Last Year, Part One

We have reached out to different people within & around the HSAL camp to find out what from the last twelve months inspired them. In the coming days, we’ll post a series of lists. Our hope is that you will get an idea of where we are coming from. Here’s what Melody Ouellette, songwriter/vocalist, & guitar player for L.A.Dies, turned in:

Ouellette performing with L.A.Dies (PC: Nick Scheetz)

#1 – ” Thirst ” by Mary Oliver

This was the first book I’ve read of Mary Oliver‘s, and it’s still my favorite.  The connection she makes between nature, humanity, and spirituality in this collection of poems is something that has really stuck with me throughout this year, keeping me mindful and reverent of the beauty in the world around us.

#2 – March 9th @ The Spot On Kirk, w/ Dover & The Elevators, Def.GRLS

I was really nervous to play this show.  We had just come back from tour with Dover and I think we were all pretty sad to see it end.  It’s easy to get caught up in the anxiety of showing a crowd of people something you made, but it ended up being one of the biggest turn outs we’ve had.  I remember looking into the crowd and feeling proud that we had made music that resonated with people–all the work we had put into L.A. Dies felt worth it.  We had shared a connection with people and made so many friends that regardless of where we would go with the band, we had made it to that point and I was proud of us.

#3First Time Recording In Studio

We recorded in a studio for the first time this year.  Going into it we were all apprehensive because we had only ever recorded at home. We were nervous to put ourselves in the vulnerable position of entrusting our idea with people we barely knew, as well as to put our project, and its production, in someone else’s hands. But after eight hours and a trip to Chipotle, all those anxieties subsided, and the music and new friendships we left with that day could not have been recreated without the collaboration and openness of other creative minds.

#4Tennis

Even though I moved in with three my closest friends earlier this year, we’ve all been so caught up with working and keeping up with our families that we’re rarely all home at the same time–when we are, I try to convince everyone to play tennis with me. We’re so busy trying to be productive and accomplish whatever task is next on our list, that the time we have for doing things simply because we enjoy them is (increasingly) limited. When we’re playing tennis, all we can do is play tennis, together, present in the moment.

#52018 Mid-term Elections

This was the first year I was really excited to vote.  I felt more informed and connected to this election than I ever have.  Regardless of the stress in the current political climate, as I’m sure everyone, no matter how they see things, has been worn out by our seemingly unending cultural divisions, seeing the voter turn out and the diversity of candidates inspired a hope that we were headed in the right direction.

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Nigel 12″ Pre-Orders Are UP!

Pre-orders are now up for our next project! HSAL #48, in cooperation with Crozet’s Infinite Repeats may be purchased through the label bandcamp page. This is the latest in a line of several announcements surrounding this 12″ EP (a first for Good Dog Nigel), which is set for a late February reveal**! Score your copy today & stay tuned for future developments as they unfurl…

** NOTE: the 02/22 date listed on the page is a moving target at this point **

PS: Pre-ordered copies of “The Implied Sunrise” will include a download of a cut from the record to tide hungry fans over until the wax drops!

As 2018 Comes To A Close…

There’s still time! We’re shipping all orders on Monday…

FRIENDLY REMINDER! We are running the 30% sale through Monday (12/31/18). With the “HSAL2018” coupon, you get the discount on any/everything you order. We will be packing all orders & dropping them at the post office Monday. Oh, & the boss says we’ll be shipping extra vinyl-based goodies in every box that ships during this sale.

We have asked a handful of folks from the HSAL family to share their 2018 highlights with us. Starting Tuesday, we’ll be dropping the new chapters in our Last Year series. Stay tuned – 2019 is gonna be HUUUUUUGE!

WELCOME: Good Dog Nigel

PC: Nick Scheetz

Who is Good Dog Nigel?

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…

WELCOME: L.A. Dies!

PC: Stefanie Murza

Who is L.A. Dies?

(pictured from L to R) Joe Palame: Bass Guitar, BGV; Melody Ouellette: Vocals, Electric Guitar; Aaron Jacks: Electric Guitar, Keys, BGV; Myra Goodman: Drums

What made them attractive to HSAL?

100% their live show. It was only after seeing them grow into their sound on stage after stage around our hometown that we decided to pursue. Additionally, their DIY recordings showed a willingness to drive beyond simple living room demos. Oh, we should also call out that they’re a super fun bunch…we’re into fun bunches!

What will 2019 hold for the band?

The band will be cutting their new album with Allen Bergendahl (Shy Low, Psalmships) this spring. After tracking, look to catch ’em out on the road before the LP drops at the onset of autumn. 

So, what DOES the band sound like?

…rather than namedrop a bunch of acts RIYL style, we decided to let their songs tell the tale. Here’s a few cuts from their self-produced album with their two tracks from HSAL #44 mixed in to begin fashioning your ears for what is to come…

Time To Stock Up!

FB Banner HSAL2018 Coupon

Yup! We’re using the last month of the year to (fingers crossed) shift some inventory from our homes to yours. Use the code “HSAL2018” before completing your order on our bandcamp page to shave 30% off your total.

We are also updating our bandcamp presence to make searching for records by artist easier. All of our releases will still be available via the “music” tab, but the default tab will now be the “artist” tab. This will also allow us to feature new artists as they join the HSAL family (hint hint)…

The Giving Of Thanks!

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…

LYNCHSTOCK 2018!

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

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…