Austin, TX: We are in you!

by Ji11

We’re playing a few shows in Austin, TX this week for the folks attending Flipside! The event is totally sold out and has been for a few months now, and we are PUMPED to have been accepted to attend and to play!

Sooo… Catch us at DaFT’s Effigy Stage on Thursday night from 11:00 – 11:45pm, and at The Hive on Friday afternoon from 2:30 – 3:30pm.

We’ll also be playing at our camp’s stage/dance space (Möbius) at some point… probably Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Listen for the dulcet tones of an acoustic guitar rammed through an overdrive pedal. It’s how we do.

Before we sign off, here’s a fun fact: You can fit about 108 Delawares into Texas. And we figure our combined rocking power is about 137 times that of your average band… so we are not concerned.

Your pals,
Ji11 and Suburban Legend

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GIG: May 3rd at the Head House in Philly, 10pm!

by Ji11

OK, look. I know many of our fans are in their 30s and 40s, but this whole “Waaaah, you guys are playing at 10pm and that’s really late” whiny junk has got to stop.

And this added whiny junk of “Waaaah, you guys are Delaware’s premier acoustic dork-rock power duo, so I don’t wanna come all the way to Philadelphia because that would betray my home and native land, plus it’s faaaaaaar” is also uncool.

Dudes, Philly is 25 minutes away. You’ve driven to Newark from Wilmington (also 25 minutes) while baked out of your skull to get some Chinese takeout from No. 1’s at midnight, so quit yer bellyachin’. “Results, not excuses!” That’s what my high school band director used to say.

Son, like us, you were put on this earth for one thing only: TO ROCK. Some people provide the rocking– that’s us. Some people are there to absorb the rocking– that’s you. Together, WE ROCK SYNERGISTICALLY. Got that? We need you to rock! You help complete the circle of rocking, don’t you understand?

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So with that out of the way, let us tell you about our show coming up in Philly at The Head House on May 3rd!

WHEN: Thursday, May 3rd, 2012. Music starts at 8pm; we play at 10pm.
WHERE: The Head House. 122 Lombard Street in the South Street/Olde City section of Philadelphia.
WHAT: Hot Breakfast! plus a bunch of other bands spanning multiple genres.
COVER: $7. Cheap!
PARKING: There’s street parking, and there’s a garage at 215 Lombard. So easy, it’s ridiculous.
FOOD: American and Japanese food along with craft beer and a full bar with drink specials. NOMZ!

So, now you know. And knowing is half the battle. G.I. Jooooooooooe

See you there!

Your pal,


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Hot Breakfast! and Todd Chappelle are…EXTREME.

by Matt

That’s right, our Cool Little Brothers and Sisters. Your favorite acoustic dork-rock duo will be joining forces with Delaware’s funniest folk singer, Todd Chappelle, for one night of hilarirock. (That’s a word, right? We’re calling it a word.) Seriously, we are really excited to play with Todd Chappelle, one of our favorite artists to come from Delaware (take THAT, Cisco Houston!). You’ve certainly heard his opus “I’m From Delaware,” Todd’s ode to Hot Breakfast!* So please come on out to Extreme Pizza on Friday, April 27th for a great night.

After that, we’re gonna melt some faces in Philly as we play The Head House on Thursday, May 3rd. We go on at 10:00 (c’mon, it’s not that late) as we share the bill with The One Sun Lion Ra, Ashley J, Kristin Lucile, and Malik. Throw us in the mix and that’s about 17 different musical styles…something for everyone. Don’t miss it.

In recording news…we are ALMOST DONE, we swear. The CD is sounding great…stay tuned!

Extremely yours,
Suburban Legend


* Um…we have been advised that Todd’s song, which can be heard here, is NOT actually about Hot Breakfast. At least…that’s the official story.

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LAST MINUTE GIG: 3/24 @8PM, Chris White Gallery, Wilmington

by Ji11

If you live in Delaware, I’m sure you’ve heard the huge buzz about Rachel Schain‘s big show on March 24 with JP Jones. She’s been on the radio promoting it, and it’s been in all the papers (we’re not kidding). Quite the hubbub, bub! We were so excited to see her sharing the bill with one of her musical heroes… until JP had to back out of the gig just 28 hours before curtain, “because of something.”

Ah yes, the dreaded “something.” I hate when something happens.

But sometimes, I love when something happens! Because when something happens to JP Jones, Hot Breakfast! makes something awesome happen… like asking to share the bill with Rachel instead. We will ROCK THE PANTS OFF of Wilmington, my friends! And with Rory Sullivan jumping in the headlining spot, there’s gonna be a whole lot of fabulous singer/songwriter magic happening. (And then some crappy dork-rock.)

(Well, actually, the dork-rock happens first. We’re the opener.)

So here’s the scoop:

WHO: Hot Breakfast!, Rachel Schain, and Rory Sullivan

WHEN: Doors open at 7:30pm; we’re the first act, and we go on at 8pm sharp!

WHERE: At the Chris White Gallery, which is in the Shipley Lofts in Wilmington. That’s 701 Shipley St., Wilmington DE 19801.

HOW MUCH: Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10, or in advance for $8 at Brown Paper Tickets.

OTHER DETAILS: The venue seats 100– it’s the perfect intimate size for Rachel and Rory’s music. We’re more used to selling out Madison Square Garden and stuff, but we’ll make do. :)   This performance will correspond with the DE Photography Exhibit gallery closing for local photographers Brian Truono and Gary Regulski. Their stuff is sweeeeeet. It’s a feast for the senses and stuff!

WILL THERE BE BOOZE? Yes there will, and the proceeds go to a good cause. So have a beverage! We’ll sound better.

We know it’s short notice… like, really, really short notice. But if you’re like us and enjoying a LOFTNOC, then maybe you can enjoy your Saturday with us IRL.

See you then, maybe?


Your pal,


Please note, seriously: Surburban Legend (aka Matt) just had his inner organs unceremoniously and rearranged 6 days ago, so if he’s not feeling up to ROCKING ALL OF WILMINGTON, we may have to be the second jerk artist to bail on the evening. We reserve the right to call “gall bladder.” Please don’t hold it against us.

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Will Matt & Jill ever finish their new album? (also: GIG: March 10 @ 9pm, Film Bros, Wilmington)

by Matt


Yes, we will.

Thank you for your concern.

Seriously, we will. We’re all stocked up with recording equipment, we have a song list, and we even have a little time, for once. So you can rest assured that a new album by Hot Breakfast!, featuring originals (including some brand-new tunes you ain’t never heard, son) and some favorite covers, will be available for your listening entertainment in the near future.

Besides, we can’t let Brian and the rest of our Cool Little Brothers down. We owe ’em!

Until then…we’ve got gigs! Come on down to Wilmington on Saturday, March 10th as the [blank] canvas celebrates Woman’s Day with ARTemis…a weekend event of art and music that benefits Mom’s House! The Wilmington event actually starts on Friday night with a great concert at The Film Brothers Movie Co-op and continues into Saturday with some wonderful events for kids. It culminates in another concert on Saturday night, and that’s where we come in! We’ll be performing at Film Brothers at 205 Market Street, Wilmington. We go on at 9:00, but the show starts at 6:30 and features great local acts like Crossing Oceans, Deadlox, Mean Lady, 205, and Xtra Allta. Join us! Seriously, we’re totally nice.

You can also catch us in April in Philly and Wilmington, as we melt faces at Lickety Split and the Shubin Theater (Philly) and Extreme Pizza (Wilmington).

And our album will be released soon.

We promise.

Have we ever lied to you?

Your pal,


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February is National Hot Breakfast Month (seriously)

by Matt

Our rise to world domination is OFFICIALLY DOCUMENTED ON THE INTERNET, PEOPLE. We’ve now had an entire freakin’ MONTH dedicated to our unfathomable awesomeitude. Yes, February is National Hot Breakfast Month. As such, this month is naturally a hectic time for Hot Breakfast!; but we’ve got a few gigs lined up and we’d love to see you there.

February is National Hot Breakfast Month. We're not kidding. This image stolen from THE INTERNET proves that it's true.

February is National Hot Breakfast Month. We’re not kidding. This image stolen from THE INTERNET proves that it’s true.

On Friday, February 10th, we’re playing a lunchtime show at World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington. We start at noon and play ’til 1. Reservations are recommended (and be sure to let ’em know you’re there for Hot Breakfast. They’ll catch on.) What goes better with eggplant fries than dork-rock? Not a damn thing. We also cannot emphasize this enough…the eggplant fries are transcendent. Holy Mother of Tom Waits, are they good.

On Tuesday, February 21 and Wednesday, February 22, we’re getting our drama on with the Secret Room Theatre at the Shubin in Philly. We’re the house band for the Philly Primary Stages readings of new plays. Hot Breakfast! will open the show, provide interstitial tunes, and play at intermission. We start around 7:25, so make sure you show up early. It’s always a great night of music and theater…especially when you consider this round’s theme is “Heart Attacks!” Will we be busting out some Queen or J. Geils band? Only one way to find out… (P.S. Here’s a map to the Shubin, so now you can’t say you couldn’t find us. Nice try.) It’s only five bucks, and you get 7 plays, drinks, snacks, and us. Cheap!

What have we got for you in March? Oh, YOU’LL find out…heh heh…heh…heh…(this is our way of saying we need to line up some March gigs, and pronto…)

Yours in dorkitude,

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Another example of our screwball world and SOPA

by Ji11

Under SOPA, you get more jailtime if you upload Michael Jackson’s music than you do if you actually KILL MICHAEL JACKSON.

Michael Jackson and SOPA

(Thanks to @airborneevent on Twitter for the image, and to WFMU for the retweet.)

Strange days indeed…

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Thanks, Amanda Palmer

by Ji11

Our mantra for 2012, courtesy of Amanda Palmer:

“Always ask. You never know.”

What this means to us is: We’re not gonna sit around wishing we had something… whatever it is. If we want something, we’re gonna ask for it. Someone might say yes!

We never would have played a kick-ass house concert all the way across the country in Arizona this weekend to a home packed with 50 friends and strangers if we didn’t ask someone to host it. It was a little scary asking (“What an imposition!” we thought), but the worst the potential hosts could have said was, “No, thanks.” But instead they said, “HELL YES!” and during the show they said, “HOLY CRAP! WOOOOOOO!” and then after the show they said, “Wheeee! We should do this more often!” And we all smiled and giggled and hugged and drank wine and were (and are) all very happy having created and shared something so awesome.

So join us in making 2012 the year you ask for what you need.
Don’t be upset if people have to say “No, thanks,” since you’re no worse off than if you hadn’t asked.
But don’t be surprised when they say “Hell YES!” with a fistpump.

Let us know how this works out for you, and we’ll do the same.

Your pals,

Matt and Jill

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GIG: 12/16: Chapel Street Players: The Santaland Diaries

by Ji11

All two of you readers of this blog have probably noticed that we’ve been getting some theatrical gigs lately. Is it because Matt is such an important and well-connected figure in the Delaware theater community? Is it because Jill’s hair looks so cool under multi-colored stage lights? You’ll just have to ask the people who booked us, I guess.

But either way, we’re playing a pre-game show for Chapel Street Players‘ upcoming production of “The Santaland Diaries” by David Sedaris, one of my favorite authors/raconteurs evaaarrr.

The theater which houses the Chapel Street Players is on, as you might deduce, Chapel Street. Chapel Street is in Newark, DE, just off of Main Street. It’s super easy to find, though I will warn you that parking in Newark is kinda poopy (and after midnight, it’s also pukey, thanks to drunk college students), so you’ll wanna leave some extra time to navigate that.

WHEN: December 16th, 2011. HB! plays from 7:45 – 8:15. The play starts immediately after.
WHERE: 27 N. Chapel Street, Newark, DE 19711
HOW MUCH: $10. Cheap!
NOTE: The show runs 12/16 and 12/17, but we’re only playing the 12/16 show, since we’re playing at Film Brothers on the 17th in Wilmington.

For more info about The Santaland Diaries, ticket info, directions, etc., click here.

Hope to see you there!

Your pal,


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GIGS: 11/4 and 11/5: Two nights of Billy Joel!

by Ji11

Every time I’m interviewed by Rolling Stone, I always tell them that I consider Billy Joel to be my first voice teacher. I’m sure you’ve read that by now.

Billy Joel was my first rock and roll love, and I spent many, many hours singing his stuff at the top of my lungs in my bedroom from about 6th grade through college. Now I sing his stuff in my living room, and next week I’ll get to sing and play his stuff at the New Candlelight Dinner Theater in Arden, DE, along with 2/3 of the Joe Trainor Trio, Kerry Kristine McElrone, Chuck Kuzminski, and Steve Manocchio.

We did this show for one night in August, and we knew we wanted to do it for a full weekend when people weren’t away for the summer, so here it is!

On Friday November 4th and Saturday November 5th, Hot Breakfast! will once again join forces with some of Delaware’s best musicians to bring you a night of music by Billy Joel.

We aren’t allowed to divulge the set list (Joe has threatened our lives), but we can tell you that we’ll be singing a “full band version” of a song we’ve been known to cover… so that’s a hint at least. Matt will be playing guitar, alto and tenor saxes, and singing his fabulous lungs out for this show, and I’ll be singing, playing saxes and playing a bunch of percussion, too. I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited to play triangle, and I’m totally serious.

Tickets are $20, and you can buy them in advance here. It’s general admission seating, so sit where you want. The venue doors open at 7pm, and the show starts right at 8pm. There’s no opening band, in typical Joe Trainor fashion. GOD FOR-FREAKIN’-BID he have Hot Breakfast! open! That would be just insane, wouldn’t it?


Hope to see you there. This really is my favorite music ever, and it’s a childhood dream come true to get to play this for you.

Your pal,


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Sweet gig: 10/27/11 at PA Academy of Fine Arts

by Ji11

We are really, really, really excited about this show. Which isn’t to make other shows feel like second bananas or anything; but when you hear about how awesome this show is, you’ll see why.

First off, the show is so awesome that we had to get INSURANCE.   Insurance! Why? Because they know that we rock so dang hard that we could probably (and let’s face it, most likely will) set fire to all of the incredible artwork with our FACE-MELTING AWESOMENESS.

So what’s the gig?
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA)’s program called “PAFA After Dark” reminds people that art can be fun and lively and social and unpredictable. So expect cocktails, scavenger hunts, gallery talks, hands-on projects and of course, music from HOT BREAKFAST!… all right on Broad Street in Philadelphia.

On October 27th, the theme of the night is “Home Grown,” which applies to the local beer being served (om nom nom!), the exhibition on view, the demonstrations by an urban farming community. (Jill is hoping there will be chickens.)

More information:

Tickets can be purchased at the website above; adult tickets are $10 if you buy them in advance, or they’re $15 at the door. The exhibition is geared more for grown-ups, though it’s not like there’s gonna be real live breastages or anything (unless Matt has more than 3 beers, then all bets are off). We’ve been told we don’t have to keep it clean, so we’ll be singing a new song I wrote called “Fuck You, Fucking Fuckface.”1

PAFA has several buildings, and our spiffy event will be in the Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building at 128 N. Broad St. in Philadephia. See you there!

1 No, we don’t have a song called that. But hey, sounds catchy (and classy!), doesn’t it?

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GIG: September 9th at World Cafe Live (ya need reservations!)

by Ji11

As Delaware’s Premier Acoustic Dork Rock Power Duo, we naturally get asked a lot of questions.

Probably the question we get asked the most is, “How is it possible that you both are so darn good looking?” And our only answer for that: Liberal application of only the highest-quality awesomesauce, at least thrice daily.

The second most frequent question we are asked is, “When the heck are you guys gonna play at World Cafe Live, like, for real? None of this open mic stuff.” And our answer has always been, “Patience, Grasshopper.”


Because we are officially booked at World Cafe Live at the Queen for a LunchTime Live at Noon concert on Friday, September 9th. The show starts at noon, and we play a full hour until 1pm.

The folks at WCL tell us that the show is expected to sell out, so y’all are encouraged to make reservations via OpenTable to make sure there’s a place for your rather cute butt. Click here to make a lunch reservation— it’s free and easy (like your mom).

We’re pretty excited about this, gotta say. We are thiiiis much closer to world domination, yo.

Your pal,


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