Seattle Office of Film + Music


BLUE SCHOLARS PREMIERE NEW SHORT FILM FOR “SLICK WATTS”
May 26, 2011, 11:22 am
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Blue Scholars
To celebrate the release of the group’s new conceptual album titled Cinemetropolis, local hip-hop duo Blue Scholars premiered a short film for the first single off the ablum, “Slick Watts”. Based on the former Sonics player turned Franklin High School basketball coatch, Watts himself stars in the video alongside MC Geologic and DJ/Producer Sabzi. The short also contains shout-outs to several distinct Seattle neighborhoods and fond references to Seattle’s former basketball team. Fittingly, the short was directed by Jason Reid and the crew responsible for the award-winning documentary Sonicsgate: Requiem for a Team, which retold the rich history of Seattle’s basketball culture and the heartache of the Sonics’ relocation to Oklahoma City in 2008. Cinemetropolis, the Blue Scholars third studio album, was funded entirely by a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign. Watch the short film for “Slick Watts” below. To read more about the Blue Scholars and Cinemetropolis, click the link above.

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IN AUSTIN, FRIDAY NIGHT BELONGED TO THE SONICS
March 23, 2009, 2:07 pm
Filed under: Music, SXSW 2009 | Tags: , , ,

Seattle Times:
The Sonics took the stage at Emo’s after an embarrassingly hyperbolic introduction (“Has anyone else been waiting 30 years for this? These guys are the foundation of garage rock ‘n’ roll! They are the godfathers of garage rock ‘n’ roll!,” etc.), and proved that their musical DNA is ingrained in a majority of bands at SXSW. Looking like your dad and playing like your nephew, the Tacoma natives aren’t a very animated group, but the music and its pedigree are impressive enough. This might be the band that first introduced the saxophone as an instrument of rock, back in their mid-’60s heyday.