Be sure to check out Grand Hallway at the Seattle Party at SXSW, Saturday March 20, 1:30 on the Inside Stage at Beauty Bar.
Google has added the entire archive of Spin magazine to their Books tab. Did you miss reading the January 1992 cover article featuring Nirvana? Not to worry, you can catch up on Seattle grunge history and more by perusing articles going all the way back to 1980. Follow the link above.
After another electrifying Sound Off! competition, Great Waves, the five-piece band from Sammamish, became the Sound Off! 2010 champs Saturday night. Hooves and Beak, a self-taught harpist from Seattle, placed second; Candysound, a duo from Bellingham, was third; and SEACATS from Kelso came in fourth. Not only will Great Waves get a bunch of music gear and industry consultation, but they will be playing at this year’s Bumbershoot and will even have a track available for download for Rock Band. To read more about the Sound Off! 2010 Finals click the link above.
Hollow Earth Radio (HER) is curating its popular 3rd Annual Magma Festival next month, and will feature the online radio station’s signature hyper-eclecticism of local earthed and unearthed acts. The festival is spread out over the four weekends of March and across several different locations including The Vera Project, Fremont Abbey, Healthy Times Fun Club, 20/20 Cycle and others. Click the above link for the lineup and check out the festival trailer below:
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs – Art Beat
Seattle Channel’s C.R. Douglas sat down this week with the mayoral candidates to talk film, music, arts and culture. Learn more about their personal tastes and hear what the candidates have to say about arts education, affordable cultural space, dedicated funding for the arts, the City of Music initiative and more. Click the above link to read the candidates’ response to an arts and cultural questionnaire issued by the Washington State Arts Alliance and to watch the video. Watch the video interview with Mallahan here and the interview with McGinn here.
Chop Suey, one of Seattle’s most popular music venues, is looking for interns to help out with marketing and office duties. Apply for great opportunity to learn about the music industry inside and out! You must have a love of all kinds of music, be punctual and organized. 21+ preferred. The internship is unpaid, but you get free entry to shows. Send your resume and a short explanation of why you would like to work at Chop Suey to firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls or drop ins please.
In June, news broke that Target stores had secured the exclusive big-box retail rights for Pearl Jam’s upcoming album “Backspacer.” But while Walmart has its own digital music store and Best Buy owns Napster, Target doesn’t have a notable digital music presence. To level the playing field, Target and iTunes announced on Tuesday that the two vendors will team up for a new Target-exclusive section on the iTunes Music Store. Fittingly, the first album that will be offered up in this new pact will be Pearl Jam’s “Backspacer,” due out September 20th.
Director Jennifer Maas’, whose latest project was co-producing Lynn Shelton’s Humpday, is working on a feature-length documentary called Wheedle’s Groove, which will explore Seattle’s underrated funk and soul musicians from those genres’ late-’60s/early-’70s heyday. According to the film’s website, the filmmakers have tracked down and interviewed musicians from the scene as well as interviewing Seattle noteables including Quincy Jones, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Mark Arm (Mudhoney), Ben Shepherd (Soundgarden), and Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie) The film is nearing completion, with a release slated for 2010. Here is a little preview of what to expect from the doc:
Featured in the most recent issue of Sound Magazine, TC Izlam, son of one of Hip Hop’s pioneers, praised the magazine for its coverage of local talent. “I love that I can pick up Sound and get into what’s happening in this city.” The music enthusiast claims that he may even consider moving to Seattle because of its “Dope Northwest Hip-Hop and Rock scene”. Pick up the latest issue of Sound Magazine to read Izlam’s full letter to the editor.