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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!

Tonight: Mark Ransom & The Mostest album release (with a song to sample)

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

For the second night in a row, McMenamins Old St. Francis School (700 N.W. Bond St., Bend) is hosting an album-release show by a popular local band. Tonight, it’s folk-jam collective Mark Ransom & The Mostest celebrating their new record, “Zara Dreams,” a handsome and pristine sounding document of what makes Ransom so popular not only in Bend, but the other mountain/ski towns he tours through a couple times each year.

The show will get going around 7 p.m. and it’s free. Expect all kinds of local musicians to show up and sit in on the sets.

In the meantime, here’s part of the story I wrote on the band and the album last week:

The Mostest. Photo by Tara Reynvaan.

The sonic origins of Mark Ransom & The Mostest’s new album are nestled at nearly 9,000 feet above sea level in Crested Butte, Colo.

That’s where Ransom and his longtime creative partner Pat Pearsall tested out a buddy’s new home theater system with a documentary on the making of Paul Simon’s “Graceland” album.

They watched Simon travel to South Africa, record jam sessions with African musicians and then come back home and write songs over those rhythms.

And they were inspired.

The fruits of that inspiration bloom on the third Mostest album, “Zara Dreams,” a beautifully packaged set of Ransom’s breezy, rootsy folk-pop played by a skilled band that’s been tightening up together for years.

Tightening up, yes, but the key sounds on “Zara Dreams” are the loping grooves the band uncovered by recording in a way that, I think, is sort of the reverse of the typical process. They built a base for the songs by recording hand percussion, acoustic guitar, bass and keys, and then added the drum kit later, giving the whole thing a slightly looser, less rigid, more polyrhythmic feel.

Anyway, here’s a way to hear it for yourself. “The Gift” is the second song on the album, and it’s full of little local references that, if you live around here, will probably put a grin on your face. And that’ll make Mark Ransom happy, I guarantee it.

Mark Ransom & The Mostest, “The Gift”

Mark Ransom & The Mostest album release; 7 tonight; free; McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 N.W. Bond St., Bend; www.mcmenamins.com.

Tonight: Hilst & Coffey album release (with a song to sample)

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

A reminder: Tonight, local Celtic-flavored chamber-folk duo Hilst & Coffey will celebrate the release of its new album “The Lonely Grange Sessions” at McMenamins Old St. Francis School (700 N.W. Bond St., Bend). The show is free and begins at 7 p.m., with Wild Rye opening.

Here’s an excerpt of the piece I wrote about the band and the album in last week’s GO! Magazine:

When it came time for Tim Coffey and Kat Hilst to begin recording their new album in December, they had some songs ready to go and a few more that needed a little work.

Hilst & Coffey

But when they arrived at Keith Banning’s Lonely Grange Recorders studio in Sisters, they were confronted with a space so pristine, it demanded that they step up their efforts.

“We had to refine what we were doing,” Coffey said. “The sound was so good (we had to) make sure whatever (we) played was meant to be played.”

The result is an album, “The Lonely Grange Sessions,” that draws out the natural warmth of Hilst & Coffey’s earthy folk, blues and Celtic music. Packed with his percussive acoustic guitar and the rich textures of her cello, the record courses with the chemistry that has made the duo one of the busiest bands in Bend over the past few years.

Want to hear some of that natural warmth? Check out the song “Lonely Grange,” a mournfully gorgeous number that gives both players ample space to showcase not only their instrumental skills, but their impressive touch as well:

Hilst & Coffey, “Lonely Grange”

Hilst & Coffey album release, with Wild Rye; 7 tonight; free; McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 N.W. Bond St., Bend; www.mcmenamins.com.

Download a free sampler from Mexican Summer / Software

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Mexican Summer and Ford & Lopatin‘s Software Recording Co. have posted a sampler of their labels’ tracks for free download. Now, I am of the opinion that Mexican Summer — vinyl-centric home to all manner of warped pop, psych, garage, experimental, etc. — is one of the finest and most interesting record labels on the planet, so I think you should grab all of this stuff immediately. (I am less familiar with Software, but I assume it is rad by association.)

The big names here are Oneohtrix Point Never, The Fresh & Onlys, Peaking Lights and, like, Quilt and Light Asylum or something, but all of it is worthy of your ears. For example, after one listen, I’ve already discovered something I need to further investigate. (That’s “Tuf Jak” by Bi, if you’re wondering.)

If you’re still unsure, then stream before you download below.

Mexican Summer / Sofware Recording Co. – Stash Rituals Sampler by Mexican Summer

[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”

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.

Jay Tablet: free album download, beautiful video

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

A few months ago, I told you all about local MC and Cloaked Character Jay Tablet‘s new solo album “Put It On the Tab.”

Over the weekend, the generous Mr. Tab made that album available as a free download. It even includes a few bonus tracks, I believe.

Click here to grab it!

And while you’re waiting for that to download, check out the video Tablet put out a while back for “What If I.” The clip — directed by Pete Alport — features gorgeous shots of Oregon’s natural beauty (Steens Mountain, Painted Hills, Mount Bachelor, Tumalo Falls), plus a verse by Mosley Wotta.

[MP3] Tonight: Tuck and Roll CD-release show

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

Bend-based pop-punk kingpins Tuck and Roll have a new EP out called “Broken Radios,” and they’re celebrating it with a free show tonight at Madhappy Lounge (850 N.W. Brooks St., Bend). The music starts at 6 p.m. outside the bar with Harley Bourbon and Confederacy of Dunces, and then Necktie Killer and Tuck and Roll will wrap things up inside. There’s also going to be barbecue! Here’s the first track on the EP:

Tuck and Roll, “Bum Shot”

And here’s (part of) what I had to say about “Broken Radios” in Friday’s GO! Magazine:

Clocking in at 15 minutes long, the EP is pop-punk done right, where Sean Garvin’s urgent drumming and Ben Jones’ sturdy bass lines provide the power and guitarists Sam Fisher and Chris Murra chip in buzzy power chords arranged to ensure maximum toe-tapping.

Atop it all, Fisher’s melodies shine. The chorus of “Bum Shot” is a bounce-along beauty, framed by classic “whoa-oh, whoa-oh” background vocals. “Joke’s On Us” puts the pedal on the floor, paying homage to old-school Bay Area punk. “Grey Skies,” in turn, hits the brakes a tad, showcasing Tuck and Roll’s sensitive, nostalgic side.

That’s only 60 percent of “Broken Radios,” and the final two songs are terrific too. But I’ll leave that for you to discover. It suffices to say they hold up Tuck and Roll’s tradition of packing their releases with taut, catchy songs that reflect an understanding of the importance of efficiency when making records.

Tonight’s details again (click to make it bigger and more readable):

Say goodbye (for now) to Misty River

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Sometimes it seems like we (I?) get all hyped up about the rock, pop and hip-hop shows that come through Bend, and in doing so lose sight of the bands that sweep into town to play and sing beautiful songs beautifully, which is a skill we should never lose sight of.

Sure, Ice Cube can blow up the Midtown Ballroom with bass and Death Cab for Cutie can send squealing guitars into Central Oregon’s night sky and Ray LaMontagne can gather God’s creatures and heal the sick with his beard. That’s great. But a lot of folks who’ve been around Bend for a while will tell you that Misty River — four ladies from scattered towns around the Northwest who’ve been playing and touring for 14 years — make some of the prettiest, most powerful music around.

Misty River’s days of creating compelling, harmony-happy acoustic Americana appear to be numbered, however. Tomorrow night at The Old Stone (they dropped the “Church” from their name a while back), the quartet — Carol Harley, Dana Abel, Laura Quigley and Chris Kokesh — is playing a show to say farewell to their Central Oregon fans, at least for now. Here’s an explanation straight from the band (some of which you may also see in my story in tomorrow’s GO! Magazine). Emphasis is mine:

As for the impetus for the band’s break from performing, Abel says that after fourteen years of making Misty River a priority, it is time for band members to focus on other aspects of their lives. Harley (Vancouver, WA), a seven-year survivor of leukemia, is concentrating on improving her health. Kokesh (Portland, OR), who in 2010 released her first solo CD October Valentine, is working on a career as a singer-songwriter. Quigley (Maupin, OR), who married last year and moved to a stock ranch in Central Oregon, is expecting her first child. Abel (Eugene, OR), a mother of two, wants to spend more time with her family and pursue the environmental work she left behind eleven years ago.

“We still love to perform together, but also recognize the need to move on,” says Abel. “When Misty River formed in 1997, we took a canoe trip together that inspired me to write a song about the rewards, challenges and surprises one might face on a river trip–for me, it was an analogy of our band’s journey into the performing world. It has been a great ride, but for now, the demands of touring together don’t fit in with our lives. We are glad, however, to have a chance to say farewell for now to our Central Oregon fans and thank them for being so supportive over the years.”

If you’ve never heard Misty River, here’s their cover of the Grateful Dead’s “Black Muddy River” from their 2007 album “Stories.” In the hands of these four women, it’s more polished but every bit as mournful as the original, and it sounds like an old traditional tune — a testament not only to the players, but to the songwriters, Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter.

Misty River, “Black Muddy River”

If you’re interested, click here to read the feature article I did on Misty River in 2007, which is based on an interview with Harley, who grew up in Bend in the 1950s and ’60s.

Misty River plays The Old Stone (157 N.W. Franklin Ave., Bend) at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the door or $17 plus fees in advance, available at Ranch Records (541-389-6116) in Bend and www.mistyriverband.com.

SPL gives away the Hollow Point catalog for free

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Photo by Daniel Zetterstrom / canphoto.se

Earlier today, globetrotting DJ/producer and Bend native SPL (aka Sam Pool) dropped a downloadable bomb by deciding to give away the entire catalog of his own Hollow Point label — a nearly bottomless supply of massive beats and electronic whomp — to anyone who wants it. For free.

I haven’t listened to the whole thing (there’s a lot here) and I’m not an expert on electronic music, so I don’t know if you would call this dubstep, drum and bass, glitch, IDM, techno … probably a little of all of the above. What I do know is that Sam’s sound is gritty, futuristic and cool, and he’s in demand; he plays this stuff in packed, sweaty clubs all over the planet. Here’s your chance to hear why.

Dude’s only going to leave this up for about 24 hours and the clock’s already ticking, so don’t even step away from the computer to make a sandwich or whatever. Grab it now by clicking here.