Seattle Office of Film + Music


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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POST-SXSW REVIEW: SEATTLE MUSIC IN THE MEDIA SPOTLIGHT

SXSW 2011
Alas, the week-long cultural cornucopia that is SXSW has come to an end. But fear not festival revelers: Thanks to the interwebs/media machine, this year’s conference lives on—and the musical presence of Seattle artists still lingers. The LA Times’ Pop & Hiss list of the “Artists, Quotes and Fights That Made an Impression” at SXSW 2011 includes a “hearty” mention of local indie-rockers The Head and the Heart (HATH) : “[This] band appears to be the real deal [….Theirs] is detail-oriented roots music, with violin-led slow-burners and harder-edged songs that shake like horses on a stampede.” The article also cites festival insights from Barsuk Records chief Josh Rosenfeld and Visqueen/Cobirds Unite’s Rachel Flotard. NPR sings the praises of HATH as well, in a SXSW retrospective that touts Seattle hip-hop troupe Shabazz Palaces to boot. Music critic Jon Pareles similarly opines on the laptop-fueled “electronic abstractions” of Shabazz in a New York Times featurethat explores SXSW’s critical mass and evolving interactive platforms. Finally, The Seattle Times’ Andrew Matson wraps up his local blog coverage of the fest with plenty of performance reviews, photos and videos not to mention the requisite SXSW taco-stand adulation. Check it all out for yourself via the links above.

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WIN FREE TICKETS TO SEATTLE ROCK ORCHESTRA’S “BEST OF RADIOHEAD” SHOW

SSG Music
Our friends over at Seattle Show Gal—or SSG for those in the know—are offering up free tickets to Seattle Rock Orchestra’s February 19 tribute to Radiohead! In true SRO fashion, the show is set to feature a slew of local acts as guest vocalists: Artists including Jon Auer of The Posies, Rachel Flotard, John Van Deusen of The Lonely Forest, Joshua Morrison, Tom Beecham of the Raggedy Anns, Kaylee Cole and many more will grace The Moore Theatre stage to put a Seatown spin on Radiohead classics. To enter to win tickets to the event, email contests@ssgmusic.com with the phrase “Green Plastic Watering Can (02/19)” in the subject line. Don’t forget to include your first and last name for the guest list. SSG will contact you via email if you’re a winner. Hit up the above link for more on the giveaway as well as other cool SSG promos!

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COBIRDS UNITE VIDEO
November 23, 2010, 10:12 am
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No Depression
Seattle favorites Cobirds Unite combines the rustic guitar licks and vocals of Rusty Willoughby with the sweet voice of Rachel Flotard to create Cobirds’ charming music. The video below is for “Too Early” and “Crown of Thorns.”
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WOMEN IN MUSIC DISCUSS ALL ASPECTS

NPR
Curious about what it’s like to be a female musician these days? NPR conducted interviews and surveys of 700 of working women musicians throughout the U.S., including several Seattlites. The article is broken into several categories with direct quotes from various women. Readers can peruse categories such as “Decisions, Decisions,” “Onstage,” “Offstage,” “Working It” and “Advice” and glean a fairly accurate and interesting picture of the life of contemporary female musicians. Be sure to check out quotes from Seattle ladies such as Lotte Kestner, Shannon Stephens (of Marzuki), Rachel Flotard (of Visqueen), Traci Eggleston (of Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band), Terry Sandys, Sarah Mattox and Karen P. Thomas. To read the full article, follow the link.

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NPR PROFILES VISQUEEN
December 17, 2009, 3:26 pm
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NPR
The profile focus’ on the Seattle songwriter’s relationship with her father whose death from prostate cancer inspired her latest record. “He died April 7,” Rachel Flotard (aka Visqueen) says, “and so I tried to kind of [throw] myself into something pretty quickly. That summer is when I added a lot of the organ that you hear, and the cello. I was using the record and this recording as something to kind of keep me alive, and keep me normal during a completely abnormal time.” For the full profile, follow the above link.