HSAL @ SPAZZ Fest IX!

 

Over the weekend, two of our acts were able to represent the Ol’ Dominion in the Tarheel state. On Sunday, Benjamin Mauch & honeybrandy played part of the ninth annual SPAZZ Festival over in Greenville. Highlights included cool electronics from Bryce Eiman & a completely inspired performance by Clang Quartet, who stirred up a spiritual frenzy on an Old Testament prophet level. We managed to capture our folks’ sets. Here’s a couple movements from their performances…

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LIVE HSAL Happening this Spring!

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Buds are blooming across our beloved hill city, we are gearing up for lots of cool shows happening downtown. These dates are going down at Speakertree (901 Jefferson St #G7, 24504)

  • 03/24: Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon (full band!) w/ B.A.Scott
  • 04/06: TLVS w/ You’re Jovian (1ST FRIDAY w/ Jacob Laverty exhibit)

We are also working on a local date to celebrate the release of the new Opin EP (HSAL #43), which is still available for pre-order. Inventory counts are getting low on this one. If you are into this brand of interesting, catch indie rock (if you’re reading this, you most likely are), don’t wait for the 04/20 release date…

…oh, & if you happen to be out east this weekend, honeybrandy & Benjamin Mauch are playing a right killer showcase for the ninth annual SPAZZ Fest in downtown Greenville NC on Sunday, 03/25.

As for other “stuff”, we are working on something really rad for this fall. Let’s just say that HSAL is hoping to be a big part of what has become a local hallmark as the leaves begin to change…more on that later.

UPDATE: KillGXXD!!!

If you’ve already ordered your copy of HSAL #42, your copies will leave our hands with Monday’s post. Perhaps you’ll find the additional goodies to your liking…

If you haven’t scored a copy of the new split b/t KillGXXD & Irving, there are a few ways to do so:

  • Tomorrow night (Saturday, 02/24) @ Speakertree (Lynchburg VA). KillGXXD has turned his appearance into both a release & “going away” party. KillGXXD’s about to escape our fair Hill City for the confines of the Garden State. This will be the last time to catch our fella as a “local”.
  • Pre-order the cassette from our bandcamp page. The full release drops on Friday, 03/03, but all orders are shipping now!

 

 

YEAR IN RECAP: 2017

First Quarter (01/01 – 03/31): HSAL was hard at work making the honeybrandy debut LP happen. Mastering, artwork, & determining a release date. Details began to materialize around Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon‘s debut EP. We were in the throes of collaboration with several artists from ’round the Commonwealth (and a few from the surrounding states) for our yearly Lynchstock comp. Decision was that it would be all covers. Submissions began to appear in the Dropbox. We were stoked!

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Second Quarter (04/01 – 06/30): The fifth annual Lynchstock Music Festival was to take place on Saturday, April 22nd in our hometown. HSAL was able to book the early afternoon slots for one of the stages with a number of electronic/experimental artists from ’round the mid-Atlantic. By 3PM, the festival was officially called due to inclement weather, but not before Oahu, Leaaves, & honeybrandy cast spells over the soggy crowd.

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As the spring was winding down, HSAL embarked on the ambitious task of resurfacing the work of local legend Brian Hall & Outside Records. Beginning in mid-May, we digitally presented an album (streaming only) from one of Hall’s many projects every Wednesday. This happened for ten consecutive weeks, with a final outtakes/live/compilation tracks collection dropping in early August. HSAL #31 & #37 were sent off to press to meet release dates of August & October (respectively).

Third Quarter (07/01 – 09/30): HSAL carved out an opportunity to partner with poet/artist Steve Scott one his first release of new material since 1998. Over many an email & Dropbox link, Nathan went back & forth with Scott on artwork, liner notes, & the release date, which eventually landed in early October to coincide with his Australian lecture tour. HSAL also repressed HSAL #32, the out-of-print debut full-length from Benjamin Mauch.

Jeremiah’s debut EP dropped on 08/04. We planned a release show for later in August to allow for college students’ attendance. The show, a completely sold-out affair, was wonderful. Assuming magic was going to pour forth from the stage, we recorded the set..

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Fourth Quarter (10/01 – 12/31): SO, SO MUCH! the honeybrandy release party at a downtown art house with the group inviting Todd Webb (electronics) & Bob Pence (reeds) to sit in for a special set. HSAL #38 staying in the experimental top 40 on bandcamp for a month upon its release on it’s way to becoming the best-selling HSAL title to date. KillGXXD turning in a stellar introduction to the HSAL camp while working on a proper debut (due out early 2018!). TLVS finishing up work on their new EP, which represents their first recordings as the trio. Oh, they played a couple shows with Sound of Ceres too! We finished off the year by releasing a live EP from (you guessed it) Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon’s release show.

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Ladies & gentlemen, our 2017 releases: HSAL #36, “Borrowed Recipes” (Various Artists); HSAL #31, “Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon” (Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon); HSAL #37, “Deaf Sharp“(honeybrandy); HSAL #38, “Cross My Heat” (Steve Scott); HSAL #30, “Loosie (C’mon)” (KillGXXD); HSAL #39, “Live At The Old City Cemetery” (Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon)

HSAL Family Sightings

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Last weekend, TLVS opened a killer show here in the Hill City! The Craddock-Terry Gallery in Riverviews Artspace played host to the three act bill which also boasted Advance Base & Sound Of Ceres, whose most recent full-length, “The Twin” is worth hunting down. Our friendly neighborhood instrumental rock trio took the audience through material that will comprise their new EP, “Wild Strawberry“, which should be out before the end of the year. What made the evening especially cool were the pieces of regional art that adorned the walls for the gallery’s annual juried show, specifically the large metal sculpture which took residence in the middle of the floor.

Meanwhile, out on the left coast, Steve Scott celebrated the release of his latest, “Cross My Heat“(HSAL #38), with friends & fans in northern California. Performing most of the new record, as well as some pieces from his travels over the past few decades, Steve took to the mic at the Fig Tree Lounge in Roseville. He shared stories of travel & exploration which affected much of his work. Video of both sets have since popped up on Facebook. Check out the 2nd set here, which begins with “The Eclipse” & features unreleased pieces the poet is still work-shopping…

TOMORROW NIGHT!

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If you are in Lynchburg this weekend, come hang with us Saturday night at Riverviews. We promise the evening will be KILLER! TLVS is gearing up for the release of their new EP, “Wild Strawberry” & will be playing most everything from it. Advance Base will conjure up spirits with his haunted lyrics. Sound of Ceres will deliver one of the coolest light shows you have ever witnessed.

PS: We also heard that Nathan will be selling  7″ singles & EP’s (including some classic indie rock) from his personal collection at the TLVS merch table.

LUV that city!

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…really great weekend of honeybrandy action up in Philadelphia! The duo hopped in the van & made their way to an up & coming alleyway in West Kensington. honeybrandy took to a darkened warehouse space full on wooden barrels, steel kettles, & future brew, delivering a half hour’s worth of spacey textures. Local sound spinsters Soporus poured wave after wave of ambient bliss over a cozy room.

Form Fermentery proved a wonderful forum for the show. Stories & tasty beers were served up by Ethan, Scott, & the rest of the local crew for hours afterward. Oh, & check out that LEGIT poster (thanks, Will!)…