Seattle Office of Film + Music


PORTLANDIA RETURNS THIS WEEK WITH A LOCAL CELEBRITY
January 3, 2012, 1:47 pm
Filed under: Film, Music, tv | Tags: ,

Pitchfork
The new season of the popular television show, “Portlandia,” kicks off this Friday on IFC, however Pitchfork has posted a sneak-preview for eager fans. The first episode of the second season features local celebrity Eddie Vedder. The episode is “Battlestar Galactica”-themed,  and offers just as much humor as the first season.

Bookmark and Share


BIG-NAME MUSICIANS MAKE CAMEO APPEARANCES ON PORTLANDIA
November 10, 2011, 11:41 am
Filed under: Music, tv | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Cinema Blend
Luminaries of the musical world take on the set of Portlandia for its second season, kicking off at the start of next year. The comedy-hit nails the vibe of the Northwest and its residents, from the locavore mentality and raising the bar on living “green,” to independent bookshops and the impulse to “put a bird” on everything. The show has rallied Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder to have a stab at satirical acting.  Other celebrity musicians include Isaac Brock (Modest Mouse), Steve Jones (Sex Pistols) Johnny Marr (The Smiths), singer/songwriter Joanna Newsom, and Annie Clark (St. Vincent).

Bookmark and Share


SEATTLE MUSIC SCENE’S TIES TO WEST MEMPHIS THREE
August 22, 2011, 3:14 pm
Filed under: Miscellaneous | Tags: , , , ,

Billboard
Three men who were convicted as teenagers for the murder of three 8-year-old boys in 1994 were recently set free thanks to new DNA evidence showing they were not at the crime scene. The West Memphis Three, as the formerly-imprisoned men were known, were the subject of countless articles and two documentary films. Those documentaries caught the attention of musicians like Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, who became one of the most fervent supporters of freeing the West Memphis Three. Along with Seattle band the Supersuckers, Vedder recorded a song titled “Poor Girl” for a 2000 West Memphis Three benefit CD. He was in the courtroom last week during the proceedings; he sat with defendant Damien Echols’ wife, Lorri, and hugged Damien upon his release. Danny Bland, a local record label owner also inspired by the West Memphis Three documentaries, utilized his close ties to acts like the Supersuckers, L7, Steve Earle, and Vedder to produce a benefit CD in 2000 called Free The West Memphis Three: A Benefit for Truth & Justice. The disc also includes tracks from Tom Waits, Joe Strummer, and a reunited Killing Joke.

Bookmark and Share


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

SSG Music
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.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

EDDIE VEDDER, DAVE GROHL AND PAT SMEAR JOIN MIK…, posted with vodpod
Bookmark and Share


EDDIE VEDDER TO RELEASE SOLO ALBUM AND FILM
March 23, 2011, 9:42 am
Filed under: Film, Music | Tags: , , ,

Pearl Jam
Eddie Vedder just announced he will be releasing his second solo album entitled Ukulele Songs and a live concert DVD Water on the Road. The record self-explanatorily includes Vedder jamming on a ukulele, performing original songs and covers. Collaborative guests include Cat Power’s Chan Marshall, Glen Hansard of the Frames and the Swell Season. A new uke’d over recording of Pearl Jams’ song “Can’t Keep” is also featured on the album. Water on the Road, Vedder’s first solo concert film, was directed by Brendan Canty of Fugazi and Christoph Green at a pair of shows in Washington, D.C. in August of 2008. That set will include several songs from Vedder’s soundtrack for the film Into the Wild along with early versions of Ukulele Songs tracks, covers and relatively obscure Pearl Jam numbers such as “Sometimes,” “Driftin'” and “Around the Bend.” The first single from the album, “Longing to Belong,” is now available for digital download. Check out the single and more info on the album on Pearl Jam’s website at the link above.

Bookmark and Share


Dave Matthews, Eddie Vedder to Help Celebrate Pete Seeger’s 90th
March 18, 2009, 10:42 am
Filed under: Music | Tags: , ,

Rolling Stone:
Bruce Springsteen, Dave Matthews, Eddie Vedder, Tom Morello and dozens of other musicians will help Pete Seeger celebrate his 90th birthday May 3rd, during a concert at Madison Square Garden. The concert — which will also feature performances of the folk icon’s songs by Warren Haynes, Joan Baez, Arlo Guthrie, Emmylou Harris and Kris Kristofferson — will benefit the Clearwater organization, organizers announced this morning.



Eddie Vedder Joins John Doe and Exene Cervenka’s Knitters to Party For Obama in Seattle
January 22, 2009, 11:09 am
Filed under: Music | Tags: , ,

Rolling Stone:
The country’s best inauguration party Tuesday night turned out to be in the other Washington: At Seattle’s tiny Tractor Tavern club, the Knitters (the rootsy side band led by X’s John Doe and Exene Cervenka) played a Americana-soaked barnstormer of a show — complete with a guest appearance by Eddie Vedder. Doe invited Vedder onstage to duet with Cervenka on a gleefully frenzied version of X’s 1983 tune “The New World,” with its sardonic lyrics about another election: “It was better before they voted for what’s his name.”