Welcome, music aficionado! You’ve found your way to the Frequency blog and Near/Far, The Bulletin’s online hub for coverage of 2009′s best sounds.
For the third year in a row, we’ve collected dozens of the best songs of the past 12 months from both local and national acts and created a two-disc compilation of free, legal MP3s for your downloading pleasure. You even get cool CD sleeves with artwork and tracklists! Let’s get to the good stuff:
Download “Far” by clicking here
Includes 18 songs by some of the coolest national acts of the year, including Animal Collective, The Avett Brothers, Brendan Benson, Japandroids, The Very Best, Felt (with Aesop Rock), Atlas Sound, Portugal. The Man, Box Elders, Alela Diane, J. Tillman, Telekinesis, Shabazz Palaces and more. See the entire “Far” tracklist here.
Download “Near” by clicking here
Includes 18 songs by some of Central Oregon’s best artists, including Empty Space Orchestra, Person People, Moon Mountain Ramblers, Eric Tollefson, Erin Cole-Baker, Mosley Wotta, Anastacia Beth Scott, The Mostest, Tuck And Roll, The Snag, Dan Shanahan and more. See the entire “Near” tracklist here.
(Please be aware that a few of these tracks might contain some coarse language.)
In today’s issue of Frequency’s big print brother, GO! Magazine, we’ve got several pages dedicated to reviewing music in 2009. For example:
-My favorite albums of the year.
-My 10 favorite local albums of the year and a round-up of some other notable local releases.
-The best musical moments of the year through the eyes of those closest to the scene, presented in handy Top 5 list format.
-My short overview of the Central Oregon music scene in 2009. (Hint: Local musicians stepped up big time.)
Here are some bonus things that are only on the blog:
-My favorite concerts of the year in Central Oregon.
-More Top 5 lists from locals close to the music scene. (We got a ton of these, and ran out of room in print.)
Last, but not least, you’re currently looking at The Bulletin’s music blog, Frequency, where for the past couple of weeks I’ve been reviewing the best music of the past decade. Click here to see those posts, and check back, because I’m not done yet.
And finally, we still have the 2007 and 2008 Near/Far compilations available for free download. Just click here to grab them.
As always, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to send me e-mail. I love feedback, and am always looking to improve Frequency.