Radiohead Ring In 2008

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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 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.


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My New Years Resolution!

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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!

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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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Gil Mantera’s Party Dream: Unplugged…Again…and Again…and Again…

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Walking into Beauty Bar makes you wish you’d donned your black leggings (guys), pretentiously coiffed hair, and the gaze that screams, “I just threw up in the bathroom.” Well, that might be a tad extreme, but it appears Gil Mantera’s Party Dream and Camel Cigarettes bring out the hipster’s hipster. While the hipster ‘tude and body odor are usually a deal breaker for any venue for Coffee and Doughnut, the hype surrounding the Party was enough for us to make headway to the front of the stage at Beauty Bar on Saturday, December 15.


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Shortlist Prize Nominees Announced

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Today came the announcement of this years “long list” for the Shortlist Prize. 54 albums were chosen from this years vast catalog of new music. The Shortlist Prize is awarded to the best album of the year that has not yet received gold certification (500,000 units sold) from the Recording Industry Association of America. The initial list is put together by many notable people in the music industry with this years listmakers including band members and radio personalities. Past years listmakers have included Willie Nelson, Elton John, Trent Reznor, Beck, Dave Matthews, Tom Waits, Iggy Pop, Paul Oakenfold, Spike Jonze, Wayne Coyne and Mos Def. This years list features many of the bigger names in the indie music scene including Wilco, Arcade Fire and Kings Of Leon. It also features some harder acts like Bad Religion and Serj Tankian from System Of A Down. Previous winners include Cat Power, Sufjan Stevens, TV on the Radio and Damien Rice.

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Tuesday Night with the Check O Crew

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Big plans were in store on Tuesday, December 18th for us here at Breakfast on Tour. Scion hosted its monthly no-cover at Warehouse Live featuring Slick Rick, Percee P, and Connie Price and the Keystones, and we were determined to enjoy some old school hip-hop. These normally have a really good vibe, but the size of the crowd is always hit-or-miss. Being a free show there is always the slight chance that it will reach capacity, only ever happening once before with Gnarls Barkley. It was evident though on Tuesday night that all of Houston’s hip-hop heads decided to come out. When we arrived at about 10:30 it was full. They had already established the one-out/one-in rule, and staying until at least 100 people left did not sound like a good idea to us. Instead of standing around all night we decided to head over to G.R.A.B. bar to catch up with our friends from Houston based hip-hop group Check Other.


Check Other 


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The Video Omelette: Dec 20, 2007

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It’s Christmas time folks! We are very much in the spirit of the holiday here at Breakfast On Tour. I found a few videos this week that had me feeling rather festive. Take a look at some of my favorite YouTube Christmas videos.

Sufjan Stevens – Put The Lights On The Tree

Sufjan brings his soft melodic approach to this self-penned carol. The animation is a fun attachment.


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Songs of the Week Vol. 2

4:19 am by

With the exception of Toast, we all felt a little indie this week.

Follow the links below to check out the songs that the BOTheads are diggin’ on this week.

Doughnut’s Pick: Iron and Wine – Lovesong of the Buzzard
Toast’s Pick: Mr. Lif – Get Wise ’91 feat. Edan
Eggs’ Pick: Panda Bear – Good Girl/Carrots
Cereal’s Pick: Les Savy Fav – Patty Lee
Coffee’s Pick: Kings of Leon – Milk

–Breakfast On Tour

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C-Dub, the Cornerstone To Any Nutritious Breakfast!

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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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