Hardly Art

Happy Valentine’s! Enjoy Dude York’s “Love Is”

TUE, FEB 14, 2017

Credit: Sam Gehrke

In recognition of Valentine’s Day, Seattle trio Dude York have shared another arresting single from their upcoming full-length Sincerely, out February 24th. Appropriately titled “Love Is,” the song is about “the balance you face when turning your experiences into art and the line you cross when realizing you are a participant in someone else’s story as much as they are in yours, especially in a history of music where women’s contributions have been routinely overshadowed or villainized in comparison to their male partners,” according to bassist Claire England, who wrote and sings lead vocals on the track. Stream “Love Is” below. 

Dude York share new single “Tonight”; Sincerely out Feb 24

TUE, JAN 17, 2017

Credit: Sam Gehrke

Today, Seattle band Dude York shared a new track from their upcoming full-length Sincerely, out February 24th. “Tonight” is another rousing, spirited anthem from the trio, with bassist Claire England delivering kiss-off lyrics over surging verses and explosive choruses. Listen to “Tonight” via Stereogum or stream it below. Additionally, the band has announced a nationwide tour in support of Sincerely. See below for a full list of dates.

02.09.17 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom &
02.23.17 – Seattle, WA – Chop Suey (ALL-AGES) (tix)
03.07.17 – San Francisco, CA – Above DNA *
03.08.17 – Los Angeles, CA – Resident *
03.09.17 – San Diego, CA – The Hideout *
03.13.17 – 03.19.17 – Austin, TX - SXSW
03.21.17 – Atlanta, GA – 529 ^
03.22.17 – Durham , NC  – The Pinhook ^
03.23.17 – Washington, DC – Songbyrd Music House ^
03.24.17 – Philadelphia, PA – Ortlieb’s Lounge ^
03.25.17 – Brooklyn, NY – Shea Stadium ^
03.27.17 – Boston, MA – Great Scott ^
03.28.17 – Montreal, QC – Bar Le Ritz ^
03.29.17 – Toronto, ON – Smiling Buddha ^
03.30.17 – Detroit, MI – The Underground at DIME ^
03.31.17 – Lakewood, OH – Mahall’s 20 Lanes ^
04.01.17 – Chicago, IL – Cobra Lounge ^
04.02.17 – Milwaukee, WI – Cactus Club ^
04.03.17 – Omaha, NE – The Slowdown ^
04.05.17 – Denver, CO – Hi-Dive ^
04.06.17 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court ^
04.07.17 – Boise, ID – The Olympic Venue ^
04.08.17 – Portland, OR – Analog Lounge ^

& – w/ Hanni El Khatib, Pinky Pinky
* – w/ Tennis System
^ – w/ PAWS

Watch out world, it’s a SALE!

MON, JAN 9, 2017

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Grey skies got you feeling glum? Endless amounts of snow and wind and looming autocracies bringing you down? Well we at Hardly Art HQ are pleased to report that we aim to fix all problems of the modern world by hosting the first-ever sale in our highly-rated digital web shoppe emporium. See for yourself! 

Create your own soundtrack for the end times with the dulcet tones offered within our fine catalog, now 15% off when you purchase $30 or more, today through February 6th. All nitty-gritty details can be found on our newly-created-but-still-very-handy sale page

(Please note / fine print, this sale is for items sold through hardlyart.com only.) 

Watch IAN SWEET’s video for “Slime Time Live,” tour starts tomorrow

FRI, JAN 6, 2017

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Just in time for the start of a run of tour dates with Acid Dad, Brooklyn trio IAN SWEET have shared a strange and somewhat queasy new music video for their Shapeshifter single “Slime Time Live.” Featuring IAN SWEET guitarist/vocalist Jilian Medford and – in her acting debut as “Jilian’s Mom” – Jilian’s actual mom, the video from director Ryan Baxley plumbs deep, neon green depths of weirdness. Head over to Brooklyn Vegan or below to watch. 

Read on to find all upcoming tour details for IAN SWEET, including a newly announced tour with Cherry Glazerr, and stay tuned for news of the band’s SXSW appearances. As always, the most up-to-date tour info can be found on the tour page.

01.07.17 - Brooklyn, NY - Shea Stadium
01.09.17 - Washington, DC - DC9
01.10.17 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe *
01.11.17 - Cincinnati, OH - MOTR Pub *
01.12.17 - Madison WI - FRZN Fest ^
01.13.17 - Chicago, IL - Tomorrow Never Knows Festival at Schuba’s &
01.14.17 - Grand Rapids, MI - Founders Brewing
01.17.17 - Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery *
01.18.17 - Philadelphia, PA - PhilaMOCA *
03.09.17 – Richmond, VA – Gallery 5 $ @
03.10.17 – Charlotte, NC – Snug Harbor $ !
03.20.17 – Dallas, TX – Three Links # @
03.22.17 – New Orleans, LA – Siberia # !
03.24.17 – Nashville, TN – The High Watt # !
03.25.17 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade # @
03.26.17 – Tallahassee, FL – Club Downunder # !
03.27.17 – Orlando, FL – The Social # @
03.29.17 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle # @
03.31.17 – Columbus, OH – Rumba Café # @
04.01.17 – Bloomington, IN – Blockhouse # !
04.02.17 – St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway # @
04.05.17 – Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar # @
04.06.17 – Pioneertown, CA – Pappy and Harriet’s # @
04.07.17 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room # @

$ - w/ Ovlov
# - w/ Cherry Glazerr, Lala Lala
@ - All-ages show
! - 18+ show
* - w/ Acid Dad
^ - w/ Big Thief
& - w/ Foxtrott


Shop alert ahoy! Place orders by Dec 19

THU, DEC 15, 2016

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Gentle readers, it is with no small conviction that we are just as ready to be done with 2016 as you are. In that spirit, we will be closing down our warehouse for inventory starting on December 21. What this means for you is that should you desire to order something from our much-esteemed web shoppe emporium (Steak Crotch Tee, anyone?) and have it ship prior to January, you must place your order by December 19 (hey, that’s Monday!) in order for it to be processed in time. This applies to our releases on Bandcamp as well. Our web shop will resume business as usual on January 3. Need a reminder of the great things we released in 2016? If you insist: 

Gazebos - Die Alone CD/LP/CS/Digital
Tacocat - Lost Time CD/LP/CS/Digital
La Luz - Damp Face 10”
IAN SWEET - s/t EP CS/Digital
The Julie Ruin - Hit Reset CD/LP/CS/Digital
Jenn Champion - No One EP Digital
IAN SWEET - Shapeshifter CD/LP/CS/Digital
The Moondoggies - Don’t Be A Stranger 2xLP/Digital

All of which is to say, we tried our best to give you everything we could to help you through this trash fire, and hope to see you for better days in 2017. 

Warmest wishes,
And maybe a hot toddy also,
(hot toddys are delicious),
All of us at Hardly Art HQ

Gazebos announce new 2017 West Coast / Southwest tour dates

FRI, DEC 2, 2016

Credit: Coco Aramaki

Seattle art-pop outfit Gazebos will be hitting the road in early 2017 for a run of dates with Summer Cannibals and Boyfriends. This tour will be many fans’ first chance to witness the combined talents of the band’s new line-up. Their revamped rhythm section includes Tyler Swan (Truckasauras) on drums and Kimberly Morrison (The Dutchess & the Duke) on bass. Watch the band’s beguiling video for “I Don’t Wanna Be Here” from Sundance-award-winning director Carlos Lopez below, followed by a full list of upcoming performances. As always, the most up-to-date show information can be found on the tour page

12.08.16 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey 
01.12.17 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey * ^
01.13.17 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom  % (all-ages)
01.14.17 - Eugene, OR - W.O.W. Hall * ^ (all-ages)
01.17.17 - Sacramento, CA - Blue Lamp *
01.18.17 - Oakland, CA - 1-2-3-4 Go! Records * # (all-ages)
01.19.17 - Los Angeles, CA - Resident * !
01.20.17 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar *
01.21.17 - San Francisco, CA - Hemlock Tavern *
01.22.17 - Reno, NV - Holland Project * (all-ages)
01.23.17 - Boise, ID - Neurolux *

* - w/ Boyfriends
^ - w/ Summer Cannibals
% - w/ Hurry Up
# - w/ Valley Boy
! - w/ Part Time

The Julie Ruin’s European tour kicks off this weekend

MON, NOV 21, 2016

Credit: Shervin Lainez

On Saturday, The Julie Ruin’s European tour will get underway with a set at the Week-End Festival in Cologne, Germany. The band’s triumphant new album Hit Reset has already been praised as one of the year’s finest, and their recent US concerts have received similar plaudits, most recently from Pitchfork

For a full list of where overseas fans can catch their cathartic live show (in some markets, for the very first time), see below or visit hardlyart.com/tours.

11.26.16 - Cologne, DE - Week-end Festival at Stadthalle Köln-Mülheim (tix)
11.27.16 - Berlin, DE - Columbia Theater (tix)
11.28.16 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso (Small Hall) (tix)
11.30.16 - Brussels, BE - Botanique Rotonde (tix)
12.01.16 - Paris, FR - Point Ephemere (tix)
12.02.16 - London, UK - KOKO (tix)
12.04.16 - Manchester, UK - Gorilla (tix)
12.05.16 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club (tix)
12.06.16 - Glasgow, UK - The Art School (SOLD OUT)

Announcing Dude York’s Sincerely, hear first single “Black Jack”

TUE, NOV 15, 2016

Credit: Sam Gehrke

Hardly Art is proud to announce its first release of 2017: Sincerely, by the Seattle trio Dude York. Earlier today, The FADER premiered the anthemic leadoff single “Black Jack,” which you can stream or download from the link below. Sincerely, which will be out on CD, LP, digital, and cassette on Friday, February 24th, is available for pre-order now (LPs come on clear vinyl with pink haze, while supplies last). On Thursday, Dude York opens for White Lung at Resident in Los Angeles. Check out the album artwork below, and head to the artist page for more about Sincerely

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.