FROM LEFT: Benjamin Mauch; honeybrandy (PC: Joanna McGlothlin)
FRIDAY: Ben Mauch will be sharing a stage with Ships In The Night & Eliza Janus! If you are in/near Fredericksburg, swing by the Evolving Art Machine. Sounds start after 7P (ALL AGES!)…
THURSDAY: honeybrandy will be sharing a stage with LUNAR. Oh, the house band for Jandek’s recent RVA tour stop will be playing a set as well. If you are in/near Richmond, swing by Flora (FKA Balliceaux). Sounds start after 10P…
WEDNESDAY: HSAL will release the 7th installment of our summer-long tribute to Brian Hall & Outside Records. This week’s release is one of Hall’s latest creations, clocking in at over two hours!
TODAY: Pre-order HSAL #31 (CD) & HSAL #37 (LP) if you haven’t already (we are SUPER PROUD of both these recordings). Also, check out keep‘s most recent effort, “For Your Joy” (cover art below). NOTE: You may recall the RVA duo was part of HSAL #36 (where they dropped a righteous Smashing Pumpkins cover). Well, this new LP is KILLER! If the stars align just right, we’ll figure out a way to have them play the Hill City before too long…
Your friendly neighborhood record label has been scurrying ’round for the past several months to get all of this together, & now the time has come! Up now on our bandcamp page are pre-orders for both HSAL #31 (CD) & HSAL #37 (LP)!
HSAL #31: Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, “Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon” (CD/DIG)
(CD/DIG: Available 08/04/17) Beginning as homemade demos sent out west for reference, HSAL #31’s foundation was established over a four-day session in a converted living room. From there, layer after tasteful layer was added on via input & connections from producer Chris Schlarb (Psychic Temple, Invisible Astro Healing Rhythm Quartet). The finished product is an EP’s worth of silky smooth passages crafted by solid gold musicianship. The physical copy will be a four-panel gatefold wallet with full-color artwork designed by Jeremiah. These visuals compliment the textured world drafted by the EP. Additionally, the wallet contains a full lyric card!
HSAL #37: honeybrandy, “Deaf Sharp” (LP/DIG)
(DIG: Available now; LP: Available 09/29/17) “Deaf Sharp” is the debut full-length from honeybrandy (Nathan McGlothlin & Joey Wright). The duo headed out to southern California to work with good buddy Chris Schlarb (Psychic Temple, Invisible Astro Healing Rhythm Quartet). For the single-day session, Schlarb connected honeybrandy with a pair of phenomenal horn & reed players & even sat in on electric guitar for a portion of the time. The limited edition 12″ copy of “Deaf Sharp” on VIRGIN BLACK VINYL (with digital copy that includes the bonus tracks) is paired with a special CD that contains all recorded honeybrandy material (as of June 2017). This is another hour of sounds tracked at Nathan’s house by the duet with some guest spots from friends.
HSAL #36: Various Artists, “Borrowed Recipes” DIG (free download)
Our annual FREE comp that accompanies our home town’s “Lynchstock Music Festival”! This time, we asked everyone to submit a cover & OH BOY (!!!) did the team turn in some doozies! The collection pays tribute to some heavy hitters (Stone Roses, Cocteau Twins, William Basinski) as well as some acts that hit close to HSAL’s heart (TLVS, Audio Explorations). ENJOY!
- Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, “The Colour Of Spring”
- Band & The Beat, “I Wanna Be Adored”
- asentimentalsong, “Taken”
- Keep, “Stumbliene”
- honeybrandy & friends, “Tranquil Eye”
- Benjamin Mauch, “Pebble Azalea Starfish”
- Richard, Son Of Richard, “Learning To Fly”
- Quick On My Feet, “My Heart Will Go On”
- TLVS, “Peppermint”
- Oahu, “DLP 5”
AVAILABILITY: digital download only
ARTWORK: courtesy of HSAL
(clockwise from left: Joey Wright, Phillip Greenlief, Kris Tiner, Chris Schlarb, Nathan McGlothlin)
To say this past weekend was magical would be to understate its impact. HSAL traveled to southern California to mix down some new TLVS tunes & have honeybrandy cut a record with some seriously heavy hitters.
Nathan & Joey from TLVS spent a day working through the sounds that Chris Schlarb had captured at the Old City Cemetery Chapel back in July. A tweek here, an assembly direction there, & the involvement of a vintage Lexicon Prime Time delay unit later…the group now has fresh recordings of two new songs that have been bookending recent sets (“Stencils”, “Fragaria (Virginia)”). We are currently exploring options on how to share these tunes with you all.
On Friday, honeybrandy set up in Long Beach’s Big Ego Studios for a whirlwind session that drank freely from session guests Kris Tiner (trumpet), Phillip Greenlief (reeds), & studio owner Chris Schlarb (electric guitar). In the span of a day, nearly two hours of complete improvisation was captured. Reflecting on the session, Tiner described it as “weightless, effortless, sensitive and transcendent music”. Alongside of Schlarb, the duo took to listening back & mixing down the material on Sunday. Needless to say, we are ecstatic with the results & can’t wait to unveil this work.
…oh, & due to our avid fandom of “Arrested Development”, we paid a visit to the RMS Queen Mary, which has been docked in Long Beach harbor since 1967.
We’ve arrived at that time of the year where “holidays” are (not so subtly) creeping into the collective consciousness. November hold quite a bit in store for your friendly neighborhood record label. Here are some of the yarns being spun in our camp:
– honeybrandy are heading to the left coast to cut their next record with much lauded engineer & HSAL friend Chris Schlarb at Big Ego in Long Beach, CA. They will be partnering with some heavy hitters from the free jazz world for this full length. in the coming year, look for Joey & Nathan to present this material in live settings featuring horn players from the right coast to round out the textures.
– Our next release will be a digital mixtape, courtesy of resident chameleon Lloyd Harmon. “Mima’s Mixtapes, Volume 1” (HSAL #35) promises to be a wild ride, with influences all over the map. Look for the mixtape to drop via bandcamp on November 22nd.
– JUST CONFIRMED! TLVS will be playing at Speakertree with Comrades & everett on Tuesday, November 8th! Get out & VOTE (!!!!) then come blow off some steam with some rad acts.
– We have curated a new mix on our soundcloud page. It features lots of vibe & atmosphere from most everyone in the HSAL nuclear family. All 36 minutes are available to stream in the player below…
Every release from December 2009 through October 2016.
Here’s where we have come from. Seven inch singles, ten inch split EP’s, full-length special editions on colored wax, cassettes in multiple colors, digital streams…they’re all here! We’ve done our best to do the underground music scene across the Ol’ Dominion proud. Looking ahead, we plan to continue the work. The remaining months of 2016 holds a couple new cassettes, including the first physical release from our good buds Band & The Beat. Look for the pre-order campaign to drop on that one soon.
2017 will hold lots of exciting action from the HSAL camp as well. We’ll be releasing Lloyd Harmon’s EP as well as a collaborative affair b/t KillGXXD & members of local folk heroes Dogwood & Holly. New recordings from TLVS & honeybrandy will no doubt surface. We’re also keeping our ears to the ground for up & coming talent across the mid-Atlantic. Have something rad that you think we’d be into? Share your wares – email@example.com.
HSAL #29: honeybrandy/Oahu, “honeybrandy/Oahu″ (CASS/DIG)
Who is “honeybrandy”? 2/3’s of TLVS
Who is “Oahu”? Todd Webb
, illustrator, visual artist, & occasional seamonster
After seeing the them perform together this past spring, HSAL asked both acts to create a single composition of roughly 20 minutes in length for a split release. While akin in spirit, both acts turned in a unique experience. On the A side, honeybrandy weaves astrological readings into their trademark collage of synths, lap steel, & field recordings. The result is uneasy on the surface but soothing over time. Oahu’s B side is comparatively minimal, with subtle electronic layers lapping into the speakers like an impending tidal shift. Each side was tracked, performed, & mixed by the artist. The release was mastered by Andrew Horton.
NOTE: The digital copy of HSAL #29 includes a bonus track from each artist recorded in the same sessions as the cassette material.
AVAILABILITY: black shell c42, digital download (begins shipping 08/26)
ARTWORK: courtesy of HSAL; initial collage by Joanna McGlothlin