Every release from December 2009 through October 2016.
Here’s where we have come from. Seven inch singles, ten inch split EP’s, full-length special editions on colored wax, cassettes in multiple colors, digital streams…they’re all here! We’ve done our best to do the underground music scene across the Ol’ Dominion proud. Looking ahead, we plan to continue the work. The remaining months of 2016 holds a couple new cassettes, including the first physical release from our good buds Band & The Beat. Look for the pre-order campaign to drop on that one soon.
2017 will hold lots of exciting action from the HSAL camp as well. We’ll be releasing Lloyd Harmon’s EP as well as a collaborative affair b/t KillGXXD & members of local folk heroes Dogwood & Holly. New recordings from TLVS & honeybrandy will no doubt surface. We’re also keeping our ears to the ground for up & coming talent across the mid-Atlantic. Have something rad that you think we’d be into? Share your wares – firstname.lastname@example.org.
(TLVS photo courtesy of Nikki DiDomenico)
This past weekend, HSAL was all over the Old Dominion! In Lynchburg, Joanna was selling her homemade holiday decorations at a craft fair one day & then teaching gelli printmaking with the Gypsy Art Bar on the other day. We here at the lab are looking forward to her output across multiple mediums as the weather turns cold.
TLVS & honeybrandy hit the road for a weekend in the Tidewater. TLVS flexed their instrumental rock muscle at Charlie’s American Cafe after witnessing the first ever live set from Virginia Beach’s Oahu. NOTE: If you haven’t heard Oahu yet, you owe it to yourself to check out his side of the split with honeybrandy as well as his new cassette EP.
honeybrandy provided a sonic backdrop for Norfolk based photographer Beth Austin‘s exhibit & book release. It was wild to see the old guard of Norfolk’s punk rock scene vibe out to Joey & Nathan’s mellow.
Stay tuned to HSAL as future show dates materialized for many of our artists!
Last night, honeybrandy provided audio accompaniment to the gallery opening for Jillian Clark‘s “Preliminary Ceremonies” show. Huge thanks to Kim, Vic, & the rest of the crew down at Riverviews Artspace for inviting Joey & Nathan out for September’s “First Fridays” event. The duet’s next performance will be opening for Beth Austin’s photography exhibit down in Norfolk. Details on that show & all upcoming sets from HSAL acts may be found beyond the “live performances” link in our menu to the left of this article.
(photo courtesy of honeybrandy)
Earlier this week, we were able to drop Benjamin Mauch‘s most recent full-length, “Golden Bay Garden”, into the world of Spotify. We close out the week with the addition of “I Can Dream All Day”, the most recent LP from TLVS. The Spotify version of “Dream” includes a third side’s worth of bonus material that was tracked a year before the album proper in the old Whalehead Records studio (before it moved to the completely RAD place that J. Anderson has now). Let us know if you add any tracks to a blog or playlist – we’ve be down to throw you some love on this here page!
Assuming you have not heard Ben’s newest release, “Golden Bay Garden”, you can now stream the beauty contained therein over at Spotify. We’re hoping that people will fall for this full-length as hard as we have. Should you be so inclined to add it to a playlist or blog that you happen to curate, let us know – we’d love to link to people who are spreading the good word!
HSAL #29: honeybrandy/Oahu, “honeybrandy/Oahu″ (CASS/DIG)
Who is “honeybrandy”? 2/3’s of TLVS
Who is “Oahu”? Todd Webb
, illustrator, visual artist, & occasional seamonster
After seeing the them perform together this past spring, HSAL asked both acts to create a single composition of roughly 20 minutes in length for a split release. While akin in spirit, both acts turned in a unique experience. On the A side, honeybrandy weaves astrological readings into their trademark collage of synths, lap steel, & field recordings. The result is uneasy on the surface but soothing over time. Oahu’s B side is comparatively minimal, with subtle electronic layers lapping into the speakers like an impending tidal shift. Each side was tracked, performed, & mixed by the artist. The release was mastered by Andrew Horton.
NOTE: The digital copy of HSAL #29 includes a bonus track from each artist recorded in the same sessions as the cassette material.
AVAILABILITY: black shell c42, digital download (begins shipping 08/26)
ARTWORK: courtesy of HSAL; initial collage by Joanna McGlothlin
HSAL #32: Benjamin Mauch, “Golden Bay Garden″ (CASS/DIG)
“Golden Bay Garden” represents a milestone in Mauch’s artistic growth. This collection, though relatively minimal & sparse at times, shows an attention to subtle detail. Perhaps what is most impressive is the balance between distorted (almost lo-fi) tones & more traditional 21st century layers. The tasteful addition of field recordings provide a voyeuristic charm to some of these pieces. Created & assembled from his apartment in Shenzhen, China, this full-length delivers on the aptitude hinted at in previous works.
RIYL: Steve Hauschildt’s “Tragedy & Geometry”, Stellar Om Source’s “Heartland’s Suite”, Jonas Reinhardt’s “Ganymede”
All sounds created & assembled by B. Mauch from his apartment in Shenzhen, China.
AVAILABILITY: clear sunset c42, digital download (begins shipping 08/12)
ARTWORK: courtesy of HSAL; photo by B. Mauch