Seattle Office of Film + Music


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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DAMIEN JURADO PLAYS AN “EXTRA SPECIAL” TINY DESK SET
March 22, 2011, 11:27 am
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Seattle singer-songwriter (and SXSW 2011 alum) Damien Jurado left quite the impression when he performed a set for NPR’s lauded Tiny Desk concert series late last month: “This one [was] special,” Tiny Desk’s Stephen Thompson and Mike Katzif agreed when reviewing the performance footage. “Though Jurado throws in a fantastic unreleased song here (“Newspaper Gown”), this material comes from a 2010 album called Saint Bartlett. And, as marvelous as these pieces sound in their official form, it’s hard to top how they come off at the Tiny Desk — it’s just a big dude playing sad songs, his eyes pinched shut as if to make it easier to be alone with the music, but the performance is perfect the way it is.” Have a look for yourself below.

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SXSW SEATTLE BANDS MEDIA OUTFLUX
March 14, 2011, 4:19 pm
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Tea Cozies
In hot anticipation for SXSW we present you with a new music video from Tea Cozies created by Seattle based production studio Loaded Pictures. But that’s not all people! Beloved Seattle foot stompin’ folk rock band The Head and the Heart was recently featured on NPR’s World Café. Check out the live on-air, soul filled session that will surely treat your noggin and cardioid ticker (head and heart) to glowing musical goodness. Just below you can watch the Tea Cozies’ new extra-terrestrial inspired music video of galactic proportions and get psyched up for SXSW and Seattle music.

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KPLU AND NPR REVEAL YOUR PICKS FOR “THE JAZZ 100”
February 7, 2011, 1:04 pm
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For three weeks in January, local radio station KPLU, its all-jazz webstreaming site Jazz24.org and NPR Music asked listeners for help in developing a list of the 100 quintessential jazz songs of all time–and today, this “Jazz 100” will be revealed. Starting February 7, listeners will be able to view the list in its entirety and can even stream the whole jazzy repertoire at KPLU, Jazz24 and NPR’s web portals. Over 2,800 people submitted song titles for consideration in “The Jazz 100,” yielding 1,500 unique tunes that the KPLU/Jazz24 staff painstakingly narrowed down to create a public voting ballot. After more than 11,000 cast their votes, the final list was decided. “This is the biggest online response we’ve ever seen from listeners and visitors,” says Joey Cohn, KPLU Director of Content. “This really struck a chord (no pun intended) with people [and] I think what we now have is the most definitive list of the greatest jazz songs of all-time.” For more information, follow the above link and be sure to check out “The Jazz 100” when it goes live today!

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THE LONELY FOREST BALLAD IS NPR’S SONG OF THE DAY
February 3, 2011, 4:33 pm
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“Turn Off This Song,” from local indie pop troupe The Lonely Forest is NPR’s Song of the Day. Citing The Lonely Forest’s rising status within the Pacific Northwest music scene, NPR describes the group’s sound as both “playful and emotionally gripping”: “Turn off this song / Find someone to love / Turn off this song / You can listen to it later / Go outside,” singer John Van Deusen implores, implicating himself as just another navel-gazing narcissist in need of some fresh air. As his band ebbs and swells in perfect concert, “Turn Off This Song” serves as a catchy call to arms, not to mention one of the best and most honest slices of pop music around.” Have a listen to the tune for yourself via the above link.

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MAD RAD FEATURED ON NPR AND LIVE IN-STUDIO @ KEXP
January 26, 2011, 3:27 pm
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Seattle rap quartet Mad Rad are locally known for their mischievous hijinx and rapscallion antics on-stage so seeing them featured on progressive, do-gooder NPR tickles the funny bone ever so slightly. But in all seriousness the boys of Mad Rad deserve the time in the liberal limelight, especially considering their newest album release Youth Die Young is so madly radical. Check out their live on-air performance at KEXP below and click the link above to teleport to the wonderful world of NPR and listen to a few Mad Rad tracks.

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BRAD FEATURED ON TODAY’S NPR WORLD CAFE
January 12, 2011, 1:59 pm
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NPR’s World Café got a taste of Seattle this morning when it featured a few of our city’s favorite rockers. Comprised of legendary local musicians, Brad was formed back in 1992 and is still rockin’ it today. Members include Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam, Shawn Smith and Regan Hagar of Pigeonhed and Jeremy Toback. Although they have plenty on their musical plate, the boys of Brad are committed to this collaboration, and their new tracks are a testament to this. Click the link above to listen to “Talk,” “Low,” “Believe in Yourself,” “Buttercup” and the exclusive interview.

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THE HEAD AND THE HEART: SWEEPING THE STATES
September 14, 2010, 10:55 am
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NPR features The Head and the Heart’s live session on KEXP today on their “Favorite Sessions” section of the site. The accompanying article, written by Seattle Weekly and KEXP’s Hannah Levin, reads, “While the Seattle music community continually cultivates new talent, few young Northwest bands have experienced as steep and rapid a trajectory of success as The Head and the Heart.” Follow the link to listen to the full session and read the article.

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NPR AND MUSIC
July 28, 2010, 11:14 am
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Seattle Weekly
These days there are tons of ways to expose oneself to new music, listen to tunes for free and participate in musical conversations. Lesser-known groups promote their music and events on Myspace. Indie-lovers head over to Pitchfork for its latest and greatest hipster hits. But one of the most well-rounded and thoughtful must-read sites is NPR, whose music sections allow listeners to stream albums for free, readers to garner more biographic information about artists and enthusiasts to purchase new music. Among all the recent hand-wringing over how to battle disastrous record sales, the death of radio and the demise of good music journalism, NPR seems to have something artists crave… they have customers who are curious and actually buy music. Several Seattle artists have recently been prominently featured on the site’s “Song of the Day” section, including Perfume Genius, Ivan & Alyosha and Melvins. To read the full article about the evolution of NPR’s music journalism, follow the link.

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DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE FEATURED ON NPR
October 5, 2009, 11:00 am
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Death Cab for Cutie started out as the solo project of engineering student Ben Gibbard. While he was attending college in Washington state, Gibbard performed on the side and recorded a demo that found a unexpected following. Gathering members with the help of producer and multi-instrumentalist Chris Walla, the group began to record and hit local venues. Word spread quickly about the Bellingham band’s sweet, sincere pop. Years later, Death Cab for Cutie has scored multiple Grammy nominations and toured internationally, but it hasn’t lost the ability to express accessible and powerful emotions in its music. For the full story, check out the above link.