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IoJ to return to SUNY Potsdam

Posted on October 10th, 2012 by administrator

It is an annual tradition that Illusion of Joy pays a visit to the SUNY Potsdam campus via Hurley’s right around Halloween. Usually the visit occurs on a Thursday evening, however this year the performance will be on a Saturday – specifically, October 20th. Same spooktacular, different day – make a note.

Meanwhile, Friday, October 19th still holds the IoJ performance at Chameleons in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Frenchy & the Punk headline while Illusion of Joy joins Vi, Era Noctura and Forever Autumn in support; a big event which shouldn’t be missed.

So you thought you might like to go to the show? Click on the name of the venue to load the desired map for directions there…

Date City Venue
Friday, October 19th Pittsfield, MA Chameleons Nightclub
Saturday, October 20th Potsdam, NY Hurley’s

Playing the Pitts

Posted on September 10th, 2012 by administrator

Illusion of Joy is scheduled to play in the Pitts for two upcoming performances. The first will be a local Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania show, opening for Hellblinki and Patricia Wake on Tuesday, September 25th at The Garfield Artworks. The second occurs in New England – specifically Pittsfield, Massachusetts at Chameleons Nightclub on Friday, October 19th. This is a big show where headliners Frenchy & the Punk will be joined not only by Illusion of Joy but also Vi, Era Noctura and Forever Autumn.

Need directions? Have directions (click on the name of the venue to load the desired map):

Date City Venue
Tuesday, September 25th Pittsburgh, PA The Garfield Artworks
Friday, October 19th Pittsfield, MA Chameleons Nightclub

Electronic Saviors 2: Recurrence Released Today

Posted on May 8th, 2012 by administrator

ES2 cover

May 8th, 2012 – the release date for Electronic Saviors 2: Recurrence – has finally arrived. This six disc set, released via Metropolis Records, collects exclusive tracks from 142 artists all of whom have united in the cause of curing cancer. This set, the sequel to Electronic Saviors: Industrial Music To Cure Cancer, has been shepherded into existence by Pittsburgh, PA music promoter and cancer survivor Jim Semonik.

While the six-disc edition is now widely available (though certain to go quickly regardless), those who missed out on their initial chance to grab the eight-disc Premium Edition will have one final opportunity to do so in the coming weeks. Across the nation there will be various release parties (check under “Events” on the official Electronic Saviors website or the Electronic Saviors Facebook page) for ES2 where one can not only purchase the Premium Edition along with T-shirts, posters and other goodies, but one can see some of the bands included on the compilation performing live.

On a more somber note, while Jim Semonik has been cancer free for over two years, the spectre of his ordeal to beat this disease continues to haunt him in the form of thousands of dollars in medical bills. In addition to supporting cancer research via purchasing Electronic Saviors, it is humbly requested that you make a donation to help pay down Jim Semonik’s medical bills. Any contribution would be greatly appreciated.

Electronic Saviors 2 to be Available at Eide’s as Part of Record Store Day

Posted on April 19th, 2012 by administrator

Electronic Saviors 2: Recurrence is the six-disc sequel to 2010’s Electronic Saviors: Industrial Music To Cure Cancer. To be officially released on May 8th, ES2 not only contains six physical compact discs of music exclusive to the compilation, but an additional two hours of bonus material available as a download. Early adopters were offered the option to purchase a “premium edition” of the set which not only included the six discs on the normal release, but added the download-only material on two additional physical CDs as well as including other goodies.

It has been nearly a month since online orders for the premium edition of ES2 have been closed as limited supplies went quickly. Anyone wishing to purchase it must now attend one of the many ES2 release parties which will be occurring in major cities across the United States. However, goth and industrial fans in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania who missed out the first time now have a second chance in advance of an official release party to grab the ES2 premium version.

The Pittsburgh City Paper has the scoop:

Locally, one release finally seeing light of day for the first time on Saturday [April 21st] will be the second Electronic Saviors compilation. Put together by longtime industrial-music promoter, musician and cancer survivor Jim Semonik, the comp is being released next month by Philly’s Metropolis Records. But Eide’s Entertainment (1121 Penn Ave., Strip District), where Semonik works, will offer a special edition version on Record Store Day. The premium package includes an 8-CD set, some extra swag like a wristband and sticker, and literature from Gilda’s Club and BRICKS, a Pittsburgh-based organization that helps young adults living with cancer. It’s available only on Record Store Day; Semonik will DJ an in-store set Saturday as well.

To wit, should you be in Pittsburgh on Record Store Day, get yourself to Eide’s and all this could be yours:

Electronic Saviors 2: Recurrence (Premium Edition)

Crappy Valentine’s 2012

Posted on February 14th, 2012 by administrator

Michelle/Say It In JapaneseIn what will surely become a cherished tradition, for the next 24 hours “Michelle” and its non-album companion song, “Say It In Japanese” will be available to download for free from this very website. The link is as follows:

Right-click, save as…you’re able to visit a website, so we’ll assume you know the rest. This link will go dead as of midnight on February 15th.

However, if that isn’t enough Illusion of Joy will be performing a thirty minute set at Cannon Coffee in Pittsburgh’s Brookline neighbourhood on Wednesday, February 15th, starting at 7:00PM. Open mic follows, but until then the mood is sure to be set for a post-Valentine’s letdown of bitter resentment and melancholy navel-gazing in song form courtesy of Pittsburgh’s premiere miserablist.


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Electronic Saviors 2: Recurrence Available For Pre-order

Posted on February 9th, 2012 by administrator

Yesterday afternoon Metropolis Records posted pre-order info for Electronic Saviors 2: Recurrence:

Life after having cancer can be a difficult ordeal. One is especially lucky to survive it. After enduring chemotherapy, radiation and a multitude of other therapies, there can be a lingering fear in the patient who is now a cancer survivor. Cancer returning is a nightmare come true to any patient. Scene promoter, DJ and Rein[Forced] frontman, Jim Semonik knows this only too well. Having survived stage 2B colorectal cancer in 2008, Semonik created one of the most successful compilations in any scene with the help of 83 musicians with Electronic Saviors: Industrial Music To Cure Cancer. This piece was very well received by press and critics and raised over 20K for Charity.

This time, he assembled a cast of 142 artists from all over the world to take on all forms of cancer. Semonik returns with all guns blazing on Electronic Saviors 2: Recurrence with new, rare and exclusive tracks from God Module, System Syn, Project Pitchfork, Hocico, Blutengel, The Dark Clan, Rein[Forced], 16Volt, Ayria, Left Spine Down, Panic Lift and much much more. From Covenant’s upbeat “Lightbringer Feat Necro Facility (Speedrun II Mix)” to 16Volt’s downtemo “Burn (Father Dub)” to the guitar attack Deathline International’s “Inside” to the soothing synthpop of Tenek’s “World of no Relief”, ES2 offers something for everyone. This will be a massive 6 disc boxset available physically with gorgeous artwork from Jeff Confer and Samantha Johnson. Presented in a lovely 8 panel digipak with 16 page booklet, Jim’s quest to bring this disease to an end through music has grown by leaps and bounds.

The release date for the compilation is set for Tuesday, May 8th, 2012.