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December 15th, 2007

Holiday Shopping
Put Pancake Mountain Under Your Tree

It is that time of year again - the mad Christmas Rush. It's okay, we know how you feel, we're caught up in it too.

To make sure that any orders for Pancake Mountain DVDs arrive in time for the 25th you will need to purchase them no later than 12 noon EST Monday, December 17th. That will give us the afternoon to get them into the mail to you to put under your tree for that special someone. Nothing says love like some Pancake Mountain!

You can purchase and download the Leaking on Christmas EP online anytime!

Did you know Pancake Mountain is produced completely by volunteers? Well, you do now. So help us keep the Mountain alive. Every dollar you spend goes directly to fund future PM episodes.

Bought every last lick of Pancake Mountain merchandise but still want to help out more?



We will love your forever. Keep The Mountain Alive!


The LA TimesEntertainment News
The LA Times Best of 2007

Awwww, who loves us in LA? It is the Times, that's who! They've listed Pancake Mountain among their favorites shows for the Best Television of 2007.

Check it out!

Thanks LA!

(Did you catch the Tegan and Sare out-take video with Rufus Leaking on YouTube? Check it out!)


Manhattan Neighborhood Network New York City Gets some Mountain Love
New Episodes Premiere in the Big Apple

The premiere of the long awaited episode 10 with
Jenny Lewis, Iggy Pop, Built To Spill, punk legends X and many more cool bands will take place at 11:30am Saturday December 22 on MNN (Manhattan Neighborhood Network) Channel 34

It will also include bonus footage, so New York get your Tivo's ready to steal this baby!


And finally...

Wishing you good friends, good times, and good cheer, and our warmest wishes throughout the New Year. From all of Us at Pancake Mountain


Happy Holidays Everybody.

- tracy


December 6, 2007

Rufus Leaking Releases Holiday EP

After Thanksgiving, with a belly full of tofu turkey, I began working on my annual Christmas manifesto. You know the one - not consuming so much, making gifts instead of buying them, how family and friends are what's important and all, when it hit me.  Why preach this when I can sing it!  So I gathered some of my favorite musicians like Fugazi's Brendan Canty and super songsmith Vic Chesnutt to bang out a tune while I scribbled down some of my thoughts. What resulted is "Leaking on Christmas ".  This is what I consider my masterpiece - my piece de resistance, if you will. Hope you enjoy.

Leaking on Christmas

Purchase and download the album or individual songs online here. (You will be emailed a link to download the songs. If you have spam-blocking please let "pm_music at" through so you can access the tunes!)

or if you want to kick it old school go to the Shop page to order the CD (contains original artwork and one bonus track not available online).

best way to listen:  loud and with headphones.

Happy Holidays
Rufus "Anarchy" Leaking


Our favorite canadian twins rock the mountain

About 100 kids joined us for an amazing performance by Tegan and Sara last Saturday. The band milled around joking and answering questions for  about 20 minutes before taking the stage to perform "Hop A Plane" and "Back In Your Head." Not only can they rock with the best of them, but they're also sweeter than apple pie.

Tegan and Sara with Rufus Leaking

After the performance they sat down and taught Rufus about the importance of trust. 

This is worth watching, trust me.

Scott Stuckey


This week the Sippy Cups

Last Sunday, I got the opportunity to check out The Sippy Cups at Jammin' Java in Vienna, Virginia.  I arrived at the venue not entirely sure how it was going to go. My first thought was, "Woah, these guys must love kids." There were plenty of little ones running around and being followed around by dazed parents that looked like they hadn't slept for days.  In a word, it was chaos.

Once the Sippy Cups began their show, the chaos was subdued. They played non-stop entertainment for an hour, captivating the audience of little ones and big ones alike; while a physical entertainer, with props, playacted with the band and children. Some of the kids were even brought into to the act on stage individually and in an all invited pogo-dance. Along with the music there was juggling, lights, colors, streamers, giant balloons, unicyclists, a robot, dancing, a super-hero, blow bubbles, a kazoo, you name it, it was in there. Although I'm a bit outside the age of their general fan base, I became an instant fan. If you have youngsters, I totally recommend you check them out.  The Sippy Cups were quite simply sippy-brilliant.

Guillaume Bernardeau


November 21, 2007

Tegan and Sara

Pancake Mountain Dance Party


Tegan and Sara

Saturday, November 24, 2007
GW Lisner Auditorium, Washington DC
(directions here)

Doors open at 4, taping begins at 4:30

Find out more about this great group by going here

Happy feet, enthusiasm,
and cool threads preferred!

Ages: 5 to 50 (and yes, if you're in your twenties, you're never too old, as long as you're dancing)and of course, FREE as always, but this is a taping, not a concert. If you show up, you must participate.


edit Nov 22, 10:30 - Sign up Now Closed - sorry!


November 9, 2007

Brrrrrrr November. It's cold and rainy - come rock out with us instead!

We'll be at the Avalon Theater in DC Saturday(tomorrow) morning showing some Best Of as well as new Pancake Mountain video.

Afterwards we'll have a musical performance by Parthenon Huxley

$7 or $5 for Avalon Members - it's for a good cause - help support the Avalon (a non-profit)

Doors open at 10 am, we should be finished by 11:45

The Avalon Theatre
5612 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington DC 20036
(202) 966-2601



November 1 - UPDATE

We're sad to announce that the dance party with The Decemberists has been canceled due to a member of the band falling ill. Besides our show, The Decemberists have canceled the rest of their "Long and Short of It" tour, which included the four 9:30 Club dates next week. We wish them well and hope to have them back on the mountain soon.

We will, however, still have a showing of the newest episodes followed by a dance party (band TBA) at the Avalon Theater on Saturday morning, Nov. 10th. We will post details and sign-up information on Monday.

have a good week-end
your pal,
captain perfect.



November 1, 2007

The Drought is Over, The Decemberists set to climb the Mountain!

Production begins Friday, November 9th with The Decemberists

After a looooooong summer break we’re ready to start filming again.

That’s right baby, PM is back up and ready to go.

  • More Episodes... (9 and 10 coming soon)
  • On More Stations (a list of cable stations across the nation airing Pancake Mountain will be posted soon)
  • And more insane Dance Parties starting with
    The Decemberists on Friday, November 9th at the 9:30 Club, Washington DC.

*UPDATE* The sign-up for The Decemberists is now offline - we have reached maximum capacity. Sorry if you missed this one, it filled up really fast.

Dance Party
Friday, November 9th, 2007 at 5:30pm
Nightclub 9:30, Washington DC
click here for directions
All ages (as long as you're over 5) are welcome.


World Premiere of New Pancake Mountain Episodes!

The Avalon TheatrerTwo new episodes of Pancake Mountain will be premiered at the Avalon Theater in Washington DC on Saturday, November 10, 2007 at 10:00 am.

The Avalon Theatre is located at 5612 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., between McKinley and Northampton Streets. The theatre is a short block and a half south of Chevy Chase Circle. Parking is available on many of the side streets and on Connecticut Avenue.

Tickets are $7, $5 for Avalon Members, children under 2 are free.

Get directions and more info at The Avalon


- scott



September 13, 2007

Hello everybody!

Did you think we had forgotten about you? All of us here at the Pancake Mountain Headquarters in Washington DC have been secluded and slaving away working on new episodes. As soon as we have release dates we'll send an announcement out to you. 

Curt Kirkwood and the PM crew

We took a break this past weekend, grabbed the camera gear and sneaked out of the studio to spend time with The Meat Puppets while they were in town to play at The Black Cat. (Don't tell Guillaume.) The guys were great, Curt Kirkwood and Rufus had a good reunion and even did a song together - check out the video here.

And because we always like having many projects all going at the same time (also known as Chaos but it works for us) Rufus has started working on a Holiday album - but we need your help. What Christmas or holiday song would you like to hear performed by Rufus? We've got a few ideas of our own, including some duets, but would love to have your input too! Send your ideas to Rufus!

Vic Chesnutt

Vic Chesnutt's new album - North Star Deserter - was released this week and made us very happy! Read all about it here.

We love Vic! If you haven't checked him out before he comes highly recommended!

Vic Chesnutt's website.

We are trying really hard to not film any more events until we get the backlog of videos edited and online or on the dvds.  Those music festivals are fun but a lot hard work, and we come home with hours of footage to process.  Once we get the new episodes completed and out to you then we can start having Dance Parties again!  We miss Dance Parties!

Keep watching this space!

- tracy

P. S.
Curt and Chris signed my album! It pays to hold on to your vinyl (with a link for all those kids who don't know what I'm talking about.)

Meat Puppets signed my "Up On The Sun" album!




August 2, 2007

Howdy Mountaineers,

My new BFF, Monte Carlo, and I are going to be at Lollapalooza this year and we need your help coming up with interview questions for all of the bands. Think of your best humorous questions for the performers and send them to us - we will try to get them answered.

If we choose your question we’ll send you a free T-shirt. If you’re going to be there and want to help us ask some questions in person write to us NOW!

Have fun and go play outside, unless it’s too hot, then read lots of books inside, but if it’s not too hot and you don’t feel like playing, then read books outside, but if it does get too hot you might think about making lemonade.




Ft Reno 2007

July 29, 2007

Hello Mountaineers

This Thursday evening  Pancake Mountain favorites The Aquarium will be performing at Fort Reno.

If you haven’t been to Fort Reno this year you must go, it is one of the many things that make DC the greatest city on earth. And it's free!

On a sad note our favorite music rag, Punk Planet, is calling it quits. This will leave a giant void in the world of independent journalism. We wish them all the best. Thanks for so many years of amazing coverage.

Another one of our favorite bands, Against Me, has released a great new album 'new wave' that is certain to become a classic. In honor of this we dug out an old interview the band did with us, check it out.

We have episode#3 DVD’s back in stock, to order go to our Store page. International and record stores please order through Discord Records here -

Keep watching this space, we will have more updates in August.
I promise!

your pal,
Rufus Leaking



Bonnaroo 2007

June 22, 2007

Hello Mountaineers,

We're back from bonnaroo and boy did we have a great time. Superfly and Big Hassle really treated us like kings, so our hats off to them for making this happen.

Rufus got to have his own little 'jam' area backstage, where he could run wild and do as he pleased (which is the only way Rufus likes to do things).

Franz Ferdidnand , Wayne Coyne, and the White Stripes all stopped by to sing and have a laugh with Rufus, as well as some great interviews with Lewis Black, Lily Allen, Tim Fite, Alan Light and more.

Of course since Rufus is not only a music reporter but a superstar in his own right, we had folks like MTV stopping by to see us (see pic below). It was very busy with not much downtime, but when there was, we were playing in our sandbox (that we built in front of our tent), ate funnel cake and ran around like madmen (and women).

Check out this video preview of all this madness.

Still having trouble catching our show in your home town? maybe you should move to Australia, PM begins airing next month on channel 31 on Saturday mornings. DVD's go on sale Friday. Listen to this cool promo they did (listen). Meanwhile, in Japan, PM volume 1 will be available this saturday for the bargain price of 2,940 Yen. You can go here to look at the cool cover art .

thanks for your patience during our little hiatus, we'll be back really soon with dance parties, new episodes and much more

ciao baby,


Rufus and MTV News


May 8, 2007

What's Up With The Mountain?

A lot of people have been writing and calling to ask, "what the heck is going on?"  Well, I'm gonna tell you.

We've decided to take some time off this summer and regroup. During the fall and spring we had over 30 dance parties so we've decided to finish the 6 or so episodes we have in the can. These will include the great 'chic a go-go' show as well as interviews and performances by X, Jenny Lewis, Pylon, Nellie McKaye, the Flaming Lips, Wolf Mother, Built to Spill, Guster, Scissor Sisters, Elf Power, and much more.

Once these episodes are finished, we plan on emerging with a new look and format which will include a slew of original songs written especially for us by some of the coolest bands around. The plan in no way rules out a surprise dance party or two so keep your dancing shoes on stand-by, but for the most part, we're rolling up our sleeves and getting down to business.

This change can be groovy - believe me, this is what the Mountain needs and we will be back and better than ever.

So be patient and enjoy the summer.

Your pal,

Rufus Leaking

BTW: My singing career is taking off. Whilst I'm known as the Notorious Yodl-Ay-EEE-Oooo, I feel I'm ready to move into other styles. First up, I have me and Widespread Panic performing live in Athens, Georgia. True, I'm more of a punk rocker, but I think you'll agree that I'm capable of any style: Jam, Soul, Down Tempo, Up Tempo, Rap, Slab, Hip Hop...You name it, I sing it.




March 21, 2007


Pancake Mountain Star Rufus Leaking Has Fallen In Love,
No Longer On Market.


What’s that sound you hear? It’s the collective wailing of thousands of women around the world. That’s right, fellow hipsters. Yours truly, your ol’ pal Rufus Leaking of Pancake Mountain, has been bitten by the love bug. We saw so many charming, talented, and lovely ladies during our visit to SXSW—all of them potential candidates in the race to win my heart. And darn it if one didn’t come out victorious. Smitten…that’s what I am…SMITTEN I say! And who is the fabulously lucky lady who has crushed the hopes and dreams of all womendom? HESTA PRYNN of NORTHERN STATE.

Yes, you’d think after trouncing them in a live freestyle battle, the shame and dejection would have caused a rift between us…but it turns out it just made us that much closer. So much so that I was invited to join them onstage for one of their performances. That’s where our eyes met at I realized destiny was fulfilling itself. Yes my sweet Hesta, you win the wondrous, coveted prize. You are officially my old lady of record. You’ve got talent, you’ve got looks, and now you have the most important thing of all…you’ve got Rufus. I love you, Hesta Prynn. Your puzzle is complete.

Rufus and Hesta Prynn

So sorry ladies. Rufus is off the market. I’ve caught my limit and need to throw the rest of you back. But take heart. Love is a fleeting thing. And if I don’t hear from Hesta soon, I’ll be pulling all your numbers back out of the garbage pail.

Peace, love and understanding.




March 8, 2007


SXSW is less then a week away and we've set up a special blog so you can see what me and the rest of the PM gang are up to while we're in Austin. On The Road with Pancake Mountain

I had so much fun the other night at the Scissor Sisters show. Jake and Paddy are outrageous! We had a great time singing together. I tell you, those two are almost the same caliber vocalist as me, le crème de la crème.

Watch the video!

Sassy and wild, everything you want in a rock star.

Here is a picture our cameraman Brian Liu took last time they came thru DC, pretty good, huh.

Also check out Tracy Lee's photos from this time around.

Pancake Mountain t-shirt
John Hennesy came up with these great t-shirts of me as promos for SXSW and we have just a few extra for sale, so if you want one you better fly to our shop quicker then Captain!

Your pal,

Rufus Leaking



February 28, 2007

Guster is in the great city of Washington DC tonight, and you can bet that me, Garnett and the Captain will be in the front row
yelling. I will post photo's tomorrow.

Until then here is a bit of footage from when the band visited us this summer to perform 'C'mon'. The cool animation came from our new bestest friend Bradley Lambert.

If you're in L.A. this Saturday go to McCabe's, my second favorite
venue in the world, and see my favorite performer Vic Chesnutt. You Will Not Be Disappointed.

14 days until SXSW

your pal,

Rufus Leaking.



February 7, 2007

Howdy folks,

Time to break out the dancing shoes again.  Our first dance party of the year will be one of the best. Deerhoof is coming back to the Mountain! We will be filming this Sunday at the Black Cat starting at 5:30 pm. Sign up HERE.  I can't wait!!!

Dance Party
Sunday, February 11, 2007
5:30 p.m.
The Black Cat, Washington DC
click here for directions
All ages (as long as you're over 5) are welcome.


Amy's trip to Houston and the Aurora Picture show was GREAT - and her trip report and photos from it are now on the web. We can't say enough good things about the Aurora Picture Show.  Check out all the fun.

In other Texas news, the team and I will be at the South by Southwest Music Festival this year.  Let us know what bands you want us to talk to and I'll do my best to harass…I mean, interview them.

And just when you thought I couldn't be more hip and cool, I now have a MySpace!  Check out this fan run account Rufus on MySpace.

Last - but certainly not least - we will have a new DVD out at the end of March. DVD #5, Episodes 9 & 10, but who's counting? It will feature performances by Jenny Lewis, Built to Spill, Guster and many more.  And of course, all your friends like Captain Perfect, Garnett and little old me will join in on the fun.

Your pal,
Rufus Leaking


P.S. Happy Birthday To Olive and Garnett!




February 4, 2007

Dance parties are coming - join our mailing list to be notified of the dates and times as soon as they are confirmed!

Pancake Mountain on MySpace

Rufus on MySpace

- tracy


January 11, 2007


Giddy up baby! Pancake Mountain Producer and champion bronco rider, Amy O'Byrne, is bringing new footage from episodes 9 and 10 to the Aurora Picture Show ( in Houston, Texas.

Aurora is a non-profit 501(c) cinema dedicated to really cool films and videos. They do amazing work and we are excited to be invited down. Besides showing the best of some of our earlier work we'll be debuting some of our newest footage including Jenny Lewis and The Watson Twins, Built to Spill, The Flaming Lips, X and more.

Two shows.The first 10 people to each showing will receive free Yummy-Scrummy Pancake Mountain pancake mix!!

Saturday, January 13th at 10 am.
Sunday, January 14th at 3pm.

Tickets are $6.00 per family and Amy (or her alias Mrs. Kooky) will be on hand at both screenings to answer your questions (and maybe even film you for a future episode). For more information check out their web-site.

So be there or be square.

Your pal,

Rufus Leaking


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