The next time it’s Thursday, it will also be Thanksgiving Day here in the U.S. of A. It’s got us thinking about all the cool things that have happened in 2018 ’round the HSAL camp…
We sponsored an entire stage & were able to land most of our active roster in one place on one day! Super special thanks to Xenith & Wesley Montgomery for joining in on the party. It was cool to see all the band merch, talk to fans of the different bands, & share in celebrating all the wonderful rock action stirring up in the Commonwealth these days.
Clockwise from top left: L.A.Dies, Good Dog Nigel, Wesley Montgomery, Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, TLVS
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All band photos courtesy of Nick Scheetz.
ALL THE NEW RELEASES!
Since January, HSAL has dropped 8 releases, including two 12″ EP’s, two cassettes, three digital releases, & a compilation CD featuring current LYH covering historic LYH.
In addition to these “official” releases, HSAL acts dropped live tracks, partnered with other rad labels on records, expanded their own brand into new parts of the country via touring, blog reviews & a general spirit of comradery.
SO, WHAT’S NEXT?
With 2018 not quite in the books, we are lining up guests for our yearly “Last Year” series. Over the holidays, we will have a handful of HSAL family share five things that inspired them in 2018. Each time we do this, it proves to be intriguing & eye-opening as bands, engineers, managers, & the like talk about what drove them to all the wonderful work they shared in the past 12 months.
2019? Well, we are still hammering out details, but it looks like we have secured HSAL #48 & #49. Look for details on those records to drop before Groundhog’s Day. next year will also mark the 10th anniversary of the Harding Street Assembly Lab. To celebrate, we are working with some Hill City friends to do something special…
October’s been GREAT! Lynchstock turned out to be everything we could have hoped for. Thanks to all the people who caught our acts, bought our records, took RAD photos/videos & shared them across social media. We should have a festival recap up soon (waiting on imagery from our staff photographers…).
The month capped off with the release of HSAL #46, which is the latest EP from Norfolk’s You’re Jovian. A quick east coast tour to support the record ended with a celebration down in their hometown. local support Berries, labelmates TLVS & HSAL alums Long Division filled out the bill for a wonderful evening. We were able to capture a moment from the show…
Up next, honeybrandy is doing a couple of shows this weekend with Philly space music vets Soporus:
A few days after all the election results are in, we’ll be throwing a small house show featuring asentimentalsong (Joe from TLVS) & our great buddy Andrew Weathers. Stay tuned for details…
As previously announced, your friendly neighborhood record label has partnered with the kind folks at Lynchstock to curate one of the stages. Starting at noon this Saturday, HSAL will present over 7 hours of regional talent.
We assembled this little “getting to know you” playlist for the uninitiated. Check out nearly an hour’s worth of cuts from EVERY act that will grace the Harding Street Assembly Stage this Saturday at the Lynchstock Music Festival. ENJOY!
Oh, & in case you haven’t done so yet (WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?), you can score tickets for the entire festival – three stages with headlining performances by Coin & Dr. Dog – starting at $25. We believe there to still be a few VIP tickets available as well.
Stream the playlist from here!
Quick update on the comings & goings ’round the HSAL camp:
HSAL #46: You’re Jovian, “The Sound Of Who We Are” (12″/DIG)
Street Date: 10/19/2018
Stream the title track & grip your one-sided, clear wax 12″ today! Pre-orders will ship our before the release date with some additional HSAL goodies! NOTE: The digital copy will also include a bonus EP’s work of jams from Elliott’s treasure trove of demos & outtakes.
YOU’RE JOVIAN TOUR DATES
– 10/17: Ortliebs (Philadelphia PA) w/ Aster More, Dulls
– 10/18: Gold Sounds (Brooklyn NY) w Veda Rays, Weird Owls, Gracie Mansion
– 10/19: Little Grille (Harrisonburg VA) w Shormey, Bees
– 10/20: Lynchstock Music Festival (Lynchburg VA) w/ L.A. Dies, TLVS, Good Dog Nigel
– 10/27: Toast (Norfolk VA) w/ TLVS, Long Division, Berries
Lynchstock is less than two weeks out & we’re getting really psyched! We have worked out some really neat visual effects to accompany the killer acts that will grace the Harding Street Assembly Stage (see schedule below). Additionally, we are working with the artists to set up a shop at our merch tent. You’ll be able to score HSAL titles on the cheap during the festival. Rumor has it that one lucky fan will win an HSAL “care package” (TEN of our latest releases including vinyl, CD’s & cassettes) from your friendly neighborhood record label…
Tickets (including VIP access) are on sale now! Hope to see TONS of friends there.
TL;DR – HSAL’s stage at Lynchstock is gonna be BANANAS!
Your friendly neighborhood record label has taken significant efforts to support underground rock action in the Old Dominion. This year, we are upping our game! As you (hopefully) know, 2018 has proven to be the biggest year in the label’s history, releasing two cassette-based collaborations (HSAL #41 & #42), three digital pieces (HSAL #40, #45, & #47), & a pair of one-sided 12″ EP’s (HSAL #43 & #46). Next month, we are sponsoring one of the stages at our hometown’s biggest party – the Lynchstock Music Festival! After partnering with Festival leaders to curate the day’s lineup & designing the look of the stage (which we are supremely thrilled to see in real life), the time has come to reveal the Harding Street Assembly Stage:
- XENITH (1200P): The band is anchored by a brother/sister duo. The sound plays out like an entry-level course in post-hippie rock music. They name drop heavy hitters when asked for influences, but a discerning ear will hear a bit of pre-“Nevermind” college rock stirred into their post-grunge melodies.
- WESLEY MONTGOMERY (100P): Mr. Montgomery first caught our attention when he opened for Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon at the Cemetery Chapel for the recording of HSAL #39. When backed by a band, there’s a Pacific Northwest vibe a la Death Cab. When left to his own devices, there’s an even more sincere attack that utilizes the space between notes as much as conventional (READ: exceptional) lyrical prose.
- L.A.DIES (200P): Indie rock trio makes good on their look – EVERYTHING about these three is ripe with positive vibes. Recent tours & recordings have found a lean away from “party” and toward “community”. Gone are the days of sloppy covers. In it’s place is a maturity akin to the female voices that diversified labels like Teen Beat & Dischord many moons ago.
- TLVS (300P): “The Late Virginia Summers” have been with HSAL since it’s inception (HSAL #02 was a TLVS 7″ single) & show no signs of slowing down. Vocal-free rock music with strong leanings toward post-rock & (dare we say) jazz experimentation. We’ve never seen a TLVS set that didn’t leave onlookers with a sense of “what just happened” in the best imaginable way.
- YOU’RE JOVIAN (410P): YJ is the brainchild/love child of Norfolk’s Elliott Malvas, who first shared his 21st century vision of the noisy 90’s with the Hill City several years back. With age comes maturity & YJ’s sound is no different. Opting to dive deeper into influence rather than spring from the well of invention, Malvas honed his songcraft, partnering with solid engineers (Mark Padgett, Jeff Zeigler) on record after record. His latest, a 12″ EP which drops at the festival, may be his best yet!
- JEREMIAH LLOYD HARMON (530P): In an alternate universe, every speaker Jeremiah’s voice pushed through would instantly turn to gold. In this world, Harmon’s been crooning his way into hearts, both as a solo artist & as BGV’s on some rather significant records since the earlier years of the decade. Though he’s moved back to the Terrapin state, Jeremiah’s work, including his most recent single, “Learn To Love” continues to find a home with us.
- GOOD DOG NIGEL (650P): To watch a rock star birthed out of a scene is a many splendored thing. While in his (very) early 20’s, Parker Emeigh has invented a persona not only for the stage, but for quality recorded efforts. The breezy nature of Captured Tracks with the goofy earnest of classic K twee all tucked in under signature central VA garage glory. Did we mention that the new EP was done with consummate commonwealth rocker Thomas Dean (Invisible Hand, New Boss)?
We will have a complete HSAL shop going on in the merch area, complete with deals on records & apparel. This will be the first time for many to score the new You’re Jovian 12″ EP among other things. We are also working with our artists to spend time at the HSAL shop so you can connect with our tribe.
Tickets for the festival start at only $25 (SUPER REASONABLE!) are are on sale now!
Hope to see you all on October 20th!
There is SO, SO much going on here at your friendly neighborhood record label that it is truly difficult to keep all of our thoughts & dreams in order, but we’re trying as hard as we can! With more of 2018 behind us than before us, we figured it was high time to drop a dime on everything that we have in store for the rest of this, another stellar year for HSAL!
First off, pre-orders are now open for HSAL #46 – the new 12″ EP from Virginia Beach’s You’re Jovian! “The Sound Of Who We Are” is comprised of a five-song set captured up in Philly with studio wizard du jour Jeff Zeigler. Artwork was assembled with the aid of Doug Nicholson (Long Division). The physical copy will be a one-sided 12″ on cut on clear wax. We are also working out some cool companion pieces to ship with these EP’s. Needless to say we are ecstatic for this batch of tunes & how the project is turning out. Additional warm fuzzies for the chance to work with Elliott. Stay tuned…
Also debuting today (08/17/18) is “Learn To Love“, the new single from Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon! This track, cut live at Glass Village Studios with Tim Riordan (Atlas Rhoads), features a delicate yet potent trip through Harmon’s emotion. Tools employed include acoustic piano, cello, & that voice. THAT VOICE! The cover art features a self-portrait selected from Harmon’s ever-growing portfolio. Our hope is that you will find “Learn” (cataloged as HSAL #47) as entrancing as we have. It’s available for stream at the usual outlets & for “pay what you want” download via HSAL bandcamp…
As many of you are aware, HSAL #44 is going to be this year’s entry in the ongoing “Lynchstock” compilation, where we thematically celebrate our hometown’s music festival. The summer has brought a litany of changes & amendments to the original set, but we are super thrilled to have landed where we did on this one! Five local acts (L.A.Dies, Overlook Hotel, TLVS, Quick On My Feet, & Good Dog Nigel) are dropping new never-before-released material tracked up in Richmond with Allen Bergendahl (Shy Low, Jonathan Vassar, TONS of other Virginia acts). Additionally, they are covering bands from the Hill City’s past (Swirl, Brian Hall/Snake Forcefield, A New Dawn Fades, Vroom, & Order). It has been such a blast to make this complete labor of love. There’s already talks of a second volume. Physical copies (CD) will be available on October 20th at the festival with digital copies available shortly thereafter…
Finally, we are still shipping copies of our summer releases (while they last)! Opin just finished tickling the ears of fans across the southeast in support of their “Drifters” EP (HSAL #43). The 12″ jackets were screen printed by Virginia Svengali Thomas Dean. HSAL #41, which doesn’t hit the streets until the 24th features an engaging electronic journey led by trail masters Benjamin Mauch & Oahu, both of whom have spent most of the year supporting their myriad of visual & sonic projects…
HSAL #41: Benjamin Mauch & Oahu, “phases”
Benjamin Mauch & Todd Webb have both released music through HSAL before (HSAL #32 & #29, respectively). They have shared stages together, notably in 2017, when we had both of them perform on our electronic stage at that year’s Lynchstock Music Festival.
With the spirit of the classic “In The Fishtank” series in mind, we asked these two artists to collaborate on a stand-alone project. The result is “phases” – a six track affair where the lines between the artistic leanings of each artist are completely blurred. Ben Mauch’s oscillating swells are tastefully integrated with Todd Webb’s glitchy beeps & whirrs. Within the washes, subtle tensions rise then release from track to track.
The two-tone nature of the collaboration is matched by a black & white J-card. White ink spelling out the contents on a solid black shell.
AVAILABILITY: CASS/DIG (pre-order now; releases 08/24/18)
ARTWORK: photos by Benjamin Mauch, assembly by Todd Webb
DOWNLOAD: HSAL bandcamp