So, in case you hadn’t heard, we FINALLY received physical copies of the new TLVS album! It’s in stock now (NOTE: All pre-orders have already been shipped & should be in hand by the time you read this). To celebrate the vinyl, we’re running this special package deal with the last few physical releases that we have put together. It’s $28 PPD for HSAL #22 (The Accidental Parade), HSAL #23 (TLVS), & HSAL #25 (Benjamin Mauch). We’re running this package deal until July 12th or when we run out of stock on one of the releases (#22 & #25 are both limited editions). Just email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your request & we’ll set up for you to purchase via Paypal! Fresh off the heels of a set in an graveyard, 1/2 of the Hill City Eye & Ear Control are at it again! Joey & Nathan will be performing a sound collage at the Riverviews Gallery (9th & Commerce Sts, downtown Lynchburg) as part of July’s First Friday opening ceremony on the 3rd from 6P – 8P. We’ve been told that the exhibit will feature works from the residents of the Riverviews Studios & Co-Op! Should prove to be a blast…
The show this past weekend at the Old City Cemetery, just up the hill from downtown Lynchburg, went down as something special! We were able to capture some audio from both Hill City Eye & Ear Control & Benjamin Mauch, who’s “For My Friends” EP is still available on limited edition cassette here. We’re actually working with Ben to release his entire set digitally in the coming weeks (stay tuned – there was palpable magic in that set!), but we wanted to get this live cut from the Eye & Ear guys up quickly. The quartet really seemed to be in tune with the vibes given off by the space & the grave garden itself. Captured on a used 30+ year old cassette via two strategically placed SM57’s before being converted to digital, this track is a wonderful document of the group’s current power. If you have 15 minutes to spare, stream “Track #2″. It’s a bit of a commitment, but it’s a wild ride.
Since roughly 67% of the bill has released sounds through us this calendar year & we were influential in setting the whole thing up, we figured it was “our show” enough to email folks about it here:
SATURDAY, JUNE 20th
@ OLD CITY CEMETERY CHAPEL (401 Taylor St, 24501)
– BENJAMIN MAUCH (from Richmond, minimalist composition w/ laptop & keys)
– IN SONITUS LUX (from Austin TX, ambient guitar w/ percussive gong work)
– HILL CITY EYE & EAR CONTROL (LOCAL! instrument quartet that flirts with post rock & jazz)
FREE SHOW! (We’ll be taking donations throughout the evening to support the traveling artists)
MUSIC WILL BEGIN AT 8P SHARP & SEATING IS SUPER LIMITED!
So, after a hiatus for the front half of the year, The Accidental Parade is back in the saddle again. Guitar dude Matt Beck has welcomed in Ryan Ulsh (Super Vacations, Mas Y Mas) to keep time & structure around his four-string melodies. We’re hoping to announce some live dates this summer & (fingers crossed) have them back in the Hill City before too long. We still have some copies of the Parade’s first EP on one-sided wax for those interested. All orders placed this summer (that’s pre-Labor Day) will include extra instrumental vinyl for to spin at back porch parties & the like!
Minimalist composer Benjamin Mauch is stateside this summer & will be performing around the Commonwealth until his next departure for China. If you haven’t checked out his recent collection, you owe the side of your brain that would rather sit at home alone with a cheap bottle of wine & listen to rainfall a concentrated listen. Our hope is to score at least one Lynchburg performance & then to set up some other dates with label mates TLVS.
Speaking of TLVS, we FINALLY have a new projected date on the new LP, “I Can Dream All Day”. Looks like the press will have copies back to us & to the band on/around June 23rd. We’ll be shipping pre-ordered copies, along with some extra TLVS & HSAL related goodies as soon as the LP’s are in our hot little hands. In other TLVS merch news, the duo has been selling copies of their first “official” CD, “Introducing…The Late Virginia Summers”, at shows & in person. The nearly hour long collection boasts a solid demo of “The Luminous Veil” from the new record plus some choice live cuts from the two-piece’s history. NOTE: If you ever saw TLVS & hoped to get a copy of that rad ambient tune where the one guys hangs out with prostitutes, THIS is the moment you’ve been waiting for!
Spaced out, jazzy, faux-jam band Hill City Eye & Ear Control have started to get noticed around town as the “go-to” for interesting background music. Fresh off their double set at the Old City Cemetery over Mother’s Day weekend, the quartet (we’re pretty sure the lineup has been solidified at this point) have been asked to perform as part of a weekend of “out” music (this term applied SUPER loosely) at the old Firehouse #4 between downtown proper & Rivermont in Lynchburg next month. We hope that the group will find a place to land long enough to track an actual set of jams that we can release before the year’s end.
Hey, all! We’re pumped to announce another set from Hill City Eye & Ear Control. It’s going down this weekend in the group’s hometown (Lynchburg VA) as part of the Old City Cemetery’s Rose Festival. From looking at the cemetery’s website, It looks to be an interesting time. The group has signed on to play two sets, each about an hour in length. Our hope is to capture some of this magic for another digital EP. For the uninitiated, you can stream the group’s previous EP (recorded at the Academy Theater this past winter) below.
We were so jazzed to start the festival off with the “tailgate” stage just outside the main gate entrance at this year’s Lynchstock! All three acts created the perfect entrance/ambiance to the day’s melding of different stylistic & artistic visions. Thanks to DJP & MrT (pictured above), asentimentalsong, & Seamonster (pictured above) for taking to our stage. We were also happy to present TLVS with some special guests on stage for their set in the afternoon. The “Discover” stage proved to be a really great melting pot of sounds all day long. Here’s a clip from the TLVS performance. It features Mike Tannian in the intro before the group storms into “Perseus Cluster”…
In case you weren’t aware or just missed our previous announcement, we’ve been afforded the honor of running a “tailgate” stage to help usher in the Lynchstock Music Festival! We wanted to put together a special treat for those who arrive on time or even (dare we say) early! We’ve secured a generator & are setting up to help celebrate the auditory magic that our Old Dominion continues to birth. Tentative schedule for the “Tailgate Stage” is as follows:
- 11:00A – 11:18A: Seamonster (super cute iPad-friendly pop tunes)
- 11:20A – 11:38A: asentimentalsong (swirly ambient guitar textures)
- 11:40A – 11:58A: DJP & MrT (keys + guitars + violin + vocals = catchy romanticism)
We’ll have everything set up for each act to happen one right after the other! The last sound from our stage will be done in enough time for you to rush the stage for the first official act of the festival. HSAL will also be taking care of the TLVS merch table/area. We’ll make sure there are some sweet deals on other Virginia-based vinyl, cassettes, CD’s, & other sundries available.
NOTE: We put together a playlist of all the HSAL related acts playing Lynchstock. Check it out ———–>
Speaking of TLVS, they are slated to perform on the Discover Stage at 2:05P! They are working on something rather interesting for their set & will have some special guests on stage with them. We are planning to document the set, but would love some assistance. If you end up filming any of the set or snap a couple of photos, we’d love to see your handiwork. Should we end up posting anything, we’d be delighted to post it (giving you the credit for it, of course).