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.

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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)

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HSAL Family on the move!

Reports from Steve Scott‘s trip across the seas have been positive! In addition to working through a university-based lecture circuit in Australia, Steve was able to spend some time in Bali. Who knows, maybe he was able to gather field recordings that will source a follow-up to the already successful “Cross My Heat“. On a related note, our continued thanks for all the support shown towards HSAL #38. It’s been such a neat experience introducing people to the label through this album.

Fresh off the heels of a killer show with Soporus in Philly, honeybrandy will be taking to North Carolina based airwaves this weekend! This Sunday night at 8P, Joey & Nathan will be playing a live set on WUAG, the student-run station for UNC Greensboro. The entire set, plus any interviews & shout-outs will be live streamed as well.

TLVS is gearing up for their 11/18 date with Sound of Ceres & Advance Base. They are also finishing up tracks for their new EP, recently re-titled “Wild Strawberry“. If all goes well, the EP should be streaming from the HSAL bandcamp page by the time you’re digesting that second helping of cranberry sauce.

LUV that city!

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…really great weekend of honeybrandy action up in Philadelphia! The duo hopped in the van & made their way to an up & coming alleyway in West Kensington. honeybrandy took to a darkened warehouse space full on wooden barrels, steel kettles, & future brew, delivering a half hour’s worth of spacey textures. Local sound spinsters Soporus poured wave after wave of ambient bliss over a cozy room.

Form Fermentery proved a wonderful forum for the show. Stories & tasty beers were served up by Ethan, Scott, & the rest of the local crew for hours afterward. Oh, & check out that LEGIT poster (thanks, Will!)…

We’ve been busy this year!

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For a single, discounted price (not to mention a significant break on S/H), you can score a copy of every title we created a physical copy for during 2017:

HSAL #31: Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, “Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon” (CD)
HSAL #32: Benjamin Mauch, “Golden Bay Garden” (CASS)
HSAL #37: honeybrandy, “Deaf Sharp” (LP+CD)
HSAL #38: Steve Scott, “Cross My Heart” (CD)

THIS IS FOUR PLUS HOURS OF ORIGINAL SOUND!

For $32 + S/H you get a box (courtesy of the USPS), with all of these releases. You will also receive a digital copy of all four releases, plus some additional digital goodies from the HSAL archives!

Given the limited inventory of a couple titles here, this deal will be available as long as we can fulfill orders.

Order yours today!

You’re too kind!

As the first official weekend of autumn gets underway, we here at HSAL wanted to share how happy we are at the level of interest in all of our recent (& not so recent) releases. Now that most of our 2017 releases are in house, we’ve been dropping off armloads of packages to the local post office. It’s been great to see HSAL action shipping out to points the world over (looking at you, Australia!). the support you continue to show us around new sounds from Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, Steve Scott, honeybrandy, & more melts our hearts.

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We are days away from restocking HSAL #32 & will be reopening sales for Ben’s full-length as soon as those creamsicle colored cassettes are in our possession. Oh, & we’re still working out plans to make 2018 just as wild as 2017 has played out. We’re partnering with some folks for 12″ remix EP from our Carolina buds Band & The Beat. We’re staying on Mr. Roots to finish up the HSAL debut for KillGXXD (some of his work is available in the NEW COMP over on the left-hand side of this page). Speaking of the new streaming comp, there are samples from most of our new releases, as well as live cuts from Jeremiah & friend to the label Lucid You (a super soulful take on shoegaze. Oh, & this guy’s voice? #toomuch). Plenty more action to gossip about as details materialize…

 

The Goings On!

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With their debut LP arriving to the HSAL offices in a few weeks, Joey & Nathan are prepping for an eventful fall in support of “Deaf Sharp“. Their local release show will be at the Schewel Theater in the Riverviews Bldg on Friday, October 6th. The evening begins with Long Live The Pilot (they helped out with honeybrandy’s Cocteau Twins cover for HSAL #36) playing the Craddock-Terry Gallery from 6P – 8P for “First Friday”. The show gets under way immediately following First Friday. Todd Webb will open the evening with an Oahu set, then will be one of the guests who sit in with honeybrandy. There will be a cash/card bar during the show & Speakertree will be selling deluxe editions of “Deaf Sharp”.

Look for more dates announced throughout the fall & winter. To give you an idea of what these shows will sound/feel like, honeybrandy have been capturing snippets of their recent rehearsals:

JEREMIAH LLOYD HARMON!

We are currently working with Jeremiah to book an East Coast tour in March. Stay tuned for dates as they are confirmed! Still haven’t heard his debut EP? Tony Rinaldi, who plays Moog on the EP calls these tunes “among the most mind-blowing stuff I’ve heard.” Pick up a copy of HSAL #31 here

BENJAMIN MAUCH!

We have made a second run of cassettes for Ben’s gorgeous full-length, “Golden Bay Garden” (HSAL #32)! This time around, it’s solid orange shells with ice white printing on the sides. Ben will have these for sale when he plays the Bazaar in Roanoke on the 16th. We should have them on the bandcamp site around the same time.

STEVE SCOTT!

Pre-orders for Steve’s new full-length, “Cross My Heat” (first new material in nearly two decades!), will begin on Friday, 09/15. Steve will be taking copies with him for his upcoming dates in Australia. Look for the CD to be available stateside in October.

honeybrandy LIVE!

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honeybrandy was part a wonderful evening of “out” sounds in Richmond last week. Hosted by “the Colloquial Orchestra” & organized by Cherub Records‘ PJ Sykes, the bill also included Amplifier On Fire, Lunar (who are really great!) & a Sykes’ led “house band” that recently supported Jandek at his RVA tour stop.

Joey & Nathan were able to capture their set with some lo-fi gear (thanks to Ben Mauch for manning the “record” button). You can stream the entire set over at our soundcloud page.