the heat of summer is quite oppressively upon us here at the lab. no doubt, you’ve been sweating it out as well. it’s been a harrowing few weeks, & we just had to pencil in a few moments to catch everyone up on our comings & goings…
UPDATES: august’s infamous dog days of summer should be carrying our most recent releases in tow. first off, the somewhat long-awaited (some of you preordered this record back in may) 12″ LP from TLVS, “porcelain“, should be back from presses. we have had a right hectic go with this one, as it’s the first time we have ever been held up due to potential copyright issues. it stemmed from a clip that the group harvested from a 1979 national geographic flexi-disc 7”. all that behind us now, we are excited to FINALLY be shipping out copies of this limited edition first pressing (100 copies on marbled vinyl!!!) the artwork was printed by sire press. if you are looking for reasonable prices on VERY HIGH QUALITY print jobs, they’re going to be one of your best bets (DISCLAIMER: no payments were made by sire press or any agent thereunto for this comment). our other upcoming release will be a CAVE DRUMS / ommacobba & the east side marijuana band split cassette. all of the artwork for this one is courtesy of the condon brothers, who, in addition to comprising CAVE DRUMS, are up & coming film makers.
LIVE DATES: virgineola is getting ready to take on 10 performances of their score to endstation theatre’s retelling of “hamlet“. the group played a benefit show for the theatre this past weekend. you can see a short video from that performance here. these shows seem to be the biggest undertaking for our favorite little group of local musical all-stars. to celebrate, the group has put together a CD-R of demos from the show. it’s called “ghosts of the river appomattox” & features 40 minutes of music from the group as well as screen printed artwork by joanna. the group is also looking to record some of these shows in the hopes of putting out a digital release based on “hamlet”. additionally, TLVS will be playing with norfolk’s long division on the 24th at rivermont pizza. that show should prove a cinematic rock dream come true!
WRITE UPS: virgineola’s involvement in “hamlet” is catching some press traffic locally. if you call our town your town, pick up a copy of the burg this week. in addition, the lynchburg news & advance has picked up the article. you can read that here. TLVS’ new record received a really favorable write-up from jason over at 7 inches. he has recently begun a forum to cover releases in different formats (video, digital, other sizes of vinyl, etc.). you can read his eloquent waxing here.