Hardly Art

Shannon and the Clams share tour dates, “The Bog” music video

WED, JAN 13, 2016

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This morning, Brooklyn Vegan premiered “The Bog,” the latest (and maybe strangest to date) music video from Shannon and the Clams’ acclaimed 2015 album Gone by the Dawn. In addition, the Clams have a whole slew of tour dates to announce, including an appearance at the Sasquatch! Music Festival. Watch “The Bog” via the image above, and see the tour page for a full list of upcoming performances. Gone by the Dawnis available on CD, LP, and digital formats in the shop – only a handful of limited colored LPs left in stock.

Tacocat announce new LP Lost Time, share “I Hate the Weekend”

TUE, JAN 12, 2016

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Today, we are proud to announce Lost Time, the latest album from Seattle’s Tacocat. Leadoff single “I Hate the Weekend,” about – per Lindy West’s bio – “the bridge-and-tunnel bros who turn their neighborhood into a toilet every weekend,” premiered earlier today via Stereogum. You can stream or download it via the image above. Additionally, the band shared news of nationwide and overseas tours today – see the ever-helpful tour page for a full list of upcoming dates.

Lost Time will be out on LP, CD, digital, and cassette formats on April 1st, 2016, with the first pressing of vinyl on limited edition colored wax. Preorder yours here.

Watch an elegiac new video for Gem Club’s “Speech of Foxes”

MON, DEC 21, 2015

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Happy Holidays from Hardly Art! We’re closing out a banner year with a stunning new music video from Boston-based artist Gem Club. “Speech of Foxes,” as brought to life by director Ben Phillippo, is a gorgeous, snowbound meditation on memory, loss, and impermanence. Magnet Magazine premiered the video, which you can watch here or by clicking the .gif above. “Speech of Foxes” can be found on the latest release from Gem Club, In Roses.

Protomartyr announce 2016 tour dates, share NPR Tiny Desk concert

FRI, DEC 4, 2015

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Protomartyr have just returned from an extensive tour in Europe, and after getting some much needed rest over the holidays, will be back to road-dogging it across the country in 2016. Touring in support of their critically acclaimed third record, The Agent Intellect, they’ll begin by making up some cancelled dates in late January before embarking on a mammoth month-long tour, followed by a return to Europe in April. Joining them for extended stints in the US will be bands of such ass-kicking nature as Amanda X, Priests, Spray Paint, and Chastity Belt. Tickets for these shows go on sale today at noon EST – find all details for both US and overseas dates on the tour page

Also, NPR Music has shared their Tiny Desk Concert that the band recorded at the NPR office in October. Watch their amazing stripped-down performance here, featuring Agent Intellect stand-outs “Why Does It Shake?” and “The Devil In His Youth,” as well as a glorious oldie from their first record, “Three Swallows.” Pitchfork also recently shared a powerful fully plugged-in performance from an event in New York City. It’s hard to dispute the band’s power live after watching “I’ll Take That Applause.” If you haven’t yet, discover one of the best and most affecting records of the year right here.

NPR premieres music video for Chastity Belt’s “Lydia”

WED, NOV 25, 2015

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Today, NPR Music premiered Shaun Libman’s artful music video for Chastity Belt’s “Lydia,” from their acclaimed 2015 album Time to Go Home. Captured in high-contrast black-and-white photography and utilizing hand-made sets, this new video ably captures the song’s air of wistful yearning that’s made it such a standout track for listeners from here to the airwaves of BBC. 

Chastity Belt just returned home from a six-week European tour, including sold-out headlining dates and a run opening for Death Cab for Cutie. Stay tuned for news of their tour plans in 2016, and in the meantime, the most excellent Time to Go Home can be found (as ever) in our shop.

Announcing Gazebos’ Die Alone; hear first single “I Don’t Wanna Be Here”

TUE, NOV 17, 2015

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Earlier today, Impose Magazine broke news of Hardly Art’s first release of 2016: Die Alone, the debut record from Seattle group Gazebos. “I Don’t Wanna Be Here,” which you can stream or download here, provides an introduction to the band’s eclectic sound and outsider pop mentality. Die Alone will be released on CD, LP, and digital formats Friday, February 19th, 2016. Both CDs and LPs will feature gold foil covers, and the first run of LPs will be on limited colored vinyl. Find yours in the shop, and check their artist page for more on the group, including bio, photos, and more.

Shannon and the Clams share new video for “It’s Too Late”

THU, NOV 5, 2015

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Earlier today, NME premiered Shannon and the Clams’ charming and surreal music video for “It’s Too Late,” a standout track from their acclaimed new album Gone by the Dawn. The video sees guitarist/vocalist Cody Blanchard playing a drifter who gets picked up by some hard-partying farmhands before things take a turn for the weird. Watch the video here or by clicking the .gif above.

Next Wednesday, the Clams kick off a string of European tour dates, which sees them bringing their much-lauded live show to six countries. See the tour page for a full list of performances.

What a new video for Grave Babies’ “Metal Me”

TUE, NOV 3, 2015

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Today, Impose Magazine premiered Grave Babies’ grim new video for “Metal Me,” off this past summer’s Holographic Violence. The clip, from director Bobby McHugh, depicts an imagined, violent revenge fantasy gone awry. Halloween may have come and gone already, but this video reasserts last weekend’s spooky vibes. You can watch the video by clicking here or on the .gif above.

Limited edition colored vinyl of Holographic Violence is still available in the shop.

Hardly Art x CMJ 2015 + new S video for “Remember Love”

SUN, OCT 11, 2015

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This week, Hardly Art and Sub Pop are begrudgingly reuniting for a joint CMJ showcase at the Knitting Factory on Thursday, October 15th. The Mutual Depreciation Sub Pop and Hardly Art CMJ Showcase features Strange Wilds, The Gotobeds, S, Mass Gothic, actor/comedian Jon Benjamin (Bob’s Burgers, Archer, Wet Hot American Summer) and headliners Protomartyr. This show is all-ages and $12 in advance or at the door.

Shannon and the Clams will also be gracing New York with their presence this week, performing a sold-out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday night with Sheer Mag and Shopping, along with a showcase appearance Saturday night at Rough Trade Records. S, who is performing at five showcases this week, shared a new music video for “Remember Love” today. Watch it exclusively now via Brooklyn Vegan.

See the tour page for a full list of CMJ 2015 showcases featuring our artists.

Protomartyr’s The Agent Intellect out now!

FRI, OCT 9, 2015

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Today marks the release of The Agent IntellectProtomartyr’s third and finest to date. Named after an ancient philosophical questioning of how the mind operates in relation to the self, the new album is an elegant and often devastating display of all that makes Protomartyr so vital and singularly visceral an outfit. 

Limited copies of The Agent Intellect are available in the shop, and all LPs come with a lyric zine and a fold-out poster.

The band will embark on a US tour in support of the new record starting off with two hometown record release shows before traversing east to New York for CMJ and finally heading overseas for a month of shows. Don’t miss seeing the band at their live, pummeling best. There’s not a frontman pulpiteer quite like Joe Casey in music today. All current dates can be found on our tour page.