YOU GUYS!!! We have made it to TEN YEARS! Across 49 releases (vinyl, CD, cassette & digital), we’ve fostered a community of independent artists that have both participated in & represented our commonwealth’s music scene. Now, it’s time to celebrate! We wanted to make our 50th catalog entry something wild, so we’re staging a huge party. Here’s what we have planned:
DATE: Saturday, September 28th
LOCATION: Warehouse Theater, Academy Center For The Arts
This event is something we dreamed up with help from our friends at the Academy Center. We are still working out arrangements on some extraspecial things for the day, but wanted to get this party on everyone’s radar as soon as possible. Stay tuned for more details as we get them confirmed!
This month, our super good buddy Todd Webb (toddbot, Oahu) has a keen exhibit up at Riverviews Artspace. On the “First Friday” opening, Webb spent the evening meeting old friends, making new fans, & drawing visitors in crayon. Until the 24th, the exhibit is live & functions as a “pop-up shop”. Interested visitors can purchase any of Webb’s pieces for $15 each – they even come in hang-able frames.
In related news, we are working with Webb on a new Oahu record later this year. For the uninitiated, this new record will include a trip through the artist’s “daily bleeps” collection. Stay tuned…
We just dropped a new video for “2017 Golden Cypress” by TLVS. If you’re in our hometown this week, you should stop by the Ellington Thursday evening. They are playing with Sound Of Ceres & Ian Chang. Doors at 8P & tickets are still available…
TL;DR – HSAL’s stage at Lynchstock is gonna be BANANAS!
Your friendly neighborhood record label has taken significant efforts to support underground rock action in the Old Dominion. This year, we are upping our game! As you (hopefully) know, 2018 has proven to be the biggest year in the label’s history, releasing two cassette-based collaborations (HSAL #41 & #42), three digital pieces (HSAL #40, #45, & #47), & a pair of one-sided 12″ EP’s (HSAL #43 & #46). Next month, we are sponsoring one of the stages at our hometown’s biggest party – the Lynchstock Music Festival! After partnering with Festival leaders to curate the day’s lineup & designing the look of the stage (which we are supremely thrilled to see in real life), the time has come to reveal the Harding Street Assembly Stage:
XENITH (1200P): The band is anchored by a brother/sister duo. The sound plays out like an entry-level course in post-hippie rock music. They name drop heavy hitters when asked for influences, but a discerning ear will hear a bit of pre-“Nevermind” college rock stirred into their post-grunge melodies.
WESLEY MONTGOMERY (100P): Mr. Montgomery first caught our attention when he opened for Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon at the Cemetery Chapel for the recording of HSAL #39. When backed by a band, there’s a Pacific Northwest vibe a la Death Cab. When left to his own devices, there’s an even more sincere attack that utilizes the space between notes as much as conventional (READ: exceptional) lyrical prose.
L.A.DIES (200P): Indie rock trio makes good on their look – EVERYTHING about these three is ripe with positive vibes. Recent tours & recordings have found a lean away from “party” and toward “community”. Gone are the days of sloppy covers. In it’s place is a maturity akin to the female voices that diversified labels like Teen Beat & Dischord many moons ago.
TLVS (300P): “The Late Virginia Summers” have been with HSAL since it’s inception (HSAL #02 was a TLVS 7″ single) & show no signs of slowing down. Vocal-free rock music with strong leanings toward post-rock & (dare we say) jazz experimentation. We’ve never seen a TLVS set that didn’t leave onlookers with a sense of “what just happened” in the best imaginable way.
YOU’RE JOVIAN (410P): YJ is the brainchild/love child of Norfolk’s Elliott Malvas, who first shared his 21st century vision of the noisy 90’s with the Hill City several years back. With age comes maturity & YJ’s sound is no different. Opting to dive deeper into influence rather than spring from the well of invention, Malvas honed his songcraft, partnering with solid engineers (Mark Padgett, Jeff Zeigler) on record after record. His latest, a 12″ EP which drops at the festival, may be his best yet!
JEREMIAH LLOYD HARMON (530P): In an alternate universe, every speaker Jeremiah’s voice pushed through would instantly turn to gold. In this world, Harmon’s been crooning his way into hearts, both as a solo artist & as BGV’s on some rather significant records since the earlier years of the decade. Though he’s moved back to the Terrapin state, Jeremiah’s work, including his most recent single, “Learn To Love” continues to find a home with us.
GOOD DOG NIGEL (650P): To watch a rock star birthed out of a scene is a many splendored thing. While in his (very) early 20’s, Parker Emeigh has invented a persona not only for the stage, but for quality recorded efforts. The breezy nature of Captured Tracks with the goofy earnest of classic K twee all tucked in under signature central VA garage glory. Did we mention that the new EP was done with consummate commonwealth rocker Thomas Dean (Invisible Hand, New Boss)?
We will have a complete HSAL shop going on in the merch area, complete with deals on records & apparel. This will be the first time for many to score the new You’re Jovian 12″ EP among other things. We are also working with our artists to spend time at the HSAL shop so you can connect with our tribe.
Tickets for the festival start at only $25 (SUPER REASONABLE!) are are on sale now!
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…
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…
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…
This past weekend, we took three Lynchburg based acts (Good Dog Nigel, Overlook Hotel, & TLVS) up to the Ward in Richmond, VA for a two-day session. We captured half of the songs for our Lynchstock compilation (HSAL #44). Each band laid down an original tune that will be exclusive to this release, as well as a cover from the Hill City’s past. Allen Bergendahl manned the boards, providing guidance & space for each group to operate (he’s a class act like that). Once mixes are right, we will knock out the other half of the comp with three more bands from the 2450_.
In quasi-related news, we have FINALLY shipped out all orders for HSAL #43 (Opin’s “Drifters” EP). We still have a handful of copies left. You may want to score one before the band ramps up their live presence in a few weeks. We will no doubt sell out once they hit the road!
HSAL #43: Opin, “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 DOWNLOAD: HSAL bandcamp
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 DOWNLOAD: HSAL bandcamp
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!
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.