so here in the midst of banging this record out (i know — will it ever be done? why does it take so long? i don’t know) i wanted to write and say:
1. thank you, as always, so much, for supporting us this year and every year. we make music ’cause we have to but we GET to make music because you make it possible.
2. hope you have a happy holiday season with your fam and all that, and that you don’t freeze to death (please!)
3. to make this season a little happier we’re including a little coupon for you worth $5 off any purchase on the site more than $12. that equals a $7 cd or hard earned money off any other purchases you want to make for gifts (for yourself or loved ones). enter the coupon code “HOLIDAZE” at checkout to get the deal (code is good through 12/31/13).
4. we’re also still running the $5 t-shirt sale though there’s only a few left…
5. please remember that you can always gift a black lab album to that special friend via itunes, a quick and painless (and last minute!) way of letting someone know you’re thinking of them and that you’re willing to share your excellent taste with them. just click the little arrow to the right of the buy button in itunes and you’re on your way.
6. and if you are planning a little black lab order please have it in before the 20th as that will be the last day we ship before the holiday (and, you know, given the weather demons, it might be wise to do it before then).
7. the album is coming along swimmingly, all the experiments we’ve been trying adding up to something cool and rich and, i hope, new. i know i’ve said this before but i sit here all day having the same feeling — i can’t wait for you to hear it.
ok, that’s all.
wishing you and yours the best for the holiday and the new year.
i had a great week in la working with andy. amazing how fast the songs are coming together now after such a long struggle. the stuff is different but it’s still right up the black lab alley — sexy beats, lush synths, all my neurosis and obsessions spilling out all over the place. i think you’re gonna dig it.
meanwhile, thanks to everyone who supported our $5 shirt sale — we got a tremendous response and cleared out lots of our inventory. that means there aren’t a ton of sizes left but it’s not too late to grab something you like cheap so head on over.
here’s a pic i took (ok, the only pic i took. i know. i’m lame) of andy standing on the roof of this studio building in hollywood, watching the sunset and surveying his domain. the work he’s doing is really incredible these days…
i’m off to l.a. for a week with andy, finishing up production on the album and generally enjoying the warm weather (probably a lot more of the former than the latter). hopefully i’ll remember to take some damn photos and post them.
the record is coming along really well and i can’t wait for you to hear it, even tho i’m also kinda bummed we won’t have it out for the holidays. but it’ll be nice new year’s present for you and to tide you over we have a sweet new free mp3 of the month, a rough mix of a track from the album called ‘burn out.’ download it now at blacklabworld.com.
i also want to thank the few people who responded to our buy a cd/t-shirt and get a t-shirt/cd free sale, but i don’t think you quite got the point. we really — and i mean really — want to get rid of these old shirts. and so to further prod you (as well as provide for your holiday shopping needs, since we’re such kind people) we have gotten rid of the buy-a-cd requirement thing. as of now, all t-shirts at blacklabworld.com are now only $5. get them while we still have your size!
ok, off to the land of sunshine. hope you are all well and, as always, thanks so much for your patience and support.
i’ve been thinking about artwork, looking at images and fonts, consolidating lyrics from the various spiral notebooks that litter my studio on my computer in prep for layout.
typing the songs in has started to give me a feel for what they’re about. usually i try and write as unconsciously as possible, to let it just flow out and then go back over to make sure that the stories i’m telling are coherent in their own weird way. i’m a little shocked by what i’m reading and what it says, but that’s a good thing i think.
it’s pretty clear that christmas is not going to happen. andy has been really (like, deathly) sick and only now getting back on his feet. i’m heading to la next week and we’ll be working together in the same room, which will be wonderful. but it will also give us a few more weeks for spit and polish and the perfect mastering job, so we’re excited as ever for you to hear it.
last week i wrote a couple of really cool things — songs that say exactly what i want to say, line by line, from beginning to end. they feel complete, they tell a whole story, they say everything i want to say and nothing i don’t, and they don’t leave anything out.
this, of course, has led to a bunch o’ frustration with this week’s work: going back over half-written songs to finish up and fill holes take the lyrics to another level and then get the vocals done. the problem is, some of these songs have lines that i love, that sing well and sound great, but that don’t really say what i want them to say. or there are lines that i need as a literary transition but don’t sound good. or there are whole verses that resonate emotionally but i’m not sure what they hell they’re even talking about, and when i put something more direct in there they just ring hollow. or there are songs that only really tell half the story, and i’m left with either crowbarring a third verse in there, or forcing more narrative into the bridge than i want (usually i like a bridge to be a kind of single-idea eruption).
all of this is to say, it’s the rare song that rings perfect with its writer. and often it’s these perfect songs that other people don’t really get (except when they do get them and really love them, which is enormously gratifying). but i’m getting close. i’m determined to finish. andy’s been quite sick (i won’t say deathly ill, but close) and i’m not sure what it’s gonna to our schedule, but i will say that i think this record is going to be really good…