HSAL #41 – “phases” (CASS/DIG)

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HSAL #41Benjamin Mauch & Oahu, “phases

Benjamin Mauch & Todd Webb have both released music through HSAL before (HSAL #32 & #29, respectively). They have shared stages together, notably in 2017, when we had both of them perform on our electronic stage at that year’s Lynchstock Music Festival.

With the spirit of the classic “In The Fishtank” series in mind, we asked these two artists to collaborate on a stand-alone project. The result is “phases” – a six track affair where the lines between the artistic leanings of each artist are completely blurred. Ben Mauch’s oscillating swells are tastefully integrated with Todd Webb’s glitchy beeps & whirrs. Within the washes, subtle tensions rise then release from track to track.

The two-tone nature of the collaboration is matched by a black & white J-card. White ink spelling out the contents on a solid black shell.

AVAILABILITY: CASS/DIG (pre-order now; releases 08/24/18)
ARTWORK: photos by Benjamin Mauch, assembly by Todd Webb
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New Opin EP Drops Today!

IT’S FINALLY HERE (sort of)! HSAL #43, the new EP from Richmond’s Opin, is now available for stream & download via Bandcamp (NOTE: Other streaming outlets will begin carrying the EP very shortly). We have received word that the physical copy (one-sided 12″ cut into clear wax) will be delayed by a few weeks, but anticipate shipping copies out around Mother’s Day. All purchases (digital & physical) include a pair of additional tracks that the band cut up in Philly with Jeff Zeigler during the sessions for “Drifters“.

 

 

 

Recently, Landis & Tori connected with The All Scene Eye for an in-depth chat around the maturity curve of the band, how songs translate live, & what influenced the assembly of “Drifters“. Read all about it here!

Opin will be hitting the road in support of HSAL #43 this spring. Keep up with their dates, as well as the entire HSAL roster on our live performances page!

HSAL #43 – “Drifters” 12″ EP

HSAL #43Opin, “Drifters” EP          ** RELEASES 04/20/2018 **

The musical output of frontman Landis Wine was one of the embers that stoked HSAL into existence back in 2009. The label blossomed & matured alongside of Wine’s White Laces (The relationship birthed two small run cassettes & a special edition of their first EP). Fast forward to 2018…Wine’s new project, Opin, was seeking out a new home for a new collection of tunes tracked up in Philadelphia at Jeff Zeigler‘s Uniform Recording the previous summer.

Fresh off the heels of their impressive debut (2017’s self-titled LP on RVA’s Egghunt), Landis Wine & Tori Hovater have returned with a stable lineup & a potent, focused batch of jams, including their take on a traditional Japanese festival tune, “Shinzo No Tobira“. We had a small run of one-sided 12” records lathe cut into clear wax. The band will have these on their spring & summer dates while supplies last.

AVAILABILITY: Clear One-Sided 12″, DIG
ARTWORK: courtesy of Julia Brouard
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HSAL #40 – “Wild Strawberry”

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HSAL #40: TLVS, “Wild Strawberry” EP

Since the release of “I Can Dream All Day” back in 2015, a lot has changed in the TLVS camp. Most importantly, Joey Wright joined as a permanent member (he’d been part of the live set off & on for over a year at the time of the LP’s release). The group booked a couple different recording sessions with different producers, but they fell through due to scheduling conflicts & one incident with an exploding HVAC unit. By early 2017, the trio decided to take matters into their own hands. They began tracking new material on their own, a process which birthed their early recordings (HSAL #02, HSAL #03).

This collection of TLVS tunes represents the first intentional recording as a trio. “2017 Golden Cypress” is a three-piece take on one of the first tunes ever recorded by TLVS. “Stencils” & “Fragaria (Virginiana)” were written over the summer of 2016 in preparation for a recording session that never fully materialized. “Peppermint” was a cover tune recorded in early 2017 for the Lynchstock 2017 compilation (HSAL #36).

AVAILABILITY: DIG
ARTWORK: courtesy of HSAL
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UPDATE: KillGXXD!!!

If you’ve already ordered your copy of HSAL #42, your copies will leave our hands with Monday’s post. Perhaps you’ll find the additional goodies to your liking…

If you haven’t scored a copy of the new split b/t KillGXXD & Irving, there are a few ways to do so:

  • Tomorrow night (Saturday, 02/24) @ Speakertree (Lynchburg VA). KillGXXD has turned his appearance into both a release & “going away” party. KillGXXD’s about to escape our fair Hill City for the confines of the Garden State. This will be the last time to catch our fella as a “local”.
  • Pre-order the cassette from our bandcamp page. The full release drops on Friday, 03/03, but all orders are shipping now!

 

 

HSAL #42 – “KILLGXXD/Irving”

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HSAL #42KILLGXXD & Irving, “KILLGXXD/Irving

Our forty-second release is a super special collaboration! Thirty-five minutes across two EP’s that feature a pair of producers bringing their unique flavors to the Ol’ Dominion.

On the A side, KILLGXXD (Virginia by way of Los Angeles) drops eight cuts as a proper follow-up to his debut a few months back. This EP manages to stir up nostalgic samples & familial shout-outs without feeling outdated or played out. Like the perfect amusement park ride, you’ll find yourself coming back to this “feel good” over & over & over again.

On the B side, Irving (Virginia by way of Chicago) cuts & pastes his way through a “megamix” of stylistic left turns & speed bumps. The schizophrenic energy ushers the mind into the VIP & challenges the ears to decide between the come down & one more mysterious elixir. **Irving appears courtesy of Good Glass**

Both sides of this cassette ebb & flow like two house parties that have been psychically linked!

AVAILABILITY: DIG, CASS (LTD run on SONIC BLUE shells)
ARTWORK: courtesy of HSAL
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Gettin’ Ready For Spring!

The new year is wide open & your friendly neighborhood record label is picking up where we left off in 2017. First off, we have worked out a deal to release the new Opin EP! We’ve been friends with frontman Landis Wine since before the label’s inception & we’re stoked for the opportunity to work with his new outfit.

We are also dropping a couple of split cassettes. One is new output from KillGXXD (a Virginia by-way-of SoCal producer) & Irving (a Virginia by-way-of Chicago producer). The other is a collaborative affair between HSAL alums. Benjamin Mauch & Todd Webb (Oahu) will file share their way to a special set!

HSAL Spring 2018 Output

We are also in the final steps of releasing the new TLVS EP. The band is currently mixing down the five-track effort & will have the project mastered by the folks at Polyphonic Workshop. It’s been a long time coming & we can’t wait to share it with you all…