Seattle Office of Film + Music


NPR Music
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!

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SXSW 2011
Alas, the week-long cultural cornucopia that is SXSW has come to an end. But fear not festival revelers: Thanks to the interwebs/media machine, this year’s conference lives on—and the musical presence of Seattle artists still lingers. The LA Times’ Pop & Hiss list of the “Artists, Quotes and Fights That Made an Impression” at SXSW 2011 includes a “hearty” mention of local indie-rockers The Head and the Heart (HATH) : “[This] band appears to be the real deal [….Theirs] is detail-oriented roots music, with violin-led slow-burners and harder-edged songs that shake like horses on a stampede.” The article also cites festival insights from Barsuk Records chief Josh Rosenfeld and Visqueen/Cobirds Unite’s Rachel Flotard. NPR sings the praises of HATH as well, in a SXSW retrospective that touts Seattle hip-hop troupe Shabazz Palaces to boot. Music critic Jon Pareles similarly opines on the laptop-fueled “electronic abstractions” of Shabazz in a New York Times featurethat explores SXSW’s critical mass and evolving interactive platforms. Finally, The Seattle Times’ Andrew Matson wraps up his local blog coverage of the fest with plenty of performance reviews, photos and videos not to mention the requisite SXSW taco-stand adulation. Check it all out for yourself via the links above.

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