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Notes on holiday shopping

Posted on November 30th, 2009 by administrator

The December holidays are upon us and here at we are not above ignoring the often religious aspects of these holidays in favour of crass commercialism. There is no better way to let your loved ones know that you indeed love them than with material possessions; and what better material possession can one give another than the gift of independent music? That’s a rhetorical question – there is no better gift than that of independent music. As such, here are a few things you should bear in mind when making purchases from…

Shop early (shop often)

All shipping charges are included in the price of every item being sold on the site. However, in order to keep costs reasonable, the actual shipping is done via the United States Postal Service. This means that it generally takes three to five business days for a package to arrive at its destination. During the holiday season, this time may increase as mail volume increases. Please plan accordingly and order early if you have a holiday deadline to meet. Items can not be shipped overnight and no guarantees for arrival times can be made.

Coupon savings

Throughout the holiday season in 2009, a promotion is running at where any purchases made through the site are subject to a ten percent discount when the coupon code “iojxmas2009” is used. There is a limit of one code per customer. This offer will expire at the end of December and can not be combined with other offers.


Gift-wrapping is available free of charge for any CD purchased during this time. Be sure to include a note with your order indicating to whom and from whom the package is being given so that said information can filled out on the wrapping card. Without a note, all packages will simply be wrapped without a card, leaving everyone surprised and possibly confused. Gift wrap patterns and colours are random but generic enough to be appropriate for any holiday.

Overall, have a happy, safe and hassle-free holiday season. If you have any questions or concerns regarding purchases from this website, do not hesitate to contact us.

Tiny Terrors: Night of the Microbands

Posted on October 30th, 2009 by administrator

Along with Derek C. F. Pegritz and Patricia Wake, Illusion of Joy will be performing at the Z:Lounge in Pittsburgh’s South Side on Saturday, November 7th as part of an event dubbed “Tiny Terrors: Night of the Microbands.” The concept of “Tiny Terrors” is simple: there will be no performances by any group exceeding two members. However, the small quantity of musicians in each “group” should not cause one to assume a lack of musical quality. The bands are small, but the sounds are big indeed.

Filling in the sonic space between sets will be DJ Ding!Bat. There is no cover to attend the event, however all patrons must be aged 21 or older. The official flyer:

Tiny Terrors Flyer

Upcoming shows – Fall "Tour" 2009

Posted on October 19th, 2009 by administrator

Illusion of Joy will be going on the road at the end of the month for five shows and then returning to Pittsburgh for a homecoming performance. Here’s a list of where and when:

Thursday, October 29th – Hurley’s; Potsdam, NY

Friday, October 30th – Caz Coffee Café; Buffalo, NY

Saturday, October 31st – Muddy Cup Coffee House; Albany, NY

Sunday, November 1st – Rebel Sound Records; Pittsfield, MA

Monday, November 2nd – Radio Bean; Burlington, VT

Saturday, November 7th – Z:Lounge; Pittsburgh, PA

For those who need directions, please see the table below:

Date City Venue
Thursday, October 29th Potsdam, NY Hurley’s [Map]
Friday, October 30th Buffalo, NY Caz Coffee Café [Map]
Saturday, October 31st Albany, NY Muddy Cup Coffeehouse [Map]
Sunday, November 1st Pittsfield, MA Rebel Sound Records [Map]
Monday, November 2nd Burlington, VT Radio Bean [Map]
Saturday, November 7th Pittsburgh, PA Z:Lounge [Map]

Illusion of Joy listed in new Mick Mercer book

Posted on March 25th, 2009 by administrator

Mick Mercer, author of the online magazine The Mick and go-to man for anything related to the Goth subculture has authored a new book: Music To Die For, available for purchase directly from Cherry Red Books.

From the author:

Music To Die For is a 624 page directory containing individual entries on 3,581 different bands, from 70 countries, with 183 photos. It covers bands from the beginning of these scenes to the present day and wherever possible contains full line-up details and discographies as well as unusual facts revealed by many of the bands. This is the biggest guide ever printed about the underground scenes in which Goth, Post-Punk and all things noir co-exist with equal splendour.

From the publisher:

Packed with discographical information, web addresses line-ups and often contributions from the bands themselves, this is the first edition of a book that will be turned to again & again & will undoubtedly appear in new editions as the years pass. It is also copiously illustrated with band photos – a crucial component when the visual image is so important.

Illusion of Joy is merely one of numerous musicians who have been listed in this fine tome.