[B]eretta, the blogger from mspsci.blogspot.com has an amazing series for getting started on the MSP430. He starts right from the basics of his hardware setup to software, your first program, timers and then moves to other modules of the MSP. Each blog post comes bundled with source code and the occasional schematic.
To make things easier for 43oh readers, below is a list of his tutorial series. Thanks [B]eretta, keep them coming!