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Big Whiskey ‘leaks’ to Pandora

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From Ants Marching: Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King is streaming on Pandora, again. The streaming music site put the album up prematurely on Friday, and that spread the album like wild-fire again, for the second time in a mere three days. Prior to that, a non-watermarked demo from around April made it onto the net, and into the ears of DMB fans everywhere.

The two – the April Demo and the Pandora Stream – are actually different. Most songs have slight changes, but the two most noticeable are Why I Am – which removes a Saxophone accompaniment in the beginning of the song, and Seven – which is improved lyrically, and just sounds better overall. How exactly did that happen, you may ponder? Well, it’s pretty simple; the first thing to leak wasn’t a finished product. The band and producer Rob Cavallo continued to tweak the album up until May. In fact, if you’ve got your hands on a watermarked disc, or attended a listening party where one was played, you’ll notice some more changes. You And Me has percussion on the Pandora stream, and most watermarked copies do not (listen around the chorus of “You and me together…” and you’ll heard the dearth of Carter). So… is what’s streaming on Pandora the Final product? Last heard, You and Me was to be a straight-up acoustic track, which seems to mean that the watermarked discs would be the “final.” In other words, we don’t know if the Pandora stream is the “final final” version or not. Regardless, the stream is only 96 kb, and not the greatest of quality, so it’ll all sound a lot better once the album arrives on June 2.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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