Good Dog Nigel is gearing up for something SPECIAL & it is a mere days away! The 12″ (co-released with Infinite Repeats) is dropping on the 22nd & the party is going down at the Ellington (421 Rivermont Ave, 24504). We got hold of a test press this weekend…it sound very, very choice!
Charlottesville’s New Boss & our own TLVS will be opening the release show. We have it on good authority that the entire evening will be the sort of stuff dreams are made of…
Speaking of TLVS, they are currently writing & demoing new material. The goal is to end up with a new LP’s worth of material & then some by year’s end. No word on when any of this new material (recorded or live) may surface, but we can hope…
L.A.Dies is gearing up to begin recording their debut full-length in Richmond next month. If all goes to plan, we’ll be up there with ’em & (fingers crossed) will be able to share some of the magic as it is captured. In quasi-related news, we have started seeing these stickers pop up:
…and finally, we just began talks with some friends & family about HSAL #53 & #54. Should all our dreams become reality, these catalog entries will be coupled & released together in a special package!
We have reached out to different people within & around the HSAL camp to find out what from the last twelve months inspired them. Over the past month, we’ve posted a series of lists. Our hope is that you will get an idea of where we are coming from. Here’s what Steve Scott, author, poet, & spoken word performer, turned in:
The year 2018 was consumed with moving out of our old house/selling it, living in an apartment while the new house was finished so I’m going to base my list a bit on that experience…
The hesitations and rationalizations that go through your head when contemplating discarding things/books you will never use/have time to read etc. (you hear about this sort of thing, but the actual experience is inspiring / sobering)
There are now TWO ways to pre-order the upcoming 12″ EP from Good Dog Nigel. For $25 USD, you can score the SUPER LIMITED EDITION “DELUXE” PACKAGE from Infinite Repeats. This version includes the vinyl copy, a screen-printed poster, a t-shirt, & more…
Those who are looking to get in on the fun in a less expensive fashion may still score a copy of the 12″ EP for $13 USD via bandcamp. Either way, copies are moving…don’t sleep on this one!
In related news, Good Dog Nigel is stirring up more buzz this week at the video premiere for “Comedy“, which appears on “The Implied Sunrise“. This Tuesday night, Nigel mastermind Parker Emeigh will not only debut the Nick Scheetz directed video, he will deliver a motivational speech for any & all to receive. It all goes does down at 7P…
Still not convinced? Stream the lead single from “Sunrise” here:
We have reached out to different people within & around the HSAL camp to find out what from the last twelve months inspired them. 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. Here’s what Joe Morgan, guitar player (TLVS, asentimentalsong), turned in:
These guys released an album in 2018 called “Arbiter” and it was their first release in over 10 years. This was a comeback/reunion album from a band I really enjoyed in the early 2000’s. They are a melodic hardcore band with a big emphasis on spacey guitars and atmospheres. I thought this was a very well done record with some great riffs and some catchy vocal hooks. Really feel like they captured their old sound but also put together something new and fresh.
Kyle Bobby Dunn is one of my favorite ambient/drone artists. He has come out with several albums that make sad sound so good. He put out a split LP with Wayne Robert Thomas in 2018 called “KBD/WRT”. This split introduced me to Thomas who is also a very talented ambient/drone guitar player. In fact, his whole discography, besides this split, is available for “pay what you want” on his bandcamp page. I spent a lot of time listening to his releases this last year and grew to really enjoy his sound. It is great to be able to listen to his work and lose yourself in the calming tones and textures of the soundscapes he creates. #
This is another band that I enjoyed in the early 2000’s that I have followed on and off ever since. I hadn’t listened to them very much until their previous album “Pale Horses” that was released in 2015. They started off their career with a pretty aggressive post hardcore sound that had a unique screaming/spoken word type approach to their vocal delivery. I felt they were getting back to this sound on this album. In 2018 they released the “untitled” LP and the “untitled” EP. They continued this more throwback sound specifically on the LP while the EP contained more calm vocals and tamer songs. The full-length album definitely has some great lyrical content and gets pretty heavy at spots with big drums and great guitar riffs. They throw in some pretty aggressive vocals at the right moments and even have a great reinterpretation of an old hymn. It was nice to spend some time with this album the last year and take in this unique band’s sound.
This guy is a very prolific Japanese ambient/drone artist. I have found myself listening to him more and more the past couple years. I got a copy of his album “Scene” on tape in 2018. It is 4 pieces of music and it is some of the prettiest and saddest music you will hear. Lovely quiet drones and textures with so much melancholy seeping through. I feel that everything he puts out is great and I’ve spent a lot of time digging into his large discography this last year. Whether you are looking to dive into the deep drones he creates or to be swept away by the spacious sounds, there is something very special and rewarding about listening to his work.
A special vinyl reissue of The Mercury Program’s 2002 album called “A Date Learn the Language” was released in 2018. They also did a small east coast tour that I was able to attend that was in support this reissue. I had seen these guys once before many years ago and it was really neat to see them again. Being older and more learned in my musical knowledge let me appreciate this experience even more. The mix of electric piano, delayed guitars, vibraphone, and a great rhythm section makes these guys a solid act. Their music is instrumental and contains a post rock feel with some jazzy elements as well. Really pretty music that also grooves very nicely. It was really nice to get to not only get this album on vinyl after it being out of print but also to see some really great musicians perform it extremely well.
…a few more thoughts…
2018 was also a great year to spend writing and performing music with TLVS. We created and recorded some great ideas and were able to develop a solid live presentation of our art. I’m looking forward to big things in 2019 with them and also with my solo musical endeavors. I spent a lot of time in 2018 with my family as well. I am very thankful for my lovely wife Amanda and our amazing daughter Hannah. Family is so important and I’ve learned to appreciate the time I spend with them so much more this last year. They inspire me to create new sounds and enjoy the beauty God puts in front of us each and every day. I’m looking forward to a great 2019 with many new and exciting things to come.
Out ahead of the EP release, Good Dog Nigel offer a glimpse into the magic that is to come. “I Can’t Be“, the lead track from “The Implied Sunrise“. At the onset, this track comes off like the memory of a hazy afternoon spent with friends. As the melody walks into the room, heads begin bopping to the rhythm. The temperature rises with the energy of anticipation until the moment that a sweaty dance party erupts with as the songs comes down from a lofty peak. Sounds too good to be true? Stream it for yourself (everyone else already has). While you’re at it, go ahead & pre-order a copy of the 12″ EP (most of your friends have done that too)!
We have reached out to different people within & around the HSAL camp to find out what from the last twelve months inspired them. 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. Here’s what Andrew Weathers, composer, collaborator extraordinaire, & label head over at Full Spectrum, turned in:
The land is its own entity, people are places; how does a place you’ve never lived become a home; we see a glow in the forest, I wash my face in the river and feel my own self alive; to be with friends and not feel the crush of capital is rare and cherished.
It takes at least two years for a place to be a home, and we’re not there yet; we’re learning and building slowly, the only way to do it; vision is necessary to see it, not everybody has vision; one day we’ll have a kitchen again; the sheet rock in my life.
Wake up before sunrise to avoid the incredible heat that sets in by 9 am; you understand water more; you understand fear more; you understand what this earth can do to us; you understand better the rapidly deteriorating climate brought on by the greed of wealthy white men; sleep on a mountain top to stay cool.
The sweet smell of a rotting saguaro in the heat; the cicada brood that makes more interesting music than every fool with a $10k synthesizer; the wash looks just like the trail; two miles in 100 degree heat is not what you think it is.
A home I have left, but remains close; the powerful resistance to colonization by Tech and fake-cultured suburbanites continues to be a beacon; I still dream about the cool air from the bay; I still can feel the weight of a burrito from El Metate in my hands; I miss my friends and I am grateful that we have the work to do together.
We have reached out to different people within & around the HSAL camp to find out what from the last twelve months inspired them. 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. Here’s what Melody Ouellette, songwriter/vocalist, & guitar player for L.A.Dies, turned in:
This was the first book I’ve read of Mary Oliver‘s, and it’s still my favorite. The connection she makes between nature, humanity, and spirituality in this collection of poems is something that has really stuck with me throughout this year, keeping me mindful and reverent of the beauty in the world around us.
I was really nervous to play this show. We had just come back from tour with Dover
and I think we were all pretty sad to see it end. It’s easy to get caught up in the anxiety of
showing a crowd of people something you made, but it ended up being one of the
biggest turn outs we’ve had. I remember
looking into the crowd and feeling proud that we had made music that resonated
with people–all the work we had put into L.A. Dies felt worth it. We had shared a connection with people and
made so many friends that regardless of where we would go with the band, we had
made it to that point and I was proud of us.
We recorded in a studio for the first time this
year. Going into it we were all
apprehensive because we had only ever recorded at home. We were nervous to put
ourselves in the vulnerable position of entrusting our idea with people we
barely knew, as well as to put our project, and its production, in someone
else’s hands. But after eight hours and a trip to Chipotle, all those anxieties
subsided, and the music and new friendships we left with that day could not
have been recreated without the collaboration and openness of other creative
Even though I moved in with three my closest friends earlier this year, we’ve all been so caught up with working and keeping up with our families that we’re rarely all home at the same time–when we are, I try to convince everyone to play tennis with me. We’re so busy trying to be productive and accomplish whatever task is next on our list, that the time we have for doing things simply because we enjoy them is (increasingly) limited. When we’re playing tennis, all we can do is play tennis, together, present in the moment.
This was the first year I was really excited to
vote. I felt more informed and connected
to this election than I ever have.
Regardless of the stress in the current political climate, as I’m sure
everyone, no matter how they see things, has been worn out by our seemingly
unending cultural divisions, seeing the voter turn out and the diversity of
candidates inspired a hope that we were headed in the right direction.