HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

HSAL is celebrating 10 years & 50 releases!

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:

This event is something we dreamed up with help from our friends at the Academy Center. We are still working out arrangements on some extra special 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!

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Out Of The Office…

The HSAL offices will be closed for the next few weeks while the bosses head off to to get some “culture”. All orders placed b/t now & then will ship on Monday, July 15th.

(not so) Low Key Summer!

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“.

L.A Dies’ cover of a Swirl tune.

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!

Webb’s “toddbot” exhibit is LIVE!

Todd Webb meeting fans at Riverviews Artspace, May 3rd 2019.

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…

HSAL #49 is coming together!

L.A. Dies at the Ward, Richmond VA over the weekend.

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
  • 04/05: MACROCK XXII (Harrsionburg VA) w/ Shormey, Homeboy

“The Implied Sunrise” is OUT EVERYWHERE!

STREAM IT HERE

DOWNLOAD IT HERE

SCORE THE 12″ HERE OR HERE

Parker Emeigh serenading the release show crowd in Lynchburg.

In case you missed it, Good Dog Nigel through a killer party this past weekend in celebration of their debut 12″. New Boss & TLVS stirred up the anxious crowd before Nigel took the stage & tore through a sixty-minute revue that focused on the band’s current output. Highlights included a brand new tune featuring New Boss’ Devon Sproule on vocal harmonies as well as the perennial set closer “I Don’t Want It“.

Due to some press issues, the intended full color jackets were not quite ready for the February 22nd release. Lost Woods Print (run by Thomas Dean, who also runs Infinite Repeats & plays in Nigel) partnered with Parker to create some limited edition jackets for the show. All orders shipped with these jackets will receive the actual jackets via USPS once they are in hand.

12″ w/ center label; LTD EDITION printed jacket featuring hand-drawn version of the cover art; this is a HSAL & Infinite Repeats co-release.

If you happen to score one of these limited edition jackets, we’d love to see how you would spruce it up. Break out the crayons & really make it your own copy! As we see your handiwork, we’ll get ’em posted on our Instagram feed.

So, so many things!

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!

IR004 / HSAL #48 is shaping up!

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!