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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Jared's 14 Favorite Films of 2014...And Some Runners Up

Posted By on Wed, Dec 31, 2014 at 4:31 PM

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Who the hell am I to say what the best movies of 2014 were? Just a guy...who watched around 300 movies in total across the year. But what the hell does "best" even mean?

Instead, I'll say these were my top 14 (because a top ten is so 2013) favorite movies of 2014. Opinions are like 7-Eleven pizza, some are good, most are bad, and all of them make your friends hate you.

14) Only Lovers Left Alive: Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston will simultaneously haunt your sexy dreams and your nightmares after this. This movie will put you into a hypnotic state.

13) Edge of Tomorrow: If you haven't seen it then don't judge the love for it. Probably one of the most furiously entertaining movies of the year. An absolute blast. A blast of Tom Cruise's body parts across a muddy field.

12) LEGO Movie: The hardest I laughed watching a movie all year. Left me with a huge smile on my face from beginning to end. Made me want kids so I could show them this and never buy them LEGOs.

11) The One I Love: A weird and wonderful science fiction/romance hybrid that will get you into an uncomfortable conversation with your significant other once the credits roll.

10) Blue Ruin: A breathlessly intense thriller about revenge and how sometimes it's easy to get even when you're really bad at it. Like, terrible at it.

9) Fury: One of the finest war movies of the last decade and featuring a performance so good by Shia LABEEEEEOUFFFFF that you'll stop making fun of him and start making fun of Benedict Cumberbatch like you're supposed to.

8) Force Majeure: A pitch black comedy about the fragile male ego and what it looks like when it shatters into jagged, painful little pieces. Joyous to watch with a crowd.

7) Boyhood: A sublime look at growing up and the toll parents take on a child's brain. Richard Linklater might be America's poet laureate of filmmaking.

6) Cheap Thrills: A nasty and hilarious concept turned up to 11. Don't read anything about this movie. Just watch it and look for your jaw later.

5) Guardians of the Galaxy: You know what. I take films seriously, I do. But sometimes a massive hit is also a pure expression of cinematic joyousness and Guardians made me feel like I was 12 all over again. Screw the backlash.

4) The Grand Budapest Hotel: Ralph Fiennes gives my favorite performance since Joaquin Pheonix in The Master here. Perfectly pitched and deleriously funny while also being the most violent and heartbreaking film of Wes Anderson's career.

3) Snowpiercer: Yeah it's goofy, yeah it makes no sense sometimes, but holy hell this film had me by the throat for every second of its running time. I love Snowpiercer like Captain America loves babies.

2) Under the Skin: Hypnotizing, haunting and etherially beautiful. This film will live in your dreams long after you watch it. Truly a work of art on every single level.

1) Birdman: The film of the year, hands down. Not because of the virtuosic camerawork. Not because Michael Keaton and Edward Norton give career best performances. Just because it's one of the finest films of all time about lonliness, connection and finding your legacy before it slips through your fingers. A masterpiece that will only gain in estimation with time.

Runners Up:
Obvious Child
Frank
A Field In England
The Babadook
Skeleton Twins
Listen Up Philip
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The Winter Soldier
Wild
Gone Girl
The Guest
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Whiplash
The Raid 2
Didn't get to See:
Nightcrawler
Inherent Vice
Calvary
Chef
Foxcatcher
Selma

What were your favorite films of 2014?
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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

TONIGHT: Tubaluba Brass Band at McMenamins

Posted By on Tue, Dec 30, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Tonight! Tubaluba Brass Band from Seattle will bring a cajun big band vibe to McMenamins. 
The Source caught up with Josh Wilson about the band, their influences, and what they want folks to take away form their high-energy shows. 
Check them out at McMenamins TONIGHT! 7 pm, FREE. 
 
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Source Weekly: Can you give me a little background of the band? How many players do you have typically and what do they play?


Josh Wilson: The band has been around since late 2009/early 2010. Originally, it was made up of people I'd played with over the years. As time has passed, I've counted more and more on people in the band to bring in players who they think would work well. Our big rule regarding players is, "you gotta be good AND you gotta be cool. One or the other ain't enough."  
A band of our size and at our level has a ton of great opportunities, but also a lot of hassles and the money can be tight. So, you have to really enjoy the company of the people in the band. Otherwise, those long trips in the van can get rather contentious. We have to have that family vibe of, "I may not always like you, but I always love you". After sleeping on a strange floor for a couple nights and not seeing a green vegetable for a few days, minor hassles can become ordeals. Having strong relationships in the band helps keep everyone's eyes on the prize, so to speak, and allows us to have conversations instead of arguments.
When we play locally, we usually roll with 9 members. We tend to take a smaller group, more like 6 or 7, when we're on the road because of financial reasons: smaller van, fewer hotel rooms, etc. We have drums, tuba, keys, vocals, tenor sax, 1-2 trumpets, and 1-2 trombones. The drummer jumps over to snare drum, the singer grabs a megaphone, and I move from the keys to bass drum when we do our tubalubradour marching bit.

SW: Tell me about the two players who have the most different musical backgrounds?
JW: Hmmm. Well, George, one of our trumpet players, went to school for classical music. And, Jon, our tuba player, also got a degree playing classical. Contrast that with most everybody else, who came from more of a jazz/rock/soul background. Kohen, the drummer, and I met a number of years ago in a country band, though I think we'd both say we're more rock n roll/R&B than anything else.


SW: How do you pull all of the diverse influences you claim into cohesive songs?
JW: I think that while the vocabulary and swing/groove of the music differs from genre to genre, the core, fundamental musical skill of being a good listener is the same no matter your background. So, the gotta be good and cool rule comes into play again.
We are all open to different styles and spend a lot of rehearsal time listening to each other play and trying to find a common ground in interpretation. Trust also plays a big role. When I bring a song into the band, I usually have a rough framework and a few specifics. And, I'll have a direction or concept, but I trust that the band is going to do something cool with it. Most likely cooler than I would have come up with. I rarely script everything out. That's why most of the tunes we write are credited to Tubaluba. The common New Orleans vocabulary helps as well. There are a lot of, "what would Shorty (or Dr. John or Fess or whomever) do?", conversations.

SW: It’s a unique sound for Seattle, are you all from there? What influence do you pull from your home city?

JW: We're not. Most of the members are from other places around the country. We've all been here for at least a decade though. The rock n roll influence of our adopted home city definitely comes into play quite a bit. Which, plays really nicely with New Orleans because of the high energy and they are both, musically speaking, based in the blues. We just happen to have a tuba instead of a bass guitar and our lead guitar is a trombone... But, the current funk/jazz/soul climate of Seattle is definitely a big influence as well. Especially on our younger players who came up in that vibrant scene. Of course, those styles also share a lot of ground with New Orleans. If you think of a musical Venn diagram of New Orleans and Seattle, we spend most of our time in the middle section.

SW: How do you incorporate the feeling of street parade? Talk to me about your live performances. What do you want to convey to people when they leave your shows?
JW: The most obvious way is when we do our tubalubradour bit where we play marching instruments and go into the crowd. Sometimes, quite literally, taking them out into the street. More generally, most of what we do on stage is about getting the audience involved and swept up with the whole scene: The sounds, the dancing, the party atmosphere.
To me, a second line is all about getting swept up and lost in the music and movement for however long your mind lets that happen. It's always celebratory, even when you are celebrating the life of someone who has passed. It's the slow walk to the grave site and the cake walk back equation.
We're always striving to make our live show a rock n roll tent revival. We try to use the energy of a rock show to inspire celebration. My hope is that when people leave our show they've had a very visceral experience. Whatever problems people have come in with are going to be there when they leave. But, like sticking your face in a bucket of ice water, dancing, singing at the top of your lungs, and just being silly for a while can have a very cathartic effect. I want people to leave feeling happy and optimistic and ready to tackle whatever it is they need to tackle.
We're not solving specific problems or expressing ennui here (both of which, I suppose, can be cathartic in their own right, in the right hands). We are trying to give the audience some unbridled joy for a while to help keep things in balance. It's the New Orleans way. Those are some strong people down there who have to deal with a lot of shit. I'm convinced their strength comes, in part, from keeping perspective by celebrating, and not forgetting, the good things.

SW: Would you say your sound is more contemporary or traditional?
JW: I would say we are more contemporary. We all definitely love the trad jazz thing and I think the vocabulary of trad jazz is central to all New Orleans music. But, bands like Rebirth or the Dirty Dozen or Trombone Shorty are our reference point most of the time.


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Monday, December 29, 2014

New Year's Resolutions: What Would You Like to See in the Source in 2015?

Posted By on Mon, Dec 29, 2014 at 12:31 PM

These resolutions, written by Woody Guthrie when he was just 31, seem like a good place to start. - WWW.WOODYGUTHRIE.ORG
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  • These resolutions, written by Woody Guthrie when he was just 31, seem like a good place to start.
Tis the season for making resolutions for a better year. And we're no exception. While we can't please all the people all the time (and, really, that's not our job), we do want to be your source for news and perspectives that make you think, as well as the latest in local and regional arts, culture, and music.

With that in mind, what are the stories and perspectives you'd like to see in our pages (print and web) in 2015? How can we do a better job of keeping you informed and entertained? Help us craft our New Year's resolutions with your (constructive) criticism and story tips. Don't be shy—it's not your style.
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Friday, December 26, 2014

Friday Mixtape! Top 100 Albums of the Year

Posted By on Fri, Dec 26, 2014 at 9:48 AM

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The top ten albums of the year received a little more pomp and circumstance with each album getting a write up.

The remaining best albums of 2014 include a Scottish reggae-rap group, two entries by a French-Canadian singer turning in soundtracks for a dramatic Canadian television series as well as a video game, probably the most technically advanced vinyl record ever made, and a father/son rock duo. It was a very eclectic year in music.

Jack White’s newest album Lazaretto may only be ranked 85th on this year-end list but the actual record is tops in vinyl innovation. With hidden tracks revealed by playing it at different speeds, three dimensional etching and a song with two different beginnings depending on where the needle is placed, it’s hard to imagine anyone ever topping White’s vision. Oh yeah, the rock and roll on the record isn’t bad either.

Other highlights include strong social commentary by quirky experimental pop songstress St. Vincent, classic-rock-inspired music from Hospitality and tons of lo-fi rock from the likes of The Fat White Family, Tweens, Temples and Cloud Nothings.

It was also a good year for sullen, R&B-esque music as albums by Broods, Gem Club and Grouper made the list. There were fewer quality pop albums released this year but for those hankering for a little sunshine as winter descends on the High Desert, look for music from Bleachers, Misterwives and sugary synth from Little Daylight.

The main takeaway here is that with the absence of a lot of pop, the bulk of the best albums from 2014 require quite of bit of digging into in order to unlock their greatness. These records represent the best in dramatic themes, complex instrumentation and challenging lyrics.

(A full listing of all 100 albums appears after the jump)

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Crossword Puzzle Answers 12/24/14

Posted By on Wed, Dec 24, 2014 at 9:00 AM

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Budweiser is Over: 7 Beers Americans Have Stopped Drinking

Posted By on Mon, Dec 22, 2014 at 12:41 PM

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Beer sales are down. Sales of particular variety of beer, that is. According to KGW, the big name brands are those experiencing the biggest dip. It's no surprise, then, that Anheuser-Busch/InBev jumped at the opportunity to purchase 10 Barrel. Here are the top seven brands with plummeting sales. (Read the full analysis here.)

1. Budweiser Select

Sales loss: 61.1 percent

2. Miller Genuine Draft


Sales loss: 58.3 percent

3. Milwaukee's Best

Sales loss: 57 percent

4. Milwaukee's Best Light


Sales loss: 40.6 percent

5. Budweiser


Sales loss: 27.6 percent

6. Miller Lite

Sales loss: 22.6 percent

7. Miller High Life

Sales loss: 21.2 percent

What brews most often filled your pint glass this year?

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Friday Mixtape! 25 Best Songs of 2014

Posted By on Sat, Dec 20, 2014 at 9:34 AM

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Music streaming service Spotify knows a thing or two about trends in the songs people want to hear and according to their data no track was more popular this past year than Irish singer/songwriter Hozier’s ballad “Take Me to Church.”

Of course just because the masses enjoyed a particular song doesn’t mean it truly is the best of the year, but, in this case, it actually is.

Writing about a pretty painful break up, Andrew Hozier-Byrne crafted not just a musical tale filled with substantial emotion but dang, it sure is catchy to sing along with too! Utilizing a booming chorus and a pop-inspired cadence, “Take Me to Church” appeals to kids and adults alike and it stands alone a top our Best Songs of 2014 Friday Mixtape.

Following Hozier’s track are 24 other songs that both capture the kind of populist spirit that can stand the test of time and also flaunt creative styles paired with meaningful lyrics. Offerings like the spoken word poetry of Kate Tempest’s girls’-night-out tirade “Marshall Law” and the infectious pop-rock track “Unkinder (A Tougher Love)” from Thumpers.

There’s a lot to love in these 25 songs from both established artists like Jenny Lewis and Conor Oberst as well as newcomers like Alvvays and Misterwives. It was a great year for music—as usual—and this list hits all the highlights.

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Tips for Avoiding Christmastime Car Break-ins

Posted By on Fri, Dec 19, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Some Grinch busted the window of a staffer's car last night.
  • Some Grinch busted the window of a staffer's car last night.

Heads up folks—'tis the season for car break-ins. Last night, a Source staffer's car got broken into in the Connecting Point parking lot between 7 pm and 11 pm. She told us that one of the glass repair shops she called noted that they'd had multiple calls about break-ins just today.

We called the Bend Police Department to find out just how many cars were broken into last night, but we were told we would need to send a written request and that they wouldn't be able to process that information today. (Either the Bend PD needs to hire more staff or upgrade its computer system.)

Hard facts aside, it's probably not a bad idea to take your valuable items (holiday gifts, phone, wallet, etc.) inside with you, rather than leaving them in the car. Thieves know you're more likely to have good stuff in your car before Christmas, so take extra precautions. Nationwide Insurance offers the following tips to prevent smash-and-grab break-ins. (Read the full suggestions here.)

1. Keep your valuables with your or out of sight. Don't tempt a thief by leaving your new iPhone 6 Plus on the passenger seat.

2. Make them uncomfortable. Unlike moths, thieves are not attracted to bright lights or crowds. Avoid dark alleys.

3. Make them work for it. Roll up your windows and lock your doors.

4. Don't hand them the keys. Whether it's in the ignition (oops) or hidden in your totally top-secret spot, there's a decent chance it will be found.

5. Move personal items ahead of time. If the thief is watching you put your laptop in the trunk, they'll have pretty good idea where to find it once you walk away.

6. Be alert. Don't park in sketchy spots. Don't confront criminals. Call the cops if you need to.

That said, if there's nothing of value in your car, it may be smarter to leave it unlocked. 'Cause it's almost worse to have some jerk-face break your window to steal the only thing in your glove compartment—a pack of stale chewing gum.

Have you had your car broken into this season? What do you do to keep your belongings safe?
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TGIF: What to do in Bend this Weekend 12/19-12/21

Posted By on Fri, Dec 19, 2014 at 10:07 AM

'Twas the last weekend before Christmas and all over Bend, holiday events were stirring for family and friends. 
The microbrews were bottled by the brewers with care, in hopes that no Michelob soon would be there. 

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Train Man
HOLIDAYS—Perhaps at another time of year, a grown man playing with miniature trains to attract and delight young children would be creepy, but during the holiday season, it is downright classic and charming. 10 am-6 pm. Deschutes Library, 601 NW Wall. Free.
Shaking hands and kissing babies...Have a sparkling evening with Bob Shaw.
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“A Christmas Memory” with Bob Shaw
STORY—Everyone’s favorite weatherman breathes life into Truman Capote’s semi-autobiographical story of childhood, holidays, friendship and loss. It’s a classic tale that touches on the all-important True Meaning of Christmas, delivered by the man who reminds us to “have a sparkling day in Central Oregon.” And, it benefits the Assistance League of Bend. It doesn’t get much more magical than that, folks. 7 pm. Tower Theatre. $18-$20.

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The Kronk Men
METAL—Formed in Terrebonne in 1999, The Kronk Men are an ever-mutating mainstay in the Central Oregon music scene. They’ve played every now-closed venue, every dive bar, every festival, blaring their loud-as-hell sludge metal. Warm up your neck for some serious head banging. 9 pm. Volcanic Theater Pub, 70 SW Century Dr. $5.

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Santaland Diaries
THEATER—What began as a simple, but delightfully snarky essay read on the radio two decades ago, has become a holiday tradition. David Sedaris’ biting insights into the commercialization of Christmas, and his own off-kilter observations about family and festivities are as timeless as ugly sweaters. 7:30 pm. 2nd Street Theater, 220 NE Lafayette. $12.


saturday 20
Hillstomp
BLUES—The raging punky blues duo that is Hillstomp will be banging out its driving backwoods rock on over-turned buckets, ragged guitars and through vocal distortion. While some bands that return over and over to Bend wear out their welcome, this duo is always met with clapping hands and stomping feet. 8 pm. Belfry, 302 E. Main St., Sisters. $8-$10.

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Adult Cookie Decorating
PARTY—You’re never too old to decorate holiday cookies, but sometimes the company is too young to appreciate your…creative…designs. Whether you go bloody with gingerbread zombies or naughty with gingerbread pin-ups, it promises to be a delicious and debaucherous time with decadent cocktails and DJDMP spinning.
7 pm. Dogwood Cocktail Cabin, 147 NW Minnesota Ave. $5.


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A Tower Christmas
HOLIDAY SPIRIT—It is as if your favorite uncle has curated the best Christmas event ever, with local dancers spunking up classics, local singers caroling favorite seasonal songs and KQAK’s Dave Clemens reading selections from “A Christmas Story” and "How the Grinch Stole Christmas. 7 pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall. $8-$12.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Ariana Named One of Top 100 Restaurants in America by Open Table Diners

Posted By on Thu, Dec 18, 2014 at 9:49 AM

This year, Chef Andres Fernandez of Ariana won the Source's best chef honors, and in early 2014 the chefs of Ariana were invited to cook for the James Beard Foundation, an unprecedented honor for Bend chefs.

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So it's already been a good year for the restaurant. And it's only getting better. Ariana just announced that it has been named one of the top 100 restaurants in the nation by diners who use Open Table, a website that helps foodies make reservations at upscale restaurants the nation over. The list of winners is derived from more than 5 million reviews submitted by Open Table diners for more than 20,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

See Open Table's full list of the 100 best restaurants in the nation here. 

Congratulations to Ariana for taking Bend dining to the next level.

Read more about chefs Ariana and Andres Fernandez here.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Crossword Puzzle Answers 12/17/14

Posted By on Wed, Dec 17, 2014 at 11:54 AM

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Shakey Graves "Dearly Departed" Video

Posted By on Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Did you catch Shakey Graves and Esmé Patterson at this year's Sisters Folk Festival
Check out the totally awesome and totally morbid video for their duet, "Dearly Departed," off Shakey Grave's October release And the War Came, a record that we expect to end up on ALL of the top albums of 2014 lists. It's a breakup ghost story for the ages. 


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