HSAL #21 (12″ Comp)

HSAL 21 Cover Art

HSAL #21: various artists, HSAL compilation #3 12″ LP $8 (+ shpng)

this is HSAL’s third mid-atlantic based compilation & our first one to take shape in a physical form. the goal of these compilations (HSAL #08, #12, & now #21) is to pair our stable of artists with great sounds from regional based like-minded acts. our reasoning behind a physical release on this comp is simple – we wanted to help good bands fill merch tables with great sounds. while we can’t sign every great band we hear, we can offer this small token of our appreciation for their work.

brand new jams from oulipo, the snowy owls, goodwill falcon, TLVS, & white laces…great sounds from the diamond center, borrowed beams of light, top girls, rugby, matt northrup, maxfield alan háag, & nelly kate!

AVAILABILITY: two-tone marbled vinyl + digital download, run of 300
ARTWORK: courtesy of matthew klimas
PURCHASE: hardingstreet.bandcamp.com

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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!

it’s getting kinda hectic!

…now that we have crossed the unofficial threshold that is summer’s halfway point, your friendly neighborhood record label is getting into the thick of things! several things have been bubbling up both on & near our radar of late & we figured that it would make sense to sum them all up in one tidy presentation:

white laces will be on the road more than they will be at home for the rest of the summer. they finish off this week/weekend in the northeast with philly’s arches, then will be spot dating it up throughout july & august, finishing off next month with TLVS. they are playing new material on all of these dates, including both sides of their new 7″ single, which is currently being shopped around. white laces are also finding time here & there to finish up tracking their half of HSAL #17, a split 10″ EP with fellow richmond rock outfit the snowy owls, which is due out later this fall.

– speaking of the snowy owls, matt, allen, & brandon have already turned in their homework for HSAL #17 (trust us, it’s their best sound to date!). while working on the 4 jams that will be on the 10″, they also put together another single, “yr eyes”, which is being released digitally next week. you can stream the title track here. the three piece is also gearing up for more of a live presence, sharing dates with the likes of the diamond center (whose most recent single has been hard-pressed to be torn from our turntable) & the no BS brass band.

goodwill falcon & rugby are BOTH working on their next records. equally as great is that they are also working on their respective sides of HSAL #18 (you guessed it – another split 10″ EP on CLEAR WAX!!!). both groups are set to release an as of yet unreleased single on their sides. both groups are also planning on covering the other group! goodwill falcon will apply their pristine sound & casio-produced layers to a rugby classic. rugby, in turn, will dirty up a falcon tune with their spastic vocal delivery & sassy percussion. they’ve been tour mates a few times this year already, so HSAL #18 is the natural progression & we can’t wait to share this one with you all!

– virgineola is working on a phoenix like resurrection! being on somewhat of a hiatus since last fall, the ensemble is working towards a live score for another shakespeare production (you can download highlights from their work for endstation’s “hamlet” here). in the meantime, members of the group will be sitting in as accompaniment for other lynchburg based groups. as these different performances come to life, we will post them with the other live performances listings.

LIVE JAMS! Rugby, 05/13/11 (lynchburg va)

rugby performance, 05/13/11

we have been watching this duo grow into a right decent pop group in the past year or so. they have been touring the mid-atlantic in support of their self-released cassette for several months, & are getting material together an upcoming record (due out this fall). for now, check out these live tracks, bootlegged by joe & nathan (TLVS) back on mother’s day weekend! we think this is just enough to get the appetite up!

top of the month updates!

…so, DECEMBER is finally here! ’tis the season, & your friendly neighborhood record label is pretty jazzed at all the happenings around the lab of late:

HSAL #12 Cover

our second digital compilation is set to be released on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7th! much like last time (HSAL #08), we have looked inward to find interesting music from ’round here. this go around, we have the fortunate opportunity to showcase new tunes from a few of our own (herizon, TLVS, & goodwill falcon all have new, unreleased pieces!). the current tracklisting is as follows (we reserve the right to add a track or two before the release date):

– brian hall (gladys va), “cinco de mayo (single edit)”
– the snowy owls (richmond va), “meadow”
– long division (norfolk va), “mutations”
– boas (richmond va), “all things”
– white laces (richmond va), “red buffalo check (white laces redux)”
– goodwill falcon (norfolk va), “from the lowest shelf”
– rugby (lynchburg va), “sick box”
– evenings (charlottesville va), “babe”
– the late virginia summers (lynchburg va), “matisse (early version)”
– herizon (lynchburg va), “chesapeake bay”

in other news, goodwill falcon will be joining a few tour stops with rugby in january. this tour pretty much hits every “cool” spot in virginia, so there’s no excuse not to catch one of these dates. as dates are confirmed, they will be listed here.

finally, HSAL #04 is set to be released TUESDAY, DECEMBER 28th. “the trail at blackwater creek” (due out as a cassette w/ digital download) was recorded in a single session back in june of 2009. it was a guitar duet b/t joe morgan (TLVS, asentimentalsong) & pd wilder (hotel hotel). after the initial recording, joe had nathan from TLVS assemble a sound collage to work as an accompaniment for the piece. the final result is a 30 minute piece that serves as a soundtrack to a walk through the underbelly of lynchburg virginia. as artwork is finalized for this cassette, we will post more details. if you are a fan of super minimal progressions & long, drawn out layers of guitar washes, this could be your favorite release of 2010!

i feel so extraordinary…

to any & all who were able to make it out for our label showcase this past friday night, THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! we had a blast celebrating our one year anniversary with really good sets from herizon / virgineola, goodwill falcon, TLVS, & alaska! as the week rolls on, we hope to have video from these performances. the first of these videos features goodwill falcon performing “gameboy camera” from HSAL #05, which is now OUT OF PRINT (of course, the digital version of “private tones” is still available here)!

this weekend also saw a series of three album release shows for alaska: friday night as part of the HSAL birthday party, saturday night with local quirky popsters rugby, & a surprise set at the white hart on sunday night! the group’s self-titled debut LP has a street date of 11/16, but is moving fast! to compound the frenzy, the initial copies of the album we received from the plant were BLACK (not WHITE, as we set up for). we are working to resolve this issue & will end up with white 12″ versions of the album. if you are the collector type, you will want to make sure that you pick up a copy on BLACK vinyl while they are still available. once the pressing plant corrects this, we will only carry the WHITE vinyl copies. you can pick up a copy of the LP from us here or from the band directly as they show up all over the mid-atlantic in the coming weeks.

white laces will be releasing their debut 12″ through shdwply/whole ghost this winter. the group has graciously allowed to help celebrate the album with a special “harding street” edition. limited to 20 copies, these records will be on a different color vinyl than the whole ghost version. the artwork will also be unique to this edition. we will also be adding some things to the digital download. we hope to have these available after the new year…

i’m just beginning to see. now i’m on my way…

quick sunday afternoon update to catch everyone up on where & what the lab is into this week:

herizon is performing their first live set EVER!!! this friday, as part of the HSAL label showcase & birthday party, tim & kim are performing a few tunes. they will be accompanied by virgineola, who will be sharing the opening set with them. FYI – these days, virgineola is a five piece made up of keys, percussion, electric guitars, & violin. should prove MAGICAL! here’s a live take on “cave drums”, one of our favorite herizon tunes to date…

alaska’s self-titled debut LP is being prepped for release as you read this. we are excited to finally get these sounds to your ears. we have moved the release date back by a week, with the release show happening this saturday @ rivermont pizza. also appearing will be local wiedro-pop duo rugby.