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crazy-ass christmas sale

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hey everyone, hope you’re gearing up for a great holiday season. we’re going a little nuts over here so check it out—

CDs are on sale! get yourself a copy of the new album, a raven has my heart, as well as black lab unplugged and passion leaves a trace3 CDs for $18! that’s half off! you can refresh your collection and have a coupla cheap gifts to boot!

as you may know, andy and i have had the chance to play live a lot this year. thanks to your amazing support of our kickstarter, our shows in LA and NYC, as well as the solo shows i’ve done in austin, london and dublin, we’re getting to connect with you all like we haven’t in years. and it’s awesome.

thank you once again for supporting us, for coming out to shows and continuing to spend your hard-earned cash on independent music. your devotion is proving that music isn’t just a commodity. when music becomes the new free-shipping, another trinket the big corporations can throw in the bag to help entice more shopping, then real music dies. you guys are the antidote to this attitude, and we’re really grateful.

if you haven’t visited the facebook page in a while, check out photos and video of our recent shows, etc. it’s becoming less and less possible for you to receive our posts so we’re hoping you’ll make the trek over to the page on a regular basis.

meanwhile, look for me in atlanta in january and hopefully andy and i will be playing another show in LA soon.

thanks again!

paul

 

 

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black lab on house, m.d. c2011

i put this up recently for everyone who didn’t get to see it. the whole episode is worth checking out (peter gabriel sings arcade fire’s ‘my body is a cage’ later in the show), but nothing beats this opening. this is actually how the episode starts — no title, no sound, just the song and the image of the bull emerging from darkness. awesome.

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paul in dublin on wednesday night

 

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i had a great show in london last week — thanks everyone for coming out and being so generous. after so many years of wanting to come to the UK it was amazing to actually be there and play for you.

next up — dublin on wednesday, nov 12: the rooftop bar at the odessa club. tickets 10€ at the door (if you want me to hold a ticket for you just email your name and ticket count to contact AT blacklabworld DOT com).

doors at 8, singer/songwriter eloria opens at 8:30, i’ll go on at 9:30, play a couple of sets, then be around to hang out afterwards. it’s a beautiful room — 14 dame court, dublin 2 — and i hope to see you there.

i’m not going to be able to play in hamburg unfortunately so i hope you can make it over to dublin.

thanks to dave ivers and richard parsons for making these two gigs happen! (photo by mykey, http://mykeyday-photography.com/)

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paul in austin this thursday night

i’m playing solo acoustic at the cactus cafe in austin, this thursday at 8. i asked for a nice little opening slot but apparently i’m headlining (eek!!)

please please make it if you can, and if you can’t please tell your friends in the austin area. thanks!

tickets right here: http://cactuscafe.org/events/paul-durham-black-lab/

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free mp3 of the month (& half-price sale)

hey everyone,

check out the new free mp3 of the month, available now for download up in the black top bar — “underwater” from a raven has my heart. this is probably my favorite song from our new album and the one most similar to “this night” from passion leaves a trace.

in fact, buy a copy of ‘a raven’ now on CD and get ‘passion’ half off: 2 CDs for $18.

it makes a perfect gift, an easy way to replace a worn out copy, and a chance to get the new album (and its beautiful art work) in your hot little hands.

as always, we are incredibly grateful to you for your support of us. from the early days of buying ‘see the sun’ from us online to the recent kickstarter campaign, your willingness to spend money on music that you’re passionate about keeps us in the business of making music.

thank you so much.

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if you liked ‘this night,’ you’ll like ‘a raven has my heart’

hey, we just wanted to reach out to everyone who found us via the song ‘this night’ and its appearance on ‘the shield,’ ‘house m.d.,’ and ‘banshee.’

you might have really dug the vibe of ‘this night’ and not found a lot of other stuff with that same sound among the black lab catalogue. now you can glut yourself on moody, electronic-flavored darkness all you want with the new black lab album, ‘a raven has my heart.’

the album comes from the same place as ‘this night,’ and you can hear it. click here to see videos of ‘this night’ in your favorite shows as well as to preview the new album and get a free download of ‘underwater.’

we love ‘this night,’ and we especially love ‘a raven has my heart.’ we hope you will check it out…

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black lab in LA & NYC

hello peeps,

andy and i will be playing acoustic shows in august to say thank you for the success of our kickstarter and to celebrate the release of a raven has my heart. there will be one show in LA and one in NYC. please come!

los angeles, thursday 8/14 at 8pm, hotel cafe, 1623 north cahuenga blvd. tickets $10 at https://www.hotelcafe.com/tickets/?s=events_view&id=3085

new york city, saturday 8/16 at 7pm, mercury lounge, 217 east houston street. tickets are free (thanks to the incredible generosity of our sponsoring kickstarter contributor). to secure tickets just email us at tickets@blacklabworld.com with your name and how many tickets you want (max 2). we’ll get back to you to confirm your name is on the list.

we’ll be hanging around after the shows to chat, sign posters and CDs, etc., so be sure to stop and say hello (unfortunately, both shows are at 21+ venues, so if you’re underage and want to say hi just come lurk outside the back door and we’ll bring you beer). there will also be exclusive t-shirts celebrating the shows on sale.

AND, we need some help with our NY show if you have some extra time. we want to make a nice video of the NY performance, so if there’s anyone out there with a canon 5D or 7D and some experience, please let us know (and if you can’t make the show but would be up for editing the footage, please let us know that as well). we also need some lighting, crewpeople, and someone to help us sell merch. shoot us an email and we’ll all have dinner together before the show.

we can’t wait to see you.

love,

paul & andy

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win a black lab box set     #hasmyheart

dear you,

in making our new album, a raven has my heart, we had to dig deep into who we were and what we wanted to do with our lives. we knew that only by tapping into the heart of what we were most passionate about could we get to something new and artistically exciting for us, the thing that would not just inspire us but keep us going through the tremendous struggle of getting an album made.

through supporting the kickstarter campaign and purchasing the new album, you have redeemed this excavation of ours into something new. a raven has my heart represents a reinvention for us, a reconnection with the deepest emotional processes of making music. we’re incredibly grateful for the opportunity to explore this new country and bring back what we found for you.

it’s also made us interested in what it is that moves all of you. i mean, who are you people? you listen to our music and send us money for it and tell your friends about us. some of you are very vocal, some of you are invisible, just supporting us in your quiet, consistent way over the years. we’re interested in who you are and what you’re passionate about. what is it that drives you in your life? what is most important to you? what is it that has your heart?

we figured we’d have to drag it out of you, so to do so we thought of a little contest. write us a description of what has your heart and post it to our facebook page and twitter with the hashtag #hasmyheart and the those of you with the posts we find most moving will win an awesome signed black lab box set along with other prizes we have leftover from our kickstarter (if you already bought a box set we will cook up something equally awesome).

let’s start a fire with this — we really want to hear from you. i know it’s a challenge to boil it down into a facebook or twitter post (or a freaking song lyric) but we have faith in you. it can be your child, your work, your marriage, your art, your dreams — whatever it is we want to know about it and we want you to share it with us. let’s create a big searchable motherlode of passion.

are you in? we want to know who you are.

love,

paul

photo by sara haase

photo by sara haase.

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a raven has my heart — album out now!

hey everyone, the new album is out. we’re super excited. hear it and buy it right here.

(new t-shirts too).

thanks!

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pre-order the new album now!

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[xyz_lbx_default_code]we are proud and happy to announce that the new black lab album, a raven has my heart, can be pre-ordered right here.

pre-order the CD today and receive a instant free download of the album and start listening right now!

and if you haven’t already, check out the first song from the album — ‘unfamiliar sky’ as this month’s free mp3 of the month. you can also listen to 90 second previews of the album by clicking here. we’ve gotten quite a lot of nice comments from people who received the advance copies via our kickstarter campaign.

the album will get it’s official release on itunes and at amazon soon, but this is your chance to get your hands (or at least your ears) on it right now.

thanks so much for your support!

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