Put your hands together for the first column of what we hope will be many from one of our favorite bloggers – Jon Hochstat. I’m on a few mailing lists with Jon and he has an incredible knack for separating the signal from the noise on the internet.
His posts on the now defunct Runaway Dinosaur covered a wide range of topics that always piqued my interest. Jon wrote a food column every Friday for RD and we’re honored to pick up where he left off here at Hidden Track.
Greetings everyone. Welcome to the first posting of my weekly contribution to Hidden Track, Friday for the Foodies. As most of the people who write & read this blog are diehard music fans who go see lots of live music, most of the people are also diehard foodies. I know I am both for sure.
This week I have decided to take on the debate over which way is the best way to get information that will satisfy a foodies urge to know what is happening. The old way which is through RSS feeds or the new cool way, which is through Twitter. You decide which of the two provides the information that feeds your foodie cravings. Right now I seem to be getting more from Twitter for sure.
Top Five Foodie Things I Learned via RSS Today:
The Great Greenpoint Mac Off
March 22, 4 to 8 p.m.
Mac and cheese crawlers will hit four Greenpoint bars, each serving samples of hot mac and cheese and cold craft beers. Start at Red Star, then move to The Habitat, Mark Bar, and finally t.b.d. There will be a different drink special at each bar to wash down the cheesy carboload. Red Star is located at 7 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11222 (map)
READ ON for the rest of Jon’s list of things he learned via RSS and Twitter…
With the NCAA Tournament getting into full swing this evening, we wanted to create a little March Madness around these parts as well. We’ve taken 16 past Cover Wars champions and matched them up against each other to see which one our readers thinks is the best of the best.
Today, we kick things off with our round of 16 which finds some tough matchups in each of our brackets. Let’s take a look at the matchups:
1. Killing In The Name – tDB vs. Peaches en Regalia – Bonerama
2. Spanish Castle Magic – PBS vs. A Day In The Life – Phish
3. Sledgehammer – DMB vs. Wind Cries Mary – Martin Sexton
4. The Seeker – Pearl Jam vs. Sittin’ In Limbo – Garcia/Grisman
5. Making Flippy Floppy – UM vs. Bell Bottom Blues – Trey
6. Jealous Guy – RMB vs. Can’t Find My Way Home – WSP
7. Creep – Mule vs. 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover – Blotto
8. Don’t Let Me Down – Van Ghost vs. Not Fade Away – Grateful Dead
READ ON to listen to, read about and vote on the Sweet 16…
Sorry Vanessa Carlton, but after a long stint in the premier league, you’re being relegated to the grapefruit league of dreamy female musicians. It was a solid run and as much as I liked the video where you drove your piano from the suburbs into Manhattan like the beginning of the Naked Gun (or Police Squad if you’re old school); the last straw was dating the singer from Third Eye Blind. Well, I still have hope for you given the Pink Floyd and Zeppelin influences and the Stevie Nicks’ vouch, but for now it’s down to the minors.
Taking your place in the elite class alongside heavyweights like Gemma Hayes, Grace Potter, Neko Case, Jenny Lewis and Lisa Hannigan is Marissa Nadler. After seeing Marissa live in action at Joe’s Pub on March 4th, it’s clear that she is super weird and undeniably awesome. Adorned in a flowy red dress, Nadler really played the role of the temptress siren in the intimate confines of Joe’s Pub.
A good way to sum up Marissa Nadler is via a pretty good joke she told. Playing to her slight nervousness and greenish stage presence during a key moment in between stupefying vocal performances, she stepped to the microphone and announced, “This next one is a song about going back into the womb.” Given that she is easily peculiar enough to make every single member of the audience wholeheartedly believe this as truth, after letting a long 30 seconds go by, she quipped, “Just kidding, it’s a song about cars” and rifled into a song about an El Camino.
READ ON for more of Ryan’s review of Marissa Nadler at Joe’s Pub…