Mauch‘s been solidifying his rig for the past several months, parcing out “neat gadgets” from the “gear that takes my set to the next level”. With a smaller footprint & bigger sound, Ben is starting down the path to new sounds. Rumor has him branching out later this year with a new tape (more details as they surface). In the meantime, check this new piece, “Digital Burden” that was just leaked via Soundcloud. #therealchill
FROM LEFT: Benjamin Mauch; honeybrandy (PC: Joanna McGlothlin)
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…
(clockwise from top left: Leaaves, Oahu, honeybrandy w/ friends)
Thanks to social media & news coverage, it’s common knowledge that Lynchstock 2017 started as a dream & ended in a washout. While we can’t change the opinion of everyone who blasted festival management, we can CERTAINLY share ours here.
Before the heaviest of the storms hit, the “Water Dog” stage played host to a collection of acts curated by HSAL. Oahu started the afternoon off with a pleasing tapestry of minimal electronic textures. Next up was NC’s Leavves. Flying his school colors (by draping his UNC jacket across the front of his set up), Nate Wagner captured onlookers with a noise-tinged ambiance. By the time honeybrandy took the stage, dark clouds were pushing in from the west. The stage tent was packed for a wonderful set that included their Cocteau Twins cover. With minutes left in their set, local police shut down the festival & forced everyone off the park grounds. As a result, our good buddy Benjamin Mauch‘s set was cancelled.
Across the street in the Glass House, Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon led a full band in front of a full house. a few hundred were treated with a chance to dry off & drink in Harmon’s soulful croon.
APPENDIX: Although not officially tied to the label, Quick On My Feet put on a killer set of late 90’s throwback indie rock (think Get Up Kids or the more less depressing acts from Deep Elm) on the stage next door to ours. Oh, & the “new to us ’cause we’re late to the party” award goes to Captain Pizza. That guy…
HUGE PROPS to everyone involved in making the festival happen. No doubt the weeks ahead will be as frustrating (if not moreso) for the Lynchstock team. While many of the planned festivities were unable to be shared, what did happen on April 22nd, 2017 was right magical. Keep your chins up, alright?
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 Benjamin Mauch, whose “Golden Bay Garden” rates as one of our fave releases from 2016, turned in:
#1 – Jeremy Bible, “Music For Black Holes“ (self-released): When I found out that this album was coming out, I immediately placed an order for the physical copy, and was not disappointed. Long form drone that is beautiful and dark in the best ways possible.
#2 – Bibliotheca: I also immediately placed an order for this when it was showcased on Kickstarter, but it was over two years ago when I did. Following the development and production of this project has been fun, and the final product (a Bible with a reworked translation that is void of chapters/ verses and is meant to be read like a book) is perfect.
#3 – Kevin Drumm, “Artificial Organ“ (self-released): A surprising release from a prolific artist. Listening to a new work by Kevin Drumm is like inviting a ghost to stay in your room for a while; it’s initially disturbing, but after chatting and listening, the ghost tells you things that would have never been revealed otherwise.
#4 – Andy Stott, “Too Many Voices“ (Modern Love): Andy Stott has made me appreciate techno, albeit the experimental kind. “Too Many Voices” is brimming with interesting textures that make it worthy of many repeated listens, especially while driving in the city at night.
#5 – Eluvium, “False Readings On“ (Temporary Residence Ltd): This is by far the most beautiful and heart wrenching album Matthew Cooper has released. It’s gorgeous.
HSAL has recently learned that Benjamin Mauch will be returning to the states later this year! On a personal bent, we couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome a friend home. On a professional bent, we are excited by the potential for new material. To celebrate Ben’s imminent arrival, we are sharing his latest soundcloud jam here. Oh, & you can stream a set from the last time Ben was in the states here.
So, in case you hadn’t heard, we FINALLY received physical copies of the new TLVS album! It’s in stock now (NOTE: All pre-orders have already been shipped & should be in hand by the time you read this). To celebrate the vinyl, we’re running this special package deal with the last few physical releases that we have put together. It’s $28 PPD for HSAL #22 (The Accidental Parade), HSAL #23 (TLVS), & HSAL #25 (Benjamin Mauch). We’re running this package deal until July 12th or when we run out of stock on one of the releases (#22 & #25 are both limited editions). Just email us (email@example.com) with your request & we’ll set up for you to purchase via Paypal! Fresh off the heels of a set in an graveyard, 1/2 of the Hill City Eye & Ear Control are at it again! Joey & Nathan will be performing a sound collage at the Riverviews Gallery (9th & Commerce Sts, downtown Lynchburg) as part of July’s First Friday opening ceremony on the 3rd from 6P – 8P. We’ve been told that the exhibit will feature works from the residents of the Riverviews Studios & Co-Op! Should prove to be a blast…
Since roughly 67% of the bill has released sounds through us this calendar year & we were influential in setting the whole thing up, we figured it was “our show” enough to email folks about it here:
SATURDAY, JUNE 20th
@ OLD CITY CEMETERY CHAPEL (401 Taylor St, 24501)
– BENJAMIN MAUCH (from Richmond, minimalist composition w/ laptop & keys)
– IN SONITUS LUX (from Austin TX, ambient guitar w/ percussive gong work)
– HILL CITY EYE & EAR CONTROL (LOCAL! instrument quartet that flirts with post rock & jazz)
FREE SHOW! (We’ll be taking donations throughout the evening to support the traveling artists)
MUSIC WILL BEGIN AT 8P SHARP & SEATING IS SUPER LIMITED!