Vinyl

For the vinyl fan who has “everything”

No they don’t.

It might seem like it, especially if you have to share space with them, but there are tons of records they don’t have. Every collection needs a certain number of weird records. Here is a guide to records that are sure to delight a vinyl fan with unusual tastes. They happen to be in stock at many Bull Moose locations.

Abdou El Omari – Nuits d’Ete Avec Naima SaminSummer Nights

This record  has a wonderful mix of styles. It has that North African sound, but the organ adds a certain loungey element. There’s even kind of a bossa novaish beat in the first track. Naima Samin must be the singer. She can do a lot of things with her voice that most Western singers cannot.

Gundella – Hour of the Witchgundella

Many collectors love colored vinyl. The Hour of the Witch is on green vinyl (see the green on the cover?) This is a reissue of Gundella’s self-released spoken word LP about witchcraft. She explains her ideas about magic on side one. Side two should teach you how to cast your own spells. It includes a great booklet with all sorts of newspaper clippings and an essay by her daughter.

The Free Design – Kites Are Fun

You have to the freedbe careful with this one. At first listen, The Free Design might strike you as Partridge Family-level cheese. Careful listening reveals a super creative approach, especially with the vocal arrangements. It’s like if The Mamas and the Papas backing tracks were written by Ennio Morricone’s assistant.

On Kites Are Fun The Free Design are two brothers and a sister. Their other sister joined for future albums. 59th Street Bridge (Feeling Groovy) didn’t seem to fit on whatever Simon & Garfunkel album it’s on. The Free Design manage to capture whatever S&G couldn’t. I guess you could say they made it groovy.

Forrest Ackerman – Music For Robots

This is wmusic for robots.JPGhat you get when a science fiction fanzine editor teams up with a Hollywood sound effects guy. Using late 1950s/early 1960s technology, they pulled off something pretty darn cool.

Side one contains Forrest Ackerman’s history of science fiction. He switches back and forth between his history and actual science fiction, it’s hard to tell if what he’s saying is real or not. He takes us on a time travel trip at the end. Frank Coe adds sound effects.

Frank Coe fills side two with the titular music for robots. It’s an electronic sound collage, much denser and more interesting than what was coming out of academic electronic music studios at the time.

Only 300 copies were pressed. Make sure to tell your collector that.

Beatle Barkers

beatle barkersThis is better than it looks because it’s not just dogs doing Beatles songs. There are a bunch of farm animals on other songs.

It’s pretty hard to listen to this, so I’d only get it for the Beatles fan who needs to have everything. Beatles fans love rare stuff and there are only 300 of these.

Even a Tree Can Shed Tears: Japanese Folk Rock 1969-1973

As advertised.even a tree

I love hearing US/UK music reinterpreted by other cultures. A bunch of Japanese artists I have never heard of do their own versions of folk rock.

The album starts on the mellower side and gets more rocking as it goes. It ends with The Dylan II’s version of “I Shall Be Released.” I think that’s what it is. They definitely borrowed the melody.

Some of this is really, really good. I mean excellent like you’d put it on a mix tape with Neil Young and Joni Mitchell.

Kaleidoscope – Tangerine Dream

Tkaleidoscopehis isn’t the band Tangerine Dream. Tangerine Dream is the title of the album.

Your fan of obscure psychedelic music will like this because it touches on several things vinyl collectors love.

  1. The first 1000 copies are on tangerine colored vinyl. Other pressings will be black and therefore not as desirable.
  2. It hasn’t been officially available in almost 50 years.
  3. It’s in mono.
  4. It includes a bonus 7″ with early versions of two of their songs.
  5. The lead singer numbered them by hand.

Sortilegio soundtrack

Soundsortilegio.JPGtracks to obscure Italian films are big. Sortilegio is so obscure that nobody has ever seen it.

The soundtrack is a fine example of early 1970s Italian film and television music. At times it’s thrilling, funky, or just kind of weird.

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.

 

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.

Master of Puppets pack shot

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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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


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

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

 

 

Jack White Turntable

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!