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'bottomless sea'

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‘bound’ in the living room w/ cello!

June 25th, 2015

hey all. so, jesse ahmann is the guy who played cello on ‘unplugged,’ and so everytime he stops into town we have a bullshit session and then we play stuff and sometimes bang out a little video of a song. i only let him go through it, like, one and a half times to prepare before we start shooting.

this is ‘bound’ from the two strangers album. it kind of always has been a folky, acoustic-based track so i was psyched to give it the cello treatment. someday we’ll give all this a proper recording on ‘unplugged II’ ;)

thanks for listening.

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free mp3 of the month: bottomless sea

May 20th, 2015

here’s a little demo andy and i put together. click the download button above in the top bar to check it out!

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free mp3 of the month: down to the river

March 25th, 2015

hey all. happy new free mp3! just click the DOWNLOAD MP3 button above to get ‘down to the river,’ the first new thing i’ve actually finished in a long time. not a major breakthrough or anything but a nifty little demo i think…

let me know what you think, here and at facebook.

lyrics

grasping at the empty
a pageant in the sand
tides of air inside me
water through my hand
the mirrors flash between us
burning under skin

i go down to the river without you
i lay down
i go down to the river without you
i lay down

hunger pulling forward
leading unto death
rushing down the steepness
to feed and to be fed
and if i beg you one more time
to lay me down to rest

go go go and find it don’t come home without it
in those weaker moments leave it then
so thin the air the wall the will to move on
so thin the air

i go down to the river without you
i lay down
i go down to the river without you
i lay down

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last day of our final sale!

March 6th, 2015

thank you so much to everyone who supported #thefinalsale here at blacklabworld. there’s still a few hours left to get CDs, t-shirts & posters cheap and direct from us so please check it out.

meanwhile, i wanted to answer some questions that people have had about the sale:

“is the band breaking up?!” um, no. definitely not. we just got to the point where so many of our sales was via itunes, etc., and so few of our sales were via CD, that the time and costs of maintaining a shipping operation with physical inventory were keeping us from doing other things we wanted to do, like make more music.

“are you going to release new albums on CD?” yes! we’ll always press a run of CDs for a new release and make them available, probably for a short time on the website and then at cdbaby and amazon.

“where can i get out-of-print CDs like ‘see the sun?’ are you going to make box sets available again?” we’ve gotten this one a lot so we’re going to look into what it would take to get the box sets up for sale, at least for a limited time.”

“i’m sad to see the webstore close…” we are too, believe me. it has allowed us to do all kinds of things, in terms of maintaining a close relationship with you all. in fact, it’s not even closed and we already miss it. so honestly i think the emphasis is going to shift to one-off sales. when a new CD comes out, we’ll reinstate the shop for 10 days so everyone can get their product cheap, etc. that might be sustainable — to go into shipping mode three or four times a year. that way people can get stuff signed and we can continue to clear out inventory. i am also planning on bringing stuff to sell at future shows.

but closing the shop is going to challenge us to stay connected to you in digital ways — through releasing more video and in-progress audio, by coming up with creative ways to facilitate word-of-mouth about black lab, and by getting you all to contribute your ideas to the music factory we got going up in here.

really, you people are the best. the number of orders we’ve gotten in response to the sale is incredible. thank you again for helping us stay in the music-making business!!

hope to see you soon.

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the final sale

February 26th, 2015

GuitarWHashtag-full

dear you,

it’s the end of an era… as demand for CDs has dropped and digital sales grow, it has become unsustainable for us to keep shipping physical product. so i’m sad to say that the shop at blacklabworld.com is closing. for the next week our entire inventory will be available for the last time.

on the bright side, we’re having one last big sale:  get CDs for $10 each, plus free domestic shipping on all t-shirts (sizes limited so get ‘em quick). and as a bonus, every order of $20 or more will come with a free copy of the ‘best of the mp3 of the month club’ on CD.

we are so grateful to you for supporting us in the past by buying stuff direct from the website. after the online shop closes next week, remaining CDs will only be sold at CD baby and amazon.com (for significantly more $), and t-shirts, posters, and CD quality downloads will no longer be available.

since we earn a much higher percentage from CD sales on our site, this is a great chance to help us. as CDs sell out we aren’t reprinting them anymore, so it’s also an opportunity to get physical copies while they’re still available.

thanks again for your years of dedication and support. we hope to have new music and video for you soon, and with your help will be writing and recording songs for years to come.

love,

paul

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