This morning, Bend’s community radio station, KPOV, debuted The Point, a new daily program covering local news, arts/entertainment, recreation, politics and more. The 30-minute show airs at 9 a.m. every morning, and you can read more about it in this mid-April column by my colleague Lily Raff.
I’m bringing it up because yours truly will be providing The Point’s weekly segment on the live-music scene in Central Oregon, which we’re calling Radio Frequency. Every Thursday, shortly after 9 a.m., I’ll join the show’s hosts to talk about what’s happening locally, music-wise, over the coming week, and where you can read lots more about it all: GO! Magazine in The Bulletin, of course.
So tune in tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. and hear me try to figure out what I’m doing on the fly. KPOV is at 88.9 FM on your radio dial, and also streaming at the station’s website.
Beginning today, High Desert Community Radio, KPOV FM, will have a new position at the left of the dial at 88.9 FM.
KPOV got off the ground in 2005 as a low-power station broadcasting at two watts from a tower on Awbrey Butte, its range limited mostly to Bend.
In 2007, the volunteer-run station began working a campaign to go full-power in order to reach more listeners, according to a press release announcing the move.
KPOV will now be broadcasting at 800 watts, allowing it to reach not only all corners of Bend, but also Sisters and Redmond.
According to the release, the station has raised $92,000 via donations, grants, event ticket sales and loans over the past three years, enabling it to pay for equipment and other full-power related costs.
Contact: www.kpov.org or 541-322-0863.
If you’ve got your car radio set to KPOV’s old frequency, 106.7 FM, make sure you change it today … if it hasn’t gone away yet, it will soon!
(This post is part of Frequency’s coverage of the best music of the past decade. You can see all of that coverage in one place by clicking here. And be sure to tune in Dec. 18, when I’ll post “Near/Far,” our annual, downloadable MP3 compilation of the best music of 2009, to go along with our year-in-review package in that day’s GO! Magazine.)
As part of Frequency’s ongoing coverage of music in the first 10 years of the 21st century, I’ve asked a few folks close to the local scene to reflect on the past decade in whatever way they see fit. Look for more of these coming over the next week. First up, Dori Donoho. If it’s music, and it was released over the past decade, chances are good that Dori has heard it. She’s the mid-day DJ at Clear 101.7 FM in Bend and, for 10 years now, the host of the radio station’s Homegrown Music Showcase on Thursday night, where she features local music by local musicians.
Dori Donoho’s picks for the best of 2000–2009
(Not in any particular order. They are all equal on my list)
The Decemberists, “The Hazards Of Love”
Let’s face it, I’m a sucker for concept albums from Oregon artists, especially when the musical vibe ranges from acid Celtic to intense story ballads. OH YEAH.
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, “Raising Sand”
Zeppelin meets traditional music — so wrong and yet so very right. Great album start to finish without one single clinker. It’s DELICIOUS!
Shawn Mullins, “9th Ward Picking Parlor”
Music raised from the ashes of the old-style blues in New Orleans. Inspired by and recorded in that city’s 9th Ward. Who am I kidding? If Shawn Mullins farted in a bucket and recorded it, I would buy it.
Michael Franti & Spearhead, “Yell Fire” and “All Rebel Rockers”
Both albums are activist theory-ridden messages that you can dance too. Over and over again these two albums are good for the mind, body, and soul. Put on your left wings and let it wash all over you.
Dixie Chicks, “Taking The Long Way”
An album of “I’M NOT SORRY!” comprised of the stellar musicianship of the Chicks, amped up by rock star collaborations with the likes of Mike Campbell (Heartbreakers), Keb’ Mo’, and Sheryl Crow. This one is in my CD player all the time.
This artist had me at first listen. She sampled parts of this album in the song “Paper Planes” for the “Slumdog Millionaire” soundtrack. I am a believer.
John Butler Trio, “Grand National”
Begs the question, which came first? Love of the artist LIVE? Or on CD? For me, it was a live performance that rocked my world. The musicianship of John Butler and his ability to be one with the guitar does not come through as well on CD as it does live. However, the CD is still one of my top 10 records of all time.
Bend’s annual film festival — the appropriately named BendFilm — runs from Thursday through Sunday, and the official guide came out yesterday in The Bulletin.
Last night, I flipped through the film summaries and saw a couple that might appeal to those of you whose obsession with music permeates everything you do. You read books about music. You see movies about music. Because you’re sick. Like me.
Anyway, “Drawing With Chalk” is showing at 3 p.m. Friday at McMenamins Old St. Francis School. Here’s a synopsis:
Drawing With Chalk tells the story of two factory workers, Jay and Matt who grew up together and had played in a rock band years prior but missed their shot at ‘the big prize.’ As they hit 40 they decide to give it one more try. Jay struggles between his artistic dreams and his responsibilities to his wife Jasmin and son Bryan. Matt has his own demons to contend with as he battles depression and a universal fear of simply being too old to make it in an industry that thrives on youth. Eventually, Jay’s fierce commitment to his music begins to take a toll on his family. He is ultimately faced with having to make a decision whether or not to say goodbye to one part of his life and begin a new journey with the other.
That one doesn’t look bad. I smiled when he said “I am doing something else.” But I suspect that was the goal of that part. Filmmakers! They toy with our emotions!
But I’m actually more interested in “D tour,” a documentary about a musician named Pat Spurgeon who’s dealing with health issues. And I don’t think that’s because I am a fan of his band, Rogue Wave.
Pat Spurgeon is a talented and professional musician who worked hard to be where he is today. As a multi-instrumentalist, Pat is an integral part of the indie pop band Rogue Wave. They have performed all over the world increasing their fan base with every tour. Pat has every reason to be excited about his band’s accomplishments, as well as their exciting future. In addition to giving the band everything he’s got, Pat has had to deal with kidney failure and the parameters that have been set for him by his situation. D tour chronicles Pat’s search for a living organ donor and the challenges associated with finding a viable match and also addresses issues with the U.S. health care system, the lack of affordable insurance, the importance of organ donation, and much more.
Whoever the musician and whatever the band, I think the topic of how self-employed musicians deal with the challenges and costs of getting health insurance is incredibly interesting.
“D tour” is playing at 3:30 p.m. on Friday at McMenamins Old St. Francis School, and twice on Saturday, at 12:30 p.m. at Sisters Movie House and at 8:30 p.m. at Regal Old Mill Cinema. I’m going to try my best to check one of those screenings out. You should too.