Seattle’s favorite avant-garde rappers Shabazz Palaces were recently featured in the UK’s experimental music magazine The Wire. Explains the magazine, “Purposeful and probing, the EPs exhibit a level of maturity and sophistication not only in their stark rhymes, but also the production. Although tagged as ‘experimental,’ they never actually pull away from recognisable [sic] forms of hiphop. Yet, for hiphop, the music is full of unusual sonic details, such as multitracked vocals and mostly self-recorded samples, and reflects a healthy interest in a wider culture embracing dubstep, ragga and Techno. These tracks ride the instinctual pleasure of rhythm and pique the mind’s desire for something new.” To read the full article, follow the link above.
Yesterday’s fears about the U-District’s Neptune Theatre closing have subsided now that local non-profit STG (who also owns the Paramount and Moore Theatres) has announced their plans to take over the Neptune. Explains the press release, “’The core of STG’s mission is to make diverse dance, music, film, theatre, and arts education an integral part of our rich cultural identity; by expanding The Neptune’s capacity for increased artistic diversity, STG will not only preserve the historic theatre but also increase options for the community to engage with the arts,’ said Josh LaBelle, STG’s Executive Director.” To read more about how STG will operate Neptune, follow the link.
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The Blue Scholars already have a video for their song “Coffee and Snow,” but since it snowed again last week, they decided to make another video. So, behold, “Coffee and Snow 2.”
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Filed under: Music | Tags: Andy Kotowicz Family Foundation, mudhoney, Pearl Jam, shabazz palaces, Sub Pop Records
A CharityBuzz.com auction to benefit the family of Sub Pop’s late and great Andy Kotowicz, is now open for bidding. Launched in support of Kotowicz’s wife and young daughter, the auction features a diverse array of goodies from the likes of Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Muse, The Rolling Stones, Band of Horses and even Conan O’Brien. Thus far the auction has generated more than $15,000 for newly-launched Andy Kotowicz Family foundation, and bidding will remain open until December 14. Says Sub Pop, “[This is a]testament to the very full life lived by our friend. On behalf of Andy’s family and as part of it, we at Sub Pop Records are deeply grateful.” Don’t forget: A benefit concert with performances from some of the Sub Pop’s brightest stars—Shabazz Palaces, Mudhoney, Wolf Eyes, Vetiver and more—will also be held this Saturday, December 4th at Showbox at the Market. For more information about the auction and concert, be sure to check out the links above.
The Uptown and Neptune theaters are closing in 2011, and now statements about the Columbia City Cinema’s financial woes are being released. Luckily, Columbia City Cinema is offering the community a chance to invest in its business. They are offering 480,000 shares of common stock at $1 a share (minimum purchase is 100 shares). The owners say they need to sell 50,000 shares by January 1 or they will close. Read more about the specifics of this investment here and seriously consider enhancing Columbia City’s community by keeping this old theater alive.
Local favorites The Head and the Heart will soon be heard by caffeine fanatics all over the United States. The up-and-coming band’s song “Down in the Valley” is featured as a Starbucks iTunes Pick of the Week. The free download card is now available in over 8,000 Starbucks locations in the U.S. The Head and the Heart has been making waves in the local and now national music scene since last spring. This is another indication that the band is really moving up in the music world. Be sure to grab your free download at participating Starbucks locations!