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IoJ to Play Teavolve

Posted on September 13th, 2014 by administrator

Illusion of Joy will be returning to Baltimore, Maryland on Monday, October 13th to perform as the featured artist for Teavolve’s open mic. Guest host Acacia Sears fills in for Rob Hinkal while he is on tour with ilyAIMY. Teavolve hosts open mic every Monday from 7:00-10:00PM as a free and all-ages event.

Find your way there:

Visualize it:

Illusion of Joy at Teavolve

Upcoming performance – opening for Little War Twins with INFLUX

Posted on July 24th, 2014 by administrator

UPDATE (7/29/2014): due to circumstances beyond our control, Illusion of Joy has been dropped from this bill and will not be performing.

Along with follow Pittsburghers INFLUX, Illusion of Joy has been tapped to open for Boston/Los Angeles-based duo Little War Twins. The all-ages performance occurs at Pittsburgh’s Garfield Artworks on Thursday, September 4th. Tickets are $5 at the door and said door opens at 7:00PM. Here’s how to get there:

IoJ Back Catalogue to be Reissued

Posted on April 13th, 2014 by administrator

Ten years ago today, the second full-length Illusion of Joy album, Division was released. Later this year, Division will be the first release from the IoJ back catalogue to be reissued.

When IoJ became sans label and fully independent with the release of No One Expects An Inquisition, all of the back catalogue went out of print. This meant that Division and The Forever Syndrome joined the ranks of Crystalline and Bitter in that no new copies of the discs were being manufactured. The planned reissue of Division will begin a multi-year project to bring all of the IoJ discography into full availability. The tentative reissue schedule is as follows:

Name of release Scheduled for…
Division Division Fall 2014
Crystalline Crystalline Summer 2015
A Place Outside “A Place Outside” Fall 2015
The Forever Syndrome The Forever Syndrome Fall 2016
Michelle/Say It In Japanese “Michelle/Say It In Japanese” Spring 2017
Bitter Bitter Fall 2017

At present all dates are “soft” and subject to change without notice. Still, what is displayed above is, at present, the framework for bringing IoJ’s back catalogue out of the deep freeze.

Crappy Valentine’s Day 2014

Posted on February 14th, 2014 by administrator

Every year for 24 hours on February 14th, the Illusion of Joy single edit of “Michelle” along with the bonus track “Say It In Japanese” have been offered as free downloads from this very website…except for 2013. Indeed, a terrible oversight happened last year. Please accept this act of contrition in the form of links to download not only “Michelle” and “Say It In Japanese,” but the entirety of The Forever Syndome for free for the next 24 hours.

Pick your links, right click, save as, extract…you know this by now:


Download “Michelle/Say It In Japanese”

The Forever Syndrome

Download The Forever Syndrome

Links go dead Saturday, February 15th.