C-Dub, the Cornerstone To Any Nutritious Breakfast!

4:17 am by

Two dollar Old Style tall boys were flowing heavily on Friday, December 14 at Knickerbockers in downtown Lincoln, NE. Cornerstone Dub(C-Dub), a local act, was set to hit the stage sometime during the night. Rumor was that they were supposed to be on at nine o’clock, but arriving at that time, I soon realized that was not the case. C-Dub was at the bar having drinks as their opener, the 5150’s from Omaha,were warming up.

Knickerbockers has become a staple in the music scene in Lincoln. The old wood-floored building has hosted several notable acts over the years and has helped Lincoln witness a small musical revival throughout the past few years. After promoters noticed that several bands were playing larger cities with no stops in between, they set out to get some of these acts in Lincoln, many of them at Knickerbockers. Some of the most recent acts to visit this stage include Hot Buttered Rum, Railroad Earth, Jah Roots, Particle, and Trampled By Turtles, to name a few.

On the other hand, several local acts frequent the venue, including Cornerstone Dub, a sort of rock/reggae/ska/everything-in-between act. Poor weather was to blame for a small crowd, but that didn’t keep several C-Dub regulars and a few randoms from showing up for the event. It was to be a quite intimate night for all involved.



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Billie Jean, Latvian A Cappella-style? Hell yes!

4:16 am by

I might as well admit it: I’m a sucker for a good a cappella arrangement. I’ve had an ongoing infatuation with an a cappella group from Carleton College for a little while now, and Kid Beyond‘s live-looped beatbox-filled a cappella performances make me positively melt. I think I’m just fascinated by people who can use their voices to do incredible things, while I have enough trouble just figuring out how to use mine to speak.

Anyway, I stumbled across this video on (where else?) YouTube and just had to share it. The group is called ‘Cosmos’ and they’re from Latvia. Watch for the dance sequence near the end–I can’t decide whether I think it’s deliciously cheesy or just…wrong.

Carpe ientaculum.


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Christmas Wish List!

4:12 am by

Even though I’ll be spending my New Year “weekend” at home, I decided to list my top five new year’s events going on this year, leading us all into 2008. Who knows, maybe Eggs will be feeling saucy and buy me an all expenses paid trip to one of these shows. I thank you in advance Eggs. Here they are…..

1. Yonder Mountain String Band- The Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO.

Call me crazy, but I’m kind of biased towards these guys, especially when there on multi-night runs. This will be their third night in the Mile High City.

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2. Widespread Panic- Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA.
Atlanta sounds good to me this time of year, considering it’s 20 degrees here. And with Panic there, it’s music to my ears. ‘Aint Life Grand!

3. Split Lip Rayfield w/ special guests Truckstop Honeymoon- The Bottleneck, Lawrence, KS.
Split Lip always offers up a good show, but I’m just curious to see how the band is after the quattro was made into a trio with the early passing of guitarist Kirk Rundstrom, on February 22, 2007. Long live Split Lip.

4. Wu-Tang Clan- Roseland Theater, Portland, OR.

Check out my gravel pit. The RZA. The GZA. Need I say more. Wu Tang Clan ‘aint nothin to fuck with.

5. Cornerstone Dub- Bob’s Tavern, Lincoln, NE.
A great local band in my neck of the woods which would be the most likely option for me. These guys mix it up with a little rock/ska/reggae action. And it’s a free show. What nice guys, huh?

Keep it Toasty folks,
The Toastman

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The Video Omelette: Dec 14, 2007

4:10 am by

With all the hype about Led Zeppelin the past couple weeks I thought it would be a good idea to feature some of my favorite artists covering some of their tunes. They have been a huge influence on many genres of music since the release of their 1969 self titled debut LP. Here are some unique takes on a few of Led Zeppelin’s classics.

The first video is a cover of Zep’s “Heartbreaker” performed by The Slip at Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival in June of 2007. Most importantly this video features my goofy ass rocking out in the front row. Check it out:



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A Conversation with… That 1 Guy

4:07 am by

That 1 Guy and the Magic PipeAfter a few heady brews at the Continental Club, I settled in to catch That 1 Guy’s set. I hadn’t heard many of his songs at this point, yet the tune “This will be my last one tonight,” seemed vaguely familiar. As That 1 Guy jammed and sweated on his impressive and weird-ass looking instrument with a fury equal to that of a bassist at a hoedown in space, I realized there would be no encore. Sometimes in order to review a show, you have to actually see it.*

But I digress. The breakfast crew had a chance to catch That 1 Guy, better known to his friends, cohorts, and comped audience members as Mike Silverman.


T1G has an impressive background in classical bass, and it shows not only in his musical stylings, both on the record and live shows, but in how he creates the foundation of his in your face, dancy, um cacophonies? Over some beers and a bevy of groupies, the crew got some nuggets of musicality.

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