Vinyl

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.

Tweedy Listening Party in Portsmouth!

11PM Monday September 22nd at the Portsmouth Bull Moose!

Tweedy, the band, is a collaboration between Jeff Tweedy  (founder of Wilco), and his 18 year old son & drummer Spencer Tweedy. Their debut release Sukierae  will be released on Tuesday September 23rd.  Come on in to the Portsmouth bull moose at 11PM on Monday the 22nd and listen to the album in full before you can buy it at midnight. You may also enter for a chance to win 1 of 3 white label LP’s (2 of them are autographed!) courtesy of Anti- Records. Free posters too!

All 11 bull moose locations will have at least 1 white label LP (a few of those are autographed as well) at midnight on Monday!

Delta Spirit Into The Wide LP- first to find wins a copy!

Delta Spirit are releasing a new album Into The Wide tonight at midnight and to celebrate, all 11 bull moose locations will be giving away 1 copy of the album on clear, limited edition 180g 2xLPDelta Spirit!

All you have to do is be the first to find it! All free copies are marked with a note on the front and a blue sticker on the back!

Good luck, and here is a helpful hint…check the vinyl section..

If you miss out, don’t worry we have Into the Wide for cheap only $9.97 on CD & $21.97 for the LP!

 

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


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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

See & Hear Jack White’s New Lazaretto Album Early!

 

 

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Jack White’s new album Lazaretto is finally in stores next week (6/10) on both vinyl & CD – Would you like to hear (and see) it now? Head on over to the Scarborough Bull Moose all this week and you can check out the Lazaretto vinyl listening station they have set up! The LP has some pretty cool tricks that come with it – see what Jack White has to say about them all here.

You can also enter to win the Third Man Records turn-table, Lazaretto LP, and a special 7’’ single of Jack White’s “High Ball Stepper” while you are there too!

 

Black Keys Listening Events!

The Black Keys new album Turn Blue will be in stores this Tuesday (only $9.97!). To celebrate, our Brunswick, North Windham, & Portsmouth locations will be holding listening parties leading up to the midnight sale! Starting at 11PM on Monday 5/12 – swing by one of those 3 locations, and hear the album in full (on LP, from a test pressing ) before you can buy it – get hooked up with free goodies, buttons & posters, and you could even win the Black Keys test pressing or a canvas print!Image

Canadian Coheed Mystery

We sincerely apologize, but unfortunately – these are not available to us, we will not be able to bring any in..
Last weekend we got a bunch of orders and questions about a new Coheed & Cambria listing on our website. Who knows how people even found it?
Available 4/29 if you need itWe looked into it and this is what we found 6666 itemsout.

First, it’s important to know that a surprising number of titles are released every week. Our database show 6,666 items will be released next week. We include them all because we can get most of them and who knows when someone is going to need a random German textbook.

Sometimes crazy data creeps in. Crazy like a Canadian Record Store Day title masquerading as a new release. That’s the story here.

Our contact is going to try to get us enough copies to cover all the pre-orders we took. Any orders we can fill will be filled in the order they were placed. If we can’t fill any, well…that’s why we don’t charge people’s credit cards in advance!

Keep your fingers crossed, people! Pretty strange.

Update: There’s nothing to it.

How to beat the eBay flippers

The worst thing about Record Store Day is seeing something you want offered on eBay. Record Store Day has been doing things behind the scenes to combat the problem, but we need a little help (tonight!) from collectors.

Some flippers are brazen enough to elicit pre-orders on eBay. This is a violation of eBay’s terms because these jerks can’t promise that they will be able to ship the items. Therefore, we would love it if collectors everywhere reported those items. It’s simple.

1. Log in
2. Find the item
3. Scroll down and click on “Report item” on the right.
4. Select Listing Practices/Inappropriate Seller Terms/Presale
5. Click send report

That’s all there is to it. If everyone reported a few of these meatheads, eBay might take action against them.

By the way, this will only work tonight. Tomorrow, it’s fair game.

Thanks in advance for helping us protect real music fans like you.

Have a great Record Store Day!

Rename Record Store Day Yardbirds Day?

Should we rename Record Store Day “Yardbirds Day?”

Jim McCarty, drummer of The Yardbirds, will be featured on three releases this Record Store Day. That’s more actual music than will be contained on Chuck Inglish’s four RSD titles. Only R.E.M. will release more minutes of music on their 4LP Unplugged box set.

Record Store Day 2014 release

Rhino brings us the 1992 stereo remix of Little Games on splatter colored vinyl. This was their last studio album. I hear where Jimmy Page was trying to take the band, but it sounds like the band wasn’t given enough studio time to explore all their ideas. This has the same ten tracks as the original album, not all the bonus stuff from the double CD from 1992. Hopefully you got Sundazed’s “Goodnight Sweet Josephine” b/w “Think About It” on Record Store Day 2011.

Sounds I HeardSounds I Heard is a LP plus a 7″ that could be difficult to find because there will be only 200 copies for the US. Fortunately, if you got the really nice Glimpses rarities/live/BBC box set you already have all the music.

Jim McCarty

Frontman is a live and rarities collection by Jim McCarty, who is best known as the drummer in The Yardbirds. He wrote some of the Yardbirds’ songs and went on to form Renaissance with Yardbirds’ singer Keith Relf and Keith’s sister, Jane. (Renaissance morphed into the Annie Haslam-fronted progressive rock band, but that’s another story.) Anyway, this record is sampling of many of McCarty’s cool post-Renaissance projects.