March 23, 2010

Crowded House Preps LP For June Release

Longtime Hidden Track readers might recall watching me fall in love with the music of Crowded House after catching the power popsters at the Masonic Lodge in NYC way back

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Cover Wars March Madness – Final Four

Just as quickly as it started, HT’s Cover Wars March Madness tournament is racing towards the end as we’re down to the final four contestants. In the last round, PGroove put a beating on Give Us The Money Lebowski, Trey Anastasio and Phish won by slim margins over YARN and Pearl Jam respectively. Also, Umphrey’s won big over Built to Spill. In each matchup, our readers came out in large numbers to vote so we thank you for that.

For today’s semi-finals, we made Phish face off against Trey while PGroove goes up against Umphrey’s. Regardless, it’s clear a HT Favorite will take this year’s title.

Let’s take a look at this year’s semifinal matchups…

1. PGroove – This Must Be The Place vs. UM – Can’t You Hear Me…
2. Phish – Curtis Loew vs. Trey Anastasio – Sultans of Swing

Our first bout finds Perpetual Groove’s cover of This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) by the Talking Heads squaring off against Umphrey’s McGee’s version of the Rolling Stones’ Can’t You Hear Me Knocking…

Perpetual Groove – This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)
Audio: 2-10-2007
Video: 12-13-2009

Umphrey’s McGee – Can’t You Hear Me Knocking
Audio: 12-30-2007
Video: 12-30-2007

READ ON to place your vote on this week’s bouts…

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Hidden Flick: Intermission Part III

[Originally Published: September 29, 2009]

One of my favorite bands was, is, and always shall be Pink Floyd if you haven’t noticed. And like the psychedelic pioneers of space rock, I never met an idea I couldn’t use more than once or thrice. So, here, this week, we present an amalgamation of several Hidden Flick thought patterns as we continue our thesis study on “What is Cinema?” Why are the alleged great films usually bores, while the weird flicks are the post-everything gems?

And yes…a mixture of patterns sleeping in the dirt outside the Hidden Theatre as we wait to get inside to start an evening of unexpected fun and heady pre-Halloween no-goodery. Press replay, repeat, and then play the new stuff, please (“thesis” is used in jest, brah).

Well…time for more popcorn, Red Vines, Raisinettes, and a refill of that 97-ounce soda. We take a break from our regular look at obscure films with another edition of Intermission, which means another look at a cinematic chestnut that may have been lauded or groundbreaking in the past, but has since been forgotten in history’s hourglass.

READ ON for more of this week’s installment of Hidden Flick…

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Trailer: Amazing Grace

After a string of highly successful cross-over albums – which yielded 11 number one singles – Aretha Franklin returned to her gospel roots for her live 1972 album double album

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Tour Dates: Gorillaz Gigz

When you’re the virtual band Gorillaz it’s a bit tougher to go out on the road for a full-on tour. The Damon Albarn-Jamie Hewlett brainchild, who will headline the final

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Over The Rhine: Carrboro Arts Center, Carrboro, NC, 3/13/10

Twenty years into their career, Ohio's Over the Rhine – the husband and wife duo, not the neighborhood – is now a genuine underground music force. They rule their home state's venues, stealthily sell out shows across the country, and sell thousands of albums on their own while somehow remaining virtually unknown. Despite a dedicated fan base that ravenously devours anything they put out, travels to shows in the Midwest and beyond, and generally treats principals Karin Berquist and Linford Detweiler like royalty, you'll seldom hear their name mentioned anywhere.

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Green Day Maps Out Summer Ampitheater Run

Green Day has announced dates for a North American summer amphitheater tour as the band continues to support last spring’s Grammy-winning "21st Century Breakdown." The trek, featuring special guests AFI,

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