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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LOCAL BANDS ENTERTAIN SEATTLE INTERACTIVE CONFERENCE ATTENDEES

Seattle Post Intelligencer
1980’s sweetheart Mudhoney amused fans at last week’s Seattle Interactive Conference.  The exciting rockers tickled conference attendees with old favorites as they closed out the conference during an intimate performance at the Showbox. The 2-day conference, which yielded over 3,500 people, featured a musical catalog that also included local names like Shabazz Palaces, Presidents of the United States of America, Death Cab for Cutie and Tim Bierman of Pearl Jam’s Ten Club who was featured at a panel discussion on digital music. The Seattle setting for the conference is deemed a “natural destination” for discussions about film, music and the digital world.

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CBS NEWS DISCUSSES NEW PEARL JAM DOCUMENTARY
September 20, 2011, 10:52 am
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CBS News
It has been two decades since Pearl Jam exploded onto the rock scene, and lately there has been a thick fog of nostalgia that has settled on the music world.  Their debut album, Ten, launched the band onto the mainstream arena and forever branded their unique sound in ears of listeners. Twenty years later, Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous, Singles), a long-time friend and fan, is ready to share his latest documentary that chronicles the life, accomplishments and music of the band.  Crowe blends performance footage with talking heads and narration, and the combination paints a heart-warming portrait of the musicians. The film has premiered in theaters around town and will play on PBS in October.

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WATCH NEW STAR ANNA VIDEO SHOT BY KONTENT PARTNERS

Kontent Partners
Seattle based creative production house, Kontent Partners, recently collaborated with Rachel Flotard/Local 638 Records, Pearl Jam and their distribution network Monkey Wrench, to produce the music video for “Alone in This Together,” the title track off the new album by Star Anna and the Laughing Dogs.

Directed by Craig Brooks and Lindsay Daniels, the video was shot over a single day in an abandoned, turn of the century home in Seward Park. The video supports the band’s performance at the Pearl Jam 20 Destination Weekend on September 3/4, and the September 8 kick off of their West Coast tour.

“Shooting in Seattle not only helped logistically, but retained the soul and authenticity of the Northwest-rooted band,” said Brooks.

Kontent Partners assembled over 18 of some of the best Seattle film crew to execute an incredibly ambitious production schedule.

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SEATTLE MUSIC SCENE’S TIES TO WEST MEMPHIS THREE
August 22, 2011, 3:14 pm
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Billboard
Three men who were convicted as teenagers for the murder of three 8-year-old boys in 1994 were recently set free thanks to new DNA evidence showing they were not at the crime scene. The West Memphis Three, as the formerly-imprisoned men were known, were the subject of countless articles and two documentary films. Those documentaries caught the attention of musicians like Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, who became one of the most fervent supporters of freeing the West Memphis Three. Along with Seattle band the Supersuckers, Vedder recorded a song titled “Poor Girl” for a 2000 West Memphis Three benefit CD. He was in the courtroom last week during the proceedings; he sat with defendant Damien Echols’ wife, Lorri, and hugged Damien upon his release. Danny Bland, a local record label owner also inspired by the West Memphis Three documentaries, utilized his close ties to acts like the Supersuckers, L7, Steve Earle, and Vedder to produce a benefit CD in 2000 called Free The West Memphis Three: A Benefit for Truth & Justice. The disc also includes tracks from Tom Waits, Joe Strummer, and a reunited Killing Joke.

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EMP SCREENS ICONIC GRUNGE DOCUMENTARY NEXT WEEK

EMP
Hype! came out in 1996 soon after the, um, hype surrounding grunge music pushed the genre into the mainstream and simultaneously thrust Seattle into the national spotlight. Director Doug Pray masterfully captured the history and development of the movement and how the subsequent media exposure eventually led to public backlash. Documented are key interviews and performances by bands that put grunge on the map, including Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Tad, Fastbacks, and many more. An excellent companion piece to the EMP’s current exhibit, Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses, the museum will screen Hype! next week with Pray in attendance to participate in a post-screening Q & A.

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SEATTLE INTERACTIVE CONFERENCE DEBUTS IN NOVEMBER

KING 5 News
Organizers are following in the pioneering footsteps of Austin’s SXSW music, film and interactive conference with the announcement of the first-ever Seattle Interactive Conference. Scheduled to take place in November at the Washington State Convention Center, the event will be a two-day affair aimed at bringing together the most innovative minds in technology, creativity and business into one place. Expect rousing keynote speakers, informative panels, lively debates, citywide networking events, and plenty of parties. In a nod to true Seattle culture, there will also be a “Battle of the Geek Bands” to honor hometown heroes Pearl Jam on their 20th anniversary as a band.

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HARD ROCK CAFE SEATTLE: ROCK AMBASSADOR FOR THE CITY OF MUSIC

Hard Rock Cafe Seattle
The Seattle Tour of Music
Seattle City of Music
In partnership with the Seattle Office of Film + Music and the Seattle Music Commission, the Hard Rock Cafe Seattle will serve as the City of Music’s Rock Ambassador. Now visitors can pick up a brochure at the Hard Rock Cafe Seattle’s Rock Shop that introduces some of the city’s top live music venues. Additionally, visitors can book The Seattle Tour of Music at the cafe. Hosted by White Moustache Urban Adventure Company, the two-hour tour takes guests through the streets of Seattle to see where legends created the music that made our city famous. Featured musicians include Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, Heart, Pearl Jam, Ray Charles, and more. At the end of the tour, guests will return to the Hard Rock Cafe Seattle and view memorabilia specific to the Seattle music scene. “We love that people who come to the Hard Rock Café will learn about Seattle’s history of music before going to see history in the making at our live-music venues,” said Mayor Mike McGinn. The City of Music Initiative was conceived in October 2008, its purpose being to honor Seattle’s rich music history, to celebrate its ongoing importance to the city’s economy and culture, and to further enhance Seattle’s renowned music culture. The initiative is led by the 21-member Seattle Music Commission and strives to grow Seattle as a city of musicians, live music, and music business by creating action that enhances the climate for the music industry. Click the links above to learn more about the Hard Rock Cafe, The Seattle Tour of Music, and the City of Music Initiative.

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EDDIE VEDDER, DAVE GROHL AND PAT SMEAR JOIN MIKE WATT ON STAGE AT THE TRIPLE DOOR

SSG Music
It’s understandable that someone like Mike Watt, former bassist of legendary punk band Minutemen, would have a bevy of celebrity musician friends. But his performance at the Triple Door last night was an unprecedented throwback to Seattle’s grunge years when Eddie Vedder (of Pearl Jam), Dave Grohl (of Foo Fighters and Nirvana), and Pat Smear (also of Foo Fighters and Nirvana) joined Watt onstage for a 10 minute-long jam session. The stunt was a huge surprise for everyone, but it’s not the first time Watt has worked with some of these grunge superstars. Back in the mid-nineties, he recruited Vedder and Grohl to be his touring band after the release of his first solo album, Ball-Hog or Tugboat? Check the video below to see Watt rock out with Grohl on drums, Smear on guitar, and Vedder on vocals and guitar.

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EDDIE VEDDER TO RELEASE SOLO ALBUM AND FILM
March 23, 2011, 9:42 am
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Pearl Jam
Eddie Vedder just announced he will be releasing his second solo album entitled Ukulele Songs and a live concert DVD Water on the Road. The record self-explanatorily includes Vedder jamming on a ukulele, performing original songs and covers. Collaborative guests include Cat Power’s Chan Marshall, Glen Hansard of the Frames and the Swell Season. A new uke’d over recording of Pearl Jams’ song “Can’t Keep” is also featured on the album. Water on the Road, Vedder’s first solo concert film, was directed by Brendan Canty of Fugazi and Christoph Green at a pair of shows in Washington, D.C. in August of 2008. That set will include several songs from Vedder’s soundtrack for the film Into the Wild along with early versions of Ukulele Songs tracks, covers and relatively obscure Pearl Jam numbers such as “Sometimes,” “Driftin'” and “Around the Bend.” The first single from the album, “Longing to Belong,” is now available for digital download. Check out the single and more info on the album on Pearl Jam’s website at the link above.

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