The Video Omelette: Dec 31, 2007

5:05 am by

Here is a special New Year’s edition of the Video Omelette. It is the final VO of the year, so I decided to bring out some fireworks (and bucket drummers?). New Years Eve is always good times with friends and family. It is also a great time to check out some of your favorite bands. New Years shows are notorious for being long, fun and full of surprises when the new year hits. Here are some of my favorite bands pulling out all the stops for their own New Year’s Eve celebration.

Grateful Dead – New Year’s 1985/1986

The Grateful Dead always happened to add performance art to their performances. This time around they decided to bring out Bill Graham as ‘Mr New Years’ on top of a huge cake featuring massive cartoon style heads that Ken Kesey hilariously describes in his commentary. This is a pretty fun video!

 

 

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Radiohead Ring In 2008

4:56 am by


Surely you’ve heard all the talk these past few months about Radiohead’s you-pick-the-price internet release of In Rainbows. The tracks were relatively low-resolution, but still bloody amazing–there’s a reason this album ended up on so many year-end best-of lists (Pitchfork, Sterogum, Rolling Stone, Gorilla vs Bear, our own BOThead Eggs…and on and on). If you couldn’t take the pressure of choosing how much to pay, or if you’ve just been holding out for the higher-resolution CD release, tomorrow is not just the first day of 2008. It’s a rainbow-hued D-Day, filled with ‘Weird Fishes’ and ‘Bodysnatchers’. The album is listed on Amazon for $10.99; I’ll be heading to my friendly neighborhood music store, Soundwaves, to pick it up.

More Radiohead news after the jump

But this begs a question: if the internet release of In Rainbows was a popular pick for 2007’s various best albums list, will the CD release be eligible for inclusion on 2008 best-of lists? I mean, the official release date is January 1, 2008. Thoughts, anyone?

If you’re planning on staying in tonight in an effort to avoid the drunks and astronomical prices (or whatever you might hate about NYE), cruise on over to radiohead.tv to join in the celebration of (in Thom’s words) “the release of the physical manifestation of In Rainbows“. The band will be broadcasting a pre-recording of some songs and ‘other bits’ at midnight, UK time (that’s 6pm Central).

And in case you’ve been wondering why Radiohead didn’t re-sign with EMI, Thom recently posted an explanation on the band’s website. Apparently he doesn’t like dealing with record execs who behave “like confused bulls in a china shop”. Amen.

Hope everyone out there has a safe but fantastic New Year’s Eve!

Carpe ientaculum.

–Cereal

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My New Years Resolution!

4:53 am by

Keeping a New Years resolution is pretty much impossible for me. I am sure many people are in the same boat. I have quit smoking three times. I have gone on four unsuccessful diets. It just does not work for me. This year I have decided to make one that would stick. My New Years resolution is to see as many great live acts as I can in 2008. I have not had any trouble going to great live shows in the past so I thought that this would be the perfect resolution for me (I am quitting smoking for a fourth time on the 7th of January. The reason for quitting on the 7th is to make sure it’s not actually a resolution).

The beginning of this year is shaping up to be a pretty exciting one musically. Bands are starting to book their spring dates, and Houston, Austin and beyond are starting to fill in their calendars. Here’s a list of shows that we here at Breakfast On Tour are really starting to get amped about.

 

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Songs of the Week Vol. 3

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We’ve got a wide array of music for you to sample this week, from Ween‘s crazy antics and the dance grooves of !!! and Daft Punk, to the Afrobeat stylings of Antibalas and the swampy Southern sounds of Widespread Panic.

Ween - The Mollusk!!! - Take Ecstasy With Me/Get UpDaft Punk - Alive 2007

Antibalas - Who Is This America?Widespread Panic - Earth to America

Follow the links below to hear this week’s musical menu.

Toast’s Pick: Ween – The Blarney Stone
Cereal’s Pick: !!! – Take Ecstasy With Me
Doughnut’s Pick: Daft Punk – Touch It/Technologic
Coffee’s Pick: Antibalas – Who Is This America Dem Speak Of Today?
Eggs’ Pick: Widespread Panic – Ribs and Whiskey

–Breakfast On Tour

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Seasons Greetings!

4:42 am by

Ok. So here’s the deal. The other night, a couple folks from the BOT crew were watching the music on demand videos and we came accross what is pretty much the best one I have ever seen in my life. Ever!!! And it’s just out of time for Christmas! Here is Dokken doing “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”. Interesting mix, huh. Hope you all get as much of a kick out of it as we did.

Always toastin,
The Toastman


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