Seattle Office of Film + Music


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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BIDDING FOR ANDY KOTOWICZ FAMILY FOUNDATION AUCTION NOW OPEN
November 29, 2010, 1:31 pm
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Sub Pop
A CharityBuzz.com auction to benefit the family of Sub Pop’s late and great Andy Kotowicz, is now open for bidding. Launched in support of Kotowicz’s wife and young daughter, the auction features a diverse array of goodies from the likes of Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Muse, The Rolling Stones, Band of Horses and even Conan O’Brien. Thus far the auction has generated more than $15,000 for newly-launched Andy Kotowicz Family foundation, and bidding will remain open until December 14. Says Sub Pop, “[This is a]testament to the very full life lived by our friend. On behalf of Andy’s family and as part of it, we at Sub Pop Records are deeply grateful.” Don’t forget: A benefit concert with performances from some of the Sub Pop’s brightest stars—Shabazz Palaces, Mudhoney, Wolf Eyes, Vetiver and more—will also be held this Saturday, December 4th at Showbox at the Market. For more information about the auction and concert, be sure to check out the links above.

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THE CROCODILE HAILED AS ONE OF THE TEN BEST ROCK VENUES OF ALL TIME
November 15, 2010, 2:55 pm
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Gibson Guitar
Sure, Belltown’s Crocodile Café holds a place near and dear to the hearts of many Seattleites. But now Gibson Guitar is singing The Croc’s praises, recognizing the music club of local legend as one of the ten greatest rock venues of all time. Catapulted into worldwide rock relevance by the grunge explosion of the early nineties, The Crocodile made Gibson’s impressive shortlist for establishing itself as “the prime stomping ground for the burgeoning Seattle music scene”–a legacy which still endures today. In the venue’s relatively short history (it’s only been around 16 years) The Crocodile has played host to big name acts, like R.E.M., Sonic Youth, The Beastie Boys and even Yoko Ono, not to mention some little homegrown bands you might’ve heard of—Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Death Cab for Cutie and Nirvana. You know, just to name a few. For more details or to read the entire list of venues, check out the link.

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CONCERTS FOR ANDY KOTOWICZ

Sound on the Sound
The Seattle music scene has been mourning the loss of Sub Pop’s Andy Kotowicz for a couple weeks now. Blogs, newsletters and supporters have been pouring out their love for Andy in their publications. Pearl Jam has donated an autographed guitar for auction to help with the Andy Kotowicz Family Foundation, and now musicians across the city are coming together for a couple benefit concerts. The first is happening on November 19 at The Sunset and will feature music from The Intelligence, Unnatural Helpers and Partman Parthorse. The second is on December 4 at Showbox at the Market, where bands including A-Frames/AFCGT, Fruit Bats, Mudhoney, Michael Yonkers, Pissed Jeans, Shabazz Palaces, Vetiver and Wolf Eyes will perform in order to raise money for Andy’s wife and young daughter. The first show is 21+, the Showbox show is an all ages event. For more information, follow the link.

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PEARL JAM DONTATES SIGNED GUITAR TO ANDY KOTOWICZ FOUNDATION
November 3, 2010, 11:42 am
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Sub Pop
Pearl Jam is auctioning off an autographed guitar to benefit the family of Andy Kotowicz, the late Vice President of Sales at Sub Pop who tragically passed away in a car accident October 21. “This is just incredibly nice and generous and we are all very grateful,” says the Sub Pop blog and website. “Thanks so much, Pearl Jam and Ten Club.” Proceeds from the auction will go to the Andy Kotowicz Family Foundation, which is also accepting donations via a Sound Community Bank account you can access here . Andy is survived by his wife of 10 years and their young daughter as well as a large extended family. For more information on how to bid for the guitar or on making a donation to the Foundation, be sure to check out the links.

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THREE SEATTLE MUSICIANS MAKE BBC RADIO’S LIST OF GREATEST GUITARISTS
April 12, 2010, 11:25 am
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BBC Radio
BBC Radio’s The Axe Factor recently asked listeners to vote for the greatest guitarist of the last 30 years, and after 30,000 votes, the results are in. Seattle and the Northwest are proudly represented by Kurt Cobain of Nirvana at #20, Mike McCready of Pearl Jam at #23, and Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney at #35. To check out the full list follow the link.



PEARL JAM DONATING $210K TO PLANT TREES AROUND PUGET SOUND
March 29, 2010, 11:29 am
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Puget Sound Business Journal
Pearl Jam is donating $210,000 to the Cascade Land Conservancy to offset carbon emissions from the band’s 2009 world tour. The money will be used to plant about 33 acres in the Puget Sound area with native trees and plants. The conservancy estimates the carbon dioxide emissions from the band’s 32-date tour at about 6,000 tons, based on travel, hotel rooms, show attendance and other factors. In a news release, Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard said Monday that the band views the offset as a cost of doing business.