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Cover Me Turns 10! - October 28, 2017

Cover Me 10

Today was a big day for the 25 artists featured on the new Cover Me Turns 10 album. The fact that the site got 25 artists to turn in their songs on time is pretty amazing. I’ve been asked to participate in previous covers albums that never came out, I imagine because the other bands flaked.

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New 'Pretty in Pink' Cover - October 27, 2017

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I have always been just a guitar player. I used to think singer-songwriters were doing the bravest thing any artist could ever do. My curse was that I loved to write songs. Finding singers to sing them was always a problem, so ten years ago I decided I needed to sing them myself. I began writing and recording like a maniac, completing a new song every week for a year. These were acoustic demos, and I alternated covers with originals to keep it interesting.

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QSJ Radio #Viralife Interview - June 25, 2015

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I did my first ever live radio interview this week with Dave Hernandez on QSJ Radio.

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John Dissed and The Discontents Cover Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song” - April 5, 2015

The world probably doesn’t need yet another cover of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song,” but when my drummer Jeff asked if I’d like to record a free song in his studio, it jumped out at me. I always thought the chord progression in the chorus sounded like the Ramones, and I wanted to do something high-energy. I love the reference to assassinations, especially the line, “while we stand aside and look.”

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New Distribution - February 23, 2015

It's been a little over a year since I first received copies of my "Red Flag" CD in the mail.

For the year I chose to keep it a bit hard to come by. I had a subscriber-only deal. And the album was being given away by my favorite political talk show host, Peter B. Collins to his podcast subscribers.

Now you can get the album at the following online stores (and wherever else digital music is sold):

 CD Baby (digital and physical, while supplies last)

 iTunes

 Amazon

 Spotify

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New "Honeypot" Music Video - January 3, 2015

I’ve been a musician since I was 10 years old and have recorded a ton of songs, but I’ve never shot a music video, despite playing in a band with a film director for almost five years.

Anyway, I still haven’t done a properly-planned music video, but sometimes things happen spur-of-the-moment that work out better than the planned ones...

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Veglam "Red Flag" Review by Geordie Pleathur - May 16, 2014

Toward the end of 2012, I stumbled upon the radically political rock and roll writings of Geordie Pleathur. I thought a guy with such great taste must have discovered some amazing bands, and searched around for more reviews of his. My search brought me to an awesome LA band with a cool JFK reference in their name, called Slow Motorcade. I emailed Anthony from the band right away, and soon after played them on my podcast. Anthony and I have since become great friends, and Pleathur recently reviewed my "Red Flag" album. Funny how things come around full-circle sometimes.

It's an honor to be able to share this with you.

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Blog Post: Still Anti-War/Establishment: Black Sabbath, Hollywood Bowl, 4/26/2014 - April 28, 2014

I originally didn’t support the current Black Sabbath reunion. I felt ripped off that the mighty Rick Rubin would be producing a new “classic line-up” Sabbath album without a fourth of the magic that was the band — drummer Bill Ward. It was the cohesion with Ward’s drumming that made bassist Geezer Butler sound so great on those early albums. They went hand in hand. It was a (black) magic you can’t put a price on, and I’m still saddened that it didn’t happen.

When I heard Sabbath was playing the Hollywood Bowl, and that tickets were just $40 (plus service charges of course), I decided I needed to see Ozzy just once in my life, so I broke down and got tickets...

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Punk Globe "Red Flag" Review by BC Furtney - March 2, 2014

"America's an empire, the president's a vampire" is the unambiguous opening shot fired by L.A. singer/songwriter, John Dissed, on his long-awaited new LP, Red Flag, a lean, churning, burning collection of so-blunt-they-could-beat-you-to-death tracks that fly in the face of our crumbling modern day America, our cutout leaders and elected officials, and our own seeming consumer-numbed indifference to each mounting injustice.

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Peter B Collins Show - February 4, 2014

I sent my favorite talk radio host Peter B Collins a copy of my new Red Flag CD and he asked if I would donate a few copies to be sent to new show subscribers. I was of course very happy to do this, as his shows are responsible for much of the lyrical content on the album.

I'm proud to say that the only way to get a physical copy of the disc is to subscribe to his show, which you should do anyway because it's GREAT. Turn off CNN, MSDNC (as Cindy Sheehan calls it) and Fox. Peter is the man!

I spoke with Peter for about 40 minutes yesterday on the phone for an episode of his show, which is now posted for subscribers. He played a sample of the interview and portions of my song "Black Site" on last night's PBC News & Comment: Rocker John Dissed’s New Song About Guantanamo.

NEW ALBUM: Red Flag - December 30, 2013

The new Red Flag album is here and available to subscribers. Go here if you would like a free mp3 of the new single "Honeypot".

Blog Post: Songwriting as Algebra - November 21, 2013

CD Baby recently blogged about how important it is to write bad songs in order to eventually stumble upon a good one. I replied on Twitter (not to be rude, but because I strongly disagree) that encouraging songwriters to write bad songs only teaches them to write bad songs. When you practice mistakes, you never stop making mistakes. Any musician knows this. CD Baby’s “tip” puts forth the myth that a good song is something that happens by accident once in a while, instead of being the result of a craft that one can learn to master.

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Blog Post: “Open Your Eyes” to the Greatness of Stiv Bators - November 19, 2013

In the midst of JFK assassination anniversary hoopla, I wrote a thing about Stiv. Check it out here.

"Do Not Disturb" Out Now on DVD - August 24, 2013

It's a bit anti-climactic because this film was originally released in 2010 as "New Terminal Hotel", but earlier this month it was re-released as "Do Not Disturb" by Image Entertainment, and includes a song of mine over the end credits called "Tables Turn".

The song was inspired by peace activist, Cindy Sheehan's congressional run against Nancy (Impeachment is off the table) Pelosi in 2008. I was kind of shocked that the director thought it was appropriate for the film, but oddly, it works perfectly.

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The film is available wherever DVDs are sold (Walmart, Target, Blockbuster, etc.). Here's a link to its Redbox page.

My friend BC is the director. He and I have collaborated for over a decade on many things, starting with a feature called "A Gentle Form Of Murder" that you might see pop up on eBay once in a blue moon.

Since then I have helped him out on a handful of film projects and we co-wrote over 50 songs for a female-fronted band we terrorized the southland with from 2005-2008 called Bull Lee.

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The Bullpit #199 - Two Far Gone - July 29, 2013

Music from Northside Garage, NCM, Love Hates Rebellion, Grism, Airborne Enemies, Michael Dean Damron, Naked on Rollerskates, Sparkling Bombs, Fräulein and more.

Subscribe on iTunes and Stitcher, or get it on Podbean here.

Go to BullpitRocks.com to get a free digital copy of Bullpit Magazine, Issue #1 and the accompanying 9-song music compilation.

Hear the show most Thursdays at 4:30 Eastern on PodunkRadio.com. Follow the show on Twitter @BullpitRocks.

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The Bullpit #198 - Don't Split Atoms at Home - July 22, 2013

Songs by Vices I Admire, Jean-Sebastien Audet, Kranken Welpen, Late Cambrian, The Tosspints, Atomsplit, Nightmares for a Week, Brews Willis, Top Buzzer, Slow Motorcade and more. Also featuring covers of The New York Dolls, Descendents, Billy Joel and Paul McCartney, among others.

Subscribe on iTunes and Stitcher, or get it on Podbean here.

Go to BullpitRocks.com to get a free digital copy of Bullpit Magazine, Issue #1 and the accompanying 9-song music compilation.

Hear the show most Thursdays at 4:30 Eastern on PodunkRadio.com. Follow the show on Twitter @BullpitRocks.

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Atomsplit and John Dissed Promo Flyer - July 21, 2013

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Rafa's Loung Art Gallery Show - July 20, 2013

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The Bullpit #197 - Baby Let's Play with Time - July 15, 2013

Songs by The John Dohs, The Crags, The Royal Drag, The Away Days, Blooddrunk Shenanigans, The Shotgun Break, Pigeon Park, Doghouse Swine, A Book For Wanderers, The Ace of Coins, a Clash cover and more.

Subscribe on iTunes and Stitcher, or get it on Podbean here.

Go to BullpitRocks.com to get a free digital copy of Bullpit Magazine, Issue #1 and the accompanying 9-song music compilation.

Hear the show most Thursdays at 4:30 Eastern on PodunkRadio.com. Follow the show on Twitter @BullpitRocks.

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The Bullpit #196 - The Needles in the Camel’s Eye - July 1, 2013

Songs by Zoe Vette and the Revolvers, Bitch Queens/Delilahs '77, The Ben Rice Band, Cyanide Pills, Barrance Whitfield and the Monkey Hips, Thee Spivs, jorah and more.

Also, covers of Brian Eno, Violent Femmes and The Runaways.

Subscribe on iTunes and Stitcher, or get it on Podbean here.

Go to BullpitRocks.com to get a free digital copy of Bullpit Magazine, Issue #1 and the accompanying 9-song music compilation.

Hear the show most Thursdays at 4:30 Eastern on PodunkRadio.com. Follow the show on Twitter @BullpitRocks.

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The Bullpit #195 - Hotter Than High School Love - June 23, 2013

Music from Northside Garage, Preacher Roe, Motel Beds, Jenny Dee and the Deelinquents, The Beat Dolls, Delilahs '77, The Lusties and more.

Subscribe on iTunes and Stitcher, or get it on Podbean here.

Hear the show most Thursdays at 4:30 Eastern on PodunkRadio.com. Follow the show on Twitter @BullpitRocks.

Go to BullpitRocks.com to get a free digital copy of Bullpit Magazine, Issue #1 and the accompanying 9-song music compilation.

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The Bullpit #194 - Nobody's Baby Now - June 16, 2013

Songs by Hudson Falcons, The Gantry, Coins of Catalina, A Book For Wanderers, Bridgework, Slow Motorcade, The Bloody Five and more.

Subscribe on iTunes and Stitcher, or get it on Podbean here.

Hear the show most Thursdays at 4:30 Eastern on PodunkRadio.com. Follow the show on Twitter @BullpitRocks.

Go to BullpitRocks.com to get a free digital copy of Bullpit Magazine, Issue #1 and the accompanying 9-song music compilation.

Also, Atomsplit Comics has featured me in their new ongoing story "Atomsplit & The Musician Collector". Check it out.

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The Bullpit #193 - Pretty Little Sunshine - June 9, 2013

Music from The 71's, Calling All Astronauts, Woven Hand, Atomsplit, The Reveling, Audrey Horne, Bitch Queens and more.

I also plays songs courtesy of Music for Occupy and the CoverMe blog.

Subscribe on iTunes and Stitcher, or get it on Podbean here.

Go to Atomsplit.com to read "Atomsplit & The Musician Collector" as it is posted, featuring a special guest character...

Hear the show most Thursdays at 4:30 Eastern on PodunkRadio.com. Follow the show on Twitter @BullpitRocks.

Go to BullpitRocks.com to get a free digital copy of Bullpit Magazine, Issue #1 and the accompanying 9-song music compilation.

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Atomsplit and The Musician Collector - June 5, 2013

If you got your free copy of Bullpit Magazine, Issue #1, and the accompanying music compilation, you have read (and heard) Atomsplit. They are a band AND a comic, drawn by my friend Mike Dyson, who has done album art for Bull Lee singles and a couple of my EPs.

Below is a frame from last year's "Cross Town Traffic" (that's me on stage, rocking the Spectrum in Atlanta).

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A new story starts today, also featuring Yours Truly, called "Atomsplit and The Musician Collector." Mike tells me it's gonna be quite an adventure. Click here to read. Bookmark the site if you wanna keep up - they have DVDs, comics and music in addition to the ongoing comic strips! - www.atomsplit.com

And if you haven't yet gotten the mag, go to www.bullpitrocks.com. Their infectious song "Chainsaw", included on the comp, is one of my favorites.

The Bullpit #192 - The Knack ...and How to Get It - June 2, 2013

Songs from Wayland Lynn Gray, Static People, Down Home, Der Noir, Airmodular, The Tosspints, Two Cow Garage, The You Are Minez, The Pinz and more. Watch the trailers for Richard Lester's 1965 comedy, The Knack ...and How to Get It here.

Hear the show most Thursdays at 4:30 Central on PodunkRadio.com.

Subscribe on iTunes and Stitcher, or get it on Podbean here.

Go to BullpitRocks.com to get a free digital copy of Bullpit Magazine, Issue #1 and the accompanying 9-song music compilation.

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