Connected Communities Symposium Recap

We arrived in Newcastle on a brisk Monday evening and took a walk down the Tyne River:

Spent the next morning trying to figure out how to attach a map to curved metal walls.

Finally, success! (Thanks to the help of Ben, one of the conferences coordinators)

Then we met up with Prof. Joanna Berry, our co-presenter, to go through the presentation:

Prepared for the presentation

And presented it to a room full of enthusiastic attendees

Part 1 of 2

Part 2 of 2

About the presentation: Using the theoretical lens of Ganovetter’s The Strength of Weak Ties, and Joanna Berry’s thesis on the effect of the Internet on music industry business models, our presentation discussed the history of the band map, our goals for the future, an exploration of how the map could be applied to benefit musicians in the coming years, and the the extent to which city support of local arts and culture can bolster creativity and the economy.

Read the full conference abstract here:

Thanks to Joanna Berry, Ph.D for her help and hospitality throughout our visit, The Seattle City of Music initiative and the University of Newcastle for their generous support of this project, Andrew Rothwell at City of Newcastle Economic & Cultural Affairs, and Tv Coahran for documenting the whole thing

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Seattle Band Map in the UK!

Oi Mates

The Seattle Band Map has been invited to the Connected Communities Symposium in Newcastle, UK.

With generous support from the Seattle City of Music Initiative, as well as from the University of Newcastle, we’ll be across the pond September 10th-17th.

We’ll be participating in a talk about how digital technologies help underrepresented communities self actualize.

After we get beat up for being nerds, we want to take this opportunity to learn about the music scene in the UK. If you know of any bands, labels, promoters, bookers, magazines, DIY spaces, restaurants, hostels we should check out, email rachelratner at gmail!


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The Intelligence: They are all still friends of mine

The Intelligence are one of my favorite local bands.

Since it’s inception in 1999, the only consistent member of The Intelligence is frontman and guitarist Lars Finberg.

The original lineup consisted of Finberg, Erin Sulllivan and Min Yee (that trio also made up the A-Frames)

Since then The Intelligence have put out countless singles, 7 full lengths and Finberg has collaborated with dozens of the scenes finest musicians.

I was able to come up with 20 24 different members, though I’m sure I’m missing a few:

Lars Finberg (A-Frames, Puberty)
Beren Ekine-Huiee (Eat Skull, Shotgun)
Calvin Lee Reeder (Popular Shapes, Private Beach)
Chris Woodhouse (Mayyors)
Dave Hernandez (The Shins)
Dave Ramm (Pulses, Scraps, Broken Knives)
Dean Whitmore – (Unnatural Helpers, Idle Times)
Drew Church (Cops)
Erin Sullivan (A-Frames, Evening Meetings)
Jed Maheu (Zig Zags, Valentine Killers, Ninja Boners)
Jo Claxton (Welcome)
Kaanan Tupper (Country Teasers)
Karlis Gailitis
Kimberly Morrison (Unnatural Helpers, Dutchess and the Duke)
Kurt Prutsman – (The Professional Man)
Matt Ford (Factums, Evening Meetings, Love Tan)
Mike Wurn (Unnatural Helpers)
Min Yee (A-Frames, Evening Meetings)
Nicholas Brawley – (Popular Shapes, Roommates)
Pete Cappone (Coconut Coolouts)
Shannon McConnell (The Fall-Outs, Pulses)
Suzanna Welbourne (Puberty)
Tom Ojendyk
TV Coahran (Spurm, T.V. Coahran, Charles Leo Gebhardt IV, Popular Shapes)

Finberg recently moved to LA, and is playing drums with Wounded Lion.

I was curious how his experience there compares with Seattle. Are people in hella bands? How many days does it take to get laid in LA? What new bands is he collaborating with?

1. Can you name everyone who’s ever been in the intelligence?
Actually no, just yesterday I was telling the story of the fuck up dingdong who quit in NY and we were relieved and told him to get his crap outta the van and he tired to come crawling back the next day and I seriously could not remember dudes name! But besides him yes, except for Perve Bird they are all still friends of mine.

2. Which lineup would you take with you to…
… a fist fight?

The Icky Baby band, buncha young scrappers with nothin’ to lose.

(Lars Finberg, Nicholas Drkla, Calvin Lee Reader, Matt Ford – ed)

… a pizza eating contest?

the one that had Dave Ramm in it, easy.

He’d be pissed if I didn’t pick him.
Dave Ramm
(that lineup was Lars Finberg, Shannon McConnel, Dave Ramm, TV Coahran – ed)

… your relative’s house for a family dinner?

The last version (touring for ‘Males’) Lunz / Finberg Family band, to sisters and two brothers, one cute lil adopted sis, come on.

3. You now live in LA, correct? Have you noticed the music scene there is as collaborative as it seems to be in Seattle? (ie people being in multiple bands, supporting each other at shows, etc)

It’s pretty much the same, instead of getting emails from band’s I’ve never met asking me to play at the funhouse on a tuesday they are asking me to do it at THE SMELL. But for real I would not have moved here if I didn’t have so many wonderful and supportive friends here, wounded lion and the lamps (and oh sees in SF) and in the red records and a bunch of friends who wanna keep the intelligence afloat.

It is harder to get a crowd here for unheard of stuff, so I think a lot of touring bands get bummed no one comes out, we really tell people to just skip it if they are pretty small, no one cares here! go to sacramento ! sucks but it’s the truth.

Thanks Lars!

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Circles of Influence

Band Map buddy Diana pointed out this new sketch in Longshot Magazine:

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Pearl Jam and Northwest Hip Hop

Pearl Jam is part of the pantheon of bands that put Seattle, and grunge, in the national vernacular.  Like many bands that have sustained lasting success, Pearl Jam didn’t miraculously appear out of the flannel ether in 1990 to skyrocket to international fame. Each member of Pearl Jam had been playing music in dozens of bands over the previous decade, collaborating with, learning from and supporting their community, while honing their craft.

While Pearl Jam’s connection to other NW 90s grunge bands is fairly well documented

What’s less known is their connection to Pacific Northwest Hip Hop:
Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam

In 1995 Eddie Vedder collaborated with Neil Young on his album Mirror Ball.

In 2008 Neil Young toured and performed with indie kings Death Cab for Cutie.

Chris Walla from Death Cab for Cutie collaborated with the Long Winters.

Members of The Long Winters were featured on Head Like a Kite’s Album “On Dreams Suspend Night”…

With Tilson from hip hop group The Saturday Knights….

Barfly from Saturday Knights is a member of hip hop collective Oldominion…

with The Boom Bap Project…

who was produced by legendary NW producer Vitamin D…

…who’s produced countless records including Northwest’s hip hop forefathers Source of Labor and Ghetto Chidlren

Source of Labor and Ghetto Children were put out on a compilation in 1997 called 14 Fathoms Deep: a hip hop compilation on Loosegrooves records, which was owned and currated by Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam.



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Family of Rock’s Grunge Family Tree

You can see more family trees here:

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How to connect the Sonics with Fleet Foxes in 12 easy steps

drawing by Keith Whiteman


The Sonics bass player Andy Parypa later joined Portland band The Kingsmen with Barry Kurtis, who was also in The Daily Flash. Don Wilhelm of The Daily Flash was also a founding member of The Army, which, later changed their name to Heart. In the 2002 Heart was joined by bassist Mike Inez, who was originally in 90’s grunge band Alice in Chains. The Alice in Chains song “Right Turn was recorded by of members of Alice in Chains, Soundgarden and Mudhoney. Mudhoney’s Scott McCaughney was also in a band called The New Strychnines who were known for playing Sonics covers. Mudhoney drummer Matt Lukin was also a member of sludge band The Melvins. The Melvins drummer Cody Willis used to be in The Murder City Devils with Derek Fudesco. In the early 2000’s Derek Fudesco was in Pretty Girls Make Graves with J. Clark of Sharks Keep Moving. Sharks Keep Moving bass player next joined teen screemo band The Blood Brothers and is now touring the globe with indie folk powerhouses the Fleet Foxes.

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Nice Shirt!

Krist Novoselic in front of Seattle Band Map at EMP

Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic in front of Seattle Band Map at the Experience Music Project for the opening of “Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses”

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Seattle Band Map at EMP!

We are ever so excited to announce that the Seattle Band Map is now on exhibit at the Experience Music Project | Science Fiction Museum as part of Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses!!

Check it out, add new connections, and enjoy the exhibit!


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Incest Zine and SXSW!

Well Austin was a blast. Not only was the real live Band Map on display at the SXSeattle party, but we made a zine! (You know, like an analog blog).


Huge thanks to Keith Whiteman for tons of work putting it together and Peter Lowe for some last minute hustling. We got details on local labels, where to eat on the cheap, places to book shows, a pretty sweet comic by Matt Nyce, and cover by C.M. Ruiz. Also we couldn’t have done it without the support of Pike Street Fish Fry, Cairo Art Gallery and The 5 Point Cafe.

Download it, here.

And stay tuned, big things coming up just around the corner!

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