HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

HSAL is celebrating 10 years & 50 releases!

YOU GUYS!!! We have made it to TEN YEARS! Across 49 releases (vinyl, CD, cassette & digital), we’ve fostered a community of independent artists that have both participated in & represented our commonwealth’s music scene. Now, it’s time to celebrate! We wanted to make our 50th catalog entry something wild, so we’re staging a huge party. Here’s what we have planned:

This event is something we dreamed up with help from our friends at the Academy Center. We are still working out arrangements on some extra special things for the day, but wanted to get this party on everyone’s radar as soon as possible. Stay tuned for more details as we get them confirmed!

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HSAL #53 / #54 (2CD SET!)

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After a handful of digital & cassette-bound EP’s, Virginia Beach’s Oahu has surfaced with a rather monumental effort! Here’s how Todd Webb, the mind behind Oahu (as well as Seamonster, Toddbot, & more) explains this double album:

OF “SLOW WAVES”: “I asked John if he’d like to provide sonic source material for my next Oahu recording. The pieces he sent me ranged from quiet electronics and wind-up toys to noisy field recordings and guitar playing. It was a lot of fun sculpting his contributions into the works presented here. I particularly enjoyed making “the movement of trees” as that is the one piece we recorded “live” – i improvised with a Volca Keys and live processing, then sent the track to John who performed the gentle clicking sounds that overlay the piece.

OF “SIMPLE SOUNDS”: “I began recording #dailybleeps on october 28, 2015. The process is simple: I film something I see each day and before bed I record a soundtrack for that video and post it online. I use a different setup every day and improvise the scores as quickly as possible. It has been great fun watching the pieces accumulate over the years and I’m very excited to finally release a physical document of some of them. The titles match their original videos. For instance “Buddha Watching TV” accompanies an art piece by Nam June Paik, “Kirby in the Backyard” was made while visiting my friend Steve Roden – his dog Kirby was outside wanting to join in. “Not That I Mind” is a personal favorite as it sound-tracked a collaborative video with poet Aram Saroyan.

(not so) Low Key Summer!

Good Dog Nigel is in hot pursuit of summer vibes. They are scoring shows up & down the east coast. Your next chance to party down with this crew is in Charlottesville on the 5th. They are sharing an evening with RVA garage rock vets the Ar-Kaics! Parker is also in a constant state of writing new ragers. He’s working towards eventual studio time with new touring member Thomas Dean – hopefully that comes sooner than later. Until then, we’re still slinging copies of “The Implied Sunrise“.

L.A Dies’ cover of a Swirl tune.

We submitted masters for the new L.A. Dies album today! Nine songs. clocking in at around forty minutes in total. We are BEYOND thrilled to share this one with you all. With so, so many special moments across over four dozen releases, it would feel like a bit of revisionist history to say this one is our favorite, but it is really, REALLY good & we are super proud of the vision that Mel, Joey, Myra, & Aaron have for the album. Look for a late September release on this one, with pre-orders launching around Labor Day. We are also working to drum up something rather special as a release party…

We’re not quite ready to reveal any of this record just yet, but the pair of tunes from HSAL #44 are a wonderful precursor to what will probably be the best LP to come out of the Ol’ Dominion in 2019.

A few more HUGE things are being finalized in the coming weeks. Our goal is to finalize the label’s output for the rest of the year & drop some really wild news before the nation’s birthday. STAY TUNED!

Webb’s “toddbot” exhibit is LIVE!

Todd Webb meeting fans at Riverviews Artspace, May 3rd 2019.

This month, our super good buddy Todd Webb (toddbot, Oahu) has a keen exhibit up at Riverviews Artspace. On the “First Friday” opening, Webb spent the evening meeting old friends, making new fans, & drawing visitors in crayon. Until the 24th, the exhibit is live & functions as a “pop-up shop”. Interested visitors can purchase any of Webb’s pieces for $15 each – they even come in hang-able frames.

In related news, we are working with Webb on a new Oahu record later this year. For the uninitiated, this new record will include a trip through the artist’s “daily bleeps” collection. Stay tuned…

HSAL #51 – “autremonde…”

The posthumous release from Andres Momentomori!

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Having connected with this enigma years ago, it seemed almost inspired that we’d have the opportunity to work together on the release of “autremonde”.

The album is a collection of material crafted in various apartments & houses across the United States over a decade & a half. A mired collage of field recordings, simple percussion, synth dirges, digitally processed guitar swaths, & the occasional haunted vocal that coalesce into a single presentation over 77 minutes in length. 

Repeated listens will prove rewarding as new opportunities to drink in the life of this world are exposed. Part meditative discourse, part soul-searching exploration, all challenging to the ear as well as the heart. 

RIYL: Peter Gabriel’s “Birdy“, Brian Eno’s “Apollo“, Scott Walker’s “The Drift

All sounds performed, captured, & assembled by A.Momentomori. 
Concept dreamt up by C. Scott Baker. 
Cover art courtesy of Stilyagi.