Archive for September, 2009

LOCAL ACTS THE BLAKES AND THE MOONDOGGIES TO PERFORM AT CMJ FESTIVAL

September 29, 2009

KEXP

Local rockers, the Blakes, and folkies, the Moondoggies, will represent Seattle this year at the College Music Journal’s 2009 music festival in New York. The bands will be joined by festival sponsor KEXP who will broadcast the event live from October 19th to the 23rd

RUNNERS UNITE TO SUPPORT THE VERA PROJECT

September 29, 2009

Seattle Subsonic

Join the Vera Project and hundreds of runners, walkers and fans of music and art in Seward Park for a 5k run/walk to support youth access to music and the arts in Seattle. We’ll have live music, performers along the course, an awesome warm-up routine led by some of Seattle’s finest ‘80s-style dancers, great food and of course prizes for the biggest fundraisers. Register now to get in on the action!

MUSIC EXECS LOOK TO FILM

September 29, 2009

Variety

As the music industry looks for ways to stay competitive in a changing market, new executives have focused on the growing importance of music placement in film, TV and other media.”Media opportunities beyond the scope of radio have become increasingly important to us,” new Atlantic Records VP Kevin Weaver told Daily Variety. “There are tremendous opportunities in the film, TV and videogame landscape.”  Weaver cited English vocalist James Blunt as an artist whose use in movies and TV — some 40 placements — not only supplied the company with additional revenue but helped launch his 2005 breakthrough, “You’re Beautiful,” on pop radio.

WARNER MUSIC GROUP STRIKES DEAL WITH YOUTUBE

September 29, 2009

Pitchfork

Back in December, a breakdown in negotiations led Warner Music Group to pull all its music from YouTube, which has seriously damaged our ability to hear any song ever just by typing it into YouTube’s search engine. (Warner artists like Death Cab for Cutie weren’t too thrilled about it, either.) But now Advertising Age reports that Warner and YouTube have completed a deal to allow the label’s music back on the site (via Rolling Stone). So: We’ll no longer have to hit up MySpace or DailyMotion or OnSmash or any of the other bajillions of video websites to watch Warner music videos! According to Advertising Age, Warner is also in talks to join Vevo, the music video site that YouTube and Universal Music Group are planning to launch.

SEATTLE HIP HOP CHRONICLED IN PHOTO GALLERY AT THE GREENWOOD COLLECTIVE

September 29, 2009

Three Imaginary Girls

Local photographer, Tyler Soverns has used his camera to become one of the best chroniclers of the flourishing hip hop scene we have in Seattle. His photos are often chaotic but stunning. The Greenwood Collective (at the corner of 85th and Greenwood) is hosting an exhibit of his hip hop photos and the opening reception is on Friday, October 6 from 6-9pm – as part of the Greenwood Art Walk. It’s also a party that has performances from DJ Swervewon and Murder Dice.

ARTZONE FEATURES LOCAL BAND, SAY HI

September 29, 2009

Seattle Channel

This week Artzone with Nancy Guppy features an exclusive performance from Say Hi frontman, Eric Elbogen. Check out the above link for the full episode.

DECIBEL FEST: ELECTRIC CIRCUS

September 24, 2009

Seattle Weekly

On an early evening in late August, Sean Horton, the co-founder of the six-year-old Decibel International Festival of Electronic Music Performance, Visual Art and New Media–aka Decibel Fest–walks into Neumos, stops about 15 feet back from the stage, and begins explaining how he’ll turn this currently barren space into a multimedia Rubik’s Cube. The once local, now global electronic fest runs Sept. 24–27. On opening night, a combination of LED lights and stretched white fabric will turn Neumos into an emerald mini-city.  Since its inception in 2003, after Horton returned from Montreal’s Mutek festival obsessed with starting something similar in Seattle, one of the Fest’s key concerns has been pairing the aural and the visual. Along with a commitment to stimulating ears and eyes simultaneously, the event always focuses on subgenre-spanning underground dance music. Everything from breakbeat and electro to deep house, IDM, dub-step, and beyond will get thrown at festival-goers from a wide swath of electronic-music artists who often aren’t as recognizable as their subgenres of choice. With such a cosmopolitan, eclectic schedule, the Decibel Festival is not only the Northwest’s premiere showcase for underground electronic music, but en route to becoming one of the best in North America, next to Montreal’s Mutek and Detroit’s DEMF/Movement.”

PEARL JAM ON TRACK TO TOP BILLBOARD 200

September 24, 2009

Billboard

Pearl Jam is on course to nab its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart in 13 years. Industry prognosticators suggest the band’s new Backspacer, released on Sunday (Sept. 20), could sell anywhere between 175,000 to 200,000 copies by week’s end. That sales figure should easily place it ahead of the competition on next week’s Billboard 200 chart.

TELEKINESIS FEATURED ON NPR

September 22, 2009

NPR

Local Pop Rockers, Telekinesis were recently featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series (in which band’s perform at the desk of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen). After opening with the unreleased “Plankton,” the band played three songs from its debut: “Coast of Carolina,” “I Saw the Lightning,” and “Rust.” To watch the video, click the above link.

BILLBOARD RELEASES DIGITAL MARKETING REPORT

September 22, 2009

Billboard

The emergence of new promotional vehicles for music has been a double-edged sword. There have never been more ways to get the word out about an artist, providing numerous (and in many cases, inexpensive) ways to attract fans attention. But it can also make the job of promoting an artist seem overwhelming. Marketing music is no longer limited to courting a few big names at radio stations and newspapers. Now it requires contacting videogame music supervisors, bloggers and Twitterers. And making sure acts don’t get lost in the static presents a daunting challenge. Billboard turned to 25 experts in music publicity, promotion and marketing and asked them to rank the best ways to promote music across different media and genres. The result is their second annual Maximum Exposure list of the 100 best ways to generate sales and buzz.