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Hear one of Empty Space Orchestra’s Record Store Day songs

Friday, April 15th, 2011

As mentioned in today’s Feedback column in GO! Magazine, tomorrow is Record Store Day, and Ranch Records (831 Wall Street, Bend) is celebrating with some special RSD releases, free giveaways and an Empty Space Orchestra show in the alley behind the store at 1 p.m. It should be a pretty cool day.

Props to Empty Space, too, for getting into the collectible, scarcity-obsessed spirit of Record Store Day by putting together a limited-edition two-song release that they’ll be selling for $5 tomorrow. Just a couple days ago, they were pushing to finish the groovy custom covers, shown by drummer Lindsey Elias in the photo above.

So, if you want those two songs, your best bet is to be at Ranch tomorrow around 1 p.m. If you can’t be there, though, the band was also nice enough to make one of the two tracks — “It’s Hard to Play Basketball in the Dark” — available for free download to Frequency readers! Stream or grab it right here:

Download Empty Space Orchestra, “It’s Hard to Play Basketball in the Dark”

As long as we’re on the subject of ESO, advance tickets to their album-release show on May 19 at the Century Center will go on sale at the band’s website on Monday. They’ll be $15, which also gets you a free instant download of the album. Also on the bill: Diego’s Umbrella and The Quick & Easy boys.

[MP3] Tyler Fortier (playing tonight at portello)

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

It’s kind of late notice, I know, but if you’re looking to head out tonight but don’t want to freeze or fight the crowds at WinterFest, consider hitting portello winecafe at 7 p.m. to hear Eugene-based (but Bend-rooted) singer-songwriter Tyler Fortier.

The guy writes really good songs that fall into the dusty, downcast Americana/folk ballpark, and he’s prolific; he’s planning on releasing three albums this year, including the one he’ll celebrate tonight — a lo-fi concept record about the old West with a looooong name. You can hear the whole thing by clicking here, or you can stream or download the track below.

I wrote a bit more about Fortier and the record (including which classic album it reminds me of) in Friday’s GO! Magazine, and you can find that piece — plus all the details for tonight’s show — right here.

Download Tyler Fortier, “Waiting For Evelyn”

Tonight: X-Ray Press

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Michael Pasuit, left, and Paurl Walsh are the core members of X-Ray Press.

Tonight marks the end of Empty Space Orchestra’s four-Friday residency at Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom, and one of the cool things about the run has been the opening acts: four different bands, all very different, all good.

This evening’s opener is my favorite of the four. X-Ray Press is an experimental rock band out of Seattle with a brand new album called “UVB-76″ that takes me right back to working in college radio in the middle of the country during math-rock‘s heyday. “UVB-76″ is a complex chunk of punk/rock/jazz/etc., where time signatures switchback more than the road over Mackenzie Pass. It’s not easily digestible music, but it’s built to challenge ears and kick down genre walls.

All that said, these dudes also have a knack for building up twisty, turning tension, and then breaking it with a sliver of totally accessible melody. Like, check out the song below; the first 1:50 or so sounds like weird, robotic worms writhing in a bed of guitar strings and effects pedals, devouring each other in unorthodox time. Right around that point, though, X-Ray Press shifts into Grizzly Bear mode, singing a capella harmonies for a spell before one of the guys takes over with soaring lead vocals. Play or download it:

Download X-Ray Press, “The Terms (In the Colors of Our DNA)”

To find out a little more about this band, I sent ‘em a few questions, and they were nice enough to send back a few answers via e-mail. Here’s that interview, slightly edited:

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[MP3] Download 2 songs from the upcoming AgesandAges album

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

AgesandAges is a seven-piece folk-pop band that I’ve seen play live twice now at the MusicfestNW festival in their hometown of Portland. And they are terrific.

For a long time, you couldn’t find much about the band online, but that’s changing as AgesandAges gears up for the release of its debut album, “Alright You Restless,” Feb. 15 on Knitting Factory Records. After spending the past several weeks immersing myself in 2010′s best music, I’m looking forward to turning my attention to 2011, and I’m really looking forward to this album in particular.

If you love exuberant pop songs, choral harmonies, kitchen-sink percussion and, well, happiness, I urge you to check out these tracks. (Watch this video, too.)

Download AgesandAges, “Under a Cloud Shaped Like a Tomb”

Download AgesandAges, “No Nostalgia”

[MP3] Download a song from the upcoming Empty Space Orchestra album

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

As I told you over here, the new album from Bend-based instrumental space-rock combo Empty Space Orchestra is done, and just waiting to be released. That’ll happen some time later in the spring, probably … or so I hear.

But who likes waiting? No one! And thanks to the band, Frequency has one of the album’s tracks for your downloading pleasure. “Intergalactic Battle Cruiser” has been a staple of ESO’s live show and a fan fave for a while now. Grab it here:

Download Empty Space Orchestra, “Intergalactic Battle Cruiser”

Before I show you the excellent cover art for the album, let me remind you that ESO’s weekly residency at Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom begins Friday and continues each Friday throughout January. Look for more details (including a lineup of terrific openers) in this week’s GO! Magazine and on Frequency. Now, here’s that cool cover:

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.

[MP3] Loch Lomond, “Elephants & Little Girls”

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Portland-based and Bend-connected band Loch Lomond has announced a title and release date for its next album.

“Little Me Will Start A Storm” will come out Feb. 22 on Portland’s wonderful Tender Loving Empire record label, and the first MP3 from the album, “Elephants & Little Girls,” nicely captures what makes this band great: elegant arrangements, effortless melodies, Ritchie Young’s remarkable voice. This is gorgeous chamber-pop that somehow sounds both gloriously grand and intimately cozy at the same time.

Click to grab it:

Download Loch Lomond, “Elephants & Little Girls”

And here is the album’s cover art:

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.

[MP3] Download Jay Tablet’s “The Prefunk Mixtape”

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Bend rapper and Cloaked Character Jay Tablet is “3/4 done” with his solo album “Put It On The Tab,” he says, so yesterday, he dropped a free, 12-song collection called “The Prefunk Mixtape” to build buzz and satiate those waiting for the official solo debut.

“I’ve had these songs just sitting around and wanted them to be heard,” Tablet said via Facebook chat, of course. “Some freestyles and some unfinished, but it’s out!”

You can download Jay Tablet’s “The Prefunk Mixtape” by clicking here. Grab a large version of the artwork by clicking the image at left.

[MP3] Atmosphere, “Freefallin’”

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Minneapolis-based hip-hop group Atmosphere released a new single today from their just-announced, upcoming double EP “To All My Friends, Blood Makes The Blade Holy.” Stream and/or download it here:

Download Atmosphere, “Freefallin’”

Atmosphere’s “To All My Friends” tour will stop at Bend’s Midtown Ballroom on Sept. 21. Get tickets and other details here, and look for my interview with group principal Slug in the Sept. 17 GO! Magazine.