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Less than 24 Hours to Go! Thank you all so much for supporting our new album, "A Raven Has My Heart." Pledge now for CDs, t-shirts, etc
Less than 24 Hours to Go! Thank you all so much for supporting our new album, "A Raven Has My Heart." Pledge now for CDs, t-shirts, etc
1,020 backers pledged $72,391 to help bring this project to life.

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We are counting down the hours! Thanks to you our Kickstarter has been incredibly successful. We are so grateful for your faith in us and for your overwhelming support.

Our new goals -- and excellent prizes for everyone should we meet them -- are below, as well as a coupla little videos featuring songs from the new album.

We still need your help gathering the resources to really market our new album properly! Please use the social media buttons above to share with friends and family. Email works great too. And if you know a music blogger or someone with a significant network, go ahead and email them a couple of Mp3's or links to the YouTube videos. Every little bit counts...

 You can share this at soundcloud (https://soundcloud.com/paul-durham/outofpromises-mix3) or check this out, Grant Voegtle's excellent 'Inception' mashup featuring 'Out of Promises.' 

Please share "Further" with your friends via YouTube or the handy social media icons up above. Thanks!

$30,000 [CHECK!]  Digital delivery of 3 exclusive unreleased demos.

$35,000 [CHECK!!]  Digital delivery of a recorded live acoustic performance.

$50,000 [CHECK!!!]  An exact, laminated replica of Paul’s all-access pass to the 1998 tour (for backers who ordered physical product).

$60,000 [CHECK!!!!]  An 8-song live U-stream concert for backers only (song requests taken).

$70,000 [SO CLOSE...]  Free download of “Unplugged Stories,” an audio recording of Paul telling the stories of the 18 songs from “Unplugged.”

$80,000  A copy of “Book of Songs,” the extended stories behind 20 of the most important Black Lab songs, with photos and other stuff. Bound books delivered to backers who ordered physical product, pdf’s for digital-only.

$90,000 Paul or Paul & Andy will play acoustic shows in New York, Los Angeles, and one Midwestern city over the next year. Everyone who contributed to the Kickstarter will be invited to a hang out with us to say hello, get photos, sign CDs, etc.

$100,000 High resolution video and audio recordings of these shows will becomea double disc, CD & DVD package with behind-the-scenes footage, delivered digitally to backers who contributed $20 or more.

We’re happy and excited to be here doing our first Kickstarter. We have been working hard for the last 18 months on our new album and we need your help to finish and deliver it. In return for your pledge you’ll receive everything from downloads and CD’s to bundles with T-shirts, me calling you on Skype, or Andy and I coming to your party and playing for you.

If you’re new to Kickstarter, it’s easy to pledge — it takes about 30 seconds, the same way it would if you were on Amazon,com, and you only have to pay if we reach our goal. Of course, that means that our project only gets supported if we reach our goal. So we really have to reach our goal!

Two years ago as we were preparing to start on this album, Andy and I realized that we had to dig deeper and bring a new level of honesty, artistry and revelation to what we were doing. We are so excited for you to hear the result we could scream.

In order to finish it, we need funding for mixing equipment, mastering fees, album-related travel expenses, design and manufacturing and shipping costs. We also want to give this album a real shot for visibility beyond our beloved fan base. We have a budget to hire expert marketing people to help us reach radio as well as music bloggers and other media people who can put Black Lab out in the open. We believe so much in this album we want it to fly.

Obviously, we need you to support the Kickstarter. Let greed be your guide and just go for it! Remember, you have 30 days to save up money before you have to pay for it :)

But even more importantly, we need you to support the band — by reaching out to your networks of friends, family, co-workers, old college roommates, and that acquaintance whom you remember is in the music business. Any of the people you know can make a difference, but all of them combined will definitely make a difference.

Would you be willing to send out some emails about our Kickstarter? Post on social media about it every other day? Maybe send some Facebook messages to friends with a link to the page?

Every day we are inundated with music — on radio, in movies, tv, commercials, games and youtube, and in stores, clubs, restaurants, etc. How can a poor little rock band cut through all that noise? We can’t.

But you can! If you’re like me, you often get turned on to new music by having it thrust upon you by a friend or family member. YOU can be the annoying friend or family member who earns their everlasting gratitude by introducing them to the pleasures of Black Lab.

You're the lifeblood that keeps this machine going, keeps us making music, supports our flights of fancy and feeds us a steady diet of encouragement. 

We appreciate everything you do for us and hope you’ll keep coming back to this page for more goodies. We can’t wait to hear from you.

All our love,

paul & andy

We love our backers and intend to take good care of you:

All downloads will be delivered the first day we have the finished product in our hot little hands, well ahead of the official release date and the manufacturer delivery of the physical CDs. That's why a download is included with every reward -- so you can get the music ASAP.

There will be a limited number of exclusive, Kickstarter-edition CDs, each hand-signed by me and Andy. Get ‘em while they last.

The T-shirts will be a limited Kickstarter-edition, available here only (you'll get to choose size and color later on). Check ‘em out below!

Click this image to enarge. The words on the back are from the new album:  stories get old / say something new / something that's borrowed / something taboo

As far as the skype sessions and performance visits go, we'd like to set those up at a mutually agreeable time in the next 2-6 months. We will cover all travel/transportation/hotel costs. This should be excellent fun.

**Ok, we're going to start posting updates here, so please keep checking back as we add more rewards, stretch goals, and info on existing rewards.

1.  Sweetener -- if you pledge at the $3k or $5k level and want me/us to come out and play a show at a club for you and your friends, I/we will play two sets of 40/50 minutes each, not just one. We are psyched to do these, and are available anytime in the next 12 months!

2.  Sweetener -- any and all backers above the $120 level will get their name in the album credits. So come on and bring us to your town!

3.  Sweetener -- the amazing digital box set will ALSO include the fabulous Mirror Ball Associates album. How could you pass it up?

4.  Additional Rewards (crap, forgot to add this before now) -- A Day in the Studio with Andy & Paul (get to hang while we write and record a song and help us lay down the background vocals), and The Distributor's Package (10 copies of the new CD delivered for $90).

5.  Additional Stretch Goals -- We are going to make this thing the most epic Kickstarter of all time. Scroll up to check out the awesome new goodies coming if we really blow the roof off this thing!

6.  Clarification -- the Handwritten Lyrics reward includes, of course, your choice of any set of lyrics from any Black Lab song.

7.  New T-Shirts!!!! -- featuring the name of the freakin' album. When all this is over we'll send you a form where you can select any of the available shirts in terms of women's/unisex, color, v-neck/crew, size, and design -- all of these parameters interchangeable. 

8.  Clarification -- the Black Lab Box Set will of course come with a deluxe download.

We’ll be announcing other amazing new stuff as the campaign builds to an exciting climax, so stay tuned!

THANKS AGAIN!

Dir:  Scott Chestnut

 Dir:  Kristian Anderson

 Dir:  Bhu Sullivan

Dir:  Scott Chestnut

Dir:  Kristian Anderson

Top image:  "Self Portrait de los Muertas" by Sara Haase

Profile pic of Paul by Shelby Keller

Thank you so much for helping us reach our funding goal in the first 36 hours of the Kickstarter. We are grateful and humbled.

We wanted to communicate how much we appreciated you so we made you a little video:

If you like the song please send the video to someone you care about, and if you would like a free mp3 of the song, please head over to blacklabworld.com and download one under the "Free Mp3 of the Month" heading in the top black bar (sign the email list while you are there if you're not getting our mailings).

Thank you again!

Risks and challenges

We anticipate challenges but no risks, really. We've been manufacturing, selling and fulfilling CDs, T-shirts, posters and downloads for over ten years -- with tens of thousands served.

The album is recorded and ready to go. We have a few arrangement arguments to have and mixes to tweak but a mastering date is easily acquired and we plan to use our regular CD and T-shirt manufacturers, both of which are bulletproof in the schedule department.

Everything should go smooth and be right on time.

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    Deluxe download of the new album (before it's officially released) featuring CD-quality audio files, printable art files, photos, lyrics, out-takes, & exclusive video

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    The DIGITAL BOX SET. One magnum zip file of every Black Lab/Paul Durham release in CD-quality (deluxe version of the new album, Unplugged, Two Strangers, Passion Leaves a Trace, See the Sun, Your Body Above Me, Technologie, Give Us Sugar, Best of the MP3 of the Month Club, Ten Million Years, both Stray Palace EP's, and even Cake or Death). The complete set of twenty years worth of recordings.

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    One kickstarter-only edition of the new CD + a copy each of "Unplugged," "Passion Leaves a Trace," and "Best of the Mp3 of the Month Club (all on CD) + limited edition t-shirt + sticker + deluxe download

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    The Black Lab Box Set. 7 CDs -- Your Body Above Me: The Director's Cut, See the Sun, Passion Leaves a Trace, Technologie, Two Strangers, Unplugged, and A Raven Has My Heart -- in a signed box. The ultimate collector's item or gift.

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    The Distributor Package: 10 copies of the new CD (regular edition). Boom! Christmas is handled, or sell ‘em at work, or give away and spread the love.

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    One kickstarter-only edition of the new album on CD + lyrics to the black lab song of your choice handwritten by Paul on bond paper + signed poster + three stickers + limited edition t-shirt + deluxe download PLUS your name in the album credits

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    30 minutes of phone or Skype conversation with Paul. Have your song or recording critiqued, discuss the history of Black Lab, talk about song meanings or the music business or whatever (no politics) + limited edition t-shirt + kickstarter-edition of the new album on CD + sticker + deluxe download

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    30 minutes of phone or Skype conversation with Andy. Have your song or recording critiqued, discuss Black Lab recordings, get expert engineering advice, discuss the joys of the music business or whatever + limited edition t-shirt + kickstarter-edition of the new album on CD + sticker + deluxe download

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    60 minute skype performance with Paul in his studio. A video of the performance will be posted on YouTube with your name in the title. Request songs for him to play or just shoot the breeze + limited edition t-shirt + kickstarter-edition of the new album on CD + sticker + deluxe download PLUS your name in the album credits.

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    Day in the Studio with Andy & Paul.
    You and a friend be a fly on the wall for a day of writing and recording in LA. Meet us for a late breakfast, head to Andy’s studio, watch while we cook up a new song from scratch, witness Andy’s drum programming and Paul’s tortured lyric-writing. Take a snack break on the roof of Andy’s building overlooking Hollywood, then head back down for the recording of guitars and vocals (you do the background vocals if you want), We’ll put a freshly burned CD of the song in your hands and take you out to sushi. Doesn’t include travel to LA. Includes 2 limited edition t-shirts + 2 kickstarter-editions CDs + 2 sticker + deluxe download PLUS your name in the album credits.

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    $2,000 Black Lab will cover your choice of any song by any artist and deliver you the master on a hand-signed CD. Includes 2 limited edition t-shirts + 2 kickstarter-editions CDs + 2 sticker + deluxe download PLUS your name in the album credits.

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    Paul will come to your house, party, reunion, wedding or neighborhood club, hang out and tell dumb jokes and sign things, then play a 40 minute acoustic set of songs. (travel included, usa only) + three limited edition t-shirts + three kickstarter edition copies of the new album on CD + three stickers + deluxe download

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    Paul and Andy will come to your house or party or reunion or wedding or neighborhood club, hang out and embarrass each other, play a 60 minute acoustic set of songs (or two 50 minute sets if we're at a club), then drink all your beverages (travel included, usa only) + five limited edition t-shirts + five kickstarter-editions of the new album on CD + five stickers + deluxe download

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    Paul and Andy will come to your house or party or reunion or wedding or neighborhood club, hang out and tell stupid jokes, and then play a 60 minute acoustic set of songs (or two 50 minute sets if we're at a club). travel expenses included within the usa; travel expenses not included if outside the usa) + six limited edition t-shirts + six kickstarter-editions of the new album on CD + six stickers + deluxe download

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