Seattle Interactive is a two-day event concerning "the convergence of online technology, creativity, and emerging trends in one of the world's most innovative cities." It's in its first year, starts tomorrow, and it's got some afterparties you may be interested in (if you're a registered SIC attendee). Ladies, if you're looking for a well-to-do nerd man, they'll be concentrated at these places:
First of all: Shabazz Palaces, who reignited my allegiance to their live show at the Triple Door City Arts Fest performace (as I've said, it's the ideal venue for them), Showbox at the Market Wednesday night, and Mudhoney play the official closing party at Showbox Sodo. Tomorrow night, Battle of the Geek Bands at Showbox SODO. See the release after the jump.
Also, Thursday at noon:
Digital Music Panel Nick Harmer - Death Cab for Cutie Tim Bierman - Pearl Jam Fan Club Manager Sir-Mix-A-Lot - Rhyme Cartel Records Aaron Starkey - KEXP Hosted by Ross Reynolds - Senior Host/Producer at KUOW-FM
Transforming the Digital Music Frontier Join entertainment luminaries for an introspective look at the digital music frontier. Get true insiders’ perspectives on how interactive technology and platforms have disrupted the music industry—and how the industry has responded and adapted in an environment of apps, pirates, file sharing sites and storage in the cloud. Other discussion topics will cover what ownership and access means in the world of DRM (Digital Rights Management), varied online subscription models and where the music industry goes from here.
Well, the votes for the fifth and final slot for SIC's Battle of the Geek Bands sponsored by FILTER are in: 'Afraid of Figs' will be the final entrant, having won a vote-off with the 'Baudboys,' the undisputed kings of 'Geek A Capella'. More than 1,800 votes were tallied at GeekWire.com since Friday. All five bands will compete in the Battle of the Geek Bands, set for Tuesday, November 1 at 8:00 pm, at downtown Seattle's Showbox Sodo. The event is open to all registered SIC attendees as a pre-show party, with a special performance by The Presidents of The United States of America to follow the competition. Early registration badge pickup is at Showbox Sodo from 5-7pm, with doors to party opening at 7pm.
The Four Previsouly Selected Finalists:
Band Name: Kirby Krackle Band Members: 6 Video URL: http://www.youtube.com/kirbykracklemusic Bio: KIRBY KRACKLE is a nerd rock duo comprised of two life-long pop-culture junkies, Jim Demonakos and Kyle Stevens, who create songs dedicated to the nerdiest aspects that self-same culture and have performed their unique style of pop rock around the world. Since 2009, KK has self-released four albums.
Band Name: Half Acre Day Band Members: 5 Video URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfCfiMCUVsM Bio: Half Acre Day is comprised of web/graphic/flash artists, a high school video teacher, and music nerds. We play all original music. We have performed with the likes of The Presidents of USA, Pedro the Lion, and The Long Winters, as well as numerous times at KEXP and KGRG. halfacreday.com
Band Name: Clutch Douglass Band Members: 2 Video URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TawOSozwWlk&NR=1 Bio: We are a geeky electropop duo from Seattle. Our songs are about mermaids, aliens, and partying. The band consists of theater geek Rachael Ferguson and band geek Corey Paganucci. The Weekly called our 1st EP "a maelstrom of aggressive vocals, driving guitar, interspersed keys, and heavy drum sounds".
Band Name: Stay Tuned Band Members: 3 Video URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYUl1l-hLks Bio: Stay Tuned is the world's only rock tribute to classic TV themes - performing everything from a punk inspired version of The Golden Girls to a reggae version of Happy Days to an Iron Maiden / Styx inspired Gilligan's Island.
Wild Card Winners: Band Name: Afraid Of Figs Band Members: 1 Video URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmjZTHX8EKg Bio: With driving beats, off-the-wall lyrics (“Don’t Wanna Be Your Facebook Friend”, “I Ate A Vegan”, “Ritalin Barbie) and high energy stage shows (think: Barenaked Ladies, Presidents), Afraid Of Figs are making a loud stamp on the Seattle Indie music scene.