GIGS: May 20th & 21st: Hot Breakfast! is opening for The Dead Milkmen’s birthday bash at Bar XIII in Wilmington!

by Ji11

PINCH US! Yes, this is really happening– we are really opening up for The Dead Milkmen at their birthday bash on May 20th and 21st at Bar XIII Delaware! It’s quite possible Rodney and Dean wanted to watch us dorks get beat up for their birthday entertainment (or maybe they just wanted to use our house as a green room), but either way, we’re more than OK with (pretty much) whatever happens that night. (Just not in the face, OK?)
Seriously… thank you so much gentlemen for the opportunity! We’ll try not to embarrass you. :) <3

Posted by Hot Breakfast on Tuesday, March 22, 2016

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  • WHO: Your pals Hot Breakfast! are opening for punk legends The Dead Milkmen for their birthday bash! Also on the bill is Philly’s oldest punk band Decontrol!
  • WHAT: The Dead Milkmen celebrate both Rodney and Dean’s birthdays with two blowout shows on May 20th and 21st!
  • WHEN: May 20th and 21st, 2016. Doors open at 8pm. Music starts at 9pm sharp with Hot Breakfast! The event ends at 1am sharp.
  • TICKETS: 21+ with ID. $20. Buy your tickets NOW because they will sell out fast, and they won’t be available at the door. Get them here through Ticketfly. (Sorry, we won’t have comps.)
  • WHERE: Bar XIII (formerly Mojo 13, but you should see what they’ve done with the place!) 1706 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, DE
  • PARKING: Free parking is available at the venue and the adjacent Dog Groomers’ parking lot with additional overflow parking after 10pm at the Mexican restaurant next door. If you live in Philly, they are arranging a shuttle for $10 that leaves from 4th & Bainbridge at 6pm. More info behind the ticket link.
  • FOOD: The Plum Pit Food Truck will be there both nights, so bring yer dollars and an appetite, because they are TASTY! Bar XIII, as you may deduce from the venue name, has lots of drinks. :)
  • It's The Dead Milkmen's birthday bash!

    It’s The Dead Milkmen’s birthday bash!

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    NPR INTERVIEW: Listen to Hot Breakfast! on WDDE/WMPH – Delaware’s own National Public Radio station!

    by Ji11

    Look ma! We're on NPR!

    Look ma! We’re on NPR!

    The fabulous Cathy Carter reached out to us a few weeks ago asking if we could make time for an interview. We said “Of course!”

    We had the honor of visiting their studios on the campus of Delaware State University and not only chatting with Cathy, but also playing two songs live in studio. The purpose of the interview was to hype our upcoming Comedy Music Show this Saturday, 2/6/16 at 7pm (that’s tomorrow night, and it’s early!) at the Smyrna Opera House with Todd Chappelle and the Mean Wendy Band.

    So clicky the image below to be brought to the article written about us, as well as to hear our interview.
     
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    Or you can just click this link here.

    Hope to see you tomorrow at our 7pm comedy music show at The Smyrna Opera House!

    Your pal,

    Ji11

    ps: And to the editor who works there: My good sir/madam, we owe you 17 fruit baskets and a TON OF LOVE AND HIGH FIVES for the way you edited our blathering stutteriness into something coherent. THANK YOU! Really. You’re the real MVP. xoxo!

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    GIG: Friday Oct. 30th, The Trocadero, with The Dead Milkmen (yes, I really typed that.)

    by Ji11

    The Dead Milkmen are very kind to us. Earlier this year we recorded a song with them called The Prisoners Cinema and a Shaking Through documentary was made of the two-day recording session. We played with them at Slim’s in San Francisco in April, and then opened for them at Crash Bang Boom in Philadelphia (which was the most crowded and most fun show we’ve ever played EVER). And on October 30th, The Dead Milkmen are playing a show at The Trocadero, and we’ll be playing with them. It’s true, our name isn’t on the marquee, but it’s because we’re kinda part of the Milkmen in a way. I believe Dean called us “The Dead Milkmen Ladies Auxiliary.” We’re OK with that.

    DEETS:
    WHO: The Dead Milkmen joined onstage by HOT BREAKFAST! for a song or two
    WHEN: Friday October 30, 2015. Doors open at 7, music starts at 8pm. Two opening bands: Fight Fuck or Dance, and Ego Likeness
    WHERE: The Trocadero, 1003 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA.
    TICKETS: $22 – $25, available here: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/948091?utm_medium=bks

    Come dance with us until it’s time for us to play, and then cheer us on as we play with our punk heroes!

    Your pal,

    Jill

    Recording

    Recording “The Prisoners Cinema” with The Dead Milkmen at Miner Street Studios in Philadelphia; January 2015, for Weathervane Music’s “Shaking Through” documentary series.

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    STUDIO DOCUMENTARY: January 17 & 18: The Dead Milkmen + Hot Breakfast! = Shaking Through

    by Ji11
    Behind Joe's head! That's no moon... that's a space stati... Wait. It's actually a giant boob.  (photo by Kyle Cassidy.)

    Look! Behind Joe’s head! That’s no moon… that’s a space stati–   wait. No, it’s actually a giant boob.
    Photo by Kyle Cassidy.)

    A few weeks ago, our pal Rodney emailed me and asked me to put some vocals down on a new song of theirs called “Prisoner’s Cinema.” He said that The Dead Milkmen were going to be recording this song as a part of Weathervane Music’s  Shaking Through documentary series. These “Shaking Through” documentaries are really fascinating to watch, because you see amazingly talented musicians, engineers and producers working together to record a song at Weathervane’s gorgeous Miner Street Recording Studios. The whole thing just unfolds in front of you, and it’s just inspiring to see how other people work.

    Rodney sent me a ruff of the track and told me where my vocals should go, but he didn’t write out any actual parts for me. I asked him if he had something specific in mind for me to sing or did he want me to come up with something, so he said (I paraphrase), “Make it yours! Have fun with it! We want this section to be something totally different than the rest of the song, hence female vocals. It’s kinda Irish-y in feel. Go for it!”

    So I wrote this chorus-breakdown thing (using his lyrics and their chord changes) with a sorta Irish-sounding melody, and then arranged some lush double-tracked block harmonies, which pretty much nails the whole “something totally different than the rest of the song” requirement. (I love writing and recording layers of harmonies more than you could possibly know, so it was fun. Choir geek and all.)

    I sent them a proof-of-concept quick-and-dirty thing just to make sure I was headed in the right direction and Rodney dug it. I recorded another cleaned-up version and all four guys unanimously loved it, so, woot!

    I honestly thought that was the end of it. Like, I initially assumed that I was going to make studio-quality .wavs here at Knappshack Studios and email them to the guys to have them plunk into their ProTools session at Weathervane… I just naturally assumed I wouldn’t be part of the video, because nobody’s interested in me particularly… they want The Milkmen, and that’s totally reasonable. But Rodney assured me that they wanted me along for the videoshoot and to record it live, so YAY!

    In the beginning, there wasn’t really anything for Matt to do, but once the guys rehearsed the song more, they agreed it made sense to have an acoustic guitar filling things out a bit… so yay, the gang’s all here!

    So… we’re headed into the studio with The Dead Milkmen this weekend. I’m really, really excited! The Dead Milkmen are musical heroes of mine, and it’s crazy to think that almost 30 years after I first listened to their music I’m going to be collaborating with them in one of the best studios in Philadelphia as part of a documentary series about musical creativity and collaboration. PINCH ME!

    I’m not going to explain the whole Weathervane and Shaking Through ethos here… you can visit their websites and get the story yourselves. (And if you’re looking for a wonderful charity to support, Weathervane is VERY worthy of your dollars.) But in a nutshell, “Shaking Through is a non-profit, community-produced documentary series about the vision and process of recording music.” (That’s a quote from the Shaking Through website.) So at the end of this weekend, we’ll have a new song recorded and mixed, and the whole process will be captured on video as well. There will also be enough footage collected so the Shaking Through people can put together a lush documentary about how the song was recorded. There’ll be interviews, chats with band members, footage of everyone actually playing and cutting tracks, and thoughts from the engineers, producers, and executive producers, too. But what’s EVEN COOLER is that while the cameras are rolling this weekend, you can actually watch the live stream! So anytime this weekend you can click a link and peek in and see how we’re doing in the studio. It’s not a performance– we’ll be working– but you’ll get to be a fly on the wall.

    There will also be a chat window, so if you want to say hello, if you have questions for anyone in the studio (band members, engineers, producers, pizza guy, etc.) just type your question in! You can also chat with other people watching, too. It’s a very interactive, collaborative experience. You are absolutely encouraged to interact via the chat window while you’re watching, so please do!

    For the musicians in the audience, a still-even-cooler-cooler-cooler byproduct of this Shaking Through session (in addition to the documentary and the finished song) will be the individual tracks of the songs for you to grab! So if anyone is interested in remixing or rearranging the song, they can take the parts we recorded, dump them into your favorite audio-manipulation-tool, and make a new song out of our ingredients. The Shaking Through website has a place for you to upload your new mixes so we can all hear them and collaborate further. It’s such an exciting time to be a musician.

    Bottom line: Weathervane is remarkable, and Shaking Through is really something special. Weathervane’s people are thought leaders in the music industry, and we are absolutely honored that we get to be in a room with these folks and learn from them. We’re so grateful to The Dead Milkmen for their generosity in letting us be a part of this recording and experience. We can learn from this. “We can make famous friends, or we can make our friends famous.”

    Musicians, there are so many opportunities for growth, sharing, and interacting out there, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Music isn’t a competition. It’s a connection. Let’s do this.

    Love,

    Ji11 & the Suburban Legend
    (aka Jill & Matt)

    DEETS:

    WHO: The Dead Milkmen, with Hot Breakfast! tagging along and helping a bit
    WHAT: Recording a new Milkmen song, “Prisoner’s Cinema,” as part of Weathervane Music Collective’s Shaking Through documentary series. You’ll get to watch the recording and mixing live, and also interact with everyone via the chat window once you fire up YouTube
    WHERE: We’ll be in Philly. You’ll be watching it streaming live via YouTube via these links: Saturday’s Link. Sunday’s Link.
    WHEN: Saturday, January 17, from 11am – 8pm, and more studio goodness on Sunday, January 18 from 10:30 – 6pm.
    TICKETS: There are no tickets! You just fire up your browser (or your phone’s YouTube app) and watch!
    FACEBOOK EVENT: Here ya go. (Note: We’re not mentioned on the Facebook invite. It’s The Dead Milkmen’s song, not ours. We are merely guests.)

    Learn more about Shaking Through: http://weathervanemusic.org/shakingthrough
    Become a member of the Weathervane Music Non-Profit: http://weathervanemusic.org/membership


    UPDATE!

    Hey all!
    We’ve been given permission to post the schedule for how the weekend is going to play out, who is recording what and when, etc.
    This schedule is only a guideline and may very well change a bit on the fly. Ya gotta be flexible in the studio, ya know. :)

    For studio nerds: Here’s a link to the TRACK LISTING SPREADSHEET so you can see what instruments are on what tracks. Follow along at home! This will be used both days.

    DAY 1: SATURDAY JANUARY 17.

    YOUTUBE LINK FOR PEOPLE TO WATCH TODAY’S LIVESTREAM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQdhxhchg0c

    11:00am: CREW CALL / BAND CALL
    Video Crew, band members, Executive Producers, recording crew will all arrive at the studio.

    11:15 – 11:45: Pre-Session Meeting
    Brian, Gabe, Jason and Karen, Matt Schimelfenig will talk about the schedule for the weekend. Light Fare – bagels, coffee, juice, etc.

    11:45 – 1:45: Set-up
    The band will set up their instruments and Engineer Matt Schimelfenig will set up all drums, bass, scratch guitar, keyboard and scratch vocal mic’s and set levels in preparation for recording the basic track.

    1:45 – 2:30: Record Basic Track
    The band will record the “basic track” of the song (scratch track). At this stage we prioritize getting a solid drum and bass take of the song, although sometimes the other scratch tracks will also contain “keeper” elements, as well.

    2:30 – 3:30: Record Joe’s Guitars
    Set-up Joe’s guitar amps in the live room. Re-record Joe’s scratch guitar, along with any additional electric guitar tracks by Joe. (We may switch Joe and Rodney’s times.)

    3:30 – 4:00: Rodney’s keys
    Set-up Rodney’s keyboards in the live room. Record a “double track” of Rodney’s basic keyboard take. Depending on how well the basic is performed, this track will either replace or serve as a double of the basic keyboard. (Note: We may switch Joe and Rodney’s times.)

    4:00 – 5:00: LUNCH
    TBD. All crew, production staff, band and Executive Producers will break to EAT.

    Sunset @ 5:02 PM

    5:00 – 5:45: Record Matt’s Guitars
    Set up and record Matt Casarino’s (from Hot Breakfast!) acoustic guitar onto the the final basic track.

    5:45 – 6:45: Jill’s Vocals
    Record Jill Knapp’s (from Hot Breakfast!) vocals, harmonies, etc.

    6:45 – 7:30: Bells + any odd overdubs
    Record bells, percussion, oddball samples or effects. This will complete the recording of any instrumental parts for the song.

    7:30 – 8:30 Rodney’s Vocals
    Record Rodney’s final vocals. We’ll replace Rodney’s scratch vocal from earlier in the day. Rodney will run through the song 3 to 5 times, from which we will compile a final vocal track. This will complete the final tracking for the recording.

    8:30pm: FINISH DAY ONE.


    DAY TWO: SUNDAY JANUARY 18, 2015.

    YOUTUBE LINK FOR PEOPLE TO WATCH TODAY’S LIVESTREAM: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvgKHFItRIs

    10:00am – 2:00pm: Interview
    The video crew will interview the members of the band downstairs in the “black box”. (Note: at this time of year, the Black Box room is *cold*. Dress warmly!!!) This will likely include interviews with one person at a time, though there might be some sections of the interview that will include everyone in the band. The interview supplies the story / basic dialog arc for the episode which are edited together with the footage from Day 1.

    12:00am – 2:30pm: “Quiet” Mixing
    Engineer Matt Schimelfenig will begin mixing the song from Day 1. Because the Black Box room is beneath the studio’s control room, the general volume for mixing earlier in the day will be on the quiet side, so as to not disturb the interview that is happening below.

    2:00pm: Hot Breakfast! arrives

    2:30pm – 4:30pm: “Loud” Mixing
    With the interviews completed downstairs, Matt will now work with any of the louder elements of mixing, which may include “re-amping” (ie. sending recorded elements from the day before through guitar amplifiers in the live room), or simply listening to the mix at louder volumes in order to put the finishing touches on the mix for presentation at the listening party.

    4:30pm – 6:00pm: Wrap Party
    All artists, video crew, production crew and Executive producers are invited to hear the final recording. We’re also inviting artists, crew and donors from previous and upcoming sessions this month to meet and celebrate the completion of another Shaking Through recording.

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