Seattle Office of Film + Music


KURT COBAIN JOINS “GUITAR HERO 5″

Rolling Stone
Today, Activision has confirmed that a Kurt Cobain character will be playable in Guitar Hero 5 alongside Carlos Santana, Johnny Cash, Shirley Manson of Garbage and Matt Bellamy of Muse. Two Nirvana tracks, Nevermind’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and a live version of “Lithium,” from their 1992 headlining slot at England’s Reading festival, also join the game’s set list, a first for the seminal band that defined the grunge era. Watch Cobain’s avatar rocking “Smells Like Teen Spirit” below:
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FILMMAKER BAO TRAN FEATURED IN SEATTLE MAGAZINE
August 28, 2009, 11:46 am
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Seattle Magazine
Tran’s critically acclaimed, award-winning short film, Bookie, screened at 22 film festivals over 18 months, including the 2008 Seattle International Film Festival—an impressive achievement for any independent filmmaker, much less for someone in the beginning of his career who has never attended film school. In 2009, SIFF chose Tran as one of four local filmmakers to participate in the annual Fly Filmmaking challenge, in which participants have three months to make a movie from a script pulled out of a hat. His 10-minute short Black Coffee took a standard love-triangle-with-a-twist and transformed it into a beautifully shot, original story. Check out the article profiling Tran by following the link.



SUBPOP GETS ITS KICKS
August 28, 2009, 11:44 am
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The Stranger
Check out the new Sub Pop Dunks from Nike, with signature Sub Pop colors and logo!
sub pop shoe



CLASSICAL-MUSIC EVENTS ALREADY BUBBLING UP IN SEATTLE
August 28, 2009, 11:42 am
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Seattle Times
With summer chamber festivals winding down and the big concert-hall season yet to begin, things are a little slow on the classical-music front. Still, there’s some curious local activity bubbling up in oddball corners of town. This week, the Early Music Guild and the Seattle Composers’ Salon offer, respectively, programs that range from stately baroque to ear-stretching avant-garde.



IN SEATTLE SEASON OF MTV SERIES, ART WILL IMITATE LIFE

Lynn sheltonSeattle PI
The MTV online series “$5 Cover,” which award-winning Seattle director Lynn Shelton is filming, will finish shooting in Seattle in the next two weeks.The series is a fictional account of a typical weekend in the lives of a handful of Seattle bands, including Whisky Tango, The Lights, The Moondoggies, Champagne Champagne and The Spits. Shelton, who was given complete control over the project, picked them not only for their music but also for their relationships. From story to setting, art imitated life. Most of the stories were either adapted from things the bands had gone through or could have, Shelton said, or the locations were cast as carefully as the bands, with starring roles for venues such as Chop Suey, the Tractor, the Blue Moon Tavern and Wild Rose. Read up on “$5 Cover” at its MTV site. The Seattle season is set to premiere some time this winter.



CHOP SUEY SEEKING INTERNS
August 27, 2009, 11:51 am
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Chop Suey
Chop Suey, one of Seattle’s most popular music venues, is looking for interns to help out with marketing and office duties. Apply for great opportunity to learn about the music industry inside and out! You must have a love of all kinds of music, be punctual and organized. 21+ preferred. The internship is unpaid, but you get free entry to shows. Send your resume and a short explanation of why you would like to work at Chop Suey to info@chopsuey.com. No phone calls or drop ins please.



TARGET TEAMS WITH ITUNES FOR PEARL JAM’S “BACKSPACER” DIGITAL RELEASE
August 27, 2009, 11:49 am
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Rolling StonePearl Jam
In June, news broke that Target stores had secured the exclusive big-box retail rights for Pearl Jam’s upcoming album “Backspacer.” But while Walmart has its own digital music store and Best Buy owns Napster, Target doesn’t have a notable digital music presence. To level the playing field, Target and iTunes announced on Tuesday that the two vendors will team up for a new Target-exclusive section on the iTunes Music Store. Fittingly, the first album that will be offered up in this new pact will be Pearl Jam’s “Backspacer,” due out September 20th.