Archive for August, 2009

PRIMARY WAVE, MOTEL 6 OPEN DOORS TO TOURING BANDS

August 31, 2009

Billboard

Primary Wave Music, has put together a partnership with Motel 6 that will give touring rock bands free lodging in exchange for putting up the “Rock Yourself to Sleep logo on their social network sites, like Twitter, MySpace and Facebook. “Being on the road is an integral part of a band’s success,” Primary Wave partner/chief imagination officer Devin Lasker. “Unfortunately, touring is an expensive proposition, so we created this program to alleviate that burden.” Motel 6 became the sponsor of the campaign

KBCS LAUNCHES NEW WEEKLY SCHEDULE

August 31, 2009

Seattle Weekly

This past Monday, KBCS 91.3 launched their slightly contested new programming schedule. The changes include the addition of several syndicated programs, including: the new weekly show by Michael Eric Dyson, noted cultural scholar and author based out of Baltimore; the Berkeley-based Hard Knock Radio which focuses on underground hip-hop and grassroots social movements; and The Takeaway, Public Radio International’s new morning talk show that partners with, among others, the New York Times and BBC World Service. For a full listing of changes, follow the above link.

BUILD-YOUR-OWN BUMBERSHOOT: THE FESTIVAL’S BEST BETS FOR LOVERS OF MUSIC, ARTS, COMEDY AND KIDS’ STUFF

August 31, 2009

Seattle Times

Bumbershoot is too big for any one person. The city’s annual music and arts festival, produced by One Reel every Labor Day weekend, sprawls over Seattle Center grounds. This year it will feature about 300 stage performances — and that’s not event counting the art shows, site-specific works, circus acts on the lawn, buskers and kids’ programming. Where to go? What to see and do? The Seattle Times offers four itineraries, based on various interests: arts, comedy, music and family fun.

AFRICA BAAMBATTAA’S SON PRAISES SOUND MUSIC COVERAGE

August 26, 2009

Seattle Sound Magazine

Featured in the most recent issue of Sound Magazine, TC Izlam, son of one of Hip Hop’s pioneers, praised the magazine for its coverage of local talent. “I love that I can pick up Sound and get into what’s happening in this city.” The music enthusiast claims that he may even consider moving to Seattle because of its “Dope Northwest Hip-Hop and Rock scene”. Pick up the latest issue of Sound Magazine to read Izlam’s full letter to the editor.

TRACTOR TAVERN KEEPS ON TRUCKIN’ 15 YEARS LATER

August 24, 2009

Seattle Times

There is a tractor in the Tractor Tavern. It hangs above the far wall in the Ballard Avenue haunt, rust-colored and soft-edged, easy to miss in the low light and swirl of music and conversation. This tractor — a 5- by 8-foot oil painting by local artist and longtime Tractor bartender Dan Amell — could be considered the tractor, because, 15 years ago this month, it gave a name to what’s now one of the longest-lived music venues in Seattle. The Tractor Tavern’s 15th anniversary season kicks off with a CD-release party for the Maldives album “Listen to the Thunder” this Thursday night at 9:00 pm. The anniversary celebrations continue on Friday and Saturday nights; bands include the Moondoggies, North Twin, 17th Chapter, Shim and more.

LIVE AT KEXP VOLUME 5

August 24, 2009

KEXP

KEXP is excited to bring you the newest addition to the live at KEXP family: Live at KEXP Volume Five. Lovingly compiled from the best of its over 440 live in-studio performances hosted by KEXP in 2009, this CD is more than a record; it’s a testament that independent music and art is still alive and kicking.  On the disc, you will find one-of-a-kind, exclusive live tracks from some of this year’s greatest artists, some well known, others just discovered, including DeVotchka, The Hold Steady, Andrew Bird, MGMT, Of Montreal, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Hey Marseilles and many more. All the bands on this compilation have donated their performances to support KEXP, a listener-powered, non-profit public radio station based in Seattle, Washington.

THE SEATTLE TIMES INTERVIEWS SABZI OF THE BLUE SCHOLARS

August 24, 2009

Seattle Times

In a companion piece to his interview with Geo of the Blue Scholars, Seattle Times Music Columnist Andrew Matson shines a light on the local rap group’s musical backbone, Sabzi. Sabzi, aka Saba Mohajerjasbi, talks to Matson about their new EP “OOF!,” the unusual way its best song “Bananas” came together, the “cute” sound of Jawaiian reggae (Jamaican + Hawaiian), and the release party for “OOF!” downtown at ‘Ohana this Tuesday, August 25th, where there will be 100 copies of the EP for sale.

ORCAS ISLAND CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL: EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED

August 24, 2009

Seattle Times

By now, fans of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival know to expect the unexpected from this feisty little organization with an award-winning history. Thus it wasn’t all that much of a shock to hear music of “unprecedented weirdness,” as the young composer Gabriel Kahane described his set of five recent songs that he performed with acoustic and amplified musicians in the opening concert of the festival Tuesday. Last Tuesday’s concert also included a fire-breathing and high-spirited opener (Paul Schoenfield’s “Who Let the Cat Out Last Night?”) performed all-out by two bona-fide stars, violinist Chee-Yun and pianist Jon Kimura Parker, succeeded by a Handel/Halvorsen Passacaglia, with the outstanding young cellist Alisa Weilerstein joining Chee-Yun. The twelfth season of Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival continues through this Saturday, August 29.

THE SEATTLE TIMES INTERVIEWS GEO OF THE BLUE SCHOLARS

August 21, 2009

Seattle Times

On the heels of the Blue Scholars’ ne release, “OOF!” Seattle Times Music Columnist, Andrew Matson, talked with Geo (short for Geologic, hiphop for George Quibuyen) about what Hawaii means to him, what it’s like being the first Asian person an audience has seen rap, and how much pressure he feels to be the best MC in Seattle.

PARTIAL REVERB FESTIVAL 2009 LINE-UP: WALLPAPER, THEE SATISFACTION, THE MALDIVES, AND MORE

August 21, 2009

Seattle Weekly

The Seattle Weekly’s fifth annual all-local music festival takes place Saturday, October 3 in Ballard again this year, and while they can’t reveal all the line-up details now — everything will be finalized after Bumbershoot– the already announced line-up includes THEE Satisfaction, Fatal Lucciauno, GMK, Fresh Espresso, The Maldives, Recess Monkey,  Grynch, the Tea Cozies and more.