Seattle Office of Film + Music


STEREOGUM FEATURES FREE FLEET FOXES MP3
September 8, 2011, 9:14 am
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Stereogum
Seattle’s adored Fleet Foxes, natives of Seattle and prized for being scrupulously raw and tender in their lyrics and melodies, played a show at the Paramount Theater earlier this week.  One tech-savvy audience member caught a respectable recording with their iPhone. The MP3 highlights frontman Robin Pecknold as he shares a new solo acoustic tune named “August Night”.  Stereogum, a national MP3 and music news blog, has brought the recording online, and it is now available to download for free off of their homepage.



NEW FREE MUSIC PLAYER IS INTERNET-FREE
September 6, 2011, 2:36 pm
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New York Times
In 2010, about 95 percent of music downloads were unlicensed and illegal. A previously defunct free-music listening program, one among seemingly millions of ephemeral start-ups, has had the life breathed back into it. Qtrax offers not just free music, but refuge from the risk of viruses, poor sound quality and prosecution. Unlike players such as Pandora and Spotify that require strong internet connection, Qtrax listeners download the program from the Qtrax site, so they can curate their tunes where there is no Internet. The main catch, one that prevents a listener from granting it saintly status, is the advertisements linked to the music player.

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WOMEN IN FILM KICKS OFF FIRST TUESDAY AT NEW LOCATION
September 6, 2011, 9:57 am
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Women in Film
Tonight marks the relocation of the Women in Film (WIF) “First Tuesday” gathering to the iconic Jewel Box Theater at the Rendezvous Lounge in Belltown. To celebrate the new space, WIF will help to kick off the web launch of SmartGirls’ Way, an organization dedicated to encouraging, enabling and empowering women entrepreneurs.  Their brand new project, 100×100, will feature video vignettes of 100 women entrepreneurs from over 40 industries across the United State telling their start-up stories.  The videos will live on the web and last for the next 20 weeks.

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GET READY FOR BUMBERSHOOT WITH PREVIEWS FROM LOCAL MEDIA

The weather promises to be gorgeous, which is fortunate for those heading out to Seattle Center for the annual Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival. For three days, attendees will immerse themselves in music, theater, comedy, dance, visual art and literature. With such a wide scope of acts on the schedule, it’s helpful to turn to our local media for pointers on what not to miss at Bumbershoot this year. The Stranger has an exhaustive guide to the festival with great features on headliners Hall & Oates, metal-influenced rockers Red Fang, soul legend Dennis Coffey and more. Local blog Sound on the Sound picked out the must-see sets by Seattle artists, plus the top five acts editor Abbey Simmons won’t be missing. The culture mavens at Seattle Met Magazine give their top recommendations in each category for all three days at Bumbershoot, as does the savvy staff over at Seattle Weekly. If you’re tired of reading, Q13 FOX has an interview with SSG Music founder Nikki Benson on her Bumbershoot favorites. Whatever you choose to see this weekend, don’t forget to check out the wealth of local talent present in all areas of Bumbershoot this year.

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WATCH NEW STAR ANNA VIDEO SHOT BY KONTENT PARTNERS

Kontent Partners
Seattle based creative production house, Kontent Partners, recently collaborated with Rachel Flotard/Local 638 Records, Pearl Jam and their distribution network Monkey Wrench, to produce the music video for “Alone in This Together,” the title track off the new album by Star Anna and the Laughing Dogs.

Directed by Craig Brooks and Lindsay Daniels, the video was shot over a single day in an abandoned, turn of the century home in Seward Park. The video supports the band’s performance at the Pearl Jam 20 Destination Weekend on September 3/4, and the September 8 kick off of their West Coast tour.

“Shooting in Seattle not only helped logistically, but retained the soul and authenticity of the Northwest-rooted band,” said Brooks.

Kontent Partners assembled over 18 of some of the best Seattle film crew to execute an incredibly ambitious production schedule.

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WATCH NEW STAR ANNA VIDEO SHOT BY KONTENT PARTNERS, posted with vodpod

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MAYOR’S ARTS AWARDS WILL BE PRESENTED THIS AFTERNOON

Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
Each year, the city celebrates the rich contributions of arts and culture in Seattle with the Mayor’s Arts Awards. This year, the recipients hail from the worlds of dance, multidisciplinary arts, music and the Vietnamese community. The Seattle Arts Commission recommended a selection of individuals and organizations to Mayor Mike McGinn from a pool of more than 300 public nominees. The awards will be presented at 4 pm at Seattle Center and will also kick off Bumbershoot’s Visual Arts Exhibits, which will be open until 9 pm tonight. Below is a list of those receiving the Mayor’s Arts Awards this year:

  • Donald Byrd, choreographer and artistic director of Spectrum Dance Theater
  • Jack Straw Productions
  • Dr. Quinton Morris, violinist and professor
  • On the Boards
  • Pratt Fine Arts Center
  • Tet in Seattle, producer of the annual Tet Festival
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