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…

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!