Seattle Office of Film + Music


ICELANDIC MUSICIANS JOIN FORCES WITH SEATTLEITES FOR REYKJAVIK CALLING

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It is more than the comparable dimly lit landscapes, overcast skies and scarf-appropriate weather during the majority of the year that ties Seattle and Iceland together. Reykjavik, Iceland’s lush capital, will come to Seattle at the end of the month to merge with talented local musicians. What will be produced is far more than a concert; the foreign forces will leap over language barriers and bridge the two cultures through an explosive night this Friday, October 28 at Neumos. Top Icelandic musicians will join popular locals such as David Bazan, Tomo Nakayama of Grand Hallway, and Shelby Earl. Hlynur Gudjonsson, Consul and Iceland’s Trade Commissioner for North America enthusiastically said, “Last year was an amazing opportunity to experience what happens when two cities so steeped in music collide.” Reykjavik Calling is a collaboration between KEXP, City of Reykjavik, Icelandair, and Iceland Naturally.

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NPR MUSIC FEATURES NEW MUSIC FROM DAVID BAZAN

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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HOQUIAM PREMIERE NEW VIDEO FOR “ZOMBIES OF THE SEA”
September 20, 2010, 12:04 pm
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Seattle Weekly
Damien Jurado and brother, Drake’s collaboration, Hoquiam, is a bit darker than Damien’s solo work, and this video is equally gloomy (in sort of a delightful way!). Check it out below, and look for David Bazan emerging from the sea, zombie style.

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INTERVIEW WITH FOUNDERS OF ONE DAY’S WAGES ABOUT NEW BENEFIT ALBUM
July 6, 2010, 11:09 am
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Puget Sound Business Journal
Last week, Seattle-based nonprofit One Day’s Wages (ODW) released a 21-track benefit album, which is giving 100% of its proceeds to aid in the fight against global poverty. With help from local and national musicians such as Rocky Votolato, David Bazan and Throw Me the Statue, ODW set out to demonstrate the importance of music in issues of social justice; “it is really exciting to give people the opportunity to let them know that their platforms, their voices, do matter.” To read a full interview with ODW founder, Eugene Cho, about the album and ODW’s mission, click on the link above.

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ONE DAY’S WAGES RELEASES BENEFIT ALBUM FEATURING LOCAL MUSIC
June 30, 2010, 12:11 pm
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One Day’s Wages
One Day’s Wages, a Seattle-based nonprofit organization that describes itself as “an international grassroots movement dedicated to ending extreme global poverty,” has announced the release of 21-song compilation, Songs for a Cause, Vol. 1, featuring 21 local and national musicians. The album boasts many impressive Seattle names such as Rocky Votolato, David Bazan, Throw Me the Statue and The Moondoggies. Even more impressive, “100% of the album sales (minus credit card costs) go directly to projects to fight global poverty.” The album can be downloaded at the above address for a donation.

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DAVID BAZAN REEVALUATES ON “CURSE YOUR BRANCHES”
March 4, 2010, 1:27 pm
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Santa Barbara Independent
The Santa Barbara Independent profiled David Bazan and his new solo record, Curse Your Branches, saying, “Pedro the Lion frontman and longtime touchstone of the “indie Christian rock” movement comes clean on his first solo release, Curse Your Branches, and the result is nothing short of awe inspiring.” The tale that the album follows is beyond personal as it is the story of Bazan’s falling out with his faith. “I really did think when I wrote this record that it was going to marginalize me even more because the subject matter was so specific,” Bazan explained. “It’s been a really nice surprise to see that there are so many people who are straddling a very similar line. I do run into a lot of people who are in various stages of this same sort of uncertainty, trying to see their way clear, either to stay in a faith they grew up with, or figure out how to exit it gracefully.” To read the full article, follow the above link.



ART ZONE PROFILES LOCAL FILM AND MUSIC ARTISTS
September 25, 2009, 12:51 pm
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Art Zone is back with a brand new season of great arts programming that highlights local talent. On the latest episode, Art Zone chats up fast rising TV and film star, Joel McHale (“Community”, The Informant!) and persuaded local Barsuk artist, David Bazan, to play a few tunes from his new record.