Interweb coolness

Jason Aldean – Take a picture, and you could win an autographed guitar!

You could win a guitar autographed by Jason Aldean!

Here is what you need to do to enter the contest…

Take a picture of yourself (or a friend) holding a copy of Jason Aldean’s new CD Old Boots, New Dirt (in stores now!)  standing next to the Jason Aldean display that can be found at any Bull Moose location. Post that picture to Instagram. Use the hash-tags #jasonaldean, #oldbootsnewdirt, & #bullmoosestores, and you will automatically be in the running to win the guitar!

Drawing will be held the week of Nov. 10th!

Pugwash Acoustic In-Store!

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 $12.97!

http://www.bullmoose.com/p/16828383/pugwash-a-rose-in-a-garden-of-weeds

CANNIBAL CORPSE – TAKE A PICTURE!

You could win this Cannibal Corpse stand-up as well as a copy of their new biography “The Bible of Butchery” and a Metal Blade shirt!  Here’s how:
Come in to Bull Moose BANGOR or Bull Moose SALEM.  Take a picture of yourself with the display. Post the picture to Instagram. Tag the photo with #metalblade, #cannibalcorpse, #askeletal domain and #bullmoose for your chance to win!!

The display will be up in both locations through Monday October 13th! Winners will be picked the following week!

Our LEGO Firewalk photo goes viral

The other day we posted a photo of the LEGO Firewalk setup to our tumblr blog. Yeah, we have a tumblr.LEGO Firewalk

You know how the internet works. Last night someone posted it to an image sharing site. Someone linked to it on Reddit.

Then George Takei posted it to his Facebook page, which led to a zillion more shares.

We wish we could say we planned this, but we were just trying to have some fun.

It made the TV news too. Here is the video.

Before the internet there was Beatlephone

The Beatlephone was a unique precursor to social media.

Before the internet, we music fans got much of our information from fanzines. Zines were great for a million reasons but the wait between issues often seemed endless. We wanted to read about our favorite bands more often than zines could be published. Any actual news usually arrived too late to do anything about it.

Today we get our daily fix from music blogs, but how could daily music news be distributed before the internet?

In the early 1990s, Joe Pope, publisher of Strawberry Fields Forever and A Thousand Pages, figured it out using the latest technology: voicemail. Five days a week, he put a different piece of Beatles news on his outgoing voicemail message. He even had a way for fans to support Beatlephone. There was no PayPal-powered tip jar; we sponsored Beatlephone by mailing Joe a $5 or $10 check.

Joe gave us a preview of eBay when he set up Sale Phone. Every week he offered a different piece of memorabilia on Sale Phone. We had to leave a message if we wanted it. I was able to snag a tie-died Paul McCartney Tug of War t-shirt and a 45 by Beatles Costello. (First there was Elvis, then The Beatles. Therefore after Elvis Costello, there should be…)

It’s nice to be able to get the latest info whenever we want, but there was something very sweet about all this. I wish I could go to archive.org to hear the old Beatlephone messages.