Author: Chris Brown

I have worked at Bull Moose, a music, movie, video game, and book store chain for most of my adult life. Topics I pay attention to include prog rock, jazz, Record Store Day and records in general, gluten-free cooking, library records, electronic music you can't dance to, speculative fiction, and health insurance administration. I am reasonably good at cooking over an open flame.

Paul McCartney colored vinyl

There have been questions. This is what we know.

  • 500 copies of each album will be spread out among indie stores in the U.S.
  • U.S. indies cannot take pre-orders or make the albums for sale online. You have to physically go to the store on 11/17 to buy one.
  • Sir Paul’s website and/or Universal’s website is where you go if you want to buy online.
  • The colored vinyl will not be available anywhere else.*
  • Release date is 11/17/17

All eight albums will be released on black vinyl and CD the same day. Those are normal releases so you can buy them however you want to. Suggested Retail Price for the black vinyl is $10 less than the colored vinyl.

*We don’t know what is happening in other countries. If I lived outside the U.S., I would be a regular at the best store(s) in town. I’d ask my local store what’s up if I needed the colored records.

 

St. Vincent Vinyl Comparison

We are getting questions about the difference between Standard and Deluxe editions of St. Vincent’s next album. For the extra $7.00, the Deluxe Edition includes the same pink vinyl and poster in the Standard Edition. Exclusive to the Deluxe Ed. is a much larger booklet, a sticker sheet, and a different label on the record. The Deluxe comes in a clear PVC jacket.

Please note that if this is the same PVC jacket usually used for picture discs, it’s 99% guaranteed to split. We can put a man on the moon, but…

 

 

 

 

Phish – A Live One side breaks

A couple people who follow us on Twitter asked for more details.

Tracklists on our website don’t support two-sided discs (good thing laser discs are gone). Above is a screen shot of how the tracks are broken up by side. Note that “Tweezer” was too long to fit on a single LP side.

Details on the red and blue are not yet available. We don’t know if the records are solid colors, split, swirl, splatter, or with a piece of the Utica Memorial Auditorium floor embedded.

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Metallica-Master of Puppets Deluxe Box Set

10CD/2DVD/3LP/1 cassette

VINYL: MASTER OF PUPPETS (REMASTERED) (180g)
Includes Digital Download (MP3) Card

SIDE ONE

  1. Battery (Remastered) (5:12)
  2. Master of Puppets (Remastered) (8:35)
  3. The Thing That Should Not Be (Remastered) (6:36)
  4. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (Remastered) (6:27)

SIDE TWO

  1. Disposable Heroes (Remastered) (8:16)
  2. Leper Messiah (Remastered) (5:40)
  3. Orion (Remastered) (8:27)
  4. Damage, Inc. (Remastered) (5:32)

VINYL: LIVE AT THE ARAGON BALLROOM, CHICAGO, IL – MAY 25TH, 1986 (2 LP) (140g)
Includes Digital Download (MP3) Card
Previously Unreleased Soundboard Recording

DISC ONE / SIDE ONE

  1. Battery (Live at the Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL – May 25th, 1986) (3:54)
    *Note: Someone didn’t hit record until after we started playing.
  2. Master of Puppets (Live at the Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL – May 25th, 1986) (8:18)
  3. For Whom The Bell Tolls (Live at the Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL – May 25th, 1986) (4:22)

DISC ONE / SIDE TWO

  1. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (Live at the Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL – May 25th, 1986) (7:12)
  2. The Thing That Should Not Be (Live at the Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL – May 25th, 1986) (6:15)
  3. (Anesthesia) – Pulling Teeth (Live at the Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL – May 25th, 1986) (2:57)
  4. Damage, Inc. (Live at the Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL – May 25th, 1986) (4:14)

DISC TWO / SIDE THREE

  1. Fade to Black (Live at the Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL – May 25th, 1986) (7:01)
  2. Seek & Destroy (Live at the Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL – May 25th, 1986) (7:22)
  3. Creeping Death (Live at the Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL – May 25th, 1986) (6:20)

DISC TWO / SIDE FOUR

  1. The Four Horsemen (Live at the Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL – May 25th, 1986) (5:23)
  2. Guitar Solo (Live at the Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL – May 25th, 1986) (3:12)
  3. Am I Evil? (Live at the Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL – May 25th, 1986) (3:42)
  4. Whiplash (Live at the Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL – May 25th, 1986) (4:44)

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Roger Waters 5.1 Listening Party Thursday

Hear the new 5.1 mix of Roger Waters 1992 concept album Amused to Death before you can buy it.

Join us at the Gray Public Library Thursday at 6:30 pm for an amazing musical experience. Visit us Friday and buy the album on CD, vinyl, Blu-ray, or SACD and get a free poster while supplies last.

While not as well-known as many of his albums with Pink Floyd, Amused to Death, deserves careful listening. Waters comments on many things we may have missed because we are “amusing ourselves to death” watching television. Fans will be in familiar territory while finding new ways to think about the world.

The original mix was known for its expansive stereo image, with some sounds seeming to come from outside your speakers. The barking dog at the beginning truly sounded like it was coming from the house next door. The new surround sound mix builds on this, creating an immersive environment in which the listener is enveloped by the sound effects and music. This cinematic experience suits the album perfectly. My dogs ignore my home theater system. The war scenes near the beginning of Pink Floyd: The Wall don’t affect them no matter how loud I play it. The barking dog at the beginning fooled them and thought their buddy Sawyer was outside.

The sound effects are really cool, but it’s the music where the mix really matters. There is a lot going on, so pulling some of the instruments around the sides and to the back makes everything a little easier to hear. And you do want to hear Jeff Beck’s guitar solos, don’t you? (Side note: If you ever wondered how Jeff Beck might have handled the opening of “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” from Wish You Were Here, find out here.)

The album was very well engineered to begin with and sounds fantastic in stereo or 5.1. The big songs are huge. “What God Wants” is nice and heavy, the gentle moments are super quiet, and the all the vocals jump right out at you. Waters uses all his vocal tricks while often sharing the mike with some incredibly strong female singers. (Another aside: after my first complete audition of the Blu-ray, I checked out Audio Fidelity’s new SACD release of Joe Cocker’s With A Little Help From My Friends. I’d have to give the sonic nod to Roger Waters and sounding better than an Audio Fidelity release is no small feat. I still recommend the Cocker disc, naturally.)

I encourage anyone who is curious about listening to music in surround sound to attend Thursday’s event. It’s an amazing way to experience great music. I promise you will be blown away. (Also, Sony was kind enough to donate a CD, a CD/Blu-ray package, and some posters to give away Thursday night. )

Quick note on the packages available Friday

The album will now be available in five versions:

  • Standard CD with new stereo mix
  • CD (new stereo mix) and Blu-ray (new stereo and surround sound mixes) in a nice book-like package
  • 2LP Picture disc
  • 2LP audiophile vinyl release from Analogue Productions
  • SACD from Analogue Productions

Pugwash @ Bull Moose Portland Friday

With influences including The Kinks, Electric Light Orchestra, The Beach Boys, XTC, and other power pop favorites, Irish band Pugwash has been entertaining audiences since 1999, and is embarking on its first U.S. tour in support of its inaugural international release. While in the U.S., Pugwash will visit Bull Moose in Portland (151 Middle Street) on Friday, October 10 at 6:30 p.m. for a free acoustic in-store performance.

Their new album A Rose in a Garden of Weeds: A Preamble Through the History of Pugwash is in stock now at all bull moose locations for $13.97.

Pugwash will be at Empire in Portland tonight (Thursday) for only $7. Spencer Albee, the perfect opener for them, opens.

Now THIS is a box set – J Dilla “The King of the Beats”

Ioutsidef you listened to a lot of hip hop in the 1990s, you probably heard J Dilla’s beats. He produced tracks for A Tribe Called Quest, The Roots, De La Soul, Busta Rhymes, as well as his own group Slum Village.

His mother has curated this incredible box set called The King of the Beats, which collects a bunch of his unreleased beats on four 10″ records, a cassette tape, and a 3.5″ floppy disc.

Let’s start with the box itself. The box is made of lightweight wood, so it’s very sturdy but not unreasonably heavy. It’s made to look like the SP 1200 drum machine/sampler. Jay Dee must have loved his SP 1200. He raps or talks about it on several tracks.

Check it out. Real hinges. By the way, those aren’t real jacks. It’s just really well printed. hinge1hinge2

When you open it, you’ll see that they cared enough to pack bubble wrap inside to protect the contents in shipping. Speaking of shipping, the set comes in a custom box with a styrofoam holder to keep the box from getting dinged, even if the shipping carton is slightly damaged.

A foam tray holds the everything in place. Note the cutaways you can allow you to easily remove the contents.

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The four 10″ LPs contain 40 tracks from J Dilla’s “Batches” series. The images on the fronts are kind of blurry, but the image is apparent when you put them together. The backs are a puzzle too.

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Under the records, we find a Certificate of Authenticity signed by his mom, Ma Dukes, and a short, but nice book with a couple of essays and some great pictures.

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The tape contains a totally finished song. Make sure you put it back with the tape side facing the left, so you don’t touch the tape when you get it out of the box next time.

Don’t forget the 3.5″ floppy disc. For you younger folks, it’s kind of like a big flat USB drive. It contains all the multi-tracks for an un-released J Dilla production. All you need is an SP 1200 to play it back!

This detail of the front of the box shows what a 3.5″ disc drive used to look like.

How about the records? Record one was pretty quiet, with only a little surface noise. It begins with a rough recording of J Dilla talking about his SP 1200 over a beat. What stands out immediately is his big punchy snare sound, which you can hear all through this side. A lot of these recordings are finished tracks, with bass lines and everything. All that’s missing is an MC. If you’re not up to it, you can enjoy these tracks as they are

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In short, this is a great set, produced like only a mom could. There aren’t very many hip hop box sets out there, so let’s hope this starts a trend.

First Record Store Day Black Friday titles announced

In case you are wondering, once again on Black Friday real music stores will have an incredible array of limited edition records.

We now can announce the first three titles.

  • The Dead Milkmen – Big Lizard in My Backyard – 1000 copies (900 green with 100 yellow randomly inserted) – Pressed by URP
  • Fishbone – Truth and Soul – 1000 copies (900 red with 100 randomly green randomly inserted) – Pressed by URP
  • They Might Be Giants – Flood – 1500 copies (1400 green with 100 yellow randomly inserted) – Pressed by URP

Do you remember the days before Nirvana when what became modern rock was still called college rock? The only way you’d ever hear of these any of these bands was on college radio or from your friend’s older sister. These albums, along with records by R.E.M., The Pixies, Sonic Youth, and others set the stage for Nirvana, Soundgarden, and um…. Hootie & The Blowfish.

You can relive those exciting days on Black Friday when you buy any or all of these classics. I have fond memories of all three. If you shopped at Bull Moose in the early days, you almost certainly heard us playing them in the store.

Iron Maiden vinyl details


Iron Maiden Logo

 

STARTING ON OCTOBER 14TH   2014
 
BMG /INGROOVES MUSIC GROUP TO RELEASE
THE COMPLETE SERIES OF 7” SINGLES
TAKEN FROM THE FIRST EIGHT IRON MAIDEN ALBUMS IN THE UNITED STATES
 
THE ALBUMS WILL BE REISSUED ON HEAVYWEIGHT 180GRAM BLACK VINYL
 
IRON MAIDEN / KILLERS / THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST / PIECE OF MIND / POWERSLAVE /
LIVE AFTER DEATH / SOMEWHERE IN TIME /SEVENTH SON OF A SEVENTH SON
 
(AUGUST 27, 2014)  BMG and INgrooves Music Group will follow the 2012/13 IRON MAIDEN vinyl picture disc reissues of the first eight Iron Maiden albums, which spanned the 1980s, with brand new pressings of the albums in heavyweight 180g black vinyl in the United States.
 
In conjunction with these premium album releases, a strictly limited one-off run of the 7” singles from each respective album will be made available. These highly collectable black vinyl singles will be cut from the original UK analogue master tapes. Released in replica artwork packaging, this will be the first time ever that these black vinyl singles have officially been made available in the U.S. and sure to become a must-have item for fans, collectors and anyone who missed out first time round.
 
Iron Maiden vinylThe albums will also be cut from the original UK analogue master tapes and packaged in identical artwork to the initial 1980’s releases.  As a bonus, the first batch of album releases (Iron Maiden/Killers/The Number Of The Beast) will also be made available in a Collector’s Box sized to house all 8 albums. This package will be a strictly limited edition and available while stocks last.
 
The records will be released chronologically across a two-month period starting October 14th with the first 3 albums (Iron Maiden/Killers/The Number Of The Beast) and the seven corresponding 7” singles:
 
“Running Free” b/w “Burning Ambition”
“Sanctuary” b/w “Drifter” (Live) and “I’ve Got The Fire” (Live)
“Women In Uniform” b/w “Invasion”
“Twilight Zone”/”Wrathchild” double A side
“Purgatory” b/w “Genghis Khan”
“Run To The Hills” b/w “Total Eclipse”
“The Number Of The Beast” b/w “Remember Tomorrow” (Live)
 
Followed by:
 
October 28th: Piece Of Mind, Powerslave and Live After Death and the six corresponding 7” singles:
 
“Flight Of Icarus” b/w “I’ve Got The Fire”
“The Trooper” b/w “Cross-Eyed Mary”
“2 Minutes To Midnight” b/w “Rainbow’s Gold”
“Aces High” b/w “King Of Twilight”
“Running Free” (Live) b/w “Sanctuary” (Live)
“Run To The Hills” (Live) b/w “Phantom Of The Opera” (Live)
 
November 25th: Somewhere In Time and Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son and the six corresponding 7” singles:
 
“Wasted Years” b/w “Reach Out”
“Stranger In A Strange Land” b/w “That Girl”
“Can I Play With Madness” b/w “Black Bart Blues”
“The Evil That Men Do” b/w “Prowler ‘88”
“The Clairvoyant” b/w “The Prisoner” (Live)
“Infinite Dreams” (Live) b/w “Killers” (Live)
 
The release of these high quality, black vinyl records offers optimum choice to fans who would like to own a piece of Maiden’s authentic 1980’s vinyl sound, or for those simply wanting to rediscover this much loved, iconic format. Coupled with the end of the Maiden England World Tour which began in North America in 2012 and finished last month at Knebworth Park’s Sonisphere Festival in the UK, this now completes Maiden’s 1980’s touring and catalogue reissues cycle, so the band are free to focus on their dynamic future plans.
 

Pre-order here: http://www.bullmoose.com/c/12387