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audio (free mp3!) and video (youtube!) from the mercury

hey everyone, check out this track from the new audio/video package of our show at the mercury lounge in NYC — available below in yesterday’s post in a DVD/2CD set or via hi-res download (click the links to pre-order at a discounted price for 48 hours only!).

also, get your free mp3 of the month by clicking in the top bar to download that night’s acoustic version of ‘start a fire,’ including bad jokes and audience sing-along galore.

thanks everyone for your support!

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pre-order ‘live acoustic at the mercury’ DVD/2CD now!

We’re extremely pleased to be finished with the heavy editing of our live concert collection, “Live From the Mercury Lounge,” recorded at our excellent NYC show last year and featuring 100 minutes of pristine HD video on DVD and two CDs full of music. If you weren’t able to make it to one of our shows last year, this intimate footage is the next best thing. And if you were there, it’s the ultimate momento!

Here’s what you’ll receive when you pre-order now:

• a guaranteed copy of our limited-run DVD/CD package — get ‘em before we run out!
• a $5 discount off the regular price — available for the next 3 days only!
• your DVD/CDs signed and inscribed per your request — just let us know when you order.
• a first look/listen available one week from now via digital download.

The DVD features every song we played during both sets, as well as an intermission with backstage views and exclusive interview material with me and Andy. The two-camera footage is beautifully shot and edited, a great presentation for fans and non-fans alike.

The 3-disc package includes two CDs of the music from the show. We took painstaking care to record the audio and Andy has tweaked and polished the mix until it shines. It’s a moving document of the night as well as a pretty awesome collection of music. 20 songs with Paul on vocals and guitar and Andy on guitar and piano, as well as all the dumb jokes, snafus and crowd exchanges that made the night so memorable.

You can order the package in high resolution digital download as well, but we hope you’ll spring for the DVD/CDs. This whole thing was surprisingly expensive to produce and we could really use your help in making it happen. As always, it’s your love and support that allows us to do what we do.

Please pre-order your choice of packages today. We can’t wait for you to see and hear this stuff!

Black Lab “Live Acoustic at the Mercury Lounge”

Signed DVD/CD2 package with complimentary digital delivery. $29.95
3-day-only discounted price: $24.95
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Signed DVD/CD2 package, digital delivery + “A Raven Has My Heart” CD w/ sleeve.
3-day-only discounted price: $34.95
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High resolution digital download of full video and audio.
3-day-only discounted price: $19.95
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Box Set (every Black Lab CD including signed DVD/CD2)
3-day-only discounted price: $94.95
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‘love to love you’ with jesse ahmann on cello

one more from the living room — jesse stopped by again today and we banged out ‘love to love you’ from the black lab album ‘two strangers.’ thanks, man!

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‘bound’ in the living room w/ cello!

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

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

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.


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!

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


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 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 (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.



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‘the road’ on banshee

“the road,” an unreleased track by black lab, featured on cinemax’s “banshee,” season 3 episode 6, february 13 2015 (“we were all someone else yesterday”). written and produced by paul & alex kemp. get a free download of “the road” by clicking on the “free mp3 of the month” button above. please sign the email list and we’ll keep you in the know. if you like “the road,” these other black lab tracks should be right up your alley:

thanks for supporting independent music!


this is the ache inside
this is darkness in my hand
keep me in line, keep me in line

so this is the road that I get lost on
it’s a matter of time
a twist in the road and I’ll be gone now
it’s a matter of time
just a matter of time

black, black is the tide
black water running down
and I get crazy I get blind
raise my hands and start to drown
throw me a line, throw me a line

so this is the road that I get lost on
it’s a matter of time
a twist in the road and I’ll be gone now
it’s a matter of time
and I know there’s a place that I belong yeah
and I know there’s a way where I’ll come home now
it’s a matter of time
just a matter of time

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andy & paul in LA this sunday


hey everyone, andy and i are playing at the hotel cafe in LA this sunday and we’re hoping to see you there! it’s a bit short notice so we hope you’ll pull out the stops to get yourself and your friends out to see us play:  $10, 10 pm, 1623 cahuenga blvd in hollywood. please post on facebook and share our event. thanks so much!

while you’re waiting for sunday night to roll around, enjoy a song from our last show at the hotel cafe via the free mp3 of the month — just click ‘download mp3′ above.

and don’t miss out on our excellent new sale: order any CD from us here at blacklabworld and get a free copy of ‘passion leaves a trace.’ just order from the shop and it’s automatic. sale ends soon!


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