Indigo Girls – June 16, 2008 – Denver Botanic Gardens

Last Monday I had the privilege of seeing the Indigo girls at the Denver Botanic Gardens (for the third time). The outdoor venue is a wonderful place to see and hear a concert on a summer evening. Made even more enjoyable by the garden’s BYOB policy. This was our bottle.

The opener was Bitch and Ferron who sang some songs from Ferron’s new album Boulder and some Bitch songs too. Ferron was dark and brooding. I wish the crowd was a bit more quiet so we could have heard her better. Bitch was charming, and her highlight was a family sing-along of ‘don’t do crystal’.

Don’t do crystal
Don’t do boys
Don’t do boys
Who do crystal
Don’t do crystal

The Indigo Girls were stellar as usual. We thin Emily may have had a bit of a cold, but there were only a few songs that you could tell something was different.

During the set, the Amy and Emily took a break and let a local Denver musician named Matt Morris come up and sing one song. He also came up with Bitch and Ferron and joined them for Closer To Fine (video below).

Last Tears:

Closer To Fine:


Quote from: hana pestle myspace blog
i am SIGNED!! fo sho, fo real. with the music business the way it is right now, ben, my management, my whole team and i decided that we should take this all the way. after doing the entire album independently, why hand it over to The Man in the end? so, ben created a record label, FNR records. WWWWWWOOOOOOOOOTTTT!

(emphasis added)

EDIT: I looked back at the blog entry cited above on 5/2, and look what else I found!

p.p.s-for all of you ben moody fans……holy CCCCCRAP you guys are in for a treat. ben has been working on his album for the last million years on and off, but since february he’s really been working hard. it’s really happening, so just give it a little bit more time. PLUS i feel super special because michael tait and i arranged all the background vocals!! yeah!


Nine Inch Nails: Ghosts I-IV (2008)

Hello from Nine Inch Nails.

We’re very proud to present a new collection of instrumental music, Ghosts I-IV. Almost two hours of music recorded over an intense ten week period last fall, Ghosts I-IV sprawls Nine Inch Nails across a variety of new terrain.

Now that we’re no longer constrained by a record label, we’ve decided to personally upload Ghosts I, the first of the four volumes, to various torrent sites, because we believe BitTorrent is a revolutionary digital distribution method, and we believe in finding ways to utilize new technologies instead of fighting them.

We encourage you to share the music of Ghosts I with your friends, post it on your website, play it on your podcast, use it for video projects, etc. It’s licensed for all non-commercial use under Creative Commons.

We’ve also made a 40 page PDF book to accompany the album. If you’d like to download it for free, visit

Ghosts I is the first part of the 36 track collection Ghosts I-IV. Undoubtedly you’ll be able to find the complete collection on the same torrent network you found this file, but if you’re interested in the release, we encourage you to check it out at, where the complete Ghosts I-IV is available directly from us in a variety of DRM-free digital formats, including FLAC lossless, for only $5. You can also order it on CD, or as a deluxe package with multitrack audio files, high definition audio on Blu-ray disc, and a large hard-bound book.

We genuinely appreciate your support, and hope you enjoy the new music. Thanks for listening.

Ghosts I Track Listing:

01. 1 Ghosts I
02. 2 Ghosts I
03. 3 Ghosts I
04. 4 Ghosts I
05. 5 Ghosts I
06. 6 Ghosts I
07. 7 Ghosts I
08. 8 Ghosts I
09. 9 Ghosts I

Download Ghosts I

Mega kudos go out to Trent Reznor for answering ‘the pirate’s dilemma‘ by partnering and participating in the flow like this. Huzzah!

SXSW 2008 on BitTorrent: 3.5 GB of Free Music

The South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival is one of the biggest and most popular in the United States. For the fourth year in a row, SXSW has released a DRM-less collection of songs that – thanks to Greg Hewgill – can now be downloaded for free via BitTorrent.

sxsw music 08 bittorrentSXSW has embraced BitTorrent as a distribution method for showcasing artists since 2005, as they release a large collection of MP3s every year, a few weeks before the festival.

This year, for some reason SXSW decided not to release a torrent showcasing the artists (yet). However, all the mp3s are available for download on the SXSW website. Luckily, Greg Hewgill took the time and effort to put all the MP3s in one big torrent, which makes it much easier to download and share. It’s no OiNK, but it is certainly a good way to discover new artists.

Greg writes: “Since 2005, I have supported the annual South by Southwest music festival by operating a “seed” for the BitTorrent files they have created. From 2005 through 2007, SXSW created the torrents themselves and hosted them on their own tracker. I learned that this year, for whatever reason they won’t be doing that for us.”

“So, I took matters into my own hands and have created a torrent of the 2008 showcasing artists.” Greg adds.

The torrent of the 22nd SXSW edition features MP3s from 764 upcoming, as well as established artists who are scheduled to perform at the festival. In total almost 3.5GB of DRM free music. All the torrents previously released by SXSW are also available for download.

For those who are interested, this year’s SXSW music festival takes place from March 12-16, in Austin Texas.

Download SXSW 2008 Showcasing Bands Collection

This is an article from: TorrentFreak

SXSW 2008 on BitTorrent: 3.5 GB of Free Music