Posted by: Anthony Morrow on November 15, 2008 at 11:28 am

Monday night shows in the D are tough. Combine that with a shitty economy and chilly temps and you get a quarter-filled Stick regardless of a stellar lineup. Didn’t matter though; each act swung for the fences but we couldn’t help but wonder what this would’ve been like in the cozy confines of the Garden Bowl. The evening started out with Ann Arbor’s Charlie Slick and co. playing a glittery, confetti-filled set, warming up the crowd and perhaps pissing off the people at the Magic Stick who have to sweep after shows. Best Fwends left me talking with a bit of a speech impediment, not only because of their name but because I got smacked in the mouth with an inflatable gargoyle. They reminded me of Champions of Breakfast, minus the ridiculous Read more

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Posted by: Anthony Morrow on August 7, 2008 at 3:00 pm

Champions of Breakfast aren’t the first to fixate on the Power Glove as the most blessed artifact of 1980s gamer culture. But the Detroit-area duo of Val Hundreds and Moses Jackson (sure, those are their given names) get some solid zingers off in “The Power of Glove,” not the least of which is its titular Huey Lewis reference. By now, you know that live, the Breakfast perform with big cardboard instruments…they have strange mustaches…and their 80s-addled music bites not as much on synth-pop or new wave as the tinfoil keyboard twitter and anthemic plead of movie sequences. The Champions of Breakfast aren’t serious. Or are they? Just off a European tour (seriously!) and a bevy of CD release shows for their new Pleasure Mountain disc, the fucking Champs answered some not-so-serious questions with some not-so-serious answers. Go figure…– Johnny Loftus

Worst fanboy/fangirl experience…
A little while ago we had a girl come up to us at a show and insist that the track “Vanilla (always gets it raw)” was about her. When we told her that the song was written for our manager, Donny Villalobos, she became irate. She broke a bottle on our merch T-shirt bust and then tried to attack Donny. Val had to use his “long bass” to fend off the attacker.

Favorite music venue/city…
United States: The CAID, Detroit
Netherlands: De Magische Huidaap, Appeldoorn

Vegetarian, vegan or carnivore…
Dungeons and Dragons

Actor/actress you most want to hump…

Bands you are digging right now…
Lyin Dogs, Lizz King, pre-surgery Ashlee Simpson

Last great movie you saw…

TV shows you can’t stop watching…
“DeGrassi,” “Celebrity Rehab,” “Flavor of Love” (season two only)

Beverages you request on your rider…
Mexican horchata

First car…
After meeting at a Jesus Lizard concert in the early 1990s, Val and I bought a 1989 white Buick LeSabre and toured in it for a couple years. The passenger door panel had almost completely rusted off, so in order to look badass, we slapped a 4-foot RATT rub-on decal on the hood. It worked.

Guiltiest Pleasure – thing you watch, read, listen to – that no one knows about…
The taste you get in your mouth after licking a bunch of postage stamps.

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Posted by: Ryan Allen on June 17, 2008 at 9:00 am

Rock City Mega Picture Post @ the Majestic Theatre Complex, Detroit, MI – 6/12/08 Read more

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Posted by: Ryan Allen on June 13, 2008 at 3:49 pm

Pic By: Trever Long

Rock City Recap: Day 1

The opening night of Rock City went down with a gigantic bang, and if you weren’t there, then we’re going to assume that you somehow locked yourself in the bathroom getting ready for the big event. Lucky for you, we were there (well, we kinda had to be, right?), and despite a night spent having our brains zapped by some Read more

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Posted by: Johnny Loftus on June 10, 2008 at 9:00 am

Champions of Breakfast, Pleasure Mountain (Self-Released, 2008)

Listen: “Power of Glove”

Their shlock level is at yellow, with a significant risk of attack by flavor of the month. But give Champions of Breakfast a chance. After all, hearing them sing about sex acts on stages isn’t any dumber than someone like Ludacris saying it. They’re nowhere near Luda on Pleasure Mountain. But on their full-length debut, Champions of Breakfast do have Nintendo all over their bodies. Their ROM Pack ditties are draped with Read more

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Posted by: Ryan Allen on May 27, 2008 at 4:00 pm

Live Pics: The Submarines, Headlights, and Champions of Breakfast @ the Pike Room, Pontiac, MI – 5/23/08 Read more

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