On The Road With… The Sour Notes: Austin & Houston

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The Sour Notes are already a few days into their tour, with successful performances in Austin and Houston. For some reason, they’ve taken on a second responsibility, and humbly agreed to send in tour diaries, photos and videos of their time both on the road and off. They’ve brought videographer and photographer Eric Morales on the road to document their second tour, who has already provided some excellent footage from their stop at Rice University’s KTRU Radio earlier before their Houston performance. Drummer Travis Hackett took the first stab at writing, providing commentary on their New Year’s Eve performance in Austin at The Ghost Room. Frontman Jared Boulanger gave us the second round of words about their CD Release show in Houston at Rudyard’s Pub just down the street from BOT headquarters. You can check out both diary entries, and photos and video from Eric Morales after the jump.

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Tonight: The Sour Notes @ Rudyard’s

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The Sour Notes @ Rudyard's

One of our favorite groups to come out of Austin, The Sour Notes, will be hitting up Houston’s Rudyard’s Pub for the release of their latest LP, It’s Not Gonna Be Pretty, with support from Spain Colored Orange and tour mates Row Zero. They kicked off their tour last night in Austin, and will be traversing the south and east coast for the next week-and-a-half. They’ve loaded up their new (old) van, Jacque, and have willingly committed to reporting back to BOT while on the road. We plan to feature words and pictures from The Sour Notes over the course of their winter tour, so hopefully some crazy adventures pan out.

The other day, I had the chance to have a bit of a discussion with frontman Jared Boulanger about The Sour Notes’ latest album and their impending tour. He had tons to say about it all, so feel free to read on to scope the interview, and a listing of their tour dates.

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Trampled By Turtles @ Knickerbockers

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Trampled By Turtles @ Knickerbockers
Dave Carroll and Dave Simonett of Trampled By Turtles

Sometimes the weather in Nebraska can change almost instantly. One minute you’re wearing shorts, the next you’re in thermals, chattering your teeth under a mound of blankets. This was definitely the case this past weekend, as it seems to be every time Duluth, MN natives Trampled By Turtles (TBT) make their way to the Star City. I spent most of Saturday in bed, recuperating from an extended booze-induced festival that had kicked off for no reason other than it was the weekend. Finally, no day job! Pulp Fiction and Friday were my best friends, as I took myself back a few years enjoyed a lazy day. But when I finally got moving at about 6pm, I found out that it had been about 60 degrees all day, and I’d missed it! I In a moment of extreme optimism, I hoped to be greeted by similar weather the following day as TBT made their way into Lincoln to take over the stage at Knickerbockers on December 14, 2008.

No such luck with the weather. The high on Sunday wound up being about 10 degrees with a severe wind advisory (bet you Texas folks haven’t even heard of that). Oh well, when it comes down to it, everyone will stay plenty warm shaking their asses to some traditional bluegrass, right? At least they are from Minnesota and are used to the cold, I suppose.

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Songs of the Week Vol. 6

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Ever wake up in a reggae/Swedish folk-singer-songwriter/hip-hop/Southern rock sort of mood? Us too!

Check out this week’s selections:

Doughnut: Atmosphere – Crewed Up
Eggs: Jens Lekman – A Postcard to Nina
Cereal: My Morning Jacket – Wordless Chorus
Toast: Jah Roots – Good Highs

–Breakfast On Tour

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Happy Birthday to Me

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ATO Records announced today that My Morning Jacket (who I featured in my contribution to this week’s spotlight songs) will be playing the Verizon Wireless Theater in Houston on March 10 with another of my favorite bands, Yo La Tengo. I’ve been hankering for another MMJ show after catching their set at ACL last year, and I’ve been a big fan of Yo La Tengo’s genre-bending music ever since they wowed me at a Warehouse Live gig I hadn’t even planned to attend (TV on the Radio were playing the same night; Eggs and I flipped a coin and wound up at Yo La Tengo). So, thank you, ATO Records, for the wonderful birthday gift. It runs a very close second to the feline bundle of joy that Eggs is giving me.

(…Did I really just thank Dave Matthews? Dammit.)

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Sia – some people have REAL problems

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Aussie pop singer Sia released her new album, some people have REAL problems, on January 8th.

Get Cereal’s take on the album after the jump



Sia Furler is a little odd. But part of her charm (at least for me) is in the fact that she is so quirky. The outer cover of her new album features a picture of her with multi-colored scribbles on her face, gripping a bundle of markers as if they’re a magical microphone she’s using to communicate with an unseen audience. Instead of the usual lyrics and/or artist photos found in most album liner notes, Sia opted to showcase fan artwork. She held a competition through her website, chose the 14 submissions she liked the most, and made them ‘postcards’. They’re mostly crude drawings, and they’re all a little kooky — my fave is the one picked to represent “Death by Chocolate”; it depicts a fanged chocolate bar shooting what appears to be an indie kid. Step a little further into Sia’s technicolor world by visiting her website, siamusic.net. There, in addition to the ubiquitous band music player, you can dress Sia in (among other things) a poncho, sombrero & mustache, an Elvis outfit, or a Superman costume and watch her stretch, jump, and dance (if that’s what you want to call it) along to her tracks. If you’re still not convinced that Sia is a little…out there, check out this video for “Buttons”, one of the bonus tracks from some people have REAL problems.

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Moses Guest – January 5, 2008

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Moses Guest delivered Breakfast On Tour’s first live music experience of 2008 on Saturday, January 5 at the Continental Club. We’d never caught this Houston-based Southern rock/jam band before, and were unprepared for what we encountered upon entering the venue: complete chaos. Okay, not really, but it was definitely more crowded than we’d ever seen the place.

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The Video Omelette: Jan 10, 2008

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As you can tell, I am extremely excited about the initial artist announcement for this year’s festival. It should be fun to see who else is added over the next couple of months. This week my Video Omelette features some of the bands that I am most excited for on the 2008 line-up.

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Wakarusa 2008 Initial Artist Announcement!

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Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival announced its initial line-up today. Topping the bill are festival mainstays The Flaming Lips, making their second headlining gig at the Lawrence, Kansas festival. Many Wakarusa alumni such as the one-man extraordinaire Keller Williams, newly re-united Leftover Salmon, New Orleans funk band Galactic and up-and-coming electro-rock group Lotus are making an appearance, while new-to-the-festival acts like mandolin pioneer David Grisman, hip-hop stalwarts Blackalicious, soul stylist Betty LaVette and indie-pop act Dr. Dog round out the list.


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Radiohead to play Houston, rock Cereal’s world

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Radiohead are planning a two-segment North American tour, and–to my great delight–Houston made the cut! Take that, Austin. One segment of the tour will take place before their summer tour of the UK and Europe, and the second part will begin after. Dates and venues will be announced later, but you can view the list of cities they’ll be playing after the jump.

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