March 30, 2010

Baseball Preview: JoJo Hermann

With the 2010 baseball season upon us, we wanted to continue a Hidden Track tradition started in 2007 where we chat with of our favorite musicians about their love for America’s past time. For the first part of this year’s Baseball Preview, we asked them for predictions on the upcoming season, while the second part of our questionnaire got a bit more personal.

[Photo by John Schulze]

Leading off for the 2010 Hidden Track Baseball Preview is Widespread Panic keyboardist – and longtime baseball fan – John “JoJo” Hermann. We spoke with JoJo about his beloved Mets, his thoughts on the upcoming season, his favorite ballpark and many other subjects. Check it out…

Hidden Track: What team do you think will win the World Series and what team will they beat in that final series?

JoJo Hermann: Those Yankees look unbeatable, but they’ll get tired in October and the Mariners will pull the upset in Seattle to go to the World Series. The Braves and Bobby Cox will be the Cinderella-feel-good story of 2010 and take the series from Seattle in 7.

HT: Which pitchers do you think will win the AL and NL Cy Young awards?

JH: Felix Hernandez in the AL will break through big-time for Seattle. I gotta go with Lincecum again for the Giants–he’s the best.

HT: Which players do you think will win the AL and NL MVP awards?

JH: For MVP, going against Pujols in the NL is like betting against Secretariat. For the AL, Mark Texeira in Yankee Stadium might get 200 RBI.

READ ON for more of our baseball-heavy chat with JoJo…

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Cover Wars March Madness: Championship

We started our Cover Wars March Madness tournament with 32 different winners of Cover Wars over the past year. We broke those down into two separate portions as to not overwhelm our voters. Then, we had our Sweet Sixteen, our Elite Eight, the Final Four, and now there are two. It all comes down to this, and it’s a battle of jamband quartets.

PGroove – This Must Be The Place vs. Phish – Curtis Loew

Hailing from Savannah, GA; Perpetual Groove offers up their cover of The Talking Heads’ This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody). The first known performance of this cover took place at The Georgia Theater in Athens on September 5th, 2002. PGroove has gone on to play it over 100 times since. The vocal duties are handled by guitarist and lead singer Brock Butler.

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

Hailing from Vermont, Phish offers up their cover of Lynryd Skynryd’s The Ballad Of Curtis Loew. The first known performance of the cover took place on a Wednesday Night in the Spring of 1987 at Burlington’s famed Nectar’s. It was pretty regular in the rotation for the next few years. The first notable gap was from 10/30/1990 to 3/14/1993, a 290 show gap. It was played three times in 1993 and disappeared for the next six years. Though not an official performance, The Ballad Of Curtis Loew was soundchecked at Big Cypress in 1999. And then Phish brought it back at Fenway Park in Boston on May 31st of last year for a glorious bust out, and we haven’t seen Curtis Loew since. The lead vocals are handled by keyboardist Page McConnell and it’s part of a rare group of songs in Phish’s repertoire where guitarist Trey Anastasio doesn’t sing a single note.

READ ON to listen and watch Phish’s Curtis Loew and to vote…

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Tour Dates: Live Porn Shows

Since the beginning of the 2000s, Canadian indie-pop collective The New Pornographers have somehow managed record and tour behind four critically acclaimed albums, all while the band’s members pursue their

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Martin Sexton: Not Exactly Sugarcoating

If there were more people in the world like Martin Sexton, the word utopia comes to mind. Smelling every rose he passes by, the latest release from the Northeast troubadour, Sugarcoating (due out Apr. 6 on Kitchen Table Records), is another treasure trove of harmonious folk melodies coated in a blend of soul and passion- as unique as the man himself.

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