…and this will be the last song I will ever sing.

…holy wow! april is shaping up to one of the wildest months in HSAL history. here’s all of our recent comings & goings:

– first off, our music groups have been taking on high marks of late:
TLVS: click here for a review of their 03/26/11 date in greenville nc!
white laces: click here for a review of their 03/24/11 show in richmond va!

white laces will be wrapping up their spring gauntlet with a few dates around the commonwealth this month. information on shows in roanoke & lynchburg can be found here. from here, the laces are working out new material for upcoming releases through the lab (one of the split 10”s) & richmond based the acme thunderer (7”).

– joe morgan’s asentimentalsong has been showing up as the accompaniment piece to austin based duet more states as they work through the mid-atlantic portion of their tour. while the performances have been something special, the spirit of this new dynamic is being captured this week at joe’s house. lord willin’ & the creek don’t rise; we will be able to release some of this material in the coming months…

– fresh off their “spring fling” tour, TLVS are looking for any & all still shots & moving pictures of from their performances. if you or someone you know has any such material please get in contact with the group: thelatevirginiasummers@gmail.com. the band did some capturing of their own & will be editing/compiling/releasing those wares soon. they are also in the throes of working out summer dates with long division & white laces!

alaska are calling it quits. in a very mercurial fashion, the lynchburg based trio came on the scene, burned bright & burned fast. they will be missed. a memorial service (read: final performance) has been scheduled for may 13th at our town’s late night haunt, rivermont pizza. they are also putting together a few more dates around town, which can be found here.

out from blown speakers!

…Man oh man! It’s been a month since our last update. To say that we have been busy would be one of the year’s larger understatements! Here’s the latest gossip from ‘round our water cooler:

White Laces are currently heading down to SXSW! They are actually involved with killer series of shows put on by Holy Smokes booking out of Charlottesville! You can get all the details here. Also brewing in the White Laces camp is the release of HSAL #13, a special “Harding Street” edition of their recently released 12” EP (available through SHDWPLY/Whole Ghost). Our SUPER LIMITED version (only 14 copies left as of 03/14/11!) of the 12” comes with a screen printed jacket, a dual sided insert with photography by our good friend PJ Sykes, a brief history of our relationship with the band, & a digital download that features the entire EP plus over 30 minutes of live tracks, unreleased demos, & b sides. Pre-orders for HSAL #13 can be placed here. The physical copies are set to begin shipping on Tuesday, 03/22.

– The beginning of our split 10” EP endeavor is well under way! We opened up the lab for the purposed of tracking & mixing the entire EP (nearly 30 minutes of hot jams b/t Lynchburg’s TLVS & Norfolk’s Long Division) & are super jazzed with the results. Joanna will be working on the insert for this record – we always expect great things from her & she NEVER disappoints! As for the music, here’s the track listing:

SIDE A: The Late Virginia Summers
“Heather Majestic Purple”
“Chambray Du Peter Kent”

SIDE B: Long Division
“Tragic Colors”

We are shooting for an April 26th release date for this EP & will be announcing a very special album release show to kick things off!

– In related news, TLVS is about to embark on their “spring fling”! the duo have crafted a new live set that is equal parts “porcelain” & material from the aforementioned split 10”. This tour will take TLVS through Tennessee, North Carolina, & Virginia, ending up back in Lynchburg for a hot date with Arms & Sleepers on April 3rd. All of the dates, including TLVS appearances post-tour, can be found here.

Alaska’s debut full-length received a rather favorable (7.8 out of 10) review from Georgia’s the Blue Indian. The entire review can be read here.

Goodwill Falcon are gearing up to play out more this spring! The next month or so has them performing in front of crowds all over the commonwealth, including Richmond, Lynchburg, & Norfolk. You can get more details for each performance here. It should also be noted that the Falcon are working out “two-piece” versions of many songs from HSAL #05 (the now out-of-print “Private Tones” cassette) that will be paired with newly written tunes (“Dan” songs & “Carter” songs!) for the group’s first full-length.

i feel so extraordinary…

to any & all who were able to make it out for our label showcase this past friday night, THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! we had a blast celebrating our one year anniversary with really good sets from herizon / virgineola, goodwill falcon, TLVS, & alaska! as the week rolls on, we hope to have video from these performances. the first of these videos features goodwill falcon performing “gameboy camera” from HSAL #05, which is now OUT OF PRINT (of course, the digital version of “private tones” is still available here)!

this weekend also saw a series of three album release shows for alaska: friday night as part of the HSAL birthday party, saturday night with local quirky popsters rugby, & a surprise set at the white hart on sunday night! the group’s self-titled debut LP has a street date of 11/16, but is moving fast! to compound the frenzy, the initial copies of the album we received from the plant were BLACK (not WHITE, as we set up for). we are working to resolve this issue & will end up with white 12″ versions of the album. if you are the collector type, you will want to make sure that you pick up a copy on BLACK vinyl while they are still available. once the pressing plant corrects this, we will only carry the WHITE vinyl copies. you can pick up a copy of the LP from us here or from the band directly as they show up all over the mid-atlantic in the coming weeks.

white laces will be releasing their debut 12″ through shdwply/whole ghost this winter. the group has graciously allowed to help celebrate the album with a special “harding street” edition. limited to 20 copies, these records will be on a different color vinyl than the whole ghost version. the artwork will also be unique to this edition. we will also be adding some things to the digital download. we hope to have these available after the new year…

i’m just beginning to see. now i’m on my way…

quick sunday afternoon update to catch everyone up on where & what the lab is into this week:

herizon is performing their first live set EVER!!! this friday, as part of the HSAL label showcase & birthday party, tim & kim are performing a few tunes. they will be accompanied by virgineola, who will be sharing the opening set with them. FYI – these days, virgineola is a five piece made up of keys, percussion, electric guitars, & violin. should prove MAGICAL! here’s a live take on “cave drums”, one of our favorite herizon tunes to date…

alaska’s self-titled debut LP is being prepped for release as you read this. we are excited to finally get these sounds to your ears. we have moved the release date back by a week, with the release show happening this saturday @ rivermont pizza. also appearing will be local wiedro-pop duo rugby.

it’s a shoreline. it’s high speed.

…whew! halloween is tomorrow & we are too busy to even don costumes this time around. instead of leaving a bowl of candy on our porch, we figured we would catch you up on what we have going on at the lab:

HSAL #10, the self-titled debut LP from our most recent signing, alaska, is just about done. we are running into a bit of a hold up from the presses, but we still hope to have copies ready to ship out on tuesday, november 9th. if you will be in lynchburg next weekend, alaska will be celebrating the album’s release down at rivermont pizza (2496 rivermont ave, 24503). also performing will be local skewed pop duo rugby, who are currently finishing up songs for a cassette they will be self-releasing (perhaps our first foray into distro?)…alaska is also setting up to finish the calendar year playing shows around virginia & north carolina.

– on the cusp of their first live performance, herizon is has filled out with virgineola serving as the session musicians. in addition to this performance (part of our 1st year anniversary showcase – 11/12 @ the muse830 in midtown!!! – see poster below), tim & kim are working on a one-sided LP that will feature a collection of herizon works on the A side & an etching by a friend of the label on the B side…

– last year, joe from TLVS & our friend pd wilder of hotel hotel sat down & tracked a 30 minute, 2 guitar drone piece. after the original tracking, nathan from TLVS assembled a noise collage to “complete” the piece. the result is “the trail at blackwater creek”. we will be releasing a small run C-30 cassette (HSAL #13) for this piece. look for that around the start of the new year.

– we are putting together another digital comp! as with the first comp we did back in the spring, this collection will feature unreleased work by our artists (herizon, TLVS, white laces, goodwill falcon, & more) as well as by friends of the label, both new & old (the snowy owls, rugby, evenings, & more). our hope is that this collection, HSAL #12, will be released around the holidays.

show poster for our label showcase!

hey…where you at? (we right here!)

it’s high time for an update from the lab…and, away we go!

– our music groups have shows going on all month long! from local sightings by members of TLVS (asentimentalsong is performing @ the white hart downtown) to dates in preparation for a stint at this year’s CMJ festival (white laces are playing with sore eros, eternal summers, & more up the east coast), the assembly lab is coming on strong at the onset of autumn. you can check out a full listing of show dates & venues here.

– richmond based blog “in the black & white” recently featured the lab in their weekly write-up! plenty of great B&W photos as well a streaming sampler curated by pj sykes, whose photography has recently been showing up in LP art from the likes of versus & superchunk! click here to read the entire article.

ALASKA has finished up their debut full length! we are currently waiting for the LP’s (white vinyl!!!) to return from press & anticipate a 11/09/10 release date (just in time for the group to finish the year strong with a series of shows in support of the record). the album features 7 solid jams filled with quick changes ushered in by a powerful rhythm section & tons of catchy licks that seem to have time traveled to this record from some old ventures outtakes! you can stream “our kind of weather” here.

– finally, more mentions of our groups along the information superhighway:
goodwill falcon: click here
white laces: click here & here
CAVE DRUMS & ommacobba: click here

“porcelain” LP release party!!!

to celebrate the release (FINALLY!) of our first full length, “porcelain” by the late virginia summers, we are throwing a show!

10/03/10 show poster

joe & nathan will be performing most of the material from the LP at this show. joining in on the festivities is long time friend to the lab cj boyd. his recorded works, including last fall’s “aerial roots” (joyful noise recordings), have always been an inspiration towards minimal beauty for TLVS. we are also delighted to include the lab’s newest addition, ALASKA, whose debut full length should be available in early november. as a way of saying “thanks for coming”, all copies of “porcelain” purchased at the show come with a special bonus CD-R of TLVS material! the show will be happening at the hive, which is right in the middle of the up & coming mid-town scene (click here for directions). see you there…

current murmurings.

we are but weeks from the official beginnings of autumn, & your friendly neighborhood assembly lab couldn’t be more excited. things just seem more crisp & in focus as the days shorten & the afternoons cool down. quite a few things going on at HSAL these days, so we figured that we would catch you up on our comings & goings:

– a neat little blog from canada recently spoke kindly about HSAL #06. avant lard, based in montreal, had this to say about the ommacobba side: “ommacobba’s work covers a rich spectrum of droned out RnR, to fake-jazzy freakouts, to krauty-space-stoner-pop, usually accompanied by large tom drum workouts and always given a generous portion of reverb and melody. daniel and denis definitely understand beauty and how to have a good time, their music reflects this take on life. the sound is a much needed breath of fresh air.

– joe from TLVS has recently been interviewed for QRD, an online zine that covers drone & other “out there” types of sound. this is the first in-depth interview joe has ever done, but he came through with flying colors. you can nerd out with all the case, ax, pedal, & hero talk here.

– we are working on a 12″ release from ALASKA. the three-piece (with help from a fourth recently moved ex-member) just finished tracking their debut LP in a house out towards the western city limits of lynchburg virginia. they are putting together some really groovy instrumental rock with tons of surf leads. our hope is to release this LP by the time leaves are done changing colors.

– there are rumors of solo full lengths from both herizon & asentimentalsong (both featured on HSAL #08) being recorded this fall.