Today, Lala Lala released new live session videos for Audiotree’s “Far Out” series, filmed at the Hidden Peak Climbing Gym in the band’s hometown of Chicago. Watch full-band performances of “Water Over Sex” from Lala Lala’s critically acclaimed album The Lamb and “Siren 042”—a collaborative single with WHY? released in January to praise from NPR Music, The FADER, Stereogum and more—now via Audiotree. The release continues a banner year that will also see the band make their Pitchfork Music Festival debut in July, in addition to supporting sold-out shows for Better Oblivion Community Center and playing amphitheater dates with Death Cab with Cutie (click here for a full list of dates). In a new episode airing tonight, The Lamb standout “The Flu” will be featured on The CW’s hit series Riverdale. Tune in!
Earlier today, Paste Magazine debuted the psychedelic new music video for Shana Cleveland’s “Don’t Let Me Sleep,” off the forthcoming solo album from the La Luz singer/guitarist, Night of the Worm Moon. The video, from director Ryan Daniel Browne, stars Cleveland as an extraterrestrial exploring a woodland environment under a full moon as the landscape transforms around her.
Night of the Worm Moon was recorded during the 2017 solar eclipse and was inspired by Afrofuturism, science fiction, and the surreality of daily life in Los Angeles. It is out on LP, CD, Digital and Cassette on Friday, April 5th. Pre-orders for Night of the Worm Moon are available now.
Additionally, today Cleveland has announced new headlining West Coast tour dates in addition to a run of Midwest and East Coast dates in support of The Mountain Goats. Click here for a full list of upcoming performances.
On May 3rd, 2019, Seattle group Versing will release their Hardly Art full-length debut 10000, an album that fuses lustrous noise and ebullient melody. The band’s first offering, “Tethered,” is a low-key, Daydream Nation-esque anthem with plenty of dissonance and surging, distorted guitars, plus rhythms that drive piles. Frontman Daniel Salas explains that it’s “about how people are tied together,” figuratively. “It’s a reminder of the interconnected-ness of humans, to people who make excuses for not doing the right thing” for the greater good of humanity.
Today IAN SWEET released the kaleidoscopic CG animated video for “Holographic Jesus” from her acclaimed 2018 album Crush Crusher. Directed by Marty Tzonev (whose recent credits include tour visuals for Julianna Barwick), the video centers around things that Jilian does using her wrist, featuring an array of colorful objects in perpetual motion, all inspired by the lyric in the song “The sun on my wrist, on my wrist, it’s never felt like this”.
Following a stretch around the US at the end of last year, IAN SWEET kicks off 2019 with a tour across the UK and Europe. Jilian is also set to return to the Europe in April for a run of solo shows supporting Frankie Cosmos. Tickets are available now via iansweetmusic.com. For a full list of upcoming performances, head to our tour page.
Of the song, Jilian says “‘Holographic Jesus” is a song based around collecting holographic Jesus posters from various bodegas and dollar stores while living in Brooklyn. I am in no way religious but I hung them up all over my room and was constantly finding the nuances and idiosyncrasies of each one. You could turn your head the slightest and see an entirely different image reflected. I felt connected to that idea. Some people collect ceramic frogs or action figures but I collect holographic Jesus posters. This song is about the things I went through in that room while these posters were so to speak ‘watching over me.’”
Never ones to slow down for long, Seattle trio Dude York are kicking off their 2019 with a new four-track digital EP called Happy in the Meantime. The EP, out today worldwide and available to stream or download everywhere, collects the previously-released singles “Moon” and “What Would You Do If You Had Some Money Now?” along with two unheard rockers: the addictive “Run” and arena-ready “No One In My Life Can Hear Me Scream.”
Dude York’s West Coast tour with Partner kicks of Wednesday, February 20th. See below for a full list of dates.
02.20.19 – Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret *
02.24.19 - Seattle, WA - The Vera Project *
02.25.19 - Portland, OR - Holocene *
02.28.19 - Los Angeles, CA - The Hi-Hat *
03.02.19 - Santa Cruz, CA - Crepe Place *
03.03.19 - San Francisco, CA - Cafe du Nord *
* - w/ Partner
Hardly Art is pleased to announce our first release of 2019: Night of the Worm Moon, a new solo album from Shana Cleveland, the singer/guitarist of acclaimed surf rock band La Luz. Out Friday, April 5th on LP, CD, digital , and cassette, this full-length record sees the California polymath expanding her sonic palette, incorporating psychedelic folk sounds with out-there subject matter and inspiration including Afrofuturism and alternate dimensions. The blissed-out “Face of the Sun” premiered this morning via Stereogum and serves as an introduction to the new direction in Cleveland’s sound.
Pre-orders for Night of the Worm Moon are available now.
Today Lala Lala and WHY? released the music video for their new collaborative single “Siren 042.” Watch the video, which premiered this morning via The FADER, above. “Siren 042” follows the September release of Lala Lala’s critically acclaimed album The Lamb. Of the collaboration, Lala Lala’s Lillie West says, “Yoni [Wolf] once talked me down when we were on the the strongest LSD of my life and I claimed to be ‘drowning in a river of sadness.’ I text him when I’m sick. Is he my life coach? Seems that way. I am a WHY? super fan and making this song was a dream come true. I hope to trick him into letting me into his home and more collaboration soon.”
Lala Lala headlines a US tour that kicks off next Thursday, January 17th. Click here for a full list of dates.
2018 is coming to a close, and in the spirit of holiday giving we’ve to decided to give away a complimentary sampler over on the Hardly Art Bandcamp page. From Dick Stusso to IAN SWEET, relive your favorite Hardly Art musical moments of the year with these fifteen Hardly Art hits! And as a reminder: now through the end of the year you can save 20% on all orders of $25 or more from our webstore. Happy Hardlydays, everyone, see you in the new year!
Attention holiday shoppers: the Hardly Art warehouse is closed Dec 17th - Jan 7th for year-end inventory and holiday closure. All orders placed on or after Dec 17th will not be processed until we are back on the 7th and will not start shipping until the 8th at the earliest. And a gentle reminder: we are offering 20% off of all orders of $25 or more now through the end of the year. If you want one of our new coffee mugs, heart tees, dad hats, totes, or any of our excellent releases, act fast and have a very Happy Holidays.
This holiday season, we’re gifting our fans with a steal of a deal in our Mini Mart. Now through the end of the year, you can enjoy 20% off of all orders over $25.
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