Archive for November, 2009

Instant Classic: Black Star x The Roots x Dirty Projectors make “History” on Jimmy Fallon

Saturday, November 28th, 2009

This is unquestionably one of the very best hip-hop moments of the year; too bad it was buried at the very end of a show that airs at 12:30 a.m. and gets mixed reviews, to put it generously.

That means most people didn’t see it, so I’ve pasted it below. But before you watch, consider what we have here: Two of the finest MCs in recent history (Mos Def and Talib Kweli) backed by the greatest hip-hop band of all time (The Roots) recreating a dope track created by a universally revered producer (J Dilla, R.I.P.), with a little help from 33 percent of one of the most acclaimed indie bands of the year (the Dirty Projectors).


November 30 in GO! Magazine

Friday, November 27th, 2009

Hey, sleepyhead! Wake up! I know, I know … you ate a lot of turkey and drank some beer and laid on the couch and fell asleep. But that was yesterday afternoon. You’ve been asleep for, like, 18 hours! So get up and get out and enjoy some music that’ll shake you right out of your tryptophan-induced coma.

-Wouldn’t it be sweet if we could get Frank Zappa to play here in Bend? That would be sweet. But impossible, because he died in 1993. So, next best thing: Zappa Plays Zappa is a tribute band to Frank, led by his son Dweezil, that insists on playing faithful, note-for-note covers of Frank’s brilliant music.

-Dudes! Do you want to know where the chicks are gonna be tonight? You do, right!? Right! So scrounge up $6 (or $4 and a can of food) and head to Silver Moon for Chicks With Picks. You’ll get to see four great local bands fronted by awesome women, and your money will help support Saving Grace, a local women’s shelter. Do it!

-After a bit of a break from Bend, Hillstomp is back in town for a show at the Domino Room tonight. They’re going to tear the roof off the place … that is, unless support act Larry and His Flask tears it off first.

David Jacobs-Strain plays an entrancing brand of rootsy blues music. He’ll warm up the Silver Moon Saturday night, for sure.

-The local rockers in Ruckus are doing good this weekend, playing two nights at Crossings Lounge (in The Riverhouse) and collecting toys for the Toys For Tots program.

-Elsewhere in town, we have DJ Barisone and Empty Space Orchestra playing separate nights at Bendistillery Martini Bar, Casey Parnell (of Elliot) performing at portello winecafe, and Sagebrush Rock, um, rocking at Silver Moon.

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving, folks. If you’re looking for something non-musical to do, be sure to check out GO! Magazine, where we’ve put together a list of five family-friendly activities to occupy your time this weekend.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

Tonight’s performance of “The Santaland Diaries” canceled (Update: Friday, too.)

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Tonight’s performance of David Sedaris’ “The Santaland Diaries” at Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom in Bend has been canceled because of a death in the family of Derek Sitter, the man behind the play.

You can read more about “Santaland” and Sitter here. But again, don’t go to Silver Moon tonight expecting to see it, because it’s canceled. Silver Moon booking guru Cassie Moore says she hopes to reschedule the play in the coming weeks.

No word yet on Sitter’s planned show Friday at The Wine Shop in Bend. I’ll update this post as soon as we hear something.

A planned show Friday at The Wine Shop is also postponed, Sitter says.

Beyonce, Shakira, NOFX … and Reed Thomas Lawrence?

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

Congrats to local reggae-pop-rock singer-songwriter Reed Thomas Lawrence, whose upward trajectory continues today with his appearance as a featured artist on MySpace’s Music homepage.

If you click that link and he’s not there, well, they rotate artists in and out, and you missed him. So here’s a screen shot for posterity:


November 20 in GO! Magazine

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Happy Friday-before-Thanksgiving, folks! Do you know what the Friday before Thanksgiving means? It means next week is Thanksgiving, which means good food, days off work, and sports on television. (This is as good a time as any, I suppose, to inform you good people that I’m a college basketball — specifically University of Kentucky basketball — fanatic, and that fanaticism may surface here on the blog from time to time over the next six months.)

Anyway, I love the holidays. I love the parties and the decorations and the merriment and the quality time with loved ones and all the other stuff that comes with the holidays. And I love Christmas music, too. And none of the music detailed below is Christmas music, but that’s coming soon enough.

In the meantime, here’s what’s happening this week on Central Oregon’s live-music scene:

-Veteran local musician and multi-instrumentalist Brad Jones is best-known ’round these parts for his roles in Defekt-N-Jones, The Mostest and, if you’re an old-timer, Floor-Ride. Now, he’s unleashing his solo album “No Strings” on the world with a CD-release show on Saturday night.

-Two opportunities to hit the Tower Theatre, take in some good music, and contribute to a good cause: Tonight is the Homegrown Music Showcase, benefiting the Ronald McDonald House, and Saturday night is 3 Leg Torso, with proceeds going to the Cascade Community School of Music.

-Looking for something to do the night before Thanksgiving? How about GWAR! Because nothing goes with turkey and stuffing like mock murders and fake blood. (I, for one, am thankful that this clip exists.)

The Ascetic Junkies are a good band from Portland that mixes bluegrass and pop. They’ll be at Silver Moon Brewing on Saturday.

Roots-rock round-up: Freak Mountain Ramblers, Too Slim & the Taildraggers, Moon Mountain Ramblers.

Locals round-up: Andy Armer, Necktie Killer, Klever Kill, Problem Stick, Little White Lyins, Leif James & the Struggle, and Amsterdam’s birthday bash.

All those links should lead to stories for subscribers to The Bulletin’s Web site. If they don’t, you’ll either need to subscribe or grab a printed copy of today’s Bulletin.

What’s the weirdest thing in this video?

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Below is the incredibly bizarre new video from Charlotte Gainsbourg for her duet with Beck, called “Heaven Can Wait.” Simple question: What do you think is the weirdest thing in this video? The possibilities are endless.

I’ll save my nominations for after y’all have had some time to comment.

The Underground: Closed for good.

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Just four months after opening with a lot of potential and promises, The Underground has permanently closed, according to co-owner Diana Larson.

The club — located in the old Club 97 space, under the Spotted Mule on Third Street — had a few concerts on its schedule, including a reggae show and a country show this weekend, plus a Sublime tribute band (not 40 Oz. to Freedom) later this month, but those shows are not happening at The Underground. If they move to another venue, I’ll let you know.

A note posted to the club’s MySpace said The Underground’s management team is cleaning out the space. In an e-mail, Larson said the team is “very sad and discouraged” about the closure.

“We so wanted to have a great venue for live music here, and we finally got minors allowed in, but the people just weren’t ready to support it I guess,” she wrote. “It was sad Friday night with a live country band and we only had 60 people. Saturday with heavy metal/rock we didn’t even have that many. I don’t know what happened or why, but it is what it is.”

Indeed, it is. Now let’s balance the bad news with some good news for the local music scene: Two former employees of the venerable west-side bar Players are now booking music at other Bend bars. Buck Bales, whose departure from Players caused a kerfuffle in June, has just begun bringing music to Mountain’s Edge, formerly Timbers South on Bend’s south end. And Becki Spor, who worked with Bales at Players, started booking music at The Black Horse Saloon in northeast Bend a few months ago, and has already brought in a few fine shows, including last weekend’s visit from The Lonely H.

Bad news, good news; sometimes it seems Bend’s music scene is like that episode of “Seinfeld” where Jerry always comes out even. Whenever one place or one person in town shuts off the live-music pipeline, it seems another is there to take its place.

Photos of KISS last night in Seattle; they’re in Portland tomorrow

Monday, November 16th, 2009

I can’t stand KISS, really. Or rather, I can’t stand what they’ve become.

So I’m not heading up to Portland to see Paul, Gene and those other two guys at the Rose Garden in Portland on Tuesday night. If you are, though, send me an e-mail; I’d love to hear about it, and maybe we can post your review here on Frequency.

And whether you’re going or you’re not — or if you’re undecided — check out these terrific photos of the KISS show last night in Seattle, courtesy of Kristen Blush and The Stranger’s Line Out blog.

Huh. Maybe Kanye West was right …

Monday, November 16th, 2009

… maybe Gaga is Madonna.

This video is fascinating. Just try to take your eyes off of it.