This got less ink in last week’s GO! Magazine than it deserved, because I didn’t really know about it. Bummer.
Thanks to the Internet, I can tell you now.
Tonight at The Horned Hand, three fine singer-songwriters will perform. One is Sean Spellman of the easygoing twang-rock band Quiet Life. Another is Philippe Bronchtein, the man behind the downcast folk of Hip Hatchet. And the third is Bend’s own Bill More, who recorded one of the better local albums of 2012 under the name Hawkmeat.
All three of those dudes know their way around a song. It should be an excellent night of low-key, rootsy tunes.
Things’ll get going in the 8 to 9 p.m. range. Is there a cover? Good question! Bring $5 and then give it to the bar whether they ask for it or not. And bring more and buy something from the artists if they have something for sale.
The last song I ever played on WRFL in Lexington, Kentucky (where I had a radio show for three years) was “Svefn-g-Englar” by Sigur Ros, in December of 2000 or January of 2001, I can’t remember for sure.
This didn’t make today’s GO! Magazine because the venue was up in the air for a while, but it looks like it has solidified: Tonight, a bill of punk and metal bands — three from the Bay Area, and two bearing classic-cinema-referencing nerd-pride names — will play The Warehouse at 1330 N.E. First St., in Bend. (That’s Necktie Killer headquarters, if you know it that way.)
Jedi Scum is a throat-shredding doom metal band with “Star Wars”-themed song titles such as “I Used to Bullseye Womp Rats in My T-16 Back Home.” Venkman is named after Bill Murray’s character in “Ghostbusters” and is heavy, too, in a more hardcore/thrash sort of way. The Connies are a garage/punk band from the Bay Area; their name doesn’t seem to be a movie reference, but they have a great logo. And Gotama is a (relatively new, I think?) local stoner metal band.
Cost / time details are below. Organizers will be collecting nonperishable food and clothing donations for The Loft, a transitional living program for teens in Bend.
The Austin, Texas band The Preservation is playing at The Horned Hand (507 N.W. Colorado Ave., Bend) tonight. 8 p.m. start time, and a $5 cover. Well worth it to see these folks make mighty fine music.
I actually saw them play at Silver Moon back in the summer of 2010, when I described them thusly:
(The Preservation sounds) like the Austin, Texas music scene come to life: a pinch of twang-pop, a dash of of rockabilly and swing, a smidgen of soul, and a healthy splash of margarita mix and festive chili pepper lights. Think the Beatles/Kinks/Velvet Underground, Wilco, The Derailers and Loretta Lynn’s “Portland, Oregon,” and you’re barking up the right taco stand.
That still stands, I think. But you can hear them for yourself on their Bandcamp site, where they’ve posted their most recent album “Two Sisters” for free streaming:
After listening to a bunch of his stuff this morning, I’m thinking maybe I sold him a bit short, artistically. My bad.
But that’s not why we’re here. We’re here to talk about the local openers for tonight’s show: Mindscape and Doc & Wyatt.
For those unfamiliar, here’s a little local historical hip-hop math: Mindscape = Mike Fish of Central Oregon’s biggest and — I think it’s fair to say — best-ever rap collective, the now-defunct Person People. And Doc & Wyatt = KP and Mez of Person People. That’s 3/7ths of what I would consider the group’s classic lineup.
Anyway, all these guys are still making music well after Person People’s demise. Last summer, Mindscape released his third solo album, called “Rap/98.3,” which features his trademark loquacious-yet-level-headed flow over beats created from nothing but samples of classic rock songs. It’s a terrific listen:
Doc & Wyatt is a little harder to get an ear on. KP and Mez have made a bunch of tracks, and there is an EP that (at least half of) the duo considers unfinished, so it either hasn’t yet been released or never will be. But the songs are great, and they live in a set at Mez’s Soundcloud. You can hear ’em here:
Fish lives in California now, and Mez lives in Utah, but these three guys have made some of the best rap music Bend has to offer. Tonight, the Domino Room doors will open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9, so peel yourself off your couch/barstool and get there on time to support your local hip-hoppers.
For years, Franchot Tone was an integral behind-the-scenes player in Central Oregon’s music scene, working as a producer with popular local acts like Eric Tollefson and Hilst & Coffey, and as a producer/sideman for Reed Thomas Lawrence.
Then a couple years ago, Tone got the bug to make his own music for the first time. He started writing songs and training to become a better singer. He stepped to the front of the stage and started playing gigs under his own name. And he started piecing together his debut album.
Last year, Tone and his family moved to Los Angeles, but tonight, he’s back in town to celebrate the release of his first full-length album, “Thanks For This,” with a show a McMenamins Old St. Francis School. He’ll get started around 7 p.m., and it’s free to get in.
By phone this morning, Tone said moving back to California — where he knows lots of well-connected musicians and studio types — was a “catalyst” for finally finishing his record.
“It became abundantly clear that I had to have an album, and I’d just never made it,” he said. “So now I’m in this spot with all the best players in the world. I see ’em daily, and I can just go over at any time to their studio and have ’em do this track or that track or whatever.
Harley Bourbon is, from left, Casey Cathcart, Collin Rhoton, John Forrest and Maxine Roach.
Local roots-rockers Harley Bourbon stopped by the office last week and dropped off a copy of their new album, “Old Empty Bottle.” Not one of those fancy-pants official versions with cover art and a track list and all that stuff … we’re talking the whole thing on one 40:43 minute track on a blank CD that says “Harley Bourbon” and “mastered” in black-marker chicken scratches.
I popped it into the computer, and laughed when this came up:
Apparently, according to the database that iTunes uses to identify CDs, “Linnea Bradley” also released one 40:43-long track at some point called “Smoking Cessation.” New Age, no less.
I went ahead and imported the CD. I’ll fix the info … eventually … maybe.
Anyway, this little bit of metadata confusion is especially funny because of Harley Bourbon frontman John Forrest’s voice, an gnarly cocktail of sandpaper and glass shards. Please note that I have no idea if Forrest has ever smoked a cigarette in his life. But he sounds like he has smoked them all.
Regardless, he’s blessed with the pipes for this kind of music; think Paul Westerberg, Shane MacGowan, Bobby Bare Jr. But the most obvious point of reference is Ben Nichols of Lucero. Like that guy, Forrest delivers perfectly and consistently coarse vocals without mangling his memorable melodies. And like Nichols, he’s backed by a mighty fine band. The other three Harley Bourbon-ites — bassist Casey Cathcart, drummer Maxine Roach and guitarist Collin Rhoton — are a well-oiled unit, adept at bashing out a mix of punk-folk, outlaw country, rockabilly and hardcore twang that’s catchy and well-crafted, but also hefty and rough around the edges.
Short version: “Old Empty Bottle” is packed top to bottom with strong songs and strong performances. It’s a heck of a listen. And if you get out and about tonight and end up at McMenamins, you can buy a copy from the band. They’re playing Father Luke’s Room at 9 p.m., and it’s $5 to get in. (Next door in the movie theater, a tribute to The Band called Across The Great Divide — including Gabe Johnson, Tyler Mason and an all-star lineup of other locals — will play at the same time with the same cover charge. Find more info on McMenamins’ party plans here.)
Here’s a taste of “Old Empty Bottle,” a song called “Won’t Be Lonely” … enjoy.
This is pretty late notice, but maybe you’re sitting there in your living room, feeling the itch to go out but not sure what to do.
Here’s a suggestion: Go to The Horned Hand (507 N.W. Colorado Ave., Bend) around 9 p.m. (it’s free) and check out Thumbprint Collective, local producer of electronic music for both your booty and your brain.
Head Thumbprinter Chris makes some of my favorite bleepy/bloopy music in town, primarily because his stuff is glitchy and beat-driven, but also mellow, subtly melodic and just enough left of center to keep things interesting. This isn’t the aggressive kind of electronic music you’ve been reading about in magazines and seeing in cereal commercials. This is the ideal soundtrack to a super-chilled evening of noddin’ heads and gettin’ fuzzy.
If you want a taste of what Thumbprint Collective does, you’re in luck. He just released a new album called “Listening Energy,” and you can stream it below or download it at his Bandcamp site. He’ll let you name your price; I suggest you name something more than $0. Support art and support artists, you know?
Local band The Rum and The Sea plays at Silver Moon tonight. I wrote a little blurb about them in Friday’s paper (look to the right, under “Highlights”), but when I saw the cool poster for their gig, I had to add it to our archive. The art is by Dale Jamison, who, according to the band, does lots of drawings for local roller derby teams.