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MTV $5 Cover: Seattle – B-Sides in the News

by on Feb.01, 2010, under Projects

Dave Knudsen from Minus the Bear jams on a Verellen custom tube amp in my video "Tube Addiction".

A few months ago I made a couple of cool little videos for a as part of their upcoming series, $5 Cover: Seattle, directed by Lynn Shelton.  They were looking for filmmakers to do some fun, documentary-style videos on some topic around the Seattle music scene.

My videos were about Verellen Amps – a shop in Seattle that builds custom tube amplifier that’s run by and for musicians.  It has a sweet guitar performance by Dave Knudsen of Minus the Bear.  That one’s called “Tube Addiction.”  The other one is “Seattle’s Vortex,” about a rehearsal space crammed into an industrial park in Seattle’s North End that serves as an practice space/second home/band incubator for a lot of talented emerging bands like Three Chord Killer, Underdose, The Mercury Rising, and Achilles Fall.

The project just hit the Seattle Times.  Here’s an excerpt:

PARK CITY, Utah — Seattle filmmakers have created a love letter to the city’s music scene — an MTV series called “$5 Cover: Seattle.” They’re sharing it with the world via the network’s Web site this spring, but gave audiences an early look at the Sundance Film Festival this week.

“$5 Cover: Seattle” is a sprawling project melding film and music and delivered via the Internet. At its heart are a dozen short movies, directed by Seattle filmmaker Lynn Shelton, featuring area bands like The Moondoggies and The Maldives.

And then way down at the end of the article, they mention:

Shelton’s films make up one leg of the three-part project: Seattle moviemaker John Jeffcoat (“Outsourced”) created short documentaries introducing the bands. And local director Sue Corcoran organized the “B-sides,” 22 shorts made by 18 local documentarians that give tastes of Seattle’s diverse cultural scene — from sculpture to burlesque dancing.

Hey, that’s me! Apparently, I’m a “local documentarian” because I made two of those “B-Sides.”  Now, does anyone know what a “B-Side” is?  Does it go beside the main show?  Or is it like the single on the flip-side of the vinyl record where the lamer (or once in a while much cooler) song resides?  And if there’s this documentary from John Jeffcoat, wouldn’t that make these little videos “C-Sides”?

Anyway, it was a fun shoot.  Just me and Mark Simon.  Don’t ask me the air-date.  They don’t tell me anything important like that.  Once it drops, I’ll post it here.  The videos will be on, but I’ll have them here in HD.

Rob and Kizzume from one of my MTV B-Side videos.

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