Monthly Archives: September 2012

Almost Famous Block Party – San Diego Film Festival

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There’s going to be an Almost Famous Block Party this Friday as part of the San Diego Film Festival. The special guest will be Pennie Trumbull (in her first public appearance). She is of course, the main inspiration for Pennie Lane in the film. You can get all the details over at the San Diego Film Festival’s official site. 

 

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Sep 26, 2012

Singles Locations: 20 Years Later – Part 2

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We are back with Part 2 of our look at Singles locations. Amazing how some things have changed, while others have stayed the same, huh?

 

  • Linda (Kyra Sedgewick) gets her car fixed at University Auto Repair (the bench was added). The name of the business has changed over the years, but it’s still there at 5330 Roosevelt Way NE.

 

  • The Soundgarden concert footage was shot at the Off Ramp Cafe, located at 109 Eastlake Ave E. It has also changed names a few times and is now the El Corazon. The Singles wrap party was held here and Mookie Blaylock (later renamed Pearl Jam) played their first show here too.

 

  • Steve (Campbell Scott) and Linda had “water” at the Virginia Inn at 1937 1st Avenue. The location looks nearly identical to what is captured on film over 20 years ago.

 

  • The Pioneer Square Newsstand was built for Singles on the side of the J&M Cafe at 201 1st Avenue South in Pioneer Square. The J & M is still going strong.
Additional locations:

  • The Mother Love Bone graffiti seen in the alley at The Vogue (in Belltown) is now history. The Vogue moved to Capitol Hill and has since closed.
  • The Alice in Chains concert footage was shot at Pier 29 in a warehouse that the production turned into a club.
  • Jimi Hendrix’s grave is located at the Greenwood Memorial Park in Renton.
  • Other iconic locations featured include the Fremont Bridge, the Seattle Center roller coaster (now gone), Gas Works park, Occidental Park and Pioneer Square (where the theatrical poster was shot).

 

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Sep 20, 2012

Singles Locations: 20 Years Later – Part 1

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Greg here. Since I live in Seattle and with today marking Singles 20th anniversary, I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of the filming locations and how they look now. I’ve included stills from the movie along with recent pictures that I’ve taken. It’s crazy how many locations are gone or completely changed, while others have stood the test of time. We hope you enjoy Part 1 of this trip down memory lane.

 

  • The Coryell Court apartment building is located at 1820 E. Thomas Ave on the corner of 19th and E. Thomas Ave in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.  Please remember that people live there, so you’ll want to respect their privacy if you stop by.

Tidbit: The fountain was created out of styrofoam for the film and the building is only two stories, so there’s not actually an elevator.  In reality, Cliff’s apartment was in the laundry room and storage area (located in the basement of the apartment complex).

 

  • The grocery store where Steve (Campbell Scott) buys the pregnancy tests from Doug (Jeremy Piven) was the Wallingford Food Giant, now the QFC at 1801 N. 46th St.
 
  • The Java Stop where Janet (Bridget Fonda) and Cliff (Matt Dillon) work was located in the O.K. Hotel, under the Alaskan Way viaduct in Pioneer Square (212 Alaskan Way S.). The building was so damaged during the Nisqually earthquake in February 2001, that it was knocked down. Many Seattle rock bands including Nirvana, Soundgarden and Mudhoney played here.
 
  • The bench where Linda (Kyra Sedgewick) and Ruth (Devon Raymond) chat is still located in a small park at the corner of 4th and Lenora. This is directly across the street from the Cinerama.
Additional locations:
  • Steve meets the Mayor (Tom Skerritt) at Chandlers Crabhouse (901 Fairview Ave N).
  • Steve and Linda see a film at The Admiral Theater in West Seattle (2343 California Ave SW) right before their car accident at the intersection of California Avenue SW & SW Charleston Street.
  • Steve’s work was located at the “Spam Can” building right down from Capitol Hill at 1730 Minor Avenue North.
We will return later this week with our Part 2 look at Singles locations. 
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Sep 18, 2012

PJ20 Deluxe Blu-ray and DVD Re-release!

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Pearl Jam has just announced a re-release of the PJ20 Deluxe Edition Blu-ray or DVD that’s been sold out for awhile. It will be identical in video content to the original release, but will come in different package. The release date is November 13th. If you missed the deluxe edition the first time, you can order yours over at Pearl Jam’s official site.

 

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Sep 17, 2012

Journalism Archives: Randy Newman – Sail Away

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Randy Newman - Sail Away (Warners/Reprise MS 2064)

For the past three years, Randy Newman has been the darling of the critics and the epitome of obscurity to all others.

Sail Away is Randy’s most commercial effort, which doesn’t detract from his overall performance at all. For the first time, I heard the cut “Sail Away” on AM radio, some kind of first.

Although Sail Away is a bit slicker than Live or even 12 Songs, if it gains him a little exposure it makes it all worthwhile.

That same old, tongue-in-cheek humor and drama is presented in the same “what-me-worry?” style that no studio proficiency can conceal.

Buy the album. The case of the unrecognized genius pianist is the biggest sob story in contemporary music.

Courtesy of the Door (aka San Diego Door) – Cameron Crowe –  June 22, 1972  – July 6, 1972

 

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Sep 7, 2012

Taking Care of Business…

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Cameron profiles Bachman-Turner-Overdrive and their approach to the rock & roll business in this (new to the Uncool) 1975 Rolling Stone feature. There’s some killer/scary Randy Bachman quotes here as you can see where corporate rock began to take hold…

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Sep 5, 2012

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