Filed under: Music | Tags: Barsuk Records, Curse Your Branches, damien jurado, david bazan, Pedro the Lion, Strange Negotiatons
Those who have followed the Seattle music scene for a while know David Bazan for his work in Pedro the Lion, and for his close association with other local musicians like Damien Jurado and Ben Gibbard. Since going solo in 2006, Bazan has released one full-length album, 2009’s Curse Your Branches. It was well-received and chronicled the artist’s struggle with religion and sobriety. Two year later, Bazan is back with a new record titled Strange Negotiations, which will be released May 24 on Barsuk Records. It’s the first time he has recorded with other musicians since his Pedro the Lion days. NPR Music’s All Songs Considered blog has a nice writeup about Bazan and spotlights “Wolves At The Door,” the first track off of Strange Negotiations. Click the link above to listen!
Filed under: Music | Tags: Dave Grohl, Eddie Vedder, Foo Fighters, Mike Watt, Minutemen, Nirvana, Pat Smear, Pearl Jam, The Missingmen, the triple door
It’s understandable that someone like Mike Watt, former bassist of legendary punk band Minutemen, would have a bevy of celebrity musician friends. But his performance at the Triple Door last night was an unprecedented throwback to Seattle’s grunge years when Eddie Vedder (of Pearl Jam), Dave Grohl (of Foo Fighters and Nirvana), and Pat Smear (also of Foo Fighters and Nirvana) joined Watt onstage for a 10 minute-long jam session. The stunt was a huge surprise for everyone, but it’s not the first time Watt has worked with some of these grunge superstars. Back in the mid-nineties, he recruited Vedder and Grohl to be his touring band after the release of his first solo album, Ball-Hog or Tugboat? Check the video below to see Watt rock out with Grohl on drums, Smear on guitar, and Vedder on vocals and guitar.
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Filed under: Film | Tags: National Film Festival for Talented Youth, nffty, NFFTY 2011
Join hundreds of local and international filmmakers as NFFTY 2011 kicks off this evening. NFFTY features original films by young filmmakers from all over the country and around the world, yet some of the most creative and talented moviemaking youth reside in our own backyard. The Seattle Office of Film + Music congratulates local youth filmmakers whose works have been accepted into this year’s National Film Festival for Talented Youth. The festival runs through May 1.
The Art Institute of Seattle students Megan Shinner, Raul Anaya and Schick Soto had their work accepted in to NFFTY 2011. Ballard High School, NFFTY founder Jesse Harris’ alma mater, boasts a bunch of involved youth filmmakers: Jamie Bennett, Louis Weissman, Maddy Yaple, Blair Scott, Amelia Elizalde, Emily Deering, Chloe Warner-Moyer, Elise Neroutsos, Dana Baumgartner, Mia Montagna, Sheridan Koehler, Dana Baumgartner, Emma Hutchison, Sydney Jarol, Dylan Miller, Ryan Zemke, Karli Lafferty, Kaila Lafferty, Kirsten Zeller, Rikke Heinecke, Elizabeth O’Laughlin, Tony Meyer, Ryan Zemke, Levi Friedman, Lily Bennett, Ivy Vance and Elise Neroutsos! Griffin Stoddard is representing for Garfield High School this year at NFFTY. Mercer Island High School’s Sten Olson and Lindsey Luckevich are proud to premiere their work at the festival. Seattle Academy’s Hadley Hillel, Erin Larson and Maddy Berkman are also in the mix. The Center School’s Zoe Brozman’s submission was also accepted into the festival. Cleveland High School’s Tanya Byrd, Latrice Byrd, Melissa Donahue and Jennifer Gumiran will be walking the NFFTY red carpet tomorrow. Seattle’s Reel Grrls Julia Constantine, Mariana Urban, Diana Federighi and Julia Levy will be making the non-profit proud at the festival. Around the town Seattleites Jesse, Dylan, and Miles Stipek, Bunee Tomlinson and Elle Viane Sonnet also have films in NFFTY 2011. Congratulations to the future movers and shakers of Seattle filmmaking!
Filed under: Film | Tags: Entertainment Partners, Film, film festival, Glazers Camera, moby, seattle, STIFF, trailer, Victory Studios
STIFF Film Challenge
Heads up Seattle, the 2011 STIFF Film Challenge is coming up! This year’s exciting and original challenge is a fake movie trailer contest. The STIFF Fake Trailer Challenge is a collaborative film project where filmmaking teams compete to put together the best fake movie trailer over a 10 day period. The goal is to promote cooperation among filmmakers and bring together the local filmmaking community and produce completely unique and potentially hilarious trailers for non-existent films. Audience members will be voting on their top 3 favorite trailers. Pandering is acceptable, as is stuffing the audience full of friends and family. The top film will receive a STIFFY that will be presented at the awards ceremony. Past prizes for winning the challenge have included gear rentals and post-production services at Victory Studios and Glazers Camera, as well software packages from Entertainment Partners, posters autographed by Moby and a bunch of other goodies. It kicks off on Friday, April 29th and ends on May 9th. Team captains should send their team rosters to firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out the blue link for more information on this year’s STIFF challenge.
Filed under: Film | Tags: Craig Brooks, documentary, Dwell, Film, Kontent Partners, Lou Maxon, Maxon House, series, Tom Kundig
Craig Brooks, director of creative firm Kontent Partners, filmed a documentary series on the construction of Seattleite Lou Maxon’s home, which was designed by renowned local architect Tom Kundig (part owner of Olson Kundig Architects). Dwell will host the series on its website, giving domicile-obsessed readers an inside look at the process of planning and building a new home from scratch. Maxon, the director of a non-traditional ad agency, saw the project as an opportunity to capture the building process for his family and to give Olson Kundig Architects a unique recorded narrative for future clients to peruse. You can view the trailer for the documentary series below. Make sure to check the Dwell blog for weekly updates, or follow the Maxon House on Facebook.
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Filed under: Music | Tags: Big World Breaks, black stax, Bulldog Horns, DJ Miguel Rockwell, drumline, Garfield High School, Helladope, Hi-Life Sound System, Jerm, JusMoni, Madrona K-8, massive monkees, music program, One Family Inc., Reign City, Spring Classic, the crocodile, The Town Entertainment, Turtle T, vera project, Vicious Puppies, Washington Middle School, Xperience
Spring Classic Vol. 1
Spring Classic Vol. 2
If you watched Macklemore’s rousing performance at the Mariners’ opening day game, you may recall seeing members of Garfield High School’s drumline proudly backing the local rapper. School music programs need funding now more than ever, and the Spring Classic 2011 performances seek to benefit the drumline programs at Garfield High School, Washington Middle School, and Madrona K-8. On Saturday, April 30, you can catch Spring Classic Vol. 1 at the Crocodile with Big World Breaks featuring Black Stax, Xperience, Hi-Life Sound System, and DJ Miguel Rockwell. Spring Classic Vol. 2 will be held at the Vera Project with Big World Breaks featuring Massive Monkees, JusMoni, Turtle T, Vicious Puppies, Bulldog Horns, and the Garfield High School Drumline. Both performances will be hosted by Jerm of Helladope. Credit goes to One Family Inc., Reign City and The Town Entertainment for putting together the shows. Click the links above for times and ticket prices for both events.