Posts Tagged ‘David Clemmer’

Tonight: David Clemmer & The Stoics, Slow Trucks at Silver Moon (w/ free MP3 download)

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom has a show tonight that didn’t get a lot of ink in last week’s GO! Magazine, but is definitely worth your attention.

First, the unfamiliar: Slow Trucks, a trio out of San Francisco that makes perfectly fuzzy, throwback indie rock that would’ve fit nicely on Merge Records in its ’90s heyday. (Not that Merge has declined, really, but Slow Trucks is more in that Archers of Loaf / Verbena / Butterglory sort of vein.) The band is the next big thing from Future Farmer Records, a California-based label whose past roster boasts no less than M. Ward, The Minders and The Heavenly States, so those dudes know what’s up. And they think Slow Trucks is what’s up. Fair enough.

Now, the slightly more familiar: David Clemmer & The Stoics, the solo (but band-backed) project of Mr. Clemmer, who’s also the frontman of local faves The Dirty Words. The Stoics are Aaron Miller on bass, Ben Larson on keys and Caleb Kelleher on drums, and Clemmer is the man with the voice and the guitar, and the three solo albums that are really, really excellent.

Take “Vermont Songs,” for example. Clemmer recorded the 10-track song cycle back in 2007, as part of The RPM Challenge, in which musicians commit to getting an album together within the month of February. (Click here to read what I wrote about Clemmer’s effort then.) The haste of the project did not noticeably harm it; I thought it was one of the five best local albums of 2007.

Even so, it was done quickly and, I’m sure, with less-than-stellar equipment, and now, Clemmer has chosen to re-record much of “Vermont Songs” and re-release it. The new version, which includes updated takes of nine of the songs, plus a new song in place of one of the old ones, is done and will be available at tonight’s show. It’s a big difference: the songs are louder and crisper and better played, and details that were buried in lo-fi mumbling three years ago now add new layers of texture to the album. These re-recordings are a very welcome improvement.

Clemmer was nice enough to allow me to offer Frequency readers a free download from “Vermont Songs,” and I chose “Chapter 2,” which is probably the poppiest and most rocking tune on the album. Here you go:

Download David Clemmer, “Chapter 2″

Slow Trucks and David & The Stoics play at 8 tonight at Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom, 24 N.W. Greenwood Ave., in Bend. Cover is $5.

Late notice: The Clemmer Project tonight at Silver Moon

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

If you went to last night’s Jukebot show at McMenamins, leave me a comment and let me know how it was. I was learning how to relax and breathe in a birthing class. Gah!

Anyway, tonight brings another interesting gig by a new band of locals, this time at Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom (24 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend). It’s the debut of The Clemmer Project, led by singer-songwriter David Clemmer, who spends most of his time fronting The Dirty Words.

The Clemmer Project is a vehicle for Clemmer’s solo work, which is quite good. You can hear it here. Joining Clemmer in his namesake band are Aaron Miller on bass, Ben Larson on keys and Caleb Kelleher on drums.

They’ll get started around 8 p.m., and there’s no cover. Sounds like the perfect excuse for starting your weekend early!

Music 00-09, by David Clemmer

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

(This post is part of Frequency’s coverage of the best music of the past decade. You can see all of that coverage in one place by clicking here. And be sure to check out “Near/Far,” our free, legal, downloadable MP3 compilation of the best music of 2009, by clicking here.)


As part of Frequency’s ongoing coverage of music in the first 10 years of the 21st century, I’ve asked a few folks close to the local scene to reflect on the past decade in whatever way they see fit. Today, we have something from the mighty mind and pen of David Clemmer, lead singer and songwriter of local indie-rock band The Dirty Words and a former employee of the now defunct Boomtown Records in downtown Bend.

I know that David is an avid music fan, and he makes some interesting points here, so make sure to click below to read the whole thing. Whether you agree or disagree with him, I hope you’ll leave your own thoughts in the comments.

A Game of Stars

To describe this past decade in music, one would have to appropriate the first run-on sentence in “A Tale of Two Cities.” Best, worst, wisdom, foolishness, belief, incredulity, Light, Darkness, hope, despair, et cetera, ad infinitum. Then you have to factor in mathematics: When you take two equal extremes on either side of the positive-negative spectrum and add them together, you get zero.

In this case: ennui.

There are many possible reasons for this, I think.

What we saw in this quote-unquote “dawn” of a digital age could be seen as an amazing innovation, or could be seen as an incomparable rate of music being distributed for cheap or free directly to our homes without having us leave our chairs. The havoc wreaked on our attention spans is insurmountable. Quantity overpowering quality in the field of subjective and diverse creativity is a dangerous numbing agent.