Archive for November, 2009

CELEBRATE GIVE ! AT THE CROCODILE THIS THURSDAY

November 30, 2009

GIVE! Seattle

Seattle coffee roaster Caffe Vita in collaboration with 40+ Seattle artists, businesses and nonprofits (including the Seattle City of Music Initiative) has released GIVE, a downloadable music and video compendium to benefit Arts Corps, Seattle’s largest nonprofit arts educator, along with Ballard Food Bank, Rainier Valley Food Bank, University District Food Bank and West Seattle Food Bank. You can also support GIVE! this Thursday, December 3rd by attending their benefit concert at the Crocodile. Performers include D. Black, Grand Archives, Tea Cozies and more.

KUOW PROFILES HIP-HOP IN WASHINGTON’S NATIVE AMERICAN COMMUNITIES

November 30, 2009

KUOW

During Thanksgiving, families all over gather in their houses to share a meal. At the Duwamish Longhouse south of Seattle, tribal members gathered last week to celebrate a different form of Thanksgiving. Traditional Native storytellers came to hear Indian youth tell tales in their own language. Language that embraced new forms from rap and hip–hop to spoken word poetry. The forms varied. But as the storytellers discovered, the stories came from the same place — a deep sense of community. Generation gaps are universal across time and cultures. And like families of all nations, the Native American community fears it’s losing touch with its young members. To read the full profile, follow the above link.

INITIAL FLURRY OF SXSW BANDS INCLUDES STRONG SEATTLE SHOWING

November 25, 2009

SXSW

The world renowned Austin festival just released their initial slate of bands which includes several local favorites. Announced Seattle bands include The Intelligence, Ivan & Alyosha, Past Lives, Smoosh, Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter, and Trespassers William. For a complete list of bands follow the above link.

DAVE GROHL ON NIRVANA’S HISTORIC READING PERFORMANCE

November 25, 2009

NME

The Nirvana drummer was recently interviewed about the bans’ performance at the Reading festival which has just been released on DVD. “We rehearsed [for Reading] once, the night before, and it wasn’t good, “said Grohl. “I really thought, ‘This will be a disaster, this will be the end of our career for sure.’” For the full interview, please follow the above link.

BEST AMBIANCE LABEL PROFILED BY THE SEATTLE WEEKLY

November 24, 2009

Seattle Weekly

Sub Pop’s newest off-shoot, Best Ambiance, is a partnership with KEXP DJ Jon Kertzer which hopes to bring world music to a broader American audience. The Seattle Weekly profiled the label and interviewed Mr. Kertzer about the viability of a world music label. “Basically I think a lot of music has been getting down to more specialized niches,” explained Kertzer, “there’s less of a big mass center as their used to be.”

HOW TO: CREATE A GREAT ARTIST WEB SITE

November 24, 2009

Billboard.biz

It’s easy for bands to simply rely on MySpace and Facebook for their online presence. But a well-designed Web site offers almost limitless opportunities for fan interaction, communication and monetization that social networks can’t. Laura O’Connell, creative director at Web design firm Gupta Media—which has created Web sites and online content for Pink, Fall Out Boy and the Bonnaroo Music Festival—offers her advice on how to put together the right mix of style and substance to get the most out of your site. Follow the above link for her complete suggestions.

HEAR BRANDI CARLILE LIVE ON NPR’S WORLD CAFÉ

November 23, 2009

NPR

Brandi Carlile, hailing from a tiny town in Washington State, recently performed a few songs on NPR’s World Café. Carlile’s big break came in 2004, when she signed with Columbia Records. This year’s Give Up the Ghost, her third album, has brought even more national attention to this singer-songwriter.

INDIE LABELS DISCUSS THE ROLE OF THE RECORD LABEL

November 23, 2009

NPR

Carrie Brownstein (formerly of Sleater-Kinney) moderates a panel of Indie Labels who discuss how the music industry has changed over the last decade and what they see their role being in the future.  Portia Sabin, of local label Kill Rock Stars, identified labels biggest problem stating, “I think labels are caught in a cultural bind: No one really wants to know what a label does; it’s like the sausage factory. Even long-established bands have a hard time talking about what labels do.”

THE RISING FORCE OF MT. FUJI RECORDS

November 20, 2009

Crosscut

Travis Hay at Crosscut writes, “There’s no denying 2009 been a great year for Seattle music. It’s the year The Crocodile was resurrected, Pearl Jam pushed itself its back way rock relevance, and hip hop hit hard. But when the local music history books are written, the final year of this decade might be remembered best for Michael Jaworski and his record label Mt. Fuji Records…. Mt. Fuji’s roster of local talent rivals that of just about any Northwest indie label and all of its releases seem to spotlight the depth and diversity of the city’s rock scene.”

LONGTIME SAX BUDDIES REKINDLE DAYS OF SOULFUL CLUB GIGS

November 20, 2009

Seattle Times

Tenor saxophonists Pete Christlieb and Hadley Caliman first played together as part of the legendary jazz club, Marty’s, house band. Now, at age 77 they are the last surviving members of that hallowed group. Tonight, the two will play together again, something they rarely manage to do, at the New York Fashion Academy as part of the annual Ballard Jazz Walk. The show is a testament to two durable careers and a lasting friendship. The two also spent this week recording their first album together.”This is really a milestone for us to be together,” said Caliman.