Archive for December, 2010

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Welcome, folks, to the final day of 2010! As usual, we’ve got you covered:

Click here for a list of a whole bunch of New Year’s Eve events happening tonight.

Click here for my feature story on local band The River Pigs, who’ll play Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom’s New Year’s party (along with The Prairie Rockets).

Click here for my final Feedback column of the year, wherein I list some of my hopes and wishes for the local music scene in 2011.

–There are a few other things happening the rest of this week, too, including the Pagan Jug Band, Problem Stick, and Mosley Wotta “on the ones.” Click here to get the whole roundup.

Everyone have fun tonight and be safe. Happy New Year!

Aerosmith “plays” Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

This has been zooming around the Twitterverse, and I couldn’t resist, as it pairs a track from one of my favorite albums of 2010 with a band I can’t stand. And it’s hilarious. Enjoy.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Monday, December 27th, 2010

Psychobilly pioneers The Reverend Horton Heat are back in town this week for the first time in several years. Bone up for their Wednesday show at Midtown Ballroom by reading a little bit about the band, and then check out our Rock ‘n’ Roll Blasphemy Scale, where we rate some religiously named rockers (Judas Priest, Madonna, etc.) based on just how blasphemous they really are.

Elsewhere in the music section: Blackstrap plays Silver Moon, the Josh Hart Project takes on McMenamins, and 2nd Hand Soldiers hit MadHappy Lounge. Plus, in Feedback, I take a look back at my wishes for the local music scene for 2010 and assess how those panned out.

On the radio tonight …

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Frequency fans! Here’s a chance to experience the glory of this blog in another medium: radio!

Tonight at 8 p.m., I’ll be on Dori Donoho’s Homegrown Music Showcase on Clear 101.7 FM in Bend to chat about the local music scene in 2010 and The Bulletin’s Near/Far downloads project. Plus, we’ll spin some tunes by local artists.

So again: 8 p.m.! Tonight! 101.7 FM on your radio dial! Be there.

Free music. Sweet!

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Welcome, music lover! You’ve found your way to the Frequency blog and Near/Far, The Bulletin’s online hub for coverage of 2010′s best sounds.

Here, we’ve collected three dozen of the finest 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, complete with some fun doughnut-themed artwork for all you sweet-tooths. Here are the goods:

Download “Far” by clicking here
Includes 18 songs by some of the coolest national acts of the year, including Superchunk, Dr. Dog, Das Racist, Laura Veirs, Wavves, Freeway & Jake One, Beach House, Midlake, Black Mountain, Sharon Van Etten, Aloe Blacc, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin 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 Larry and His Flask, Sara Jackson-Holman, Mosley Wotta, Mindscape, A.M. Interstate, Tuck And Roll, Elliot, Dennis McGregor, The Autonomics, Michelle Van Handel, Tim Coffey, KouseFly 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 2010. For example:

–My 50 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: Several Central Oregon bands are starting to find success outside the region.)

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.)

–A “bonus disc” of great songs from 2010 that didn’t make it onto Near/Far. (It’s not really a disc. It’s an easily streamed YouTube playlist that includes tracks by Big Boi, Band of Horses, My Chemical Romance, Kanye West, Mumford & Sons, Deerhunter, Weezer, Sun Araw, Cee Lo Green, Purling Hiss, Tame Impala, Peter Wolf, Janelle Monae and more.)

And finally, we still have the 2007, 2008 and 2009 Near/Far compilations available for free download. That’s 102 great songs, including The Shins, Arcade Fire, Jamie Lidell, The Avett Brothers, Brendan Benson, Atmosphere, Band of Horses, Aesop Rock, Fleet Foxes and more. 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.

Music this week in Central Oregon

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

The first third of today’s GO! Magazine is dedicated to looking back at 2010’s best music, but that doesn’t mean there’s no shows to see this week in Bend. Here’s a round-up:

Sweatshop Union

Tonight at the Domino Room, Canadian hip-hop faves Sweatshop Union are back in town for the first time since, well, since the last time it was cold outside.

You see, there’s something about this Vancouver-based collective’s left-of-center hip-hop that appeals strongly to the kind of folks who hang out in ski/snowboard towns when there’s powder on the mountain. Why is that? I don’t know. Maybe they have an endorsement deal with a helmet company or something. Or maybe ski/snowboard types just like rap that is diverse, set to slick beats, and politically and socially aware.

Whatever the reason, people always turn out for these cats, and these cats put on a pretty good show. I saw ’em at WinterFest a couple years ago and was impressed.

Sweatshop Union, with Top Shelf, Logy B and Gage; 9 p.m. tonight, doors open 8 p.m.; $10 advance, $13 at the door. Advance ticket outlet info at; Domino Room, 51 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend.

Holiday Brewgrass Jamboree

Man, if you love local musicians and you love fine pickin’, the second annual Holiday Brewgrass Jamboree is right up your alley.

This is a two-night extravaganza: Friday in Bend, Saturday in Sisters, featuring the Bond Street Bluegrass All-stars. Now who are these all-stars, you ask? Let me tell you: members of Moon Mountain Ramblers, Tone Red, Blackstrap and the Pitchfork Rebellion. Plus, there’ll be performances by Greg Botsford, Wild Rye, Mai and more.

The idea is to pull together all corners of Central Oregon’s acoustic community and jam. And jam. And jam. And jam. And then jam some more. Expect good times, friends.

Holiday Brewgrass Jamboree; 8 tonight; $5; Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom, 24 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend; 541-388-8331 or

Holiday Brewgrass Jamboree; 8 p.m. Saturday; $5; Three Creeks Brewing Co., 721 Desperado Court, Sisters; 541-549-1963.

Saturday night: Barisone, Tuck and Roll

-The Annex (51 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend) will host a bunch of poppy, punky pop-punk(ish) bands Saturday night after the roller derby event in the Midtown Ballroom. The lineup includes Confederacy of Dunces, Where’s Tom and local dudes Tuck and Roll. Things will get going around 9 p.m. (or whenever the skates stop rolling), and it’s free.

-At MadHappy Lounge (850 N.W. Brooks St., Bend) on Saturday night, former Bendite, current Portlander and cornerstone of the local DJ scene, Barisone, will return like the prodigal son, if the prodigal son knew how to make the party bounce like one of those inflatable castles full of Slinkies. Joining him on the decks: DJ Smoke. Get there around 9 p.m. It’s free.

The Soulstice Jubilee

Saturday isn’t the winter solstice (I don’t think. What do I look like, a sundial?), but that won’t stop local faves Mosley Wotta and Eric Tollefson from getting together at Century Center (70 S.W. Century Drive, Bend) for The Soulstice Jubilee. The bands are gonna fill the room with some funk-jam-roots-blues-hop, and you are going to dance till your chilly bones thaw out.

Tickets cost $10 in advance at and $13 at the door, and a portion of proceeds go to the KIDS Center. Here’s the poster, just for fun:

What others thought of the year in music (addendum)

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Tomorrow morning in GO! Magazine, the music section will be dedicated to the best music of 2010, with four whole pages dedicated to the favorite things — albums, concerts, instruments, whatever — of those closest to Central Oregon’s music scene.

A couple weeks ago, I sent out a call to everyone I know asking them for their top five musical moments of the year. I’ve done this for four years in a row, and always received more lists than I could fit in the paper.

This year, however, there were even more lists than usual, and they were longer and more substantive than ever before. I ended up with way more material than I could use in print. Lucky for all of us, the internet is infinite! So I’ve taken all the overflow and placed it right here. Scroll down to see what a whole bunch of local folks were into in 2010.

Larry And His Flask
roots-punk road warriors
1. Best out of town shows: Austin, Texas at the Hole In The Wall with Possessed by Paul James and Tom Vandenavond. Playing at the House of Blues in Boston on Saint Patrick’s Day with Sick of it All and the Dropkick Murphys. Playing with Matt Hensley of Flogging Molly at Matt’s bar in Carlsbad. Playing acoustic at the House of Blues in Hollywood, Calif., in Jimmy Kimmel’s personal VIP section at the Mighty Mighty Bosstones show.

2. Most listened to albums of 2010: Possessed by Paul James, “Feed the Family.” Punch Brothers, “Anitfogmatic.” Noman, “Broadcast.” Murder by Death, “Good Morning, Magpie.” The Tallest Man on Earth, “Shallow Grave.”

3. Best hometown shows: Playing with The Devil Makes Three and the Dela Project at the Domino Room. Super rowdy show! Also, watching The Aggrolites at the Domino Room.

4. Best singer-songwriter of the century: Willy Tea of Oakdale, Calif.

5. Best party in Florida: The Fest, Halloween weekend. We played two shows that were awesome, then snuck onto the fourth floor of the Holliday Inn. Played on the fourth floor only to get kicked out by security and then to play again in the lobby with the manager’s permission at 4 a.m.


Great songs on albums that will not make my best-of-2010 list: Frightened Rabbit

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

My look back at the year in music (both local and beyond) will publish in GO! Magazine on Dec. 17 (that’s this Friday!), and our annual MP3 compilation of 2010’s best songs, “Near/Far,” will pop on Frequency that day, too. Until then, I’m posting some of my favorite songs of the year that appeared on albums I didn’t love.

Frightened Rabbit‘s 2010 release, “The Winter of Mixed Drinks,” is almost certainly getting short shrift from me in my assessment of 2010’s best albums. The two songs below are killer, as is “Swim Until You Can’t See Land.” The rest of the album is pretty good, too. But it has the unfortunate task of trying to follow one of my favorite albums ever, 2008’s “The Midnight Organ Fight” (also by these handsome Scots, in case that wasn’t obvious). So perhaps “Winter” didn’t impact me like I hoped it would because I subconsciously compared it to its predecessor, which is totally unfair to the band and the album. Facts are facts, however: Three of its songs floored me, but I struggled to love the ones that surrounded them.

I am totally prepared to be wrong in two, five or 10 years. When that happens, I hope Scott Hutchison will show up at my house, draw a beard on my face with marker, slap it off me, and then write a song about it. In the meantime:

Great songs on albums that will not make my best-of-2010 list: Best Coast

Monday, December 13th, 2010

My look back at the year in music (both local and beyond) will publish in GO! Magazine on Dec. 17, and our annual MP3 compilation of 2010’s best songs, “Near/Far,” will pop on Frequency that day, too. Until then, I’m posting some of my favorite songs of the year that appeared on albums I didn’t love.

It seemed like folks either loved or hated Best Coast‘s “Crazy For You” this year. One side of the debate — certainly the most important debate going on in our country these days — is annoyed by Bethany Cosentino’s simple songs, her lovelorn teen-diary lyrics, her “everything’s totally chill” persona, including (but not limited to) a Twitter feed focused almost exclusively on weed and cats. The other side appreciates Cosentino’s knack for catchy, sun-bronzed melodies, her syrupy sweet stories about boys (and liking boys), and her “everything’s totally chill” persona, including … oh, never mind. I liked Best Coast, but in small doses. Like “When I’m With You,” a three-minute, reverb-drenched nugget of perfect, girl-group surf-pop music.

Tonight: Boneyard Beer’s Cross Kultural Carnival

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

Boneyard Beer‘s throwing an eclectic, artsy shindig tonight at Century Center, with live music, comedy, spoken word, and other fun stuff. I don’t know much about a couple of the acts, but I do know that Seattle’s Corespondents are a pretty cool, atmospheric, instrumental band, and they alone are worth the price of admission (which is a suggested donation of $5). Read more about the whole event by clicking here.