Hardly Art

Listen to The Julie Ruin’s Kathleen Hanna in conversation with Meredith Graves of Perfect Pussy

THU, OCT 13, 2016

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Today, you can can listen to the latest episode of The Talkhouse podcast, which features an insightful conversation between The Julie Ruin’s Kathleen Hanna and Meredith Graves of Perfect Pussy. Stream it via the link above or in iTunes. The two cover topics as wide-ranging as the state of modern punk, the election, and the “etsyfication of riot grrrl.”

The Julie Ruin is currently touring the West Coast and play two sold-out shows at The Roxy in Los Angeles Friday and Saturday night.  For a full list of dates and venues – where you can catch the band covering Bikini Kill’s seminal “Rebel Girl” – visit hardlyart.com/tours

The newest release from The Julie Ruin, Hit Reset, is out now.

The Moondoggies’ debut LP Don’t Be A Stranger out on vinyl for the first time today

FRI, OCT 7, 2016

Credit: Joel Kvernmo

Northwest Americana band The Moondoggies’  2008 debut full-length Don’t Be A Stranger was one of the first releases in Hardly Art’s history. As of today, the record has finally been made available on vinyl for the first time. This double LP package also includes five b-sides from the band’s early days, including the woodsy rocker “Oh Now Honey,” which you can stream here or via the link above. 

Purchases for the vinyl edition and digital editions (incl. bonus tracks) of Don’t Be A Stranger are available now.

Tacocat share new video for “The Internet,” doing official Twitter Q&A Friday night

FRI, SEP 30, 2016

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Tacocat have just self-released a new music video for their anti-online harassment anthem “The Internet.” The Seattle band are currently in the middle of a nationwide tour with Dude York and Daddy Issues, and tomorrow evening at 6:30 PM EST, they’ll be participating in an official Q&A session on Twitter (fans are encouraged to use the hashtag #AskTacocat). Sunday night, Tacocat headline Music Hall of Williamsburg. Watch their video for “The Internet” below.

IAN SWEET’S Shapeshifter out now, watch new video for “All Skaters Go to Heaven”

FRI, SEP 9, 2016


After months of anticipation, Brooklyn trio IAN SWEET’s debut full-length Shapeshifter is out today on LP, CD, digital, and cassette formats. The band headlines a record release show tonight at Shea Stadium featuring support from Florist, Horse Jumper of Love, and Hovvdy. Additionally, Noisey has shared the band’s excellent new music video for “All Skaters Go to Heaven,” which is bound to kick-flip its way into your heart. Watch it below. Purchase Shapeshifter today from our webstore.

Stream IAN SWEET’s Shapeshifter, out next week

THU, SEP 1, 2016

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Credit: Eleanor Petry

Starting today, you can stream all ten tracks from IAN SWEET’s debut full-length Shapeshifter via SPIN.com or our Soundcloud page. Shapeshifter’s already being praised as “a catchy, honest debut” (The Village Voice) and “a love letter to being alone and making it out alive, told through a gorgeously noisy wall of sound” (NPR Music). The album will be available on white vinyl LP starting Tuesday, September 6th, and will be out on CD, cassette, and digital formats Friday, September 9th.

The band hits the road in support of Shapeshifter on Tuesday, September 6th with a show at the Middle East Upstairs, and celebrates their record release on Friday, September 9th with a Shea Stadium show in Brooklyn featuring Florist, Horse Jumper of Love, and Hovvdy. Click here for a full list of dates. 

NPR premieres IAN SWEET’s new video for “#23”

WED, AUG 24, 2016

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Credit: Eleanor Petry

IAN SWEET’s “#23” – from the forthcoming full length Shapeshifter, out 9/6 on vinyl and 9/9 on other formats – now has an accompanying music video, which premiered today via NPR Music. Filmed on location in Coney Island and the band’s native Brooklyn, the video follows vocalist Jilian Medford as she journeys from concrete corridors to sun-drenched beaches and amusement parks at magic hour. Watch the video below.

Pre-orders for Shapeshifter on all formats are available here

The Moondoggies share unheard b-side “Oh Now Honey”; debut LP coming to vinyl for the first time

TUE, AUG 23, 2016

Credit: Joel Kvernmo

Ten years ago in the woodsy city of Everett, Washington, five friends banded together to form The Moondoggies, a beloved Northwest Americana band whose 2008 debut full-length Don’t Be A Stranger was one of the first releases in Hardly Art’s history. On October 7th, the record will finally be made available on vinyl for the first time. The double LP will also include five b-sides from The Moondoggies’ early days, including the raw, rollicking “Oh Now Honey,” which you can stream below.

Pre-orders for the vinyl edition of Don’t Be A Stranger are available now. Find details on the band’s upcoming 10-year anniversary shows on the tour page.

IAN SWEET affirm that “All Skaters Go To Heaven”

MON, AUG 15, 2016

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Credit: Eleanor Petry

As heard this morning on Consequence of Sound, Brooklyn trio IAN SWEET have shared “All Skaters Go To Heaven,” another single from their forthcoming debut full-length Shapeshifter, which is already being praised as “a catchy, honest debut” (The Village Voice) full of “noisy, clamoring soundscapes that are intricately designed and occasionally imposing” (Stereogum). Listen to the track below.

Shapeshifter is out Friday, September 9th on CD, digital and cassette formats, while the LP is getting an early Vinyl Tuesday release on September 6th. The band’s self-titled debut EP is out now. Find both in the shop.

The Julie Ruin debut new video for “Mr. So and So”

WED, AUG 10, 2016

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Today, PAPER Magazine shared The Julie Ruin’s new music video for “Mr. So and So,” directed by lead singer Kathleen Hanna. The video – which you can watch here or below – expands on the themes of tokenization discussed in the song, a standout from the band’s new release Hit Reset. The Julie Ruin drummer Carmine Covelli plays the eponymous “Mr. So and So,” a self-proclaimed “male feminist” whose actions speak louder than his words.

Hit Reset is currently number one on the CMJ charts, and the band hits the road again tonight for a string of shows up and down the East Coast. See the tour page for a full rundown of dates. 

Jenn Champion’s No One EP out now!

FRI, AUG 5, 2016

Credit: Angel Ceballos

Jenn Champion’s No One EP sees release today on digital and streaming formats. Late last month, we shared the EP’s title track, which was lauded as “a refreshing take on what Champion is known for” (Pitchfork) and “sleek and eerie, like Champion is slowly exhaling her words onto frigid titanium and watching as it fogs over” (Stereogum). Champion is abetted by a diverse collection of remix artists on this EP, including Glitterbang, Crater, USF, SassyBlack, Breakmaster Cylinder and her own Malidont side project. 

Jenn Champion celebrates with a record release show tomorrow night in her native Seattle with Posse, DoNormaal, and Nightspace.