‘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…

 

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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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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…

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.

Lynchstock 2017 Collage (2000w, 300 DPI)

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)

The Goings On!

HONEYBRANDY!

With their debut LP arriving to the HSAL offices in a few weeks, Joey & Nathan are prepping for an eventful fall in support of “Deaf Sharp“. Their local release show will be at the Schewel Theater in the Riverviews Bldg on Friday, October 6th. The evening begins with Long Live The Pilot (they helped out with honeybrandy’s Cocteau Twins cover for HSAL #36) playing the Craddock-Terry Gallery from 6P – 8P for “First Friday”. The show gets under way immediately following First Friday. Todd Webb will open the evening with an Oahu set, then will be one of the guests who sit in with honeybrandy. There will be a cash/card bar during the show & Speakertree will be selling deluxe editions of “Deaf Sharp”.

Look for more dates announced throughout the fall & winter. To give you an idea of what these shows will sound/feel like, honeybrandy have been capturing snippets of their recent rehearsals:

JEREMIAH LLOYD HARMON!

We are currently working with Jeremiah to book an East Coast tour in March. Stay tuned for dates as they are confirmed! Still haven’t heard his debut EP? Tony Rinaldi, who plays Moog on the EP calls these tunes “among the most mind-blowing stuff I’ve heard.” Pick up a copy of HSAL #31 here

BENJAMIN MAUCH!

We have made a second run of cassettes for Ben’s gorgeous full-length, “Golden Bay Garden” (HSAL #32)! This time around, it’s solid orange shells with ice white printing on the sides. Ben will have these for sale when he plays the Bazaar in Roanoke on the 16th. We should have them on the bandcamp site around the same time.

STEVE SCOTT!

Pre-orders for Steve’s new full-length, “Cross My Heat” (first new material in nearly two decades!), will begin on Friday, 09/15. Steve will be taking copies with him for his upcoming dates in Australia. Look for the CD to be available stateside in October.

Lynchstock 2017 Recap!

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(clockwise from top left: Leaaves, Oahu, honeybrandy w/ friends)

Thanks to social media & news coverage, it’s common knowledge that Lynchstock 2017 started as a dream & ended in a washout. While we can’t change the opinion of everyone who blasted festival management, we can CERTAINLY share ours here.

Before the heaviest of the storms hit, the “Water Dog” stage played host to a collection of acts curated by HSAL. Oahu started the afternoon off with a pleasing tapestry of minimal electronic textures. Next up was NC’s Leavves. Flying his school colors (by draping his UNC jacket across the front of his set up), Nate Wagner captured onlookers with a noise-tinged ambiance. By the time honeybrandy took the stage, dark clouds were pushing in from the west. The stage tent was packed for a wonderful set that included their Cocteau Twins cover. With minutes left in their set, local police shut down the festival & forced everyone off the park grounds. As a result, our good buddy Benjamin Mauch‘s set was cancelled.

Across the street in the Glass House, Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon led a full band in front of a full house. a few hundred were treated with a chance to dry off & drink in Harmon’s soulful croon.

APPENDIX: Although not officially tied to the label, Quick On My Feet put on a killer set of late 90’s throwback indie rock (think Get Up Kids or the more less depressing acts from Deep Elm) on the stage next door to ours. Oh, & the “new to us ’cause we’re late to the party” award goes to Captain Pizza. That guy…

HUGE PROPS to everyone involved in making the festival happen. No doubt the weeks ahead will be as frustrating (if not moreso) for the Lynchstock team. While many of the planned festivities were unable to be shared, what did happen on April 22nd, 2017 was right magical. Keep your chins up, alright?

HSAL #29, “honeybrandy/Oahu”

HSAL #29: honeybrandy/Oahu, “honeybrandy/Oahu″ (CASS/DIG)

Who is “honeybrandy”? 2/3’s of TLVS
Who is “Oahu”? Todd Webb, illustrator, visual artist, & occasional seamonster
After seeing the them perform together this past spring, HSAL asked both acts to create a single composition of roughly 20 minutes in length for a split release. While akin in spirit, both acts turned in a unique experience. On the A side, honeybrandy weaves astrological readings into their trademark collage of synths, lap steel, & field recordings. The result is uneasy on the surface but soothing over time. Oahu’s B side is comparatively minimal, with subtle electronic layers lapping into the speakers like an impending tidal shift. Each side was tracked, performed, & mixed by the artist. The release was mastered by Andrew Horton.

NOTE: The digital copy of HSAL #29 includes a bonus track from each artist recorded in the same sessions as the cassette material.

AVAILABILITY: black shell c42, digital download (begins shipping 08/26)
ARTWORK: courtesy of HSAL; initial collage by Joanna McGlothlin
PURCHASE: here