it’s still dark when i wake up.

as the new year begins, we’re way too busy with day jobs & with getting records together for all of you. here’s a quick update on what’s shakin’ round these parts:

GOODWILL FALCON / RUGBY SPLIT SINGLE:
you can stream it & buy it here
this is ridiculous

HSAL #17 & #19
– coming back from the presses now

HSAL #16
– waiting for test presses now

UPCOMING HSAL COMPILATION 12″
– we’re curating a collection of jams from many HSAL artists & friends.
– this comp will be in the same tradition as HSAL #08 & HSAL #12, but will be released on vinyl as well!

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top of the month updates!

…so, DECEMBER is finally here! ’tis the season, & your friendly neighborhood record label is pretty jazzed at all the happenings around the lab of late:

HSAL #12 Cover

our second digital compilation is set to be released on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7th! much like last time (HSAL #08), we have looked inward to find interesting music from ’round here. this go around, we have the fortunate opportunity to showcase new tunes from a few of our own (herizon, TLVS, & goodwill falcon all have new, unreleased pieces!). the current tracklisting is as follows (we reserve the right to add a track or two before the release date):

– brian hall (gladys va), “cinco de mayo (single edit)”
– the snowy owls (richmond va), “meadow”
– long division (norfolk va), “mutations”
– boas (richmond va), “all things”
– white laces (richmond va), “red buffalo check (white laces redux)”
– goodwill falcon (norfolk va), “from the lowest shelf”
– rugby (lynchburg va), “sick box”
– evenings (charlottesville va), “babe”
– the late virginia summers (lynchburg va), “matisse (early version)”
– herizon (lynchburg va), “chesapeake bay”

in other news, goodwill falcon will be joining a few tour stops with rugby in january. this tour pretty much hits every “cool” spot in virginia, so there’s no excuse not to catch one of these dates. as dates are confirmed, they will be listed here.

finally, HSAL #04 is set to be released TUESDAY, DECEMBER 28th. “the trail at blackwater creek” (due out as a cassette w/ digital download) was recorded in a single session back in june of 2009. it was a guitar duet b/t joe morgan (TLVS, asentimentalsong) & pd wilder (hotel hotel). after the initial recording, joe had nathan from TLVS assemble a sound collage to work as an accompaniment for the piece. the final result is a 30 minute piece that serves as a soundtrack to a walk through the underbelly of lynchburg virginia. as artwork is finalized for this cassette, we will post more details. if you are a fan of super minimal progressions & long, drawn out layers of guitar washes, this could be your favorite release of 2010!

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!