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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 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

Download “November” and help local kids

Friday, November 29th, 2013

(I should’ve posted this weeks ago.)

“November” is an online compilation album featuring songs from Central Oregon artists that’s available for purchase here (for $5 or more) only during the month of November.

That means only through tomorrow, folks!

The key point here is that, according to organizer Brian Hinderberger (of local bands Victory Swig and The Rum and the Sea), 100 percent of profits from the album will go to Healthy Beginnings of Central Oregon, which “provides accessible physical, developmental and behavioral screenings to children from birth through age five to foster healthy, educated, nurtured children, families and communities,” according to its website.

Artists who’ve donated a song include: Voodoo Highway, Three Times Bad, Chris Evans, Jason D Schweitzer, Victory Swig, Stan Roach, Steam Engines, The Rum and The Sea, The Quons, Hilst & Coffey and Jason Chinchen.

Good local music and a good cause … what are you waiting for? (No seriously, don’t wait … again, it’s gone after tomorrow.)

Watch the new HardChords video, do the Freakshow tonight

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Tonight at Pakit Liquidators, it’s Freakshow time, featuring various oddities mingling with art, fashion and music. Read more about it, and check out the poster below.

To get you all pumped up and freaked out, here’s the new video from local live-band hip-hop group The HardChords. It’s a creepy, cinematic clip for their song “Sasquatch Lavender,” which features another Freakshow performer, Seattle rapper Onry Ozzborn, aka one half of tonight’s excellent headliner, Grayskul.

Here’s that poster, y’all …


Our 2013 Bend Roots Revival coverage

Friday, September 27th, 2013


With this stuff out of the way, the Bend Roots Revival is officially on this weekend at Pakit Liquidators in Bend. In today’s GO! Magazine, we have lots of coverage to try to help you navigate the festival:

My story on the effort to move Bend Roots into Pakit, and why every music-loving person in Central Oregon owes Mark Ransom, Matt Korish and their team of volunteers some thank-you hugs and handshakes.

The best festival schedule you’ll find anywhere, set up to make it easy to figure out who’s playing what stages and when.

A few highlights of the schedule, including stuff for hard-rockers, good-timers, blues-lovers and anyone interested in seeing some good new bands on the local scene. (Please note that this is just a small fraction of the artists playing this weekend and there’s good stuff all over the schedule. Space in the newspaper is finite, unfortunately.)

— And, of course, you can look back and all our previous Bend Roots Revival coverage.

Pakit Liquidators receives permit to host Bend Roots Revival

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Here’s Pakit Liquidators owner Matt Korish holding a temporary certificate of occupancy issued to his business this morning by the City of Bend, allowing Pakit to host the 2013 Bend Roots Revival.

More in a bit!



(Photos by Jesse Roberts)

Tonight: Wilderness album-release show at Crux

Monday, August 19th, 2013


The Bend-based band Wilderness has a new album all shined up and ready for public consumption. It’s called “Homeward From the Battle” and they’ll be celebrating it tonight at Crux Fermentation Project (50 S.W. Division St., Bend). The show is free, and Terrible Buttons from Spokane, Wash., opens.

I think “Homeward” is quite good; you can read more of my thoughts on it here. There’s a teaser video for the album below, and you can hear more of its songs by clicking here.

Wilderness Album Teaser from Benjamin Kinzer on Vimeo.

The Big Dig: Bend Roots Revival, past and present

Friday, August 9th, 2013

(The Big Dig is a video series by The Bulletin following the massive effort to clean up Pakit Liquidators — a large, cluttered home improvement resale yard on Bend’s east side — so it can host the 2013 Bend Roots Revival. Click here to watch the whole series.)

In the first installment of The Big Dig, we heard briefly from two men with apparently superhuman vision, standing among huge piles of junk stuff and talking about stages and live music and food vendors and drinks and fire marshals and building capacity. It was clear they want to throw a party in this messy space … somehow.

Now, it’s time to meet those guys and hear their plans. But before we can do that, we need to learn a little bit more about how they got to this point and this place.

Exclusive: Stream Travis Ehrenstrom’s entire new album “Remain A Mystery” + earn a download of the whole album and other goodies

Monday, August 5th, 2013


Today, Frequency is pleased to host an exclusive stream of the new album from Bend-based singer-songwriter Travis Ehrenstrom, “Remain A Mystery.”

It’s an engaging listen, an eclectic, 21st century take on folk-pop-rock-whatever. Fans of Wilco, Ryan Adams and My Morning Jacket’s mellower moments should take notice.

You can click below to listen, but we also have a way for you to get a copy of your own, for free. Ehrenstrom has generously offered up five digital downloads of the entire album, and one package of goodies — a T-shirt, plus the album on CD and vinyl — to commenters on Frequency.

Here’s all you have to do: Leave a comment on this blog post and let me know your favorite song on the album, and what you like about it. Be sure to leave a real email address so I can get in touch with you. After a week, I’ll pick five people to receive the downloads and one to receive the shirt, CD and record.

So get to it! And don’t hesitate; the whole album will only stream for a week.

Stay tuned to Frequency and GO! Magazine, because we’ll have more on Ehrenstrom and the album ahead of his release show Aug. 24 at The Open Door in Sisters.

The Big Dig: Pakit Liquidators begins massive cleanup in prep for Bend Roots Revival

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

When we last checked in with the folks behind the Bend Roots Revival, they were looking to bounce back from last year’s last-minute cancellation by moving the popular celebration of local music and art to Pakit Liquidators, the charming but cluttered (to put it mildly), vast home improvement resale yard at Ninth Street and Wilson Avenue in Bend.

Well, the work to clean up Pakit for the Roots Revival has begun, and will continue, presumably, until the festival, scheduled for Sept. 27-29. And The Bulletin is going to follow along. Below, find the first installment of our video series following the efforts to turn a quasi-junkyard into a concert venue, and be sure to check back here over the next several weeks as we add more videos to the series.

Oh, and if you’re not not familiar with the history of the Bend Roots Revival festival, you can find all our past coverage by clicking here. Or, click below to go straight to a specific year.

2013: Bend Roots Revival eyes new home at Pakit Liquidators
“Organizers of the Bend Roots Revival, a popular three-day celebration of local music and art, are planning to stage the 2013 version of the festival at Pakit Liquidators, a construction material resale shop at the corner of Southeast Ninth Street and Southeast Armour Boulevard in Bend.”

2012: Bend Roots Revival officially canceled
“Nine days after first announcing that the 2012 Bend Roots Revival was canceled (but then passing around a petition and hoping to work things out with their venue, the Century Center), organizers of the weekend-long celebration of local music and culture made it official last week: No Roots fest this year.”

2011: Bend Roots Revival’s final year at Century Center
“Over the past six years, the Bend Roots Revival has grown from a small gathering of local artists jamming in and around Parrilla Grill and The Victorian Cafe to one of Central Oregon’s biggest and best music events and a vital celebration of local arts that takes over the Century Center for an entire weekend.”

2010: Bend Roots Revival moves to Century Center
“Bend Roots Revival ’09 was the event’s last year as an under-discovered gem, finding itself, learning to walk. In 2010, with a new home, better organization and artists onstage who’d achieved a higher profile, Bend Roots hit the ground running, ready to race into a bright future.”

2009: Bend Roots Revival’s final year at 14th Street and Galveston Avenue
“Suddenly, it seems, the Bend Roots Revival is one of the biggest and best parties in Bend.”

2008: Bend Roots Revival takes off
“On Friday night, I stood in the middle of Galveston Avenue in Bend, music blaring at me from the north and the south, and thought to myself, ‘Something is happening here.'”

Tonight: Shhh … it’s the Cascades Festival

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

I kept this out of The Bulletin because organizers were/are concerned about too many people showing up. But Frequency’s audience is considerably smaller than the newspaper, so …

Tonight out in the woods somewhere (directions here), four local bands are gathering for what they’re calling the Cascades Festival. It’s free. It’s only tonight. (It also has a Facebook event page, if that’s useful to you.) The location has limited parking, so the bands are asking attendees to try to carpool.

It also has an beautiful poster by Katie Daisy.

So, now you know.