Archive for October, 2009

PHOTOS FROM THE RISE OF GRUNGE

October 30, 2009

Rolling Stone

To celebrate the release of Michael Levine’s new Grunge retrospective (the aptly named Grunge), Rolling Stone Magazine is featuring a series of rare late eighties photos from the book. Check out the above link for the full photo series.

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WATCH SNEAK PEAK OF UPCOMING KARP DOCUMENTARY

October 30, 2009

Monitor Mix

Carrie Brownstein writes, “KARP were one of the greatest bands to ever come out of Olympia, Wash. In fact, they were one of the great bands, period.” Click the link to watch  a sneak preview of an upcoming documentary film about the band currently in the works.

WEIRD, WILD AND WONDERFUL: SEATTLE NIGHTCLUBS CELEBRATE HALLOWEEN

October 29, 2009

Don’t have an elaborate costume party planned for Saturday? Don’t fret; the Seattle Times has a guide to Halloween fun around Seattle. Times’ writer Jonathan Zwickel writes, “For the dark-n-artsy, a few real-deal Halloween spook shows happen around Seattle on All Hallows; these will end up being strange and unsettling and maybe a little scary. Several high-octane rock tributes play to those seeking a costumed, boozy goof.” Check out the above link for a full listing of events. Read more here.

GOOGLE MAY CALL THE TUNE WITH ITS NEW MUSIC SEARCH FEATURE

October 29, 2009

LA Times

Google Inc. started out 13 years ago as a simple search engine, but it has grown into a behemoth that has shaken up dozens of industries, including computers and cell phones. On Wednesday, it jumped into the music industry. The Mountain View, Calif., Internet giant unveiled a music search feature that lets users play millions of songs for free with an option to buy or rent them from several online music stores. Although not a direct threat to Apple Inc.’s hugely popular iTunes store, the new feature is expected to bolster the music services that compete with iTunes. Read more at the above link.

EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT NIRVANA’S DEBUT, BLEACH, FROM THE PEOPLE WHO WERE THERE

October 29, 2009

Seattle Weekly

To celebrate Sub Pop’s rerelease of Nirvana’s debut album the Seattle Weekly has gathered interviews and first-hand accounts of Grunge’s baby steps. This includes pieces from Nirvana bassist, Krist Novoselic, the producer who recorded the album, Jack Endino and much more. For the full series, follow the above link.

LAKE REVIEWED BY PITCHFORK

October 29, 2009

Pitchfork

Pitchfork praised the Olympia band’s sophomore album, Let’s Build a Roof, saying “Perhaps most impressive is how Let’s Build a Roof traverses so much ground without making a big deal about it.” To read the full review, check out the above link.

SEATTLE HIP HOP GETS NATIONAL RECOGNITION

October 28, 2009

The Stranger

More proof that Seattle’s hiphop scene is in its moment, the CMJ’s hiphop chart holds three works that were produced by locals artists: The Blue Scholar’s Oof, which is at number 3; D.Black’s Ali’yah, which is at 4; and the Physics’ High Society, which is at 16. Last week, CMJ’s music festival had no less than four acts from the Seattle area: THEESatisfaction, D. Black, Grynch, and Champagne Champagne.

DOWNLOAD FREE HARDLY ART SAMPLER

October 26, 2009

Amazon

Last week local label Hardly Art quietly posted to Amazon a sampler of 17 of the year’s more notable tracks from artists such as Le Loup, the Moondoggies and the Dutchess & The Duke, including a few special tracks that haven’t appeared anywhere else. To make things even better, the compilation is free. The collection includes a Dutchess & the Duke demo, an acoustic mix from the Pica Beats, and a song representing the fruits of the Arthur & Yu and Moondoggies live collaboration this summer. Check out the above link to download the entire sampler.

ARTZONE FEATURES SEATTLE MUSIC JOURNALIST

October 26, 2009

Seattle Channel

This week on Artzone, renowned Seattle-based rock journalist, Charles Cross, chats about his new book on Led Zeppelin. To see the full program, check out the above link.

SINGER-SONGWRITER BRANDI CARLILE PLAYS A HOMETOWN SHOW AT THE PARAMOUNT

October 23, 2009

Seattle Times

There’s no place like home, said Brandi Carlile. The Maple Valley singer- songwriter returns to Seattle Saturday at the Paramount. She’s also plotting a possible secret show at the Crocodile — all in promotion of her latest critically rated album, “Give Up The Ghost,” out earlier this month. The album boasts a prizewinning lineup — Elton John, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench and Amy Ray from the Indigo Girls. And like her previous work, it showcases her main instrument — her voice — which wails and cracks at her whim.