Peep the new video from local hip-hop crew Cloaked Characters, for their song “Musical Waves,” which features JoAnna Lee on the hook and a melancholy Mr. E beat. The clip was directed by Tim Cash from Far From Earth Films and shot “in a Jetta on 3rd Street in Bend” for a nice, gritty feel.
Posts Tagged ‘Cloaked Characters’
Friday, November 12th, 2010
Thursday, September 23rd, 2010
Bend rapper and Cloaked Character Jay Tablet is “3/4 done” with his solo album “Put It On The Tab,” he says, so yesterday, he dropped a free, 12-song collection called “The Prefunk Mixtape” to build buzz and satiate those waiting for the official solo debut.
“I’ve had these songs just sitting around and wanted them to be heard,” Tablet said via Facebook chat, of course. “Some freestyles and some unfinished, but it’s out!”
You can download Jay Tablet’s “The Prefunk Mixtape” by clicking here. Grab a large version of the artwork by clicking the image at left.
Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010
Bendistillery Martini Bar, Velvet, the neon glow of the Tower Theatre, roller girls and Cloaked Characters … this video, shot by Chris Kas at Rage, nicely captures late-night downtown Bend. The song is from CCZ’s new album “Let Me In,” which you can read more about here.
That’s local singer-songwriter JoAnna Lee on the hook, by the way.
Thursday, April 8th, 2010
Before their collaborative gig with Reed Thomas Lawrence tonight, it feels like there’s enough going on in the Cloaked Characters camp to warrant a comprehensive update. It’s going to be a busy spring and summer for one of Bend’s hardest working acts.
First up is the show tonight, billed as The RTL Project, with special guests Mosley Wotta and DJ Hit n Runn. In a town that plays together very well, this particular project blurs the creative lines between not only hip-hop and pop, but also singer, songwriter, MC and producer. You can read more about it here, and Cloaked Character Jay Tablet was kind enough to provide an RTL MP3, which is kind of cool, because the band doesn’t have a CD available. Exclusive!
Now, half of The RTL Project is Cloaked Characters, aka CCZ. It’s been a couple years since CCZ released its first album, “ZonkedOut Tantrum,” and on April 20, the guys (Tablet and Rory Oneders) are back with a new record, “Let Me In,” which is sure to be packed with the crew’s self-described “dark party music.” Translation: Low-key but still party-friendly hip-hop that’s focused more on celebrating the fun things in life than posturing and bravado. Befitting their roots in Tracy, Calif., CCZ’s style is equally influenced by the Bay Area’s bouncy rap scene and the earthy, organic style that rules the Northwest.
CCZ is currently taking pre-orders for “Let Me In,” and the first 150 copies sold come with a free T-shirt. Do your pre-ordering right here. Gun-shy? Fine. Here’s a sample of the album; the first single features vocals by Bend’s own JoAnna Lee:
If you live in Central Oregon and you can’t make it tonight, or you’re intent on seeing Cloaked Characters on their own, you’ve got a month to wait. Starting next week, the group heads out on the “Look Good, Feel Good” tour with their buddies Enzyme Dynamite and DJ True Justice. The tour will loop through California, Nevada, Idaho and Washington before settling back into Oregon and wrapping up with a May 8 show at Bendistillery Martini Bar. Beyond that, plans are up in the air, though you can bet they’ll include making music, taking that music to other towns in other states, and combining hard work and big fun as well as anyone in town.
The RTL Project, Cloaked Characters, Mosley Wotta and DJ Hit n Runn perform tonight at The Summit Saloon & Stage (125 N.W. Oregon Ave., Bend). Showtime is 8 p.m., and cover is $5.
Friday, November 6th, 2009
Man, it’s windy outside as I write this. Fall is finally, really here. Or maybe that’s winter.
Whatever, the seasons may change, but the local music scene churns on. This weekend’s lineup is highlighted by some Canadian hip-hop, some Irish punk rock, and a benefit for the folks in our own community who need it most.
Hey … if you go out and see some music and snap a few pictures, why don’t you add them the Frequency’s Flickr pool?
-Two years after Flogging Molly packed the Midtown Ballroom, their fellow Irish-punk rockers Dropkick Murphys are visiting the same venue on Sunday. Read Al Barr’s take on the band’s success and what it has meant for their fan base.
-Swollen Members ought to consider just renting a place in Bend, perhaps. They’re back tonight, just a couple months after opening for Kottonmouth Kings at Midtown Ballroom. This time, though, the Canadian rap quartet is touring behind its brand new album, “Armed to the Teeth,” and will headline the Domino Room.
-For the fourth year in a row, a lot of local folk/bluegrass/Americana bands are gathering at Bend’s Community Center for Hoedown for Hunger, where proceeds will benefit the center’s Feed The Hungry program.
-California’s softcore ska dudes the Mad Caddies played at Mountain’s Edge bar in Bend on Sunday. I dug it.
-Elsewhere in town this week, Dana and Susan Robinson play a house concert, Shireen Amini settles into Jackson’s Corner, The Snag will do a free show at a church, and Cloaked Characters and The Bayliens will light up the Bendistillery Martini Bar.
As always, not all those stories will be available to everyone. If you run into a paywall, you’ll need to subscribe to The Bulletin’s online edition or, better yet, pick up a print copy of today’s paper.
Thursday, September 24th, 2009
Here’s your friendly reminder that Finn Riggins is kicking off their fall tour tonight at Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom at 24 N.W. Greenwood Ave., in Bend, with the Portland band Church opening. Start time: 8 p.m.(ish). Cover: $5. Download a song from the new Finn Riggins album “Vs Wilderness” by clicking here, and here’s the band playing another new tune last week in Portland:
Also tonight! Three of Bend’s best and best-known hip-hop acts are doing a free show at Boondock’s Bar & Grill, 70 N.W. Newport Ave., in Bend. Top Shelf, Mosley Wotta, and Cloaked Characters will be there, as will DJ Hit-n-Runn. Click to watch Mosley Wotta’s nifty video for “Boom For Real,” or stay right here and watch the Cloaked Characters’ clip for “Lost Package.”
Also tonight! The Bend Roots Revival officially kicks off. We’ll have full coverage of the weekend’s events in tomorrow’s GO! Magazine, but tonight, there’s a meet-and-greet and open mic at Parrilla Grill at 6 p.m., followed by some Grateful Dead cover action from Back From the Dead (5:30-7 p.m.) and Rising Tide (7-9 p.m.) over at the Victorian Cafe.
Also tonight! Heavy, heavy, heavy metal of the local variety at Ye Olde Underground … ahem … The Underground, which is at 2221 N.E. Third St., in Bend. We’re talking Wache The Dead, Almost Is Nothing, Booze Devil and Dusk’s Embrace. The brutality will begin at 8 p.m., and $5 gets you in. I’m too lazy to copy in all the MySpace sites for these bands, but they’re listed on the flyer, so here’s that:
Also tonight! Necktie Killers at The Summit, ’80s night at Players, Rough String Band at Northside, The Quons at 28, and much more. Find it all on the events calendar at The Bulletin’s Web site.
Monday, July 6th, 2009
It’s been more than a week now since the unexpected death of Michael Jackson, and the man, his life and his legacy is still a hot topic of conversation. Whether you think he should be remembered as a pop-culture icon or that his latter-day legal troubles overshadowed his chart success (or both), there’s no question the guy had an enormous influence on music.
To get an idea of the influence he had on Central Oregon’s music scene, Frequency asked a bunch of local musicians to talk about Michael Jackson’s role in their development as artists, to reflect on his life, or just to share their memories of his music, and so many responded, I split them up into two posts. You can read the first one by clicking here, and the second batch begins just after the jump.
Friday, July 3rd, 2009
Happy Fourth of July, patriot! I know the whole family is going to be hanging out around the grill this weekend, and that inevitably leads to a big, America-centric singalong, with ol’ Uncle Carl leading the way on “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
So when you hear Uncle Carl start in with “O say, can you see…” here’s what you do: Duck inside, grab your GO! Magazine, and read up on all the musical happenings around the region over the next week. Here’s what’s in there:
-An interview with Bend local Franchot Tone about his L.A.-based band Culver City Dub Collective, which will play Sunday at Les Schwab Amphitheater. Here’s a free download of a track from CCDC’s self-titled EP. Grab it. It’s groovy:
-A short story on the kickoff of Munch & Music in Drake Park, featuring virtuoso guitarist Fareed Haque and his Flat Earth Ensemble.
-My review of two fine, local rock bands — Tuck and Roll and Goodbye Dyna — that played sets at Deschutes Brewery’s 21st birthday party last weekend.
-Details on the big Fourth of July party happening Saturday at Bendistillery Martini Bar, where local hip-hop artists Mosley Wotta and Cloaked Characters will release a split CD containing four tracks from each. What’s that? You’d like to hear what these folks sound like? The Frequency blog aims to please; go download tracks from MoWo and CCZ here and here.
-Blurbs on the Empty Space Orchestra/Ruins of Ooah show Saturday at Silver Moon, the return of reggae legends The Abyssinians, the reopening of the Harmony House concert series venue (featuring folkie Jack Williams), and a hip-hop show at New Hope Church.
Wednesday, July 1st, 2009
The Bend-based hip-hop group Cloaked Characters will team up with Mosley Wotta to release an eight-song split CD at Bendistillery’s big Fourth of July party on Saturday, and both artists were nice enough to provide Frequency readers with a little downloadable leak action. Here’s one of the Characters’ contributions:
Check back tomorrow for the Mosley Wotta track, won’t you?