If seeing this music brief feels a little like the movie “Groundhog Day,” that’s understandable.
You see, local hip-hop MC/hustler/entrepreneur Jay Tablet already hosted one release party for his new solo album “Put It On the Tab” a few weeks ago.
But that one was for all ages. Tonight, he’s throwing another release party, this time for the old folks (21+) at MadHappy Lounge.
“Put It On the Tab” has been soaking in ‘round these parts for a while now. It’s a dark, glitchy synthesis of hip-hop, pop and electronic music, with Tablet not only rapping but also singing a few notable choruses (“What If I,” “Matter No More”). The result is an album that would work as a soundtrack for both the sweaty, bright-lights party and the low-key, dimly lit after-party.
Tablet — perhaps better known as part of local hip-hop group Cloaked Characters — has an ear for a hook, no doubt about it, and a willingness to venture into worlds that don’t necessarily line up with conventional hip-hop wisdom. And for that, he should be commended. Also worth noting: Guests on “Tab” include Mad Child of Swollen Members, Mosley Wotta, Rory Oneders, Amsterdam and Caitlin Cardier.
The album will be available at the show tonight, and it’s online at all the usual outlets. Keep up with Tablet at www.cloaked characters.com and www.twitter.com/jaytablet.
Jay Tablet CD-release show, with Rory Oneders, Caitlin Cardier, Brad Jones and more ; 9 tonight; free; MadHappy Lounge, 850 N.W. Brooks St., Bend; firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-388-6868.