Seattle Office of Film + Music


LOCAL BANDS ENTERTAIN SEATTLE INTERACTIVE CONFERENCE ATTENDEES

Seattle Post Intelligencer
1980’s sweetheart Mudhoney amused fans at last week’s Seattle Interactive Conference.  The exciting rockers tickled conference attendees with old favorites as they closed out the conference during an intimate performance at the Showbox. The 2-day conference, which yielded over 3,500 people, featured a musical catalog that also included local names like Shabazz Palaces, Presidents of the United States of America, Death Cab for Cutie and Tim Bierman of Pearl Jam’s Ten Club who was featured at a panel discussion on digital music. The Seattle setting for the conference is deemed a “natural destination” for discussions about film, music and the digital world.

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NEW DEATHCAB FOR CUTIE MUSIC VIDEO “HOME IS A FIRE”
May 9, 2011, 2:15 pm
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Obey
Check out the new music video for Death Cab for Cutie’s “Home Is a Fire“, a single from the band’s forthcoming album Codes and Keys. The clip was co-directed by DCFC bassist Nicholas Harmer and visual artist Shepard Fairey (the man behind Obey Propaganda street art). It features color saturated shots of an urban setting literally plastered with Fairey’s wheat paste cut-outs, incorporating lyrics from the song. You can read the artists’ statements, commenting on the intersection of art, music and film, at the link above and watch the music video below.
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DEATH CAB AND FLEET FOXES BOTH GRACE SPIN’S LIST OF “SPRING ALBUMS THAT MATTER MOST”
April 4, 2011, 1:14 pm
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Spin
So the saga of record-release anticipation continues: Already amongst some of 2011’s most buzzed- about new albums, the upcoming offerings from local rockers Death Cab for Cutie (DCFC) and Fleet Foxes have now made SPIN‘s list of the “Spring Albums That Matter Most.” Of Death Cab’s Codes and Keys, which drops May 31, SPIN raves: “The literate and lasting small-time heroes can be said to have led the charge for the scale that indie-rock has achieved in recent years [….]but more important than that is a body of work that has built on itself and expanded its reach. [DCFC’s] Ben Gibbard has intriguingly name-checked Brian Eno’s meditative, all-over-the-place 1975 classic Another Green World.” The title track from the Fleet Foxes’ sophomore effort, Helplessness Blues (out May 3) receives similar high praise: “[….As] with many other so-called “freak folk” bands, there’s nothing very freaky about [Fleet Foxes]. Instead, it’s all guileless folk songs best sung in the sun, with a golden gleam to them that owes in part to sweet vocal harmonizing. [‘Helplessness Blues’] follows suit, sounding like a mash of southern California in the ’70s and Simon & Garfunkel in their prime. Longtime indie studio ace Phil Ek recorded and co-produced with members of the band, who seem like they’ll probably be around for a good while to come.” Read SPIN’s whole feature via the link above.

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SEATTLE’S FORGOTTEN SOUL SCENE “GROOVES” ITS WAY ONTO DVD TODAY

Wheedle’s Groove, the award-winning film chronicling Seattle’s forgotten soul/funk scene of the 60s and 70s, is now available on DVD! With narration by the incomparable Sir Mix-A-Lot, interviews with the stars of Seattle Soul, and commentary from local music icons like Quincy Jones, Kenny G, Soundgarden, Death Cab for Cutie and Mudhoney, the film shines a powerful light on a vibrant and prolific musical movement that “grooved” Seattle decades before the grunge wave that put us on the map. The new DVD—which you can pick up via iTunes, Netflix, Hulu and a host of national retailers– also includes deleted scenes, concert footage, a What’s a Wheedle featurette and more. Also included the DVD special features is the film’s theatrical trailer, which you can peep below in case you just can’t wait until you pick up your own copy of the Groove.

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2011 SASQUATCH MUSIC FESTIVAL LINEUP

Seattle Weekly
The Sasquatch Music Festival has finally unveiled the long awaited list of bands to play the festival this Memorial Day weekend. Showcasing Seattle’s hottest up and coming bands, as well as veritably established artists, the festival will be a feast of local flavor. This year’s lineup includes: Death Cab for Cutie, Modest Mouse, The Head and the Heart, The Moondoggies, Wheedle’s Groove, Mad Rad, The Young Evils and The Globes. The variety of style and stature of the bands playing the festival is what makes it distinctly Pacific Northwestern and a satisfying experience for ears of all ages and musical palettes. And is there a better place to see your favorite hometown bands exposed to direct sunlight for the first time in months than at the Gorge in George? Click the linkage above for more pertinent details on the festival and to see the entire band listing.

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DEATH CAB IS BACK
November 9, 2010, 1:30 pm
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Pitchfork
Local indie sensation Death Cab for Cutie is making headlines with a soon-to-be-released album as well as a photo book by photographer Autumn de Wilde. The album is the first record to be put out by the band since 2008’s Narrow Stairs and features new sounds for the guitar-based group. Frontman Ben Gibbard states about the forthcoming album, “We’re not adding guitars because people will be expecting them… I’m so proud of this album at this point I don’t care if people don’t like it.” The book, released with Chronicle Books and titled simply Death Cab for Cutie, will be in stores on November 17. It collects more than 200 images of Death Cab, both on and off stage, over the past several years.

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DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE COVER “DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME)” ON VH1 CRITICS CHOICE AWARDS
January 21, 2010, 12:45 pm
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