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Editor’s Note: The folks at Go-DIY Records were kind enough to post a note that TDMB welcomed new music. Several bands have sent me links and samples. My plan is to post the music in the order in which it came in and to present what the band (or its management) wrote — or as much of it as makes sense.

Next up is The Chance. Directly below is their song Kiss Me Lindsay, followed by a description they provided and, below that, the song Falling for Your Everything.

Vocalist Collin Athas and guitarist Leo Kern formed the band in July of 2010 in Baltimore, MD. Being friends since Kindergarten, they shared a lot of interests, including music. Originally just an acoustic project between the two of them, they decided to go electric and added lead guitarist Chaz Brown to the mix. After a couple months of writing, they went to Misty Hill Studios (East) with producers Dan Book and Alexei Misoul (Hot Chelle Rae, All Time Low, We are the In Crowd) to record their debut EP entitled “No Big Deal”, a process they worked on for almost a year.

When they weren’t in the studio, they were playing around their hometown, Baltimore, Maryland, at venues like the Recher Theatre, Ottobar, and Rams Head Live!, receiving a great response to their first single, “Why Can’t You Love Me.” The EP was finally released in October of 2011. In 2012, after a short hiatus, they played a reunion show at the Recher Theatre in August with drummer Jack O’Connell and added him as a permanent member. During the next month, Kern departed the group due to other commitments, and Athas took the role of rhythm guitar, along with long-time friend Tucker Neill on bass.

Currently, with a new permanent line-up, the band has been writing new songs and creating a unique sound, combining Athas’ love of pop, Brown’s classic rock, Neill’s indie pop/rock, and O’Connell’s pop-punk, and making it The Chance.

Our New Things: Links to Music Sites and Info on Analog Tech and Vinyl

TDMB has focused on music and musicians. We will continue to do that, of course. We're also expanding our coverage to include vinyl and analog equipment.

More specifically, we'll look at this huge and interesting world from the perspective of music lovers who want a better experience, not committed non-audiophiles.

Check out is some of what we've written so far:

-- Assessing the Value of Vinyl Records: An Overview

-- 7 Quick Tips on Optimizing Your Turntable Cartridge

-- Why Vinyl Records Continue to Thrive

-- Finding the Best Amplifier

-- Finding the Best Phono Preamp

-- What Speakers Do I Need for My Turntable?

Check out more articles on analog equipment and vinyl.

The site also is home to The Internet Music Mapping Project, an effort to list and describe as many music-related sites as possible.

Our Music

--A Tribe Called Quest to The Dick Hyman Trio (In other words, A to H)

--Indigo Girls to Queen Ida (I to Q)

--Radiohead to ZZ Top (R to Z)

Reading Music

The stories of the great bands and musicians are fascinating. Musicians as a group are brilliant, but often troubled. The combination of creativity and drama makes for great reading.

Here are some books to check out.

Duke Ellington brought class, sophistication and style to jazz which, until that point, was proudly unpolished and raucous. His story is profound. The author, Terry Teachout, also wrote "Pops," the acclaimed bio of Louis Armstrong. Click here or on the image.

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What else is there to say? Here is the story behind every song written by The Beatles. Click here or on the image.

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The Grateful Dead don't get enough credit for the profound nature of its lyrics. Many of the band's songs are driven by a deep and literate Americana ("I'm Uncle Sam/That's who I am/Been hidin' out/In a rock and roll band" and "Majordomo Billy Bojangles/Sit down and have a drink with me/What's this about Alabama/Keeps comin' back to me?").

David Dodd's exhaustive study tells the story, song by song. Click here or on the image.

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