The without Jim part isn't even that important if done nicely. I just think its kinda weird ad lame to neglect their drummer..yet perhaps they asked him and he just shrugged prompting them to go to someone else..
Steve Jackson! Games! Sluggy.com! Games! And err..Games!
Tarantula is a great song. Lots of old school Pumpkins in there. They've been playing a lot of the new songs on the European (festival) tour that is happening now. You might wanna look some of that up.