Seattle Office of Film + Music

City of Music featured on The Local Music Show
February 27, 2009, 1:29 pm
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Seattle Channel:
In a special episode of The Local Music Show, John Richards checks in on the new direction of the Seattle music scene with Mayor Greg Nickels, our own James Keblas, David Endicott, Susie Tennant, and Ben London. A great look at what’s going on right now is Seattle and what the City of Music Initative is really about. Watch the entire episode here.

Sound Off! on SeattleIAM
February 27, 2009, 10:50 am
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Check out this great video coverage of Sound Off! Battle of the Underage Bands from SeattleIAM:

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Hip-Hop and Why it Matters on KUOW
February 27, 2009, 10:43 am
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Hip–hop is in trouble. Critics say commercialization, oppression, and false stereotypes have eroded the community–based art form. The locally inspired, politically charged medium now focuses mainly on glorified violence and sexuality. What is the future and value of the art form? Guest Professor Tricia Rose is a world leader on Hip–hop culture. Her latest book, “The Hip Hop Wars: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hop — and Why it Matters,” calls on the Hip–hop Community to reincarnate its progressive and creative heart.

Also, The Seattle/NW Hip–Hop Leadership Conference is tomorrow, Saturday, at Seattle Central Community College from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.. The event is free and open to the public and features workshops and discussions about hip–hop and community.

Men in black are devoted to country — and putting on a show
February 27, 2009, 10:39 am
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brentamakerSeattle PI:
For the past few years, Brent Amaker and the Rodeo have been branding Seattle clubs with their self-described “cowboy arena rock,” and, like a stubborn steer getting the flesh of its behind seared by a cowpoke, their music has a kick and puts up a fight. That kick hits hard when you’re slamming down shots while listening to “Bring Me the Whiskey” and the fight comes strong on “Knock You Out.” Those songs perfectly encapsulate what Amaker and the Rodeo — bassist Sugar McGuinn, drummer Mason Lowe and guitarists Steve Davis and Ben Strehle — are about. Their music is outlaw country that covers the traditional bases of lost loves, tears in beers and barroom brawls, with extra attitude. And while the music packs a wallop, it’s visual flair and showmanship that delivers the knockout punch and sells the essence of the Rodeo.

PopCap buys Gastronaut Studios
February 27, 2009, 10:36 am
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PopCap Games today is announcing the purchase of Gastronaut Studios, the 4-person Seattle game studio known for developing the Xbox Live Arcade game Small Arms. Gastroanuat has partnered with PopCap in the past, assisting in the development of PopCap’s Feeding Frenzy and Peggle for Xbox Live. Seattle-based PopCap has acquired the assets and employees of Gastronaut, though the Gastronaut founders will retain exclusive rights to Small Ams and the puzzle game Gel. PopCap said that the Gastronaut developers will work on “several undisclosed projects.”

Daniels Recital Hall Opens
February 27, 2009, 10:35 am
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Line Out:
The former First United Methodist Church on 5th Avenue and Madison Street is taking its second stab at a new life. Kevin Daniels saved it from the wrecking ball and humbly renamed it Daniels Recital Hall. He wants to maintain the space as a sort of hallowed musical location, in part, because the place has a 4,000-pipe organ. At noon today, the hall will host a free show: “Classical Music for Lovers.” Artist-in-residence Mark Andersen is on the organ along with help from Harper Tasche, a harpist, Emily Rostykus, an orchestral harpist from Bellingham, and Lynn Andersen, a handbell performer.

Sol toggles between youth and maturity on his debut album
February 27, 2009, 10:33 am
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solSeattle Weekly:
On Sol’s debut album, the University of Washington sophomore (double-majoring in American ethnic studies and communications) raps more like a tenured professor. Politics, racial identity, the state of hip-hop, and literature, plus aggressive battle raps, all crop up in varying degrees on The Ride, which feels like an adult piece of work. It’s clear at times that having a knack for words comes easy to Sol—the mixed-race son of a Haitian mother and a Russian-Jewish father. Over sandwiches at Flowers Bar & Restaurant in the U District, Sol explains that he started writing the album at 18 and finished just before his 20th birthday. Executive-produced by himself, Isaac Meek, and Captain Midnite, and recorded at Meek’s Undercaste studio, the disc’s title refers to the journey Sol took during its recording, as well as to the voyage he leads listeners on through the album’s 16 tracks.

March Lineup for Seattle Presents
February 27, 2009, 10:29 am
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Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs:
City Hall becomes concert hall. Lunchtime becomes showtime. Presented by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Seattle Presents features free noontime performances year round at City Hall. This month’s lineup includes blues woman Alice Stuart; experimental musicians and violinist Ela Lamblin and Eric Chappelle; and selections from the musical “Sunday in the Park with George” performed by the 5th Avenue Theatre Company.

Intro to RED ONE
February 27, 2009, 10:28 am
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Digital cinematography has grown up in the last few years and now hits puberty with the advent of the Red One. Growing pains aside, the new system offers exciting opportunities for filmmakers in any budget range. Join IFP/Seattle for an illuminating discussion on all things Red with industry professionals including cinematographers, rental houses and digital media technicians. You’ll also get a chance to put your hands on the system and screen recently produced clips shot on the Red. Discussion begins at 7:00 pm at the Northwest Film Forum. Free for IFP/Seattle and NWFF members and $5 for general public.

The Kindle: Good Before, Better Now
February 26, 2009, 11:33 am
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New York Times:
In the high-tech industry, you live for the day when your product name becomes a verb. “I Googled him.” “She’s been Photo shopped.”Amazon, however, is hoping that its product name, a verb, becomes a noun. “Have you bought the new Kindle? The Kindle is the most successful electronic book-reading tablet so far, but that’s not saying much; Silicon Valley is littered with the corpses of e-book reader projects. A couple of factors made the Kindle a modest hit when it made its debut in November 2007. First, it incorporated a screen made by E Ink that looks amazingly close to ink on paper.