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

Kevin Mannix and Linda Rota “Weathering Shame” Signings!

Bull Moose will host book signings with local authors Kevin Mannix and Linda Rota to promote the couple’s recent release of their book, Weathering Shame. The book details the couple’s personal journey and experiences growing up with parental mental illness and alcoholism and the resulting shame and stigmas they’ve worked to overcome.
The duo will visit two Bull Moose locations this July to meet with fans and sign copies of their book.

• Saturday July 18th 12-2PM at the Waterville Bull Moose, 80 Elm Plaza
• Saturday July 25th 12-2PM at the Brunswick Bull Moose, 151 Maine Street

Mannix is recognized as one of Portland’s best-known weathermen after a 25-year career with WCSH6 that ended earlier this year. Rota, his social worker wife, has played a crucial role in encouraging him to share his personal story with audiences.

CHRIS ROSS & THE NORTH ACOUSTIC IN-STORE PERFORMANCES!

Young Once the new album by Chris Ross and the North will be released tomorrow (Tuesday, June 2nd)! Order online now and catch them live and acoustic at the Bangor Bull Moose Tuesday, June 2nd at 6PM and at the Portland Bull Moose on Wednesday, June 10th at 6PM.

TWO BULL MOOSE FAITH NO MORE LISTENING EVENTS

Faith No More will release their first album in 18 years, Sol Invictus on CD on Monday May 18th and we are pretty excited!
Celebrate with us at either location listed below to hear the album in full on a limited test pressing of the LP while enjoying free pizza and beverages (non-alcoholic) on us!
One lucky listener at each event will walk away with the test pressing at the end of it.
Sol Invictus won’t be available on vinyl until July 24th.

Bull Moose Lewiston
Monday May 18th at 8pm
20 East Ave
Lewiston, ME

Bull Moose Portsmouth
Monday May 18th 9PM
82 Congress Street
Portsmouth, NH

Carissa Johnson/Lauren Hurley Acoustic In-Store at Mill Creek

Stop by the Mill Creek bull moose on Sunday April 12th at 8PM and check out a special acoustic double bill featuring Carissa Johnson “Raw, punk influenced rock n roll sound. Melodic, catchy, and lyric-driven songs” & Lauren Hurley ” Melodic indie-acoustic rock. Rootsy sound with a modern twist. Lyric-driven and holds nothing back.” Carissa’s album For Now is available now!

LADY LAMB IN STORE & PRE-ORDER OFFER!

Catch Lady Lamb at the Portland Bull Moose on Thursday, March 12th at 6:30PM for an acoustic set. Pre-order her upcoming album on either on CD or LP
now at any Bull Moose location or online and receive a pack of four postcards when After releases on March 3rd. Three of the Postcards have the same image (and one is even signed by Aly herself) celebrating Lady Lamb’s beautiful home state of Maine. The 4th postcard has been left blank for you, the fan, to express yourself artistically and send it back to Lady Lamb’s label.

See Lady Lamb live (again) with Cuddle Magic & Henry Jamison at Port City Music Hall on Friday March, 13th. Tickets are on sale now!

Chadwick Stokes Live Acoustic Performance Friday Feb. 6th

A typical musician wouldn’t travel across the country by hopping freight trains or playing shows inside fans’ living rooms throughout North America and Europe after selling out arenas like Madison Square Garden (for three consecutive nights), but Chadwick Stokes is anything but your typical musician.
Since forming his first band with two college friends in 1996, Chadwick Stokes has paved a path of independence, advocacy and social consciousness that’s impacted every aspect of his artistic life. In addition to fronting the bands State Radio and Dispatch, Stokes is also a co-founder of Calling All Crows, a non-profit dedicated to bringing bands and fans together to create change through hands-on service and activism. Calling All Crows has raised over $550,000 and invested more than 30,000 hours of service in local communities across North America and Europe.
Stokes will release his sophomore solo album, The Horse Comanche, which was coproduced by Sam Beam of Iron and Wine and producer Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Gomez, Iron and Wine) on February 3, 2015.

Catch him live at the Portsmouth, NH Bull Moose on Friday February 6th at 7PM for this special acoustic performance!

Limited number of Bush tickets on sale now!

Bush will be headlining a show with Theory of a Deadman at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston on Saturday February 21st. All Bull Moose locations have a limited amount of tickets to sell for this show without a service charge when purchased with Bush’s latest CD Man on the Run.
All tickets are general admission and cost $39.75. We have Bush’s Man on the Run on sale for $6.97 – buy them both now for just $46.72 (+ tax) while supplies last!

Visit http://www.waterfrontconcerts.com/events/2015/bush for more info on the show.

Offer available in-stores only.