I was saying goodbye to the commercial side of Portland today, buying a bunch of things I "need" for my upcoming travels from a collection of local businesses that I've come to appreciate. It comes off sounding a little mercantile, but I specifically wanted to drop some coin in town before leaving, a final gift to the commercial side of this city that has given me so much. The last thing I picked up was one of the very few physical CDs that I've bought recently, Blind Guardian's "Nightfall in Middle Earth" metal ode to Tolkien's Silmarillion. Not everything is available through (legal) online channels, and after striking out at Amazon, iTunes, and eMusic I found it at Bull Moose. This happens pretty frequently with metal and punk rock, since their distribution is patchy at best, and the various online music services generally have some pretty big holes in their catalogue. As always, it's totally ridiculous, totally over the top, and delightful in it's own way.