Seattle Office of Film + Music


Seattle Shows Off What It’s Made of at SXSW

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Come March every year, Austin, Texas is ablaze with beats, lyrics, and melodies. The normally musically-oriented city raises the volume several notches for the annual SXSW music (and film/interactive) festival. For one week, the city is cloaked in the sounds of native and non-native musicians. This year, THEESatisfaction will take to the high-profile stages of the festival and flaunt some Seattle-made sounds. SXSW is not only a venue for emerging artists to showcase their music, it is also known to provide some much-deserved recognition for newbies. In recent years, Seattle-originating Fleet Foxes and Shabazz Palaces built quite a stir around themselves, leading to some international buzz and helping launch their careers to a new level.



MUSICIANS SHARE THEIR TOP-TEN LISTS OF THE YEAR

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Interested in what your favorite artist will be listening to and watching over holiday break? Top artists from the year share their top picks from the year. Among the artists who divulged their favorites are THEESatisfaction, Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes, and Ishmael Butler of Shabazz Palaces. While Ishamel takes a slightly random approach and touches on everything from his favorite day of the year to his favorite view, Robin and THEESatisfaction stick to music and movies. Robin’s top-ten playlist on Spotify includes Kurt Vile, Portishead, and The Walkmen. The ladies of THEESatisfaction’s movie archive is robust with flicks like Whatever Happened to Baby Jane, The Nutty Professor, and Mary Poppins.

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NPR POINTS TO SEVERAL SEATTLE BANDS FOR BEST OF 2011
December 19, 2011, 10:35 am
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NPR
NPR music experts recently published their top five “Must-Hear” artists of 2011. Local Seattle band Pickwick made the list. NPR says that the band’s “insidious, slinky jams worm their way into your brain and plant their unshakeable melodies and groove.”  Other honorable mentions include popular local groups like Fleet Foxes and Shabazz Palaces, among the likes of international sensations such as Bon Iver, Wilco and Raphael Saadiq.

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NORTHWEST BANDS LAND AMONG BEST ALBUMS OF 2011
December 12, 2011, 11:47 am
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We’ve written extensively about Fleet Foxes’ Helplessness Blues, but not without good reason. The NW band is making waves in the national music scene, garnering accolades left and right, even a GRAMMY nomination for best album. Rolling Stone Magazine seems to agree, listing the album at no. 4 in the top 50 best albums of 2011. Helplessness Blues was also listed at No. 12 in Uncut’s “Top 50” list as well.

Fleet Foxes aren’t the only NW band to be recognized this year. Portland’s The Decemberists came out with The King is Dead earlier this year, debuting at the top of the US album chart. Rolling Stone Magazine listed the album at #7 in their best albums of 2011. The hit single, Down by the Water from the aforementioned album, has also been nominated for a GRAMMY.

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FLEET FOXES RELEASE “THE SHRINE/AN ARGUMENT” VIDEO
November 21, 2011, 11:19 am
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Fleet Foxes released their newest music video this morning (which has already garnered over 30 thousand views) for their song “The Shrine/An Argument,” Directed by frontman Robin Pecknold’s brother, Sean Pecknold. The eight-minute piece was included on the band’s album Helplessness Blues, released earlier this year. Watch the video, co-animated by Sean Pecknold and Britta Johnson, below.

(HD, headphones and full screen are recommended for the best viewing experience!)

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STEREOGUM FEATURES FREE FLEET FOXES MP3
September 8, 2011, 9:14 am
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Stereogum
Seattle’s adored Fleet Foxes, natives of Seattle and prized for being scrupulously raw and tender in their lyrics and melodies, played a show at the Paramount Theater earlier this week.  One tech-savvy audience member caught a respectable recording with their iPhone. The MP3 highlights frontman Robin Pecknold as he shares a new solo acoustic tune named “August Night”.  Stereogum, a national MP3 and music news blog, has brought the recording online, and it is now available to download for free off of their homepage.



NPR MUSIC WILL WEBCAST FLEET FOXES CONCERT TONIGHT
May 10, 2011, 12:16 pm
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NPR Music
If you missed Fleet Foxes’ two sold-out shows at Seattle’s Moore Theater last week, tonight could be your golden opportunity! NPR Music will live webcast the band’s performance from Stubb’s Barbecue in Austin Texas. The concert will be available in both audio and video formats. Fleet Foxes recently embarked on a North American and European tour in support of the band’s lush new album titled Helplessness Blues. It’s the group’s sophomore effort and was released May 3 on local label Sub Pop. Remember to tune in at 6:30 PM Pacific time via the above link to listen to Fleet Foxes perform live in Austin.

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