two degrees of subscription:

1. I'm a rational human being. I subscribe to Threadbare, the email list & newsletter for black lab and paul durham.

as a subscriber, you'll get the latest news on happenings, new releases, film & tv soundtrack appearances, and projects as they unfold. we'll also be offering merch discounts, party favors and free cd's & t-shirts with every issue.



2. I'm a crazed fan. only the Mp3 of the Month Club will satisfy my animal lust.

what is the Mp3 of the Month Club? well, we're like, musicians. and we make music all the freakin time. and some of it sucks. and some of it is good but we think it sucks, so no one ever hears it. I mean, no one. so we're going to send some of this music to you. we'll also send you music we think is good, but maybe you'll think some of the music that we think sucks is good, and then we'll know that, actually, it's good. so you'll get experimental stuff and stripped down stuff and stuff we did when we thought the microphones weren't on, as well as new demos we just made that we're so psyched about we can't wait for someone to hear it.

if we get enough subscribers, we're hoping to launch into the literary realm as well - bad poems from paul, maybe short fiction or whatever. also, photographs we have sitting around. we're thinking of it like an online magazine. you can write letters in and see them published, reviews, opinions, links, plugs, etc. etc. we're still putting it together in our heads so if enough people are interested we'll go for it and you can send us your ideas and we'll use them.

like any magazine, this one costs. but if you think it's lame just write in to cancel and we'll send you a prorated refund on your annual fee. also, of course, you'll get all the updates from the newsletter.

we're in our third year now, and so far people have been digging it. I even stuck some quotes from the forum below to prove it. here's how it goes:

YEAR ONE. you'll get immediate e-delivery of all 12 issues. you can browse the pages of specialness and rock out to over a dozen new tracks. spring for a bit of shipping and you'll get the year's trax in full quality on CD.

YEAR TWO. all twelve issues with sixteen trax and all the specialness you could want. plus: get dat CD for free!

YEAR THREE. same deal -- get all the secret music this very second. cd coming soon...

YEAR FOUR! GOING ON RIGHT NOW! you'll get access to this year's back issues, as well as an addictive little email in your box the beginning of each month, pointing you to a page where you can see & hear the latest in what we've got going on.

thanks again.

the black lab Mp3 of the Month Club : things people say.

'Paul, I have to tell you, the beginning of the month is now one of the biggest things to look forward to anymore.' - Raich

'Yeah, definitely sounds like old school Lab. Lovin it.' - Jon

'I'm really digging the opportunity to hear these 'demos' or stripped downed versions of some of the stuff Paul has done - more, more, more!' - All Arms

'Heheh, wicked. I like it a lot, different than the usual 'lab sound, but still really great stuff. The beginning of the month rocks!' 'I'm gonna start calling this the Mmmmmm p3 of the month club, cause it tastes so darn good!' - TRN

'Awesome!!! This won't leave my playlist for awhile!!!!!!!' - Alex

'Each of the mp3's OTM so far have struck me as unique - the more I've listened though, I have appreciated that they all kick ass in their own way. It seems to me that Paul has tried many different sounds (check 'This Blood') but they all rock. In short: I vote for the artist, not the song ;) ' - Rendor

'Wow. #8 is vintage greatness. It may not be a lead-release single, but DAMN is it good in it's emotion and feel. Paul, this is a great lil heartfelt poem of sorts...thanks for sharing!' -b

'Paul, i am intregued and interested by the peek behind the curtain at your development process. It is facinating to hear first hand how you develop what has fits and starts and literal bursts of potential into what is sure to again amaze us. thank you for the opportunity and the insight. And the lil comment at the end of #1 is, of course, priceless.
Angle of my Head, after my first listen, I find to be soft and sweet-ish...very songs from the nineteen nineties. And that is a good thing. I love the range and spectrum you travel.' - Sleeps With Angels

'I really like the "behind the curtain" stuff, myself. It's nice to hear an idea worm its way around into something a bit more concrete, but more tha that, to hear the stumbles and trials of making it work. I have to say, it struck me as quite ballsy to release it like that. Subscribers are of course huge fans, but it strikes me as almost intimate in nature. It's great to check it out, though. Big thanks.' - Firefought

'This day could not have started better...finally got to sleep in...then roll out of bed to find a sweetened deal for another year of MP3 of the month, all exclusive-like! wa-hoo!! I just re-up'd now, good to go for another year and eagerly awaiting this signed CD of rare black lab goodness. Great ideas all around, Paul! Lotsa love for you guys!'

'Gotta say I absoloutely lovve these tracks; firstly cuz they are probably my favourite tracks from the two albums and also cuz the live recordings are as close as I can get to hearing the Lab live. The acoustic version of Time Ago makes what is already a beautiful track that much more beautiful. Nice one Paul , roll on August!!' 'I can just imagine myself in some smokey 40's cocktail bar it's like nothing I've heard from the Lab... I love the build up to the chorus before "All of the hours..." and the sort of haunting semi-quiet about two thirds of the way through. This is gradually turning into one of my favourite tunes. Best birthday present I've had, thanks Paul!' - Stoka

'Paul, you continue to impress and keep us on our toes. But you make it difficult for me to answer my friends when they ask what kind of music Black Lab puts out. The best I can come up with is "good music." - fluffy

Posted: Tue Sep 12, 2006 5:43 am, by: Paul.
sorry 'bout that, fluffy. I, too, would like to make it easier on you in terms of answering your friends. probably, if there WAS an easy answer to the question of what kind of music we make, I would be a big, rich (divorced) rock star by now. but my voice does lots of different things and I like to let it. I dig various kinds of music -- from trip hop to techno to indy to country blues to... I don't know, just music that strikes me as good. one of the downsides to not being on a major label is that there's no limo driver at the airport with a little sign that says my name. one of the upsides is that I get to make whatever the fuck music I want, and I plan on continuing to exercise this privilege. as always, thanks for listening.

October is AWESOME. - Jon S.