Seattle Office of Film + Music


DEATH CAB’S BEN GIBBARD TO PLAY BENEFIT CONCERT
August 9, 2010, 10:51 am
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Death Cab frontman Ben Gibbard’s playing one for the kids. His November 3 solo show at the Croc is a benefit for Teen Feed, the U-District non-profit that was the beneficiary of this year’s Noise For the Needy Festival, and provides meals for homeless youth. “I believe in the work of Teen Feed,” Gibbard says in a press release. “I wanted to do my part to help raise awareness and money for the organization.” Tickets are now available at the Croc and Sonic Boom.

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SEATTLE METROPOLITAN MAGAZINE ASKS WHICH LOCAL ACTS MADE AN IMPRESSION ON NON-SEATTLE JOURNALISTS AT SXSW

Seattle Metropolitan Magazine
With about 37 Seattle acts having played at SXSW last week, Laura Dannen of Seattle Metropolitan Magazine wanted to find out which acts got coverage from national publications. Christopher Weingarten of Rolling Stone tweeted about Shabazz Palaces, saying “Ex-Digable Planet does impossibly funky, dubby avant-rap with shakers, kalimbas, ideas without boundaries. Truly a unique and wonderful mix that deserves to be one of SXSW 2010’s breakout stars. Get Googling!” The Dutchess and the Duke and The Moondoggies sat for short interviews with AOL Music blog Spinner.com. Paste magazine announced that Visqueen played the “Best Single-Song Performance by a Band I Really Wanted to See a Whole Set by But Missed It” for the song “Fight For Love,” saying, “It was tight and fierce and totally generous in the way most Visqueen songs are.” The New York Times ArtsBeat culture blog four-word review called Ben Gibbard’s solo set “Alone, narrative bleakness underscored.” To read more on Seattle bands at SXSW, follow the above link.



BEN GIBBARD PERFORMS “405” AND “I AM A KALEIDOSCOPE” FOR ONE SHOT SEATTLE
January 19, 2010, 1:08 pm
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One Shot Seattle
Check out this video from One Shot Seattle of Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard playing “405” and “I Am a Kaleidoscope” at The Crocodile. One Shot Seattle is a Seattle spin on La Blogothèque and features spontaneous live musical performances with one camera and in one take filmed in various, unique locations in or around Seattle.



DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE FEATURED ON NPR
October 5, 2009, 11:00 am
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Death Cab for Cutie started out as the solo project of engineering student Ben Gibbard. While he was attending college in Washington state, Gibbard performed on the side and recorded a demo that found a unexpected following. Gathering members with the help of producer and multi-instrumentalist Chris Walla, the group began to record and hit local venues. Word spread quickly about the Bellingham band’s sweet, sincere pop. Years later, Death Cab for Cutie has scored multiple Grammy nominations and toured internationally, but it hasn’t lost the ability to express accessible and powerful emotions in its music. For the full story, check out the above link.



FILM TO DOCUMENT SEATTLE’S VINTAGE FUNK & SOUL SCENE

The Stranger
Director Jennifer Maas’, whose latest project was co-producing Lynn Shelton’s Humpday, is working on a feature-length documentary called Wheedle’s Groove, which will explore Seattle’s underrated funk and soul musicians from those genres’ late-’60s/early-’70s heyday. According to the film’s website, the filmmakers have tracked down and interviewed musicians from the scene as well as interviewing Seattle noteables including Quincy Jones, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Mark Arm (Mudhoney), Ben Shepherd (Soundgarden), and Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie) The film is nearing completion, with a release slated for 2010. Here is a little preview of what to expect from the doc:

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BEN GIBBARD AND JAY FARRAR TEAM UP TO HONOR KEROUAC

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Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard and Uncle Tupelo/Son Volt mainman Jay Farrar will release a disc of new songs “with lyrics based on the prose of Jack Kerouac’s landmark 1962 novel Big Sur” on October 20. Farrar and Gibbard, both Kerouac fans apparently, met while recording songs for an upcoming Kerouac documentary, which will be released around the same time as the disc. Both are called One Fast Move Or I’m Gone: Kerouac’s Big Sur. Gibbard has already proved that he can handle the subject well, on last year’s “Bixby Canyon Bridge.”