Seattle Office of Film + Music

July 5, 2011, 2:15 pm
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Momentum has continued to build for local band The Head and the Heart, who re-released their debut album on Sub Pop Records in April. The band was featured on the cover of the latest issue of Billboard Magazine, a leading source of weekly news regarding record sales as well as trends and innovations in the music industry. As part of a larger feature about 15 standout artists from the independent music world, Billboard talked to members of The Head and the Heart and others entrenched in Seattle’s music community about how and why the band had such success even before landing a deal with Sub Pop. The article is a reminder of the power word-of-mouth recommendations among music fans and the virtues of a tireless work ethic.


Sub Pop Records
Seattle music aficionados may do a double-take in the magazine aisle this month when they catch Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold on the cover of SPIN Magazine’s May 2011 issue. The well-respected music rag heralds the band’s newest album, Helplessness Blues, as the most beautiful album of 2011. The record is receiving early positive praise ahead of its May 3 release date from many news outlets, including British newspaper The Guardian and prominent music blog Stereogum. Those interested can also listen to Helplessness Blues in its entirety over at NPR Music as part of NPR Music’s First Listen series.

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February 11, 2011, 4:06 pm
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Seattle Times
Seattle acts Shabazz Palaces and THEE Satisfaction might find solidarity under the banners of “hip-hop” or “rap”, yet attempts to pin down the superlative creativity and genre-bending originality both groups radiate often miss the mark. Thus, The Seattle Times turned to the artists themselves to interview each other in an exclusive feature that taps into both groups’ musical psyches. In the interview, THEE Satisfaction songstresses Catherine Harris-White and Stasia Irons, query Shabazz on their shared experiences working within the Seattle music scene. The groups get candid on a topics ranging from the infamous Seattle rain to performing each other’s songs on stage and recording together in studios. Sub Pop Records will release albums for both artists this year and they have booked a show at Neumos February 17 that will ensure to keep you “sweating through your cardigans.” To read the full article follow the above link.

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January 31, 2011, 1:59 pm
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Fleet Foxes
If you also made the unforgivable error of not tuning in to KEXP this morning to hear the new Fleet Foxes single, the always dependable interweb has got our back. Links and streams of the new title track “Helplessness Blues” have spread like wildfire all over the net and have started a flurry of hype for one of the most beloved Seattle bands to date. Sub Pop will release the band’s sophomore album on May 3 and that same night you can see the boys grace the stage of the most fitting venue in town for such rich folk brilliance, the Moore Theater. The list of their upcoming tour dates is expansive in space and compressed in time, hitting a myriad of major US and European cities in a single month. Hopefully the Foxes have had time to hibernate this winter and will be ready for the rigors of the road. If you haven’t heard the song yet, or if you just can’t get enough, utilize the link above to transport to the band’s site and check out the funky album art as well.

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December 16, 2010, 1:36 pm
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Sound on the Sound
It’s finally happened! The Head and the Heart have made known that they are signed to local Sub Pop Records. Though the deal happened months ago, everything was very hush hush. But if you go to the band’s iTunes page, “Released on Sub Pop Records” can easily be spotted. Having a fantastic local band sign to a highly regarded local label is exciting news, and we are very happy to see the band’s loyalty to Seattle’s music scene.

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November 29, 2010, 1:31 pm
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Sub Pop
A 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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June 22, 2010, 11:53 am
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Sub Pop
Sub Pop Records has announced the recipients of the 2010 Sub Pop Loser Scholarship. Now in its fourth year, the scholarship was open to Washington and Oregon high school seniors on their way to full-time enrollment at an accredited university or college who are actively involved and/or interested in music and/or the creative arts. Sub Pop granted a total of $13,000 in scholarship money, split between three students. The first place, $6,000 scholarship went to Bryn Kepler from Bainbridge Island. She’s been incredibly active in the local arts/music community, volunteering for various organizations and festivals in the area. She’s also a drummer and an artist and will be attending the UW Honors Program in the fall to study architecture. The $4,000 second place scholarship went to Ballard’s Matthew Law-Phipps. Matthew will be attending Temple University in Philadelphia in the fall to study video production, multi-media arts and sound design. Our third place, $3,000 scholarship winner is Raina Jung from Portland, OR. Raina will be going to the California College of the Arts this fall. She is an environmentalist and a great graphic artist. She is also a photographer and is interested in ceramics, bookbinding and printmaking. Her senior project was creating a 45-page magazine called “Make Bad Good” which was intended to tell people about how they can make positive changes for our environment. Big congratulations to these three!

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