduling flexibility is possible, but production team members will be expected to work some long hours, including weekends, early mornings, and late nights. Applicants should be comfortable handling routine production phone calls and errands; communicating clearly with production members, festival management, artists, and artist management; completing administrative tasks as requested; lifting up to 50-70 lbs.; and driving a passenger van. Previous stage production experience is a plus. To start a conversation about helping with the annual Earshot Jazz Festival, please send a summary of your qualifications in an email to email@example.com.
KEXP and The Seattle Center are proud to present Concerts At The Mural, a summertime series of free outdoor music series curated by KEXP, on every Friday, August 6th – August 27th, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. (doors at 5), on the lawn of Seattle Center Mural Amphitheatre. Included in this series is the annual KEXP Barbeque, Saturday, August 14th, 2 p.m. – 9 p.m., at Seattle Center. Brought together by a shared commitment to innovative and culturally diverse programming, KEXP 90.3FM and Seattle Center have teamed up to present Concerts at the Mural. Take advantage of the warm summer nights and take in the tunes from some of KEXP’s favorite artists. All Mural Concert Series and KEXP BBQ events are free to the public and all ages. The fun kicks off tomorrow with Toronto’s Elliot Brood, local singer/songwriter Gabriel Mintz and the uber-chamber pop collective Grand Hallway. For the full line up and other details, follow the link.
Local hip hop duo Shabazz Palaces has just won The Stranger’s first ever Genius Award for Music. MC/producer, Ishmael Butler and drummer/mbira player, Tendai Maraire, along with all the Genius winners, received a sheet cake exclaiming “You are a frickin’ genius” as well as a no-strings-attached reward of $5,000. The Genius Award for Film was given to Rob Devor and Charles Mudede for their work on Sundance-premiered films such as Police Beat, Zoo and this year’s Unnamed Sarah Jane Moore Project. The Stranger Genius Awards Party is going down on September 17 at the Moore Theatre where winners will accept their awards and Shabazz Palaces will perform. Congrats to all!
The guidelines and application for the next cycle of 4Culture Arts Sustained Support (read – operating support for your organization) are now available. The application deadline is September 29, 2010.
The Sustained Support Program seeks to provide predictable levels of financial support to organizations who maintain a consistent level of programmatic activity, community impact and organizational stability. In 2009, they distributed $1,593,000 to 212 organizations through the Sustained Support Program. For more information about applying, follow the link.
Seattle Weekly has announced its 25th Anniversary edition of the “Best of Seattle” list. The listing features categories such as Arts and Entertainment, Food and Drink, People and Places and others. Everything from Grynch’s “My Volvo” video (Best Video from an MC This Year) to The Physics (Best Free EP to Light Up Your Summer) to Columbia City Theater (Best New Venue for Free Shows) to Sunset Tavern (Best Place to Stand at a Club Show) are recognized. Check out the full list of the “Best of Seattle” after the link.