Posts Tagged ‘Mosley Wotta’

Mosley Wotta wins Last Band Standing

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

The title of this post says it all. Congrats to Mosley Wotta and his fantastic new live band, who beat out Empty Space Orchestra, Kleverkill and Hot Tea Cold for the title of Last Band Standing. Their $30,000 prize package includes a tour van. I hope they put it to good use.

About halfway through MoWo’s set last night, I heard a woman behind me — she looked to be in her 40s — exclaim to the man she was with: “Where did he come from?” I didn’t hear all of the man’s response, but I did hear him say the word “Canada.”

It’s hard for me to imagine living in Bend over the past few years and not being familiar with Mosley Wotta (real name: Jason Graham), given the sheer number and breadth of his endeavors. He teaches, he paints, he hosts events, he wins poetry slams, he works with kids. And, of course, he raps.

Then again, I pay pretty close attention to the local music scene. Not everyone does. So if you’re like that woman behind me and you’d like to know more about Mosley Wotta, I’d suggest starting with the very long profile of him that I wrote back at the very beginning of 2008. Click here to check out that piece. And you can click here to see an archive of posts about him here on the Frequency blog, including info on his new album, a free MP3 download, a music video and more.

Mosley Wotta (sort of) releases “Wake”

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Hand-made artwork for Mosley Wotta's 'Wake' arranged on his kitchen table. Photo by Ben.

As you may have heard, local MC / poet / painter / etc. Mosley Wotta (aka Jason Graham) released a very limited run of his new album, “Wake,” at last Thursday’s Last Band Standing. I talked to Graham and got a sneak preview of the album on Wednesday, but decided not to post about it last week due to my concerns about showing any favoritism toward an artist before an LBS performance.

Not that he needs my help when it comes to promotional power. Make no mistake, Graham’s decision to put together hand-made, art-laden “Wake” CDs for LBS wasn’t a happy coincidence. The idea was to draw folks in and hope that those folks voted for Mosley Wotta. It worked; Graham and his new live band (Colten Tyler/guitar, Aaron Miller/keys, Jason Schmidt/drums, Thomas T./bass) packed Boondocks with the biggest crowd of the night and won enough votes to move on to the finals on July 1.

There were other motivations for doing this, though. For one, Graham is an artist, not only musically, but visually, too. He spent much of last week in the mad scientists’ lair basement of his west-side home, carefully cutting out interesting images from a wide range of magazines and books (he drew special inspiration from books on underwater life and American Indians) and taping those images onto cardboard CD cases. To keep them together, he laminated each CD. He told me Friday that he made around 25 copies and sold them all.

From his Facebook invitation to Thursday’s show (emphasis added by me):

Each individual cover is a unique collage piece containing 16 tracks including songs: “BOOM FOR REAL”, “SMOKE” and “ROll On BYe” . FEAR NOT You will of course be able to buy the album in its homogenized form or online but, FIRST THINGS FIRST. GOTTA MAKE ART!

The other reason for the hand-made run, I think, is Graham’s own unique mix of patience and impatience. “Wake” has been a long time coming; when I wrote this long profile of him two and a half years ago, he was already working on these songs with an eye toward making an album. Over the past two years, he’s released them in fits and starts — such as the fantastic “Scrap Mettle” EP and a split CD with Cloaked Characters — but for the most part, he’s been patient, hunkered down in the lab and writing, rewriting, recording and rerecording to make sure everything is just right. Now, it is. If you’ve been paying attention to Graham’s releases / live show / MySpace for a while, you’ll recognize many of these songs: “Boom For Real,” “Roll On Bye,” “Smoke,” “Licking Reason,” “Smile Hater Smile” and “Po-Kno-Mo” all make appearances. But there are a few songs I didn’t know, most notably “Consolidate” and “Respite,” both of which are great. (Special shout-out to DJ A-Bomb for that crackling, jazzy “Respite” beat. DOPE CITY.)

The official cover of 'Wake.'

All that said, Graham’s already excited about future releases. Last week, we talked a bit about “Wake,” which he described as a sort of clearing-the-vaults release, intended to collect all his work to this point in one place. But we talked more about “Kink Konk,” Graham’s next album that — if the songs he played for me are any indication — will have a higher production value than “Wake.” (Don’t take that to mean that it will be more pop-influenced, though; check out the twangy vibe of “Front Porch” here.) He even briefly mentioned a third album, but let’s not even go there. Right now, Graham doesn’t yet know when he’ll officially release “Wake,” much less “Kink Konk” and beyond.

Speaking of which, a handful of hand-made copies of “Wake” will not satiate the Mosley masses. Some time this summer, Graham will hold an official CD-release event for the fancy, “homogenized” version of the album. As of last week, when and where had yet to be determined. In the meantime, there are about 25 folks in Bend walking around with a custom-made, advance copy of what may very well be the best local album of 2010.

One option among many tonight: Homegrown at the Astro Lounge

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

There’s a ton of live-music options out there tonight, more than any Thursday I can remember. I’ll recap at the bottom of this post, but first, something I didn’t write about in last week’s paper, because I didn’t know about it:

This looks dope. Lots of good, local, eclectic music that’s beat-driven, but perfect for chilling out and doing a little mindbending. You may know what Mosley Wotta’s all about, but if you’re like me, the other two artists are relatively new to your radar. Click to familiarize yourself: BasssGhost // Flying Kites // Mosley Wotta


The Parental Advisory Tour rolls into the Domino Room, with Nashville Pussy, Green Jelly, Psychostick, High Desert Hooligans and more. Sweaty!

Master Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser is at the Tower Theatre tonight, with cellist Natalie Haas in tow. Fiddly!

Several local metal bands — Inimica, Thorns of Creation and more — are gonna thrash around at the Bend Event Center (aka the old Club 97). Headbangy!

Last Band Standing continues at Boondocks Bar & Grill, with Blackstrap, Shannon Smith, Tall as Rasputin and Capture the Flag. Competitiony!

Nick Drake-ish singer-songwriter Gary Fulkerson is at 28. And if you want your 28 fix, you need to hurry, because it’s closing for good on Saturday. Fingerstylie!

Get out and support your local music scene tonight, folks.

MP3 Download: new Empty Space Orchestra track, “Jovian Barnacle”

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Speaking of New Year’s Eve options, one of the best appears to be the Blue Moon Bash going down at Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom in Bend. Three excellent local acts — Eric Tollefson, Mosley Wotta and Empty Space Orchestra — will perform starting around 9 p.m., and there’s no cover. Get there early, though … the place is going to be packed, I’d guess.

Empty Space guitarist Shane Thomas was nice enough to send along a brand new ESO track for free downloading by all you fine Frequency aficionados. It was recorded live recently in the band’s practice space, and it’s vintage ESO — noisy, with some serpentine synth work and big, crunchy guitars that’ll stomp all over you till your soul crawls out and begs for mercy. Recent word out of the band’s camp is that they’re getting heavier and heavier, and “Jovian Barnacle” is proof of that. Snap it up:

Download Empty Space Orchestra, “Jovian Barnacle”

If that’s not your thing, we have a huge list of New Year’s Eve goings-on right here. You’re sure to find something your speed.

Bend Roots Revival: Day 2

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

“We’re The JZ Band,” said David Z after his band’s first song at the Bend Roots Revival, “and it’s daylight.”

It was daylight. That’s one of the funny things about an outdoor, all-day music festival; bands that are used to playing in dark, cramped, stale-air bars are suddenly exposed to the sun, the wide open sky and fresh air.

In Bend, it’s a nice place to be. It could’ve been chilly this weekend — it’s late September in the High Desert, after all — but instead the weather has been absolutely perfect for this arsty cornucopia.


Tons to do tonight!

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.

Some highlights from the Frequency Flickr pool

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Say, have you checked out Frequency’s Flickr pool? If not, I’d love it if you would. Or better yet, join the group and add your own photos of music being made in Central Oregon! Here are some highlights from what’s there now; be sure to click through to see the ones after the jump. (Photos were taken by me unless otherwise noted.)

Tuck And Roll at Deschutes Brewery!

tuck and roll


July 3 in GO! Magazine

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:

Download Culver City Dub Collective, “Lel’s Song”

-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.

Download a new song from Mosley Wotta

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

Mosley Wotta

Mosley Wotta

Local hip-hoppers Mosley Wotta and Cloaked Characters are teaming up to release an eight-song split CD at Bendistillery Martini Bar’s big Fourth of July party on Saturday, and they were both nice enough to hook Frequency readers up with a preview track for free download. Cool, right? I know!

You can snag the Cloaked Characters song by clicking here. And here is the MoWo track:

Mosley Wotta, “Smile Hater Smile”

Look for full details on the martini bar’s party, with music all afternoon out in the plaza, and then all night inside, in tomorrow’s GO! Magazine.

Lots of new LOCAL music to listen to

Friday, June 5th, 2009

Central Oregon musicians have been incredibly productive this year, releasing a whole bunch of recorded music, with no sign of slowing down any time soon. Just look at all the new stuff you can hear online:

The Sofa Kings do a bluesy, female-fronted take on straight-up rock ‘n’ roll, a la Heart or Jefferson Airplane/Starship. And, they’ve just posted a few songs from their recorded-but-not-yet-released CD on their MySpace.

-Redmond’s The Roe is known for its pop-infused emo/punk, which is why their new song, “Oh Amelia,” is so startling. It’s got a lo-fi, twangy feel, like a sleepy Social Distortion. Hear it at the band’s MySpace. (“We would like to make it clear that this IS NOT portraying the style of the new CD,” the band writes. “We are keeping our same style and keepin it rock n roll.”

Warm Gadget is a newish project on the local scene, a creepy, electro-industrial collaboration between electronic-music artist (and former Vihara member) Colten Williams and Tim Vester, formerly of The Kronkmen, with some help from Eric Metzger, Jared Forqueran and Jeff Swearengin. The band recently posted some of its newer music, and it’s great, weird stuff.

The Commercial Underground has a few new tracks up on their MySpace. These guys do breezy, feel-good, throwback pop-rock that’ll make you long for the ’70s, if you’re old enough to remember the ’70s.

-Since the last time I visited their MySpace, The Space Hoax has posted two new songs — “Aries Day” and “Vintage International” — for our listening pleasure. Both are excellent, and you should go listen to them right now. Seriously.

-Just the other day, Empty Space Orchestra put a live version of “Pandemonium,” recorded early last month, on its MySpace. Go take a listen to hear what everyone’s buzzing about.

-Local hip-hop cat Mosley Wotta has a “ruff edit” of a downcast new song called “Blood Sugar” on his MySpace. There are a couple other newer tracks up there, too. All are worth hearing.

There are probably tons more out there, I just don’t know about them. Say … are you in a band that calls Central Oregon home? Do you have some new music? I’d love to hear it, and maybe post it on Frequency. Give me a shout via e-mail or through MySpace.