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The HB! Newsletter: late summer / early autumn update!

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Greetings, HB!COR (Hot Breakfast! Compadres of ROCK) members, old and new!

We have a bunch of shows coming up soon, and we just realized that we’ve been so busy rocking that we forgot to tell you about them!  They’re mostly Saturdays, coincidentally… but we’ve got a Friday or two in there for good measure.

As per our usual, this here email newsletter is broken down into a few sections: HB! NewsUpcoming HB! ShowsGet Involved, and The Dismount.  Off we go!


Album Update…
Our self-titled EP is here!  It was released with minimal fanfare at our show at The 1984 Barcade in Wilmington on July 7, 2012.  It features six songs, and a lovely mix of originals and covers, as well as some with full-band instrumentation.  Here’s the track listing: (1) It Only Takes Two to Rock  (2) Defender (3) Kiss Off (a Violent Femmes cover) (4) Hole in Your Pants  (5) You Were a Spider  (6) Major Tom (Coming Home) (a Peter Schilling cover).   We are really proud of this EP, and we’re selling it for a whole five dollars.  You can buy a physical CD from us at a show, or you can download it in either MP3 or FLAC format from our website.  You can also stream the songs as many times as you want for free from our website, too.  Just click here to be brought to our Music page.  (And I’ve gotta say… it feels pretty cool to have a contract with our names and Peter Schilling’s and Gordon Gano’s names on it as we secured the rights to record those cover tunes.)

And the media goes wild…
We’re famous!  World domination is imminent!  OK, maybe we’re exaggerating a bit, but just two days after our EP was released, our song “It Only Takes Two To Rock” was played on McG’s Backroom, a kickass weekly music podcast by everyone’s favorite punk spokesguy Dave McGurgan.  In early August, our tune “Hole In Your Pants” was played on WSTW’s Hometown Heroes!  And just last night we were interviewed for CommunityPub, a Delaware-based newspaper, regarding our upcoming headlining performance at the 2nd Annual Music Extravaganza which raises a ton of money for Multiple Sclerosis research… that article should be online ( Thursday night, and in print on Sunday.  Soon the paparazzi will be stalking us, and all the fashion magazines will feature 40 year olds with little to no hair, hair, and yellow eye shadow… you’ll see!

We inspired some serious nerding…
If you use Google Chrome and Google Calendar, we’ll just let you read this on your own.  Otherwise, move along. 

A new addition to the family…
Henry (Matt’s beloved Gibson Songwriter Series guitar) served Matt very, very well for almost two decades, but poor Henry was having a hard time staying in tune.  So as of Monday, Matt is the proud owner of a new Martin Custom Performer Jumbo acoustic guitar.  (It’s jumbo in sound, not size.) Matt is still thinking of a name for the new guitar, though Jill is really pushing for “Riley.”  It sounds deep and amazing, it’s absolutely beautiful, and we can’t wait to bring our new sweet axe to our next gig.  Speaking of our next gig…



[] This Saturday, August 18 @ 8:00pm SHARP: Kennett Flash(102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania).  We are super-duper excited about this show!  Three “comedy music” acts are sharing this dorktastic bill– that’s us, as well as Dave & Brian, and our new BFF Todd Chappelle.  We admit we are the least comedy-centric of the three acts, but we’ve got a few new silly songs to try out on you. Grammarians will (hopefully) appreciate Matt’s new tune “The Garden of Bad Metaphors.”  Tickets can be purchased in advance for $12, or at the door for $15.  You can find out more details about the show/venue/tickets/backstory here.

[] Saturday, August 25th – ALL DAY!  2nd Annual Living with MS Music Extravaganza at Aqua Sol Restaurant (Summit North Marina, 3006 Summit Harbour Place, Bear, DE 19701) What better way to celebrate the end of summer with a mojito or two in the bright sunshine (under a table umbrella so you don’t fry) on the deck of Aqua Sol?  This is an all-day fund-raiser, raising money for MS research, and the proceeds go to the MS Society of Delaware. Jill’s sister has had MS for almost two decades now, so this cause is especially near and dear to our hearts.  The music begins at 12 noon and continues to midnight; however Hot Breakfast! takes the stage at 7:30PM, and the Joe Trainor Trio plays immediately after us.  We might even play a few tunes together if you ask real nice.  Tickets are $20 for one, or $35 for two– plus the venue will have food/drink specials, raffles, and other fun stuff.  And there’s also a very comfortable air conditioned inside bar where you can beat the heat if you’d like.  We also heard a rumor that we might be singing Happy Birthday to a certain HB!/JT3 fan… For tickets and info, go here.

[] Sunday, August 26th, 7:30pm: The Win Show! at Fennario Coffee in West Chester, PA (111 Church St., West Chester, PA).  We will admit we’re not entirely sure about the details of this gig.  The promoter said it’s a night of sketch comedy interspersed with music (that’s us!), and I think we may be opening the show, too.  We’re not really sure how long we’re going to play, what time we start, or much else about it, but hey, we always wanted to play in West Chester, so what the heck?  Come on out and be part of our adventure.  I’m not sure if there’s a cover or not.  It’s a coffee place, so if nothing else, bring money for coffee and barista tips. 🙂

[] Saturday, September 1st, 11:15am: The 2012 Arden Fair: Arden Shady Grove, 2126 The Highway, Arden, DE 19810.  This is a really exciting event for us– The Arden Fair is a blast and a half, and we’re so excited to finally be in town for this event!  We’ll play a 30-minute set starting at 11:15am sharp, and after we’re done we have to run off to a wedding to celebrate our wonderful friends (and play a song there, too). For more info, click this Facebook link (sorry, it’s all we have right now… we don’t like Facebook links either.)

[] Saturday, September 8th: PRIVATE GIG, Philadelphia, PA.  OK, normally we don’t list private gigs here, because they’re, ya know, private… but HOLYCRAP WE ARE OPENING FOR THE SPRING STANDARDS.  AS IN THE SPRING STANDARDS THAT WERE JUST ON CONAN A FEW WEEKS AGO.  Okay, that is all.  (All caps were necessary. Sorry.)

[] Friday, September 14th, 6:00 – 8:30PM: The Young Bean, 314 Main Street, Clayton, DE. For our posse in lower Delaware, we’ve got over two hours of music for you!  No cover charge, but please drink some coffee and tip the baristas.  This place is just perfect for us– it’s a comfy, cozy spot with amazing coffee, live music and a thing on their menu called BACON CAKE.  (Fark the music, just show up for the bacon cake, yo.)

[] Saturday, September 29th, 7:00pm: Rod Kim’s Very Public Birthday Bash as part of the Wilmington Fringe Festival, at World Cafe Live at the Queen (5th and Market Street, Wilmington, DE).  Rod Kim is a popular guy. His recent super-cute pop CD, “To Love and Be Loved” was nominated for a Grammy.  He and his musical collaborator pal Vince Cirino are celebrating their birthdays with a musical all-star bash at World Cafe Live at the Queen, and we are thrilled that he asked us to play along with a bunch of other great local bands (Mean Lady, Evangelina Guajardo, etc, etc).  It’s general admission seating/standing and a $5 cover at the door.  I don’t know if you can be guaranteed a table, but it’s worth trying by calling the venue or making a dinner reservation at World Cafe Live at the Queen using

[] Friday, October 5th, 8:00PM: Joe Trainor Trio’s CD Release Party at World Cafe Live at the Queen! (5th and Market Street, Wilmington, DE).  We are so, so, so excited to be not only opening for the Joe Trainor Trio for  the official release of their long-awaited CD Twelve Stories, but we’ll also be joining them on stage for a bunch of numbers, too!  We’ll take the stage right at 8pm.  Geez, for all the World Cafe Live gigs we have this fall, I think they’re going to name a table after us. 🙂  We’re not complaining!

There are more dates to come!  Stay tuned!



People ask us all the time how they can help support the band.  Here are eleven (11!) ideas, so take your pick:

  1. Sign the mailing list to stay up to date.
  2. Like us on Facebook.  (Honestly, we’re not big fans of Facebook, so we haven’t really been pushing our FB page.  However, promoters/booking agents gauge a band’s popularity (perhaps unfairly) on how many “likes” a bad has, so it’s time for us to get on the FB horse.  So, if you haven’t done so already, please give us a “Like” and encourage your friends to do so as well.  That’s a big help!  (Please note that there are a few groups/organizations called “Hot Breakfast” on Facebook.  Make sure you’re liking the right one!  Look for our picture, or go to  don’t forget the “Rocks.”)
  3. Follow us on Twitter: We’re @hotbreakfast .
  4. If you know of any venues where you think we’d be welcome, let us know!  Email us here at The name and location of the venue is necessaryof course, and if you happen to know someone there, their name and contact info would be extra helpful.
  5. Come to a show!  Bring a friend!  Tell the bartender / manager / host(ess) that you’re there to see us.
  6. Buy an EP, and play it loudly. 🙂
  7. Share our videos with your friends on YouTube, or record and upload your own when you see us live. We love that. 🙂
  8. When you see a sign in front of a hotel that says “HOT BREAKFAST,” yell “Hot Breakfast!” really loudly and throw your fist in the air.  You can also do this when eating heated breakfast foods.  Bonus points if you take a picture of yourself this and post it on the internetz.  If you post it using Instagram, mention us!  We’re @hotbreakfast on instagram.
  9. Consider hosting a house concert.  We’ll come to your house and play for you and your pals… it’s a blast, and easier than you think!  Email us here at and we’ll walk you through it.
  10. Visit our website to stay up to date on our latest shows.  We’re constantly adding new gigs, and that’s always the best place to see when and where we’re playing. Our calendar is on the right-hand side of our page.
  11. Just say hi after a show. 🙂



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Thank you again, so sincerely, for being a Compadre of ROCK.  We are so grateful to you for your support, your kindness, and your enthusiastic fist-pumps.  We really, really love you.

Stay dorky, Compadres!

Ji11 and Suburban Legend
(aka Jill and Matt)

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