Seattle Office of Film + Music


BIG-NAME MUSICIANS MAKE CAMEO APPEARANCES ON PORTLANDIA
November 10, 2011, 11:41 am
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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).

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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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“BETWEEN THE GROOVES”: MODEST MOUSE
November 9, 2010, 1:20 pm
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PopMatters
In the latest installment of its “Between the Grooves” series, PopMatters offers a fascinating, in-depth examination of “Teeth Like God’s Shoeshine,” a hidden gem of a song from those illustrious indie rockers from the Eastside, Modest Mouse. The feature analyzes the track, off the band’s 1997 album The Lonesome Crowded West, line-by-line, offering telling insight into the formative days of the group. The verdict: “Teeth Like God’s Shoeshine” is “a seven-minute trip of singular revelation, [that] introduces Modest Mouse as a force impossible to ignore.” To read the full article, check out the link.

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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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BLACK EYED PEAS, MODEST MOUSE DRAW BIGGEST BUMBERSHOOT CROWD
September 8, 2009, 12:57 pm
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Rolling StonebumbershootRS
After 36 hours of wet, discouraging weather, Bumbershoot saw its biggest crowds on Monday for final-day headliners Modest Mouse, Franz Ferdinand and Black Eyed Peas. Props to the young music fans of the Pacific Northwest: without enthusiastic teens and 20-somethings braving the dreary conditions, this year’s festival would’ve been a literal washout. Local love: The Cave Singers sang beneath the Space Needle, Truckasauras rolled through EMP, and Wallpaper (actually from Auburn, Washington) covered their own greatest hits. Bumbershoot had its troubles this year, but Northwest talent wasn’t one.



MODEST MOUSE COLLECT SINGLES ON EP

Pitchforkmodest mouse
Issac Brock and company have finally revealed the full EP release details. No One’s First, And You’re Next is out digitally and on CD August 4 with a vinyl release to follow August 18, via Epic. In addition to the six tracks from their recent singles, the EP also includes “King Rat”, a 2007 promo single that Heath Ledger shot a video for, and “I’ve Got It All (Most)”, the out-of-print “Float On” B-side. For a full track list follow the above link.



YEAH YEAH YEAHS, OLD 97’S, COLD WAR KIDS ROUND OUT BUMBERSHOOT 2009 LINEUP

Seattle Weeklyyeah-yeah-yeahs
In case you haven’t heard, Yeah Yeah Yeahs (who you saw at Sasquatch!), Old 97’s (who you saw at B-Shoot last year), and Cold War Kids (who you saw at The Showbox in April) top the list of the final Bumbershoot lineup announced this weekend. They join Katy Perry, The Long Winters, Sheryl Crow, Modest Mouse, and … the list goes on forever, at the Seattle Center September 5-7.