Archive for August, 2010

Say farewell to DJ Mud tonight

Friday, August 27th, 2010

I know all you Frequency readers pick up the print version of The Bulletin every day, so you probably saw this in today’s GO! Magazine. But just in case: Local DJ Mud (aka Mike Graham) is moving to Portland very, very soon, which is a bummer for Central Oregon’s dance-floor denizens, but great for him.

Bend is a town with several cool, creative DJs, but I’ve always connected with Mud’s work more than anyone else’s. Not sure why; I just dig his aesthetic: dark, murky, minimalist, slightly agitated. If you’re unfamiliar, he’s got lots of music available online. Start here, with his newest mix, called “Let Tomorrow Be”:

Mud – Let Tomorrow Be by mudsimple

You can grab tons of other stuff at his Soundcloud account, and here are two other mixes that I posted last year. (He’s also the man who made this classic track, don’t ya know.)

OK, enough screen-gazing. You need to go and say goodbye to Mud and dance, once more, to his sound. Tonight is the official Farewell Mud party, starting around 10 p.m. at The Blacksmith (211 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend). On hand will be Mud’s old buddy Mosley Wotta, hosting and toasting and doing what he do.

If’n your interested, I sent Mud a few questions (yes, they’re the same as from this post … I’m lazy) and he sent me back a few answers:

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This week in GO! Magazine

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp, Clint Black … it’s a big week for big names in music in Central Oregon. See today’s GO! Magazine in The Bulletin for all the details on big shows at Les Schwab Amphitheater, plus more music than you can shake an electric guitar at.

Sorry no video this week – Dylan vids are sure hard to come by on the Internet! Plus, Ben’s moving, so for all the info you need to see some great shows this week, check out a paper copy of The Bulletin or hit up the Bulletin complete music listings.

Also tonight: Brothers Young CD-release show at Parrilla Grill

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

I really dig Brothers Young. The Portland-based band — made up of three brothers (Dustin, Dillon and Michael Young) who grew up on Ithaca Avenue in Bend, plus three of their closest friends — played one of the best sets at last year’s Bend Roots Revival, and you can read my thoughts on that show here.

Tonight, they return to Parrilla Grill (7 p.m., $5, Rural Demons open) to kick off a tour of the West in support of their fine new EP “Good People,” out next week on Emeritus Records. The title track is an excellent example of the Brothers Young sound: light, lilting, lovely indie-folk full of earworm melodies and mesmerizing unison vocals. I love unison vocals! Too few bands do that these days. Take a listen to “Good Deeds,” and download an MP3 of it if you want:


Download Brothers Young, “Good Deeds”

Given that Brothers Young has strong ties to Bend, I thought it’d be fun to ask ‘em a few questions. Dillon Young came through with answers:

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Bid adieu to The Dirty Words tonight

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Bend’s indie-rock community will take a big hit in the next week or so when the four fellows in The Dirty Words relocate to Portland.

David Clemmer, Mike Chastain, Aaron Poplin and Scott Page have played a whole bunch of shows around town in the past five years, and they’ve done so with style. They got together when Clemmer met Chastain through a local theater production in 2004 (see my full feature on the band here) and they’ve been rocking constantly and consistently ever since. Clemmer writes songs that drip with passion, emotion and wit, and his three bandmates ably inject those songs with a healthy helping of kinetic energy. Think Modest Mouse, but with plenty of melody in place of all that silly barking.

Anyway, the Words believe Portland will be more fertile ground for their band, and they’re probably right. But before they go, they’ll play a farewell show tonight at Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom (24 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend). Doors will open around 8 p.m., the show will start around 9 p.m., and it’s $5 to get in. It’s also Clemmer’s birthday, so come prepared to party.

David Clemmer was kind enough to answer a few questions from the Frequency question machine about the band’s impending move and future plans. Read on …

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Win two tickets to see The Thermals in Bend!

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Cool: Below is the new video for “I Don’t Believe You” from “Personal Life,” the upcoming album from Portland indie-pop-punk idols The Thermals. It’s a fun clip that stars Carrie Brownstein, she of NPR’s highly readable Monitor Mix blog (when she’s not taking a break from it, as she is now) and a certain trail-blazing rawk trio from the Northwest. Oh, and there’s a very quick cameo at the very end by another well-known Northwest rocker.

Cooler: The Thermals will release “Personal Life” on Sept. 7, although you can get an instant download and some free stuff if you pre-order it now from Kill Rock Stars.

Coolest: On Sept. 8, exactly one day after their new album drops, The Thermals will play the Tower Theatre in Bend as part of the PDXchange Program. Speaking of which …

ICE COLD: We’re giving away two tickets to see The Thermals in Bend! All you have to do is be the first person to leave a comment below identifying that guy in the last six seconds of the video AND tell me your favorite Thermals song, and they’re yours. (You’ll need to be able to pick your tickets up at The Bulletin in Bend. Be sure to leave a real e-mail address so I can get in touch with you.)

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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Portland’s massive musical mob, the MarchFourth Marching Band, will inject the Domino Room with a healthy dose of fun Sunday night. David Jasper spoke to bandleader John Averill about how the group formed, and how he keeps it together:

Averill said that MarchFourth started in 2003 when he and a couple of friends decided to put together a New Orleans-style marching band, based on the brass ensembles that traditionally gathered to play dirges for funeral processions, then broke into uptempo tunes.

For Averill, the occasion was a Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras party in Portland. … The date was March 4, in case you’re wondering how MarchFourth chose a name. Back then, the group featured four horns, 10 drummers and eight dancers. Stilt walkers were also on hand. The group played seven covers by the likes of Fela Kuti, Fleetwood Mac and Rebirth Brass Band, among others.

“So it was pretty big right off the bat,” said Averill, adding that, “I was really looking at putting the band together for one night. I was kind of surprised that it kept going.”

You should go read the whole thing here.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section, I tell you why you’d better take your own instrument to the fourth annual High & Dry Bluegrass Festival, and why you might know some of the guys in Brothers Young, who will hold a CD-release show Thursday at Parrilla Grill. And, we have short stories on pop star Mat Kearney, veteran roots-rocker John Hiatt, and Bay Area hip-hoppers Zion I, plus Marv and Rindy Ross, The Northstar Session, Taarka and Sister Speak, and a bunch of loud local bands playing Ink & Metal at the Black Horse Saloon.

Adventure Galley / MySpace contest update!

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

So, remember a few weeks ago, I told you about Bend-connected band Adventure Galley, and their fine showing in a nationwide battle of the bands-type thing on MySpace? (You can refresh your memory here.)

Well, it turns out they’ve now advanced to the finals, where they’ll try to beat out five other bands for $10,000 in gear and a recording contract. My colleague David Jasper talked to a couple members of the band and did a nice big story on them, which you can read by clicking here.

And if you have a MySpace account, you can vote for Adventure Galley by clicking here. Voting is open until Aug. 30.

New video for Sara Jackson-Holman’s “Cellophane”

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

Here’s the official video for “Cellophane,” the first single from Bend singer-songwriter Sara Jackson-Holman‘s debut album “When You Dream.” The clip, created by Chris Tootell of Whitegate Films, stars downtown Portland, Cannon Beach, and some lush (presumably) Oregon forest, but not Jackson-Holman herself.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Lap steel guitar wizard Robert Randolph and his Family Band will bring their gospel-blues-rock to Bend on Sunday. My colleague David Jasper spoke with Randolph about the past and present of sacred steel music.

“There’s a history of our church … which goes all the way back 70 years,” Randolph explained. “In those days in the south, guys couldn’t afford organs and pianos in church. The thing was basically to buy a lap steel guitar because they couldn’t afford” organs. “And this basically turned into a historical thing. It reached me, and it’s reaching kids younger than me.”

“You see, long before me, there were some guys that played who would have been huge rock stars — just as big as Muddy Waters and those guys in the ’50s, ’60s and into the ’70s. And those guys just weren’t really allowed to leave” the auspices of the church.

“It was a much different time then. By me being younger, and things sort of changing within the organization, it was sort of my focus to really go out there” and share the music with the world at large, he said.

Click here to read the whole thing.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: The Builders and The Butchers roll into McMenamins, Person People and Empty Space Orchestra play B.I.G.S.’ big fifth birthday bash, the Sagebrush Rock Festival goes down in Christmas Valley, and Intervision visits Sunriver, plus the latest on locals Franchot Tone, Tuck and Roll, The Dirty Words and The Autonomics.

And last but not least, the 4 Peaks Music Festival happens this weekend, but thanks to a last-minute change of plans, the article in the paper has the wrong venue. So click here to get up-to-date info.

Need more? Visit The Bulletin’s complete music listing.

FINAL CHANGE (supposedly): 4 Peaks festival moves back to original, 2007-08 location near Tumalo

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

If you check out GO! Magazine tomorrow, you’ll see an article about the 4 Peaks Music Festival that says it’s happening Saturday at the Domino Room (which was, in fact, a last-minute change from earlier plans to hold it on a ranch near Sisters).

Thanks to yet another very, very, very last-second change, that article is wrong.

I just got off the phone with 4 Peaks co-founder Eric Walton, who said that at 9:30 this morning, he applied to Deschutes County for a permit to hold the event at 4 Peaks’ original location, the Rockin’ A Ranch near Tumalo, where it was held in 2007 and 2008.

And this afternoon, just before 5 p.m., that permit was issued.

SO … the 4 Peaks Music Festival is back on, at the Rockin’ A Ranch, located at 19449 Tumalo Reservoir Road. Gates will open at 1 p.m., and the music starts at 2 p.m. Bands include Handful of Luvin’, Jay Seals (of Blue Turtle Seduction), Wild Rye and Poor Man’s Whiskey. As of 6 p.m., Walton was working on getting Ten Mile Tide and The Mostest back on the bill, too.

Tickets are $20 and are available by clicking here. Kids under 10 get in free.

And next year, I’m going to wait to start working on my 4 Peaks story until after the first band of the day has begun to play.