Hardly Art

Announcing Perfect Version, The Debut Solo Album From Chastity Belt’s Julia Shapiro

TUE, APR 2, 2019

Hardly Art is pleased to announce Perfect Version, the debut solo album  from Chastity Belt singer/guitarist Julia Shapiro, out June 14th on LP/CD/Digital/Cassette. You can watch a music video for lead single “Natural” and read a longform feature  with The FADER today. 

Julia recorded virtually every instrument on Perfect Version herself. Read on for more about the turmoil and uncertainty that inspired this deeply personal, intimate album. Julia makes her solo debut performing tonight at Chop Suey in her native Seattle. The first run of LPs will be on royal blue vinyl. Pre-order your copy today from our Mini Mart


Listen to the Title Track from Shana Cleveland’s Night of the Worm Moon, Out April 5th

TUE, MAR 19, 2019

Night of the Worm Moon, the new solo album from Shana Cleveland, the singer/guitarist of acclaimed surf rock band La Luz, arrives on  Friday, April 5th on LP, CD, digital , and cassette. You can listen to the title track today via KEXP or the link above. This full-length record sees Cleveland expanding her sonic palette, incorporating psychedelic folk sounds with out-there subject matter and inspiration including Afrofuturism and alternate dimensions. This Spring, Cleveland hits the road for a run of headlining West Coast tour dates and a North American tour opening for The Mountain Goats. Click here for a full list of upcoming performances. 

Pre-orders for Night of the Worm Moon are available now from our Mini Mart. 

Versing Share New Single “Offering”; 10000 Out May 3rd

THU, MAR 7, 2019

Seattle group Versing’s Hardly Art full-length debut 10000 will be available on LP/CD/Cassette and Digitally on May 3rd. Following the release of their debut single “Tethered” comes the latest immersive, pummeling single “Offering,” which evokes those twin pillars of 1988 rock: My Bloody Valentine’s woozy sound and The Clean’s shimmering pop. “I just really enjoy that droning line of guitar feedback,” says the band’s frontman Daniel Salas. “We use a lot of feedback on our songs, but I think that’s one of the more deliberately musical uses we’ve found for it. It’s sort of a fantastical song about traveling through a mystical portal to stop an encroaching force of evil, and the feedback is like the whirring sound the portal makes.” You can listen here to this ripper premiered today at Paste.

You can pre-order the record via our minimart. The first LP pressing will be available on limited ash-colored vinyl. CD’s & LP’s include a digital download, available on release day.

Lala Lala Share Audiotree Session, Playing Pitchfork Festival

WED, MAR 6, 2019

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!


Shana Cleveland Is An Alien Visitor In New Music Video For “Don’t Let Me Sleep;” North American Tour Dates Announced

FRI, FEB 22, 2019

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. 

Announcing Versing’s 10000, Out 5/3/19; Watch Video For Lead Single “Tethered”

WED, FEB 13, 2019

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. 

10000 will be available on LP/CD/Cassette and Digitally. You can pre-order the record today from our Mini Mart or right here

IAN SWEET Heads to Europe and Shares New “Holographic Jesus” Video

MON, JAN 28, 2019

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.’”

Dude York’s Happy in the Meantime Digital EP Out Today!

FRI, JAN 25, 2019

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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

Announcing Shana Cleveland’s Night of the Worm Moon, Out 4/5/19 and Available to Pre-order Today

TUE, JAN 15, 2019

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Credit: Eleanor Petry

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