Archive for June, 2010

JOIN EMP|SFM FOR FREE CONCERT THIS THURSDAY NIGHT

June 28, 2010

EMP|SFM

Thursday July 1 is the next installment of “EMP Late Nights,” a new program that offers extended visiting hours during the busy summer months and free live music from local bands. July’s Late Nights features performances in Sky Church from two local bands Boy Eats Drum Machine (6:30 pm) and No-Fi Soul Rebellion (7:30 pm). The show is all-ages. Also, if you RSVP to the event you’ll receive your very own EMP beer coozie adorned with their 10th Anniversary button upon arrival. Follow the link for more information and to RSVP.

MELVINS’ “I’LL FINISH YOU OFF” IS NPR’S SONG OF THE DAY

June 28, 2010

NPR

Washington band the Melvins’ latest album The Bride Screamed Murder recently cracked Billboard’s Top 200, a first for this band that’s been putting out music for more than 26 years, and NPR has named their song “I’ll Finish You Off” the song of the day. NPR says “To this day, the band explores the pummeling low-end sounds that made its early work so gargantuan; from the cerebral sounds of Tool to the sonic abuse of Pig Destroyer, Melvins’ intense vibrations are still felt throughout the world of extreme music. ‘I’ll Finish You Off’ is loud, proud and backed with a psychedelic wall of guitar distortion, as the group continues a few tricks it’s been executing on its past few albums: recording with two drummers and spreading chorus effects across the vocals. Of course, the voluminous guitar chugs only lend more massiveness to the track, but an organ pops up as the instrumentation’s most surprising addition… More than a quarter of a century into the band’s career together, it’s inspiring to hear Melvins continue to deafen new generations of listeners.”

CHECK OUT THE NEWEST INSTALLMENT OF KEXP DOCUMENTARY SERIES: “HIP-HOP: THE NEW SEATTLE SOUND”

June 28, 2010

KEXP

This week’s installment of the  KEXP 10-part series “Hip-Hop: The New Seattle Sound” features DJ/Producer/MC Vitamin –D.  Vitamin D’s band The Ghetto Children and Tribal Music label laid the foundation for today’s new hip-hop scene and were a huge influence on acts like Blue Scholars, Jake One, D. Black and more.  Vita’s studio, The Pharmacy has had an open-door policy, welcoming anyone from the community who was willing to put in the work.   In addition to his talents as a DJ, producer, composer and engineer, Vitamin D also mentors youth in the community, giving kids from hard neighborhoods a chance to make music. To listen to the documentary follow the link.

4CULTURE ANNOUNCES RECIPIENTS OF ARTS PROJECT GRANTS

June 28, 2010

4Culture

4Culture congratulates the groups and individuals recently awarded a total of $639,985 to create art projects. Awards up to $9,000 will support the creation of projects by 84 individual artists and 68 groups, in all artistic disciplines: media, music, theater, dance, visual and literary. On the list of individuals and groups that received support are documentary filmmakers, classical musicians, music festivals of all genres, film festivals, and presenting organizations. To read a full listing of recipients, follow the link and big congratulations to all the talented grantees!

HOW TO MEASURE THE CARBON IMPACT OF YOUR TOUR

June 28, 2010

Hypebot

Julie’s Bicycle, a broad coalition of music, theatre and scientific experts committed to making the music industry green, has released a thorough study on the on the greenhouse gas emission impacts of international touring.  In the three volume report, Moving Arts: managing the carbon impacts of our touring: Bands, Orchestras and Theatre, they measure the impacts of touring and identify 11 priority recommendations aimed at those responsible for all aspects of a tour. These involve environmental planning to sit alongside artistic and financial contributions, and sharing the data on emissions produced on tour. To help everyone do their part and create a greener touring industry, they have launched a free online tool which will measure the carbon impacts of tours.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS OF THE 2010 SUB POP LOSER SCHOLARSHIPS

June 22, 2010

Sub Pop

Sub Pop Records has announced the recipients of the 2010 Sub Pop Loser Scholarship. Now in its fourth year, the scholarship was open to Washington and Oregon high school seniors on their way to full-time enrollment at an accredited university or college who are actively involved and/or interested in music and/or the creative arts. Sub Pop granted a total of $13,000 in scholarship money, split between three students. The first place, $6,000 scholarship went to Bryn Kepler from Bainbridge Island. She’s been incredibly active in the local arts/music community, volunteering for various organizations and festivals in the area. She’s also a drummer and an artist and will be attending the UW Honors Program in the fall to study architecture. The $4,000 second place scholarship went to Ballard’s Matthew Law-Phipps. Matthew will be attending Temple University in Philadelphia in the fall to study video production, multi-media arts and sound design. Our third place, $3,000 scholarship winner is Raina Jung from Portland, OR. Raina will be going to the California College of the Arts this fall. She is an environmentalist and a great graphic artist. She is also a photographer and is interested in ceramics, bookbinding and printmaking. Her senior project was creating a 45-page magazine called “Make Bad Good” which was intended to tell people about how they can make positive changes for our environment. Big congratulations to these three!

KPLU PROFILES THE SEATTLE MEN’S CHORUS

June 22, 2010

KPLU

With more than 300 members, The Seattle Men’s Chorus (SMC) bills itself as the biggest community choir in the country. It’s also one of the biggest gay men’s choruses in the world. Seattle Men’s Chorus concerts are theatrical, with lighting and props. But with the humor and the feel-good also comes moments when the singers connect with the audience in a very personal way. After every concert, it’s routine for the singers to mingle with the audience in the lobby. And that’s when they hear about the impact they’ve made. “We performed in Bozeman in a relatively small venue,” says Chorus member David Bayless, “I went to the front of the house, held open a door and said ‘Thank you for coming.’ And as this gentleman walked by, probably in his 60s, he shook my hand. And he didn’t let go of my hand. And he kept shaking it. And he looked me directly in my eyes and he said, ‘No, thank you for coming.’ And then he started to tear up and cry. I got the sense he had never seen 80-plus men, proud of who they were, as gay men saying, ‘Here is who we are.’ And singing.” Read or listen to the full profile at the above link.

EMP IS SEEKING NEW MEMBERS FOR THE 2010-2011 YOUTH ADVISORY BOARD

June 22, 2010

EMP|SFM

Experience Music Project is seeking new members for the 2010-2011 Youth Advisory Board (YAB). The mission of this program is to connect teenagers to the Northwest’s all ages arts and music scene by giving them an opportunity to be a driving force in EMP’s teen programming. YAB members are invited to create and promote teen programs, work with local musicians and artists, meet other creative types in the community, and help out with Sound Off!, EMP’s annual battle of the bands. Applicants must be high school aged, attend meetings twice a month at EMP and have a basic knowledge of and enthusiasm for music. Members will be expected to commit to serving on the board for 9 months. The deadline to apply is June 28. Find full application details at the above link.

CENTRUM SEEKS MARKETING/COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

June 22, 2010

Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs

Centrum, one of Washington’s leading arts organizations and producer of nationally acclaimed workshops and festivals in jazz, acoustic blues, chamber music, traditional fiddle styles and writing seeks a Marketing / Communications Manager to oversee all activities related to the promotion of the organization, its workshops, performances and residency program for artists. Marketing activities include the creation of catalogs, brochures, and collateral materials as well as overseeing the design and placement of print and electronic media advertising. The communications activities include developing press releases, calendars, contracting photographers, and handling media relations for local, regional, and national press. The position will also be the primary interface between the organization and our contracted web designers and social media providers. For a list of desired qualifications and for information on applying follow the link.

UNRELEASED SOUNDGARDEN TRACK DUE ON ‘GUITAR HERO’

June 22, 2010

Rolling Stone

The reunited Soundgarden, who haven’t released an album of new music since 1996’s Down on the Upside, will debut an unreleased track titled “Black Rain” on Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, Activision recently revealed. While whether “Black Rain” is an unearthed track or a new recording by the Seattle grunge rockers is unclear, the song marks the first new music Soundgarden fans have received from the band since “Bleed Together” was included on the 1997 greatest hits comp A-Sides. There’s no indication as to whether “Black Rain” will be released independent of Warriors of Rock. The game is due in September. Since announcing their reunion on New Year’s Day, Soundgarden have been largely quiet, staging only one secret show full hits and rarities in Seattle in April, the group’s first gig since 1997. However, things should pick up later this summer when Soundgarden headline their first “official” reunion gig on the closing night of the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago on August 8.