Filed under: Film | Tags: local cinema, Tacoma Film Festival, the immaculate conception of little dizzle
The News Tribune
Things are looking up for film in the Northwest, and it’s partly thanks to the Tacoma Film Festival. Now in its fourth year, the festival organized by the Grand Cinema has taken an intensely local turn, with nearly one-third of its 132 films made by Northwest filmmakers. It’s good exposure for them, good marketing for the Grand, and a unique experience for audiences who see local surroundings and lifestyles on the big screen. The result is a festival that features 41 locally made films, with three specific to Tacoma, and 35 local filmmakers in attendance.
The Stranger reports that a memo sent to KEXP staff and volunteers on Friday by Executive Director Thomas Mara announces four layoffs to the station’s NYC part-time staff due to hard economic times. No layoffs have been announced in Seattle. KEXP has operated partially out of New York City since 2008.
Local rockers, the Blakes, and folkies, the Moondoggies, will represent Seattle this year at the College Music Journal’s 2009 music festival in New York. The bands will be joined by festival sponsor KEXP who will broadcast the event live from October 19th to the 23rd.
Join the Vera Project and hundreds of runners, walkers and fans of music and art in Seward Park for a 5k run/walk to support youth access to music and the arts in Seattle. We’ll have live music, performers along the course, an awesome warm-up routine led by some of Seattle’s finest ‘80s-style dancers, great food and of course prizes for the biggest fundraisers. Register now to get in on the action!
As the music industry looks for ways to stay competitive in a changing market, new executives have focused on the growing importance of music placement in film, TV and other media.”Media opportunities beyond the scope of radio have become increasingly important to us,” new Atlantic Records VP Kevin Weaver told Daily Variety. “There are tremendous opportunities in the film, TV and videogame landscape.” Weaver cited English vocalist James Blunt as an artist whose use in movies and TV — some 40 placements — not only supplied the company with additional revenue but helped launch his 2005 breakthrough, “You’re Beautiful,” on pop radio.
Filed under: Digital Media, Film, Music | Tags: digital rights, Warner Music Group, youtube
Back in December, a breakdown in negotiations led Warner Music Group to pull all its music from YouTube, which has seriously damaged our ability to hear any song ever just by typing it into YouTube’s search engine. (Warner artists like Death Cab for Cutie weren’t too thrilled about it, either.) But now Advertising Age reports that Warner and YouTube have completed a deal to allow the label’s music back on the site (via Rolling Stone). So: We’ll no longer have to hit up MySpace or DailyMotion or OnSmash or any of the other bajillions of video websites to watch Warner music videos! According to Advertising Age, Warner is also in talks to join Vevo, the music video site that YouTube and Universal Music Group are planning to launch.
Filed under: Music | Tags: DJ Swervewon, greenwood collective, Murder Dice, seattle hip hop, Tyler Soverns
Three Imaginary Girls
Local photographer, Tyler Soverns has used his camera to become one of the best chroniclers of the flourishing hip hop scene we have in Seattle. His photos are often chaotic but stunning. The Greenwood Collective (at the corner of 85th and Greenwood) is hosting an exhibit of his hip hop photos and the opening reception is on Friday, October 6 from 6-9pm – as part of the Greenwood Art Walk. It’s also a party that has performances from DJ Swervewon and Murder Dice.