Filed under: Film, Interactive, Music | Tags: death cab for cutie, mudhoney, Pearl Jam, presidents of the united states of america, Seattle Interactive Conference, Seattle Pi, shabazz palaces, Tim Bierman
Seattle Post Intelligencer
1980’s sweetheart Mudhoney amused fans at last week’s Seattle Interactive Conference. The exciting rockers tickled conference attendees with old favorites as they closed out the conference during an intimate performance at the Showbox. The 2-day conference, which yielded over 3,500 people, featured a musical catalog that also included local names like Shabazz Palaces, Presidents of the United States of America, Death Cab for Cutie and Tim Bierman of Pearl Jam’s Ten Club who was featured at a panel discussion on digital music. The Seattle setting for the conference is deemed a “natural destination” for discussions about film, music and the digital world.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: mudhoney, Music, Seattle Interactive Conference, shabazz palaces, SIC, the presidents of the united states of america, The Stranger
The Seattle Interactive Conference (SIC) is a two day event focused on bringing together the best of the interactive industry. The event brings opportunity for professional networking and a chance to hear keynote speakers from companies like Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook and more. A digital music panel, “Transforming the Digital Frontier,” will feature local music professionals taking an introspective look at the colliding worlds of the interactive and music industries. They’ve also planned some smashing after-parties for registered attendees. First, the much anticipated Battle of the Geek Bands will kick off the opening Party tonight at Showbox SODO, followed by a special performance by the Presidents of the United States of America. Wednesday night, Shabazz Palaces headlines another after-party at Showbox at the Market, and Thursday the event is capped off with a performance by Mudhoney, again at SODO. It’s going to be a great event for anyone in the interactive industry in Seattle. For more information, check out SIC‘s website.
Filed under: Film, Music | Tags: death cab for cutie, DVD, kenny g, mudhoney, quincy jones, Sir Mix-A-Lot, soundgarden, Wheedle's Groove
Wheedle’s Groove, the award-winning film chronicling Seattle’s forgotten soul/funk scene of the 60s and 70s, is now available on DVD! With narration by the incomparable Sir Mix-A-Lot, interviews with the stars of Seattle Soul, and commentary from local music icons like Quincy Jones, Kenny G, Soundgarden, Death Cab for Cutie and Mudhoney, the film shines a powerful light on a vibrant and prolific musical movement that “grooved” Seattle decades before the grunge wave that put us on the map. The new DVD—which you can pick up via iTunes, Netflix, Hulu and a host of national retailers– also includes deleted scenes, concert footage, a What’s a Wheedle featurette and more. Also included the DVD special features is the film’s theatrical trailer, which you can peep below in case you just can’t wait until you pick up your own copy of the Groove.
Filed under: Music | Tags: Andy Kotowicz Family Foundation, mudhoney, Pearl Jam, shabazz palaces, Sub Pop Records
A CharityBuzz.com auction to benefit the family of Sub Pop’s late and great Andy Kotowicz, is now open for bidding. Launched in support of Kotowicz’s wife and young daughter, the auction features a diverse array of goodies from the likes of Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Muse, The Rolling Stones, Band of Horses and even Conan O’Brien. Thus far the auction has generated more than $15,000 for newly-launched Andy Kotowicz Family foundation, and bidding will remain open until December 14. Says Sub Pop, “[This is a]testament to the very full life lived by our friend. On behalf of Andy’s family and as part of it, we at Sub Pop Records are deeply grateful.” Don’t forget: A benefit concert with performances from some of the Sub Pop’s brightest stars—Shabazz Palaces, Mudhoney, Wolf Eyes, Vetiver and more—will also be held this Saturday, December 4th at Showbox at the Market. For more information about the auction and concert, be sure to check out the links above.
Filed under: Music | Tags: A-Frames/AFCGT, Andy Kotowicz Family Foundation, Fruit Bats, Michael Yonkers, mudhoney, Partman Parthorse, Pearl Jam, Pissed Jeans, shabazz palaces, The Intelligence, unnatural helpers, Vetiver, Wolf Eyes
Sound on the Sound
The Seattle music scene has been mourning the loss of Sub Pop’s Andy Kotowicz for a couple weeks now. Blogs, newsletters and supporters have been pouring out their love for Andy in their publications. Pearl Jam has donated an autographed guitar for auction to help with the Andy Kotowicz Family Foundation, and now musicians across the city are coming together for a couple benefit concerts. The first is happening on November 19 at The Sunset and will feature music from The Intelligence, Unnatural Helpers and Partman Parthorse. The second is on December 4 at Showbox at the Market, where bands including A-Frames/AFCGT, Fruit Bats, Mudhoney, Michael Yonkers, Pissed Jeans, Shabazz Palaces, Vetiver and Wolf Eyes will perform in order to raise money for Andy’s wife and young daughter. The first show is 21+, the Showbox show is an all ages event. For more information, follow the link.
Filed under: Music | Tags: abrams image, beat happening, boss hog, dwarves, grunge, kurt cobain, michael lavine, mudhoney, Nirvana, screaming trees, skin yard, smashing pumpkins, sonic youth, soundgarden, sub pop, thurston moore
In a couple of years in the early 90s, grunge went from an exciting regional indie-punk scene to a word that you never, ever wanted to hear again. As the guy who helped get Nirvana signed to Geffen, Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore played a small but pivotal role in that transformation. Now, Moore has written the text for Grunge, a forthcoming book of photographs from Michael Lavine, due October 15 from Abrams Image. Lavine was one of Sub Pop Records’ house photographers. He took album art photos for Nirvana, Soundgarden, Mudhoney, Dwarves, Skin Yard, Screaming Trees, and many others, helping to shape, helping to shape the label’s stark aesthetic. Grunge will feature images of bands like Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Mudhoney, Beat Happening, and Boss Hog. For his part, Moore writes about the bands, the Seattle scene, and his friendship with Kurt Cobain. You can see a few photos from the book here.
Filed under: Film, Music | Tags: Ben Gibbard, death cab for cutie, humpday, Jennifer Maas, lynn shelton, mudhoney, Music, quincy jones, seattle music, Sir Mix-A-Lot, soundgarden, Wheedle's Grove
Director Jennifer Maas’, whose latest project was co-producing Lynn Shelton’s Humpday, is working on a feature-length documentary called Wheedle’s Groove, which will explore Seattle’s underrated funk and soul musicians from those genres’ late-’60s/early-’70s heyday. According to the film’s website, the filmmakers have tracked down and interviewed musicians from the scene as well as interviewing Seattle noteables including Quincy Jones, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Mark Arm (Mudhoney), Ben Shepherd (Soundgarden), and Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie) The film is nearing completion, with a release slated for 2010. Here is a little preview of what to expect from the doc: