While you are checking all the great art (sounds & visions) at Lynchstock, be sure to check out the TLVS merch table for great prices on some out of print titles! Oh & don’t forget to hashtag “HSALart” on any pictures or video from the discover stage since Joanna’s backdrop & bass drum design are most likely photobombing your shot.
Today is also the day that we debut our most recent FREE COMP! HSAL #28 is over a half hour of new jams, many of which have been unreleased until now. CHECK IT!
As we prepare for the fourth annual Lynchstock Music Festival, we thought it high time to catch eager readers up on different things that are happening under our roof:
- TLVS is working out a solid set for their appearance on the Lynchstock “Discover” stage. They will be playing at 1230P – sandwiched between local rock outfits Arson’s Harbor & FIN. We are so proud to have the fellas representing not only our family but the Hill City’s penchant for interesting, engaging rock music.
- Joanna has really gone over the top on prepping art for the festival. Not only has she designed the “Discover” stage visuals (including a special edition bass drum head for the backline!), she’s taken to creating an eight foot wide flag for TLVS to fly during the afternoon. If you get any pictures of her work, be sure to tag it “#HSALart” on social media.
- We have just confirmed a split cassette release between honeybrandy & Oahu, a solo drone project from Todd Webb (Toddbot, Seamonster)! The cassette will be a single composition from each act (honeybrandy on the A side, oahu on the B side). Both acts are looking to submit their recordings this spring, with a late summer release date. If all goes to plan, HSAL will be setting up a pair of release shows – one in each acts hometown (Lynchburg & Virginia Beach, respectively).
Some awesome things go down in our hometown ’round this time each year. Have been for the past few years now. Next month, the fourth annual Lynchstock Music Festival will be taking place at Benjamin’s out in neighboring Forest, VA. How is HSAL involved? SO GLAD YOU ASKED!
- TLVS will be playing again this year! Joe, Joey & Nathan will be pushing the sonic boundaries of festival goers with their brand of instrumental rock action. Word is they will be playing some new material that may or may not surface later this year.
- HSAL has been asked to assist by running one of the stages this year! While there are a lot of efforts coming together for this story, the short version is that Joanna’s artwork will be the backdrop for the stage. We will be building a multi-layered presentation based on Joanna’s recent gelli prints. We are SUPREMELY THRILLED at the prospect of Joanna’s work photobombing pics of everyone’s favorite bands…
This weekend, Hill City Eye & Ear Control once again assumed the responsibilities of incidental music at the annual “Sonnets & Chocolates” gala for Endstation Theatre Company. The quartet took to a dimly lit corner of the space, set up three SM57’s & a Beta 52 & ran a simple four track mix into a cassette recorder. Nearly an hour of completely improvised sounds were captured. “As Commerce Overlooks The River” represents the mood created as local dignitaries began their evening & Endstation began their tenth season. Many thanks to Walter Kmiec for inviting the Eye & Ear Control back this time around.
Hill City Eye & Ear Control, “As Commerce Overlooks The River”
- asentimentalsong photo by Nathan McGlothlin.
- honeybrandy photos by Joanna McGlothlin.
This past Friday, asentimentalsong & honeybrandy traveled east to space out for the patrons of Cure Coffeehouse & Brasserie in downtown Norfolk. It was great to spread the HSAL love to the tidewater folk. Highlights included complimentary Bellinis, strange sounds emanating from delay pedals during Himalayan Belles’ set, & honeybrandy inadvertently lighting patch cables on fire. Many thanks to Todd Webb for show set up & hospitality! In related news, look for TLVS to make their way back to Hampton Roads in the coming months…
We have reached out to different people within & around the HSAL camp to find out what inspired them last year. For the past month, we have posted a series of lists. Our hope is that you will get an idea of where we are coming from. Our sixth & final entry is courtesy of Ben Mauch. Originally hailing from Virginia, Mauch now calls the other side of the world his home. We were honored to release a cassette EP & a live set in recent months. Here’s what inspired Ben’s creative output in 2015:
#1: Eleh, “Homage” – I found and listened to this LP on a whim, having seen the name online but never delving into the music. I am very glad I did; this is a great representation of much of what I have come to enjoy listening to lately- long form drone pieces that grow and evolve (or devolve) slowly over time, emphasizing restraint. It’s intense minimalism.
#2: Sufjan Stevens, “Carrie and Lowell” – This album is pure gold. I also got the chance to finally see Sufjan play for the first time in Richmond, and it was life affirming.
#3: Vang Vieng, Vientiane, Laos – This was near the end of an almost 2 month excursion throughout Southeast Asia, and even though I was a little jaded of traveling at the time, this place stood out and reinvigorated me. Motor biking along the Karst Mountains with the sun slowly dropping is an experience I will never forget.
#4: George Saunders & Lane Smith, “The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip” – A very fun read, and inspiring to boot. George Saunders is a great author, and this is a unique representation of his work.
#5: Steve Hauschildt, “Where All is Fled” – His first album “Tragedy and Geometry” in 2011 was one of my favorites, and this ones tops it. Spacey, ambient, whatever you want to call it, it’s something that I will listen to for a long time.
We have reached out to different people within & around the HSAL camp to find out what inspired them last year. In the coming days, we’ll post a series of lists. Our hope is that you will get an idea of where we are coming from. Our fifth entry is courtesy of Todd Webb. Todd’s “day job” has more of a visual bent – underground comic illustrations, crayon drawings, whathaveyou. Under cloak of night (UBER-dramatic) he creates sounds via the Seamonster moniker. Here’s what inspired Todd’s creative output in 2015:
#1: The Happy Reader – a quarterly publication from Penguin Books entirely devoted to reading. Its amazing, thoughtful, and very well designed!
#2: Domenique Dumont, “Comme Ca” – the head of my record label tipped me off to this record, its terrific and I listened to it nonstop for a period of days.
#3: “The Nothing That Is” – this was was a super inspiring group art show at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Raleigh NC consisting of work from a TON of great artists, including a few of my favorites. I was honored to be asked to participate in the show, so had an excuse to visit the exhibit several times over the summer, and each viewing was better than the last. Super special.
#4: Polaris, “Live At Lincoln Hall” & #5: Deerhoof, “Fever 121614” – Two of my favorite bands put out live albums this year, Polaris (the band from Pete & Pete) and Deerhoof. Both were wonderful, but Deerhoof gets extra points on my list by surprising me by including a drawing I did in their album packaging!
I closed out 2015 finally getting to read Brian Eno’s “A Year With Swollen Appendices” which I’d been trying to find for what seems like forever. So far it is a great read. Honorable mentions in the music world: Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, and Mt Eerie’s latest offering “Sauna“.