so, i am writing this from the road. currently, joe & i are headed towards the comfy-cozy mountain town of boone, nc. we are super jazzed to be playing out here tonight! it's been cool to see & meet friends, both old & new. it's also been great to hear bands as of yet unknown to us.
last night's show was right wonderful! we played just off the campus of ECU in greenville as part of a benefit show put on by our friend jeff. feel like we won over a few new fans there. i was able to "mingle", trade records with folks, & tear down/load all of our gear by myself. joe was busy entertaining conversations with the entourage of awol-one (yeah, that awol-one). humor abounds when you imagine joe morgan kicking with some guys who were trying to entice him to "spit" something or "lay something while the mic is hott!" too funny!
highlights of the show were playing to a really receptive crowd in a really nice venue (thanks again, jeff!), seeing philly's creepoid perform (they felt like a dirtier version of the stone roses' "i wanna be adored"), & seeing a stripped down version of the love language with everyone in the room singing along.
talk more soon...
nathan . TLVS
PS: there are NO fueling stations in farmville, nc. write it down.
...friends. it feels really good to announce to you all that we are FINALLY done tracking "porcelain". we spent this past week working out all of the details for "deep persimmon", which will end up clocking in at over ten minutes, and the album closer, "twilight wash", which has turned into one of joe's favorite moments of the record. as it stands, we have some final mixing tasks to undertake before sending the album off to press. our other task is to figure out how to add some of this newer material to the live set. with all of the layers, it's impossible for our two piece to replicate. that said, we are excited to reinterpret what has been created (recent performances of "golden cypress" should provide some clues as to what we are aiming for). as for current recordings, there has been several kind words offered up regarding our current 7" (HSAL #02): - 7 inches (brooklyn ny) http://7inches.blogspot.com/2010/02/late-virginia-summers-on-harding-street.html - get off the coast (wilmington nc) http://getoffthecoast.blogspot.com/2010/02/golden-cypress.html - what to wear during an orange alert (chicago il) http://orangealert.net/node/554 - the decibel tolls (louisville ky) http://thedecibeltolls.com/lamenting-the-late-virginia-summers/ - speakertree records / the burg (lynchburg va) http://speakertreerecords.com/blog/?p=196
wow. it's the beginning of a new decade, & we are really working to get our next full length complete. joe & i have spent the better part of the past few weeks getting a new piece fleshed out. it's going to be called "marbled atlantic", & it's based off the theme of the recently posted drone that is in the player right now "pale atlantic". that drone should serve as the opening moments of the track, which will move into a simple, percussionless movement before erupting into an explosive finale. all in all, it should prove as one of the more ambitious tracks on the album.
here is where we will stand with our full length, entitled "porcelain", once we are finished tracking guitars for the back half of this tune:
SIDE A - "weathered stone" (done) - "pebble azalea starfish" (done) - "pale atlantic" (done) - "marbled atlantic" (done)
SIDE B - unnamed track** (need to track) - "red buffalo check" (done) - "deep persimmon" (need to track)
** this track is based off a demo from 2006 entitled "the trains have traded my yard for theirs". we are working off of the additional layers brought to the track when we performed it with our good friends from hotel hotel.
in addition to the album proper, we are tracking a new version of "heather majestic purple" that will be more in line with these sessions. look for that to appear elsewhere in the coming months as well.
in the meantime, you should pick up one of our most recent releases, HSAL #02. it features "pebble azalea starfish" from the LP, with another piece written during these sessions, "golden cypress". you can score one from speakertree records if you live in our town. all other interested parties should head over to www.hardingstreet.org.
whelp, that about does it for now...need to get back to mixing, now that all our weekend's work have completed uploading to the computer...
nathan . TLVS
it is shaping up to be a right busy summer for the late virginia summers. after performing with austin's hotel hotel, joe laid down a 30 minute drone piece with pd wilder. nathan then went to work with a few hours of field recordings. the end result is a collaborative piece that will hopefully surface as a 3" CD soon.
as for performances, a mid atlantic tour is being routed out & scheduled as you read this. joe & nathan will be joining up with pd wilder & sarah june. look for dates to be confirmed in virgina & north carolina while july is becoming august.
in addition to the impromptu 3" session, TLVS is working out actual recordings for a split release with i heart lung. this one's shaping up to be a split 12", with i heart lung's contribution being outtakes from last year's "interoceans" (asthmatic kitty). joe & nathan will be fleshing out an older tune called "the trains have traded my yard for theirs". another new piece is slated for the 12".
finally, the songs that you hear live "pebble azalea starfish", "heather majestic purple", & "deep persimmon") are set to be recorded soon as well. they will hopefully end up on a CD by year's end. the idea with these recordings is to work within the two person model, so don't expect any guests on these particular pieces.
that is all for TLVS currently. both joe & nathan are working on "solo" projects. joe's "asentimentalsong" is coming along nicely (www.myspace.com/asentimentalsong has new material now), while nathan's "virgineola" is planning on a late summer release for their first album, "kecoughtan".
until we meet again...
joe . nathan . TLVS
...friends. not really feeling the letter writing bug right now, but we felt you should know what we are doing these days: - joe & i are figuring out what the next recording should be. so far, we have a 13 minute drone piece ("heather majestic purple"), a few other pieces ("as we welcome your arrival", "deep persimmon", & an intro thing that we are working to build off of). perhaps there will be another CD, as that's the least expensive route & i would like to have another goal to work towards. - joe & i are going to work on recording all of the new stuff ourselves. i recently came to own a 24 track hard drive recorder, & we will most likely be tracking everything at joe's house. not sure about the drums, though...i will figure out how they sound in that space, then determine if a different place would be better. i really like the way that the drums sound at grace. - joe will be performing with our good friend, andrew weathers, at the good cherry on saturday, may 2nd. it's part of the "EVENT!" that i am bookikng. my "solo" group, virgineola, will be performing there as well. - we will be performing in town with austin's my empty phantom on may 29th (speakertree records) & with austin's hotel hotel on june 3rd (the good cherry). you should come out...i mean, it's summer...what else are you going to do? nathan . TLVS
...friends. it is in a fit of joy that we write another hopefully stirring, if not informative, blog entry regarding our music group. in the TLVS camp, we are confirming things left & right, & we figured you need to know about it (if you haven't caught up with us personally): - we have finally set up to cut our next record. nathan drove up to richmond to meet with allen bergendahl at viking studios to listen through all of the demos for the new record, talk gear, & set up some time to begin this project. it looks like tracking will begin august 22nd, with drums being laid down that entire weekend. next will be the melody tracks for each piece, then an additional 3 or 4 days to work through auxiliary parts (percussion, vocals, etc.) we are hoping to have the entire thing tracked & mixed by halloween. we currently have 15 or so songs that we are deciding on for the LP, which is so much nicer than having to work in the mindset of "filling up the record". - we have spent the past few rehearsals working through new material! yeah, we are stoked, too! no names just yet, but it's cool that the origins of these new things are coming from john & joanna. it's the first time where the entire band is working together on writing, versus half of us writing & half of us filling in. there is an unspoken goal to work these into our set as soon as we are comfortable with them, so perhaps one, or both of them will be in tow when we play with yndi halda next month. - we are part of some exciting shows in the coming weeks. this friday (july 25th), we are part of the opening celebration for record shop in our own town! the show, which also features the extraordinaires from philadelphia (find a copy of their "ribbons of war" LP, it's soo good!), should begin around 8P, with us opening the whole thing. make sure you bring some spending cash & get to speakertree records - 522 5th street, downtown lynchburg, in the same block as the starlight & folk. august finds us doing a couple of dates with england's yndi halda (burnt toast vinyl / big scary monsters). we are pretty sure that we are all going to freak out when we see their show, & are quite secure in saying that you will do the same if you make one of these shows: sunday, august 17th in raleigh @ the double down (with razor wire safety net) & monday, august 18th in richmond @ the ghostprint gallery (with marionnette) - finally, we were able to score an 8mm projector that we are going to try to incorporate into our live show! the first few shows will probably be home movies, but we are excited at the prospect of buying old movies off of ebay, then splicing scenes together. we shall see...
...friends. ok, so we must first fire off a round of thanks to everyone who made our show this past weekend a rousing success!!! there's nothing quite as satisfying as having to move furniture out of the space you are playing to accomodate more people. thanks to julie & the starlight for allowing vision to take a footing in the hill city. thanks to northern valentine & for a minor reflection for being willing to come out to lynchburg on their tour. thanks to any & all who bought records, hi-five'd us, stuck around & helped us load gear out, etc... our next show is on the 19th of april (saturday) in durham, & we are jazzed to get back down there...we are going to be a part of the annual "dork fest", which is at the broad street cafe this time around. most of the groups we are sharing the evening with are linked at the show listing on reverbnation, so, check them out ahead of time. we shall see you there. joanna, joe, john, & nathan the late virginia summers
…friends. we just find enough time to keep this thing current, do we? apologies all around…our excitable little four piece has a ton of things going on. here's a quick rundown: - as a group, we are sad to say that we didn't make this year's macrock festival. it's not the end of the world, but it's something that everyone in the group calls part of their individual musical past, so we were collectively looking forward to it. that said, we do have several shows coming up this spring. look for TLVS to share stages with new friends (iceland's for a minor reflection, durahm's veronique diabolique, greensboro's pacific before tiger, & staunton's space program). our complete show listings can always be found at reverbnation, myspace, and facebook. - we are plotting and scheming the prospect of the next TLVS record. this is not to say that we have an idea for the name of the album, or even a label to put it out (unless you know someone who is into what we do enough to pony up some coin). our plan is to finish writing a few more pieces, then work with our good friend allen b (he did "sundowning") in the northern outskirts of the richmond area. as of now, we have seven pieces ready to record ("processional", "you can see your breath now", "breath reprise", "escape under cover of night", "the rise and fall of david cone", "0637 – 0725", and "glossolalia"). we have also been working out the idea of having a few guests on this record to, but more on that as it actually happens…wouldn't want to jinx anything! - a few of us have some "other" projects going strong. joanna's "harding street assembly lab" (responsible for nearly everything TLVS presentation) is going strong. it has really begun to grow into its own presence, with singular pieces being shown around town, as well as people hiring her out to do logos, design, & small print runs. john and nathan are about to unleash the next installation in their "think" art series here in town. focusing on the notion of "easter", this installation showcases nearly a dozen different local artists in separate rooms. each room is the artist's interpretation of the easter season. "think" will be open to the public – free of charge – on friday, march 14th and saturday, march 15th from 7p until 9p at the grace building on timberlake road (respond to this blog for more details). nathan has a couple of different musical forays he is sinking into in between work with TLVS. The MHM trio, featuring people who have worked with TLVS in the past, have put a 56 minute LP together. they are keeping things lo-key, but are planning to play out in april, opening for our good friends citified from greensboro! nathan's solo project, a series of pieces that are functioning as the score for the "think" installation, is coming together as well. nathan looks to perform this music with help from john and joanna, as well as other local musicians, in the weeks to come. - john and joe are both moving into new houses! this is super exciting…WHEN you come out to any of our upcoming performances, be sure to congratulate them both! so, that about sums up the goings on of the late virginia summers for the moment. thanks for sticking around to read this. don't forget to spin our sounds on any (or all) of the music players that we have floating around. we will most certainly look better for it. joanna, joe, john, and nathan the late virginia summers
...friends. this past month has been anything but boring for us. hope that the same can be said about you & yours...here's the scoop: - regretfully, we are having to cancel our dates through the northeast in february. this is due to some scheduling & booking conflicts that we were unable to resolve. apologies all around. we do hope to get up there soon. we are actually looking at doing this in the spring...perhaps in april. we are looking to get into this year's macrock, which would be a good starting or ending point for any jaunt up that way...again, apologies. if you have the means, we would still recommend that you check out arms & sleepers on this tour. they are supporting their best LP yet, "black paris 86". - this winter has allowed us to write some new material. this is something that we intend to do through the next month or two. our goal is to have the next full length written & ready to record by the end of the spring. hopefully, we will find some folks interested in helping us get this new record out to you in 2008! here's what we have so far: "processional", "escape under cover of night", "glossolalia", "the rise & fall of david cone", "you can see your breath now", "breath reprise", "the trains have traded my yard for theirs", & "0637 - 0725". - finally, we have a new digital single for consumption! it's the "cover of night" single. you can get it exclusively through N/A, an online magazine that nathan is involved in. the single features the current version of "escape under cover of night" (from the "autumn" demo), as well as reinterpretations of the song by KT, aaron kelley, & labelmates sanchez is driven by demons! all of these artists did a bang up job retelling the tale in their own sounds. head over to www.myspace.com/namagazine for that EP! joanna, joe, john, & nathan the late virginia summers
...friends. this is the text from an article that ran in the 12/13 issue of our local arts weekly. it was written by our friend nanci dodson: Sleigh bells, cookware, and sheet metal certainly aren’t the most common instruments used to create music, but The Late Virginia Summers are utilizing just about everything in sight to make it happen. Originally formed in 2004, The Late Virginia Summers embarked on a musical journey of ambiance. The band was full speed ahead in 2006 when the lineup became complete with Nathan McGlothlin (percussion), John Gauger (percussion), Joanna McGlothlin (keys) and Joe Morgan (guitar). TLVS are doing something different for Lynchburg audiences. While vocals are featured on some songs, they’re not saying anything through lyrics — they are letting the music speak for itself. “We don’t listen to conventional music; we don’t like conventional music; we don’t look to emulate conventional music,” says Nathan McGlothin, TLVS founding member. “We’d rather try to create moments in music to speak to a person’s mindset than try to write words.” During a typical live performance, you’ll hear an electric piano, guitar, drums and an assortment of various percussion pieces. Those percussion pieces can include a tambourine, sleigh bells, a sawhorse with old cookware lids, a xylophone, sheet metal, a child’s accordion and a marimba. Glancing through your CD collection, there’s a possibility you own an instrumental album or two, but it’s rare you would ever see those bands live. Well, TLVS isn’t just reaching ambient audiences. It has become popular in the rock scene. “You can be a weird band at a rock show, or a rock band at a weird show,” McGlothlin says. “I think we’re good at being the weird band at a rock show.” The band has stepped up to the plate when it comes to releasing music, too. TLVS recorded, pressed and packaged their music on their own. They’ve even compiled a three-disc box set with their “Sundowning” EP, 50 minutes of additional demos and a final disc entitled “The Beat.” “The Beat” is a compilation of songs performed by TLVS, but involves an interesting twist: Whoever wished to record had to play an instrument with which he was not familiar. Their efforts did not go unnoticed. The Red Star Community, located in Sweden, released the band’s music electronically. The Late Virginia Summers are pushing past the current limit of mediocrity in music. “The arts are really the only legal way to push yourself,” McGlothlin says. And with TLVS presenting an alternative to mainstream music, Lynchburg audiences should catch them while they can. TLVS plans to do a show in town in January, but those plans haven’t been finalized yet. Check out their Web site (http://www.myspace.com/tlvs) for final info. TLVS will head out on tour in February, beginning in Pennsylvania, then meeting up with Arms & Sleepers to cover the New England states.