HSAL #40 – “Wild Strawberry”

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HSAL #40: TLVS, “Wild Strawberry” EP

Since the release of “I Can Dream All Day” back in 2015, a lot has changed in the TLVS camp. Most importantly, Joey Wright joined as a permanent member (he’d been part of the live set off & on for over a year at the time of the LP’s release). The group booked a couple different recording sessions with different producers, but they fell through due to scheduling conflicts & one incident with an exploding HVAC unit. By early 2017, the trio decided to take matters into their own hands. They began tracking new material on their own, a process which birthed their early recordings (HSAL #02, HSAL #03).

This collection of TLVS tunes represents the first intentional recording as a trio. “2017 Golden Cypress” is a three-piece take on one of the first tunes ever recorded by TLVS. “Stencils” & “Fragaria (Virginiana)” were written over the summer of 2016 in preparation for a recording session that never fully materialized. “Peppermint” was a cover tune recorded in early 2017 for the Lynchstock 2017 compilation (HSAL #36).

AVAILABILITY: DIG
ARTWORK: courtesy of HSAL
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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!

 

 

HSAL #42 – “KILLGXXD/Irving”

HSAL #42 Digital Cover (6x6, 300)

HSAL #42KILLGXXD & Irving, “KILLGXXD/Irving

Our forty-second release is a super special collaboration! Thirty-five minutes across two EP’s that feature a pair of producers bringing their unique flavors to the Ol’ Dominion.

On the A side, KILLGXXD (Virginia by way of Los Angeles) drops eight cuts as a proper follow-up to his debut a few months back. This EP manages to stir up nostalgic samples & familial shout-outs without feeling outdated or played out. Like the perfect amusement park ride, you’ll find yourself coming back to this “feel good” over & over & over again.

On the B side, Irving (Virginia by way of Chicago) cuts & pastes his way through a “megamix” of stylistic left turns & speed bumps. The schizophrenic energy ushers the mind into the VIP & challenges the ears to decide between the come down & one more mysterious elixir. **Irving appears courtesy of Good Glass**

Both sides of this cassette ebb & flow like two house parties that have been psychically linked!

AVAILABILITY: DIG, CASS (LTD run on SONIC BLUE shells)
ARTWORK: courtesy of HSAL
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Gettin’ Ready For Spring!

The new year is wide open & your friendly neighborhood record label is picking up where we left off in 2017. First off, we have worked out a deal to release the new Opin EP! We’ve been friends with frontman Landis Wine since before the label’s inception & we’re stoked for the opportunity to work with his new outfit.

We are also dropping a couple of split cassettes. One is new output from KillGXXD (a Virginia by-way-of SoCal producer) & Irving (a Virginia by-way-of Chicago producer). The other is a collaborative affair between HSAL alums. Benjamin Mauch & Todd Webb (Oahu) will file share their way to a special set!

HSAL Spring 2018 Output

We are also in the final steps of releasing the new TLVS EP. The band is currently mixing down the five-track effort & will have the project mastered by the folks at Polyphonic Workshop. It’s been a long time coming & we can’t wait to share it with you all…

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.

Lynchstock 2017 Collage (2000w, 300 DPI)

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 #39 – “Live At The Old City Cemetery”

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HSAL #39: Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, “Live At The Old City Cemetery

To celebrate the release of HSAL #31, Jeremiah drove down to Lynchburg (where his debut EP was recorded) to reconnect with friends. The result a packed house, some stellar opening support (Wesley Montgomery, BRNES), & an hour of Harmon casting spells with his voice. A KILLER memory for sure.
Your friendly neighborhood record label took it upon ourselves to capture the set, edit it down to a roughly thirty-minute collection of jams, get the mix mastered, & deliver this gift to ears near & far. Contained within this document are seven performances (a single from the debut EP, a Roberta Flack cover, & five new pieces), the excitement of a supportive crowd, the squeaking of pews, & the occasional train pushing past the Chapel.

Thanks to the Old City Cemetery & Arboretum for use of this incredible space.

PERFORMERS:
  • Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Keys, Piano
  • Nathaniel Roots – Bass Guitar
  • Tyler Coleman – Drums

AVAILABILITY: DIG only
ARTWORK: cover image courtesy of Samuel Miller Photography
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HSAL #30 – “Loosie (C’mon)”

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HSAL #30: KillGXXD, “Loosie (C’mon)”

THE HELMET IS HERE! Rather than lazily lean into stereotype, KillGXXD looks to concoct mixtures of house, R&B, and electronic music. This story is all about the beat!

This twenty-one minute collection of bits & pieces was harvested from KillGXXD’s hard drives. Though a couple of these selections have remained hidden until now (“Never Fumble“, “Truly Something“), many of these sounds originally surfaced on soundcloud (among other places) over the past few years.

As HSAL assists in instigating the next chapter of this artist’s story, we thought it prudent to share some of the work that made us fall hard for him in the first place.

AVAILABILITY: DIG only
ARTWORK: assembled by HSAL
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NOTE: Be on the lookout for a KillGXXD cassette with all new material around Valentine’s Day!