Seattle Office of Film + Music

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.

being MEdia covers Sundance
January 28, 2009, 11:51 am
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Check out Seattle-based being MEdia’s daily video coverage of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Watch Virginia Madsen presenting the Special Jury Prize for the Spirit of Independence to Humpday director Lynn Shelton below:

Movie Production Incentives Pay Off
January 28, 2009, 10:24 am
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New York Times:
A study of New York’s tax breaks for movie and television production suggested that a 30 percent credit offered by the state, with an additional 5 percent offered by New York City, could be expected to keep or create about 19,500 jobs while yielding $404 million in tax revenue, at a cost of $215 million in credits. The study, completed last week, was conducted by the accounting firm Ernst & Young for both the Motion Picture Association of America and the film office of New York State.
Applying the new 30 percent subsidy rate and current tax rates to the level of activity that occurred in 2007, Ernst & Young figured that the state would have spent $184.4 million, while getting $208.7 million back in taxes. New York City, meanwhile, would get $195.3 million from a tax credit expenditure of only $30.7 million. Ernst & Young said it figured about 7,000 jobs were gained or retained in direct film employment, while an additional 12,500 came from related economic activity, not counting any increase in tourism spending.

Shrinking Music Videos: More Thrills, Less ‘Thriller’
January 28, 2009, 10:23 am
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The days of waiting patiently for a favorite music video to appear on MTV are long over, swallowed up by the instant gratification of the smaller screen. But as MySpace, iPhones and Youtube allow music videos to be seen anywhere and anytime, directors are discovering that viewing habits aren’t the only things changing. Grammy-winning music video director Sean Drake says part of the shift is an effort to capture the attention of an audience that never seems to stop multitasking. “When I make a video, I just assume the majority of watchers are going to be on the Internet … IM-ing someone in a chat [while] … doing some other task on Word and checking their Facebook,” says Drake.

Interview: The Sight Below
January 28, 2009, 10:22 am
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FACT Magazine:
Following the sublimely gloomy No Place For Us EP, Seattle-based producer The Sight Below has returned with Glider, a darkly beautiful long player that traverses the borders of ambience, post-rock and minimal techno. British online magazine FACT dispatched Justin Toland to track down this mysterious sonic wayfarer. Toland notes that, “I’ve been profoundly influenced by the Pacific Northwest – I think the landscape, weather and overall aesthetic of the region have been the most influential on my work to date.”

“Further Away” video filmed in Deception Pass, WA. Via The Stranger.