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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!

New Jay Tablet mixtape: “White City”

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

It feels like locally based MC (and Cloaked Character) Jay Tablet has been quiet over the past several months, although quiet time for this one-man hip-hop whirlwind is about equal to everyone else’s busy time. Regardless, after a winter spent in the lab and on regional tours with other folks, the Tab is back with his new mixtape “White City,” which drops today. (On Saturday, he’ll do a release show in Bend. See details below and watch his Twitter and Facebook for more info.)

At 18 tracks and only 34 minutes, “White City” is a collection of quick-hit tracks produced by Dead Giveaway, a Southern Oregonian who specializes in cool, cinematic beats that pair nicely with Tab’s husky, after-the-afterparty flow. Here’s the story, from Tab’s Soundcloud:

Jay Tablet and Dead GiveAway Beats met through the net and connected from the first song. After touring Jay Tablet felt the need to explode in the lab on some feel good, old school, underground, hip hop ish. Exactly 1 month and 18 tracks later, they present to you “White City” … This project was based on a pure “Go with the GUT” type of production. Hope you can relate to the honesty and creativity as this duo delivers (their) combined styles to the masses.

Frankly, I’ve heard a lot of Tab/Cloaked music over the past several years, and it’s super refreshing hearing him rap over something different. And I don’t know much about Dead Giveaway, but I do know that his tracks have a sort of halcyon haze that’s not too far off from the work of white-hot hip-hop producer Clams Casino. And that’s a good thing.

On Saturday, Jay Tablet will celebrate “White City” (and Cinco de Mayo) with a big show at The Astro Lounge in Bend. Also on the bill: Keegan Smith, Keez (aka Brad Jones), J.O. Beats, Nathaniel Knows and a Cloaked Characters set. Things’ll get going around 9 p.m., and it’s free!

Anyway, enough talking. Here’s “White City” … stream it or click the little arrows to download tracks:

Near/Far 2011: The “Bonus Disc”

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

In case you missed it: Near/Far is The Bulletin’s free, legal, two-disc compilation of some of the best songs of the year. The 2011 version — all 36 tracks of it, including Fleet Foxes, Yuck, Washed Out, Other Lives, The War on Drugs, Shabazz Palaces, Larry and His Flask, Laurel Brauns, Empty Space Orchestra, Erin Cole-Baker, Anastacia and more — can be downloaded by clicking here.

We’ve been doing Near/Far annually for the past five years, and you can still grab 2007 and 2008 here and 2009 here and 2010 here. That’s 174 awesome songs … for free. Get ‘em.

But that’s not enough! Each year, there are inevitably tracks I can’t use on the official Near/Far, either because I run out of space, or I can’t get permission to use them. So I’ve put together a “bonus disc” of great songs that didn’t make it onto the 2011 comp, and by “bonus disc” I mean YouTube playlist for super easy streaming.

Click here to listen. (Please note that some tracks — and one band name — may include coarse language.)

Here are the artists in this mix: The Decemberists, Frank Ocean, Wilco, Patrick Stump, The Vaccines, Big K.R.I.T., Robin Pecknold, F–ked Up, Givers, Kendrick Lamar, Pistol Annies, Clams Casino, Wavves, Purity Ring, Purling Hiss, Archers, Peaking Lights and Jovontaes. Again, you can hear all this right here.

Also, sorry if you run into an advertisement. I tried to avoid them. Ditched Foo Fighters, Beyonce, Lady Gaga and more because of ‘em. But they’re sneaky little dudes.

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.

Playlists for your 11/11/11 listening pleasure

Friday, November 11th, 2011

I’m a huge nerd. So I went through my iTunes and picked out a bunch of my favorite “track 11″ songs … you know, like they were the 11th track on their album … and compiled them into five different YouTube playlists.

So there are 55 songs here (all track 11s), and they’re all awesome. Or at least I think so. Just click on the style of music that fits your taste or current mood and let it play. Then, come back here, let me know what you thought, and try another!

Happy 11/11/11!

MELLOW
R.E.M., Nick Drake, Adele, William Fitzsimmons, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Decemberists, Fleet Foxes, Alexi Murdoch, Iron & Wine, Sufjan Stevens, Wilco

ROCK
The Promise Ring, Superdrag, Foo Fighters, New Pornographers, Sunny Day Real Estate, Pearl Jam, Flashing Lights, Pavement, Modest Mouse, The Dismemberment Plan, The Clash

POP
Throw Me The Statue, Brendan Benson, School of Seven Bells, Elliott Smith, Ben Kweller, Liz Phair, The 6ths, The Minders, The Beach Boys, Of Montreal, Silver Jews

ROOTS
Slobberbone, The Band, Blue Mountain, The Backsliders, Son Volt, Dixie Chicks, The Byrds, Old 97s, The Avett Brothers, Miranda Lambert, Cornershop

BEATS
Black Star, Aesop Rock, Outkast, Amadou & Mariam, Gui Boratto, Das Racist, Guru, DJ Shadow, Janelle Monae, The Very Best, Black Moth Super Rainbow

Stream 20 of The Decemberists’ best songs

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

I did one of these for Death Cab for Cutie, so it seems only fair to do one for this weekend’s other Les Schwab Amphitheater headliner, The Decemberists, who play tonight.

Whether you’re unfamiliar with the band’s work, or you’re skeptical that these Portlandian folkies actually have some great songs, or you dig ‘em and need something to get pumped up for tonight’s show, or you simply want some music going while you putter around on a Sunday, this YouTube playlist should do the trick. It’s 20 of The Decemberists’ best songs in chronological(ish) order (I put “The Tain” at the end because it’s, y’know, 20 minutes long), stretching from 2001′s “5 Songs” EP to “The King is Dead,” which came out four months ago. Just press play and let the internet do the work.

Spend Friday learning (or remembering) why Death Cab for Cutie rules

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Here’s the thing: Lots of people like to turn up their nose at Death Cab for Cutie, and I get that. They make lovey dovey sappy emo-pop music that appears in “Twilight” films and on VH1. Teen girls love this band, not you. And that name … ugh. It’s not cool to like Death Cab for Cutie. Saying that you’re more pumped to see Bright Eyes at Bend’s Les Schwab Amphitheater tonight earns you more cred.

I get all that.

The problem with that stance is that Death Cab is by far the best band on tonight’s bill, and one of the best bands of the past 15 years. I will acknowledge that they have not always been the best live band (I saw pretty mediocre DCfC shows in 2001, 2003 and 2004). And of course, their past three albums aren’t quite up to the bar set by their first four. But those first four set a very high bar. Heck, the first two are two of the best indie-rock records ever made.

What I’m saying is Ben Gibbard and Death Cab for Cutie have churned out an abundance of great songs since 1997, and their hits far outweigh their misses. So if you wanna go into tonight’s show ready to hate these dudes, have at it. That’s your right. But if you wanna go into tonight’s show with an open mind and an ear that appreciates an unforgettable melody, I’m here to help.

Below, I’ve compiled 20 of the band’s best tunes in chronological(ish) order, ranging from their pre-”Something About Airplanes” 7″ records to the new single from their new album, “Codes and Keys,” which comes out Tuesday. There are rocking songs and pretty songs, fast songs and slow songs, angry songs and somber songs, pop songs and shoegazers. It’s a pretty good cross-section of Death Cab’s career so far.

So, it’s Friday and you’re probably sitting at your desk jonesing for the weekend. Maybe you’re going to the show tonight. Maybe you’re on the fence. No matter your situation, click below and let the YouTubes stream. If you can resist this playlist, you must hate great music.

Near/Far 2010: The “Bonus Disc”

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

For the uninitiated: Near/Far is The Bulletin’s totally free, totally legal, two-disc compilation of some of the best songs of the year. The 2010 version — all 36 tracks of it, including Superchunk, Laura Veirs, Freeway, Das Racist, Black Mountain, Larry and His Flask, Mosley Wotta, Sara Jackson-Holman and more — can be downloaded by clicking here.

We’ve been doing Near/Far annually for the past four years, and you can still grab 2007 and 2008 here and 2009 here. That’s 138 awesome songs, for free. FOR FREE.

But that’s not enough for me. Each year, there are inevitably tracks I can’t use on the official Near/Far, either because I run out of space, or I can’t get permission to use them. So this year, I decided to take advantage of YouTube’s playlist function and put together a “bonus disc” of great songs that didn’t make it onto the 2010 version of Near/Far.

Click here to listen. (Please note that some tracks may include coarse language.)

Here are the artists in this mix: Kanye West, Big Boi, Band of Horses, Mumford & Sons, Deerhunter, Weezer, Surfer Blood, Fang Island, My Chemical Romance, Purling Hiss, Tame Impala, Peter Wolf, Junip, Janelle Monae, Sun Araw, School of Seven Bells, Jonsi and Cee Lo Green. (I had to cut “Bed Intruder Song” at the last minute, sadly.)

Also, sorry if you run into an advertisement.

Free music. Sweet!

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Welcome, music lover! You’ve found your way to the Frequency blog and Near/Far, The Bulletin’s online hub for coverage of 2010′s best sounds.

Here, we’ve collected three dozen of the finest songs 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 some fun doughnut-themed artwork for all you sweet-tooths. Here are the goods:

Download “Far” by clicking here
Includes 18 songs by some of the coolest national acts of the year, including Superchunk, Dr. Dog, Das Racist, Laura Veirs, Wavves, Freeway & Jake One, Beach House, Midlake, Black Mountain, Sharon Van Etten, Aloe Blacc, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin 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, Sara Jackson-Holman, Mosley Wotta, Mindscape, A.M. Interstate, Tuck And Roll, Elliot, Dennis McGregor, The Autonomics, Michelle Van Handel, Tim Coffey, KouseFly and more. See the entire “Near” tracklist here.

(Please be aware that a few of these tracks might contain some coarse language.)

In today’s issue of Frequency’s big print brother, GO! Magazine, we’ve got several pages dedicated to reviewing music in 2010. For example:

–My 50 favorite albums of the year.

–My 10 favorite local albums of the year and a round-up of some other notable local releases.

–The best musical moments of the year through the eyes of those closest to the scene, presented in handy Top 5 list format.

–My short overview of the Central Oregon music scene in 2009. (Hint: Several Central Oregon bands are starting to find success outside the region.)

Here are some bonus things that are only on the blog:
–My favorite concerts of the year in Central Oregon.

More Top 5 lists from locals close to the music scene. (We got a ton of these, and ran out of room in print.)

–A “bonus disc” of great songs from 2010 that didn’t make it onto Near/Far. (It’s not really a disc. It’s an easily streamed YouTube playlist that includes tracks by Big Boi, Band of Horses, My Chemical Romance, Kanye West, Mumford & Sons, Deerhunter, Weezer, Sun Araw, Cee Lo Green, Purling Hiss, Tame Impala, Peter Wolf, Janelle Monae and more.)

And finally, we still have the 2007, 2008 and 2009 Near/Far compilations available for free download. That’s 102 great songs, including The Shins, Arcade Fire, Jamie Lidell, The Avett Brothers, Brendan Benson, Atmosphere, Band of Horses, Aesop Rock, Fleet Foxes and more. Just click here to grab them.

As always, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to send me e-mail. I love feedback, and am always looking to improve Frequency.

Download Mindscape’s “Beat Jacks” album

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Bend-based rapper Mindscape (aka Mike Fish of Person People) has posted a free download of his “Beat Jacks” album, which features the silver-tongued MC getting busy on the mic to other folks’ beats, including George Clinton, Geto Boys, and others likely easily identifiable to a more studied hip-hop historian than I. Guess what? It’s dope. Get it here.