March 1, 2015 § Leave a comment
We are pleased to present this featurette on Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland and the Great Day in Cleveland produced by Terri Pontremolli, directed and edited by Adam Smalley. This window into the Jazz community of Cleveland and the history of Jazz in the city was created in part by Tri-C Media Arts & Filmmaking student filmmakers who were privileged to film with some amazing Jazz luminaries at the historic and beautiful Palace Theatre (Cleveland, Ohio) during the Great Day in Cleveland.
February 20, 2015 § Leave a comment
Sundance Film Festival 2015:
Via Radio X96:
“Kate Tucker: Here’s an interview and two performances with Kate Tucker from the band “Kate Tucker and the Sons of Sweden”. Seattle-born, Nashville-based Kate Tucker and the Sons of Sweden play lush, layered indie rock with sparkling melodies and shimmering soundscapes. On their new album, The Shape the Color The Feel, echoes of Cocteau Twins, Cardigans and early U2 can be heard in songs that explore the darker moods and brighter vistas of Metric, Spoon, Interpol and Phantogram. The high intensity single “Blue Hotel” is fast becoming a radio favorite, charting both CMJ and Triple A stations.”
In the interview Kate mentions our upcoming film, Dream Out Loud directed by Miriam Bennett (currently in production).
February 3, 2015 § Leave a comment
Check out the video directed by Miriam Bennett | Moving Studio Productions here:
SATURDAY, 24 JANUARY 2015
2. Jordan Reyne – Dishonour Among Thieves [Played Episode #297]
3. Walter Sickert & The Army Of Broken Toys – Devil’s In The Details [Played Episode #298]
4. Scarlett Rabe – Battle Cry [Played Episode #293]
5. Kate Tucker & The Sons Of Sweden – Blue Hotel [Played Episode #308]
6. Rustee – Break Free [Played Episode #280]
7. Luceed – King And Mason [Played Episode #289]
8. Lavoy – Here Comes The Night [Played Episode #296]
9. Empathy Test – Losing Touch [Played Episode #292]
10. Klangschwester – My Kind Of [Played Episode #304]
The Intro Music is an excerpt from ‘Plastic Makes Perfect’ by Ayria
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All songs used with permission or are available under Creative Commons licenses.
December 14, 2014 § Leave a comment
Good morning, today I am participating in the national #blackdayofsilence which begins at noon today in honor and remembrance for those who have been killed. I’m very thankful to be alive and to be surrounded both virtually and physically by people who are working to make a difference in the world through their words, actions, works, and artistic expression. Today we go silent and have a chance to regroup and meditate on what might work to end injustice in the future and ease suffering in the present. It’s not a solution; it’s a continuum of change which can ultimately bend toward justice. In small amounts, I believe we can bring one another strength and and a measure of peace everyday while being mindful of the reality of inequality, despair and cruelty that threaten the beauty of life on earth. I invite you to join me if you like.
December 14, 2014 § Leave a comment
Like Beyoncé, indie-pop band Kate Tucker and the Sons of Sweden decided to make a video for every song on their new album, “The Shape the Color the Feel.” While Beyoncé wanted to illustrate her own vision of what the songs meant, though, Tucker and Co. took the opposite approach and opened them up to interpretation by bringing in different directors for each clip. The Nashville group today premieres the latest of their videos, “Wide Open Plain,” today on Speakeasy.
“I wanted people to see the songs the way they see them, and to illustrate that point and take it even further, I’m going to let these other people take control of it and do what they want and not be involved in it unless they want me to be in it,” Tucker says.
Directed by Miriam Bennett (who is also working with Tucker on a documentary about the album), the video for “Wide Open Plain” features a chiseled male dancer executing precise, artful steps in time to the punchy beat and bright, crackling guitars, interspersed with shots of the band performing the song. It’s a long way from Tucker’s inspiration for the tune: she wrote it with guitarist Wes Chandler after watching the movies “Paris, Texas,” and “Lost Highway,” which she lists among her favorite films.
“I started thinking about space and the moon being connected to the tides and the way the universe can look like this big wide open plain, and then the ocean can look like the edge, the end, so you need to turn around and drive,” she says.
Tucker and the Sons of Sweden funded “The Shape the Color the Feel” with a Kickstarter campaign that exceeded their $20,000 goal by more than $1,000. The album is Tucker’s second as part of the Sons of Sweden, though the rest of the lineup turned over after a hiatus between 2009-2013 while she recorded a solo release, starred in the movie “Everything Went Down” and relocated from Seattle to Nashville. Cementing the band’s resurrection with what they described as a “collaborative record and films” was an unorthodox move, Tucker says.
“It’s a branding disaster,” she says with a laugh. “We’re a young band, pretty much unknown, and we were like ‘Here’s our album, and we look different in all of the videos.’”
Still, she’s pleased with the result. “To be honest, I was pretty much floored at the beauty of everything that came out,” she says. “Most of them, I wouldn’t have done that way, but that’s the beauty of it.”
Tucker and the Sons of Sweden released “The Shape the Color the Feel” earlier this year on her Red Valise Records. What do you think of the video for “Wide Open Plain?” Leave your thoughts in the comments.
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November 12, 2014 § Leave a comment