Black Stone Cherry (Mascot)

It was my ubercool English friend, Steve Dalton of the Black Vines, who originally introduced me to Black Stone Cherry–a band that makes me realize that rock is not only not dead, but it’s breathing like mad!  And, I’m quite partial to Mascot, too!

Exclusive ‘Kentucky’ CD+DVD with alternate cover
Available from the MLG US store!

We got a hold on the last few copies of the limited edition CD+DVD of Black Stone Cherry’s 2016 album “Kentucky”. This version, with an alternate rusty brown cover, was previously only available at Best Buy stores.

It can be yours for the incredible low price of $9.99 (plus shipping). We have BSC’s other Mascot Records albums in stock as well, so why not treat yourself to a truckload of Black Stone Cherry!

Kentucky (CD/DVD) – Alternate cover

$9.99

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Black To Blues EP

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Second Spring #5: “One Small Step” by Ayreon

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Lego Ayreon

As much as I love all things Arjen Lucassen, nothing of his has hit me quite as hard as Universal Migrator Part I.  I’m sure it has to do with the fact, in large part, that Ayreon takes the overall story of the blind minstrel from Arthur’s court from high fantasy to high science fiction with this album.  It serves as a wonderful transitional album, essentially moving Lucassen as well as us from Ayreon 1.0 to Ayreon 2.0.

(For what it’s worth, I think we’re living in Ayreon 4.0, but that’s a post for a different time.)

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Ayreon Universe Now Available

This, today, from the master of prog opera, Arjen Lucassen.

I also want to take this moment (and opportunity) to thank as publicly as possible, Jon Bleicher of the U.S. office of Mascot, for being so gracious and generous.

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Dear Ayreonauts and other prog-loving people,

It’s finally here! 6 months after Ayreon Universe was performed in the 013 venue in Tilburg, the Netherlands, the show is available on CD, vinyl, bluray, DVD and digital (more on that later).

ITEMS AND FEATURES
Here’s a list of all the items:

  • Earbook – 2CD/2DVD/Blu-ray (album + full show + bonus material on DVD and blu-ray)
  • Blu-ray
  • 2DVD
  • 2CD
  • Triple Black Vinyl

The DVD and blu-ray will have an extensive making of documentary, including interviews with the entire cast, and highlights from the try-out show performed a few weeks earlier.

The triple vinyl is currently out of stock in our European store, so get out the door and pick it up at your local record store instead. A repress has been scheduled, but it could take some time before we have it back in stock.

SIGNED BY ARJEN
We still have a few signed items in stock, but it’s subject to availability.

MERCH
A few Ayreon Universe merch items are still available in the EU store, like the worker shirt and some longsleeves (very handy for the upcoming summer!). An inventory of other items is in the works, and we’ll add them back to the store in the coming weeks.

DIGITAL
Many people asked if the Ayreon Universe show is available digitally, because they don’t own a DVD- or Blu-ray player. We’ve looked into it, and found a way! Visit https://vimeo.com/ondemand/ayreonuniverse to rent or buy Ayreon Universe digitally.

All the best,
The Ayreon Team

THE SOURCE Understandably Delayed in North America

This from Mascot and Arjen–for which I say, no worries!  Eager for the final product when it arrives.

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Dear Ayreonauts,

Here’s some important news about your Ayreon-The Source pre-order.

There is a delay in processing the orders from US and Canadian addresses. A few weeks ago, Arjen visited the Mascot warehouse in the Netherlands to sign thousands and thousands of Earbooks, vinyl, CDs, and what-have-you. After that, everything had to be shipped to our new fulfillment center in Albany, NY. Usually we process mailorder from our cozy New York office, but Ayreon is such a big project, there’s simply no room for that… 🙂

The shipment took a very long time to be processed by US customs, longer than usual. This delay is beyond our control, but we apologize for it anyway.

Everything has now been processed by US customs, and is now on its way to the MerchNow fulfillment center, where all your orders will be packed and sent out. Our order system is not linked to them, so you will receive 2 shipping notifications: One from MerchNow, one from MLG.

Of course, all these delays mean that you will not receive The Source on the release day, April 28. We are very sorry about this, but the logistics around this album ran into a few more bumps than expected. We really, really, really appreciate your support for Ayreon, and we thank you for your patience while you wait for your Source-goodies to arrive.

Until MerchNow has processed your order, we are not able to give you a status update. Please don’t ask us where your order is, or if it has been shipped. We simply have to wait until MerchNow gets back to us with an update. It’s also not possible anymore to update your order, t-shirt size or address.

Again, our sincere apologies for the delay. We hope you like… No, you WILL like The Source!

Kind regards,
The friendly folks of the MLG Webstore

THE SOURCE: Ayreon’s Deeply Moving 9th Album

A review of Ayreon, THE SOURCE (Mascot, 2017).  Summation: Arjen Lucassen climbs ever higher in the prog pantheon.

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On April 28, 2017, Arjen Lucassen releases the ninth studio album of his progressive rock space opera project, Ayreon.  Entitled THE SOURCE, Lucassen’s latest–to no one’s surprise–throws everything the great man possesses into it.  From heavy guitar riffs to Queen-inspired vocal melodies to Celtic folk, the album comes in at over 88 minutes long.  Quite an amazing feat, even for Arjen Anthony Lucassen.

After all, what can’t the man do?

If I tried to pretend objectivity, I’d be readily and truly accused of dishonesty.  Since I first listened to Ayreon–well over a decade ago–I was quite taken with it.  Since then, I have collected every thing that Lucassen has done–from Star One to Guilt Machine to The Gentle Storm to Ambeon to Stream of Passion to his solo work.

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Ayreon THE SOURCE Earbooks Available for Preorder

Dear Ayreonauts,

Good news! After your many requests for more limited edition Earbooks, I begged the record company to print more because they sold out really fast. After my endless nagging they decided to print more! So here’s your chance to get one after all 🙂

As always, I’ll sign every copy that is sold through the MLG webstore. They will be shipping from May 12.

Arjen

To order, click here.

New Ayreon Information

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Courtesy of Mascot.

This came this morning from Mascot Records:

Hello Ayreonauts and other prog-lovers!

As many of you requested, here is the track list for the new Ayreon album The Source! Oh, and prepare for a BIG update this Thursday 🙂

Chronicle 1: The ‘Frame
1. The Day That The World Breaks Down
2. Sea Of Machines
3. Everybody Dies

Chronicle 2: The Aligning Of The Ten
4. Star Of Sirrah
5. All That Was
6. Run! Apocalypse! Run!
7. Condemned To Live

Chronicle 3: The Transmigration
8. Aquatic Race
9. The Dream Dissolves
10. Deathcry Of A Race
11. Into The Ocean

Chronicle 4: The Rebirth
12. Bay Of Dreams
13. Planet Y Is Alive!
14. The Source Will Flow
15. Journey To Forever
16. The Human Compulsion
17. March Of The Machines