Archive for the ‘oddities’ Category

Watch David Letterman ask Tyler, the Creator if he’s ever been to Bend, Oregon

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Odd Future rappers Tyler, the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt are scheduled to play Bend’s Midtown Ballroom on May 10. But last night, they were in New York City to perform on “Late Show with David Letterman,” which they did alongside their buddy Domo Genesis. They did a song called “Rusty” from Tyler’s new album “Wolf.”

You can watch it below, but Bendites should pay special attention to the exchange that comes at around 4:55 of the clip.

If you missed it:

Letterman: “You guys ever been to Bend, Oregon?”

Tyler: “Yeah, I don’t know what that is.”

Between this and Bend’s brief appearance in that Facebook Home ad, yesterday was a big day in terms of our town popping up in weird places.

UPDATE: Underground Rap Event / Kanye, etc.

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Two Three Four Five of the artists on the bill for the show detailed in this post have said, via social media in the past 24 hours or to The Bulletin directly, that they are not involved.

We are working on talking to the other artists that have been advertised as on the bill and will update here as we learn more.

UPDATE 5: From the management company of rapper YG: “We had no idea about this event. We would love to come to Bend, Oregon though.”

UPDATE 4: Valerie Goodew, one of the organizers of Saturday’s show, told The Bulletin this morning that it is “postponed” and the event’s page on Facebook appears to have been deleted. Tickets are also no longer available for purchase at the website of Goodew’s online clothing company. Goodew also said her company is issuing refunds to everyone who purchased tickets. Power 94 has also removed promotional items for the event from its website.

UPDATE 3: My colleague at The Bulletin, Elise, just spoke with Soulja Boy‘s publicist and was told he will not be in Bend this weekend.

UPDATE 2: The Power 94 radio station in Bend has backed off its Monday announcement of Kanye West as the special surprise guest at the show. They have scrubbed any mention of him from their Facebook page, though his photo still appears on their website:

UPDATE 1: My colleague at The Bulletin, Elise Gross, called Kanye West‘s publicist’s office and a receptionist there said she could confirm that he will not be in Bend this weekend.


Young Sam (link):

and …

Iamsu! (link):

Kanye West is apparently judging a rap battle in Bend on Saturday

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Kanye West

Rapper, producer, Renaissance man and potential Kardashian Kanye West will be in Bend Saturday night to judge a rap battle at the Domino Room, according to the Power 94 radio station and the owners of two companies sponsoring the show.

The Underground Rap Event is scheduled to happen at 7 p.m. Saturday, with “select underground local and (non-local) unsigned artists … performing for a chance to win a single deal with Rare Individuals Ent.,” according to the poster, followed by performances by Soulja Boy, Young Sam, YG and HBK Gang.

Power 94’s page for the event promises a “VERY Special surprise guest.” On Thursday, the radio station teased further on Facebook, boasting that it would be bringing “the biggest hip hop star in the world – to BEND OREGON!”

That’s what got my attention, so I started poking around and found a comment on this Facebook thread by Valerie Goodew, owner of show sponsor ROYLT King&QueenPin Clothing, after she was asked who would be there: “Soulja Boy, YG, Young Sam, Kanye West and IamSu from HBK Gang”.

I like how Kanye is just tucked into the middle of this list, no big deal.

Two days later, Power 94 started hinting on the air at who the special guest would be. I heard hints on Friday afternoon; I don’t remember what they were, but they were obviously about Kanye West, and were followed by the Big Sean/Jay-Z/Kanye song “Clique”.

On Saturday, I wrote Goodew, Rare Individuals CEO Trip McClam and Kanye’s longtime publicist to try to confirm that West would be making the trip to Bend. McClam replied affirmatively. I haven’t heard back from the publicist. Goodew wrote back and said West, Souja Boy and the other artists will be there.

“My company and I wanted to put on something epic for our home town,” she said.

Last month, West performed at Madison Square Garden alongside the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and The Who as part of the 121212 Concert to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy. In the past couple of days, he has been in Paris for Fashion Week, according to, well, my Googling ability.

So next weekend he’s hanging out in Bend, Oregon? I wrote back to Goodew:

“… please understand that this is not a mistrust of you, but simply a result of the mind-boggling prospect that Kanye is coming to Bend to judge a rap battle. I’d love to hear just a bit more about how this came to pass. Because it’s really hard for me to believe that it’s as simple as: ‘Hi Kanye, here is your ungodly fee, please come judge a rap battle in Bend, Oregon after you perform at Madison Square Garden and attend Paris Fashion Week.'”

Goodew replied that West is a “close friend” of the L.A. rapper Young Sam, and that it was that friendship that made this happen. Young Sam is managed by McClam, and Rare Individuals is helping to put on the show. Somewhere within all those connections, West ended up on the judging panel, along with McClam.

“Getting Kanye to come wasn’t difficult at all, I just happen to know all the right people,” Goodew said. “But the biggest struggle (has been) to actually get people to believe us is what we are dealing with. So yes we are putting on this event just to give love to the people here because living here my whole life, I personally know that there is nothing for my genre of people to be entertained by.”

Goodew is working on the list of rappers who’ll be competing for the deal with Rare Individuals, she said.

Three ticket packages are available at general admission for $30, general admission + backstage pass for $60, and general admission + meet-and-greet + free merch and drinks for $100. Click here to purchase. Limited tickets will also be sold at Ranch Records, Goodew said.

Now, it seems to me that getting Kanye West to Bend is the bulk of the battle. If he is at the Domino Room Saturday night, who out there thinks they can talk him into jumping onstage and doing a song or three? Can you even imagine?

I’ll bet you didn’t expect your Monday to be totally made by two DMX YouTube videos

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

So it looks like rapper DMX will be at Bend’s Liquid Lounge Saturday night, along with lots of other stuff, including other rappers, DJs and the taping of a reality TV show called “Latin Goddesses.” Starts around 8 p.m. and tickets are $20. For more info, you should get in touch with Liquid Lounge (there is a poster for the event at Liquid’s Facebook).

Anyway, here are two DMX videos that rule. First, DMX singing “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”:

And here is DMX mashed up with the theme from “Ghostbusters” (note: lots of profanity here):

Local music venues as seen in Google Street View

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

I’m a big fan of the Street View feature on Google Maps, which allows you to virtually plop down into the middle of a place and, through the magic of street-level imagery, see what’s happening there, or at least what was happening when Google’s funky little camera car rolled through.

I use Street View all the time for all kinds of reasons, from simply trying to get a better idea of something’s exact location to touring cities I’ve never visited. It’s fun. So for the past several years, Bend’s lack of Street View was frustrating. At first, there were no roads highlighted in blue when you dragged that little yellow dude across the map. Then, it was just our town’s traffic arteries.

But last night, I noticed that Google has finally blanketed Bend in Street View! And the second thing I thought to do — after look at my house, of course — was to check out some of our town’s busiest music venues. (Weird, I know.)

Anyway, I ended up grabbing screenshots of several, and when you line ’em all up, it’s kind of an interesting view of a group of buildings that many folks may know and love and/or tolerate, but because of the blurry, nighttime nature of their business, have never really looked at before. (The Tower Theatre and Les Schwab Amphitheater being obvious exceptions here.)

So enjoy this peek at Bend’s busiest music venues brightened by the harsh light of day. And you can click here to check out others on your own.

McMenamins Old St. Francis School

Domino Room and Midtown Ballroom. In case you can't read the marquee, it says "ROACH GIG CANCELED" ... which is funny, because the rapper's name is Roach Gigz, but it still works. The Roach gig was canceled, after all.


The one photo I took over the weekend …

Monday, May 30th, 2011

I posted a bunch of good photos of Friday’s Death Cab/Bright Eyes/Jenny & Johnny show right here and I’ll post a bunch of good photos from last night’s Decemberists/Rodrigo y Gabriela/Dan Mangan show tomorrow.

But for today, let’s celebrate Memorial Day with the one photo I took all weekend with my phone.

Three questions:

1) Did anyone else see this kid?

2) If so, were you also kinda freaked out by his mask?

It’s unsettling, right?

3) Is that an ear or a backward “C”? If it’s a “C” is he the backward captain of his hockey team?

He was awesome, though. All dancing around and posing for dudes who took his picture even though they were kinda freaked out by his mask.

Plus I bet his face was warmer than mine.

The vinyl resurgence: Fred Meyer edition

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

R.E.M., Metallica, U2, The Beach Boys, KISS, Cat Stevens and Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass!

Same kid, same event, different guitar … a year apart

Friday, July 9th, 2010

Who is Branden Miskimon? And how does he keep ending up in photos of Munch & Music in The Bulletin?

First check out this photo from July 24, 2009, when Rhythm Culture played the popular Drake Park event:

Now, check out this photo, which ran in today’s paper and was taken last night as Aphrodesia performed:

It’s the same kid doing basically the same thing at the same event, just a year apart! In case you were wondering, this was totally by chance; different photographers took the two photos. In fact, Ryan Brennecke, who took the 2010 photo of Miskimon, didn’t even work for The Bulletin in 2009.

Here are my two questions:

1) Does Branden hang around the front of Drake Park’s stage every day, waiting for bands and photographers to show up?

2) Can we (The Bulletin, that is) get this shot every year from now until Branden goes off to college or whatever? Now that I feel like I’ve gotten to know the kid, I kind of want to watch him grow up … in 365-day intervals, of course.


Friday, February 26th, 2010


Welcome, fan of great music! You’ve reached Frequency’s effort to show Monqui Presents and the Les Schwab Amphitheater there are tons of people who’d like to see the band Pavement play in Bend.

The 2010 lineup at the Schwab so far includes Merle Haggard and the Steve Miller Band. Sounds like a pretty good time to me. But I want to have an awesome time at a concert this summer. And I think a show by the reunited kings of indie rock is the shortest path to an awesome time. That’s the short version. Please read the long version in my Feedback column in GO! Magazine today.

If you think Pavement in Bend sounds pretty sweet, please take a minute to leave a comment on this blog post. Tell the world just how much you’d love to see ’em. Tell Monqui you’d buy tickets, and you’d get friends to buy tickets (if you would … no lying, please). Give the folks behind the concerts to Les Schwab Amphitheater a reason to bring Pavement to Bend!

Tonight: Fat Tuesday at Silver Moon with Gooferman

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

So you wanna party for Fat Tuesday, eh? It appears Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom (24 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend) has a heck of a party planned. Details after this video of the San Francisco micro-circus / clatter-funk-rock band Gooferman, who’ll play at the popular Bend pub tonight:

Check out other videos on YouTube to see more of what Gooferman does, which I think sounds like a cross between Soul Coughing, Primus, That 1 Guy and free jazz. Also on the bill tonight: a vibrant, eclectic and cello-driven rock band called Tornado Rider, featuring Rushad Eggleston (formerly of Crooked Still).

Tickets cost $10 at the door and $7 in advance at Get there at 8 p.m. to find out exactly how much of that Gooferman stage show they’re going to try to squeeze into the Moon.