Seattle Office of Film + Music


STEREOGUM CHECKS IN WITH SOUNDGARDEN’S KIM THAYIL
June 20, 2011, 11:55 am
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Stereogum
Since playing a reunion show in April 2010 at the Showbox at the Market under they pseudonym “Nudedragons” (an anagram, of course), Soundgarden has kept the media abuzz with excitement about the band’s upcoming plans. Chris Cornell and company have several headlining performances at summer festivals in store and the promise of a new record, which will be Soundgarden’s first since 1996’s Down On the Upside. The music blog Sterogum caught up with Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil, who’s kept himself busy over the years playing in Sunn O))) and the heavy metal band Protobot with Dave Grohl. Thayil discusses the unexpected reunion of Soundgarden, what it’s like to play alongside his old bandmates, his work in other bands, and what the future holds for him.

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EDDIE VEDDER, DAVE GROHL AND PAT SMEAR JOIN MIKE WATT ON STAGE AT THE TRIPLE DOOR

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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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SEATTLE 2011 GRAMMY WINNERS
February 14, 2011, 1:15 pm
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Congratulations to those Seattle musicians who won Grammy Awards last evening. Seattle was well represented and took home two prestigious awards. Them Crooked Vultures, featuring ex-Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, won for Best Hard Rock Performance. Also, Seattle Symphony Orchestra cellist David Sabee won for Best Engineered Album, Classical. Sabee was one of four engineers on “Porter, Quincy: Complete Viola Works,” which tied for the top spot with “Daugherty: Metropolis Symphony; Deus Ex Machina.” Click the link above to see all the Grammy nominations and winners.

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LOCAL ARTISTS RECOGNIZED BY RECORDING ACADEMY

The Seattle Times
The Recording Academy announced its nominations for this year’s Grammy’s. While acts like Eminem, Lady Gaga and Jay-Z lead with the most nominations, several Northwest bands are represented in the listings. In the best hard-rock category, Seattle’s Alice and Chains and Soundgarden as well as former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl were recognized. Pearl Jam’s Backspacer was nominated for best rock album and Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds’ Kundalini Bonfire earned a nod in the best rock instrumental performance category. Kenny G’s Heart and Soul and Portland’s Band of Horses’ Infinite Arms were also nominated. For a full listing of the nominations, follow the link.

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DAVE GROHL ON NIRVANA’S HISTORIC READING PERFORMANCE
November 25, 2009, 11:35 am
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NME
The Nirvana drummer was recently interviewed about the bans’ performance at the Reading festival which has just been released on DVD. “We rehearsed [for Reading] once, the night before, and it wasn’t good,”said Grohl. “I really thought, ‘This will be a disaster, this will be the end of our career for sure.’” For the full interview, please follow the above link.



GROHL, NOVOSELIC DIDN’T APPROVE COBAIN’S “GUITAR HERO” AVATAR
September 10, 2009, 3:08 pm
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Rolling Stone
By now you’ve seen the clip of a digitized Kurt Cobain rocking his way through Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love a Bad Name” on Guitar Hero 5. It’s an image so bizarre, it not only freaked out Rolling Stone, but sent Courtney Love into a Twitter rampage. In a statement issued this afternoon, Grohl and Novoselic say they are “dismayed and very disappointed in the way a facsimile of Kurt is used in the Guitar Hero game,” adding, “The name and likeness of Kurt Cobain are the sole property of his estate — we have no control whatsoever in that area.” The pair ask Activision to “re-lock” the Cobain character and state, “It’s hard to watch an image of Kurt pantomiming other artists’ music alongside cartoon characters. Kurt Cobain wrote songs that hold a lot of meaning to people all over the world. We feel he deserves better.”



KURT COBAIN JOINS “GUITAR HERO 5″

Rolling Stone
Today, Activision has confirmed that a Kurt Cobain character will be playable in Guitar Hero 5 alongside Carlos Santana, Johnny Cash, Shirley Manson of Garbage and Matt Bellamy of Muse. Two Nirvana tracks, Nevermind’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and a live version of “Lithium,” from their 1992 headlining slot at England’s Reading festival, also join the game’s set list, a first for the seminal band that defined the grunge era. Watch Cobain’s avatar rocking “Smells Like Teen Spirit” below:
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