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Today is Record Store Day!

Saturday, April 20th, 2013


Today is national Record Store Day, when CD/vinyl-peddling shops stock a slew of special releases — mostly on sweet, sweet wax — that have been been put together specifically for this day. Now in its seventh year, RSD is a celebration of local, independent record stores, as well as a chance for you to show your appreciation for those kinds of businesses with your wallet.

Bend has two such shops: Ranch Records and Recycle Music, though only Ranch is listed on the RSD page as an official participating store. But Recycle is definitely celebrating, too. Here’s a quick look at what each place is planning:

— At Ranch Records (831 N.W. Wall St.), they received more RSD 7″s than usual, so expect a big ol’ table of those somewhere, plus the usual bin of 12″s and 10″s. Ranch will also serve brownies and will make a bunch of old T-shirts from its stock available for free. They open at 10 a.m.

— At Recycle Music (3 N.W. Bond St.), everything in the store except new, sealed vinyl will be 20 percent off, and there will be food and drinks available. As for the RSD releases, Recycle got a few of ’em, but they’ve also stocked up on both new and used records, and good ones, too. (I picked through some of their crates yesterday.) They open at 10:30 a.m.

Rather than reinvent the wheel, here’s something I wrote a few years back about the importance of supporting locally owned and independent record stores. Every word still stands … well, except for the part about Boomtown closing last year. This was written in 2009.


This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Tonight is a very busy night on the local music scene. There’s a ton of stuff going on, including two shows that’ll be pretty big (Yonder Mountain and Tipper/Papadosio), plus lots of stuff that’ll be great, just on a smaller scale. Here’s what we’ve got in this week’s music section in The Bulletin:

— North Carolina electro-jam band Papadosio is part of an enormous bill at tonight’s Slipmat Science party, which will also feature bass-music pioneer Tipper.

— The familiar faces of Yonder Mountain String Band will be back to acoustically rock a jam-packed Midtown Ballroom tonight.

— Local indie rock band All You All will celebrate its new EP with a show tonight at PoetHouse Art, where the bill will also include promising young bands Adventure Galley and Jaccuzi.

The Thoughts will bring a quieter sound to The Horned Hand tonight than that place is used to, but that sound is really beautiful.

Elsewhere in the music section: The Quons host a songwriters’ showcase at Silver Moon and the Blues Amuse & Brews benefit for Westside Village Magnet School brings in The Autonomics, plus Third Seven, Crown Point, Jonathan Byrd and Chris Kokesh, and much more.

Also! Saturday is national Record Store Day, which has happened each of the past five years and is designed to celebrate the unique culture of independent record stores. My Feedback column is about some of my favorite shops, what they mean to me, what Ranch Records in Bend is doing tomorrow, and why you should support them.

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.

Ranch Records has the Larry and His Flask vinyl

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

This post has a lot of details about the new 7-inch record from local boys Larry and His Flask, including several links to buy the songs digitally. Conspicuously absent, perhaps, is how to get one of the 1,000 copies of the actual, vinyl record.

If you live in Central Oregon, here’s one way to get it: Ranch Records on Wall Street has ’em now, at $8 for the limited, hand-numbered edition on white vinyl, and $6 for the not-as-limited, non-numbered edition on red vinyl. As of about 1 p.m., they had around a dozen copies. Check ’em out:

This Saturday, celebrate Record Store Day!

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Hey, you at the computer! Do me a favor, OK? Minimize your iTunes and shut down your BitTorrent client. Let your CD burner cool off for a minute.

It’s time to talk about Record Store Day, a nationwide celebration of local, independent shops that’ll sell you music on (mostly) CD and vinyl.

Record Store Day is Saturday, and there’s one participating store in Central Oregon listed on the Record Store Day Web site: Ranch Records, located at 831 N.W. Wall St., in downtown Bend.

The store has a few fun things planned, according to jolly Rancher Renee Heister, who’s coordinating things. There will be discounts, including $1 off vinyl and $1 off used CDs. There will also be live music beginning at 2 p.m., with performances by local bands Yenn and Larry and His Flask.

And, of course, Ranch will have at least some of the releases that have been specially prepared for Record Store Day. There’s a whole list of those releases right here. Ranch won’t have all of those, but they will have some, and quantities are extremely limited, so you might consider showing up at 10 a.m. to make sure you get the pick of the litter.

I was going to write a long post about why we should all support independent record stores, but then I went back and read what I wrote last year, and I like it, so I’m just going to copy and paste part of it below. (If you want, the whole thing is here.) Every word still stands:


Top 5 of the decade by 6 Ranchers

Tuesday, December 15th, 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 tune in Dec. 18, when I’ll post “Near/Far,” our annual, downloadable MP3 compilation of the best music of 2009, to go along with our year-in-review package in that day’s GO! Magazine.)

Renee Heister helps a customer at Ranch Records in Bend. Photo by Dean Guernsey

Renee Heister helps a customer at Ranch Records in Bend. Photo by Dean Guernsey

It’s guest post time again! Today we have a fun one. As we all know, record store clerks have better taste and know more about music than anyone else on Earth. So I stopped in Bend’s independent record store, Ranch Records, and asked the friendly staffers there if they’d be willing to reveal their favorite albums of the past decade on Frequency. Not surprisingly, they agreed. They’re music nerds. They cannot resist.

So here are each Rancher’s picks for the top 5 albums of the 21st century so far, in no particular order. And that line up there about record store clerks having great taste and knowing more about music than anyone else? It sounded like sarcasm, but it wasn’t. Most record store clerks rule. So next time you need some knowledgeable guidance in your music-purchasing endeavors from someone whose job revolves solely around music, and not around cell phones and TVs and other stuff, drop into Ranch Records.

Destroyer, “Destroyer’s Rubies” (2006) — Canadian Dan Bejar’s songs are crowded with beautiful poetic gestures and references to everything from modern painters to Albert Camus and everything in between.

The Clientele, “Suburban Light” (2000) — The Clientele create shadowy, reverb-drenched music that is perfect for rainy afternoons and late-night walks. These
songs have painted more of my nights this decade than any other.

Animal Collective, “Strawberry Jam” (2007) — “Strawberry Jam” is one of the most colorful and joyous expressions of music that has ever been recorded.

Portishead, “Third” (2008) — After a 10-year hiatus, Portishead return with a modern masterpiece full of texture, mood and overwhelming authority.

Califone, “Heron King Blues” (2004) — If there ever was an album that needed to be heard through headphones, it is “Heron King Blues.” Every inch of Califone’s swampy folk record is drenched with so much sound that it results in one of the most rewarding listens of the decade.

Kings of Leon, “Youth & Young Manhood” (2003)
The Strokes, “Is this It” (2001)
Once, “Soundtrack” (2007)
The Shins, “Wincing the Night Away” (2007)
Spoon, “Gimme Fiction” (2005)

Grizzly Bear, “Veckatimest” (2009)
Wilco, “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot” (2001)
Radiohead, “Kid A” (2000)
Dirty Projectors, “Bitte Orca” (2009)
The Strokes, “Is this It” (2001)

Bright Eyes, “Lifted or The Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground” (2002) — Hope amidst uncertainty, guilt and struggle between altruism and egoism.

Weakerthans, “Left and Leaving” (2000) — Highly literate wimp-punk-pop-rock observations.

Bjork, “Vespertine” (2001) — Sexy pagan poetry with Matmos on beats.

Low, “Things we lost in the Fire” (2001)
— Beautiful music with an existential darkness.

Bonnie Prince Billy, “Ease Down the Road” (2001) — Makes one feel less hideously about chivalrous carnality.

Elliot Smith, “Figure 8” (2000) — A poet’s last attempt at happiness. He drops the acoustic, low-fi sound to weave beautiful melody and heavy instrumentation through each song.

Kings of Leon, “Ah Ha Shake Heartbreak” (2005) — I’m a sucker for childish pop music. A coming of age album really. I’ve listened to it on repeat while walking the University of Oregon campus.

Arcade Fire, “Funeral” (2004) — Powerful album of love, lust and… Truly captivating, especially live.

The Walkmen, “100 Miles Off” (2006) — The singer has a Dylan croon to his voice, almost undecipherable at times. The band complements this with piano, surf sounds one minute, then heavy, messy punk-noise the next. A soundtrack to any summer.

Dungen, “Tio Bitar” (2007) — Pronounced DOON-YEN. This Swedish psych-style, prog-rock band are obviously jazz influenced as well. You don’t have to understand what they say to appreciate their sound. All you need is a bike and a good pair of headphones.

Talib Kweli & Hi Tek, “Reflection Eternal” (2002)
Pinback, “Summer in Abaddon” (2004)
Califone, “Roomsound” (2006)
Yo La Tengo, “I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass” (2006)
Ween, “Quebec” (2003)