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!
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…
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
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.
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.
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!
This entire thing swims around in the psyche of Parker Emeigh, who has surrounded himself with a rotating cast of players (live & in the studio) for about two years now.
What made them attractive to HSAL?
Songwriting. Relentless energy. Ambition.
What will 2019 hold for the band?
Alongside of Crozet’s Infinite Repeats, HSAL is co-releasing Nigel’s first foray into vinyl in the spring. “The Implied Sunrise” is nearly a half-hour’s worth of spry psych pop written by Emeigh & captured to tape by Albermarle svengali Thomas Dean (New Boss). Look for pre-orders to drop after the new year gets underway…
With a consistent troupe of musicians en tow, expect Nigel continuing to scrounge up smart supporting slots on bills around the mid-Atlantic while working out details for a tour in support of “Sunrise“.
So, what DOES the band sound like?
…rather than namedrop a bunch of acts RIYL style, we decided to let the tunes tell the tale. Here’s a few cuts from the 2017 EP with their two tracks from HSAL #44 mixed in to begin fashioning your ears for what is to come…
The next time it’s Thursday, it will also be Thanksgiving Day here in the U.S. of A. It’s got us thinking about all the cool things that have happened in 2018 ’round the HSAL camp…
We sponsored an entire stage & were able to land most of our active roster in one place on one day! Super special thanks to Xenith & Wesley Montgomery for joining in on the party. It was cool to see all the band merch, talk to fans of the different bands, & share in celebrating all the wonderful rock action stirring up in the Commonwealth these days.
Clockwise from top left: L.A.Dies, Good Dog Nigel, Wesley Montgomery, Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, TLVS
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All band photos courtesy of Nick Scheetz.
ALL THE NEW RELEASES!
Since January, HSAL has dropped 8 releases, including two 12″ EP’s, two cassettes, three digital releases, & a compilation CD featuring current LYH covering historic LYH.
In addition to these “official” releases, HSAL acts dropped live tracks, partnered with other rad labels on records, expanded their own brand into new parts of the country via touring, blog reviews & a general spirit of comradery.
SO, WHAT’S NEXT?
With 2018 not quite in the books, we are lining up guests for our yearly “Last Year” series. Over the holidays, we will have a handful of HSAL family share five things that inspired them in 2018. Each time we do this, it proves to be intriguing & eye-opening as bands, engineers, managers, & the like talk about what drove them to all the wonderful work they shared in the past 12 months.
2019? Well, we are still hammering out details, but it looks like we have secured HSAL #48 & #49. Look for details on those records to drop before Groundhog’s Day. next year will also mark the 10th anniversary of the Harding Street Assembly Lab. To celebrate, we are working with some Hill City friends to do something special…
Stream the title track & grip your one-sided, clear wax 12″ today! Pre-orders will ship our before the release date with some additional HSAL goodies! NOTE: The digital copy will also include a bonus EP’s work of jams from Elliott’s treasure trove of demos & outtakes.
YOU’RE JOVIAN TOUR DATES
– 10/17: Ortliebs (Philadelphia PA) w/ Aster More, Dulls
– 10/18: Gold Sounds (Brooklyn NY) w Veda Rays, Weird Owls, Gracie Mansion
– 10/19: Little Grille (Harrisonburg VA) w Shormey, Bees
– 10/20: Lynchstock Music Festival (Lynchburg VA) w/ L.A. Dies, TLVS, Good Dog Nigel
– 10/27: Toast (Norfolk VA) w/ TLVS, Long Division, Berries
Lynchstock is less than two weeks out & we’re getting really psyched! We have worked out some really neat visual effects to accompany the killer acts that will grace the Harding Street Assembly Stage (see schedule below). Additionally, we are working with the artists to set up a shop at our merch tent. You’ll be able to score HSAL titles on the cheap during the festival. Rumor has it that one lucky fan will win an HSAL “care package” (TEN of our latest releases including vinyl, CD’s & cassettes) from your friendly neighborhood record label…
Tickets (including VIP access) are on sale now! Hope to see TONS of friends there.