Songs of the Week Vol. 5

5:31 am by

Follow the BOThead links to check out this week’s selections:

Eggs: Xavier Rudd – The 12th of September
Toast: Trampled By Turtles – I’m a Target Too
Doughnut: LCD Soundsystem – New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down
Coffee: Mylo – Drop the Pressure
Cereal: Sia – Breathe Me (Four Tet Remix)

–Breakfast On Tour

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Cellophane Men

5:30 am by

Moses Guest kicked off our 2008 musical adventures last night with a much-needed helping of jammy goodness. Eggs, Doughnut, Coffee, Chilaquiles and I joined the crowd at the I’ve-never-seen-it-so-packed-before Continental Club to take in the band’s brand of Southern rock/jam grooves. It was the first time we’d caught this Houston-based group live, and we were quite impressed. Check back very soon for a review by Eggs.

In addition to enjoying the prime groovage, we also got a lot of great shots of the band as well as of show-goers. My personal favorite from the batch of fan photos is this one, entitled (at their request) “Three Stoned Men”:

Check out the rest of our pics from Moses Guest’s show here, and be on the lookout for soon-to-be-posted videos!

Carpe ientaculum.


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Talkin' 'Bout the Check O Crew

5:28 am by

Now that the holiday season madness is over and things around BOT HQ have settled down a bit, I got a chance to upload all of the pictures from our photo shoot with Check Other. Check “em out here.

If you”re in the Atlanta area on Saturday, January 26, you definitely should head over to the to check out “Take the Stage”. The night will feature performances by Check Other and other underground artists; impromptu performances by audience members are also encouraged. Show starts at 7pm, and tickets are $15. If you can”t make it to the show, it will be broadcast in Houston, Atlanta and Chicago. We”ll give you details on how to access the broadcast as soon as they become available.

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Gil Mantera’s Party Dream – Second Helping

5:20 am by

Tattooed eagles adorn Gil Mantera’s chest. His party dream is sex, spectacle, and really fucking good electronic rock music. His band consists of only two: himself and brother, Ultimate Donny. From Youngstown, OH, Gil Mantera’s Party Dream may be this decade’s answer to New Order meets Iggy Pop.

A relatively empty and unfamiliar crowd at Houston’s Proletariat on Friday, December 14 was treated to an intensely personal performance by the duo. Few, if any, exude such rock and roll while openly displaying their humility. The audience is convinced there is no faking it on-stage because Gil Mantera’s Party Dream is the real thing. The Party Dream loves it that much and they rock that hard…(they also make you laugh, but that’s just a bonus).

During the set, songs like Chalklit Phye II, Buffalo Tears, and Elmo’s Dream fused electronic with the rock. The songs are well-programmed yet dynamic. Ultimate Donny sings with passion. Perhaps only Chromeo handles
the vocoder with more ease then Gil Mantera did that night. Musically, it wasn’t their virtuosity. It was their humble songwriting, it was their ability to keep the dance party going.

Nevertheless, the quality of the music was completely overshadowed by the spectacle. They didn’t need lights or special effects (although the show did include stretch pants, thongs, push-ups, and masturbation.) Chemistry between the two propelled the show forward. The unsuspecting audience was mesmerized. Houston should welcome back this duo as often as possible.

For a different perspective on Gil Mantera’s Party Dream’s live show, check out Doughnut’s review of the Austin show.


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Midwest Meltdown!!!

5:19 am by

A new year here in the mid-west means cold weather. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of indoor activities going on that are bound to make you shake your ass. And that always warms you up, right? Here is a list of some of the shows going on in the heartland.

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5:16 am by

We made it out to the Continental Club tonight to check out Moses Guest. I was really impressed by their show. I have needed a fresh breath of “jammy” air for a while, and these guys certainly provided it. Stay tuned for a full review.

I am really excited about a few things going on right now with Breakfast On Tour. Recently we have been in contact with the crew at the Chompdown, which is a meeting of minds held annually at Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival as well as other outings. We are excited to announce that we have teamed up with the Chompdown to make this year’s event even better!

The first official chompdown took place at last year’s Wakarusa, and featured the Louisiana swamp-grass group Dirtfoot, as well as Grazgrove, a bluegrass group from Kansas City. The main feature of the event was, of course, breakfast. Many different people that gathered together on the Wakarusa Forum decided to start this event for the pure love of getting people together and forming new friendships (the breakfast and music were just an extra bonus!). Now with a few Chompdowns in the bag, the Chompdown crew and Breakfast On Tour are ready to help make this the best Chompdown yet! Stay tuned to the site for future information on the Chompdown, including date, time, location, bands, and breakfast items.

In other BOT news, we have some new contributors ready to make their Breakfast On Tour debut. We love to bring new perspectives to our musical fold, and with the addition of new writers it gives the reader many different varying opinions. Look out for the review of Gil Mantera’s show in Houston from one of our new contributors which might give you a completely different perspective from what Doughnut fed you earlier.

Keep reading the site for a whole bunch of new content.

We are ready to take off.

Until Next Time,

Eat Your Damn Breakfast!


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Inital list of bands for SxSW!

5:15 am by

The initial list of bands for this years South By South West music conference and festival was released yesterday. The Austin, Texas festival is filled with music reps, producers, publishers, etc. trying to discover the next big thing. Several hundred bands play on over 60 different stages throughout the city which pretty much creates general madness throughout the streets.

This years initial list features many up-and-coming acts as well as some of the bigger names that bring more and more people to this conference and festival every year. R.E.M., My Morning Jacket and Daniel Lanois lead the list of artists, with bands like Vampire Weekend, Jens Lekman and Tech N9ne filling it out.

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The Video Omelette: Jan 3 2007

5:14 am by

There have been many different and unusual animals in my life recently. My first Video Omelette of the new year features some of my favorite musical animals. Get all your cats, dogs, goats and gila monsters close for this one.

Gila Gila

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Songs of the Week Vol. 4

5:12 am by

Our first SotW edition of 2008 spotlights artists whose names prominently feature S’s and L’s. Just thought we’d point that out.

Check ’em out:

Cereal’s Pick: Shane Bartell – Another New Year
Eggs’ Pick: The Slip – If One Of Us Should Fall
Doughnut’s Pick: Built to Spill – Carry the Zero

Maligayang Bagong Taon!

–Breakfast On Tour

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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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