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Adam Richards runs the Buffalo-based label House of Alchemy with his wife Katheryn. His recording project is called Chapels. He also records in the groups The Circle and the Point and Air Loom. Tune in to hear Adam guest host The Upstate Soundscape tonight (wed., 12/26) on 91.3FM WBNY at 8pm. Stream at WBNY.org.
David Kilgour- Here Come the Cars (De Stijl- reissue)
Of anything on my list, I definitely spun this the most in 2012. Perfect song craft, pure and simple. It’s so unassuming, it kind of just nudges you here and there until you realize that you’ve spun it four times in a row and you’re ready for another go.
Vanessa Rossetto- Exotic Exit (Kye)
Following up last year’s excellent Mineral Orange is this astounding piece of work. Her deft handling of sounds both random and exacted is dazzling. It all melds together to create 3 sweeping and engaging pieces of music. Field recordings mixed with hunks of composed sound, or so I guess. Either way, dive in. It’s intoxicating.
Henning Christiansen- Fluxid Behandlung Op 189 (Kye- reissue)
Major reissue of late 80’s Fluxus sound works. Jarring, odd, engulfing soundscapes. Unpredictable, mildly erratic and totally compelling. Essential.
Aaron Dilloway- Modern Jester (Hanson)
Aaron Dilloway/Jason Lescalleet – Snakes and Grapes (Pan)
Modern Jester is pretty much perfect. From start to finish, you are treated to some of the finest electronic quackery I have heard. Abrasive, gritty, elaborate and spot-goddamn-on. Probably the best thing I have heard all year.
Riding shot gun with that substantial album is a heavy collaboration with Jason Lescalleet. His set here in Buffalo this summer was above and beyond. This album gets deep and murky. These are two of the best modern sound composers out there right now. It’s a menacing slow burn. Wow.
Josh Mason/Nathan McLaughlin – “3440″ split (Tape Drift)
What a tape. Mason’s side is liltingly cyclical, minimally evolving with minute, subtle flourishes. Piano, then some guitar. Deliriously just outside of repetitive. Something tiny is added with every lap. Coma sounds. Perfect coma sounds. McLaughlin offers lonesome banjo plucked with menacing deep bass looming behind. Plaintive, then dark until distortion washes it all out. It goes from minimal to sub-minimal and then turns to disorienting. It’s a puzzling and remarkable tape through and through.
Can- The Lost Tapes (United Artists- reissue)
It’s not very often that an essential band opens their vault and comes out with 3 CD’s of unreleased material that ranks amongst their finest. Vibrant, visceral, urgent. We now live in a world with three more CD’s of Can. That’s a damn good thing.
The Congos/Sun Araw/M. Geddes Gengras- Icon Give Thank (RVNG Intl)
This record is the soundtrack of a dream. I find myself in a trance within the first few minutes of dropping the needle, every time. It’s a magical hybrid of different worlds. Reggae vocal lay over outer limits psych grub. It’s like jumping into warm ocean water.
Venn Rain- multiple releases
The soundtrack of 2012 for me. In and around everything else on this list and all the other great recordings from this year, I was listening to Venn Rain. Half a dozen glimmering, mournful, hazy, cassettes: each one a comfort, an escape into tranquility. Get all of it.
Pedestrian Deposit- Kithless (Arbor)
They played a breathtaking set here in Buffalo this spring, on edge from beginning to end. This record rides from terse, tense minimalism to cathartic release with lots of space in between. Skin-crawling and beautiful. Essential sounds.
Hanel Koeck- Piano Music (Robert & Leopold)
Not only is the music fantastic but this has the packaging and concept of the year for me. Improvised piano, every aspect of the piano. After the recording the piano was disassembled and a piece of it is included with each cassette. Completely engrossing.
Work/Death- Phone About to Ring (Three Songs of Lenin)
He played a devastatingly good set here in Buffalo In July. A batch of new releases came out this summer as well. They’re all great but this one is astounding. There is a good amount of menace here. The electronic yelps slowly build to a crowd of howling. Everything is vibrating. Drone and sound at its finest.
Scott Walker- Bish Bosch (4AD)
Wow. Intimidating, bizarre, hilarious, entrancing, puzzling. Magnetic. Rattling saber blades. Amazing.
Labels- All Killer, No Filler: Tape Drift, Robert & Leopold, Cave Recordings, cae-sur-a, Imminent Frequencies, Hooker Vision, Tranquility Tapes, Skell, Obsolete Units, Desire Path Recordings, Kye, Numero, 905 Tapes, Dais Records.
At the end of 2011, we launched our [Reviews] section and to date we have completed over 65 reviews of releases that were put out by artists or labels from the Upstate region. Unfortunately, there were loads more releases that deserved reviews, but due to time constraints and limited resources 65 was what we had to settle with. Still, that’s more than we thought we’d get to when we launched the section. Plus, the reviews we did post expanded the blog’s audience to a size that was truly unexpected.
Despite everyone hating on music reviewers these days (and for good reason sometimes), people apparently still like to read reviews. Case in point: the reviews section has easily become the blog’s most popular section and the amount of visitors that it has brought to the blog, and then to the radio show, was totally unanticipated. So without further ado, a HUGE thanks to the all the writers who contributed their time and talent to this endeavor. You can read about these fine hard-working people on our [Contributors] page. Also, a huge thanks to the labels and artists for providing us with the music when we asked for it or–even better–just sending it in when it was ready for release. Hopefully, in 2013 we can build on the number and quality of reviews.
You may have noticed that there has been some very recent changes/additions to the site and the radio show, such as the [Events] page (which will be updated weekly and can be heard read on the air during each show), a master Upstate Soundscape Spotify playlist in the side column, and a FAQ that has been added to our [About] page for artists, labels, and other interested parties on how to get your recordings on the radio show and/or reviewed by the blog, etc. There are even more additions coming in 2013. Below are some of the new wrinkles we have in store for The Upstate Soundscape radio show and blog in the upcoming year.
Guest Hosts: We’ve already had Michael Vitrano of Desire Path Recordings on to guest host back in November, while Adam Richards of House of Alchemy is coming in for the December 26th show, and Adrian Bertelone aka Ay Fast is scheduled for the January 30th show. These guest host slots are intended to–on one hand–give Needles a break and–on the other hand–get more people into the WBNY studio to share the music and sound that they’re either personally involved with or just digging at the moment. We’re shooting for one guest host per month, so stay tuned to see who else we get into the studio. Interested in being a guest host? Spots are limited, but send us an email and we’ll see.
Batch reviews: One change we’re making in an attempt to cover more ground with the reviews is to begin reviewing batches of release that labels like House of Alchemy and cae-sur-a put out, instead of trying to review each individual release within the batches. These batches of cassettes are artistic statements in themselves like curated exhibitions and perhaps should be reviewed as such. We’ll continue to do individual reviews as well of artists and releases that aren’t necessarily released in batch form. Are you a label or artist who has something you think we might want to review and/or play on the radio? Check out the new [FAQ] page for details on how to get us your sounds and what our review policies are.
Mixes: Recently both Soundcloud and Spotify made it easier to share and embed mixes on various platforms, so we will begin posting mixes on a regular basis from both of those sites, which both contain a plethora of sounds by experimental artists at work in or associated with the Upstate region. These mixes will be curated mostly by the Upstate Soundscape, but will also be curated from time to time by artists, label heads, DJs, and other people from around the region. We will also continue to post regular mixes by Upstate artists when they arise. Interested in making a mix for us or curating one on Spotify or Soundcloud? Get in touch.
Spotlights: We’ve done several [Spotlights] in the past on Upstate labels, but the [Spotlight] series is going to get ramped up a bit in early to mid 2013. The goal is to now use the [Spotlight] posts to cover other things like organizations, venues, radio shows, artists, etc. The hope is to provide a more in depth view on these other entities through an interview and/or profile. Look for the first one to be published early in 2013. Know of an artists, organization, or other entity of an experimental nature from Upstate that you think deserves a [Spotlight]? Get in touch.
Compilation Series: The first one is in the can and it is fucking awesome and we can’t wait for you to hear it. HUGE thanks to the artists that contributed a recording. It will be posted for free download in early January via Bandcamp and Soundcloud. As of now, the plan is to do quarterly compilations. Eventually, we may decide to focus an entire compilation on a specific genre, or city, or something else along those lines, but for now the comps will serve as samplers of the sounds being created of all kinds throughout the Golden Horseshoe, from Toronto to Albany, and all points in between. Interested in submitting a recording to be considered for the next compilation (or radio play in the meantime)? Check out our Soundcloud group or our [FAQ] page for more details on how to get us your sounds.
All of these new components will launch once 2012 is in the rear-view mirror. In 2013 you will also see a continuation of our other regular posts, including [Free Music Friday], [Beyond the Upstate Soundscape], and [Soundmarks]. These have been going strong all year and will continue to do so in 2013.
For the remainder of 2012, however, we will begin posting Year-End lists by various people from around the region including radio DJs, label heads, and artists every couple of days starting tomorrow (Saturday, 12/15). These lists are intended to offer a different take on the critical posturing that has proliferated since the inception of music blogs. The lists you will see here are not intended to be any sort of “Best of 2012″ lists, nor are they ranked. Instead, they’re lists compiled by sound enthusiast from around the region and feature very simply what they personally liked from the past year. Kind of a like a literary mixtape one friend makes for another. By no means are these lists intended to be the final word on music and sound from 2012. Instead they are intended to be a starting point to encourage dialogue within the region among people who are committed to and making experimental music and sound of all kinds.
Other things to keep an eye out for over the next couple of weeks. . .
-The Annual Year in Review radio program scheduled for this Sunday at 9pm. Tune in to 91.3FM WBNY or stream at WBNY.org
-House of Alchemy label head Adam Richards guest hosts The Upstate Soundscape on Wed., 12/26.
-The first release in our brand new compilation series, The Upstate Soundscape: Vol. 1 (Winter 2013). Coming in very early January. And its so fucking good, its not even funny.
. . . other than that, it looks like 2012 is a wrap. Here’s to hoping to an even better 2013 for the radio show, the blog, and the Upstate experimental community. Cheers!
Here is an untitled recording from the dynamic duo of Adam Richards (Chapels, House of Alchemy) and Mike Mahoney (Leather Tongue).
You can catch these guys performing in Buffalo at The Vault this Sunday along with LA’s Pedestrian Deposit, Pusdrainer, and Malaria Control. This might be your last chance to see Air Loom live for quite some time as Mahoney is escaping Buffalo for the cushy confines of California very soon. Don’t miss it.
1) Afghanistan, “Cicada Song,” And Bide Your Time
2) Mister Matthew, “Innerspaced (excerpt),” Telecut Powers (Gift/Draft Tapes)
3) Digital Dog Party, “Life’s Intermission,”
4) Steve Baczkowski and Nola Ranallo, “Marrow Bird,” Live the Soundlab
5) Rust Worship, “Side A (Excerpt),” Terrerestial Society (House of Alchemy)
6) Parashi, “Undulate,” Parashi/Chapels Splits (House of Alchemy)
7) Venn Rain, “The History of Things to Come,” Bioharmonics (House of Alchemy)
8) DeTrop, “Four Stages Apostasy (excerpt),” Man, Woman & Beast (House of Alchemy)
9) Mama Baer, “Track 1,” Perverted People Girl Fuckers (House of Alchemy)
10) Scott Valkwitch, “InfraRed Black Haze,” TBA (House of Alchemy)
11) Jason Lescalleet, “Accidental Orriental,” Electronic Music (RRR)
12) Hive Mind, “Side 1 (excerpt),” Elemental Disgrace (Spectrum Spools)
13) Yek Koo, “East Hollywood Studio,” A Plea for a Night Desert
14) Clay Cantrell, “Late Aster Girl,” The Tree Farmer (House of Alchemy)
15) Transplant Mountains, “So Shines a Good Deed in a Weary World (excerpt),” Transplant Mountains/Chapels Split (House of Alchemy)
16) Mundkrach & Kommissar Hjuler und Frau, “Track 3 excerpt,” A/N/T/I/Z/I/P/A/T/I/O/N (House of Alchemy)
17) Sheldon Siegel, “Side A excerpt”Midden (House of Alchemy)
18) Rambutan, “Midpoint (excerpt),” Rambutan/Fossils from the Sun Split (House of Alchemy)
Adam Richards, head of Buffalo’s House of Alchemy, will be in studio tonight taking over the music selection. Tune in to get a preview of HOA’s upcoming batch of new releases.
The madness begins at 10pm on 91.3 FM WBNY (stream at WBNY.org).
Adam Richards, the mastermind behind both Chapels and the Buffalo-based label House of Alchemy, has long cultivated an audio/visual aesthetic that is both antiquated and, shall we say, creepy. Whether it is the strangely archaic pictures that adorn many of his label’s releases or the weird collision of disquieting tape-warped sounds found on his Chapels recordings, one would not be totally out of line to wonder if Mr. Richards was perhaps a rather odd fellow from decades past.
And while both of these assumptions prove to be a complete misconception when one listens to the rather pleasant interview that Mr. Richards conducted on air with Upstate Soundscape host Needles Numark back in September, his 2011 mini-CD-R release I Have Tried only seems to re-affirm this guy’s antediluvian weirdness.
In fact, to offer a visual comparison to I Have Tried–and much of Chapels’ work—one could look to the Japanese horror film Ringu or even David Cronenberg’s classic scifi-mindfuck Videodrome, whereby old analog sources like VHS tapes seem to serve as conduits to sinister supernatural realms. Likewise, this 3-track mini-disc could easily convince the unsuspecting listener that it—format aside—was created decades ago and contains within it latent paranormal possibilities. The purring voice that emerges among the bell-like clattering on “Part 1” or the warbled background discussion that underlies “Part 2” both infuse I Have Tried with a haunted aura that threatens to reach out and grab the listener by the you-know-whats.
The fact that I Have Tried was released on mini-disc–a format that many are no longer able to utilize—and in a super limited run only adds to this release’s well-crafted mystique.
Review by Taylor Waite
1) Six Organs of Admittance, “Rivers of Transfiguration,” The Sun Awakens (Drag City)
2) Grasshopper, “I Sang a Sad Song Today,” Miles in the Sky (House of Alchemy)
3) Mold Omen, “Lesser Guide,” Soil (House of Alchemy)
4) Mama Baer, “Untitled #1,” Perverted People Girl Fuckers (House of Alchemy)
5) Chris Dadge, “Track 4,” A Bird is a Light Thing (House of Alchemy)
6) Bad Trip, “Sharpennec,” Beat is Murder (House of Alchemy)
7) Steve Baczkowski & Bill Sack Duo, “Untitled,” Steve Baczkowski & Bill Sack Duo(House of Alchemy)
8) Obscurer, “Shining Arbors,” (House of Alchemy)
9) Rambutan, “City of Immortals,” Rambutan/Chapels Split (House of Alchemy)
10) Wasteland Jazz Unit, “Humming Creek,” Shivering Reflections (House of Alchemy)
11) VxPxC, “Ballad of the Empty Room,” Drapery Dept. (House of Alchemy)
12) York Factory Complaint, “Marked,” Remorse of Conscience (House of Alchemy)
13) Anvil Salute, “The Virtues of The Fuck Up,” Cosmic Yes (House of Alchemy)
14) Fossils for the Sun, “Untitled,” (House of Alchemy)
Tonight on the Upstate Soundscape, Adam Richards, head of Buffalo-based label House of Alchemy, will be in studio playing songs from the HOA catalog, including some upcoming releases.
While lofi noise freaks and regular listeners of the Upstate Soundscape are already familiar with HOA, the label itself exists in a strange netherworld that is no doubt foreign to most people.
This is the world of obscure underground labels that traffic limited edition cassettes and CD-Rs each packaged with personally crafted artwork as astounding as the sounds contained within.
These releases are often by semi-anonymous artist who sometimes sound like mad sound scientists rather than musicians. In fact, its not a stretch to say that the House of Alchemy sound — if it can even be said there is in fact a particular sound associated with the label — has gleefully abandoned any traditional conceptions of what ‘music’ is supposed to be in order to achieve revelations through sound exploration.
As a preview for tonight’s show we got an interview with Richards about House of Alchemy below, along with a song from an upcoming HOA release by Grasshopper called “I Sang a Sad Song Today.”
Show starts at 10pm on 91.3 FM WBNY. Don’t miss it. Its gonna get weird.
Upstate Soundscape:What is the story behind House of Alchemy? How and when did it get started? What was the motivation behind the label’s creation?
Adam Richards: I started the label with my wife Katheryn five years ago. The idea of somehow releasing music had been in my mind in various forms for years. I knew a number of people creating great art and music and I wanted to be involved with getting that out there. My very good friend Grant Capes moved out to LA a few years before this and he was in the band VxPxC who were getting a lot of their music out on small labels and they were also self-releasing material. I was very interested in and influenced by how they were doing things. And through buying tons of music from various labels and distro’s I got to talk with all kinds of people actually putting stuff out.
I basically got it going to put out a VxPxC album and it just went from there. We started out with that and the first Antique Brothers record and it’s been rolling ever since. And to have VxPxC and Antique Brothers give me albums to put out with no real idea if I even would be able to make anything happen was huge.
Is there anyone else involved in running the label, or is this essentially a ‘solo project’?
I run the label with my wife Katheryn. She was the one who made me get off my ass and actually get the thing going. I had talked about it for awhile. She does a lot of the cover art, and she’s designed or strategized a lot of the more non-traditional, handmade, packaging we have done. She tolerates me destroying the house for weeks before a release comes out and a few weeks after. And she’s the half the manual labor (or more when the project needs a precision touch). Whether it’s sewing hundreds of burlap pouches, grinding hundreds of crayons to melt, hot gluing felt CD pouches to a hundred blocks of plywood, folding and stuffing covers, or any other crazy thing we come up with, she’s right there in the thick of it. She’s the main inspiration.
Are there any labels out there that you patterned House of Alchemy after or strove to emulate? What labels, past or present, do you admire?
I was really inspired by Jeweled Antler, Foxglove, Music Your Mind Will Love You, Last Visible Dog, Time Lag, Siltbreeze, Eclipse Records, American Tapes, Manhand, Ecstatic Yod and many others. We were really inspired by the labels and releases that had handmade packages, ones that you could tell had some real feeling and effort put into the production. It doesn’t make bad music good by any means, but it adds something else to the already amazing music. So, I guess there wasn’t anyone we strove to emulate directly but, there are lots of great labels that inspired us.
Who are some artists that you would like to work with that you haven’t?
Yeah, there’ll always be people I hope to work with. I’ve gotten to the point where I just ask. Half the time you don’t get any response, but the ones you do hear back from end up being great. We’ve got so many great things lined up, I’m really happy with where we are. And I really like the idea of doing multiple releases with artists. I’ll put out stuff by these guys as long as they keep giving me stuff.
Who are some of your favorite artists that you have worked with?
I have been honored and happy to work with all the amazing artists we have put out over the last five years. It’s all been good. So much amazing music.
It’s been really great to be able to work with people who I have been friends with for a long time, way before the label. People I used to sit around and talk records with way back when. Grant Capes, who I’ve known for a real long time and worked with on many different projects including our own recording project, has been a huge inspiration and pleasure to work with since day one. Ryan Martin, Cory Card, Jen Marquart, people I’ve known for a long time. It’s great that we are now doing a lot of the things we used to bullshit about over beers.
And then there’s someone like Eric Hardimann who we’ve done a bunch of stuff with, Century Plants, Burnt Hills, Rambutan, whom I became friends with through the label. I consider him very inspirational and supportive on many levels. And my good friend Darryl Norsen, who is an amazing visual artist. He’s done a lot of art and layout for us and he’s been helping us out since the very beginning. And Brad Rose from Digitalis, who was a huge help from the beginning.
Really, it’s been Katheryn and I, but with a huge network of supporters and insanely creative friends. So many more people than I can possibly list here.
If somebody likes the HOA label, what other labels out there would you recommend to check out?
Tape Drift, Stunned (RIP), 905 Tapes, Peasant Magik, Robert & Leopold, Imminent Frequencies, caesura, Deep Tapes, Tranquility Tapes, Anathema Sound, No Kings, Desire Path, Root Strata, Obsolete Units, Dais, Type, Digitalis, Kye…..there are so many exciting labels out there and I think it’s really a great time to be a music fan and to be a musician. Sometimes it feels like there is a flood of stuff, it all comes and goes so fast and I oftentimes have no idea what the hell is going on. And there’s really no way (at least for me) to keep up with and hear every single thing. I try my best and I’m sure I miss stuff. But damn, even though I feel like a lot of stuff has passed by my periphery, the stuff I am hearing is really astounding and inspiring.
What’s your take on the re-birth of the cassette market?
It’s a funny thing. . . I think it’s great. We put out our first cassette three years ago and have gradually been doing more. We’ve done a dozen so far, and a large chunk of our upcoming releases are set for cassette. I think for some people it’s a nostalgia trip. But I think a bunch of people legitimately enjoy it and see it is a solid medium, not just some shitty gimmick or fad. For me, I never stopped using cassettes. I haven’t been without a cassette deck and a boombox since I was a kid. My car still has a tape deck and I’ll be sad when I buy a car that doesn’t have one. I have hundreds and hundreds of tapes. Mixtapes, bootlegs, mainstream releases, microlabel stuff, all of it. We’ll continue to put out tapes, CD’s, vinyl, all of it.
Tell us about some of HOA’s upcoming releases.
We’ve got so many amazing things in the pipe. We have two really confounding releases from the Kommisar Hjuler und Frau camp in Germany.
One is a solo release of insane vocals and sound cut-ups from Mama Baer. And the other is a trio release with Mundkranch. Both releases defy description.
We have a cassette from Calgary’s Bent Spoon Duo who are an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink improv duo. Real out-there stuff.
We have a split from Rambutan and Fossils From the Sun, solo projects of the two who make up Century Plants and also play in Burnt Hills. Gonna be huge.
We have a split cassette with one side a trio of Butcher/Khoury/Bryerton and the duo of Baczkowski /Sack.
Obscurer is a trio featuring Grant Capes and two theremin players, The Faraday Trippers. Really dreamy, long form magic.
DeTrop is a trio featuring Ryan Martin who also plays in York Factory Complaint. Fuzzy modular electronics for faded industrial wreckage.
And Pearson Wallace-Hoyt contacted me out of the blue last year. I wasn’t aware of his work before and he laid a monster release of ritual drone magik on me. It shimmers and shutters. I’m very excited about all the things on the horizon.
Tell us about some past HOA releases that you think deserve some special attention.
Well, I’d say that if there is any band we have put out that you haven’t heard of, check them out. By which I mean we have been really lucky to work with a lot of freakishly talented artists and I truly feel that everything we have put out deserves attention. Is that a cop out?
How has starting your own label, and dealing with the business side of music, influenced your work as an artist?
While it hasn’t necessarily influenced the art directly, it has certainly influenced how I interact with labels when trying to get some of my own work released. And it has made me patient because I know how much goes into putting a release out and how easy it is to get off track with life getting in the way of the label from time to time.
I guess as an inverse, my experience trying to get my own work out has influenced how I try and run the label. I try and respond to all artist solicitations in a timely manner whether we can work with them or not. I’ve had some amazing experiences working with labels that have put out my work. I try and learn from those experiences. We’ve been so happy with the artists we’ve worked with on House of Alchemy and I’ve been very lucky with the labels that have put my stuff out. There are really some great people running great labels out there.
Any advice for aspiring label owners?
Enjoy it. Don’t expect to make much or any money. It can be done but it’s likely that you’ll dump money into it and hope to break even. Be willing to give a lot time to it. It’s not worth half-assing. But it has been wholly satisfying for me and I’m really proud that we have put out so much amazing music in the last 5 years. I’d love to be able to do it full time but I’m happy doing it nights and weekends. Staying up late, drinking wine and folding CD or cassette covers or stuffing orders is a good time in my book.
What’s your take on the Buffalo and surrounding upstate experimental scene?
I think it’s great. I don’t get out to shows nearly as much as I used to but it seems like there is a semi-regular stream of really interesting music happening in Buffalo and Rochester. There are some really cool venues like The Vault and Sugar City that put on tons of great shows. I hope more like them pop up. And Hallwalls is a goddamned treasure.
There’s always room for more though and I get excited every time a new venue, band, or promoter pops up. I wish it happened more! The more the merrier.
Any local/regional artists/labels you are really into at the moment? Any local/regional artists/lables we should look out for?
In Buffalo there are great labels like Desire Path, Bad Drone Media and Human Beard. There are certainly more but I’ve been really digging what they have been up to. In Rochester there is caesura which is run by friends of mine, Cory and Jen. They’ve been putting out a steady stream of major stuff. And of course Carbon Records in Rochester. Joe Tunis has put out so many amazing releases over the last decade.
As far as musicians, I miss way more shows than I see but there is a lot of good local action here. Obviously, Steve Baczkowski. Always a visceral, balls-to-the-wall performance. Jim Abramson, Tristan Trump, Bobby Griffiths, Jax Deluca, Matt Goodrich, Scott Valkwitch, All Them Witches… There are a lot of opportunities here in Buffalo to go out and see some really interesting music. Again, I’m leaving out so much. In Rochester there is Stone Baby, one of the first bands we’ve worked with, we have actually done three releases with them. All killer. If you have the chance to see them, do it. And of course, anything with Joe Tunis, and Pengo.
How does somebody get a hold of HOA’s stuff?
Our website www.thehouseofalchemy.com and we work with a number of distro’s across the country and abroad. Even if we are out of something, be sure to check the distro’s. You never know what might be floating around. There’s a list of the ones we work with on the site.