Archive for May, 2010

CATCH HEY MARSEILLES ON ART ZONE TONIGHT

May 21, 2010

Seattle Channel

Don’t miss Art Zone with Nancy Guppy this week featuring the seven guys behind Seattle’s freshest orchestral pop band, Hey Marseilles. The Seattle Channel Art Zone is a weekly show starring Nancy Guppy and Seattle’s creative scene, with highlights from local arts, entertainment and cultural happenings. Art Zone with Nancy Guppy features interviews with local artists and performers, reviews and previews of current offerings, and lots of surprises. Check out the latest episode with Hey Marseilles premiering Friday, May 21 at 8:00 pm on Channel 21 and Wednesday, May 26 at 7:00 pm on KCTS 9.

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ROCKY VOTOLATO’S RED RIVER IS NPR’S SONG OF THE DAY

May 21, 2010

NPR

NPR says “In ‘Red River,’ the muddy bass and lean drums aren’t flashy, but they make a sturdy soapbox for Votolato and his guitar. Smoky vocals place a sedate mask on his words, making them easy to swallow… Though Votolato doesn’t come off as particularly religious, he’s clearly reaching for something greater than himself here. It might be spiritual or it might be physical, but whatever it is, he seems at peace in the knowledge that it’s where we’re all headed.”

TWO SEATTLE MUSIC FESTIVALS MAKE FLAVORWIRE’S TOP TEN LIST OF BEST SMALL FESTS

May 21, 2010

Flavorwire

Flavorwire listed the Top 10 small music festivals in the country, and two local fests made the grade. They say “This year’s buzz bands may be calling Pitchfork Festival their summer home, but it’s Sasquatch! that houses the reigning kings and queens of the indie music world.” Also on the list is Redmond’s No Depression festival, the newly minted Americana music festival at Marymoor park. They say, “No Depression may no longer exist in print, but its online incarnation still knows how to put together a heck of a one-day festival. This year, the ticket remains affordable and the lineup is worth triple its price.” To read the full article, follow the link.

THE STRANGER ANNOUNCES THE STRANGER GENIUS AWARD FOR MUSIC AND THEY ARE LOOKING FOR SUGGESTIONS

May 21, 2010

The Stranger

The Stranger has announced that they will be now be honoring musicians as part of their Stranger Genius Awards, which already includes awards for Visual Art, Theater, Film, Literature, and Organization. And we’re open to suggestions. The first year of the Stranger Genius Awards, they invited the public to send in their ideas about who they thought deserved to be honored with the cash prize and the profile and the party. There is no application process for the Genius Awards and they want to make sure there aren’t any deserving musicians that get missed. Send in your suggestions for nominees at the above link.

SAM’S KURT COBAIN SHOW TRACES THE GLOBAL INFLUENCE WIELDED BY A NATIVE SON

May 21, 2010

Seattle Times

Cobain died 16 years ago, in 1994, and Nirvana’s best-known album, “Nevermind,” was released in 1992, and yet, for many, Cobain remains a force to be reckoned with. Michael Darling, Seattle Art Museum’s curator of modern and contemporary art, recognized that Cobain is a potent symbol of the Northwest and began to identify visual artists, both locally and across the U.S. and the world, who continue to use Kurt “as a metaphor for other ideas, especially ideas about artistic struggle, trying to be authentic, trying to keep it real.” So Darling has organized an ambitious show, simply called “Kurt,” which explores the influence of this figure in contemporary art. After learning about so many works being made by artists in different places, curator Darling began to notice thematic threads that run through the work: freedom, longing, loss, desire and alienation. Check out the Kurt exhibit at the SAM now and read the full preview at the above link.

INTERN WITH THE OFFICE OF FILM + MUSIC THIS SUMMER

May 21, 2010

Office of Film + Music

The Office of Film + Music is seeking an Intern for Summer 2010. Film + Music Interns primarily serve a marketing/communications role, becoming a member of the Film + Music team, and provide administrative support for the Office. The internship requires a six-month commitment and 40 hours of work per week. Prior background in film or music is not required, but candidates should have strong communication, writing and organizational/research skills. A small monthly stipend is provided. The deadline to apply is Monday, June 7 by 5:00 pm. For more information about the position, visit the above link or contact the current interns at filmandmusicoffice@seattle.gov

MUSICIANS TAKE NOTE: NEW PLATFORMS FOR FUND-RAISING ABOUND

May 21, 2010

Yahoo! News

As record labels embrace new platforms to create direct-to-fan releases, they’re changing how the industry thinks of websites usually associated with unsigned or emerging artists. Two recent examples stand out. Pledge Music and Kickstarter.com are the two leading online fundraising websites that allow fans to help finance new projects. The fan-funded release of albums is hardly a new idea. But new platforms like Kickstarter and Pledge, both launched last year, are helping expand the fan-funded model beyond the early adopters and do-it-yourself crowd. Kickstarter offers artists and fans a conditional purchasing system under which an artist establishes a fund-raising goal for a project and then solicits contribution pledges. The artist collects the funds and manufactures a product only if the goal is reached. By the end of its first year, the site had raised $1.5 million and logged its 1,000th successfully funded project. It acts only as a fund-raising platform and leaves the marketing of projects to artists. London-based Pledge takes a somewhat different approach. Whereas Kickstarter focuses exclusively on raising funds, Pledge chooses its campaigns and works with the artist and label to set and reach realistic targets, according to founder Benji Rogers. Rogers says 41 have met their goals, 70 projects are under way, and 300 campaigns are waiting for approval. Ultimately, these companies can be important sources for labels wary of risking resources on certain projects. Kill Rock Stars’ Sabin says her label isn’t abandoning its role of finding and developing talent. Instead, it’s using these fund-raising platforms for projects it wouldn’t otherwise pursue.

BLAKE LEWIS’ “HEARTBREAK ON VINYL” IS BURNING UP THE BILLBOARD DANCE CHARTS

May 21, 2010

Seattle Times

Add another accolade to Seattle’s “City of Music” status. Blake Lewis’ latest single, “Heartbreak on Vinyl,” has hit Number 1 on two Billboard charts: last month the Dance/Club Play Chart and, this week, the Hot Dance Airplay Chart. Lewis, an “American Idol” is the first Seattleite and first “Idol” contestant to achieve the double honor. The Club Play Chart is especially auspicious, a ranking based on a weekly poll of tastemaking dance-club DJs across the country. It has a heavy influence on the Airplay Chart, which tallies radio plays from five stations monitored around the clock. “Heartbreak on Vinyl” opens with lines alluding to his hometown and its record shops: “The Easy Street is empty/The silence of the sound.” “It’s completely about Seattle,” Lewis says, “the silence of Puget Sound, all these great record stores, Sonic Boom, Easy Street, Platinum. All these places I shopped at my whole life.”

CHAMBER MUSIC MADNESS IS SEEKING A DIRECTOR

May 21, 2010

Chamber Music Madness

Chamber Music Madness (CMM) is a long-standing nonprofit organization in Seattle, Washington dedicated to chamber music exploration, performance, and education for youth ages 8-20 in a positive, joyful environment. CMM is looking for an energetic Director with high-level musical qualifications, capable of continuing its programs of chamber music experiences for youth. The programs are non-traditional in the music education arena, with emphasis on sight-reading, non-competitive collaboration, development of social skills necessary for ensemble success, and promotion of music as a lifelong pursuit. The Director reports to the Board of Directors and works with the Board in the development of strategic plans, budget plans, program design, organizational partnerships, fundraising and programmatic expansions. The Director is expected to maintain good working relationships with other stakeholders: students, parents, donors, volunteers, coaches and educators. This is a part-time position. The deadline to apply is May 30. Email Pamela McDonald at chambermusicmadness@gmail.com for more information.

INTERN AT THE VERA PROJECT

May 21, 2010

The Vera Project

The Vera Project is looking for a new Outreach and Partnership Intern. The Vera Project is regularly approached about assisting with, collaborating, and co-promoting events with other community organizations. A key component of the Outreach and Partnership internship is the creation of a presence in communities that are outside of The Vera Project’s usual reach. The Outreach & Partnership Intern works with the Programming Committee to discern appropriate events for Vera to be involved with and then fulfill our partner responsibilities. This includes acting as a representative of and promoting Vera at events when necessary. The other half of this internship is to reach out to other organizations to invite them to partner with Vera on programs we are doing. Priority for this internship will go to someone 16 to 24 years of age. The deadline to apply is May 21. A full job description is available at the above link.