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!

HSAL #16 (Split 10″ #1)

TLVS & Long Division

HSAL #16: TLVS / long division split 10″ EP $15 PPD

*this is the first of our split 10″ series. the idea is to feature one of our own on the A side, with a friend of the label holding down the B side.*

the late virginia summers (TLVS) present one of their most impressive (as well one of their oldest) moments with the drone of “heather majestic purple”, then finish the offering with a recent creation (“matisse”) penned specifically for this EP. norfolk’s long division hand in a couple of pieces written during the creation of their self-released “calm before”. “transmogrifier” is loaded with memorable hooks & passages, while “tragic colors” is a darker trail, replete with perfectly placed layers of feedback & wash. this b side also features the final sessions of long division in their “classic” lineup.

AVAILABILITY: marbled teal vinyl + digital download, limited run of 100
ARTWORK: jacket & insert courtesy of HSAL
PURCHASE: hardingstreet.bandcamp.com

you’ll taste it in time.

ARTIST NEWS:

White Laces: our RVA darlings are SUPER busy these days. they skipped SXSW in lieu of working out ideas for their upcoming full-length. they have been accepted to this year’s MACRoCk festival (04/06 & 07, harrisonburg va) & will be playing with the likes of creepoid, lower dens, & big troubles! they are currently playing shows in support of HSAL #17 & a recently released split 7″ with arches (worthless junk).

Goodwill Falcon: in addition to a new track on the upcoming HSAL 12″ compilation & their recently released split CD single with rugby, the falcon are flying high with a new CDEP out through closing scene. this collection offers up the first recordings with the current lineup & features live favorites like “the comforter” & “before you yell”.

TLVS: they made it back from SXSW in one piece! they will be playing out this spring in support of HSAL #16, which should be shipping out from the lab in the final days of march. joe & nathan are continuing to work out new ideas, building off of “eid mar”, which will appear on the upcoming 12″ comp. their self-imposed goal is to have a new record done by summer’s end.

Virgineola: stripped down to a four piece (with the occasional guest), virgineola are actively working out sound ideas for their role in this summer’s re-telling of shakespeare’s macbeth. a recent performance to support endstation theatre’s upcoming season proved to be a successful test run for the new line up, as reverb drench banjo, electric drones, simple synth driven low-end, & brushed percussion echoed through sold out auditorium. highlights from their 2010 run with “hamlet” can still be downloaded for free here.

asentimentalsong: j morgan is looking to play some shows this spring in support of his split 10″ with brooklyn’s guilty ghosts (HSAL #19). morgan’s other drone offering, parties, has a few copies of their “monster mash” cassette (courtesy of drone life) left over from their west coast tour that they would love for you to check out.

HSAL #19

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!

out from blown speakers!

…Man oh man! It’s been a month since our last update. To say that we have been busy would be one of the year’s larger understatements! Here’s the latest gossip from ‘round our water cooler:

White Laces are currently heading down to SXSW! They are actually involved with killer series of shows put on by Holy Smokes booking out of Charlottesville! You can get all the details here. Also brewing in the White Laces camp is the release of HSAL #13, a special “Harding Street” edition of their recently released 12” EP (available through SHDWPLY/Whole Ghost). Our SUPER LIMITED version (only 14 copies left as of 03/14/11!) of the 12” comes with a screen printed jacket, a dual sided insert with photography by our good friend PJ Sykes, a brief history of our relationship with the band, & a digital download that features the entire EP plus over 30 minutes of live tracks, unreleased demos, & b sides. Pre-orders for HSAL #13 can be placed here. The physical copies are set to begin shipping on Tuesday, 03/22.

– The beginning of our split 10” EP endeavor is well under way! We opened up the lab for the purposed of tracking & mixing the entire EP (nearly 30 minutes of hot jams b/t Lynchburg’s TLVS & Norfolk’s Long Division) & are super jazzed with the results. Joanna will be working on the insert for this record – we always expect great things from her & she NEVER disappoints! As for the music, here’s the track listing:

SIDE A: The Late Virginia Summers
“Heather Majestic Purple”
“Chambray Du Peter Kent”
“Matisse”

SIDE B: Long Division
“Transmogrifier”
“Tragic Colors”

We are shooting for an April 26th release date for this EP & will be announcing a very special album release show to kick things off!

– In related news, TLVS is about to embark on their “spring fling”! the duo have crafted a new live set that is equal parts “porcelain” & material from the aforementioned split 10”. This tour will take TLVS through Tennessee, North Carolina, & Virginia, ending up back in Lynchburg for a hot date with Arms & Sleepers on April 3rd. All of the dates, including TLVS appearances post-tour, can be found here.

Alaska’s debut full-length received a rather favorable (7.8 out of 10) review from Georgia’s the Blue Indian. The entire review can be read here.

Goodwill Falcon are gearing up to play out more this spring! The next month or so has them performing in front of crowds all over the commonwealth, including Richmond, Lynchburg, & Norfolk. You can get more details for each performance here. It should also be noted that the Falcon are working out “two-piece” versions of many songs from HSAL #05 (the now out-of-print “Private Tones” cassette) that will be paired with newly written tunes (“Dan” songs & “Carter” songs!) for the group’s first full-length.