Seattle Office of Film + Music

January 30, 2009, 11:36 am
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Hollywood Reporter:
Apple is changing the way iTunes users can replace their existing iTunes songs to the new DRM-free versions. Initially, the only option available was to convert every iTunes-purchased file to the new sans-Fairplay version, for 30 cents a track, using the “Upgrade My Library” feature. On Thursday, Apple switched to a per track and/or per album model whereby users can chose which songs in their library they want to convert to DRM free versions.

January 30, 2009, 11:32 am
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Three Imaginary Girls:
Why Twitter? The 140-character limit and mobile-friendly posting means more artists are giving it a go. Texting a “tweet” is radically faster than a blog post, website update, MySpace edit, or email newsletter. Fans have never before had access like this: it’s like a backstage pass with benefits. Closeness — or, rather, the illusion of closeness — offered by Twitter can translate into an increase in loyal fans and more successful touring.

January 30, 2009, 11:28 am
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Sound on The Sound:
The line up for the 2009 Cochella Valley Music and Arts Festival has finally been announced. Fleet Foxes and Band of Horses of Sub-Pop Records are some of the highest billed performers for Friday night’s show. Tops Profit, Sales Estimates; Shares Surge
January 29, 2009, 3:29 pm
Filed under: Digital Media, Music | Tags: , , Inc., the world’s largest Internet retailer, posted an 8.7 percent rise in fourth-quarter profit after promotions and discounts lured consumers to its Web site. Sales beat estimates, sending the shares up 13 percent. Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos is relying on low prices, shipping promotions and product selection to maintain growth in a recession. The company outpaced the rest of the e- commerce market over the past two years and that’s likely to continue, according to JPMorgan Chase & Co. had its biggest holiday sales ever, even as rival EBay Inc. posted its first quarterly decline. Bezos also has expanded sales of digital media, such as music and video files. The company introduced the Kindle electronic-reading device in 2007 to encourage book, magazine and newspaper downloads.

A Decade of Oldominion
January 29, 2009, 1:59 pm
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The Stranger:
Local hiphop supercrew Oldominion (they boast 30-plus members) came into shape in 1999. This was an important year for hiphop. It marked the end of a transition that began in 1997 with the release of Company Flow’s Funcrusher Plus—this transition involved two points, the mainstream and the underground, and the movement of hiphop innovation from the former to the latter. By 1999, the separation between commercial and independent hiphop was complete. Rappers around the country became something like ronins in feudal Japan—masterless samurai. Corporate record labels wanted nothing to do with battle skills and the cult of DMC. It was now not about how well you spit but how many times you have been hit by bullets. Oldominion emerged at this dark, label-less time.

Historic rock concert to be recreated on Seattle rooftop
January 29, 2009, 1:59 pm
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cremetangerineKING 5:
It was a chilly winter day in 1969 when Ken Mansfield climbed the stairs to the roof of the Apple Records building in London. Mansfield, who was then the U.S. manager of The Beatles’ Apple Records, sat against a rooftop chimney with Yoko Ono and a handful of others and watched as The Beatles gave an impromptu live performance. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of that date, Mansfield will again battle the cold on a rooftop – this time in downtown Seattle. He’s in the Emerald City to help a local Beatles cover band, Crème Tangerine, recreate the rooftop show. The band will perform at noon Friday on the balcony of Copacabana Café in Pike Place Market. While numerous rooftop concerts are planned around the nation Friday, this will be the only one to include someone like Mansfield, who was actually present for the historic Beatles show in 1969.

Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band Book National Tour with Bishop Allen
January 29, 2009, 1:53 pm
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The Stranger:
Gimmick-loving (in a charming way) pop band Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band have booked their first national tour. They’ll hit the road in March with Bishop Allen, in support of their upcoming self-titled release. Before hitting the road, their local CD release show will be at Neumos on March 6th with Say Hi (who are also celebrating a CD release that night).

Toyota’s Yaris, Urban Outfitters Team For Indie Release
January 29, 2009, 1:52 pm
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Mudhoney and Sub Pop’s No Age are among the artists featured on “Free Yr Radio 2008 Benefit Compilation,” a new compilation CD being released this week, which is designed to benefit independent radio. Toyota’s Yaris and clothing retailer Urban Outfitters teamed to release the twelve track CD, which will be offered exclusively on and will retail for 99 cents. Now in its second year, “Free Yr Radio” is a tour of independent radio stations featuring independent acts. The acts perform for free and a Yaris is given away to listeners at each stop. Stations this year included KVRX in Austin, KRCL in Salt Lake City and KEXP in Seattle, among others.

Fleet Foxes Hate Major Labels
January 29, 2009, 1:51 pm
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As of early January, the Pitchfork-beloved self-titled debut album from uber-mellow Seattle harmonizers Fleet Foxes had sold about 180,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan. These days, those are pretty good numbers for a new major-label band. For a young indie band on Sub Pop , they’re astronomical. And considering that the FFs have appeared on “Saturday Night Live” and received tons of year-end press love since January 9, that number is probably a whole lot higher now. So it follows that the major labels of the world would probably love to get their grubby little hands on these guys. But according to Foxes frontman Robin Pecknold, that is so never going to happen. After reports circulated that the Fleet Foxes had signed with Virgin, Pecknold put up a MySpace blog post to stomp them down in the most unambiguous possible manner.

Monkee-ing around: West Seattle teen to play the Admiral Theater
January 29, 2009, 1:48 pm
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West Seattle Blog:
Madison Middle School student Bazel Rivera, will be in the Admiral Theater spotlight this Saturday night as a student of a different school – the Paul Green School of Rock Music. They’re presenting a salute to The Monkees – the TV rockers whose heyday was so long ago, some of the 8-to-18-year-olds heard about it from their grandparents. Bazel is 14 years old and has only been playing guitar for about a year; as part of the School of Rock Music program (which has its Seattle HQ in Lake City), he and his fellow young musicians have been touring, performing at other venues around the city as well as elsewhere (when we dropped by The Admiral to interview him last weekend, he and his family were about to head to Portland for a performance). He’s pumped about playing his hometown venue, and Admiral entertainment director Dinah Brein McClellan is excited too – she was a big Monkees fan as a little girl.