Archive for February, 2010

THE LONELY FOREST SIGN TO CHRIS WALLA’S NEW MAJOR LABEL IMPRINT

February 23, 2010

The Stranger

The Lonely Forest are the first band to sign to Chris Walla’s new imprint label, Trans. (Which is an imprint on Atlantic.) “I’ve been lucky enough to make records with tons of phenomenal bands, and I’ve considered [starting a label] a number of different times,” Walla says. “I don’t know—is it oversimplified to say it’s them and it just makes sense? This wouldn’t be happening if it weren’t for the Lonely Forest. They’re a phenomenal band. I’ve been following my nose for so many years, doing the things that felt like the right thing to do. And this time the answer was yes.” In addition to this very exciting news, The Lonely Forest will also be playing the Seattle Party at SXSW this year. To read more about The Lonely Forest and Chris Walla, follow the above link.

WATCH LYNN SHELTON’S COMPLETED “$5 COVER: SEATTLE” AT SIFF CINEMA

February 23, 2010

The Seattle Times

Join the $5 Cover: Seattle cast and crew at SIFF Cinema on March 1 for a screening of all episodes of the series, a few B-sides and mini-documentaries. “What local director Lynn Shelton’s done with “$5 Cover,” her upcoming webisodic series about Seattle music made for MTV.com, is elevate barely-known starving artists to hero status, augmenting reality like a telescope to a star,” says Andrew Matson of The Seattle Times. SIFF will be selling a handful of tickets to this cast, crew, guest and press screening. Office of Film + Music director James Keblas will introduce director Lynn Shelton at the screening. The screening will begin at 7:00 pm and will be followed by a special $5 Cover show at the Tractor Tavern at 9:00 pm. Check the above link for more information.

HOLLOW EARTH RADIO’S 3RD ANNUAL MAGMA FESTIVAL APPROACHES

February 22, 2010

Seattle Subsonic

Hollow Earth Radio (HER) is curating its popular 3rd Annual Magma Festival next month, and will feature the online radio station’s signature hyper-eclecticism of local earthed and unearthed acts. The festival is spread out over the four weekends of March and across several different locations including The Vera Project, Fremont Abbey, Healthy Times Fun Club, 20/20 Cycle and others. Click the link  for the lineup.

CROSSCUT PROFILES 206 ZULU AS THEY CELEBRATE THEIR SIXTH ANNIVERSARY

February 19, 2010

Crosscut

Seattle’s 206 Zulu, the local chapter of an international hip-hop organization, celebrates its sixth anniversary with power and style: break-dancing, deejaying, a graffiti-writing expo, and more. Universal Zulu Nation was established by hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa in the mid-1970s as a means of bringing together oppressed peoples, particularly of African ancestry. Its outreach today is worldwide and multiethnic, and its mission is to empower youth through a practice of hip-hop and to create positive change in communities through knowledge and education. The Seattle chapter formed in 2004. “The significance of having a Seattle chapter was that it was able to help unify different camps and crews,” says deejay and community organizer King Khazm, who leads 206 Zulu. “People started to see the importance of collectivity and being able to support each other on a larger level,” says Khazm. “It was just something that was needed, not just for the hip-hop community but for the youth who need something positive to go towards.” To read the full article, follow the above link.

J. TILLMAN’S “YEAR IN THE KINGDOM” IS NPR’S SONG OF THE DAY

February 19, 2010

NPR

J. Tillman may be best known as the drummer in Fleet Foxes, but he’s “been putting out stellar, subdued solo albums since Fleet Foxes frontman Robin Pecknold was in short pants,” says NPR’s Barbara Mitchell. “Tillman’s latest album, Year in the Kingdom, is a regal, autumnal affair. The title track perfectly exemplifies what Tillman has to offer: It’s a hushed and respectful hymn for a modern age in which doubt and spirituality coexist under uneasy, overwhelming and ultimately humbling terms.” Follow the above link to listen to “Year in the Kingdom”.

REGISTER FOR EMP|SFM’S POP CONFERENCE

February 18, 2010

EMP|SFM

The ninth annual Pop Conference (April 15-18) revolves around stories of sounds and the machines that make them. From the player piano to Autotune software (both topics here), pop’s contraptions have constantly reshaped musical history. Look for sessions on cellphones, recording studios, the black voice remixed, and fandango jarocho, presentations on everything from vinyl/cassette fetishism and post-punk reverb to Public Enemy’s Bomb Squad and Andy Warhol’s tape recorder. Queen’s Freddie Mercury will be deconstructed by an all-star cast of critics and academics; an equally notable cohort of veterans will dissect whether the music scene was as jolted by technology in the 2000s as it appeared. Note: this conference is not aimed at gearheads. These sessions will allow you to hear the voices that wrap flesh around the wiring. Conference attendance is free to the public, but space is limited and pre-registration is recommended. For more details about the conference or to register, follow the above link.

KURT COBAIN BIOPIC IN THE WORKS

February 18, 2010

The Hollywood Reporter

Universal is in negations with Oren Moverman (The Messenger) to write and direct a Kurt Cobain biopic. Material on the life, music and 1994 suicide of the Nirvana singer-songwriter will come at least partially from Charles R. Cross’ 2001 biography, “Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain.” Universal originally purchased the life rights of both Cobain and his widow, Courtney Love, who had already optioned the film rights to the Cross book. Love will serve also as an executive producer on the movie. To read the full article, follow the above link.

TINY PLANET: A BENEFIT FOR PUGET SOUND

February 18, 2010

Tai Shan

On March 21st, 2010 Seattle-based folk songwriters Tai Shan and Angela Reed will present a benefit concert for People for Puget Sound, a non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration of the Puget. The proceeds from this performance will be combined with the donated funds raised from this year’s sales of Tai Shan’s song “Tiny Planet.” The benefit concert will be at the Nectar Lounge beginning at 8pm.

LISTEN TO ROCKY VOTOLATO’S NEW ALBUM “TRUE DEVOTION”

February 18, 2010

Paste Magazine

Paste Magazine has a full album stream of Rocky Votolato’s new album True Devotion which is due to be released on February 23rd.

SASQUATCH! 2010 FESTIVAL LINEUP ANNOUNCED WITH MANY NW ACTS

February 18, 2010

Seattle PI

Below is the full lineup. Northwest performers are bolded.

My Morning Jacket/ Pavement/ Massive Attack/ Ween/ Vampire Weekend/ MGMT/ Band of Horses/ The National/ LCD Soundsystem/ Tegan & Sara/ Broken Social Scene/ Passion Pit/ She & Him/ Public Enemy/ Nada Surf/ The New Pornographers/ The xx/ Dirty Projectors/ OK GO/ Drive By Truckers/ Kid Cudi/ Deadmau5/ The Long Winters/ Minus the Bear/ The Mountain Goats/ Quasi/ Camera Obscura/ Fruit Bats/ Brother Ali/ Midlake/ Dr. Dog/ The Hold Steady/ Caribou/ Simian Mobile Disco/ City & Colour/ No Age/ The Temper Trap/ Vetiver/ Miike Snow/ Portugal. The Man/ Telekinesis/ The Middle East/ Mayer Hawthorne/ Why?/ Girls/ Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes/ Wale/ The Lonely Forest/ Japandroids/ Boys Noize/ YACHT/ Laura Marling/ Patrick Watson/ Freelance Whales/ Past Lives/ Cymbals Eat Guitars/ The Low Anthem/ The Very Best/ Phantogram/ Neon Indian/ Hudson Mohawke/ Nurses/ The Tallest Man On Earth/ Fresh Espresso/ Mumford & Sons/ Jets Overhead/ Tune-Yards/ Shabazz Palaces/ Fool’s Gold/ Morning Teleportation/ Z-Trip/ Dam Funk/ Local Natives/ Avi Buffalo/ Booka Shade/ A-Trak/ Yes Giantess/ Craig Robinson/ Rob Riggle/ Garfunkel & Oates/ Luke Burbank