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Happy Holidays from BBR means FREE downloads and more!

In Albums, Artists, News on December 19, 2009 at 4:17 am

As the holidays creep closer and closer we wanted to remind you about all of our splendid little gift ideas that we have here at BBR.

First of all, nothing says I love you while keeping your wallet heavy like a FREE download of your favorite BBR artists! Downloading one of our many free albums and creating your own CD packaging is a nice touch for a stocking stuffer, or as it’s own gift. Check out these FREE downloads:

BBR Presents TERMINAL BALLISTICS: Volume 1
It’s Just A Bad Dream – Dandelion Snow
Heathens In Disguise – Greg Loftus
Building Hands – Stephen MacDonald
Live on 89.7 WSHC – Tucker Riggleman 

Also, don’t forget to check out our STORE for dangerously affordable albums from artists like The Demon Beat, Prison Book Club, Stephen MacDonald & The Okay Win, and Jude Universer! Anything ordered by Monday, Dec. 21st should arrive before Christmas (in U.S. only), so don’t delay! All orders will also come with a complementary physical copy of Dandelion Snow’s It’s Just A Bad Dream free of charge!

That’s it for now, we’ll update soon with a yearly recap and press release. Until then, have a wonderful holiday season, from our family to yours.

Stay true,
BIG BULLET RECORDS

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Free music from Steve MacDonald + more news!

In Albums, Artists on December 8, 2009 at 7:46 pm

Before teaming up with his full backing band The Okay Win, Massachusetts songwriter Stephen MacDonald put out a lyrically rich solo album called Building Hands, originally released by Bedroom Studies Recordings. You can still pick the album up at Steve’s live shows or on iTunes, but both Steve and BIG BULLET RECORDS have decided to be generous and re-release the album as a free download. It is the holiday season after all. You know the drill by now, simply click the album cover below to start your free download of Stephen MacDonald’s Building Hands, and don’t forget to get your copy of Stephen MacDonald & The Okay Win’s fantastic sophomore effort We Are Bound.

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Be sure to check Stephen MacDonald & The Okay Win on tour:

12/11 – Guru Room – Plymouth, MA
1/7 – Savage Rock School – Blackwood, NJ
1/8 – The Charleston w/ Dandelion Snow – Brooklyn, NY
1/10 – Great Scott – Allston, MA
2/1 – Harpers Ferry – Allston, MA
2/13 – Copperfields – Boston, MA 

In other news, you can now snag The Demon Beat’s Shit, We’re 23 on iTunes. You can also order a physical copy for $10 from Band Camp, which will prompt an instant download of the album with a choice of virtually any file-quality you can imagine.

Check out The Demon Beat on tour:

12/10 – 123 Pleasant St. – Morgantown, WV
12/31 – NYE Party @ 123 Pleasant St. – Morgantown, WV
1/22 – NYC CD Release @ Piano’s – New York City, NY
1/29 – Stonewall’s Pub – Shepherdstown, WV
1/30 – V Club – Huntington, WV
2/13 – Guido’s – Frederick, MD
2/25 – Blue Nile – Harrisonburg, VA*
2/26 – 123 Pleasant St. – Morgantown, WV*
2/27 – 222 Ormsby – Pittsburgh, PA*
2/28 – Quarry House Tavern – Silver Spring, MD*
3/4 – Tir Na Nog – Raleigh, NC*
3/6 – The Tipsy Teapot – Greenville, NC*

* w/ Hammer No More The Fingers 

You can also download a recent radio performance by Tucker Riggleman for FREE right HERE.

New Jude Universer album + more news!

In Albums, Artists on November 4, 2009 at 11:25 pm

The waiting is finally over. This Friday, November 6th, Jude Universer will be unleashing Lingering Blue upon your virgin ears. We hope you’re ready.

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The EP is stacked with sharp new recordings of old Jude favorites, as well as some kicking new tracks that may sound less familiar. It is also imperative that we inform you that the U.S. release will include a special bonus track entitled “Put Me On The Moon”.

Jude Universer, and his rambunctious backing band known as Dreamcast, will be properly releasing Lingering Blue this Friday, Nov. 7th at Stonewall’s Pub in Shepherdstown, WV. Also performing will be Shepherdstown’s The Resonators and Morgantown’s It’s Birds. Show starts around 10 p.m. with a $5, and don’t forget to bring a spare $5 to pick up your own copy of Lingering Blue, which is being printed in an extremely limited run!

 

In other news, Rock O’ Clock has posted a very flattering advanced review of The Demon Beat’s forthcoming Shit, We’re 23. You can check that out HERE.

A Truer Sound has reviewed Prison Book Club’s Required Reading. You can check that out HERE.

Stephen MacDonald & The Okay Win are currently involved in a heated Battle of the Bands for Massachusetts. Voting only takes a second and can be done HERE. Help them out!

Digital version of “We Are Bound” now available!

In Albums, Artists on September 8, 2009 at 8:58 pm

You can now download a strictly digital copy of We Are Bound by Stephen MacDonald & The Okay Win from CD Baby!

Stephen MacDonald & The Okay Win: We Are Bound

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

Pre-order the new Stephen MacDonald & The Okay Win album!

In Albums, Artists on July 28, 2009 at 10:58 pm

Two big pre-order announcements in one day! Things are certainly getting busy around here…

Here’s your chance to secure your very own copy of the highly anticipated album We Are Bound from Stephen MacDonald & The Okay Win. Simply click the “BUY NOW” button below!

 

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Stephen MacDonald & The Okay Win We Are Bound Tour Dates:

8/15 – Water Street Stage – Plymouth, MA*
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

Stephen MacDonald joins the BBR family!

In Artists on July 21, 2009 at 9:46 pm

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* NOTE – You can now stream “Gone For Good” from Stephen MacDonald & The Okay Win’s upcoming album right now at the BBR Myspace page.

We here at BIG BULLET RECORDS are extremely proud to announce the addition of Stephen MacDonald to our line-up. We have been fans of Steve’s music for a long time now, and we couldn’t be more excited that he is now part of our little family.

Steve and his backing band The Okay Win have just finished up a brand new full-length record called “We Are Bound” that will be released on BIG BULLET RECORDS on August 25th. The album was recorded and engineered by our very own Mr. Greg Loftus. Steve and The Okay Win will be busy this August touring in support of the new record, so don’t miss them when they come to your town!

STEPHEN MACDONALD & THE OKAY WIN TOUR DATES:

8/15 – Water Street Stage – Plymouth, MA*
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

As you can see, Steve is sharing some of these dates with Greg Loftus. Don’t miss him either as he heads out for a small tour around the same time!

GREG LOFTUS TOUR DATES:

8/13 – The Black Spot – Hyannis, MA^
8/15 – Water Street Stage – Plymouth, MA*
8/18 – The Space – Hamden, MA^
8/19 – The National Underground – New York City, NY^
8/20 – Wilson College (w/ Tucker Riggleman) – Chambersburg, PA^*
8/21 – The Blue Moon Cafe – Shepherdstown, WV* 
8/22 – Doc Watson’s – Philadelphia, PA

* – w/ Stephen MacDonald & The Okay Win
^ – w/ Nicholas Sundman