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:
DATE: Saturday, September 28th
LOCATION: Warehouse Theater, Academy Center For The Arts
This event is something we dreamed up with help from our friends at the Academy Center. We are still working out arrangements on some extraspecial 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!
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.“
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“.
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!
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…
We just dropped a new video for “2017 Golden Cypress” by TLVS. If you’re in our hometown this week, you should stop by the Ellington Thursday evening. They are playing with Sound Of Ceres & Ian Chang. Doors at 8P & tickets are still available…
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.
These “singles” are culled from the same sessions that brought forth “The Sound Of Who We Are“. More syrupy rock tunes from the synapses of Norfolk’s sassiest breakfast slinger, Elliott Malvas. Across roughly ten minutes, expect to get caught up in the trademark YJ bounce & strum.
FFO: Beauty Pill’s “The Unsustainable Lifestyle“, Swervedriver’s “99th Dream”
Good Dog Nigel‘s debut 12″ is steady rolling off of merch tables as they continue showing up on stage after stage. Word from our partners at Infinite Repeats is that the official (full color) jackets should be shipping out any day now. This also means the deluxe editions that many of you have been waiting for will also be hitting the mailboxes soon. If you haven’t check out this party, what gives?
This digital EP by You’re Jovian drops on the first Friday of April! It’s the rest of the work Elliott did up in Philly during the sessions for “The Sound Of Who We Are” last year. Look for it at all the usual online troughs (Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, & of course, bandcamp).
“autremonde: The Collected Commercials Of Death”
The other digital release from HSAL next month. This full-length (clocking in at nearly 80 minutes) is the result of over a decade’s worth of heart & soul from one of the most reclusive friends of the label. Andres Mementomori stirs up memories of late 70’s Eno, mid-80’s Gabriel, & “The Drift” by Scott Walker. Vocals are scarce but emotions run high throughout this journey. The entire palette will present itself on April 19th. Oh, & you can preview a cut from this album in the soundcloud player on the left-hand side of the screen. ( <——— )
This summer, HSAL has the honor of partnering with Virginia Beach soundsmith Oahu (sonic moniker of cartoonist Todd Webb) for a duel EP release. The 2CD collection will prove to be the stuff of legend. On the first disc, Webb works out soundscapes based on source material provided by Deerhoof guitarist John Dieterich! The second disc will contain a highlights set of “daily bleeps” curated by Webb himself! NOTE: Not sure what daily bleeps are? Get educated here…this series is one of the things that first endeared us to Oahu’s output.
Yup, this one’s gonna SLAY! The LP is tracked & the band is in the throes of mixing these nine cuts down. Nothing concrete (at least nothing we can officially announce yet) but it looks like the release party for this one, slated for a weekend just shy of peak color on the trees, should prove to be coolest party of the year. We know – bold prediction. That’s how much we believe in this record.
QUICK UPDATE: This past weekend, L.A. Dies began tracking their debut full-length up in Richmond with long-time label friend Allen Bergendahl. We were able to sneak into the sessions & eavesdrop as they worked together to pour the foundations for what is shaping up to be a super dreamy record. If all goes to plan, tracking will be finished up by month’s end & we’ll get to mixing & mastering. The goal is to drop this one in the fall…
In the more immediate future, the band is has a few swell gigs around the mid-Atlantic:
03/22: The Ellington (Lynchburg VA) w/ Wesley Montgomery, Oceanic
03/29: Roanoke DIY Fest (Roanoke VA) w/ Lung, A Day Without Love