Seattle Office of Film + Music


FLEET FOXES’ ROBIN PECKNOLD ON THE COVER OF SPIN MAGAZINE

Sub Pop Records
Seattle music aficionados may do a double-take in the magazine aisle this month when they catch Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold on the cover of SPIN Magazine’s May 2011 issue. The well-respected music rag heralds the band’s newest album, Helplessness Blues, as the most beautiful album of 2011. The record is receiving early positive praise ahead of its May 3 release date from many news outlets, including British newspaper The Guardian and prominent music blog Stereogum. Those interested can also listen to Helplessness Blues in its entirety over at NPR Music as part of NPR Music’s First Listen series.

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RECORD STORE DAY IS THIS SATURDAY!
April 15, 2011, 10:48 am
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The Stranger
This Saturday, April 16, is Record Store Day, the favorite holiday of all album collecting, bargain relishing and vinyl bin digging music lovers. It is the day to celebrates the endless joys of shopping at your local record store such as: scoring your favorite band’s new album the day it hits the shelf, getting an amazing recommendation from the friendly guy/gal at the counter or finding the used record of your dreams at an unthinkable price. Record stores open their doors early and keep them open late so you can enjoy discount prices and other perks highlighted on very special day. This Record Store Day will feature special limited releases from Seattle bands– Damien Jurado, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Fleet Foxes and Death Cab For Cutie to name a few . Don’t forget to take a break from bargain buying to catch a live performance or album signing: The Head and the Heart will light up Easy Street Records in Queen Anne; Sonic Boom Records, Ballard will get some THATH action as well; Grieves & Budo will be signing albums and autographs at the West Seattle Easy Street; Massy Ferguson, Zoe Muth, and The Tea Cozies will be rocking out at the Queen Anne Silver Platters; and Moondoggies and Telekinesis will play in-store sessions at Sonic Boom Records on Capitol Hill. For more info on store discounts, performance and signing times and more Record Store Day lore, click on the link above. To celebrate the holiday we bring you new live footage from the Fleet Foxes’ performance at Columbia City Theater last night.

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RECORD STORE DAY IS THIS SATURDAY!, posted with vodpod

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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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FLEET FOXES RELEASE VIDEO FOR NEW “HELPLESSNESS BLUES” TRACK
March 31, 2011, 12:12 pm
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SUBPOP
Yesterday the Fleet Foxes doubled-down on Helplessness Blues action with a new video release for a new song off their upcoming album (which drops May 3 via Sub Pop–like you didn’t already know). The video, for the track “Grown Ocean,” features lush Pacific NW scenery as well as some bearded behind-the-scenes banter with the Seattle folk rockers. Have a look and listen below.

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FLEET FOXES AUCTION OFF NEW ALBUM FOR JAPAN RELIEF FUND
March 23, 2011, 9:47 am
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eBay
Large-hearted Seattle folk-rock band Fleet Foxes have put the test pressing (vinyl record) of their highly anticipated new album, Helplessness Blues, on eBay, with 100% of the sale proceeds to benefit the Global Giving Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund. The auction winner will be the not only feel like a hero for their charitable donation, but also may find themselves in the company of many newfound friends, eager to listen to the Fleet Foxes album, which is slated to make its debut May 3. Alas, there can be only one lucky winner, so quell the “Helplessness Blues” of your impatience for the new album with this freshly-released preview track, “Battery Kinzie.” Also be sure to follow the link above to check out the record auction and make a bid on great music for a grand cause.

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NEW FLEET FOXES TRACK GRACES AIRWAVES, UPCOMING RECORD RELEASE EXCITEMENT
January 31, 2011, 1:59 pm
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Fleet Foxes
If you also made the unforgivable error of not tuning in to KEXP this morning to hear the new Fleet Foxes single, the always dependable interweb has got our back. Links and streams of the new title track “Helplessness Blues” have spread like wildfire all over the net and have started a flurry of hype for one of the most beloved Seattle bands to date. Sub Pop will release the band’s sophomore album on May 3 and that same night you can see the boys grace the stage of the most fitting venue in town for such rich folk brilliance, the Moore Theater. The list of their upcoming tour dates is expansive in space and compressed in time, hitting a myriad of major US and European cities in a single month. Hopefully the Foxes have had time to hibernate this winter and will be ready for the rigors of the road. If you haven’t heard the song yet, or if you just can’t get enough, utilize the link above to transport to the band’s site and check out the funky album art as well.

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KATE BECKER’S ROCKING REDMOND
November 8, 2010, 12:33 pm
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Seattle Times
Kate Becker is one of Seattle’s coolest figures. Hopefully, as someone who cares about music and the arts in Seattle, you’re already familiar with Becker. If not, Andrew Matson of The Seattle Times is happy to share what he’s learned about the venerable music lover, venue founder and educator. The article above focuses mostly on Becker’s work between 1992 and 2002, when she opened and managed the Old Fire House Teen Center in Redmond. The center was a place for “nontraditional kids” to play music, learn lessons of tolerance, safely party and escape the confines of suburbia. Members of Modest Mouse, Fleet Foxes, Gossip, Sunny Day Real Estate and Flexions are just a few of the hundreds of young musicians supported and nurtured by Kate Becker and the Fire House. The successes of the Fire House lead directly to the founding of the Vera Project, an all-ages venue whose success continues today. To read more about Redmond in the ‘90s, all-age venues and Kate Becker, click the link above.

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