Seattle Office of Film + Music


THE RISING FORCE OF MT. FUJI RECORDS

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Travis Hay at Crosscut writes, “There’s no denying 2009 been a great year for Seattle music. It’s the year The Crocodile was resurrected, Pearl Jam pushed itself its back way rock relevance, and hip hop hit hard. But when the local music history books are written, the final year of this decade might be remembered best for Michael Jaworski and his record label Mt. Fuji Records…. Mt. Fuji’s roster of local talent rivals that of just about any Northwest indie label and all of its releases seem to spotlight the depth and diversity of the city’s rock scene.” Read the full feature on the local label at the above link.



SINGER-SONGWRITER BRANDI CARLILE PLAYS A HOMETOWN SHOW AT THE PARAMOUNT
October 23, 2009, 11:05 am
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There’s no place like home, said Brandi Carlile. The Maple Valley singer- songwriter returns to Seattle Saturday at the Paramount. She’s also plotting a possible secret show at the Crocodile — all in promotion of her latest critically rated album, “Give Up The Ghost,” out earlier this month. The album boasts a prizewinning lineup — Elton John, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench and Amy Ray from the Indigo Girls. And like her previous work, it showcases her main instrument — her voice — which wails and cracks at her whim.



INDIE ROCKER BEN CHASNY SETTLES INTO SEATTLE’S PASTORAL SCENE

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Not only is Seattle the epicenter of indie rock’s current obsession with all things pastoral, but we’re a destination for like-minded musicians. Meet 34-year-old Ben Chasny, a recent transplant from San Francisco best known for his work as Six Organs of Admittance. Over the last 10 years, Chasny has taken Six Organs into shamanic, shambolic realms. Un-pigeonhole-able, Chasny also contributed blistering electric guitar on the last two Sub Pop albums by psychedelic metalmeisters Comets on Fire. Chasny relocated to Seattle in November and is now focusing on Six Organs, whose new album, “Luminous Night,” comes out Tuesday, coinciding with a release party at the Crocodile that night. “Luminous Night” is his initial collaboration with celebrated local producer/bassist Randall Dunn, who recorded the album in West Seattle in March and enlisted a Who’s Who of Northwest avant-gardists to flesh it out: drummer Matt Chamberlain (Tori Amos, Pearl Jam), flautist Hans Teuber (Skerik’s Syncopated Taint Septet) and violist Eyvind Kang (Secret Chiefs 3, Animal Collective, John Zorn).



CROCODILE ENGINEER JIM ANDERSON CONTRIBUTES MASSIVE AUDIO COLLECTION TO UW LIBRARY
August 12, 2009, 12:44 pm
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Audio engineer Jim Anderson — a designation often shortened to “sound guy” or “sound man” — has a reputation for being one of the best in Seattle. Simply, he seems to care how bands sound in the Crocodile. Not just how bands sound to him, but how a band sounds to its own members, and also to audience attendants with opinions. Evinced with Anderson’s sincerity, this inclusive type of caring is exceedingly rare. He also has a reputation for his gigantic vault of live recordings, which are now all at the UW.