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From Crosscut: MTV’s $5 Cover gives Seattle’s music scene its closeup

I wrote the below review for Crosscut. Expect to read more about MTV’s $5 Cover: Seattle when the series airs online in June.

Seattle’s music scene got its closeup Monday night (March 2) at SIFF Cinema during the world premiere of local director Lynn Shelton’s MTV’s “$5 Cover: Seattle.”

So how does the local music community look on the big screen? Like real people, not film characters.

The last time Seattle’s music scene was captured well on film was in “Singles,” Cameron Crowe’s 1992 tribute to the glory days of grunge. Shelton’s non-Hollywood production likely won’t get as much hype but it is far superior. The characters of her film aren’t really characters at all: They are genuine people playing their real-life roles on film. This should bode well for “$5 Cover: Seattle” in this era where musical tastes steer toward authenticity over mass-produced pop stars, and MTV’s music content is relegated to the Internet, not the television.

Set to be released on the Internet in June, Shelton’s film is a glowing love letter to Seattle’s music scene. The 60-minute movie follows 13 bands through a weekend in Seattle, via 12 episodic and scripted vignettes. Given that MTV has long lost its credibility with musicians, this project could’ve been a disaster. Thankfully Shelton, with her affection for local musicians, made sure this was a genuine and accurate representation of Seattle’s music community.
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Bringing Britney back: Britney Spears coming back to VMAs on Sunday

Note: An earlier version of this post described the below information about Britney Spears as coming from a press release. The information did not come from a press release, it was sent to me as an e-mail update about the VMAs.

I don’t think I have ever posted a word about Britney Spears, but this e-mail was simply too good to not give some digital ink to. I am mostly surprised that it came with talking points. It actually made me laugh out loud because I have never received mail about an artist with talking points before, let alone talking points about Britney Spears. But then again, I have never written a word about the pop culture empire/train wreck that is Britney. Here is the e-mail that showed up in my inbox earlier today:

Britney Spears Kicking Off 2008 MTV Video Music Awards

Talking Points
* Britney Spears will kick off (“open”) the 2008 Video Music Awards on Sunday, September 7th at 9:00PM (ET/PT) sharp.
* This is an opening not to be missed!
* Clarify that it is not a performance

On Background
* Britney’s many memorable career moments have been on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards.
* With multiple nominations and appearances over the years, Britney Spears is nominated this year for Best Female Video, Best Pop Video and Video of the Year for “Piece of Me.”

“MTV has long played an important role in my career. How can I not be there to kick off their 25th VMA’s? I’m excited to open the entire show, to say hi to my fans and to be nominated.”
– Britney Spears

“Britney has done everything from perform with a snake, lock lips with Madonna and prove that what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas. I can’t wait to see what she does to kick off this year’s show.”
– Van Toffler, President, MTV Networks Music/LOGO/Films Group