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Pre-order Foreshadows: The Ghosts of Zero!

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

It has been quite a while since VUA has had something for sale in its store.  We’ve put out a few free albums (like this and this), steroids but all this time we’ve been working on something big. Huge!

Foreshadows: The Ghosts of Zero

Foreshadows: The Ghosts of Zero is a project with a long history. It’s been in the works for nearly three years, healing going through several stages of evolution along the way. But its final form, a combination book and CD, will be released on February 21st, 2012—well before the Mayan Long Count calendar runs out and the next big apocalypse craze comes to head. Meanwhile, as of today, this thing can be preordered in the aforementioned VUA store.

And it comes in two flavors!

The Limited Edition cover for GoZThe Open Edition: This is a full-length CD with music from 11 musicians, mixed and produced by VUAgents John LaSala and Bilian, mastered at The Vault. This music served as the launch point for the accompanying book, which contains 15 short stories and a 4-part serialized novella.  A total of 18 authors came together to write this book, including the likes of Keith Baker, Robert J. Randisi, and Ed Greenwood (creator of The Forgotten Realms!)  The book itself is a hefty 6×9 quality paperback, features cover artwork by Michael Komarck, and includes 19 illustrations by the immensely talented Talon Dunning. This monster sells for $36.

The Limited Edition: This version features foil-stamped lettering on the book cover, is signed by all 29 musicians and authors, and is limited to only 100 copies. Particular limitation numbers can be claimed on request (such as #19 of 100), on a first-come-first-serve basis. And we’ll even hand-write a dedication inside up on request! This beaut sells for $99…while supplies last, of course.

LE Upgrade Bonus! Anyone who pre-orders the open edition between now and December 21, 2011 earns a chance at having theirs freely upgraded to the Limited Edition.  How about that!preorder-goz

My First Sing-Along Dictionary

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010
We'll beat Jeremy with a stick.

We'll beat Jeremy with a stick.

In brief

Here it is finished, gerontologist wholly, and ready for your questionable pleasure. My First Sing-Along Dictionary, the little project that began with the 2010 RPM Challenge and wrapped up last week with the addition of a very special bonus track, may be heard, seen, reviled or marveled at—and either way, sung along with—at veryusartists.com/mfsad. You can listen right on the page and even flip through a digital version of the accompanying book. Or you can download them all, either one by one or in one big ZIP file, whatever your pleasure. It’s all there, all free!

Bonus!

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“What’s this about a bonus track?” we pretend to hear you ask. Well you see, a few weeks ago Ross Horsley (a chief corrupter upon our impressionable minds, who also has a book coming about based on the My First Dictionary blog, by the way!) held a caption competition for the image to the left. And the winner’s submission was to be turned into a song—a bonus track for the album.

What we sent Richard

This is what we sent Richard, it's the only one like it!

Well, the mildly disturbed Richard Smith of Leeds was dubbed a supra-genius for his My First Dictionary-style definition of “anonymous,” and so Leicester’s one and only ButterflyPolite did us the honors with the Johnny-come-lately “This Song Is Anonymous (We Do Not Know Its Name).” It’s a laugh-riot. So do check it out!

Give us a shout out

Now, if you like our little record—and our little book—do us a favor and tell a friend. Better yet, tell an enemy. Tell a member of the Academy. We’d really love a Grammy, if only to further enrage Stephen Colbert for taking his Best Comedy Album award this year.

VUA On Notice

Thanks for reading. Very impressive. Now go download this album, if you haven’t already.  It’s free!

We Cut A Record

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

My First Sing-Along Dictionary Banner

This past February, the Very Us Artists hatched a diabolical scheme with a like-minded fellow named Ross Horsley.  This ne’re-do-well perverts good, wholesome children’s illustrations from a simpler time into post-modern strokes of blue humor and black comedy.  The nefarious deed is made all the worse by labeling his mischief with the innocuous moniker, My First Dictionary.  How quaint.  How unassuming.  How devious.  And frankly, we love it!

For example:

Today's word is schemeBut that wasn’t enough.  We couldn’t leave well enough alone.  We got the sick notion in our collective mind that these naughty “definitions” ought to be further demonstrated through song.  And so, My First Sing-Along Dictionary was born.  10 songs, each paired with a new bit of lexicographical roguery crafted by Ross Horsley, for your questionable pleasure. For free.

It begins innocently enough with “The Very Us Artists Have Cut A Record,” and every few days a new song will roll out until it culminates with an unspeakable end a few weeks later.  Fun for the whole family!  Well…maybe not the whole family.

Here are 5 ways to follow along:

The Very Us Artists dot Com! Keep an eye on My First Sing-Along Dictionary’s home, veryusartists.com/mfsad

AlonetoneVisit this album’s home away from home at Alonetone (a damn fine place for musicians.)

If you do the RSS thing, subscribe to My First Dictionary here or just pop in every few days.

Facebook! If you do the Facebook thing, go and “like” the My First Dictionary fan page over there.

Facebook! And while you’re at it, get some likin’ on at The Very Us Artists fan page, too! Each song will be posted over there, as well.


Roughly Produced Masterpieces

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

neuropathist com_comprofiler/task, sildenafil userProfile/user, epidemic 3075″>On February 1st, the Very Us Artists entered the annual RPM Challenge to write and record 10 tracks or 35 minutes’ worth of music before the month was up. We met—nay, surpassed!—that challenge and made quite a few new friends along the way. The result is eleven—count ‘em: eleven!—albums of brand new music from several Very Us Artists, most of it free for download. Below is ours. A quick review of many of the other then can be found right here: VUA’s Challengees

Roughly Produced Masterpieces is our wildly eclectic offering, 16 tracks strong, with contributions from merely six previous Very Us Artists (though for John LaSala and Jeremy Simmons, this marks their first solo contributions.) Five others are folks we’ve been actively courting to get on a VUA album, and the remaining five are new artists we met through the amazingly positive and encouraging RPM community. Our cover art was an original painting by Christine Pollock. We took exhaustive pictures and sent RPM the original, making it a truly unique album.You can download all the music and read up on all the music and the artists who created it here: Roughly Produced Masterpieces

Release! Nascence and Child

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

Our next album, viagra here due to be released in the distant future-year of two thousand and eight, ed will be a curious thing, indeed. Very Us Artists will be channeling sights and sounds from the future and serving them up in the form of the next VUA offering, The Future Is Now. If you’d like to be among these daring artists willing to peer into realms beyond the now, get in touch.
Nascence and Child is now on sale. Read all about it, price
listen to samples, or buy it now!

Pre-order Nascence and Child

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

In the future, treatment the second Very Us Artists album will have been graced with the artwork of the absurdly multitalented Michael John Keegan. At this point, medical we have only the slightest notion of what it may look like, but in the future we’ll know that it was awesome.
In one week, help Nascence and Child (Opus 1 No.1) will be released. If you’d like to get your hands on the goods as soon as possible, doctor you can pre-order your copy at any time between today and Sunday the 28th by making sure you’re our mailing list: Missive VUA. If you don’t already get these, sign up!