So, in case you hadn’t heard, we FINALLY received physical copies of the new TLVS album! It’s in stock now (NOTE: All pre-orders have already been shipped & should be in hand by the time you read this). To celebrate the vinyl, we’re running this special package deal with the last few physical releases that we have put together. It’s $28 PPD for HSAL #22 (The Accidental Parade), HSAL #23 (TLVS), & HSAL #25 (Benjamin Mauch). We’re running this package deal until July 12th or when we run out of stock on one of the releases (#22 & #25 are both limited editions). Just email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your request & we’ll set up for you to purchase via Paypal! Fresh off the heels of a set in an graveyard, 1/2 of the Hill City Eye & Ear Control are at it again! Joey & Nathan will be performing a sound collage at the Riverviews Gallery (9th & Commerce Sts, downtown Lynchburg) as part of July’s First Friday opening ceremony on the 3rd from 6P – 8P. We’ve been told that the exhibit will feature works from the residents of the Riverviews Studios & Co-Op! Should prove to be a blast…
So, after a hiatus for the front half of the year, The Accidental Parade is back in the saddle again. Guitar dude Matt Beck has welcomed in Ryan Ulsh (Super Vacations, Mas Y Mas) to keep time & structure around his four-string melodies. We’re hoping to announce some live dates this summer & (fingers crossed) have them back in the Hill City before too long. We still have some copies of the Parade’s first EP on one-sided wax for those interested. All orders placed this summer (that’s pre-Labor Day) will include extra instrumental vinyl for to spin at back porch parties & the like!
Minimalist composer Benjamin Mauch is stateside this summer & will be performing around the Commonwealth until his next departure for China. If you haven’t checked out his recent collection, you owe the side of your brain that would rather sit at home alone with a cheap bottle of wine & listen to rainfall a concentrated listen. Our hope is to score at least one Lynchburg performance & then to set up some other dates with label mates TLVS.
Speaking of TLVS, we FINALLY have a new projected date on the new LP, “I Can Dream All Day”. Looks like the press will have copies back to us & to the band on/around June 23rd. We’ll be shipping pre-ordered copies, along with some extra TLVS & HSAL related goodies as soon as the LP’s are in our hot little hands. In other TLVS merch news, the duo has been selling copies of their first “official” CD, “Introducing…The Late Virginia Summers”, at shows & in person. The nearly hour long collection boasts a solid demo of “The Luminous Veil” from the new record plus some choice live cuts from the two-piece’s history. NOTE: If you ever saw TLVS & hoped to get a copy of that rad ambient tune where the one guys hangs out with prostitutes, THIS is the moment you’ve been waiting for!
Spaced out, jazzy, faux-jam band Hill City Eye & Ear Control have started to get noticed around town as the “go-to” for interesting background music. Fresh off their double set at the Old City Cemetery over Mother’s Day weekend, the quartet (we’re pretty sure the lineup has been solidified at this point) have been asked to perform as part of a weekend of “out” music (this term applied SUPER loosely) at the old Firehouse #4 between downtown proper & Rivermont in Lynchburg next month. We hope that the group will find a place to land long enough to track an actual set of jams that we can release before the year’s end.
We were spinning GBV’s classic “Mag Earwhig” at the HSAL compound the other day. As Pollard was walking though all the things happening to him, it got us thinking that it’s high time for a quick update on the new TLVS record:
- Test presses & artwork has been approved & is currently being pressed, printed, packaged, & shipped out. We are hopeful to have these records in hand before month’s end. This will allow us to fill all orders before spring break & TLVS to have them in hand when they get back to playing shows in March.
- There’s still time to order a copy of “I Can Dream All Day” & receive the extra “Perseus” EP (“Perseus Cluster” from the new LP plus remixes from some good friends). We’ll be sending out the next remix to those who have already purchased the LP in a few days.
We’re running a couple of specials for the rest of February:
- TLVS, “I Can Dream All Day” (LP) + The Accidental Parade “HSAL #22” (LP) = $23 (plus S/H)
- TLVS, “I Can Dream All Day” (LP) + The Accidental Parade “HSAL #22” (LP) + Benjamin Mauch “For My Friends” (CASS) = $27 (plus S/H)
We’ve been bit by the spring cleaning bug pretty early this year (must be all the temperature swings this winter!). As a result, we’ve found a decent amount of older releases (CASS, 7”, 10”, 12”) with some of the artwork missing or with incorrect labels. The music hasn’t been damaged in any way, shape, or form, though! We’re offering these recently unarchived gems to you via a “Grab Bag”. $15 (plus S/H) sent in via PayPal (email us directly – email@example.com – for instructions) gets you two pieces of vinyl (one 7” & one 10” or 12”) + two cassettes. This is the perfect opportunity for you to catch up on what our fine Commonwealth has been offering up for the past 5 years or so! We don’t anticipate these “Grab Bags” lasting very long & will only offer them as long as we have four pieces to ship out! You can see a listing of all our releases here.
Thanks to Joanna McGlothlin for capturing these sights & sounds! Both groups will be playing out more & more this summer in support of new records. For the Parade, HSAL #22 is out now on LIMITED EDITION one-sided 150g 12″. For TLVS, “Dreamers” is a 22 minute cassette EP pre-cursor to their upcoming LP, “I Can Dream All Day”.
The Accidental Parade, “S. Norfolk Memorial”:
TLVS, “Claire Kinkaid”:
The Accidental Parade working the crowd with “Jerry” from their forthcoming EP (a one-sided 150g 12″). We should be receiving test presses here at the assembly lab any day now! You can pre-order HSAL #22 here.
2013 has come to a close & we here at HSAL are thrilled beyond measure to be gearing up for a fan-freakin’-tastic 2014! First off, two of our music groups are finishing up recordings that will be out on wax in the coming months. The Accidental Parade is a two piece post-hardcore outfit from South Norfolk whose sound harkens back to Unwed Sailor’s “Firecracker” or those first few Diagonah singles but feels a smidge darker. These fellas are shooting for a February release of their debut release, a one-sided 12″ EP tracked up in Richmond this past weekend with Kelly Rosadas. We’ll be launching a Kickstarter for this release in the days to come as a “pre-order” of sorts. It will allow you purchase a copy of the EP weeks before it’s actual street date. Stay tuned…
TLVS is hitting the studio this weekend (FINALLY!). Joe & Nathan will be tracking nearly an hour’s worth of spacey guitar washes, catchy melodies, & urgent percussion with Jon Anderson. They are planning a few special guests for this session & pulling out some new (to the band’s sound) instruments for this LP. We’re pumped to hear the results…& to share said results with you! If all goes to plan, the duet will be tracking some extra tunes for additional projects while down in Virginia Beach.
Our hearts are also warmed by good news from friends who are working on future releases themselves! Hoax Hunters, White Laces, & Bombardier are all in various stages of writing, recording, & releasing their latest efforts. If you’re out & about in the Mid-Atlantic, you would be doing yourself a favor to check these groups out (recorded or live).