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Saturday, June 15, 2013

THEME MUSIC a Facebook page that is truly life changing....

So last week I mentioned that I was a part of a Facebook Group called Theme Music. This is where I met Lisa King (last weeks profile artist), as well as chatting with and getting to know musicians and music lovers from different parts of the Globe. Theme Music was started a little over a year ago by Matt Brown, who most of you will remember from the band Uncle Green. Theme Music is a sort of magical place where everyone is free to create and express themselves through music without fear. Everyone is very supportive and we laugh, we sigh, we smile and we cry. The trick to Theme Music is it's name. Each week our fearless leader Matt, posts a new "Theme" and us "Themesters" have to (well we don't have to, we can just listen) either perform a cover song or write an original that is based around that Theme. For instance one week it might be "Television Songs", the next "One Word Songs That Start with C", or "Cats and Dogs", I think you get the idea. I was turned on to the group by my long time friend Scott Roberts, who is perhaps the best songwriter I have ever known.

To me the most amazing part of Theme Music is how many people it has brought back to playing and writing music. I have read numerous times people recounting a story which is similar to mine. Musicians who played for years of their life that for whatever reason (and we all have our own) put their instruments in their cases and walked away. Then years later inspired by what they saw and heard on Theme Music decided it was time to start playing again. This was my story, I walked away. Then I joined Theme Music and for months just listened and became inspired to get my guitars out and say hello again. My first post to the group was during TV Songs week, I did a version of "The Ballad of Davy Crockett". Thanks to Matt Brown and Theme Music so many of us have found our love and passion for music again and I can personally attest that the world is a much more beautiful place because of it.

The other part that just blew me away is how much amazing talent there is out there. I have heard some of the most amazing originals and performances of cover songs on Theme Music that I have ever heard in my life. People who just blow the doors off of what is slathered on the airwaves and shoved down our throats  today. These are people who are just average folks walking the streets next to you that you have no idea are full of so much talent. Granted some of these people are professional musicians who make a living playing and recording, but many are not, they are just folks who love to play and create. The world is just chocked full of talent and Theme Music has brought that talent to the surface for all to enjoy. Psalm 100 says "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord..." and I can't help but believe that God himself is a big fan of Theme Music, for we are making a lot of  "Joyful Noise".

Theme Music is a closed group, so you will have to send a request to join, but if you are a musician or just a music lover it is well worth sending the request.

 All you baker's out there I promise as soon as I get moved I will begin baking again and creating recipes inspired by the music I hear. Then we can all listen and bake together again. Until then Rockin' Rolls Everybody!!

Here's a couple of examples of what is on Theme Music:

Circe Link with Christian Nesmith

Bret Alain Phillips:

Saturday, June 8, 2013

We Are Back with Lisa King The Hot Place Band and some way cool Tangerine Vinyl!!!

We are back!!! We are not back to baking just yet, but I am now back to updating. A lot has been going on since I last posted. My life has been rather crazy and it hasn't slowed down yet. I spent several weeks on tour with SNEW and have been looking for a job back east so I can move home. We probably won't be baking again until after the move since I have been packing my baking gear.

One of the things that I discovered while on the road was a restaurant in Albuquerque, New Mexico called Sadie's. They had a dish called a Stuffed Sopapilla that was out of this world. It was basically a big giant piece of flaky fry bread stuffed with a pork mixture in a red chili sauce. I have been experimenting in the Motorbread Kitchen trying different ways to make fry bread but I have yet to hit upon a recipe that I am truly happy with. I would love to know Sadie's recipe for their flaky crispy and light textured sopapilla. If any of my readers have a good recipe for a light and crispy fry bread please let me know. We will profile it here on the blog and I will give you full credit for the recipe.

Another thing we have done here at Motorbread is we have joined a Facebook Page called Kitchen Alchemy: Lisa King's Recipe Swap. Lisa is a musician and leader of the band The Hot Place that I met through another Facebook page called "Theme Music" which I will get to in a moment. Anyway on the recipe swap there are numerous people who do just that swap and share recipes. There are a ton of vegetarian and vegan recipes there that I will tell you right now make me consider not eating meat. I can't wait to start making some of them. I have contributed one recipe so far and will be contributing more. So go check out some great recipes and while you are at it do yourself a HUGE favor and check out her band The Hot Place here: http://www.thehotplaceband.com/  They have a really cool Tangerine Vinyl pressing of their record "The Language of Birds" that will be released in August and will be a very limited edition only 500 copies worldwide so I would suggest you pre-order your's today. https://www.etsy.com/listing/151204565/tangerine-orange-vinyl-180-gram? I am thinking Motorbread needs to come up with a  The Hot Place Tangerine Bread for August to coincide with the Tangerine Vinyl Release. The album was co-produced with Lisa by Jeff Calder of the legendary Swimming Pool Q's and features Richard Lloyd of Television. If you are not into vinyl or you just don't want to wait till August then the whole album is available right now as a digital download here: http://thehotplace.bandcamp.com/album/the-language-of-birds
That Tangerine vinyl is just stunning!!!!!

You know what, I will tell you all about Theme Music in my next post.
To try and explain it is just to lengthy and would be better suited to it's own post.
Also coming up is a review of the brand new The Bluefields disc "Ramshakle"

Anyway I hope you haven't missed me to much, please go check out Lisa King and The Hot Place, order you up some amazing Tangerine Vinyl and don't ever forget Rock-n-Rolls everybody!! It's good to be back.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Just Catchin up

Internet problems kept us away, but we are back now and ready to rock!

 We are excited to collaborate with our next featured artist, Stacie Collins. Stacie is a bad-ass, kick your teeth in Rock-Country-Metal singer and harp blower from Nashville. She has agreed to work with us to develop a product that is just as fantastic as she is! I envy her husband, Al Collins, who not only is a member of her band, but also plays bass with Jason and The Scorchers. Speaking of JATS they are currently on tour in Europe, so if you are reading this from Europe go to http://www.jasonandthescorchers.com/tourdates.cfm and find a show near you in the next month or so. Trust me, I have seen them numerous times and they are the greatest live band I have ever seen.

 We are also finalizing our Focaccia bread inspired by the very talented Jamie Alimorad. Jamie is based in New York, so it presents a small challenge since we are on the West Coast. Until we have perfected our product, there will be a lot of bread shipments flying back and forth over the country for taste tests! Just like Jamie doesn’t compromise on his music, we won’t compromise our product. Once it is just as awesome as he is, we will post more about availability, etc.

 Lastly, I recently had the opportunity to meet Leon Hendrix, the younger brother of legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix. Leon’s newly released book entitled “Jimi Hendrix: A Brother’s Story” is inspiring and enlightening. Leon is also an accomplished guitar player and recording artist….we just might have to do some baking inspired by both Hendrix brothers! Sweet and Savory?

Monday, August 20, 2012

Goodbye Sisters Doll-Hello Heat Brothers and Jaime Alimorad

Hey everyone!!!! Just wanted to drop in and let everyone know we are still alive and rocking here at Motorbread. We have been very busy doing several things with Sisters Doll including baking them a bunch of the Sisters Doll bread. They headed back to Australia today and we are sure gonna miss them. They are truly a part of the Motorbread family, we kinda view them as our Australian kids. Not only are they an amazing band, but they are amazing young men as well. We also saw a band called The Heat Brothers, fronting the band are Dallas Hodge and Ernie Rodriguez two former members of the legendary band Canned Heat. These guys lay down a brand of slick boogie blues that is guaranteed to make you sweat. Joining them on stage about halfway through the set was a lady named Lucinda Hatfield, Ms Hatfield, who used to be part of the Righteous Brothers Band, blows perhaps the meanest harmonica I have ever heard. She was simply amazing. If you get the opportunity to witness the blues spectacle that is The Heat Brothers don’t pass it up. Finally, on the bakery side of things we have been busy as well. As I previously stated we baked quite a bit for Sisters Doll and for good reason the CheesePuff Crusted Cheddar Cheesy Bread we created for them is simply out of this world good. We have been baking for a few local restaurant owners here in Long Beach trying to get them on board with us. Lastly, we are working with an amazing singer/songwriter by the name of Jaime Alimorad. I think I mentioned before, I met Jaime during the same Indie Entertainment Summit where I met SNEW and Sisters Doll. He performed several songs at the showcase at the Musicians Institute and I was floored. I won’t go into too much detail because he is going to be subject of our next review, but all I can say is WOW! Anyway we are working on a Focaccia with Jaime and I should have the recipe perfected in the next two days. So be on the lookout for his review and an overview of the bread we created for him. That’s all for now, Rockin’ Rolls Everyone!!!!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

SISTERS DOLL and Cheetos Crusted Cheddar Cheesy Bread

Meeting the band Sisters Doll was a highlight of my weekend at the Indie Entertainment Summit as the guest of SNEW. Sisters Doll is a group of brothers from Australia who put on an amazing show.  Reminiscent of the glam rockers during the 1980s, these three brothers Brennan (lead vocal/Guitar), Bryce (Drums/Backing vocals) and Austin (Bass/Backing Vocals) do justice in honoring the Gods of Glam Metal and will no doubt be rewarded for the effort.  Besides looking like glam rock idols of the past, these boys’ killer song writing skills is what stands out the most.  Behind their look is pure talent! For such young buggers, these boys who are 19, 17 and 14 years old, sure know how to write a hit song. Styled in the same vein as Kiss, Bon Jovi and Poison, with a metal heritage and amazing pop sensibilities, their songs are fantastic. Listening to their debut album release "Welcome To the Dollhouse" I detect not a single filler song on it --- each song has the potential to be a hit. From the opening song "Dollhouse”, they captivate with infectious guitar riffs, pop-driven choruses and catchy hooks. "Isabella" is a hit of massive proportions just waiting for airplay to do it justice. Performing live, this band puts on a great show…it’s fun, interactive, and leaves you wanting it to never end.  Their interaction with the audience creates an experience, not just another show.  The audience walks away thoroughly entertained!

Speaking of bread.…One of the delicacies they were really enjoying here in the States is Cheetos.  (Hey, I didn’t say a healthy delicacy!)  Therefore, I decided to do Cheetos bread just for them! Vegemite is optional for us Americans, but believe me, it really IS good!

Sisters Doll Cheddar Cheese/Cheetos Bread
2 Cups Warm Water
2 teaspoons Yeast
1 Tablespoon Sugar
2 Tablespoons Salt
5 Cups Flour
1 small bag of Cheetos crushed
3 Cups Cheddar Cheese grated
1 egg
 Put on your Sisters Doll CD and crank up the volume. Mix Water, Yeast and Sugar in your mixing bowl and let stand for about 10 minutes. Add salt and flour and mix with the dough hook for about 10 minutes or with a spoon and knead on the counter until silky smooth. Form dough into a ball and place in an oiled bowled until the dough has doubled in size. Remove dough from the bowl and cut into two equal pieces. Flatten each piece and fill with 1 cup of cheese each. Then roll and form into loaves. Beat the egg and brush the surface of each loaf with the egg. Pour crushed Cheetos onto the counter and roll each loaf into the Cheetos. Then cover each loaf with 1/2 cup cheese.Let loaves rise for about 30-45 minutes. Bake at 375 F for 40 minutes or until the internal temperature is about 205 degrees F. Slice while still warm put lots of butter and a thin layer of Vegemite on top and enjoy.

Check out the video for "Dollhouse"  

and a clip for "Isabella" 


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

IES, SNEW, Sisters Doll, Jamie Alimorad and Steven Adler

Hey everybody, I spent Monday recovering from my weekend with SNEW at the Indie Entertainment Summit. Wow, did we have a great time. Mark picked me up on Friday for the first show of the weekend at the Hard Rock Cafe. We picked up a roadie Derrick in downtown LA and then into Hollywood where we had dinner at Umami Burger. If you want to have a gastronomic orgasm then go to Umami and get a Truffle Burger with Truffle Cheese Fries. We then headed over to Andy Lux's place to get him. Then after a little problem regarding some forgotten B-12 vitamins we were finally off to the Hard Rock.  The Hard Rock here in LA is right on Hollywood Boulevard next to the world famous Chinese Theater. This first night we got there just as Sisters Doll was finishing. The next band up was a group from Canada called The Twitch. Interesting four piece, but nothing that really got me to excited. Last on that evening were my hosts SNEW who put on a great show even though the sound was a little off. Then we all headed over to the Rainbow and had a drink. All the years I have lived in and around Los Angeles and as many times as I have played down on the Sunset Strip I had never been inside the Rainbow. Lots of really cool rock-n-roll history in there that is for sure. We were hoping that Lemmy from Motorhead was going to be there, he's always there if he's not touring, but alas he was not. It would have been really great to get a photo of Motorhead and Motorbread together. Anyway, I finally made it home at about 3:30. The next day SNEW was supposed to play outside at the Federal in North Hollywood at 4 so Mark picked me up at 10 am and we were off  to pick up Derrick, Burbank to get more equipment, then Andy and then to North Hollywood. When we arrived the outdoor stage was nowhere to be found. We were told that they would be performing inside the Federal. As we walked inside we are directed into a room and were treated to about an hour talk by Mark Canter, Vicki Hamilton and Steven Adler of Guns and Roses on the formation of the band and the creation of Appetite For Destruction. After the talk we were informed that SNEW was not going to play the Federal after all, but instead was asked to play at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood that evening. I must say they put on one hellava show at MI. I also got to see Willie Basse perform and was amazing, as well as a singer named Jamie Alimorad and if you like power pop you will dig Jamie. http://www.reverbnation.com/artist/artist_songs/349580 We are going to be doing an individual write up on him later here at Motorbread. After the show, we all headed over to Canter's Deli for some late night Reuben Sandwich action. Sunday rolled around and Mark picked me up in the early afternoon and we were off to to OKI Dog on Fairfax. I had never been to Oki Dog, but I will tell you right now I'm hooked. An OKI Dog is two dogs, chili, cheese and pastrami wrapped up in a flour tortilla like a burrito. Holy shit your tongue will slap you brains out. Then we grabbed Andy and were off to pick up Curtis. Then to the final show of the weekend at The Back Door. Where my beautiful wife joined us. After seeing them all weekend, I finally got to see Sisters Doll perform and all I can say is WOW!! They are great.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ik2yCc8PfAY Three brothers from Australia ages 19, 16 and 14. Heidi and I ended up giving Brennan the lead singer/guitar player and his dad a ride back to their hotel and they are just the best folks. We found out from them that they don't have Cheetos in Australia, but they have fallen in love with Cheetos since being here, so Heidi and I are going to send them a care package full of Cheetos to Australia as well as we are going to work with them on a bread for the blog. If you live in the Los Angeles area they are going to being playing at The Whiskey on August 11th at 7:30 pm and on the 15th at 8:30 pm. We are going to be there for sure on the 11th and probably on the 15th. I can't wait to see them again. I also can't wait to see SNEW again. All in all what an amazing weekend filled with great music, great people and fun times. I feel like I have made some friends for life in the guys from SNEW, I really appreciate everything guys it was damn sure a blast and I hope there is more fun to come. That's all for now don't forget Sisters Doll on the 11th at 7:30 and the 15th at 8:30 both shows at The Whiskey on the world famous Sunset Strip. And finally the new SNEW album "What's It To You" is out so go here http://snewyou.com/ 

Rockin' Rolls Everybody!!!

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Thursday, August 2, 2012


Okay folks the time has finally come, I get to make some of the bread I dedicate to a particular band for the band. That's right this Friday I will be baking my rear-end off during the morning because I am off to spend the weekend with the band SNEW. If you will recall I profiled SNEW a few blogs back and after learning that they ate a lot of Thai food while in the studio recording their newest record "What's It To Ya", created Motorbread's Thai Spiced Peanut Bread. So, anyway I will be baking a lot of the bread for the guys and then we are off to Hollywood for three days of partying and concerts. We will kick things off on Friday night with dinner and a SNEW concert at the Hard Rock, then a SNEW concert on Saturday in North Hollywood and finally a SNEW concert in Burbank on Sunday. We are gonna be partying, drinking and just generally having a rock-n-roll weekend. If any of you live in the Los Angeles area come out and join us. We are going to be all over town throughout the weekend. The most exciting part for me is actually being able to bake for the band and have them get to eat some of the bread that was inspired by them. I'm also hoping that Lemmy is at the Rainbow when we go so I can get my picture taken with him to blow up, frame and hang in the bakery. How cool would that be Motorbread and Motorhead!!!!! Anyway I probably won't be posting again until after the weekend is over so glasses up, pants down and let's get ready to rock-n-roll!!!!!

SNEW Thai Spiced Peanut Bread!!!
That's all for now Rock-n-Rolls Everybody!!!