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How to listen to some of the best new local artists for FREE thanks to the Seattle Public Library

Another reason to LOVE Seattle + our wonderful public library + the Seattle music scene: The Seattle Public Library recently launched the latest round of their PlayBack initiative! NOW the amount of amazing local music at your fingertips (for FREE) is up to 200+ albums!

Playback, in a nutshell, is:

The Seattle Public Library’s PlayBack is an online collection that showcases and shares current local music for free. Seattle’s musical culture is known for its originality, passion and creativity, as our local artists continue to demonstrate. PlayBack helps new audiences discover a wealth of today’s local music.

Through PlayBack, you can:
• Explore digital collections of current Seattle music
• Create streaming playlists
• Download music to a computer or device

It’s a win win for local artists and anyone who wants to hear free, awesome music.

I was honored to be on the Playback judging panel alongside Kelly O Sharlese Metcalf, Jonathan Zwickel, Chris Govella and a bunch of awesome library staff – Kreg Hasegawa, Abby Bass, Cameron McCracken, and Kathleen Morley. I know right? With a crew like that it was hard to keep my cool and not superfan out on each one of them.

Go to the PlayBack site and start listening!

The jury collected a sampling of some of the best Seattle’s music scene has to offer – digging in beyond just indie-rock, but also bringing in hip-hop, and even those with international world music stylings.

Might I suggest you try out:

 

Mark your calendars for the FREE PlayBack launch party:

Thursday, October 11 from 7p-10p at Barboza (in Capitol Hill)

7:00 PM – Doors
8:00 PM – Special Guests
8:45 PM – BEARAXE
9:30 PM – Guayaba

I will be a part of the MC team in between a couple of the bands (unless I’m gonged off after my first attempt) – I hope to see you there – it’s free and early and will feature performances of three of Seattle’s best (if you’re like me, I had you at “free” and “early” – amiright?).

 

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Seattle Public Library makes finding your next favorite Seattle band 100 times easier

Another reason to LOVE Seattle + our wonderful public library + the Seattle music scene: The Seattle Public Library recently launched the second round of their PlayBack initiative! NOW the amount of amazing local music at your fingertips (For FREE) has doubled – from 50 to 100 albums.

As with the first round of Playback releases shared late last year, I was honored to be on the judging panel for Seattle Public Library’s PlayBack project alongside Tim Lennon, Sharlese Metcalf, Jonathan Zwickel, and a bunch of awesome library staff – Kreg Hasegawa, Abby Bass, Cameron McCracken, and Kathleen Morley.

For those who haven’t dug into PlayBack yet, this valuable initiative is…

…an online collection that showcases and shares current local music for free. Seattle’s musical culture is known for its originality, passion and creativity, as our local artists continue to demonstrate. PlayBack helps new audiences discover a wealth of today’s local music.

Through PlayBack, you can:

  • Explore digital collections of current Seattle music
  • Create streaming playlists
  • Download music to a computer or device

 

Go to the PlayBack site and start listening! The jury collected a sampling of some of the best new(ish) music Seattle has to offer. You can dig deep into indie-rock, but also discover your next favorite jazz, world, electro-space, or hip-hop record.

If you have yet to enjoy the first round, check out my list of recommendations. If you want to get to the freshest and newest of the lot (don’t blame you!), make sure to check out these favorites of mine:

 

Huge kudos and thanks to all the bands who participated in PlayBack!

Interested in having your songs featured in the next round of PlayBack? The third installment of the project will start up over the summer (me thinks), so keep your eyes peeled to the SPL site and to Three Imaginary Girls twitter and facebook feeds. We’ll announce the dates of the next submission period as soon as they are available.

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PlayBack! Discover your new favorite Seattle band with SPL’s free new service

Earlier this year I was honored to be on the judging panel for Seattle Public Library’s PlayBack project. In a nutshell:

The Seattle Public Library’s PlayBack is an online collection that showcases and shares current local music for free. Seattle’s musical culture is known for its originality, passion and creativity, as our local artists continue to demonstrate. PlayBack helps new audiences discover a wealth of today’s local music.

Through PlayBack, you can:
• Explore digital collections of current Seattle music
• Create streaming playlists
• Download music to a computer or device

It’s a win win for local artists and anyone who wants to hear free, awesome music. I’m super excited to announce: Playback has launched!

Go to the PlayBack site and start listening! The jury collected a sampling of some of the best Seattle’s music scene has to offer – digging in beyond just indie-rock, but also bringing in world, hip-hop, and even those with jugband stylings.

Might I suggest you try out:

Also, mark your calendars for the PlayBack launch party:
Thursday, August 25 from 6p-9p at the Columbia City Theater

The early show will feature performances by Sun Breaks and Fly Moon Royalty. Between bands, KEXP’s DJ El Toro will play music of other amazing PlayBack artists. There will be a cash bar. Doors open at 5:30 and early arrival is encouraged. 21+ with ID.

Do you want your songs to get in on the PlayBack action? Keep your eyes peeled to the SPL site and to Three Imaginary Girls. We’ll announce the dates of the next submission period as soon as they are available.

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Seattle Public Library hooks up with local music for PlayBack

Harbison1-800Local music and the public library are getting together, and it’s just like watching two of your best friends turn into the cutest couple. Of course the library’s collection of over 2.2 million items already includes music. Besides physical CDs, they’ve had digital music through Freegal and Hoopla for years. Now the library is going beyond providing access to music and is actively supporting local artists with a new program called Playback.

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Tonight's Recommended Show: Harry and the Potters at Seattle Public Library

Ok, so, say you're igDana, and you're all OMG, the new Harry Potter movie is like totally out!, and the new Harry Potter book is coming way soon! How do I contain my oozing Harry Potter excitement???

Well, do I have the solution for you! Harry and the Potters come from Norwood, MA (it's near Boston) and they play songs in character as Harry Potter year four and Harry Potter year seven. They are brothers, both very talented and legit musicians, who just happened to have a brilliant idea that so far hasn't let them down. I mean, they've got over 95,000 MySpace friends!

They play tonight for FREE (wait, what? F-R-E-E) at the Seattle Public Library. At 7pm (so says their MySpace). Which gives you time to see them and still make The Catch, if, say, you're Kiku or ChrisB.

Alright, fine, so you're NOT igDana, Kiku, or ChrisB. Q: What are you going to do tonight at 7pm? A: OMG, totally still go to see Harry and the Potters for FREEEEE at the Seattle Public Library. I tell you why. Because, you needn't be a Potterhead (is that what they call them?) to enjoy HatP. Case in point: I, Betsy, have never ever ever read a Harry Potter book, nor seen a Harry Potter movie, yet here I am gushing about how totally awesome this band is. If I'm that crazy about them without much of a frame of reference, imagine the enjoyment you'll get from seeing them live. For free. Did I mention that it's free?

 

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Tonight's Recommended Show: Joyce Carol Oates at the Seattle Public Library

from Wikipedia.orgLast Friday, the PI mentioned in its preview of this event that author Joyce Carol Oates is coming to Seattle to promote her 36th novel, The Gravedigger's Daugher. While 36 novels is certainly an impressive feat, it does not take into account eleven other novels written under pseudonyms. Also add 30 collections of short stories, eight books of poetry and another eleven non-fiction books. Somehow she finds time to write thoughtful criticism for the New York Review of Books. There is no major author anywhere near as prolific as Oates.

She's hardly a hack, either. She has won the National Book Award and been nominated for 3 Pulitzer Prizes. There is even a gargoyle atop the Redmond Library in her likeness. Her short story "Where Are You Going? Where Have You Been?" remains one of the most chilling and powerful stories, even after it was first published over 40 years ago. It is not an easy story to read, but it is equally difficult not to.

Another thing that makes Oates such an impressive writer is her ability to write on nearly any subject. Some of her subjects include Mike Tyson, Bob Dylan (to whom she dedicated "Where Are You Going?" to) and nearly every major piece of literature over the past few centuries. She is, however, particularly drawn to violence and writes of it unflinchingly. Her biggest strength as a writer is the empathy and vulnerability she shows for the central characters in her stories.

After writing the pervious three paragraphs, it shouldn't come as a surprise to say that I'm a huge fan of her writing. She is one of my two favorite living American authors (Joan Didion is the other). The chance of seeing Oates in the auditorium of the gorgeous Seattle Public Library is a very exciting prospect. I took the day off from work to ensure I wouldn't miss it.