Hi there, music fan! Welcome to Near/Far 2008, The Bulletin's online hub for coverage of the year's best sounds. Above, you can click "Lists and Reviews" to check out my favorite albums and concerts of the year, plus the faves of folks connected to Central Oregon's music scene. Below, the good stuff: Stream or download 36 songs by local and national acts, for free. (Each half of this double-length compilation will fit on one CD, so click the links right below this text to download a .ZIP file of all the songs in MP3 format, plus CD artwork with tracklists.) So poke around for a bit, I think you'll find something you like. And if you have any questions or comments, don't hesitate to e-mail me at email@example.com.
-- Ben Salmon