Archive for December, 2009

NPR NAMES VISQUEEN, TELEKINESIS AND MT. EEIRE BEST OF 2009

December 14, 2009

NPR

NPR placed these three Seattle artists in their top 21 of 2009. Portland, don’t feel left out; they also included Little Claw. For the full list, follow the above link.

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CAROLS, KLEZMER WIND UP SEATTLE PRESENTS’ 2009 FREE LUNCHTIME CONCERT SERIES

December 14, 2009

Seattle Times

The free lunchtime concert series wraps up this week. This Tuesday, the Medieval Women’s Choir sings Spanish and Italian holiday selections from noon to 1 p.m at the Seattle Municipal Tower.  On Thursday, the Klez Kats offer “joyous klezmer, lilting waltzes, mysterious gypsy and Middle Eastern music influenced by Jewish tradition and culture,” from noon to 1 p.m. at Seattle City Hall. The series resumes with a luau Jan. 7, featuring Hawaiian ukulele star Taimane and local ukeleleist Del Rey.

SEATTLE SOUNDBITE CALLS FOR BANDS

December 10, 2009

The Stranger

Bands/solo artists have till Jan. 15, 2010 to submit music to be accepted for Seattle Soundbite, an annual event that combines fine street dining and tasty tunes from Seattle-based musicians. The catch: At least one member of your band has to be employed by the food service industry. Hurry, learn how to cook and/or take orders! For all the details, follow the above link.

SEATTLE INSTRUMENT INVENTOR TRIMPIN HEARS MUSIC EVERYWHERE

December 9, 2009

Wired

When the earth quakes, most people run for the closest doorway. Trimpin heads to the studio. The German-born artist-inventor has been generating sounds inspired by oddball sources since he was a kid. So when a tremblor struck his adopted hometown of Seattle, Trimpin tuned in to the sonic chaos. “I had tympani hanging on a catwalk that started to move back and forth, got out of control, and smashed to the floor,” he recalls. “Outside, trolley cables came together and created sparks. That was the inspiration to use seismic data as musical material.” So Trimpin designed giant marimbas that translate tremors into ever-shifting compositions. The Seismofone is one of several contraptions featured in Trimpin: The Sound of Invention, a documentary about his life, which is released on DVD this month. To read the full profile, follow the above link.

JOIN KPLU FOR FREE HOLIDAY JAZZ CONCERT

December 9, 2009

KPLU

Award-winning jazz vocalist (and Roosevelt High School graduate) Sara Gazarek will anchor this years’ KPLU Holiday Concert . She’ll perform Christmas selections with the University Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Dr. David Deacon-Joyner.  Ms. Gazarek will be joined by jazz pianist/composer Dawn Clement, who is a faculty member at Cornish College of the Arts.  The event will take place at Pacific Lutheran University this Thursday, December 10.

SWAP IT, SPIN IT, BRING IT, SCREEN IT AT VERA THIS WEEKEND

December 8, 2009

Sub Pop

All ages venue, the Vera Project, and Seattle online radio station Hollow Earth Radio, are teaming up to host a holiday fair extravaganza on Saturday December 12th at the Vera Project from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm featuring items for sale from independent Northwest record and cassette labels, silk-screened show poster makers, independent record dealers, and a variety of local craftmakers. Bands will be playing live throughout the day while you browse including: The Foghorns, 1985, June Madrona, Dashel Schueler, Iji, and World History. The “screen-it” part of the fair will include demonstrations by Vera silkscreen instructors. Bring a piece of fabric to practice on, or you can buy white T-shirts at the event.

SPIN PROFILES JASON WEBLEY

December 4, 2009

SPIN

SPIN magazine praised the Seattle sing-songwriter saying “boisterously reserved, Jason Webley is an everlasting battle that is a Gemini. Remnants of this escape him on and off stage. Growing up musically in Seattle, a city sprawling with music history, Webley managed to avoid it all and still come out as one of today’s best ambassadors. One thing still holds true, Seattle musicians don’t go looking for the music scene, even in their own city. It comes to them.” For the full profile and interview, follow the above link.

FLEET FOXES’ ROBIN PECKNOLD INTERVIEWED BY PITCHFORK

December 4, 2009

Pitchfork

The web’s favorite e-zine talked with the Fleet Foxes frontman about working on a new Fleet Foxes album, keeping his creative energies up by forming a band with his sister and working on pretend film scores with Morgan Henderson of Past Lives (and formerly of Blood Brothers). For the full interview, follow the above link.

GRAHAM NASH CURATES TAKING AIM: UNFORGETTABLE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL PHOTOGRAPHS FOR EMP

December 4, 2009

Seattle Weekly

The singer/songwriter’s obviously best known for his work with Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Sometimes Young. But followers of his solo work know that his interest in photography dates back at least to 1971, when he appeared clutching a camera on the cover of his solo record, Songs for Beginners. Nash selected all the shots for the show, which features like the likes of Elton John, Neil Young, and the Notorious B.I.G. The show includes some local shots from Tacoma (of Neko Case and Her Boyfriends), and Bremerton (Charles Peterson’s pic of the crowd at EndFest 1991, after the jump).

POP BAND IVAN & ALYOSHA SETTLE IN FOR A LONG WINTER’S RESIDENCY AT FREMONT’S HIGH DIVE

December 3, 2009

Seattle Times

On Saturday, local band Ivan & Alyosha begins a month long residency at the High Dive in Fremont. Every Saturday for the next three weeks, the band and the venue will play off each other. The residency concept is not new, but it’s relatively untested in Seattle. Weekly performances will allow the band an unusual degree of casualness and familiarity with its audience and material, and vice versa. Fans attending all three weekends will witness the band develop its material live on stage as well as hear rarities and covers that might otherwise go unplayed at a headlining gig. “The idea is to do something special every time, a new jam or a Christmas jam, and have our friends playing with us,” Wilson says. “It’s like old-model show business: You might go to a club back in the day when it was jazz vocalists or jazz bands and it’s the same guy singing every Friday night and that’s how people would get their start.”