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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Cancellations, Mega Rap at Midtown and Axl Rose spoils perfectly good bets

Many of you already spotted this in the print edition of the Source, but we thought we'd further spread the news here that the LNYX

Posted By on Thu, Oct 23, 2008 at 11:54 AM

Many of you already spotted this in the print edition of the Source, but we thought we'd further spread the news here that the LNYX and Jamie Janover show slated for tonight at the Silver Moon has been cancelled. Word is that Janover has an ill family member and was forced to cancel the remainder of his West Coast tour in order to be with his family. While the cancellation is a bummer, we wish Janover and family all the best...and have our fingers crossed for a re-scheduling, which the promoter says is a possibility.

Great American Taxi: Maybe Next Time


Great American Taxi
Another cancellation that came across my desk this morning was that of the Great American Taxi show, scheduled for Nov. 7 at the Annex. We were pumped to get the announcement that Taxi, fronted by Leftover Salmon front man Vince Hermann, was returning to Bend, but just as soon as it was announced, the band cancelled its show. The last time the Taxi came through, they played a killer electrified Americana show for Summer Sundays at the Les Schwab Amphitheater. But just like the Lynx/Janover show - a rescheduling could happen.

Young Buck at Midtown

Young Buck: Coming to town Dec. 2
In a non-cancellation piece of news, we caught word yesterday that Ocean Records, the hip-hop only record store up in Redmond is getting into the concert production business and is debuting with an early-December show by Young Buck. The former G-Unit rapper and 50 Cent associate is slated to appear at the Midtown Ballroom on December 2. The show is touted as a "Hip-Hop Show & Comedy Jam," with comedian Ralph Porter also on the bill. Comedy and hip-hop, a perfect match: You'll laugh, you'l cry, you'll put your hands in the air like you just don't care. Word.

Chinese Democracy Ruins My Week, and Possibly My Life

This week, Axl Rose and his nearly mythical Guns N' Roses announced that the band will be releasing its album Chinese Democracy on November 23 - after almost a decade of telling fans the record was in the works. While GNR enthusiasts are either jubilantly tearing through their closets looking for those acid-washed jeans from the peak of their GNR days or in the hospital after suffering massive cardiac arrest upon the announcement, I find myself in a different predicament.

Thanks for nothing, Axl.
You see, I've been using the phrase "When Guns N' Roses finally release Chinese Democracy" in place of the common adage "when pigs fly" for about nine years now. For example, I told my friend who finds himself serially involved in serious relationships, all of which end after precisely seven months, that he'd "get married when Guns N' Roses finally release Chinese Democracy." I suppose a wedding invitation is in the mail.

I've used the incompletion of Chinese Democracy to predict the unlikely chances of other events like Ticketmaster easing up on service charges, Fox News embracing journalistic ethics, the Seattle Mariners playing in a World Series and well, actual Chinese democracy. So, there could be some upsides to Axl Rose's seeming interruption of the space-time continuum.

But there are also some downsides to the release of this fabled album, at least from my perspective, and that's been the countless definitive and half-drunken bets I've made with everyone from siblings to barroom strangers that Chinese Democracy was not a real album, but rather akin to other never-to-be-seen things like the Fountain of Youth, Santa Claus or Dick Cheney's smile. A rough estimate would say that I owe the following to an array of strangers and close friends and relatives due to the bets I've made over the past nine years: an estimated $3,000 in straight cash, my entire baseball card collection (including my Edgar Martinez rookie card) two since-disposed of bottles of real absinthe, a pair of twice-worn roller blades, and a yet-to-be calculated amount of bar tab reimbursements.

But hey, if corporate giveaways are any barometer of reliable betting strategy, the people at Dr. Pepper make me feel a bit better. The company promised a Dr. Pepper to everyone in the US (former GNR guitarists Slash and Buckethead begrudgingly excluded) if the album was ever released. And believe it or not, the soft drink company is making good on its audacious bet and is offering coupons via its website on the release date of the record.

While I await my free soda, I will sit hoping that some magnificent act of God keeps the album from dropping on November 23 - or else I'm going to need to go into Axl-Rose-like hiding.


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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Mt. Bachelor Goes Old Timey for 50th Anniversary

This morning, the Blender caught wind that Mt. Bachelor (read about their off-season changes in this week's feature article) had released a video celebrating it's

Posted By on Thu, Oct 16, 2008 at 10:25 AM

This morning, the Blender caught wind that Mt. Bachelor (read about their off-season changes in this week's feature article) had released a video celebrating it's 50th anniversary so we clicked on over to YouTube and thought we'd share it with you. The video, produced locally by Rage Films, follows the last 15,000 years up on the mountain with a 1950's-style newsreel film, complete with a perfectly cornball voiceover. Take a look...


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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

KPOV Got da Funk

Posted By on Wed, Oct 15, 2008 at 1:12 PM

A couple of Free Thinkers.
Things move a little funkier over at KPOV (106.7FM), Bend's community radio station and we here at the Source should know - the station's headquarters are so close to our office that we could toss a coconut and hit their building, no problem.

KPOV isn't funky in a bad way but rather this is meant as a compliment of the station's super creative core of volunteer administrators and the funkiness of their celebratory events - the king of which is their Free Thinkers Ball. Last year KPOV took over the Midtown Ballroom and transformed it into what one board member described as "an out-of-the-box prom for adults."

The party had painted faces, several grown men and women dressed up as fairies, complete with wings and plenty of sparkle, music from a wide range of local musicians, some spoken word, puppets and a hell of a lot of locally made food. All in all, it was a funky good time-and one of the best parties of the year.

The Free Thinkers Ball returns this year wrapped in the timely theme "Election Follies" and again is set to raise some funds for the station. Rather than the free-form funkiness of last year's attire, this time around KPOV is asking that attendees dress as their favorite, or least favorite political candidate of all time or perhaps a certain cause they happen to champion. And whatever you choose to wear, remember to make sure it's comfortable to shake your booty because KPOV has brought in local funkateers El Dante to provide the music. If the band's Bend Roots Revival dance-athon was any indication, you might want to stretch those hammies before El Dante hits the stage.

But remember, not everyone can dress as a pit bull wearing lipstick.

Free Thinkers Ball
7pm-Midnight, Thursday, October 23. Boondock's Bar & Grill, 70 NW Greenwood Ave. $25/person, $40/couple non members; $20/person, $30/couple for DJs and KPOV members.

 


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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Outback Fest Photos

So, this week's Sound Check told you about the Outback Festival down in Paisley, but didn't give you much visual representation...and visual representation means "pictures"

Posted By on Thu, Oct 9, 2008 at 12:33 PM

So, this week's Sound Check told you about the Outback Festival down in Paisley, but didn't give you much visual representation...and visual representation means "pictures" for those not familiar with technical speak (that we just made up). Thanks to the good people at Grove Presents, here are some photos from inside the barn at the Outback Festival.

















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Thursday, October 2, 2008

You Get Tubed: The best of Bend's YouTube submissions

As promised, here are the videos featured in the "You Get Tubed" story from this week's special film issue. This is a lot better than

Posted By on Thu, Oct 2, 2008 at 11:58 AM

As promised, here are the videos featured in the "You Get Tubed" story from this week's special film issue. This is a lot better than just reading about them, eh?

 

DRIVE THROUGH TOWN IN THE SNOW

JAMES BROWN LIVE AT THE SCHWAB

DEAD GUY IN THE PARK PRANK

COUCH BALLOONING


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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Bend Roots Round Up: Pictures and Video

Last weekend saw a good chunk of the Westside occupied by local musicians and local music devotees for the Bend Roots Revival. Here's some photos

Posted By on Wed, Oct 1, 2008 at 11:21 AM

Last weekend saw a good chunk of the Westside occupied by local musicians and local music devotees for the Bend Roots Revival. Here's some photos and video from that fest.

EMPTY SPACE ORCHESTRA


Space Hoax






Jason Graham working his artistic magic.







The Dirty Words displaying the ultimate rock star stance.









Visual mastery...








The Mostest and Friends headed up by Bend Roots organizer Mark Ransom.



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