Since I know there are people who read this page who aren't on the Dark Beloved Cloud mailing list, I'm going to indulge in a little bit of hype here (about a thing I've mentioned before that's finally coming to fruition), and hope that those who are on the list will forgive me:

I really like singles: little recordings focused on one great song that's not part of an album, with extra stuff that complements that great song somehow. And, as much as I love selling records and CDs, I also really like giving people music in exchange for something other than cash. Hence, the Dark Beloved Cloud Singles Club: music you get in exchange for your art.

Every month, you'll get a 3-inch (small!) CD in the mail (if you got a copy of the current Singing Catalogue, that's the size). They'll all be exclusive-to-these-releases songs, and they're by some pretty amazing bands.

And how do you get them? Well, the one way you can't get them is by paying for them. You can subscribe to the dbc singles club for six months by mailing us six hand-decorated 3" x 3" cards (to the address at the bottom of the dbc web page), along with your address. Your cards will, in turn, become the "cover artwork" for six other subscribers' singles.

The club starts at the beginning of November with Family Fodder's brand new "Tender Words," an alarmingly catchy five-track single about making love not war. December's entry will be the long-awaited dbc tenth-anniversary compilation, with artists who've recorded for us rewriting, remixing and reconsidering each other's songs. Beyond that, nothing's definite, but the prognosis is at least decent for singles by Kimya Dawson, Oedipus, Sarah Dougher, Ninetynine and some special surprises.

This deal is open to anyone, of course--feel free to tell your friends/spread the word. And put those cards in the mail!

See, now, that wasn't so painful, was it?

It's been a slow day: talking to friends on the phone, reading Kant, tweaking a little bit of old writing, downloading updated software, listening to some newish music alternating with the Clean's Compilation. I bought Elvis Costello's Cruel Smilethinking "I should know better, I should know better," and I should've known better. This Ping Pong record by Safety Scissors vs. Kit Clayton is fun, though--actual ping-pong sounds, and a whole lot of short pieces that mostly sound like reactions to one another.



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