Archive for December, 2012

Poster: Larry and His Flask and friends at Century Center

Monday, December 31st, 2012

This is almost certainly going to be a blast, folks. And the promoters are on Facebook right now saying it’s not sold out and they will have tickets at the door. FYI.

Kill time between now and the show by checking out Frequency’s big ol’ archive of posters and flyers!

Harley Bourbon unveils “Old Empty Bottle” tonight

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Harley Bourbon is, from left, Casey Cathcart, Collin Rhoton, John Forrest and Maxine Roach.

Local roots-rockers Harley Bourbon stopped by the office last week and dropped off a copy of their new album, “Old Empty Bottle.” Not one of those fancy-pants official versions with cover art and a track list and all that stuff … we’re talking the whole thing on one 40:43 minute track on a blank CD that says “Harley Bourbon” and “mastered” in black-marker chicken scratches.

I popped it into the computer, and laughed when this came up:

Apparently, according to the database that iTunes uses to identify CDs, “Linnea Bradley” also released one 40:43-long track at some point called “Smoking Cessation.” New Age, no less.

I went ahead and imported the CD. I’ll fix the info … eventually … maybe.

Anyway, this little bit of metadata confusion is especially funny because of Harley Bourbon frontman John Forrest’s voice, an gnarly cocktail of sandpaper and glass shards. Please note that I have no idea if Forrest has ever smoked a cigarette in his life. But he sounds like he has smoked them all.

Regardless, he’s blessed with the pipes for this kind of music; think Paul Westerberg, Shane MacGowan, Bobby Bare Jr. But the most obvious point of reference is Ben Nichols of Lucero. Like that guy, Forrest delivers perfectly and consistently coarse vocals without mangling his memorable melodies. And like Nichols, he’s backed by a mighty fine band. The other three Harley Bourbon-ites — bassist Casey Cathcart, drummer Maxine Roach and guitarist Collin Rhoton — are a well-oiled unit, adept at bashing out a mix of punk-folk, outlaw country, rockabilly and hardcore twang that’s catchy and well-crafted, but also hefty and rough around the edges.

Short version: “Old Empty Bottle” is packed top to bottom with strong songs and strong performances. It’s a heck of a listen. And if you get out and about tonight and end up at McMenamins, you can buy a copy from the band. They’re playing Father Luke’s Room at 9 p.m., and it’s $5 to get in. (Next door in the movie theater, a tribute to The Band called Across The Great Divide — including Gabe Johnson, Tyler Mason and an all-star lineup of other locals — will play at the same time with the same cover charge. Find more info on McMenamins’ party plans here.)

Here’s a taste of “Old Empty Bottle,” a song called “Won’t Be Lonely” … enjoy.

Tonight: Thumbprint Collective at The Horned Hand

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

This is pretty late notice, but maybe you’re sitting there in your living room, feeling the itch to go out but not sure what to do.

Here’s a suggestion: Go to The Horned Hand (507 N.W. Colorado Ave., Bend) around 9 p.m. (it’s free) and check out Thumbprint Collective, local producer of electronic music for both your booty and your brain.

Head Thumbprinter Chris makes some of my favorite bleepy/bloopy music in town, primarily because his stuff is glitchy and beat-driven, but also mellow, subtly melodic and just enough left of center to keep things interesting. This isn’t the aggressive kind of electronic music you’ve been reading about in magazines and seeing in cereal commercials. This is the ideal soundtrack to a super-chilled evening of noddin’ heads and gettin’ fuzzy.

If you want a taste of what Thumbprint Collective does, you’re in luck. He just released a new album called “Listening Energy,” and you can stream it below or download it at his Bandcamp site. He’ll let you name your price; I suggest you name something more than $0. Support art and support artists, you know?

The setup!

Free music? Cool!

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Hello there, music lover! You have landed at the Frequency blog and Near/Far, The Bulletin’s online hub for coverage of 2012’s best music. Welcome!

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: Father John Misty, Cloud Nothings, DIIV, Beach House, Himanshu, Lotus Plaza, Goat, Redd Kross, Ty Segall Band, Moon Duo, Metz, Lushlife, Dawn Richard, Mind Spiders, Line & Circle, Nicholas Szczepanik, Terry Malts and The Orwells.

Download “Near” by clicking here
Includes 18 songs by some of Central Oregon’s best artists: Mosley Wotta, Eric Tollefson, The Mostest, All You All, Hilst & Coffey, Beland, Third Seven, Jackie Barrett, Subliminal, Bobby Lindstrom, The River Pigs, Amsterdam & Goodwill, Shannon Bex, Silvero, Hawkmeat, Finn Miles and Five Pint Mary.

Now how about some thoughts/words on music in 2012? For example:

My 10 favorite albums of the year, with short reviews, plus 40 more good ones.

–My eight favorite local albums of the year, plus a roundup of other notable releases.

–My short overview of the Central Oregon music scene in 2012. (Hint: It was a year of ups and downs, of big crowds, bad news and a hopeful ending.)

My favorite concerts of the year in Central Oregon. (Coming soon.)

–The best musical moments of the year — part one and part two — 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. (Coming soon.)

And finally, we still have the 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 Near/Far compilations available for free download. That’s 174 great songs, including Arcade Fire, Jamie Lidell, The Shins, Fleet Foxes, Atmosphere, The Avett Brothers, Aesop Rock, Band of Horses, Das Racist, Superchunk and more. Click here to grab them all.

I’ll be adding more stuff to this post in the next week or so, so be sure to check back in!

R.I.P. Joe Strummer

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

10 years ago today. Damn.

It’s folly to say so, but I have always been a bit more drawn to his work with the Mescaleros than The Clash (though admittedly I am not an expert on either). So here’s a full set by the former performing songs by both bands, with occasional clips of an interview with Joe. This thing looks and sounds terrific, so … yeah, just click that “play” button.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Here’s what’s in today’s music section in GO! Magazine:

– My colleague David Jasper’s story on the newish Central Oregon band Hobbs, which plays at Silver Moon Brewing tonight.

My roundup of some of tonight’s big “end of the world” concerts, including Moon Mountain Ramblers, most of Person People, two good local bands at The Horned Hand and a Redmond option. (NOTE: Short stories on the Saturday’s Holiday Brewgrass Jamboree at Silver Moon and Patrick Lamb’s Jazz at the Oxford shows this weekend are at this link, too. They shouldn’t be, but they are.)

My review of Snoop Dogg’s show at Bend’s Midtown Ballroom Tuesday night.

Subliminal goes acoustic, shows to get you out of the house on Christmas night, and much more.

[Photos / video] Snoop Dogg in Bend

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

In case you somehow missed it, hip-hop icon Snoop Dogg braved the cold weather and snowy roads to play the Midtown Ballroom in Bend Saturday night.

I’ll have a full review of the show in Friday’s GO! Magazine — short version: it was a solid, workmanlike showcase for his fleet of hit songs — but for now, scroll down and check out some terrific shots of the evening taken by The Bulletin’s Andy Tullis, plus a few videos of songs that I filmed.


The Horned Hand’s noise citation dismissed by judge

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Here’s the article from today’s Bulletin by my colleague Hillary Borrud, with the judge’s reasoning and comments from Horned Hand owner Wesley Ladd as well as a couple neighbors who’ve called police to complain about the Colorado Avenue music venue in recent months.

new Hilst & Coffey video: “It Goes”

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

This popped up on ye ol’ interwebz a week or so ago. It’s a good-lookin’ video for “It Goes,” a bluesy, upbeat track off local Celtic-leaning chamber-folk duo Hilst & Coffey‘s 2012 album “The Lonely Grange Sessions.”

The man behind the camera is Tim Cash of Bend-based FARfromEARTH Films. The setting is the Crooked River Gorge. The song is cool. Enjoy.

“It Goes” by Hilst & Coffey from “The Lonely Grange Sessions” from Hilst & Coffey on Vimeo.

Last call for local recordings …

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

It’s that time of year again! I’m officially hard at work on my annual review of the year in local music. (You can find 2011 and links to 2007 through 2010 here.)

And that means I’m looking high and low to make sure I know about everything that happened, musically, in Central Oregon in 2012, including recordings by local artists.

I want to make sure I have ‘em all. So peruse the list below and see if your band or project (or a band or project you know of) is missing. This is what’s currently sitting on my desk and hard drive (it is possible I overlooked something), followed by a few things I know are out there but don’t have in my possession:

Akwanaut, “Akwanaut”
All You All, “Fluorescence”
All You All, “Incandescence”
Amsterdam and Goodwill, “Earth & Sky”
Jackie Barrett, “Between In and Out”
Beland, “Danger of Love”
Shannon Bex, “I’m A Woman”
Birdking, “Downwind”
The Confederats, “Runnin’ From the Cops!”
Elliot, “Borderlines”
Cy Erickson, “Redmond, Oregon”
Finn Miles, “Winteresque”
Hawkmeat, “Winter Ghosts”
Hilst & Coffey, “The Lonely Grange Sessions”
Bobby Lindstrom Band, “Between a Rock and a Blue Spot”
Mosley Wotta, “Amalgam X”
Mosley Wotta, “KinKonK”
The Mostest, “Zara Dreams”
The River Pigs, “… When Pigs Fly”
The Selfless Riot, “These Times of Our Lives”
Silvero, “Spiritual Vamp”
Subliminal, “Rise Up”
Jay Tablet, “White City”
Third Seven, “Cascadia”
Thumbprint Collective, “Listening Energy”
Eric Tollefson, “The Polar Ends”
Ventis, “Let Go”

Stuff I know came out but don’t have: another Cy Erickson album, the High Desert Hooligans album, and I think a metal band put something out, but now I can’t find where I saw that.

Stuff that’s coming out between now and the end of the year: albums by Harley Bourbon and Todd Haaby & Sola Via.

A few notes:

1. If you or your band released something in 2012 and you don’t see it on this list, write me ASAP at and let’s talk. But first, read #2.

2. Please note that what I’m looking for here isn’t really demos or unreleased stuff or a single song you posted online, though I would truly love to hear any or all of that stuff and I hope you’ll send it to me. But for this particular project, I’m really looking for full EPs or albums that have been recorded, packaged in some way and released for public consumption, either in a physical format or on the Internet.

3. This list isn’t as long as the ones I posted at this time the past two years, so either y’all aren’t releasing as much stuff or I’m missing some stuff. Again, if you know of something I’m missing, email me NOW at