Archive for October, 2009

Download a Jared Colinger album for free

Friday, October 30th, 2009


You may or may not remember Jared Colinger. He’s a singer-songwriter in the Tilbrook/Costello/Lowe vein who lived in Redmond a few years ago, and now calls Tennessee home. Colinger was only in Central Oregon for a short time, but it was just long enough for him to put out a doozy of an EP, “Light From a Dying Star,” which I named as one of my favorite local releases of 2007.

Today, Colinger makes music under the name The Enigmatic Foe, and he’s just made his first full-length album, “Beautiful Liar,” available for free download. The album was recorded a couple years ago but shelved for a variety of reasons, including lack of funds. Now, though, it has been remixed and remastered by Jason Martin of Starflyer 59, and given new life by Colinger. That’s a good thing; like his previous work, “Beautiful Liar” is stacked with super-hooky tunes that any fan of catchy pop-rock should enjoy and that absolutely deserve to see the light of day.

Download all nine songs, plus five bonus demos, by clicking here.

October 30 in GO! Magazine

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Happy Halloween, kids and grown-up kids!

I’ve got no snappy intro this week, but I do want to know this: What are you dressing up as for Halloween? Let me know in the comments. (I’m quite tempted to shave a corn maze into my hair and go around interrupting peoples’ conversations.)

I’ll tell you what Bend is dressing up as this year: A town with a ton of bands playing at clubs all over the place. Here are five shows I wrote about:

Person People and The Staxx Brothers tonight at the Domino Room.
Empty Space Orchestra Saturday at McMenamins Old St. Francis School.
Warm Gadget and Goodbye Dyna Saturday at Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom.
Necktie Killer, Tuck & Roll and Danger Death Ray Saturday at Black Horse Saloon.
Moon Mountain Ramblers Saturday at the Domino Room.

That’s not all that’s happening. Check out The Bulletin’s events calendar to find a long list of festivities, or better yet, pick up a print copy of GO! Magazine, which contains both the calendar and the “Area 97 Clubs” page, which has even more stuff listed.

Of course, not everything that’s happening this weekend is Halloween-related. Here are a couple options where you won’t feel weird if you don’t dress in costume:

-The popular California ska band Mad Caddies are performing on Sunday at Mountain’s Edge bar, which is the new name of the old Timbers South in Bend. (Click here to read about why the Caddies are playing a place that’s quite a bit smaller than the venues they usually play.)

-On Sunday, Christian hitmakers Todd Agnew and Building 429 will put on a concert at the Christian Life Center in Bend.

So obviously, plenty of choices out there. Everyone have fun and be safe.

Mad Caddies: Coming Sunday to a small venue in Bend

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

I’ll have more on this in tomorrow’s GO! Magazine, but I want to highlight Sunday’s Mad Caddies show in Bend for two reasons: 1) Because I haven’t seen a ton of promotion for it, and 2) Because I’m somewhat fascinated by this booking.


Why? Because the Mad Caddies have for years played considerably larger venues than the Mountain’s Edge bar, where they’ll perform this weekend. (Mountain’s Edge is the new name of the old Timbers bar near Goodwill in south Bend.) A little over two years ago, in fact, the Santa Barbara, Calif.-based ska-pop band played Bend’s Domino Room, which holds nearly twice as many people as Mountain’s Edge.

This is, of course, why the Caddies’ show here is so intriguing. It’s always cool to see a bigger band in a smaller spot. To find out how the show came together, I got in touch with Ben Mann, who fronts local ska band Necktie Killer, which partnered with Mountain’s Edge to get the Caddies. I asked Mann a few questions, he answered, and I’ve edited them a bit. Here they are:


This was supposed to be a post where you could download a song by The Heavy …

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

… but The Heavy went and canceled its show tonight in Bend at the last minute. So instead of giving them free promotion, let’s turn our attention to what’s happening at Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom in their place. Below is a message from Moon booker Cassie Moore, which I’ve edited just a tad:

“Okay, I know we are all a little bummed that The Heavy canceled their Silver Moon show (tonight). So we can either stay home with our tails tucked between our legs, listening to their new album, sobbing and pricing flights to the UK, or we can party it up like the rugged mountain folk that we are. It’s Halloween week. I say we put on some costumes and party it up.

Mosley Wotta and a variety of other local artists are going to put on a free show (tonight) starting at 9. Because even though it’s exciting to have internationally touring acts on our stage, our local musicians never fail to entertain us, make us forget about the (lousy) economy and shake our asses. So come shake your ass at the Moon tomorrow night and get warmed up for Halloween.

I may regret this, but I will personally buy a beer for each person who shows up in a costume. Consider it a consolation prize for The Heavy being canceled. But you do have to be wearing a costume, and you can only have one. Just tell the bartender to put it on Cassie’s tab. And no, you can’t bring a change of costumes to get more free beer. We’re on to you.

Cheers and hope to see you tomorrow night!”

That’s the spirit! Find other things to do tonight at The Bulletin’s events calendar.

Eric Tollefson goes to L.A.

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

The marquee at Whisky a Go Go touts Bend's Eric Tollefson

The marquee at Whisky a Go Go touts Bend's Eric Tollefson

Late last week, local blues-rock singer-songwriter guy Eric Tollefson sent along the picture at right.

It’s not the world’s greatest photograph, but it’s the content that matters: On Oct. 20, Tollefson and Tim Schroeder (a local guitarist and employee of The Bulletin) traveled to Southern California to perform at the world-famous Whisky a Go Go nightclub in West Hollywood. “Driving up and seeing the Whisky for the first time in person and having this on the marquee was too cool,” Tollefson said. It was, he said, “the time of our lives.”

The Whisky has occupied the same corner in West Hollywood since early 1964, and it has hosted most of rock ‘n’ roll’s biggest names, including The Byrds, The Who, Van Halen, the Ramones, Guns N’ Roses and Nirvana. The Doors were the club’s house band for a while.

Tollefson got the gig after his sister saw a Whisky ad calling for acoustic acts to play the club and submitted a link to his MySpace page and his cell number. “I was going to follow up and send them our new electronic press kit, and they ended up calling me the next week to offer me some dates,” Tollefson said. “(I) was shocked and excited.”

After playing the legendary club with Schroeder, Tollefson called to thank the Whisky staff and was offered more dates, he said. Next time, he hopes to take his entire band — which includes Pat Pearsall and Lindsey Elias of Empty Space Orchestra — down to L.A. “The good news is, they want us as a steady gig,” he said.

Tollefson is also working on other out-of-town dates in Idaho, Colorado and Nevada, he said.

Only six months ago, Tollefson was a relative unknown when he burst onto Bend’s music scene with his album “The Sum of Parts.” Maybe you knew who the guy was, but I pay pretty close attention to local music, and I had never heard of him before I wrote this article in advance of his CD-release gig at Silver Moon Brewing in April.

In the months since, though, Tollefson has done very well for himself, regularly headlining Silver Moon and scoring spots opening for Jackie Greene and G. Love & Special Sauce. That’s no shock, really. From the first time I listened to “The Sum of Parts,” I thought this guy had an opportunity to find an audience outside Central Oregon, thanks primarily to his catchy songs and easygoing vibe, like Jack Johnson if he were from the mountains instead of the beach.

If you haven’t seen Tollefson live, your next chance locally is at Nov. 7 at Silver Moon. Rumors of a Tollefson/Empty Space gig at the Domino Room in December are floating around, too, so let’s hope that comes to fruition.

The Heavy at Silver Moon: canceled

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Word just came in from Cassie Moore, who books music for Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom and independently as LOUDgirl Productions, that Wednesday night’s show at Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom by buzzworthy U.K. soul-rockers The Heavy has been canceled.

The band requires a certain level of sound equipment and refused to scale it back to “more appropriately” fit the size of the venue, Moore said. “I agreed to provide what they were asking for as long was we could adjust the sound budget accordingly, and they refused,” she said.

Major bummer.

Folks who bought advance tickets can get a full refund at Silver Moon.

Person People branches out

Friday, October 23rd, 2009


Local hip-hop collective Person People is on its way over to Eugene as we speak to rock a show at that town’s venerable music venue, the WOW Hall, as an opening act for Wu Tang Clan legend Ghostface Killah. Check out drummer Jared Forqueran and the new PP van!

It’s good to see these guys (and gal) with the van, the out-of-town dates, and the seemingly new-found drive to build the PP brand beyond Central Oregon. A few weeks ago, the crew did a short tour through Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, and after the Ghostface gig, they’ll play in Portland on Saturday night, a special pre-Halloween show in Bend next Friday, and then two dates in Boise and Portland opening for jazz-hop icons Digable Planets.

This is a big deal for Person People. One of the best ways for a young band to carry its name and sound beyond its hometown is to score opening slots for bigger, better-known acts of the same ilk. A fan of a band like Digable Planets, for example, may take notice of Person People’s unconventional mix of rock and hip-hop, and may even drop by the merch table to pick up a copy of the band’s excellent 2009 album “heARTbeats.” That’s money in the pocket, but even more valuable is the potential for impressing some folks and the word-of-mouth marketing that follows.

It’s no coincidence that Person People’s sudden burst of activity and travel comes shortly after it signed on with Gabe Johnson’s locally based (but nationally reaching) booking agency In The Pocket Artists. I saw PP DJ A-Bomb at Silver Moon a while back and asked him where all this road-warrior energy was coming from. “Gabe’s doing his job,” was his reply. So when I saw Johnson at the Bend Roots Revival, I asked him why he signed the band. He said he saw a series of Person People concerts over the past year or so that convinced him the group had tightened up its act and was ready to take its show on the road and, specifically, into bigger cities.

He’s right. Since the band’s inception in 2002, Person People has been a bit of an enigma on the local music scene. For a long time, they seemed to possess the talent needed to break out beyond our region, but lacked a certain something — motivation, business acumen, money, or all of the above — to make it happen. But things have changed. The group has a very good (and good-looking) album it can offer now, and the addition of the live instruments not only took PP’s live show to another level, but sets the band apart as a unique entity and sound on the regional hip-hop scene.

The partnership with In The Pocket is another piece of the puzzle, and an important one. With the agency’s resources and contacts on board, Person People’s horizons are a lot broader these days. Let’s hope these trips to neighboring states and dates supporting big names are just the beginning.

Person People BLURRY c Pete Erickson

October 23 in GO! Magazine

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Today, someone asked me if there are times of the year that I’m busier than others, and times of the year when I’m struggling to find something to cover.

When I took this job more than three years ago, the answer probably would’ve been yes. Back then, it seemed the local music scene slowed down in September and October, and stayed pretty slow until about April or May.

But things have changed. For the third fall in a row, I’m just not seeing much of a drop-off in the amount of music-related activity now that the air is getting chillier and my yard is covered with leaves. The (relatively) dead season for concerts in Bend seems to have permanently shortened from October through April to maybe December through March.

That’s awesome, of course, for people like you and me, who love music and love having a multitude of live-music options in our town.

This week is no different. Just look at all these good shows coming up over the next seven days. In a slow week, a half-dozen of these could’ve been perfectly solid choices for a full feature story. As it is, I’m trying to cram them all into a limited amount of space in GO! Magazine. That’s a good problem to have.

-Bay Area jam-grass faves Poor Man’s Whiskey are coming to town, and they’re bringing their “Dark Side of the Moonshine” show with them. Lasers! Costumes! Fog! FLOYD!

-Local hilllbilly punk troupe Larry and His Flask has been on tour for months, and this weekend they’ll play two homecoming shows at the Domino Room and Silver Moon Brewing.

-The buzz is loud for Wednesday’s show at Silver Moon featuring the U.K.-based rock ‘n’ soul band The Heavy. These guys know how to bring it; it will be interesting to see how they draw on a school night.

-Two very intriguing benefits are going down this weekend: Saturday’s Witness Your World fundraiser will feature music by Kev Russell of The Gourds, and Rise Up International will hold its Art For India event on Sunday, with music provided by The Autonomics, Leif James and Chris Chabot.

-This weekend is absolutely packed with good stuff, including Matt Hopper and Eric Tollefson at Silver Moon, Gavin Wahl-Stephens at McMenamins, The Pink Snowflakes at Players, Brent Amaker and the Rodeo at Black Horse Saloon, Mine+Us and DJ Hoppa at Bendistillery Martini Bar and a bunch of poppy, punky, rocky bands at the Rise Up studio, headlined by Phone Calls from Home.

Seriously. Anyone know if there’s a place in Bend that offers human cloning?

The funniest thing on the Internet (today)

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

You may have seen this one before, but that’s OK. It’s worth watching again.

The Who shreds! They shreds so hard.

The Gourds’ Kev “Shinyribs” Russell to play benefit Saturday (plus a sneak peek at WinterFest headliners)

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009


I know you love the Austin, Texas Cajun-jam-billy (what?) band The Gourds. You must, and others around here must, because we’re graced with their presence about once every couple of years. In my humble opinion, The Gourds are one of the best bands that comes to Bend regularly.

Say, did you know they’ll be here again in January to headline the first night of Bend WinterFest? The all-female AC/DC cover band Hell’s Belles will return to headline the second night. More details are here.)

And here’s something else you may not know (since I haven’t seen much promotion): Kev Russell, one of The Gourds’ two main songwriters, will be in Bend on Saturday to play a fundraiser at the Old Stone Church (157 N.W. Franklin Ave.) under his solo moniker Shinyribs. Mai from Moon Mountain Ramblers is going to open the show.

The event will raise money for humanitarian efforts in Africa by a group called Off the Mat, Into the World. Tickets are $25 at the door, and things will get going around 7:30 p.m. For more info, call 541-410-5513.

Sounds like a pretty nifty opportunity to help a good cause and see a fine songwriter in an intimate setting and outside the confines of his best-known band.

Here’s the band’s cover of Snoop Dogg’s “Gin & Juice,” which you’ve undoubtedly heard, but possibly thought was Phish, since the song was widely labeled as such on file-sharing networks back in the day. (Sensitive ears be aware of NSFW language. It’s a Snoop Dogg song.)

Their “Gin & Juice” cover raised The Gourds’ profile more than anything else, I suppose. But if you’re interested in hearing what this band is all about, most of their albums are quite good. I suggest starting with “Ghosts of Hallelujah,” a peach of an album where the band’s mix of melodic sense, Texas twang and surrealist poetry come together seamlessly.