Hardly Art

Tacocat share new single “Talk” and theme song for Cartoon Network’s The Powerpuff Girls

MON, FEB 15, 2016

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This morning, Pitchfork shared the news that Tacocat are the performers of “Who’s Got the Power?”, the new theme song for Cartoon Network’s re-imagining of The Powerpuff Girls, airing this Spring. They also shared “Talk,” the second single from the band’s highly-anticipated new album Lost Time, which is due out on LP, CD, digital, and cassette formats on April 1st, 2016. Stream or download “Talk” here or via the image above, and watch the title sequence for The Powerpuff Girls here

Limited edition color vinyl pre-orders are available now through our webstore. Check the tour page for a full list of upcoming US and international tour dates.

Stream Die Alone, the debut LP from Gazebos, out 2/19

THU, FEB 11, 2016

Next Friday, February 19th, Hardly Art will release Die Alone, the debut LP from Seattle’s idiosyncratic “whoa-pop” outfit Gazebos. Starting today, you can stream their entire record via Impose Magazine (including must-hear covers of Long Beach punk band Suburban Lawns and “There Are Worse Things I Could Do” from the Grease soundtrack). 

The band will celebrate the release of Die Alone next week will multiple events in their hometown: a free, all-ages in-store performance at Sonic Boom Records at 6 PM on Thursday evening, followed by a listening party/bingo night at Speckled & Drake at 7 PM, with a record release show Friday evening at Chop Suey with Midday Veil, Wild Powwers, and DJ MF CAKE. See the tour page for a full list of upcoming dates. 

Pre-orders for Die Alone (with vinyl on clear with highlighter yellow mixed in! Ooo la la) are available here.

Trip out to Gazebos’ surreal “Just Get High” video

MON, FEB 1, 2016

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Get your week off to a weird start with this surreal new music video from Seattle’s Gazebos, whose debut LPDie Alone is out February 19th. This morning, Noisey premiered the clip for “Just Get High” (directed and animated by DAISYHEROIN), which is mind-altering enough even without chemical enhancement. Watch the video by clicking here or the .gif above.

In addition, Gazebos have announced new tour dates in support of Die Alone, opening for labelmatesShannon and the Clams this March. The band will also be appearing at SXSW 2016. See the tour page for a full list of dates. 

Pre-orders for Die Alone are available right here.

Hear Gazebos’ new single “Just Get High;” Die Alone out 2/19

THU, JAN 14, 2016

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Today, FLOOD Magazine premiered “Just Get High,” a dizzying new “B-52s-channeling” track from Seattle outsider pop band Gazebos, whose debut LP, Die Alone, will see release on CD, LP, digital, and cassette formats on Friday, February 19th. Have a listen here or via the image above and just try to resist signing along to the song’s repeated refrain, “Why don’t we just get high?”

Pre-orders for Die Alone are available in the shop, with the first press of vinyl on clear with highlighter yellow swirled in.

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.