Seattle Office of Film + Music


BALL OF WAX AUDIO QUARTERLY OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS
March 17, 2011, 10:58 am
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Ball of Wax
The Ball of Wax Audio Quarterly is now accepting submissions for its Spring 2011 volume. Recognized as one the Northwest’s finest music compilation series, Ball of Wax has been curating and showcasing the work of local underground musicians for more than five years via downloadable content and album volumes (available for purchase at Sonic Boom records). Interested artists should submit new, but not necessarily unreleased, recordings in hardcopy or in mp3 by April 11. This volume does not have a particular theme, but songs of Spring and rejuvenation are especially welcome (tunes of Winter and death or Autumn and Tofu will also be considered). Because the following volume has been reserved for songs about books, this will be the last Ball of Wax open call for a while. For all the submission details, check out the link. Also be sure to hit up the newly-unveiled Blog of Wax, an ongoing extension of the Quarterly’s mission to bring underexposed Seattle music to the spotlight.

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THREE SEATTLE RECORD STORES ON ROLLING STONE’S TOP 25
September 16, 2010, 10:34 am
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Rolling Stone
Three of Seattle’s finest record stores appear on Rolling Stone’s list of The Best Record Stores in the USA: Top 25 Spots for Unique Vinyl and CDs. The list profiles Easy Street Records(#5), Sonic Boom Records (#16) and Jive Time Records (#21). The article describes Easy Street: “the second store opened in Lower Queen Anne, near the Space Needle, and there was no further question as to which of Seattle’s CD stores was best. Beyond the DVD wall, the impressive array of magazines and books, generous number of box sets, and thorough metal selection, the LQA’s secret weapon is a neatly arranged, dauntingly thorough vinyl selection where you’re as likely to find cool disco rarities as the new limited-edition Beck 7-inch.” About Sonic Boom they write, “Sonic Boom has enough space for in-store performances and an array of new titles, indie and major, and while the vibe skews toward the former, there’s little snobbery to be found either there or in the recently relocated Capitol Hill location.” Finally, their description of Jive Time, “Located in Seattle’s charming Fremont district, Jive Time is a modest-seeming local store whose holdings belie its size. There are bigger vinyl specialists in town, but few offer the kinds of bargains you’ll find here — the $3 bins (four records for $10) are full of good stuff, and the more collector-oriented sections feature lots of terrific vintage R&B, including an enviable selection of P-Funk titles.” Congratulations to the stores and their abundant fans. Follow the link to read the full article and to see who else placed on the list.

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FREE SCREENING OF WHITE STRIPES FILM @ CROCODILE MARCH 16
March 10, 2010, 12:51 pm
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The Stranger
In conjunction with Sonic Boom Records, the Crocodile will be hosting a free showing of the White Stripes documentary Under Great White Northern Lights Tues. March 16 at 8 pm. The screening will have a first-come first-served admittance policy (no advance tickets). The movie—which is directed by Emmett Malloy and chronicles the Stripes’ 2007 Canadian tour—starts at 8:45; 21+. Vodpod videos no longer available.

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SONIC BOOM’S NEW CAPITOL HILL STORE TENTATIVELY SET TO OPEN SATURDAY
December 11, 2009, 11:08 am
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Seattle Weekly
Though the Sonic Boom website says that their new Capitol Hill store will open tomorrow, December 11, the store — which is located at 1525 Melrose Ave., between Pike and Pine — will actually open on Saturday, December 12, barring disaster. To quote Sonic Boom owner Jason Hughes’ e-mail “We’ll have to clean and organize the store but are gunning to be open on Saturday morning if we can. You can bet there will be an email announcement.”