Thursday, February 28, 2013

Stream Some Bend Hip Hop: Amsterdam's Avarice

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 12:52 PM

In this issue of the Source, I profiled Bend recording studio Oxiliary and reviewed the latest album to come out of it, Avarice by Amsterdam.

Of course the best way for me to prove to you just how "dope" Avarice is, is for you to listen to it. To that end, hit play on the album below. Just let me warn you, it's pretty addicting. I've listened to it over 20 times already.

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Cold Call Videos Posted On YouTube!

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Wandering the streets of downtown Bend and asking random people about their political views is a daunting task. Especially if you're a 17-year-old intern.

While some laughed at me and claimed "They found it hard to believe the Source was letting high schoolers do their work," others were intrigued and excited to be approached for a quick interview.

This week, I asked people what they thought about 75 top REPUBLICANS signing a document supporting gay marriage.

Jim Hauser (retired acupuncturist) made a point that really caught my attention: most young people are in favor of equal rights, so if the Republican Party wants to find success in future elections, they are going to have to come to terms with reality and embrace more progressive social ideals.

To watch the interview videos, click the link to our YouTube channel

Here is Hauser on the Republican Party:

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A Day Without Bacon is a Day Without Sunshine

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Bacon adds flavor to almost anything. The go-to "little black dress" of cuisine, it never goes out of style.

I saw this clever idea using bacon as cups for a breadless BLT sandwich, and I can't wait to try it.


Do it!

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Bend Bands: Send us your .mp3 files

Posted By on Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 4:07 PM

See? We can play your music now. Neat!
  • See? We can play your music now. Neat!

Want people to know what you/your band sounds like? Our website can do that. Just send us an .mp3 file and we'll load it onto your calendar listing (email That way the public can hear how great you are and then they'll go to your show! Great deal!

Or, BETTER...Upload your audio file (.mp3 files ONLY, please) along with your regular calendar listing YOURSELF! From our homepage, mouse-over "calendars" and click on "submit new event." It's the last option. When you fill in the fields, look for the field entitled "Audio." Then upload your .mp3 file there. Easy!

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Environmental Politics Everything at Broken Top Bottle Shop Tonight

Posted By on Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 3:32 PM


When was the last time you really had a handle on the environmental issues facing the state?

Go to the Oregon League of Conservation Voters chat at Broken Top Bottle Shop tonight and you'll get all the latest on efforts to protect Oregon's air, water, land and wildlife.

It'll be part beer drinking meet and greet, part environmental politics brass tacks.

The Legislature is currently in session and will be debating all kinds of environmental bills. Don't look dumb out there! Get the details!

Go tonight:
7 to 9 p.m.
Broken Top Bottle Shop
1740 NW Pence Lane, Ste. 1

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TONIGHT! Method Man

Posted By on Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Infamous rapper, Wu-Tang member, actor and general OG Method Man takes the stage, tonight at the Domino Room.

How high is Method Man? Find out tonight.
  • How high is Method Man? Find out tonight.

Here's and old school jam to get you in the mood for the show. This one is office OK'd, it's the clean version, but don't expect any censoring at tonight's gig. Read last week's Sound story for more. Wu-Tang Forever!

Method Man
9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27
The Domino Room
51 N.W. Greenwood Ave.
Tickets $30 at the door and at Ranch Records

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Beer(s) of the Week: Light and Dark

Posted By on Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Light: Deschutes River Ale

Easy drinkin.
  • Easy drinkin'.

Deschutes needed this beer. At 4% and 28 IBUs, this is clearly a light session ale—a "cool-down beer," if you will. Normally Pabst, Hamm's, Rainier, Olympia et al. fills this role, but, man, they don't have Oly on tap at Deschutes. And if you're there sucking down My Abey Weiss, a delicious 7.3% Trappist-style beer, you may need to move to something more mellow as the night wears on. Hence "cool-down beer."
But Deschutes needed the River Ale for greater market power, too. I talked to Deschutes CEO Gary Fish after a recent City Club meeting and he said that the lower-alcohol beer will allow Deschutes to distribute to areas in Colorado and Utah, where the alcohol laws make zero sense. It's not Deschutes' most flavorful beer, but it's not supposed to be.

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Bend Band Isles, Set to Make Waves

Posted By on Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 9:18 AM

There's a new band in Bend called Isles and they're pretty dang good.

They've only played a handful of shows in town so far— most recently at a Rise Up fund raiser at TBD Loft. But with recorded music on the way this summer, these guys are ready to make a splash.

They play VERY ambient beach rock, much like that of San Francisco's Tycho and it's quite moving. Their name for it is "Pacific soul." There is also a touch of avant garde jazz in the style of Balmorhea.

Check out the trailer for their upcoming album below as well as a video from that First Friday Rise Up benefit show.

This type of music is a very welcome addition to our local music scene. Keep checking BENT for more on when you can catch these guys live.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

This is What GoodLife's Beer Cans Look Like

Posted By on Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 8:00 AM

While we were at GoodLife checking up on our White House Beer, we saw the ad photos for their new cans. They'll start canning in early March—check back then for more photos of the process. In the mean are the mock-ups.

Sweet As
  • Sweet As

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Monday, February 25, 2013

The Horde & The Harem Return!

Posted By on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 6:35 PM

They like bikes
  • They like bikes

This past November, I interviewed folk-pop band The Horde & The Harem front man and former Bendite Ryan Barber for a piece in the Source. And though I regrettably missed the show at The Horned Hand that Thursday, I heard from several people it was pretty awesome.

This Friday night The Horde & The Harem are back. They'll return to The Horned Hand for a 3/1 show that starts at 8 p.m. with opening band The Beautiful Train Wrecks. Tickets are $5 at the door.

Get ready for the show by watching the two videos below. The first is a TH&TH trailer for their spring tour and the second is their music video for their pop hit "Chasing Crows."

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Cake and Sigur Ros Announced at LSA

Posted By on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Les Schwab Amphitheater has announced the first two acts of their Memorial Day lineup!

We're super pumped that '90s alt-rockers Cake will be here Saturday May 25th.

Cake, the band, not the food.
  • Cake, the band, not the food.

Ambiant Icelandic band Sigur Ros will be playing Sunday May 26th.

Sigur Ros, Iceland rules.
  • Sigur Ros, Iceland rules.

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The Somewhat Surprising Results from the Unofficial Mirror Pond Survey

Posted By on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Further proof that the tide may well be turning:


That long, split-pea green bar on top represents the 62.26% of respondents who think "The dam should be removed and the river returned to its natural channel." About 300 participated in the the unofficial survey, issued by the Old Bend Neighborhood Association via the website

The last two questions of the eight-question survey were also surprising/pleasing to see:

Q7 If the dam is removed, what would you like to see happen to the land no longer submerged under Mirror Pond?

12.31% — It remain in the hands of its current owners. (McKay family?, etc.)
15.77% — It becomes the property of the adjacent land owners, maintaining their river frontage.
71.92% — It becomes public property and remains in public use.

Q8 Which would you prefer?

44.32% — Mirror Pond to retain its current charm and iconic stature.
55.68% — Boat or float the Deschutes River from above the Bill Healy Bridge to below the First Street Rapids.

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