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Sale on CDs from CD Baby for the month of August

Posted on August 8th, 2017 by administrator

The purchase of physical media is a wonderful way to show support for musicians. However, the convenience of digital downloads and streaming often supplants one’s initial inclination to purchase a shiny disc. As convenience is the apex of directing consumer desires and behaviours, a notice was recently sent to the Department of All Things Illusion of Joy from CD Baby simply stating that they had too many IoJ CDs in their warehouse. This left three options: sell the CDs (preferable), have the CDs returned to collect dust at our residences or allow CD Baby to recycle the excess stock.

With an eye towards achieving option one, a board of highly skilled bean counters has decided to reduce the price of CDs purchased through CD Baby throughout the month of August. All three IoJ albums available via CD Baby are now $8 a piece. This is a sharp reduction from the usual price of $12.97 and also a purchase that is less expensive than the digital download price of $9.99.

The three albums:

The Forever Syndrome No One Expects An Inquisition A Stone Throw From A Glass House

Also, $8 was chosen because August is the 8th month of the year – aren’t we clever?

This sale ends after August 31st, so if you were planning on purchasing an IoJ album, now is the time to do it. After August, there are several holidays coming up, so you might want to consider purchasing Labour Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, et cetera presents before a price increase. There are rewards for planning ahead.


Crappy Valentine’s Day 2017

Posted on February 14th, 2017 by administrator

Every year, you get the same present for Valentine’s Day – this download link good for a free single and it’s “B-side” for 24 hours. We’re thoughtful like that.

Right-click, download, extract:

Michelle-Say It In Japanese.zip


A Stone Throw From A Glass House released today

Posted on October 28th, 2016 by administrator

A Stone Throw From A Glass House

Half a decade in the making, today – Friday, October 28th, 2016 – sees the long-awaited release of Illusion of Joy’s fifth full-length album A Stone Throw From A Glass House. This follow-up to the 2011 release No One Expects An Inquisition features the addition of Maresa Whitehead performing vocals on over half of the song-cycle, transforming the long-running solo project into a duo. In addition to Maresa, local Pittsburgh musicians Jimmy Semtex (Rein[Forced], Red Lokust) and Don Anderson (TERROR FIRMA SKY) lend their vocal talents to album closer “Building A Society.”

The full tracklist for A Stone Throw From A Glass House is as follows:

  1. Precious Cargo
  2. Metamorphosis
  3. You Did Better?
  4. Broken Toys
  5. Railway Forgotten
  6. Distance
  7. The Shaming
  8. Submission
  9. Evolution
  10. Always An Afterthought
  11. Pound By Pound
  12. Building A Society

The album is currently available for purchase from Amazon, CD Baby, iTunes and other online retailers.

Finally, if you are in Pittsburgh and wish to join Illusion of Joy in celebrating the release of A Stone Throw From A Glass House, come to Mr. Small’s on Saturday, Novemeber 12th for Shimmer: a showcase of Pittsburgh ethereal, shoegaze, and darkwave. IoJ will be taking the stage at 12:30AM to perform selections from the new album. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $7.


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