Seattle Office of Film + Music


Duff McKagen Says “Yes” to Renewing Washington Film Incentive

Seattle Weekly 
Former Guns N’ Roses bassist, Duff McKagan, offers some personal words of wisdom as a Seattle-to-L.A. transplant. The musician has made Los Angeles a part-time home, and although he raves of his parent soil, he presents a few things for Seattle to take note of from the City of Angels. Aside from advising Seattleites to “wear sunglasses more often,” McKagan expresses his strong support for a Washington state film incentive. By living in L.A., McKagan has seen first-hand the positive impact of a thriving film community, and he believes it would be a huge economic mistake to jettison the program up north. To express your support for the incentive, visit Washington Filmworks blog.

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SEATTLE WEEKLY ASKS LOCAL MUSICIANS ABOUT THE LEGACY OF GRUNGE IN SEATTLE

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Leading up to the Reverb Festival taking place in Ballard this Saturday, Seattle Weekly has been publishing short Q&A’s with local artists about the influence of the Seattle music explosion of 1991 and how it relates to bands in the area today. A diverse selection of musicians have given their two cents, from The Screaming Trees’ Mark Pickerel to Mash Hall’s Larry Mizell Jr. to singer/songwriter Kelli Schaefer. The answers have largely been positive, but some of them may surprise you.

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LOCAL MEDIA RECAPS OF DECIBEL FESTIVAL 2011

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Yesterday was the final day Decibel Festival, a 5-day extravaganza of electronic music hailing from around the globe. Since beginning in 2003, it has grown to be one of the leading festivals celebrating the most popular genres of electronic music. In addition to bringing headlining acts like Brazilian artist Amon Tobin and New York-based DJ/Producer Moby, Decibel is know for strongly championing local talent. It also began including discussion panels and workshops, seeking to be a resource to both industry professionals and fans of electronic music alike. The reviews are streaming in from a number of local outlets, including Seattle Weekly, The Stranger, The Seattle Times, and SSG Music.

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GET READY FOR BUMBERSHOOT WITH PREVIEWS FROM LOCAL MEDIA

The weather promises to be gorgeous, which is fortunate for those heading out to Seattle Center for the annual Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival. For three days, attendees will immerse themselves in music, theater, comedy, dance, visual art and literature. With such a wide scope of acts on the schedule, it’s helpful to turn to our local media for pointers on what not to miss at Bumbershoot this year. The Stranger has an exhaustive guide to the festival with great features on headliners Hall & Oates, metal-influenced rockers Red Fang, soul legend Dennis Coffey and more. Local blog Sound on the Sound picked out the must-see sets by Seattle artists, plus the top five acts editor Abbey Simmons won’t be missing. The culture mavens at Seattle Met Magazine give their top recommendations in each category for all three days at Bumbershoot, as does the savvy staff over at Seattle Weekly. If you’re tired of reading, Q13 FOX has an interview with SSG Music founder Nikki Benson on her Bumbershoot favorites. Whatever you choose to see this weekend, don’t forget to check out the wealth of local talent present in all areas of Bumbershoot this year.

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LOCAL MEDIA RECAP: CAPITOL HILL BLOCK PARTY

The weather gods smiled upon Capitol Hill Block Party (CHBP) this past weekend, as evident from the CHBP Flickr photostream and other photos from local media outlets. For CHBP neophytes, check out the Seattle Met retrospective about the growth of the festival over the years. The Stranger covered CHBP with a hard focus on local and national acts, festival fashion, and often-hilarious observations of the weekend’s crowd. Seattle Weekly gave some short and sweet recaps of the top performances on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of CHBP. The Seattle Times devoted some quality blog time to CHBP, capturing some great band photos and giving lots of attention to local artists. Sound on the Sound posted a lengthy and humorously critical review of Saturday’s CHBP, and Seattlest has some great photos from the festival.

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SHABAZZ PALACES CELEBRATES RELEASE OF NEW ALBUM TONIGHT
July 1, 2011, 3:02 pm
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To celebrate the release of Black Up on Sub Pop Records this week, Shabazz Palaces is performing the second of two shows booked at Neumos tonight. If this Seattle Weekly review is any indicator, it’s a performance you will not want to miss. Both The Stranger and The Seattle Times are heralding tonight’s concert as a recommended show attend, and the album has been glowingly reviewed everywhere from New York Magazine to the Los Angeles Times to The Guardian. Although initially media-shy, Shabazz Palaces mastermind Ishmael Butler has opened up about his project in several lengthy interviews and continues to put Seattle on the map as a city that is home to incredible music.

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SEATTLE WEEKLY’S “TUESDAY NIGHT MUSIC CLUB


Seattle Weekly
In a retrospectively nostalgic and contemporarily exuberant recent piece of journalism from Seattle Weekly, “The Tuesday Night Music Club” covers the local music presence during the 90’s and ties it to the up and coming Seattle music scene today. The vignette recalls the “Tuesday Night” show slots as the lowest on the musical food chain, but also holding the most potential for breaking through and being heard. These smaller shows at the Crocodile Café and similar Seattle venues were the humble beginnings of grand musical careers such as Modest Mouse Death Cab, Harvey Danger, Murder City Devils, Pedro the Lion, Blood Brothers and Elliott Smith. As previously mentioned, the article looks not only backward, but hopefully forward at the burgeoning Seattle music scene and the new bands leading the heard. The piece highlights eight budding Seattle bands playing local shows similar to those epic “Tuesday Nights.” Featured bands include: Doctor and the Bird, Ole Tinder, Posse, Three Ninjas, Motopony, Legendary Oaks, Fly Moon Royalty and  Solvents (what! no The’s or Blacks in the names?). Click on the above link to read the article and check out the hot new “Tuesday Night” bands.

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SEATTLE WEEKLY RANKS SEATTLE’S BEST SMALL VENUES
February 4, 2011, 11:21 am
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Between the candlelit intimacy of an acoustic performance with an audience count less than the number of seats in a mini-van and the elbow jarring proximity, sea of bodies, “whose sweat is that?” basement mosh pittery that can be found in the range of Seattle’s smaller venues, there is always a little something for everyone. Seattle Weekly has taken it upon themselves to rank their favorite small cafes and clubs that host live performances and intimate gigs. You can quell your agoraphobia (sorry claustrophobia) and get your groove on in these stellar venues that keep the Seattle music scene thriving week after week. Hit the linkage above to see the best “smaller than your basement” locals to experience live music at as deemed by Seattle Weekly.

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THE YOUNG EVILS WEST SEATTLE TRIBUTE VIDEO
January 20, 2011, 3:10 pm
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Seattle Weekly
In stride with Seattle Weekly’s West Seattle issue, Seattle band The Young Evils wrote a tribute song to the neighborhood where they just so happen to live. The dastardly duo came up with a triumphant track after only 24 hours and shared it with the world (or West Seattle rather) at Skylark café and club. They entitled the ditty “West Seattle Wins the Battle” and somebody captured the performance on camera which you can see for yourself below. Also, be sure to show them your support this Saturday, January 22, at the Tractor Tavern for the band’s first headlining gig.

THE YOUNG EVILS WEST SEATTLE TRIBUTE VIDEO, posted with vodpod


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THE WOMEN OF THE SEATTLE MUSIC SCENE
January 13, 2011, 4:19 pm
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Everyone knows that Seattle has some of the most innovative and exciting musicians around. But today Seattle Weekly reminds us that we also have some of the most attractive musical artists. The ladies featured in the article churn out plenty of gorgeous music, but that’s definitely not where their beauty ends. From indie artists such as Neko Case, Chocklate and Kristen Ward and country gals Brandi Carlile and Zoe Muth to popsters Lisa Dank and Melakai, these ladies have the looks to match their abundant talent. To read about our homegrown beauties and their equally fabulous music, follow the link above.

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