GOODIES: Bob Dylan - Free MP3 "Beyond Here Lies Nothin"

In a few hours, you can get your first listen of Beyond Here Lies Nothin'. The first song from Bob Dylan's yet to be released album, Together Through Life.

You can get the free MP3, by going to www.bobdylan.com.

This download is only available for free for one day!
Get it from midnight Monday March 30th, through midnight, March 31st.

Get Ready! The clock is ticking...


REALLY!?: Jimmy Leaves Smashing Pumpkins.

It's been just under two years since I watched Smashing Pumpkins reunite on stage in Asheville, NC. Since then, the band have been at it practically nonstop, with multiple tours, new albums, etc.

I've been enjoying the ride, always excited to hear the new stuff they come up with. Even with all the changes in bass players and guitarists, the Pumpkins have still held on to the magic that makes them so unique. That magic, coming largely in part from the incredible dynamic forces of Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin.

I'm sad to hear that Jimmy left the group. I believe that he has always been a crucial part of the band's music. So, I'm curious to see what happens without him. Who will they find to try to fill that drum kit? That's a big seat to fill. *sigh* Where will their music go?

I wish Jimmy all the best in his future pursuits, creatively and with life in general. He has surely set his place as a legendary musical talent, no other can compare to. As with the Pumpkins, I'm also curious to see what happens with Jimmy and where he goes from here.

Things may not always go the way we initally want them to, but sometimes there are unexpected surprises that we end up appreciating later on.

Life happens. People move on. Change is inevitable.

So, we'll just have to wait and see...



The SMASHING PUMPKINS' guitarist, singer, songwriter and founding member Billy Corgan has announced that drummer Jimmy Chamberlin has left the group. Chamberlin joined the band Corgan founded in Chicago in 1988 and played on all their albums except Adore (1998). Corgan will continue to write and record as SMASHING PUMPKINS with plans to head into the studio this spring.

Click HERE for the official announcement and other fans' reaction on the official Smashing Pumpkins website.


"By now you have heard the news of my departure from the Smashing Pumpkins. I will say, without going into any unnecessary details that this represents a positive move forward for me..."

Click HERE for Jimmy Chamberlin's full explanation of why he left the band.


LIST: 10 Songs To Listen To - 03.20.09

Click on song titles to hear samples.
Love 'em like I do? Add them to your music collection.

10 Songs To Listen To (listed in no particular order)

Clara Bellino - Something Cool
Gin Wigmore - These Roses
Val Emmich - Get On With It
46bliss - 8 o'clock Train (PKP Express Mix)
Katie Herzig - Wish You Well
Astronauts of Antiquity - Love Is A Mantra (Dub Remix)
Wild Light - California On My Mind
Comandante Zero - Enter The Rain
The Bittersweets - My Sweet Love
Smashing Pumpkins - G.L.O.W.


DISCOVER: 46bliss & Astronauts of Antiquity

Some of my favorites more along the lines of jazzy, electronic trip/hop include Massive Attack, Portishead, Esthero, Smoke City, and Mono (who are unfortunately, no longer together).

It's been awhile since I've come across anyone from this genre, interesting enough to pay more than brief attention to.

Imagine my delight, when today I discovered 46bliss and Astronauts of Antiquity.

Naturally, I had to pass them both along to you guys. Good things should be shared with everyone, and here I have not one, but TWO to share!

Visit the links below and treat yourself to some delicious tunes... C'mon. You deserve it.

Visit the official website, sign up for the newsletter and get FREE mp3s. You'll also have the chance to win their album in digital or cd format (autographed!)



On MySpace

On Facebook

On Last.fm

In the NY area in next month? Lucky you. They've got a show!

April 10, 2009
10:30 pm

New York, NY 10030
Info: 212-690-7807


REALLY?: Mass Solo Revolt Rocks a New Guitarist

Mass Solo Revolt - Tasty World (Upstairs) Athens, GA - 03.14.09
photo courtesy of Catherine Wright



Mass Solo Revolt has made changes to their lineup. You may have noticed in the recent gallery pics (Go Bar on 02.28.09), there were only 3 of the guys playing.

Derek left the band. But, wish him well in his pursuits and endeavors. I certainly enjoyed his contribution to Mass Solo Revolt.

Mass Solo Revolt
photo coutesy of Catherine Wright

I hate that I missed the Tasty World show the following weekend (03.07), where the guys performed as a foursome!

Jim Frye and Dave Harrison
photo courtesy of Catherine Wright

That's right. Dave Harrison of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada is the fourth member and new guitarist rockin' with Marty, Jim and Russ.

Russell Sherman
photo courtesy of Catherine Wright

Mass Solo Revolt
photo courtesy of Catherine Wright

I've already been hearing great things about this new configuration! Yay! Can't wait to check it out for myself!

Are you curious too?

Then, come join me!

Go, see them later this month...

Rye Bar
140 E. Clayton Street
Athens, Georgia 30601

Seriously. Do it.

Special thanks to Catherine Wright for sharing the photos used here. I wish I could've been there!


ON THE ROAD: Western Civ

Western Civ is getting ready to rock their East Coast tour! Tour dates are still being confirmed for late March and early April. But, here's the skinny on what's coming up soon!

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009
STPYLWG Tour: Tasty World - 9PM’ish
312 E. Broad Street, Athens GA 30601
w/ Salt to Bitters and another band TBA...

Friday, March 13th, 2009
old town tavern
Hometown CD Release Party!! - 9PM
montgomery Ave., Sheffiled AL

Hometown CD Release show!!
w/ Salt to Bitters (Chapel Hill) and Bryan Farris!!!

Saturday, March 28th, 2009
Spike Hill

Gold Streets, Western Civ and Coyote Eyes - 8PM
184 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn NY 11211
8PM - Coyote Eyes
9PM Western Civ
10PM Gold Streets

Not in your area yet? Click HERE and bookmark the page. Check back often, as I'll update it when new dates get confirmed.


I've seen this band play live a couple times in Athens. If you haven't experienced them yet, then you need to! Lucky for you they kick off their tour today with a show in North Carolina. Check out the list of East Coast dates below, to see which one you can get to!

Mar 6 2009 8:00P
the Rock Shop w/ Jungol and Burke Fayetteville, North Carolina
Mar 7 2009 9:00P
Bar 46 w/ Jungol and Only Living Boy Hackettstown, New Jersey
Mar 8 2009 9:00P
Larrys w/ Jungol! Danbury, Connecticut
Mar 9 2009 8:00P
Trash Bar w/ Jungol, Luigi Babe & All Mobbed Up, Trouble & Strife, and Stump Dickens Brooklyn, New York
Mar 10 2009 9:00P
Lit Lounge w/ Jungol New York, New York
Mar 12 2009 8:00P
the Plaza Bowl w/ Jungol, the Black Powder and Altamira!! Richmond, Virginia
Mar 14 2009 9:00P
Fred’s Speakeasy w/ Jungol! Ashville, North Carolina
Mar 21 2009 8:00P
House party @ the Ozone Lair w/ ALTAMIRA and 13 Day Mission! Decatur, Georgia
Apr 4 2009 9:00P
Go Bar w/ It’s Elephants and Jungol!!! Athens, Georgia
Apr 11 2009 8:30P
the 5 Spot w/ Nerd Parade and Jungol! ATL, Georgia
Apr 18 2009 8:00P
"Go Funk Yourself" 420 Festival @ Lennys w/ Groove Stain, BPM, and many more!! Atlanta, Georgia
May 1 2009 8:00P
TBA w/ Gunslinger and Jenny Wood! Nashville, Tennessee
Sep 11 2009 5:00P
Space Camp Festival 2009 (Sept. 11th-13th)! Seth’s Farm in Hanceville, Alabama


VIDEO: Val Emmich - "Hurt More Later"

This is one of my favorite songs by Val Emmich. He's on tour right now, so check him out if you can! I'm looking forward to seeing him perform in either Atlanta or Athens this month! Hopefully, I can make both shows! Click HERE for full schedule.

While you're at it, check out his latest album...

Or click HERE to and listen his other awesome songs on iTunes!


GALLERY: Mass Solo Revolt - Athens, GA - 02.28.09

Photos from the show at Go Bar in Athens, Georgia.

Click on image below for full gallery.