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Last call for local recordings …

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Hey folks! I’m currently looking high and low to make sure I know about everything that happened, musically, in Central Oregon in 2013, 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 (though it is possible I overlooked something):

Amsterdam, “Aurora”
Amsterdam, “Avarice”
All You All, “Bait and Exchange”
Blackflowers Blacksun, “Bury Me Deep in Hell”
Blackflowers Blacksun, “Cursed”
Broken Down Guitars, “Passports”
Burnin’ Moonlight, “Good Wood”
Driftwood Insomnia, “Blushing Crows”
Travis Ehrenstrom, “Remain a Mystery”
Ergo Rex, “Breathe in the Roar”
Gary Fulkerson, “This Must Be Falling”
Grit & Grizzle, “Grit & Grizzle”
Harley Bourbon, “Old Empty Bottle”
Hobbs the Band, “Hobbs the Band”
Isles, “Viracocha”
Larry and His Flask, “By the Lamplight”
Lore Uprise, “Tortoise in Flight”
Necktie Killer, “Heavy & Horny”
The Prairie Rockets, “The Prairie Rockets”
Quiet Culture, “Basements”
Doc Ryan, “The Texas Blues Road Show”
Third Seven, “Surrender”
Jay Tablet, “Tablife”
Franchot Tone, “Thanks For This”
Carl Ventis, “Home For Christmas”
Wilderness, “Homeward From the Battle”

I also know there’s a Kylan Johnson album out there that I haven’t yet gotten hold of.

A few notes:

1. If you or your band released something in 2013 and you don’t see it on this list, write me ASAP at music@bendbulletin.com 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 music@bendbulletin.com.

Bend Roots Revival photos on Facebook, Twitter

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

I’m going to post daily recaps of the 2013 Bend Roots Revival as soon as possible. Until then, make sure you like Frequency on Facebook and follow on Twitter. I posted several photos last night!

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!

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 music@bendbulletin.com 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 music@bendbulletin.com.

Thanks!

More radio action: Reviewing the year in local music on KPOV’s Center Stage today at 2 p.m.

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Continuing the Great Frequency Radio Blitz of Late 2011, I’ll join Rick Miller, TK and Dennis Plant on KPOV’s Center Stage program today from 2 to 4 p.m. to talk about the local music scene in 2011 and play some songs.

If you’re in Central Oregon, try tuning in at 88.9 FM on your radio dial. If that doesn’t work (or you live elsewhere), stream it live at KPOV’s website!

talking about local music on Clear 101.7 FM today, Thursday and Friday

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

I totally forgot to mention this Monday and Tuesday (I blame the peppermint bark haze I was living in at the time) but Dori Donoho — host of the excellent Homegrown music show on Clear 101.7 FM and all-around awesome supporter of local music — was nice enough to have me as a guest for her daily Homegrown Hits segment this week to talk about the year in music in Central Oregon.

On Monday and Tuesday, we played songs by Laura Curtis and Mike Potter, respectively, and chatted a bit about each of those artists. Today, we’ll feature Cadence. Tomorrow it’s Tuck and Roll, and Friday is Larry and His Flask. All of these artists and songs are available for free and legal download on The Bulletin’s Near/Far compilation of 2011′s best tunes.

Anyway, the segment airs around 10:30 a.m. (that’s soon for you Cadence fans!) but you should go ahead and tune in earlier and listen to Dori’s whole show, because it’s cool and she’s cool and you’re cool, too … right?

Immerse yourself in free music!

Friday, December 9th, 2011

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.

Last call for local recordings …

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Here we go again!

It’s the last week of November and I’m officially hard at work on my annual review of the year in local music. That means I’m scrambling around, looking high and low to make sure I know about everything that happened, musically, in Central Oregon in 2011.

That includes 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 (or in a couple cases is on its way to me as we speak):

Anastacia, “Where the Road Meets the Sky”
Mike Biggers, “Smoke Signals in a Hurricane”
Bloodlust, “Ekbom Syndrome”
The Bobby Lindstrom Band, “Bring It On”
Boxcar Stringband, “Going Down South”
Laurel Brauns, “House of Snow”
Cadence, “Cadence”
Capture the Flag, “A Loss of Innocence”
Willie Carmichael, “Patched & Pulled Together”
Tim Coffey, “Strings Unbound”
Erin Cole-Baker, “Big Sky”
Laura Curtis, “Loving A Ghost”
Jared Delaney, “Waterfalls”
Dela Project, “Desperate Nuance”
The Dirtball, “Nervous System”
DSkiles Band, “Get Your Boogie On”
Empty Space Orchestra, “Empty Space Orchestra”
ER, “The Risk of Tragedy”
Brian Hinderberger, “Natasha’s Fight”
Kylan Johnson, “A Collage of Memories from the Month of June”
Jones Road, “The Whipping Boy”
Keez, “Keez”
Kleverkill, “Kleverkill”
Larry and His Flask, “All That We Know”
Phil Paige, “Simple Things”
The Pitchtones, “Cold Wind Blowin’”
Mike Potter, “The Turning”
The Quons, “Quiet Room”
Rural Demons, “Ghost Lights”
Stillfear, “Stillfear”
Strange Attractor, “The Fault”
Jay Tablet, “Put It on the Tab”
Tuck and Roll, “Broken Radios”
Various Artists, “Americana Project: Tracks in the Woods”

A couple of notes:

1. If you or your band released something in 2011 and you don’t see it on this list, write me ASAP at music@bendbulletin.com 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. When you put it all together and look at the list, I think this is by far the local music scene’s most folk/rock/blues-heavy collective output since I moved here in 2006. Which is fine. I love folk, rock and the blues. But I’m a bit worried about the lack of hip-hop, DJs and other more beat-oriented music on this list.

Three years ago, I wrote an article titled “Hip-hop dominates local music scene in ’08″ that cited releases by The Dirtball, Mindscape and Mosley Wotta, Cloaked Characters and Amsterdam, DJs Moksha, Smoke and Barisone and more to support the assertion in the headline. Now I look at the list above and I see rap albums from The Dirtball and Jay Tablet and a dubstep-ish EP by Brad “Keez” Jones, but beyond that … not much.

Is hip-hop dead or dying in this town? Is this the late-arriving but inevitable result of beat-friendly bar The Grove’s closure in 2007? Are all the DJs putting their mixes on Soundcloud and I’m just not doing a good enough job of paying attention?

Perhaps it’s all the above, I don’t know. If you know, leave a comment.

And, if you know about any local hip-hop or electronic music that I don’t know about, I really want you to get in touch. Because like I said, I love folk, rock and the blues, but it’s not all I want to listen to.

What I’m listening to / prepping for “best of 2011″ / Patrick Stump

Monday, November 7th, 2011

I get more requests for album reviews, I think, than anything else.

I’d love to do them. I’d love to do a ton of them, both in print and here on Frequency. I’ve been wanting to do them since I took this job.

There have been a few different obstacles over the years, but right now, the main one is time. To review albums properly would take some time, and extra time is not something that I have available to me.

I say this to point out the “Frequent spins” section of the sidebar over there on the right. I just switched out the album covers this weekend, so it really reflects what I’m listening to a lot right now. Consider that an endorsement and go check ‘em out. (I am also going to try to keep that section more up to date going forward, FYI.)

All six of the covers over there are 2011 releases, and that’s because I’m deep into my process for determining my favorite albums of the year, so that’s about all I’m listening to. To that end, I’ll have actual thoughts and words on each of those albums in my “best of 2011″ coverage that’ll run in GO! Magazine at some point in the next several weeks. So keep an eye out for that. I’m tentatively planning something similar to previous years, which means the best albums of the year, best shows of the year, and a compilation of the year’s best songs available for free download on this here blog, dog.

Patrick Stump / Soul Punk

I will say one thing, though: The biggest surprise of 2011, for me, is “Soul Punk,” the new solo album from former Fall Out Boy frontman Patrick Stump. If you’re familiar with his previous band, put that stuff completely out of your head. There is no mall-punk emo to be found on this thing. Instead, it’s highly potent, punchy club-pop music that’s just exuberant and dynamic and lots of fun. Think Michael Jackson if he’d remained as awesome as he was in the early 1980s, but stuck around until 2011 and modernized a bit. That’s very high praise, and maybe it’s a tiny bit of an overstatement, but seriously, the MJ influence is strong here, and I can’t stop spinning this record. It’s terrific and will finish high on my 2011 list.

I don’t know how long this link will work, but for now, you can stream all of “Soul Punk” by clicking here.

Last but not least: I do tend to talk more about nationally released, non-local albums on Facebook and Twitter, so if you’re not already snuggling up to Frequency in the social media sphere, you should be.

Win free tickets to Les Schwab Amphitheater shows in GO! Magazine

Friday, May 13th, 2011

This ad pretty much tells you what you need to know, but I will explain it anyway. Basically, starting today Golden Tickets are being placed randomly in The Bulletin’s GO! Magazine, and if you find one, you and someone else get into a Les Schwab Amphitheater show for free. The tickets can be found in both home-delivered papers and those purchased at stores, so everyone has a chance to win.

Basically, it’s like “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” except instead of a tour of Willy Wonka’s joint, you get to go lounge on the Schwab’s grass and take in some tunes under a glorious Central Oregon summer sky. (Unless it snows.)

Anyway, free concert tickets! Yay! Pick up GO! Magazine today.