Seattle Office of Film + Music


LAKE REVIEWED BY PITCHFORK
October 29, 2009, 12:33 pm
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Pitchfork
Pitchfork praised the Olympia band’s sophomore album, Let’s Build a Roof, saying “Perhaps most impressive is how Let’s Build a Roof traverses so much ground without making a big deal about it.” To read the full review, check out the above link.



KEXP’S NEW METAL SHOW, SEEK AND DESTROY, STARTS SATURDAY
October 28, 2009, 12:58 pm
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KEXPSeekandDestroy
Hannah Levin writes, “From the first day I was brought on board at KEXP just over two years ago, I’ve been a vocal (read: periodically obnoxious) advocate for an increase in our programming of hard rock and metal. KEXP has a de facto emphasis on independent artists, while hard rock and metal are historically perceived as the major label fodder of repetitive, mainstream radio programming. Because of those dovetailing factors, it can initially be difficult to see why it’s so important that we begin pulling harder stuff into the mix.” Levin and co-host Tanner Ellison will scour the globe for unearthed gemes in all of metal’s subgenres, from thrash and grindcore to death and black metal as well as re-examining the classics. Seek and Destroy will launch, fittingly, on Halloween from midnight until 2:00 am and continue every Saturday thereafter.



SEATTLE HIP HOP GETS NATIONAL RECOGNITION
October 28, 2009, 12:43 pm
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More proof that Seattle’s hiphop scene is in its moment, the CMJ’s hiphop chart holds three works that were produced by locals artists: The Blue Scholar’s Oof, which is at number 3; D.Black’s Ali’yah, which is at 4; and the Physics’ High Society, which is at 16. Last week, CMJ’s music festival had no less than four acts from the Seattle area: THEESatisfaction, D. Black, Grynch, and Champagne Champagne.



COMPOSERS CONSIDER UNIONIZATION
October 28, 2009, 12:36 pm
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Variety
“There has been a tremendous devaluation of music,” said former Society of Composers and Lyricists president James DiPasquale. “Respect for composers has diminished. Technology has marched forward, and our income has plummeted. At the rank-and-file level, it’s very hard for anyone to make a living.” In response to these rough times the SCL is considering unionization. SCL statistics show that in hourlong TV, composers on average must write twice as much music as they did 30 years ago — hourlongs today require twice as many minutes of music — but the salary drops are astonishing: According to their website, for each score, they’re averaging just 14% of what they did then, adjusted for inflation. In films, it’s even worse, with fees dropping precipitously even as composers must now write more than twice as much music while also absorbing technical costs (engineering, mixing, editing) that were once handled, and paid for, by studio or network personnel.



WASHINGTONFILMWORKS SEEKS ACCOUNTING MANAGER
October 27, 2009, 1:10 pm
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WashintonFilmWorks
Do you have strong analytical, bookkeeping and administrative skills and also have a passion for working in the film industry? WashingtonFilmWorks is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (6) organization that offers funding assistance to commercials, television and feature films shooting in Washington State. The organization is seeking an Accounting Manager to be responsible for day-to-day fiscal operations and to oversee the organization’s audit and review process for all qualified motion picture productions. Deadline for applying is December 1, 2009. For more information on the position, WashingtonFilmWorks, and how to apply please follow the above link



TRACTOR TAVERN, CENTURY BALLROOM HOST SQUARE DANCES FOR NEW GENERATION
October 27, 2009, 1:06 pm
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Seattle Times
On a Monday, the lights are up inside one of Ballard’s best-loved watering holes. The better not to step on your dance partner’s toes — not that you’ll be entirely able to avoid it. A sizable crowd has braved the chill of an early fall night to go square dancing. While attendees appear to range in age from 21 to early 50s, they skew young and attractive, and a Joan Jett T-shirt is as apt an accessory as a cowboy hat. Twice a month, The Tallboys (a self-professed “old time string band”) and their special guests provide the soundtrack for an event called Monday Square Dance. A different “caller” — who speaks over the music with dance explanations and cues — accompanies the band at each event. Don’t know how to promenade? No problem. “I like to sing my calls, and I want people to figure out the dance,” says the caller on this particular night, Suzanne Girardot.



WATCH DUTCHESS AND THE DUKE PERFORM AT KEXP
October 27, 2009, 11:17 am
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Local indie darlings, The Dutchess and The Duke, performed live on KEXP

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