The ‘Gum Drop Volume XXVI: Hear New Colin Meloy, Win A Gibson Epiphone Guitar

In April, Colin Meloy’s releasing his first full-length solo album, the 17-track Colin Meloy Sings Live! (the Morrissey and Shirley Collins collections were EPs). That’s a long time to wait, Decemberists fans, so this week’s Drop offered a sneak peek via a triumphal take on Picaresque’s “We Both Go Down Together,” recorded live at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles You can hear it and read Meloy’s thoughts behind the song’s narrative and what it’s like like keeping track of all his words in a live setting over here. Colin Meloy Sings Live! is out 4/8 on Kill Rock Stars. He goes on a U.S. solo tour 4/7. Check out the dates at KRS.

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[Photo by Autumn de Wilde]

Of course, all our ‘Gum Drop tunes arrive with giveaways. This week’s no different: Here’s how to enter to win a Gibson Epiphone Dot hollow-body electric guitar and a copy of Astra Heights’ debut CD.

Put down Guitar Hero a moment, kids, and practice your scales on an actual Gibson-brand Epiphone Dot. Better exercise … pretty, too.

You can get the specifics here. It’s related to the Epiphone-endorsed Los Angeles band Astra Heights. You can hear “The March” the first single from the quintet’s Universal debut Good Problems at MySpace. They’re going on tour in a couple days, sometimes with Nicole Atkins.

02/29 – Oakland, CA The Uptown Lounge*
03/01 – San Jose,CA The Blank Club*
03/03 – Tuscon, AZ Hotel Congress
03/06 – Houston, TX Great Day Houston TV Taping
03/07 – Houston, TX Fox Rocks TV Taping
03/07 – Houston, TX Santos: Taste of Mexico
03/09 – Dallas, TX House of Blues**
03/10 – Houston, TX The Mink**
03/11 – Tulsa, OK Soundpony
03/12 – Austin, TX Good Day Austin
03/13 – Austin, TX SXSW: Swing House / Viper Room Party
03/13 – Austin, TX SXSW: Official SXSW show @ Lambert’s
03/14 – Austin, TX SXSW: Vimby Party @ Scoot Inn
03/14 – Austin, TX SXSW: Sideone Dummy / Monster Energy / Swing House Party
03/15 – Austin, TX Esther’s Follies SXSW

*w/ Scissors For Lefty
**w/ Nicole Atkins & The Sea

Win a Gibson Epiphone Dot hollow-body electric guitar and a copy of Astra Heights’ debut CD!

One winner takes home the guitar and the CD. Enter at win. There’s also still time to take home that White Stripes plaid scarf. Sign up here.

CONTEST ENDS 03/12/08 AT 12PM EST.