Immerse yourself in free music!

Friday, December 9th, 2011, 7:58 am by Ben Salmon

Well hello there, music aficionado! Somehow, some way, you’ve landed at the Frequency blog and Near/Far, The Bulletin’s online hub for coverage of 2011′s best music.

Here, we’ve collected three dozen of the finest tunes 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 nifty cover art. 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 Fleet Foxes, Yuck, The War on Drugs, Shabazz Palaces, Other Lives, Washed Out, The David Mayfield Parade, Mogwai, Jeff the Brotherhood, Wooden Shjips, Serengeti, Ringo Deathstarr, Com Truise, Street Gnar 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, Laurel Brauns, Empty Space Orchestra, Erin Cole-Baker, Tuck And Roll, Anastacia, Mike Potter, Laura Curtis, Cadence, Jay Tablet, Capture the Flag, The Quons, Boxcar Stringband, Stillfear and more. See the entire “Near” tracklist here.

(Please be aware that a few of these tracks might contain some coarse language.)

Now how about some thoughts/words on music in 2011? For example:

–My 50 favorite albums of the year, including short reviews of about half of them.

–My 10 favorite local albums of the year, plus a round-up of other notable local releases here, here and here.

–My favorite concerts of the year in Central Oregon.

–The best musical moments of the year through the eyes of those closest to the scene, presented in handy Top 5 list format. Plus lots more that we didn’t have room for in print.

–My short overview of the Central Oregon music scene in 2011. (Hint: This year felt a bit unsettled to me, as if we’re in a time of transition.)

–A “bonus disc” (aka YouTube playlist) of great songs from 2011 that didn’t make it onto Near/Far.

And finally, we still have the 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 Near/Far compilations available for free download. That’s 138 great songs, including The Shins, Arcade Fire, Jamie Lidell, The Avett Brothers, Brendan Benson, Atmosphere, Band of Horses, Aesop Rock, Dr. Dog, Midlake, Das Racist, Superchunk and more. Just click to grab them: 2007 and 2008 / 2009 / 2010.

As always, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to send me email. I love feedback, and am always looking to improve Frequency.

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One Response to “Immerse yourself in free music!”

  1. Paul Gratton says:

    Great stuff! I love to see/hear local compilations like “Near;” thanks for supporting the local scene.

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