Article by Gina Turner

Have you ever walked into a place and felt like you were in on something special? The Julep Room, located in the cellar of Aunt Jenny’s restaurant in Ocean Springs, is a shining example of a well kept secret raising its voice and spreading the news: Original Music Lives Here.

The Julep Room’s roots run deep and far, mingling with music since even before it became one of Elvis’ favorite Coast haunts. The venue is the home of the oldest (and for a long time ONLY) all-original Songwriters Nights, known as the premier spot for singer-songwriters and bands to showcase their original music to an appreciative crowd. Not only that, but it’s faithfully remained the most consistent venue in the area, hosting live music of every persuasion six to seven nights a week.

The cellar also puts a new twist on tapping into the spirits, as local lore will tell you the place is more than just a nice place to have a drink…it’s been regarded as a nice place to see a ghost too (and THAT is a whole other history best told by one of the many ‘regulars.’ Stop in sometime and ask about it.)

It’s all of these things and more that makes The Julep Room so special amongst its peers. And what pushes it over the edge of ‘awesomeness?’ – THE PEOPLE who frequent it. The people, the sounds, the visual (floor joists hanging just overhead, just the ‘right’ lighting, the spirit of a cozy pub, the musicians, the folks behind the bar culminate to make the Julep experience once for the books. Curious? Go see.

On Friday, December 12, 2009 from 10pm-2am, The Julep Room and local performer Gina Turner are teaming up for a Toys For Tots drive. The night will feature music from Gina as well as early performances by Anthony Ainsworth, Matt Hoggatt, and Danielle Thomas – three of the area’s greatest songwriters. ADMISSION FOR THE EVENING = 1 NEW, UNWRAPPED TOY and there will DEFINITELY be some surprises in store. So, if you’ve never stepped a foot into the cellar, December 12th is a fantastic night to do it. If you’ve been there before but not in a while, December 12th is a fantastic night to revisit. If you’ve been looking for a reason to celebrate the season in the most spirited mix of music, magic and mostly importantly – charity – December 12th is the best day of the whole year to make a trip over…and, well…under!

Super free stuff download Wednesday

Man Without Wax has released “Kansas City Shuffle” as a free download on their myspace page. This band is underrated.

The Riverboat Gamblers’ new album, Underneath the Owl, will be released on March 10th, 2009. Their first single, “A Choppy, Yet Sincere Apology,” is available for free download here.

Lydia’s “I Woke Up Near The Sea” is the free single of the week on Amazon.com.

Good Old War’s next single, “Weak Man,” can be downloaded for free over at Fuse.

Graham Wright of the Tokyo Police Club is giving away his free solo EP, The Lakes of Alberta.

Free No Age MP3

Download a free mp3 from No Age right here. I’m a free song downloading whore.

Book Publisher Seeks Meat Puppets-Influenced Bands For Bonus Music Sampler

(PRESS RELEASE) U.S.-based, Nationally-distributed Music Book Publisher Rock ‘N’ Roll Books is seeking bands- unsigned or otherwise- who grew up on and were musically influenced by legendary alt-rock band the Meat Puppets for inclusion on a Bonus Music Sampler that will be included with an authorized book on the band being released in 2009.

This is NOT a Tribute compilation, so in other words, we are not seeking COVERS of Meat Puppets tunes, but rather are featuring ORIGINAL ROCK/METAL bands on the sampler who sound derivatively alike or similar to the Meat Puppets in some manner (be it songwriting, vocal range, riffs, etc) performing an ORIGINAL song on the compilation. The sampler will be sold with each copy of the book, and each participating band will receive promos, as well as mention in all press materials, and the opportunity to be part of the first and only authorized book by/on the band.

Interested bands should email meatpuppetsinthestudiobook@yahoo.com with a web link (myspace preferably) where we can check out your sound before getting back in touch with further details regarding a formal spot on the cd sampler. Please also reference this specific comp in your reply. Visit www.myspace.com/meatpuppetsinthestudiobook for more info on the project as well!

Myxer Opens Mobile To All Musicians

With over 15 million users, more than 22 million mobile downloads a month, and a catalog of over 1.5 million mobile ringtones, wallpapers, videos, and games, Myxer is the largest and fastest growing site for advertising-supported and premium mobile content (music and more) in the U.S. Myxer makes the mobile music experience easy and fun – for consumers, artists, and content owners. Myxer has radically simplified mobile so that ANY artist can create, sell or share their mobile content without any expense or technical know-how. With over 100,000 bands and 5 million + unique visitors per month, Myxer’s growing community is a testament to that engaging experience. Plus, we work with all major carriers and over 2200 handsets.

The company is made up of former musiciansand technology gurus. The Myxer team has combined their passion for music and their expertise in Internet technology to provide artists with:

* Free Marketing Tools- Myxer’s ‘get started in mobile’ package leverages the company’s easy-to-use technology and provides artists with a simple way to sell or give away their ringtones. The package includes great online and mobile marketing tools, such as MyxerTags and MyxerCodes.

* MyxerTags are the easiest way for a band to deliver ringtones and other mobile content directly from their own website, MySpace profile or blog. Like a simple widget, bands can simply copy and paste html embed code from Myxer’s website to their site. And since the MyxerTag Widget embed code is displayed on each ringtone page on Myxer, fans can also easily post and share their favorite bands’ ringtones on their own web pages.

* MyxerCodes are short, recognizable text message “key words” that give fans easy access to mobile content and artist information directly from their phones, or from the web. Artists and bands can create personalized MyxerCodes or VanityCodes, so fans and friends can text ‘BandName’ to MYXER or go directly to www.myxer.com/BandName.

* New Audiences -Providing artists with access to a new audience of millions of people looking for free and premium mobile music content.

* New Release Promotion – Delivering a red carpet treatment to artists interested in promoting their new releases -generating as many as 5,000 to 15,000 downloads in only 24 hours. We recently promoted the new release by Thievery Corporation, featured on Myxer’s homepage. Check out: http://demo.myxer.com/post/51722164/thievery.

* Fan Lists – Connecting with fans via a text messaging fan list and delivering instant updates directly to their audience’s phones.

* Social Networking Applications- Newly released customizable storefront widgets for MySpace, Facebook and websites help artists easily get their mobile content in front of their fans.

Myxer has been receiving industry accolades and recognition for their Mobile Music Toolkit for artists, as well as their innovative technology and business success. They were just chosen by the Independent Music Awards to partner with them on the creation of a brand new ringtone category. They won for Best Mobile Toolkit at the Mobile Entertainment Forum and they’ve been selected to speak on panels at industry events like the Billboard, MMA and MEF conferences.

Leading brands are utilizing the Myxer mobile platform for integrated web and mobile web campaigns, including McDonald’s, CW Network, 20th Century Fox, Universal Pictures, and adidas to name a few. You can see some of their current and past brand partners at http://demo.myxer.com/. Record Labels and artists can also leverage Myxer’s platform and audience with features on the home page, across the site and marketingmessages embedded in SMS and WAP pages.

Myxer’s music partnerships include a distribution agreement with The Orchard, a global leader in digital music and entertainment, and IRIS Distribution, a leading independent music digital distribution and marketing company. Through The Orchard partnership Myxer has added over 1 million new ringtones to their unprecedented mobile content library. Myxer is converting tracks from The Orchard’s huge catalog that never existed as ringtones before via an automated process. These newly converted ringtones feature artists from around the world, spanning every genre and era.

Additional distribution agreements include relationships with many established Indie Labels, including Red Eye Distribution (www.redeyeusa.com), a leading Indie distributor, and Century Media (www.centurymedia.com/us), the leading Hardcore, Hard Rock, Metal label.

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