Archive for the ‘cool stuff’ Category

Read my interview with E-40 and brush up on his catalog

Friday, October 25th, 2013

In March of 2012, the renowned Oakland-based DJ Matthew Africa — who died in a car accident a little over a year ago — put together a massive mix of Bay Area rap icon E-40’s greatest songs from across his 25-year career. He called it “Yay Game” and it is 40 tracks and nearly 80 minutes of awesome. Give it a spin right here:

While you’re listening, click here to read my interview with the man that ran in today’s GO! Magazine, in which he talks about mixtape culture, why he’s putting out three albums at once in December and what he hopes his legacy will be in the Bay.

Meet Tyler, the Creator superfan Grady MacMillan

Friday, May 10th, 2013


At noon today, I drove by the Midtown Ballroom in Bend and noticed one kid sitting in a lawn chair by the door, presumably waiting to get into tonight’s Tyler, the Creator show.

Doors to the show open at 8 p.m.

At 2:30, I drove back by and the kid was still the only person there. So I pulled over and chatted with him.

His name is Grady MacMillan. He’s 14 years old and a student at Cascade Middle School in Bend. In part because he missed a previous Tyler show thanks to an appendectomy, his parents, Terry and Courtney, let him skip school today to get in line for the show, which he did at 10:30 a.m.


[Poster] King Ghidora, The Kronk Men and The Religious Rite at The Horned Hand

Friday, April 26th, 2013

I wrote about this show and this poster — designed by Dirk Spece of The Kronk Men — here.


the best groove of 2012 …

Monday, January 7th, 2013

… came from the remote Swedish villagers in Goat, makers of rumbling, voodoo-steeped Afro-psych. This is the final song on their album “World Music,” which landed on my list of 2012’s 10 best albums.

If you can, strap on some headphones and immerse yourself in this. Right now.

handmade CD-packaging goodness

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

As a guy tasked with covering Central Oregon’s music scene for the newspaper, I love all releases by local musicians like they are my own children.

But as a serious packaging geek, I really love what Silvero just dropped off.

Deschutes Brewery unveils Deschutes River Recordings

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Eric D. Johnson along the Deschutes River

Eric D. Johnson along the Deschutes River

File this under: “Cool all around.”

Today, Deschutes Brewery premiered a video of The Fruit Bats‘ Eric D. Johnson (who, by the way, is opening for M. Ward at the Domino Room on Sept. 21) performing a song by The Byrds along the banks of the Deschutes River near La Pine State Park. It’s the first installment of the company’s new Deschutes River Recordings series, which it hopes will promote and support the efforts of the Deschutes River Conservancy.

Here’s the gist of the project, taken from an email from a Deschutes spokesperson:

• The brewery issued a call to its fans – otherwise called “advisory board members” – to choose songs with a river theme through an online voting process.
• Next, the brewery teamed up with indie artists to record the selected songs. The musicians traveled here and recorded the music “streamside high-wire: live, unadorned, far from a studio safety net”, resulting in a completely unique sound blending acoustic tunes with the sounds of nature.
• A partnership with popular music site,, was formed and implemented to help promote the new recordings.
• Fans can download the songs for free, but are able to make a donation if they desire. Proceeds from downloads of this new music benefit the Deschutes River Conservancy, which is working to preserve streamflows and health of the river.

Check out the Pitchfork ad! If you know anything about the site or music journalism in 2012, you know this is quite the placement:

And here’s the video, featuring Johnson performing The Byrds’ “Ballad of Easy Rider.” Be sure to download the track and donate here. Coming in the next few weeks: Songs by Johnson’s fellow Portland-based indie luminaries Eric Earley (of Blitzen Trapper) and Laura Gibson.

Of all the cool things on the Sisters Folk Festival’s schedule …

Friday, September 7th, 2012

… the coolest of all may be the fact that anyone — you don’t need a festival pass — can show up to Sisters Coffee Company (273 W. Hood Ave.) on Saturday at 1 p.m. and watch Brian Blade conduct a workshop. For free.

What kind of workshop? I don’t know. Blade is one of the finest jazz drummers in the world, so maybe drumming. Then again, he’s in town with his Mama Rosa Band, presumably, to do something like this:

I mean, this is truly an amazing opportunity to see an incredibly talented and influential musician up close and personal. I can’t stress this enough: Brian Blade workshop, Saturday at 1 p.m. at Sisters Coffee Company. It’s free and open to the public.

Otherwise, as a reminder: All-events passes to the festival are sold out. Day passes for Sunday are now available (until they’re gone) for $55 at the Will Call table, located near the Village Green stage. Find more info on Sisters Folk Festival here.

my favorite drumming in a song ever

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

I’m by no means an expert on the drums, or drummers, or drumming. But I do know that I love Jeremiah Green‘s drumming on this song like you would not believe.

I swear, every time those first few beats kick in, I turn into some kind of fake-air-drumming awkward octopus, even if other people can see me. I just can’t help it.

The song as a whole ain’t too shabby either. And the album … well, let’s save that for another post some time.

[MP3] Two songs from Dave Depper’s “The Ram Project”

Friday, February 10th, 2012

In today’s Bulletin, I have a story on Dave Depper, a former Bendite (Mountain View, class of ’98) who now lives in Portland and makes his living as a musician. He’s played in a ton of bands over the past several years, including the Fruit Bats, Loch Lomond, Norfolk & Western, and tours with Jolie Holland and Mirah.

Anyway, that’s all cool and everything, but the focus of my story is Depper’s somewhat puzzling but super awesome 2011 album “The Ram Project,” which is a note-for-note remake — that Depper recorded in a month of 10- to 12-hour days — of Paul McCartney’s fine and relatively obscure 1971 album “Ram.”

So again, go read the story, and be sure to check out a couple of tracks from the project, including one on Depper’s album and one bonus track, right here:

Dave Depper, “Dear Boy”

Dave Depper, “Oh Woman Oh Why”

Win a GO! Magazine Silipint cup

Friday, November 18th, 2011

I’ve got four Silipint cups on my desk right now that have the GO! Magazine logo on one side and the lineup for the 2011 Les Schwab Amphitheater season on the other, and I think I want to give ’em away. (I said five on Facebook and Twitter, but one is already gone!)

Here’s what they look like:

Pretty cool, huh? I think so, at least.

Anyway, here’s what you need to do to get one: On the back of today’s GO! Magazine we have an alternate cover for the issue featuring a sweet drawing by my colleague Andy Zeigert. (You can see it below.)

To win a Silipint, just find a copy of GO!, take a photo of the High on Fire cover and make sure there’s a hand flying metal horns somewhere in the shot (no need for any faces), and then post it to Frequency’s Facebook page OR Tweet it to me. The first four people to do so get a GO!/Schwab Silipint.

Here’s what the back cover looks like. I love it!