The Giving Of Thanks!

The next time it’s Thursday, it will also be Thanksgiving Day here in the U.S. of A. It’s got us thinking about all the cool things that have happened in 2018 ’round the HSAL camp…

LYNCHSTOCK 2018!

We sponsored an entire stage & were able to land most of our active roster in one place on one day! Super special thanks to Xenith & Wesley Montgomery for joining in on the party. It was cool to see all the band merch, talk to fans of the different bands, & share in celebrating all the wonderful rock action stirring up in the Commonwealth these days.

Clockwise from top left: L.A.Dies, Good Dog Nigel, Wesley Montgomery, Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, TLVS
All band photos courtesy of Nick Scheetz.

ALL THE NEW RELEASES!

Since January, HSAL has dropped 8 releases, including two 12″ EP’s, two cassettes, three digital releases, & a compilation CD featuring current LYH covering historic LYH.

In addition to these “official” releases, HSAL acts dropped live tracks, partnered with other rad labels on records, expanded their own brand into new parts of the country via touring, blog reviews & a general spirit of comradery.

 

SO, WHAT’S NEXT?

With 2018 not quite in the books, we are lining up guests for our yearly “Last Year” series. Over the holidays, we will have a handful of HSAL family share five things that inspired them in 2018. Each time we do this, it proves to be intriguing & eye-opening as bands, engineers, managers, & the like talk about what drove them to all the wonderful work they shared in the past 12 months.

2019? Well, we are still hammering out details, but it looks like we have secured HSAL #48 & #49. Look for details on those records to drop before Groundhog’s Day. next year will also mark the 10th anniversary of the Harding Street Assembly Lab. To celebrate, we are working with some Hill City friends to do something special…

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‘Round the HSAL Campfire!

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There is SO, SO much going on here at your friendly neighborhood record label that it is truly difficult to keep all of our thoughts & dreams in order, but we’re trying as hard as we can! With more of 2018 behind us than before us, we figured it was high time to drop a dime on everything that we have in store for the rest of this, another stellar year for HSAL!

First off, pre-orders are now open for HSAL #46 – the new 12″ EP from Virginia Beach’s You’re Jovian! “The Sound Of Who We Are” is comprised of a five-song set captured up in Philly with studio wizard du jour Jeff Zeigler. Artwork was assembled with the aid of Doug Nicholson (Long Division). The physical copy will be a one-sided 12″ on cut on clear wax. We are also working out some cool companion pieces to ship with these EP’s. Needless to say we are ecstatic for this batch of tunes & how the project is turning out. Additional warm fuzzies for the chance to work with Elliott. Stay tuned…HSAL #47 Cover Art (2 x 2 150)

Also debuting today (08/17/18) is “Learn To Love“, the new single from Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon! This track, cut live at Glass Village Studios with Tim Riordan (Atlas Rhoads), features a delicate yet potent trip through Harmon’s emotion. Tools employed include acoustic piano, cello, & that voice. THAT VOICE! The cover art features a self-portrait selected from Harmon’s ever-growing portfolio. Our hope is that you will find “Learn” (cataloged as HSAL #47) as entrancing as we have. It’s available for stream at the usual outlets & for “pay what you want” download via HSAL bandcamp
HSAL #44 B Front Cover Art (2 x 2 150)As many of you are aware, HSAL #44 is going to be this year’s entry in the ongoing “Lynchstock” compilation, where we thematically celebrate our hometown’s music festival. The summer has brought a litany of changes & amendments to the original set, but we are super thrilled to have landed where we did on this one! Five local acts (L.A.Dies, Overlook Hotel, TLVS, Quick On My Feet, & Good Dog Nigel) are dropping new never-before-released material tracked up in Richmond with Allen Bergendahl (Shy Low, Jonathan Vassar, TONS of other Virginia acts). Additionally, they are covering bands from the Hill City’s past (Swirl, Brian Hall/Snake Forcefield, A New Dawn Fades, Vroom, & Order). It has been such a blast to make this complete labor of love. There’s already talks of a second volume. Physical copies (CD) will be available on October 20th at the festival with digital copies available shortly thereafter…

Finally, we are still shipping copies of our summer releases (while they last)! Opin just finished tickling the ears of fans across the southeast in support of their “Drifters” EP (HSAL #43). The 12″ jackets were screen printed by Virginia Svengali Thomas Dean. HSAL #41, which doesn’t hit the streets until the 24th features an engaging electronic journey led by trail masters Benjamin Mauch & Oahu, both of whom have spent most of the year supporting their myriad of visual & sonic projects…

 

LIVE HSAL Happening this Spring!

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Buds are blooming across our beloved hill city, we are gearing up for lots of cool shows happening downtown. These dates are going down at Speakertree (901 Jefferson St #G7, 24504)

  • 03/24: Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon (full band!) w/ B.A.Scott
  • 04/06: TLVS w/ You’re Jovian (1ST FRIDAY w/ Jacob Laverty exhibit)

We are also working on a local date to celebrate the release of the new Opin EP (HSAL #43), which is still available for pre-order. Inventory counts are getting low on this one. If you are into this brand of interesting, catch indie rock (if you’re reading this, you most likely are), don’t wait for the 04/20 release date…

…oh, & if you happen to be out east this weekend, honeybrandy & Benjamin Mauch are playing a right killer showcase for the ninth annual SPAZZ Fest in downtown Greenville NC on Sunday, 03/25.

As for other “stuff”, we are working on something really rad for this fall. Let’s just say that HSAL is hoping to be a big part of what has become a local hallmark as the leaves begin to change…more on that later.

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)

HSAL #39 – “Live At The Old City Cemetery”

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HSAL #39: Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, “Live At The Old City Cemetery

To celebrate the release of HSAL #31, Jeremiah drove down to Lynchburg (where his debut EP was recorded) to reconnect with friends. The result a packed house, some stellar opening support (Wesley Montgomery, BRNES), & an hour of Harmon casting spells with his voice. A KILLER memory for sure.
Your friendly neighborhood record label took it upon ourselves to capture the set, edit it down to a roughly thirty-minute collection of jams, get the mix mastered, & deliver this gift to ears near & far. Contained within this document are seven performances (a single from the debut EP, a Roberta Flack cover, & five new pieces), the excitement of a supportive crowd, the squeaking of pews, & the occasional train pushing past the Chapel.

Thanks to the Old City Cemetery & Arboretum for use of this incredible space.

PERFORMERS:
  • Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Keys, Piano
  • Nathaniel Roots – Bass Guitar
  • Tyler Coleman – Drums

AVAILABILITY: DIG only
ARTWORK: cover image courtesy of Samuel Miller Photography
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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…