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“We Are Bound” by Stephen MacDonald & The Okay Win is OUT NOW!

In Uncategorized on August 25, 2009 at 7:36 pm

We are happy to announce that We Are Bound by Stephen MacDonald & The Okay Win is officially out now on BIG BULLET RECORDS! Simply click “BUY NOW” below to place your order today.

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Steve and the guys will be celebrating the new release with a huge show tonight at Harper’s Ferry in Boston, MA, so be sure to stop by if you’re in the area.

You can also check out some vids from their recent tour in support of the album!

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Stephen MacDonald & The Okay Win “We Are Bound” tour starts today!

In Albums, Artists on August 18, 2009 at 8:42 pm

You can also now stream We Are Bound in its ENTIRETY for FREE by clicking the image below!

Stephen MacDonald & The Okay Win

Rave reviews for “We Are Bound” by Stephen MacDonald & The Okay Win!

In Albums, Artists on August 16, 2009 at 8:03 pm

The first two album reviews for the upcoming Stephen MacDonald & The Okay Win record We Are Bound are out now!

The first is from the Plymouth, Massachusetts based Take Me To Your Music blog:

Stephen MacDonald and the Okay Win – We Are Bound (Big Bullet Records)

To those who bemoaned Radiohead’s transition from OK Computer to Kid A and Wilco’s shape-shifting on Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, clearly do not like change. Stephen MacDonald went the folk, singer-songwriter solo route for a couple years but now brought in a band and moved to a more of an Americana sound. Together, MacDonald, Matt Jones (drums), Ryan Ward (bass), and JM Craven (guitar/backing vocals), who all met at Westfield State College, have come together as Stephen MacDonald and The Okay Win. A seamless transition from solo to full band, combined with the poetic lyrics that gave MacDonald his own identity, make for an excellent record. We Are Bound begins with the Tom Petty meets Conor Oberst at Asbury Park and runs into Bruce Springsteen roots rocker “Could Gamble.” MacDonald doesn’t completely abandon his early workings, particularly on the acoustic solo track, “Smoke Signal,” where he sings, “Oh, you’ve got to be braver.” Take his advice. Be brave and embrace this album, one that turned into a classic transition from the old to the new.” – Ryan Wood

 Rating: 8.6 out of 10

The second comes from IndieShows.net:

“You know that guy Bob Dylan or maybe you know Neil Young? Well, Stephen MacDonald & The Okay Win may not sound exactly like these guys, but that’s because they are the new face of folk indie rock. I’d put it in the same vicinity as these guys but with an updated feel to it. The music is pure, without a lot of effects, and it’s like a breath of fresh air. I picture myself traveling down a highway across country listening to “Gone For Good”. The cool thing about this music is I can listen to it while surfing the web, driving down the highway or while taking a nap. It’s multi-purpose music!

“Gone For Good” is off of the band’s new album called “We Are Bound” and I happen to be listening to it right now. The track after “Gone For Good” is called “In Spit” and it has a few nice parts to it. First the percussion, it starts off with a great drum beat. That beat moves into an uptempo bass line and this bass line and drum beat make the song. But, the lyrics are also good… “You only want what you gotta fix…”, “You only want what you can’t get…”, “You only want it once it’s gone.”

This is an all around solid album. It’s got a few upbeat, more Rock tracks, then the second half of the album is mostly just an acoustic guitar and vocals. My favorite pure acoustic track on the album is called “Smoke Signal”. The melody is great and the lyrics tell a story which I didn’t hear the first time I listened… but it talks about someone calling 911 to report that a man is outside of a neighbor/friend’s house and an argument of some type seems to be going on. That’s at least the first impression I got… maybe if I listen to it a few more times I’d figure out what’s going on… Anyway, there aren’t enough story tellers out there in the music industry today, so this is refreshing.

When you’re in the mood for solid songwriting and laid back music, try Stephen MacDonald & The Okay Win. It’s fresh, smart and eloquent. This is also one of the top albums I’ve heard this year. I don’t do any kind of a “top albums of ‘09″ blog here usually, but if I did, this album would be on my list.”

 

Don’t forget to catch Stephen MacDonald & The Okay Win on tour this week!

8/18 – Arlene’s Grocery – New York City, NY
8/19 – Isla Nublar – Piscataway, NJ
8/20 – Wilson College (w/ Tucker Riggleman) – Chambersburg, PA*
8/21 – The Blue Moon Cafe – Shepherdstown, WV*
8/22 – Shamrock’s Pub – Huntington, WV
8/23 – Doc Watson’s – Philadelphia, PA
8/25 – Harper’s Ferry (CD RELEASE!) – Allston, MA 

* – w/ Greg Loftus

BBR named “WV’s hardest working indie” + Prison Book Club news!

In Uncategorized on August 11, 2009 at 10:38 pm

Mike Sizemore of Graffiti Magazine (as well as the esteemed music blog Rock O’ Clock) recently described BIG BULLET RECORDS as being West Virginia’s “hardest working indie”, which is a great honor for us here at BBR.

You can read the article here, in which Sizemore conducts an in-depth interview with Tucker Riggleman about the happenings of the label.

In other news, the new side project from The Demon Beat known as Prison Book Club (featuring John Miller from The Fox Hunt) has a couple of awesome new live videos up for your viewing pleasure. The band will begin recording a debut EP soon, but for now this is the only way to check out what Prison Book Club is all about.

Don’t miss Prison Book Club when they play with The Demon Beat this Friday, August 14th at Stonewall’s Pub in Shepherdstown, WV!

Two new pre-orders! Tons of new shows! Exclusive downloads!

In Albums, Artists on August 8, 2009 at 5:37 am

Just wanted to remind everyone that you can now pre-order two new releases from BIG BULLET RECORDS.

The first is We Are Bound from Stephen MacDonald & The Okay Win, due out on August 25th. Simply click the “Buy Now” button below to place your pre-order!

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ALSO! Don’t miss Stephen as he hits the road in promotion of the new record, which culminates with a big release show in Boston!

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The second release is the new record from Dandelion Snow entitled It’s Just A Bad Dream that is due out on September 29th. Click the image below to pre-order the album and get an exclusive free t-shirt deal!

You can also get two exclusive downloads right now from It’s Just A Bad Dream through the Largehearted Boy music blog (the same post also features downloads from Kurt Vile and Patterson Hood!)