Crushed Out! and Browntown

Crushed Out have an amazing retro sound: a very surfy wet guitar tone and peppy drums.  A couple covers were quite welcome and got the crowd up and dancing. Someone might superficially call them a “rockabilly White Stripes.” Vocals are high and airy, like Elliott Smith or Crosby Stills and Nash. Lots of lyrics about love, birds, sharks and surfers. My favorite was “Sweaty, Sweaty Dress” and I’ll never get the epic riff from “To Sing True of Love” out of my head.

I tried a realistic look

I tried a realistic look

Moselle does the art for her band, I think its neat that a single person does all the art for the merch, cd covers and t shirts, that way there is a single vision and oeuvre. She puts waves and dripping water in the art, so I put some in my drawing. She also did animation for the music video, “to sing true of love.” She told me part of touring which is just as important as sharing music with fans is seeing the beauty of the natural world in our National State Parks. She listed her favorite as the Anhinga trail in the florida Everglades because it was so full of wildlife. “Like a zoo, but the animals are free and in their habitat.” Another thing I like to ask touring bands is, “what do you eat on tour?”

Moselle- “We like to cook rice and a vegetable, a one pot cowboy meal. We try to eat out as little as possible. We eat souerkraut, mac and cheese with Kale, one treat we really like is canned trout from Trader Joes, on a stone wheat cracker with onions.

Raw onions?


She said the band raised money to record their album by playing in small New Hampshire bars in the Mt. Washington Valley. “We brought our own sound system and we’d play for 3 hours for a couple hundred bucks. We started a music scene, kids started bands just for the chance to open for us. We played at the Red Fox restaurant in Jackson, New Hampshire and it eventually turned into the weekly dance party in town. We read an article that listed us in the top 10 bands of New Hapshire and we said, “Who are the other 9? we want to be friends with them!” -Moselle

Was guitar your first instrument?

“I started playing when I was 11, to Led Zeppelin and Nirvana’s “Nevermind.” Guitar was  basically the first instrument I stayed focused on.” -Franklin

Two of your songs have a very cool blues vibe, with turnarounds. (Early in the Morning and Wormtongue)
I think that makes them sound a lot like the White Stripes, ( is that what someone really unfamiliar with the blues guitar would say?) Is it really Mississippi John Hurt or someone older who popularized those familiar turnarounds? did you first play blues turnarounds learning Jimmy Paige songs?
I like how all the songs sound surfy, but they all sound different too.
Maybe “Mermaid Chant” has the most surf-like riffs, but “True Love” sounds like Buddy Holly or a girl group song.

I’ve seen some guitarists play with several delay pedals in chain. How do you get your delay tone? Are the same pedals you play with live the ones on the record?
You had two amps, right? what is the reason for that? does a different mix go to each one?
Is one clean and loud, and the other… a tube? with more of a crunchy or “tight” sound?”
“I have one delay pedal that is a ‘tape echo simulator’. I used a 1968 Echoplex tube tape echo on our album TEETH, but live the unit gets hot and stops producing echo in the middle of the show. So I’ve bought this El Capistan Strymon echo pedal. It’s almost identical to the analog tape echo. I have a Spring reverb running through a 1965 Fender Bassman, to get a surfy guitar sound. I have the tape echo running through a 1964 Silvertone 1483 bass amp so the sound is wider. Everything of mine is vintage but the pedals and my stratocaster, which is new from a builder in NYC.”
Here I went full on silly cartoon.

Here I went full on silly cartoon.



This is a monotype, I painted watercolor and water soluble markers on a sheet of plexiglass over the original drawing. Then I pressed it against a wet piece of printing paper and transferred the image.

to see the old post i made about this band look here. (the drawings are better this time.)

Brown Town from Corvallis

Brown Town from Corvallis

Brown Town opened the show, they are a garage rock band from Corvallis. They play a fun bouncy style reminiscent of the Kinks. One member sings and plays the tambourine and another looks like Chris Dowd. They played a Monkees cover.

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I have heard Jake and Amanda play a few times before at open mics, but this was the first time I have seen them with their whole band. Wow, the harmonies, the fiddle, stand up bass! Amazing melodies and charming songs.  They play later this month at Grrlz rock events, though their calendar isn’t updated to show that.

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Cary Grant woodcut

I am continuing my series in tribute to Hollywood Legends with three new woodcuts. Here I will discuss the process I go through.


I took this photo of the handsome chap. I found it by Googling his name.


I brought it in photoshop, put the letters on and flipped the image.

I also increased the contrast significantly everywhere except the hands.


I printed the image and transferred it to the woodblock with some Alphonse Mucha-esque borders and details to make it appear as a religious icon of a saint. Here you see it while the shellac is drying. I’m not confident that I am finished with my background details, but I am eager to get carving, and I will improvise a bit while carving.


Here are two more from the series. I got the borders from ancient religious prints.

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Recognize Fred MacMurray? from such hits as “The Shaggy Dog” “The Nutty Professor,” “The Apartment,”  The chilling “Double Indemnity,” and my favorite: “Pushover.” I don’t know what I was thinking with those random looping circles.  Also that evil looking claw hand is creepy eh? that just ended up there. Forgive me, this was my first since college, so of course there was a re-learning process.


Resembles the joker more when he is printed in Green.

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This is a crayon rubbing. Its done while I am carving to tell me where I need to take away more wood. Funny that the face looks fine in the rubbing but then looks all shaded on her face. Still looks cool though eh? Also I am excited and proud of the lettering, I gave the capital C extra flourishes and I improvised the B in an attempt to get it to match. Woodcuts are fun and my teenage students are enjoying them too. I like when they all work quietly for 20+ hours on a project. And when they don’t turn on slipknot or Dubstep or gangsta rap that glorifies violence and drugs.


KING TUFF play a fun, simple poppy kind of garage rock that goes down smooth with a cheap watery beer.

An obvious influence is the Ramones, but the lyrics are delivered tongue in cheek, and Kyle always wears a smile as he sings about how “bad” he is. Live, his voice recalled Billy Corgan sometimes. RIYL: Dr. Dog, the Moonknights, Be Your Own Pet. (Their drummer, Gary, really rocks hard). It was a blast seeing them play an early show on a sunday, though it was hard to get details on Magic Jake with all the goddamn FOG from the freakin fog machine.

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Here at Mecca in Eugene, OR, I am teaching a Collagraph class. Here are some examples of what can be achieved with the process.

The original collograph matrix- a eugene landscape

The original collagraph matrix- a eugene landscape. I taped and glued elements to the surface and carved away with an exacto blade.

A black relief print.

A black relief print.

a color relief print, I put blue )straight out of the tub) on the top and mixed a green on the bottom

a color relief print, I put blue (straight out of the tub) on the top and mixed a green on the bottom.

A colored pencil rubbing of my matrix. (notice, it is not reversed.)

A colored pencil rubbing of my matrix. (notice, it is not reversed.) I put in a sunset and little cars on the bridge.

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The VOODOO Organist

With eerie spooky songs about vampires, zombies and the coming apocalypse, the Voodoo Organist, aka Scott Wexton has been touring the states for 20 years. He decorated the stage with Tiki Tiki masks and played an hour+ set of fun dark music. I was impressed that he can make his drum machines stop suddenly and pick up again, really giving the feel of a live band while operating the bass pedals with his feet and playing the theremin with his right hand sometimes.

Voodoo organist, I salute you. (why wasn’t this show sponsored by voodoo doughnuts?” also, why doesnt he have voodoo dolls for merch? He has a shop called Hoodoo in Yucca Valley California which is advertized as a comic book store that sells exotica, ephemera and presumably voodoo dolls and tiki tiki decorations. I must go sometime.


Eleven Eyes and WIl Blades

Eugene’s best jam band! ELEVEN EYES


They opened for young Organist Wil Blades, who plays with Stanton Moore and Billy Martin and many many others! I made the error of spelling his name with two “l”s but I fixed it in the second drawing… colored pencils… nice tools.100_3586 100_3587

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