Seattle Office of Film + Music


THE RISING FORCE OF MT. FUJI RECORDS

Crosscut
Travis Hay at Crosscut writes, “There’s no denying 2009 been a great year for Seattle music. It’s the year The Crocodile was resurrected, Pearl Jam pushed itself its back way rock relevance, and hip hop hit hard. But when the local music history books are written, the final year of this decade might be remembered best for Michael Jaworski and his record label Mt. Fuji Records…. Mt. Fuji’s roster of local talent rivals that of just about any Northwest indie label and all of its releases seem to spotlight the depth and diversity of the city’s rock scene.” Read the full feature on the local label at the above link.



GIVE IT UP FOR ‘GIVE,’ A DOWNLOADABLE BENEFIT COMPILATION FEATURING AN ALL-STAR LINEUP OF SEATTLE BANDS

Seattle Times
There’s zero downside to “GIVE,” a downloadable benefit compilation of 30 genre-spanning songs by Seattle musicians. At $7, you’re paying less than a quarter per song. Every cent of that $7 goes toward local hunger relief and arts education. Each of the songs — most of them exclusive — is good. “GIVE” is the sort of big city/small pond collaboration that could only happen in Seattle. Every facet — music, engineering, graphic design, server space, organization, promotion, etc. — was donated. From the sponsors to the bands, “GIVE” demonstrates the Seattle music community is all things to all people, if the people are willing to dig a little. Bands include Fleet Foxes, the Moondoggies, Visqueen, the Saturday Knights, the Maldives, Grand Archives, Cave Singers, Gabriel Mintz, Arthur & Yu, Talbot Tagora, Hey Marseilles, Pearly Gate Music, Tea Cozies, Fatal Lucciauno, Fresh Espresso, Josh Morrison, Sera Cahoone, Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band. “GIVE” is available for download today, November 17th.



WIN A PAIR OF WRISTBANDS TO REVERB THIS SATURDAY!
October 1, 2009, 2:44 pm
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Seattle Weeklymaldives
As you’re surely aware, this Saturday, The Seattle Weekly’s local music festival, REVERB, will take place in Ballard. The Maldives, the Girls, Champage Champagne, THEE Satisfaction and a whole bunch of other awesome artists will be performing (for the full line-up and schedule, check their website.) While wristbands are already dirt-cheap,the Weekly is giving away six pairs of wristbands, which will get you in to all ten venues participating in the festival on Saturday. Unless you’re underage, in which case you’ll need to let them know so they can get you an all-ages wristband (which still gets you into four venues: Salmon Bay Eagles, New York Fashion Academy, Hattie’s Hat and the Ballard Loft). Just send them an e-mail at giveaways@seattleweekly.com today before 5 p.m. with REVERB in the subject heading and your full name in the body of the e-mail (and the type of wristband you need). Winners will be selected at random and alerted shortly after 5 p.m. on Thursday.



TRACTOR TAVERN KEEPS ON TRUCKIN’ 15 YEARS LATER
August 24, 2009, 2:50 pm
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Seattle TimesTractor
There is a tractor in the Tractor Tavern. It hangs above the far wall in the Ballard Avenue haunt, rust-colored and soft-edged, easy to miss in the low light and swirl of music and conversation. This tractor — a 5- by 8-foot oil painting by local artist and longtime Tractor bartender Dan Amell — could be considered the tractor, because, 15 years ago this month, it gave a name to what’s now one of the longest-lived music venues in Seattle. The Tractor Tavern’s 15th anniversary season kicks off with a CD-release party for the Maldives album “Listen to the Thunder” this Thursday night at 9:00 pm. The anniversary celebrations continue on Friday and Saturday nights; bands include the Moondoggies, North Twin, 17th Chapter, Shim and more.