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.
Filed under: Music | Tags: hollow earth radio, magma festival, seattle music
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 above link for the lineup and check out the festival trailer below:
Seattle Weekly has begun doing a music series called Music on the Ferry. It’s a showcase of local musicians performing acoustics sets with a backdrop of the Puget Sound. Already the series has featured The Dutchess & The Duke, the Moondoggies and Crying Shame. The latest installment has catchy Seattle pop quartet, M Bison, ditching their keyboard and electric guitars for a melodic, a stand-up bass and an acoustic guitar. Check out their performance below and click here to see more performances from the series:
Filed under: Film | Tags: community cinema seattle, dirt! the movie, independent lens, kcts 9, siff cinema, william bryan logan
Join KCTS 9 and Community Cinema Seattle for a sneak preview and discussion of Dirt! The Movie, a film for the upcoming season of Independent Lens, airing on KCTS 9 in April 2010. Inspired by William Bryant Logan’s acclaimed book “Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth,” find out how industrial farming, mining and urban development have led us toward cataclysmic droughts, starvation, floods and climate change. The screening will take place on Saturday, March 6 at noon at SIFF Cinema.
Music Aid Northwest
Music Aid Northwest, a local music supporting non-profit, is attempting to create a “Music Matters” specialty car license plate. The proceeds from these plates will go to music programs in schools. It will be self perpetuating income stream for music programs paid for by music lovers who want to own a license plate with no cost to government. There is a moratorium on license plates which Music Aid Northwest is attempting to lift. To help in these efforts, Music Aid Northwest is inviting people to attend Judy Clibborn’s town hall meeting on Saturday, February 20th 9:30am – 11:30am at Hazelwood Elementary School (7100 – 116th Ave SE, Newcastle, WA 98056). Judy is chairperson of the transportation committee and she denied a hearing for Music Aid Northwest’s license plate bill. Please attend to show your support for Music Matters. Without a hearing the bill did not progress to even be considered by the legislature. If they can get her to allow it to proceed next year, our efforts will finally be rewarded.
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.
Youth film lovers are invited to apply to be a youth juror at the 2010 Seattle International Film Festival. There are two juries: Films4Families (grades 3-7) and FutureWave (grades 8-12). Five youth in each film program will be chosen to watch all of the films in selected competition programs (not more than eight) and award the Grand Jury Prize for Best Youth Film at the SIFF 2010 Golden Space Needle Awards on June 13. The deadline to apply is March 25. For more information or to complete your application, follow the above link.
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”.
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.
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.