Looks like the Mayans were wrong. And thank God (or Quetzalcoatl) for that. Of course, the Mayan doomsday prophecy was gratuitously misinterpreted by the Western world and looking back, it’s embarrassing how easily we got swept up in it all. With that said, 2012 was indeed an eventful year…
The 42nd Annual Bumbershoot®: Seattle’s Music & Arts Festival kicks off this Saturday, September 1st, 2012. Project Rhythm Seed will be there all three days. Beginning next week we will be featuring interviews with select artists, as well as photos, show reviews and a whole lot more. This year’s lineup runs the gamut – from Tony Bennett to Skrillex, and everything in between. Click here for the entire lineup or watch the video below. The festival runs Saturday, Sunday and Monday, September 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Single day and three day tickets are still available. Purchase in advance and skip the long lines on site. Click here to purchase tickets.
The 2012 Heineken City Arts Fest begins on Oct. 17 with a performance by David Byrne & St. Vincent at Seattle’s historic Fifth Avenue Theatre. The festival will run through Oct. 20, with performances by Mos Def, Devotchka with the Seattle Rock Orchestra, Blind Pilot, Ghostland Observatory, Two Door Cinema Club, Reign Wolf at the Laser Dome, Joshua Radin, Collie Buddz, A Fine Frenzy, and many more taking place in iconic clubs, halls, and venues throughout Seattle. All access wristbands and staggered performance schedules allow festival attendees to explore downtown Seattle and see multiple shows in the same night.
Amy Winehouse’s life was tragically cut short when she was found dead in July of 2011. The talented singer had one of those distinct and evocative voices that conveys the pain, vulnerability, and sorrow that seems inherent to the best blues/jazz singers. In the capable and loving hands of producers Salaam Remi and Mark Ronson, a posthumous album of Winehouse’s work has now been released entitled Lioness: Hidden Treasures. But it should be noted that there are only two original tracks and the other songs include alternate versions of singles and plenty of notable covers.
Hi everybody! Hope you’re well! As the week draws to an end, its always great because every day brings us closer to the weekend, and to another edition of Project Rhythm Seed’s Free Music Friday. Today we are pleased to offer you two more bands from New York. There is so much fabulous music coming out of the Big Apple right now and today we’ve got two more examples of that – Charles Bradley from Bedstuy and This Is The Now from DUMBO (for those of you unfamiliar, Bedstuy (short for Bedford-Stuyvesant) and DUMBO (an acronym for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) are neighborhoods in Brooklyn, NY).
David Lynch Foundation Music launches Download For Good: Music That Changes The World, a star-studded digital music compilation to benefit the David Lynch Foundation that is now available for purchase exclusively on the iTunes Store. Founded by iconic filmmaker David Lynch, the David Lynch Foundation is a not-for-profit educational organization which offers stress-reducing Transcendental Meditation® to under-served populations, including at-risk inner-city youth and U.S. veterans returning home from combat with post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as Native Americans, homeless adults and children, prisoners and those in need.
Strip it down. Strip it all down to a basic function, something mathematical and quantifiable. Are there certain sights or sounds that stimulate the brain more than others? Maybe there are beats and rhythms that particularly excite the cranial muscle? How about specific note clusters and melodies that soothe it? What is the effect on forward melody when a counter melody played backwards is introduced? How wide a range of time signatures can the human brain follow and comprehend? And what happens when you introduce light and color to this mix? One can only reason that the overall effect might be of enormous proportion.
For today’s Free Music Friday we are pleased to offer you a magic bag of tracks from five different artists. All of these tracks were sent to us by Stayloose, a music PR company located in Bristol, England. We were introduced to Stayloose by Kevin Jones who, along with acclaimed producer Ian Grimble and Mumford & Sons, Ben Lovett, founded the London based Communion Records.
Not once in the history of Project Rhythm Seed has the same artist been featured twice in one week. But Mayer Hawthorne has now changed that. On Wednesday of this week we featured him under our Rhythm Seed Artist Spotlight (you can read that article here). As part of our spotlight piece, we offered up his version of ELO’s “Mr. Blue Sky”. Now Mayer and Stones Throw Records have generously offered up his entire new EP called Impressions. It just came out on Wednesday. Impressions is entirely made up of cover songs and recorded at different locations and times. Mayer’s explanations, as to how he picked each track and why, are below.
Mayer Hawthorne grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, just outside of Detroit, and vividly remembers, as a child, driving with his father and tuning the car radio in to the rich soul and jazz history the region provided. “Most of the best music ever made came out of Detroit,” claims the singer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist, who counts Isaac Hayes, Leroy Hutson, Mike Terry, and Barry White among his influences, but draws the most inspiration from the music of Smokey Robinson, Curtis Mayfield, and the legendary songwriting and production trio of Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland, and Eddie Holland Jr.
By Myles Crawley
Photos by Danica Waters
There’s a music club over on Sunset Boulevard called The Echo. I’ve been meaning to get over there ever since I moved back to Los Angeles in January of this year. Last Wednesday, May 4th, I finally made it. The occasion was to see a musical artist by the name of Charles Bradley. Project Rhythm Seed originally reported on Charles shortly after his appearance at this year’s SXSW music convention in Austin, Texas. You can read that article here. Charles was the standout and played two packed shows while in Austin. It was the start of his new career, no longer as a James Brown impersonator, but as Charles Bradley the original.