you’d see further if you’d only close your eyes.

HSAL Split 10

we are super jazzed to finally have these together! as soon as the ink dries on the front cover art for the rest of HSAL #16, we will be shipping all pre-orders. we will be throwing some extras in each package as a way of saying thanks for the obscene amount of patience we have required of you.

up next on the HSAL docket (in case you hadn’t heard) is the debut release from a long time friend of the lab, herizon. oh, & our next compilation, HSAL #21, which should be arriving from the presses soon. oh, & we are working on an “event” for the fall semester that should include most every HSAL artist as well as a dozen or so additional hand-picked acts…STAY TUNED!

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!

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.

(star city based) kind words for HSAL #08!

so, the “in the know” roanoke based blog scenic recovery has taken the time to put down some kind words about our digital comp, HSAL #08:

“Informed by the crop of late 90’s/early 2000’s experimental indie bands like Labradford, Pan.American and Sparklehorse, HSAL #8 is a deliciously lo-fi compilation of VA-based bands that have worked in and with the Lynchburg-based Harding St. family. Everything from ambient, Eno-style soundscapes (A Sentimental Song), twee-folk (Moruza) to noise and dream-pop (Herizon, Goodwill Falcon) is represented, and gives a good idea of the kind of music being made under the radar in the Old Dominion. Did we also mention that it’s free?”

also, one of scenic’s writers put together a 10 minute sound collage based on the different tracks from HSAL #08. you can stream that here.

it’s been a while. let’s catch up, shall we?

UPDATE: our first cassette releases, each including a full digital download, are coming along nicely. williamsburg based electro-pop wunderkind goodwill falcon has turned in “private tones”, a 5 song EP with a stellar reworking of “the painter’s daughter (which was one of the hooks the falcon used to capture our ears last year). richmond’s white laces have doubled up with their self-titled EP. side a contains 4 jams, two of which were tracked at the legendary sound of music studios. the b side showcases frontman landis wine’s exploratory tendencies, with 3 abstract guitar washes. the incestuous CAVE DRUMS have offered up 7 lo-fi scorchers to serve as the a side of a split with canadian dead heads ommacobba & the east side marijuana band. interesting note: all three of our cassettes will feature a reworked versions of tunes featured on our digital comp!

UPDATE: having recently logged some serious road trip hours to & from the northeast, herizon has drunk deep from the well of inspiration. word has him working on what may become herizon’s next piece of vinyl. word also has a long-awaited live set materializing later this spring. while we don’t have all the details just yet, we have been told that a couple dates in virginia & north carolina are among the plans.

UPDATE: the late virginia summers has finally finished up “porcelain”, their follow-up to 2008’s “winter”. the two piece are working on a mid-may release date, with a handful of shows to support. up first is friday, april 23rd at the good cherry (forest virginia) with label mates white laces. this particular event will be a celebration of the current exhibit by our friend shan eberhardt. it’s called “blue nights“.

UPDATE: our records, including our first release, the split 7” b/t herizon & virgineola, can now be found in roanoke’s classiest consignment shop, bazaar consignments. we’ve also began to show up in the online store of spirit of orr (run by members of sunburned hand of man!).

“7 inches” catches the lab yet again!

it was only a handful of days ago that HSAL #02 was gracing the front page of “7 inches” a brooklyn based blog that concentrates its time & efforts on the current surge of vinyl specific release. this time around, our first record (HSAL #01, the herizon/virgineola split 7″) is given the red carpet treatment. you can read all about it here. word on the street is that our little ol’ label will be featured on an upcoming episode of their podcast…

in semi-related news, virgineola will be performing the entire b-side to HSAL #01, as well as many pieces that will end up in this summer’s score for endstation theatre company’s reworking of “hamlet“, friday, the 5th @ rivermont pizza.

HSAL gets freshly squeezed.

the good people over at what to wear during an orange alert had some good things to report upon checking out our first two 7″s. we are the current feature in the blog’s weekly “freshly squeezed” section. they also included the cover artwork from HSAL #01 (created by our very own herizon). here’s the link to the article. here’s the link to another article where HSAL #01 is tucked away underneath a stack of goodies that the orange alert folk had apparently just received.

what’s the buzz (tell me what’s happenin’)?

things are really taking shape for 2010 here at the harding street assembly lab. we have just confirmed that joanna will be presenting her collages, paintings, & other mixed media sundries in richmond next month! for those not familiar with joanna’s work per se, she is responsible for the cover of HSAL 02, as well as most everything that the late virginia summers has ever released. this will be joanna’s 3rd show in the past year, & her first exhibit in richmond. look for the harding street assembly lab to be on display, beginning january 31st, at harrison street coffee shop near the campus of VCU. If all goes to plan, the lab will be setting up a closing ceremony show with TLVS & some friends of ours from out that way, but more on that in the days ahead…

herizon’s tim condon spent the past weekend working on material for an upcoming release with his brother & musical ally aaron condon (the two have been an “on again, off again” songwriting team since the heyday of the national feather at the beginning of the last decade). hoping to venture into more “noisy, raucous” territory, the condon brothers are capturing the foundation for HSAL’s first small run cassette. no word on whether this will be a split release, as it all depends on the amount of material these sessions reap, & us finding someone daring enough to put their work up against the mighty herizon.

the late virginia summers are pushing & fighting their way towards the release of their first full length in nearly three years (although joe & nathan have managed a two EP’s & a 7” single, as well as a lineup change in that span). the LP, tentatively titled “porcelain”, looks to abandon much of the aesthetic of 2007’s “sundowning”, while retaining all the dark, yet hope-filled vibe. half of the record serves as a document to the material that the two piece has been performing live throughout 2009. the other half offers a look into the future direction of the band, one that draws a bit more heavily on volume & subtle accompaniment than any place the band has been to date. the track listing for “porcelain” is as follows (but, as always, subject to change):

SIDE A
“weathered stone”
“pebble azalea starfish”
“marbled atlantic”

SIDE B
“twilight wash”
“red buffalo check”
“deep persimmon”

as is typical, there are a few pieces that will remain on the cutting room floor for the time being. one such piece is a re-working of “heather majestic purple” (the original, 13 minute version can be heard here). all in all, TLVS will most likely have another EP’s worth of material that may show its face one day…

finally, we wanted to spread the good word on the new record by our good friend cj boyd. we are working towards a split 7” b/t our virgineola & his sextet, but we are simply wow’d by his most recent solo outing, “aerial roots”. If you are a fan of the lab, you owe it to yourself to get swallowed up by the cavernous spaces in this album.