Watch WSP’s Jojo Hermann Join MMJ’s Carl Broemel For Faces, Neil Young Covers

first_imgLast weekend, the worlds of beloved bands My Morning Jacket and Widespread Panic collided at The Basement East in Nashville, TN, when WSP keyboardist John “Jojo” Hermann joined guitarist Carl Broemel’s set for an extended guest appearance. Broemel has been touring behind his recently-released solo album 4th Of July, and his band made their way to the Nashville venue. Hermann, a native to Tennessee, made his way over to the venue for the intimate performance.The show opened with Broemel’s band playing a full set, before leaving the guitarist to play two songs by himself. When the band returned, Hermann was in tow, joining in for a three song run to close out the show. The band opened with original song “Different People,” before closing out the show with two covers: The Faces’ “Ooh La La” and Neil Young’s “Like A Hurricane.” Fortunately, thanks to some fans in the audience, we can watch videos of this exciting show!Check out videos for the two cover songs, streaming below!Ooh La La (via Justin Damron, partial)Like A Hurricane (via Heavy Pedal Productions)last_img read more

Angels planning to allow farm system to continue to grow

first_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter LAS VEGAS — Billy Eppler has a very clear plan to get the Angels back to perennial contention.It’s about the farm system.On the second day of the Winter Meetings, the Angels general manager spelled out a plan that doesn’t seem to include blockbuster trades that would weaken their farm system.“We are clearly trying to build organizationally,” Eppler said. “I think anybody can figure that out now. We haven’t traded a lot of our players in our minor league system. Nobody impactful. Nobody in the top tier of the prospect tree has been traded. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros None of that is to say the Angels aren’t still trying to win now, Eppler pointed out a day earlier. They are trying to improve as much as possible in the short-term, without jeopardizing the long-term.“What you’re trying to do is give yourself an opportunity to win every year,” he said. “If everything falls right in a given year you might push yourself into the postseason. It’s within your bandwidth of outcomes. You are going to make some shorter-term decisions and are most likely not going to trade things that have multiple years of control. You are going to keep yourself in that competitive window to still have within your band of outcomes an 86-or-better-win team.”PUJOLS UPDATEAlbert Pujols, who had knee surgery in August and elbow surgery in September, has been cleared for all upper body work and light impact lower body work, Eppler said.Eppler still is not ready to make any predictions about how much the Angels will be able to get from Pujols in 2019.With Shohei Ohtani expected to handle most of the designated hitter duties, Pujols is likely going to need to play as much first base as possible. Last season, the grind of playing 70 games at first no doubt contributed to him needing surgery.“We have to see how he feels going through January and February,” Eppler said. “We’ll have to see. We’ll take it organically.”MINOR LEAGUE DEALSThe Angels reached agreements with three more players on minor league deals: Right-handed pitchers Forrest Snow and Matt Ramsey and outfielder Cesar Puello. They also officially announced three minor league deals that had already been reported, outfielders Peter Bourjos and Jarrett Parker and catcher Dustin Garneau.Puello, 27, returns to the Angels after appearing in one game with them in 2017. He also played 16 games with the Tampa Bay Rays.Snow, 29, has never pitched in the majors and has a 4.27 ERA in the minors. Eppler said the Angels see value in his “secondary stuff,” and both the scouting reports and analytics agreed there was some upside.Ramsey, 29, has a 2.69 ERA in six minor league seasons. He has also never pitched in the majors.Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield “We know that sustainable health is going to be achieved through our farm system, and then we do have the financial muscle if we want to go outside at the right time. We can achieve those things as well. That’s going to be our cookbook.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.When Eppler was hired as the Angels GM in October 2015, the team had the worst farm system in baseball. Now, they’ve moved to the cusp of the top 10.“We hope to get that into the top five,” Eppler said. “If we get into the top five, and a lot of those players are in Triple-A or Double-A, and they are pushing their way in, now you have more cost control and cost certainty in things, and then you can flex some of that financial muscle when that opportunity comes.”Certainly, those comments can be interpreted to mean that the Angels aren’t ready to ship out the type of prospects that would be required to get someone the caliber of catcher J.T. Realmuto or pitchers like Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer or Noah Syndergaard.Certainly, there are trade targets who fit for the Angels who could be acquired without moving a top prospect, though. They could get a pitcher like Sonny Gray or Julio Teheran or a catcher like Francisco Cervelli. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more