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.

–Cereal

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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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Songs of the Week Vol. 1

4:05 am by

Starting this week, each BOT team member will select a song to share with our readers each Monday. Some will be from recent albums, others from our archives; all will be tracks that we think you should check out. Read on for our very first batch of featured tunes!

Doughnut's Pick: Andrew Bird - ImitosisEggs' Pick: Islands - Don't Call Me Whitney, BobbyCoffee's Pick: Mos Def - Ms. Fat BootyCereal's



Follow the links below to find out which song each BOThead selected.

Doughnut’s Pick: Andrew Bird – Imitosis
Eggs’ Pick: Islands – Don’t Call Me Whitney, Bobby
Coffee’s Pick: Mos Def – Ms Fat Booty
Cereal’s Pick: Toubab Krewe – Bamana Niya

We hope you’ve enjoyed our first weekly songs edition as much as we enjoyed choosing which songs to feature. If you have any songs you’d like to see featured in the future, please let us know.

A tambourine and a sandwich,
Breakfast On Tour


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50th annual Grammy nominees announced; list includes Wilco, Flight of the Conchords, and…Alan ...

4:03 am by

This year’s Grammy nominees were announced today, and if you’re like me, you were waiting with bated breath. Or not. But although the ever-cringeworthy list is always a sure-fire way to anger this bowl of cereal, there are usually a few artists buried in the various categories who don’t make me run for my earplugs. Read on for more on some of this year’s Grammy-nominated, Cereal-approved artists, plus a video goodie.

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The Video Omelette: Dec 6, 2007

4:01 am by

This here is my brand-spanking new segment that I like to call The Video Omelette. Every Thursday I plan to bring you the best YouTube has to offer in music videos. This week I am featuring videos from G. Love and company, Arcade Fire, Mos Def and Kanye West, and Jim James.

Here are G. Love, Donavon Frankenreiter, Matt Costa and Animal Liberation Orchestra performing a comedic rendition of the Rolling Stones “Sympathy For The Devil” at the end of their Brazilian Tour earlier this year:

 

 

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Of Pipe Dreams and Wrenches

4:01 am by

You, too, can become a member of the People Against Douchebags (PAD). Open enrollment begins today!

 

 

 

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I have a rather grandiose vision of the musical future–a future where the Nickelbacks of the world and all their fans would no longer exist, a happy time when the Lindsay Lohans and Paris Hiltons would never be handed a record deal, a glorious age where all would be free to enter a clothing store without being forced to suffer through Fergie chirping about her humps and lumps. I envision a tomorrow in which people actively seek out interesting music that truly strikes a chord within them, rather than just accepting what’s played (and played…and played…) on the radio. (No one’s ever accused me of having an underactive imagination.)

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Led Zeppelin, Metallica at Bonnaroo?

3:59 am by

Rumor season has come early folks! Usually around January fake lineups from all of the major summer festivals start to pop up. Yesterday Billboard reported that Led Zeppelin are slated to play their first U.S. show in 30 years at this years Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The report also listed Metallica as one of the headliners.

 

 

Led Zeppelin and Metallica fit Bonnaroo’s recent mold of headliners. Last year The Police brought their reunion tour through Manchester, Tennessee to play Bonnaroo. This year it’s Zep’s turn. Last year Tool brought the first heavy rock sound to Bonnaroo’s main stage. This year its Metallica’s turn. Bonnaroo has come a long way since its inception in 2002. The first year of the festival featured many of the current mainstays in the jamband circuit including Trey Anastasio, Widespread Panic, Ben Harper, String Cheese Incident and Keller Williams. The next couple of years the festival started to add different types of bands to its jamband core like The Flaming Lips, The White Stripes and Radiohead. Now in its seventh year, Bonnaroo has turned into a multi-genre festival that is known for its incredible lineups, this-only-happens-here collaborations and shows lasting until the wee hours of the morning.

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That 1 Guy

3:57 am by

That 1 Guy brought his musical inventiveness to the stage at the Continental Club on Thursday, November 29.

That 1 Guy - The Moon is Disgusting

It’s difficult to describe my initial reaction to That 1 Guy’s performance. If pressed, the only way that I could concisely describe it is like this: it made me smile. I stepped through the venue’s front door and into an aural and visual dreamland where a hatted man produces sound using a tricked-out steel pipe, and it actually sounds good. No, not just good–incredible. How could that not make you grin uncontrollably? I found myself irresistibly drawn to the stage, where I then stood and gawked with agape mouth, thinking, “I want to touch it”–‘it’ being The Magic Pipe that is an integral part of this one-man show. You really can’t help but stare at it–I observed several other fans gaping at the stage with the same look of dumbfounded awe on their faces that I wore on mine.

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