GREAT NEWS! Our most recent compilation, “Isolation“, is now available on Spotify! Over the coming days, you’ll find it popping up on most every digital platform. Stream/share this one with everyone you know. We are all responding to this strange season in our own ways. Consider this collection from among the Commonwealth’s finest are soundtrack to the full range of emotion. Thanks for listening…
Since releasing last week, HSAL #57 has been streamed over 500 times! It’s been great to see/read the positive repsonse to this record. Over the weekend, the comp started showing up on radio playlists:
- Radio Free Roanoke (WROE): played the entire comp during their “Deep State” show on Friday, 04/17.
- Luxemborg’s Radio 100,7: played From Overseas‘ track during their “E-Lodie” show on Saturday, 04/18.
- Seattle’s KEXP: played From Overseas‘ track during their “Pacific Notions” show on Sunday, 04/19.
Where have you seen “Isolation” pop up? News feeds, podcasts or other streams? Let us know…Our sincerest hope is that it brings comfort to anxious ears and hope to heavy hearts.
Given how difficult it’s becoming to readily acknowledge which day of the week it is any more, we went ahead and pushed HSAL #57 out this morning. Truth be told, we know what day it is (March eleventeenth, right?) – we just couldn’t wait to deliver this collection to you all. Birthed out of the myraid feelings isolation has caused / is causing, this set presents over an hour of introspective, contemplative pieces loveingly crafted by some incredible Commonwealth-based artists. Each act has not only provided music, they have written out what this season and this project has done in and around them. Take some time to read through the content with each track. Oh, the download comes with bonus material as well (extra track, videos).
Above all, we hope HSAL #57 will provide head / heart space to work through feelings and land at a posture of peace. There’s no need to fear. LOVE DEFEATS FEAR!
Spring is happening all around us! Regretfully, so is that pesky coronavirus. Your friendly neighborhood record label REFUSES to hand life over to an unseen force that threatens our very well-being. That said, we are also 100% on board with measures (be they responsibly insituted or culturally mandated) to stop the spread of said unseen force. Here’s the next installment in a series of posts to reinforce what the HSAL family is doing amidst the COVID-19 scare.
HSAL #57: Various Artists, “Isolation”
RELEASE DATE: April 17, 2020
Perhaps the most unnerving element tangled up in this historical moment is fear. Fear of the future. Fear of contraction. Fear of engagement. These things ought not be. As a community, we reach across technology to share art, which in most every case is an expression of love (directly or indirectly). In a season where multiple pressures were driving people away from each other, your friendly neighborhood record label worked with friends and family to collect recordings made during the COVID-19 scare (03/13/20 – ???). The result is this compilation of sounds primed for times of solitude and contemplation. Of the many emotions that reside in these sounds, may one thing ring true – LOVE DEFEATS FEAR!
AVAILABILITY: DIG (download comes with extra goodies)
ARTWORK: courtesy of HSAL
STREAM/DOWNLOAD: HSAL bandcamp
We’re offering 50% off all titles through the weekend (we’ll ship on Monday). Our goal is to put new music into homes as we hunker down to stop things from getting any worse. Stay healthy, keep rockin’!
To celebrate Todd Webb‘s participation in the “On Scale” exhibit here in Lynchburg, we are running a special connected with his most recent musical affair, “Slow Waves & Simple Sounds“. From now until the exhibit closes on April 16th, purchase HSAL #53/54 (it’s a double CD set) at the regular price – $15 – and get any one of the following releases pictured below for free. Simply add a note with the catalog number of the release you want for free and we’ll include it in your order (we’ll cover the additional postage as well):
The new EP from Blacksburg’s Graven Image is here! We’re shipping out all pre-orders on Tuesday. You can stream the entire thing at the bandcamp site or pretty much anywhere else (google, apple, spotify).
Physical copies can be purchased directly from the band or from the HSAL bandcamp. We are already down to only a handful of copies left in our inventory so don’t wait on this one. Swell ethereal drones a la Julianna Barwick or Richard Skelton.
So, we’re already a month into the new year and your friendly neighborhood record label has a few things stirring:
This week, Joey and Nathan will sonically whitewash the gallery spaces down at the Academy Center for the Arts for February’s installment of “First Fridays.” Among the exhibits will be a collection from five faculty members of the James Madison University School of Art, Design and Art History. The duet will continue to work out ideas in the live setting that (hopefully) will translate to a new album in 2020. They’ll be back at the Art Rat in Roanoke next month with Hypnagogue. Here’s a track honeybrandy posted to soundcloud several moons ago…
Thanks to a quick turnaround from the factory, HSAL #52 should be shipping before the February 21st street date! If you on a first name basis with these two, feel free to hit them up for a copy. The uninitated may purchase a cassette copy from us through bandcamp (we have less than 10 unaccounted for – don’t sleep on this one). The sample below displays an EP that fits in nicely with the long line of minimal, textured ambience for which HSAL has become known the world over.
Hope you and yours made the holidays special in unique ways. We took the downtime to exhale in preparation for all that the new year will swing our way. Here’s what we know right now:
L.A. DIES ON WNRN!
The Commonwealth’s widest reaching independent radio station, WNRN, has just picked up “Feels Really Small” from the four-piece’s HSAL debut for regular rotation. We supremely proud of this record, so it’s swell to learn of it capturing the ears of others.
HSAL #52 IS ABOUT TO DROP!
Our next release comes courtesy of Blacksburg’s Graven Image. This EP, the first proper recording for the cello/synth + voice duet, was tracked at the Old City Cemetery Chapel right here in Lynchburg back in November. Joey from honeybrandy sat in on the session as well. The result is a really dark ethereal pair of long-form compositions that feel akin to the work of Julianna Barwick or Richard Skelton. The band is going to end up with most of cassette run, but we will have a handful to sell once the release drops in February. Stream a sample from the EP here.
OUR BANDS OUT & ABOUT!
Most of our acts are hitting stages in the coming weeks. Here are the dates we know about (follow the bands directly for the most up-to-date information):
- L.A. DIES / TLVS: 01/10 @ Taphouse (Norfolk)
- YOU’RE JOVIAN: 01/24 @ Fuzzy Cactus (Richmond)
- L.A. DIES: 01/25 @ Nicky’s House (Richmond)
- TLVS: 01/25 @ Speakertree (Lynchburg)
- YOU’RE JOVIAN: 01/31 @ Meridian (Williamsburg)
- YOU’RE JOVIAN: 02/01 @ Tea Bazaar (Charlottesville)
- HONEYBRANDY: 02/07 @ The Academy Center (Lynchburg)
Do the bands a solid – dance, sing along and buy some merch!
Fresh off their “Dead Air” appearance at the Academy Center last month, regional independent WNRN has invited L.A. Dies up to the studio to help usher in holiday cheer this week. Wednesday evening (12/11) from 8P – 10P, the band will join other Commonwealth up-and-comers (Will Overman, Saw Black) to perform live. If you’re in Virginia, chances are you can find it on an old fashioned receiver dial. Everyone else can pull the show up online via the tune in app.
In related news, the station is currently running a poll for the best albums of 2019. While there are several records of note, we’d love to see “Drifting Still” come up in the final tally. Simply write in the latest L.A. Dies album and submit it with the records you returned to the most this year.