Seattle Office of Film + Music


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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SEATTLE MUSICIANS AND PATAGONIA TEAM UP TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
March 1, 2011, 12:59 pm
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Patagonia
Outdoor apparel company Patagonia is adding a new digital music download on their website to raise money for environmental organizations endorsed by bands. Seattle musicians Pearl Jam and Brandi Carlile and Sub Pop’s Blitzen Trapper are among the artists participating in the initiative, which launches today. The Patagonia Music Collective will offer exclusive tracks for $.99 each, with net proceeds going directly to the environmental organizations of the artists’ preference. Pearl Jam is backing the Conservation International Marine Programs and Brandi Carlile is raising money for Honor the Earth organization. The Patagonia Music Collective is a long term project launching with two volumes of 11 tracks each that can be purchased online or at Patagonia stores. One new benefit track and three emerging tracks will be released weekly. The project’s goal is to foster an artistic and political exchange between musicians, fans, environmental advocates and Patagonia customers. Click the link above to browse the artists and organizations involved and download their songs for a better environment.

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VOLUNTEER TO PLANT PEARL JAM’S TREES IN DISCOVERY PARK
February 22, 2011, 10:45 am
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Green Seattle
Last year, Pearl Jam donated $210,000 to Cascade Land Conservancy to plant 33 acres of native trees in the Puget Sound and affectively mitigate carbon emissions from the band’s 2009 world tour. Now they need your help to plant some of those trees in Discovery Park with the Green Seattle Partnership. The agency is hosting a volunteer event on February 26, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Crews have been hard at work at Discovery Park removing invasive plants, and now they are ready for some extra hands to help in planting native trees and shrubs to re-establish the healthy forest that will mitigate carbon in the atmosphere. There is also another planting event opportunity in Redmond on March 5, from 10:00 am to 02:00 pm at Hartman Park. Volunteers should dress for the weather and come prepared to get their hands dirty; long pants and sleeves, sturdy shoes and a water bottle are highly recommended. Coffee and snacks will be provided for volunteers. Pearl Jam’s donation will fund the urban forestry project and mitigate more than 7,000 metric tons of carbon. Click the link above for more info and to register as a volunteer for one of the planting events.

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CAMERON CROWE ANNOUNCES NEW DOCUMENTARY: “PEARL JAM TWENTY”
January 19, 2011, 2:34 pm
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The Onion
Cameron Crowe is a revered name is both the film and music community. Before he was writing and directing blockbuster films he was writing about music for Rolling Stone. His love and understanding of incredible music is illustrated by the scoring and soundtracks of his movies. Crowe recently directed the music video for Pearl Jam’s “The Fixer” and has been somewhat covertly working on a Pearl Jam documentary since 2009. The documentary will integrate archive footage from the bands 20 year history and will be a conglomeration of live performances, interviews and candid behind the scenes peeks. The film’s debut falls on the Seattle super band’s 20th anniversary and will be accompanied by sound track and book chronicling PJ’s legacy. Hit the link for further education on the upcoming Pearl Jam documentary.

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LOCAL ARTISTS RECOGNIZED BY RECORDING ACADEMY

The Seattle Times
The Recording Academy announced its nominations for this year’s Grammy’s. While acts like Eminem, Lady Gaga and Jay-Z lead with the most nominations, several Northwest bands are represented in the listings. In the best hard-rock category, Seattle’s Alice and Chains and Soundgarden as well as former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl were recognized. Pearl Jam’s Backspacer was nominated for best rock album and Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds’ Kundalini Bonfire earned a nod in the best rock instrumental performance category. Kenny G’s Heart and Soul and Portland’s Band of Horses’ Infinite Arms were also nominated. For a full listing of the nominations, follow the link.

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