April 8, 2008

Walk It Off Release Party

We know this is kind of last minute, but if you don’t have any plans tonight we highly suggest you stopping by the Virgin Megastore in Union Square as Tapes

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At The Barbecue: First Favorite Song

Today, we’re introducing another new sporadic feature around here called Hidden Track: At The Barbecue. This is a chance to get a little loose with the Dead Guy Ales, suck down a variety of tube steaks, and shoot the shit with the gang.

Basically, this is an opportunity for the various HT contributors to talk about the germane on goings in the music world or just chat about who likes what.

So, for this first barbecue, we thought we’d kick it off with a little icebreaker: What was your very first favorite song?

Big Papi: For somebody who grew up in the ’80s, a very first favorite song can easily be Eye of the Tiger or Jump. However, the choices are broad, so favorite song needs to be expanded to the first song that you memorized all the lyrics to, which in my case would be The Beastie Boys’ Paul Revere. Perhaps nothing rolled off the tongue of a pre-puberty fifth grader better than repeating the lines:

The sheriff’s after me for what I did to his daughter

I did it like this, I did it like that I did it with a wiffleball bat

So I’m on the run the cop’s got my gun

And right about now it’s time to have some fun

The King Adrock that is my name

And I know the fly spot where they got the champagne.

Read on to see what your favorite HT’ers got down to as young ‘ens…

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Cover Wars: You Enjoy Myself Edition

Well they’ve done it again, Phish has walked away victorious for the second time in Cover Wars. Phish has actually claimed a mandate in both its first (Boogie On) and more recent (Good Times Bad Times) victories. In honor of this, I’ve selected one of the larger Phish compositions as the focus of this week’s edition.

Also, some quick housekeeping, we’re calling the Cover Wars from 2 weeks ago (Space Oddity) for The Breakfast.

First off, the raw basics: Trey wrote You Enjoy Myself in Europe in 1986…you know what…if you’re reading this blog and you’re not familiar with the history of YEM, just ring your call button, and Tommy Scotty will come back there and hit you on the head with a tack hammer because you are a retard.

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The dorky shit: YEM is the most played Phish song…by a lot. 472 times. 39% of all Phish shows featured it. Read on for this week’s contestants…

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Hidden Flick: The Dear Hunter

No, there isn’t a typo in the title of our latest search for obscure film gems. This week, we take a look at Breakfast with Hunter, a landmark cinematic achievement from award-winning documentary filmmaker Wayne Ewing.

For many years, Ewing had the distinct pleasure (and occasional nuisance) of being the next door neighbor to literary giant and the King of Gonzo Journalism, Hunter S. Thompson. Ewing managed to capture Thompson during many wild escapades in Hollywood, Louisville, and Manhattan but, more importantly, he was also able to film the legendary scribe at home in Woody Creek, Colorado, during long passages of peaceful, endearing moments that give strong evidence that Thompson’s public persona was just a mere smokescreen that often hid his much larger skills on the page and, in the end, betrayed and besmirched his historical record.

Read on for more about Wayne Ewing’s Breakfast With Hunter…

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Briefly: Everyone Must Get Citated?!?!

Here’s a brief rundown of some of the accolades and awards the former Robert Zimmerman has garnered over the years: multiple Grammys, an Oscar, Golden Globe, Rock & Roll Hall

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Sub Pop: 20th Anniversary Festival

Just when you thought you couldn’t possibly squeeze another festival into your busy summer concert calendar comes the news that influential indie-music label Sub Pop will be hosting a festival

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Herbie Hancock Plans Summer Tour

 Herbie Hancock will perform selections from his GRAMMY award-winning "Album of the Year" ‘River: The Joni Letters’ (Verve) on tour this summer. His band of renowned musicians Dave Holland (bass),

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Bob Dylan Wins Honorary Pulitzer Prize

Thanks to Bob Dylan, rock’n’roll has finally broken through the Pulitzer wall. Dylan, the most acclaimed and influential songwriter of the past half century, who more than anyone brought rock

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