Sound on the Sound
Local music blog Sound on the Sound has made a series of short films featuring local bands who played at the ever popular Doe Bay Festival. This newest piece features Tomo Nakayama of Grand Hallway. He does a solo acoustic version of a new song from their forthcoming album and a Tom Waits cover, all against the backdrop of the Puget Sound. Enjoy!
Filed under: Music | Tags: beat connection, cedaa, chocolate chuck, kid presentable, leftist nautical antiques
College is the time to drink too much beer, pull all-nighters, write papers about Existentialism and become obsessed with one of your school’s band of heartthrobs. Luckily for all of us who’ve completed those golden years, we can still reap the benefits of local college music acts. Seattle has a particularly burgeoning electronica (“dormwave”) scene, and fans can access their tunes via downloads, file sharing and all the networks in place within college campuses. The Stranger highlights five local acts to keep your eyes and ears on: Beat Connection (University of Washington), Kid Presentable (University of Washington), Chocolate Chuck (University of Washington), Cedaa (Western Washington University) and Leftist Nautical Antiques (Whitworth University). Read the full article above, and be sure to check out some of these fabulous acts.
City Arts Magazine
Check out the new mini-doc following Chris Mansfield of Fences as he prepares for and performs at Bumbershoot 2010. Sponsored by EMP|SFM, the video includes him performing ‘Girls With Accents’ solo and reflecting on his influences, his writing and his relationship with Seattle.
Washington Filmworks (WF), is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (6) organization that offers production assistance to commercials, television and feature films shooting in Washington State as well as manages the production incentive program. Currently, WF is seeking a part-time Intern with a minimum 3-month commitment of 15 hours per week. Prior background in film not required, but individuals must be self-motivated with strong communication, computer, writing, and organizational/research skills. Applicants must be enrolled in a post-secondary educational program leading to an undergraduate or graduate degree and in good standing at their college or university. Students must retain their status until the end of the internship. Send a brief letter of interest, and resume to email@example.com.
Spac3man is dropping a new mixtape called “Greetings Earthlings” under Sportin’ Life Records. You can download it at the link above and witness when a “Man Has Broken the Ties of Earth and is Now About to Conquer Space.” Plus, you can watch this video below.
Yesterday we told you that Lynn Shelton (Humpday) directed last week’s “Mad Men.” Today, you can read an interview with Shelton discussing the show’s directing and writing process, how she got the gig and her excitement about getting to direct one of her favorite shows. Executive Producer Scott Hornbacher approached her after seeing Humpday, and “by summer Shelton was on the ‘Mad Men’ L.A. set, soaking up the 1960s atmosphere. Because she hadn’t worked in TV before, she spent extra time on the set before beginning work on her episode, shadowing veteran ‘Mad Men’ director Phil Abraham.” Remembers Shelton, “I was such a super fan of the show, I was beside myself.” Follow the link above to read the full interview or go here to read The Stranger’s interview.
Seattle pop-punk band Quickie plans to set a World Record by playing 40+ venues in one day! The “40 Quickies in One Night” marathon of mini-concerts will take place on Thursday, September 30, from 9:30am until midnight or “however long it takes,” says Quickie’s lead singer and bass-player, Lou Trez. The band says the goal is simply to get their music heard. “It’s never easy when you are a local band, writing original songs,” Trez explains. “So you have to create your own opportunities to get people to listen.” Creating that opportunity included gathering support from sponsors like Zip Fizz, Cowgirls Espresso, Rock-n-RollRealtor.com, and 48 clubs and cafes in the area. “It’s a real community effort. We’re all having fun with it!” Also, all the shows are free! Check out the link for more details.
Lelavision is a husband and wife team on Vashon Island who work to combine nearly every imaginable art form and base it on solid science. Their sculpted, unique musical instruments are used in their performance art and dance pieces, which are often turned into experimental films. Sculptor Ela Lamblin first dreamed about a music-producing plant, then he went on to build this plant out of steel and bronze. He plays the plant like a cello, creating a ethereal, haunting sound. Lamblin pays close attention to the physics of sound as well as natural science. Now, Lamblin and wife Leah Mann have taken these instruments, mixed them into Leah’s choreography and begun performing across the US. Check out the video below, and read the full article at the link above.
Filed under: Music | Tags: ben london, david meinert, devon manier, kate becker, larry mizell jr, seattle city of music festival, seattle hip-hop career and business expo, tony kiewel
Seattle Hip-Hop Career & Business Expo
The Seattle Hip-Hop Career & Business Expo, scheduled for October 9, is part of the Seattle City of Music Festival and will focus on introducing young people who are part of the hip-hop generation to the many career and business opportunities in and around hip-hop music and culture as well as providing aspiring artists and entrepreneurs with tools to grow their careers and businesses. Featured guests include Ben London (Media Rights Manager, Hewlett Packard), Devon Manier (Sport N Life Records), Tony Kiewel (Head of A&R, Sub Pop), Larry Mizell Jr. (The Stranger, KEXP), David Meinert (Fuzed Music), Kate Becker (Seattle Theater Group) and many more. To learn more information about the event, follow the link.
Phew! We can finally tell you that last night’s episode of the Emmy Award winning television hit, “Mad Men” was directed by Seattle’s very own Lynn Shelton (Humpday). The episode was called “Hands and Knees,” and Lynn showed her directorial prowess impeccably. Congratulations, Ms. Shelton.