Hardly Art

Girl Friday Share ferocious new single “Earthquake” - Debut album ‘Androgynous Mary’ is out August 21st

TUE, AUG 11, 2020

Ahead of the release of their debut full-length Androgynous Mary on, August 21st via Hardly Art, LA band Girl Friday have shared a final pre-release single.
 
Entitled “Earthquake”, the latest track is one of the band’s most gloriously raging moments and sees the group power through three and a half minutes of unadulterated catharsis, chanting the refrain “I just wanna feel like an earthquake / Everything is boring for f*cks sake.” The band comment: “’Earthquake’ is a moment of complete catharsis. From four people who have been repeatedly told to be careful not to hurt themselves, not to disturb the peace, not to get too angry, we deliver this message from our hearts to yours: break anything that’s holding you back. Break free from the chains of patriarchy. Break free from ALL chains and scream.”

Pre-orders for “Androgynous Mary’” on lavender vinyl are available now. In the UK, exclusive LP versions of the record will be available on pink marbled vinyl with an obi strip and autographed photos of the band at select retailers via Dinked.

Burning deep in Girl Friday’s music is an unquenchable will to survive. The LA-based band don’t blunt the impact of the themes they work through in their ferocious, knotty rock songs, but they don’t let the more harrowing aspects of being alive and young in the 21st century daunt them, either. Taking full advantage of the dystopian shades of post-punk and noise rock palettes on their arresting debut LP, ‘Androgynous Mary’, Girl Friday nevertheless suffuse their music with abundant optimism. The world is a hellscape, but the four of them are in it together.


Produced by Norm Block, ‘Androgynous Mary’ sees Girl Friday negotiate the stress and alienation that comes with being sidelined from normative society with bold, dramatic guitar lines and tightly wound vocal harmonies “Does the average man feel like he’s on the outside?” goes the beginning of “Public Bodies,” a wistful jangle-pop gem that shudders open into a snarling punk coda. Taking cues from longtime boundary-pushers Sonic Youth, Girl Friday depart from traditional song structures, favoring the rush of jarring turns over the safety of well-defined pop taxonomy. Looking to queer provocateurs like Placebo, they cherish the frisson of incongruous musical elements soldered together: “really dark, heavy things mashed up with quite beautiful things, whether that be a distorted guitar line and a sentimental vocal or vice versa,” as Ellen puts it.

That duality dovetails with the thematic friction running through the album, the alternating despair and hope that intertwine in the fight to stay alive as any kind of unfairly disenfranchised person in the US. Written during a year of personal struggle for all four band members, ‘Androgynous Mary’ reflects the solace they took in each other – as a band, but also as a micro-community and a chosen family. “It feels so rejuvenating to be there for each other and protect each other,” says Hsieh. Ellen adds, “We’ve definitely been through a lot together, but we’ve come through it by sticking together and loving each other regardless.”

Alone, we suffer under the weight of everything designed to keep us down. Together, we stand a fighting chance. Girl Friday place their hope squarely on that chance – on what we can do when we show up for each other, where we can go when we’ve got each other’s backs.


‘Androgynous Mary’ will be released on August 21st via Hardly Art. Pre-order: smarturl.it/GirlFriday_AM 


Lala Lala and Baths Release New Collaborative Single “€ € € €^^%%!!!!!heaven!!!!!!”

FRI, JUL 24, 2020

Today, Hardly Art’s Lala Lala and Basement’s Basement’s Baths have released “€ € € €^^%%!!!!!heaven!!!!!!”, a new single they co-wrote and produced. It is available now worldwide on all major streaming platforms, and as a limited edition clear flexi disc on Hardylart.com, Bandcamp, and Lala Lala and Baths’ webstores. Proceeds from their first month of sales will be donated to charity–see below for more specifics.

In a joint statement, Lala Lala’s Lillie West and Baths’ Will Wiesenfeld say, “This song was born of a mutual fandom between both artists. Ideas and responsibilities were evenly split as the production came together.”

“Lillie’s music is great and working together was an instant yes! The process was the most fun I’ve ever had collaborating even though we worked remotely,” added Wiesenfeld. 

Lillie writes, “I am obsessed with Will both professionally and personally. Collaborating was an extreme pleasure.”

100% of artists’ and labels’ share over the first month of sales will be donated between two organizations; Black Aids Institute, “the only premier uniquely and unapologetic-ally Black think and do tank in America powered by two decades of work to end the Black HIV epidemic and led by people who represent the issues we serve,” and Restore Justice Illinois,which  “advocates for fairness, humanity, and compassion throughout the Illinois criminal justice system, with a primary focus on those affected by extreme sentences imposed on our youth.” 

“€ € € €^^%%!!!!!heaven!!!!!!” follows Lala Lala’s 2020 releases “Legs, Run,” “Fantasy Movie” (with Grapetooth), and “Good for You,” a guest appearance on a new song from Porridge Radio. Baths recently released the full length Pop Music / False B-Sides II.  The cover image is by artist Caroline David.

Girl Friday Share Music Video For Latest Single, “Public Bodies”

WED, JUL 22, 2020

LA band Girl Friday’s debut full-length Androgynous Mary will  be out worldwide on LP, CD, digital, and cassette on Friday, August 21st.  Today, they’ve debuted a new music video for their third pre-release single, ”Public Bodies,” from director Gussie Larkin.  Girl Friday have offered the following statement about the song:

“The song reflects an unquenching will to survive. The correlation between caring for our plants and caring for our body/soul is close. We water them, change their soil, put on Plantasia for them, and give them a little nutrients. But sometimes we water them too much. Or we ignore them for weeks. Sometimes we become the thing that destroys us. We are made aware of all the ways in which we are the one causing our own roots to spoil, that we are our own oppressor. We’re made aware that the thing we are supposed to trust deeply has betrayed us. 

In a greater context, it is reflective of the systems that we uphold by being blind to them. In being blind or complacent, we unknowingly ourselves cause harm both invisibly and externally. We have to have an unmistakable commitment to caring for the health of our souls and the souls of others. Sometimes you just gotta get a can of weed-killer to your own face and call it a day!”

Of the video, Larkin says, “All around the world, indoor plants are getting more care and attention than ever before - and for some they might be their only companions in this time. Unfortunately for Girl Friday singer/guitarist Vera, I gave her plant dark intentions and an unflinching desire to ROCK. I wanted to bring some lightness to the song which has themes of isolation, illness and longing. The challenge of including all four band members (who are each in different places all over the world) turned out to fit the concept really well, and in a way they’re united through their interactions with the plants. Director of photography Ezra Simons and I made the video entirely in our small studio above a record store in Auckland. This was our first time working with stop motion animation, and it involved a lot of experimentation, astroturf and plenty of green paint. I was lucky to have Annabel Kean and Callum Devlin (Sports Team) on board, who have made some great videos for The Beths among many others.”

Pre-orders for Androgynous Mary on translucent purple vinyl are available now. In the UK, exclusive LP versions of the record will be available on pink marbled vinyl with an obi strip and autographed photos of the band at select retailers via Dink’d.

Watch Girl Friday’s Music Video For New Single “This Is Not the Indie Rock I Signed Up For”

THU, JUN 25, 2020

LA band Girl Friday’s debut full-length Androgynous Mary will  be out worldwide on LP, CD, digital, and cassette on Friday, August 21st. Today, they’ve shared the second single from the record, “This Is Not the Indie Rock I Signed Up For,” which follows leadoff track “Amber’s Knees: A Matter of Concern.” The music video, crafted by the band themselves while under quarantine, features wistful, candid footage from 2019 North American tours with The Beths and Marika Hackman. Given the song’s  evocative, emotional tone, the footage is appropriately nostalgic for halcyon days when touring the country was still a realistic proposition. 

Of the song, Girl Friday say:

“The song was born out of a years and years long mental crisis in which daily life felt like being twisted around in an endless carousel spinning at 100mph. In the moments of wicked darkness and what felt like hell, real love and community was presented to us on a plate – ready to be eaten. We are extremely grateful to have received that. Sometimes, you are too stuck to see what’s in front of you. Sometimes, you don’t understand it. And sometimes, when you do take hold of it, it’s the biggest and most powerful feeling in the world. To feel held. To feel like even if you fall to the ground, someone will be there to wipe your face, to sew up the holes in your pants, to pick you up again. Now, community is the most important thing we have. We have to stand up for our neighbors, invest in them, step outside of ourselves, listen to other people’s pain, and figure out the best way we can be an accurate picture of what love means. And Do Not Forget, we need total police + prison abolition.”

Pre-orders for Androgynous Mary on translucent purple vinyl are available now. In the UK, exclusive LP versions of the record will be available on pink marbled vinyl with an obi strip and autographed photos of the band at select retailers via Dink’d.

Get Involved

TUE, JUN 9, 2020

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Giving and volunteer work have always been fundamental components of Sub Pop’s and Hardly Art’s culture and business. We don’t always share this side of our business; for better or worse, we typically handle our gifts privately. Because we’ve been asked recently about the organizations we support, we’re sharing info about those organizations we’ve donated to and done volunteer work with, over the past four years. We’re proud to shine whatever light we can on all of these organizations, and help support the excellent work they do. Brief descriptions and links follow for organizations we’ve donated to in the last couple of years, and we encourage anyone curious to learn more.

In the last month we’ve contributed to:

The core activists and organizers of BLM Seattle-King County is a group of Black and other people of color focused on dismantling anti-black systems and policies of oppression.

Langston Seattle

LANGSTON guides generative programs and community partnerships that center Black art, artists and audiences and honor the ongoing legacy of Seattle’s Black Central Area. We support a variety of enriching programs, across multiple disciplines, rooted in our mission and values.

Preservation Hall Foundation

The Preservation Hall Foundation’s primary activity is to serve the next generation of New Orleans musicians and listeners through our education and community engagement programs.

Seattle King County NAACP

The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.

During the current administration we’ve contributed to:

350

350 is building a future that’s just, prosperous, equitable and safe from the effects of the climate crisis.

ACLU

The ACLU dares to create a more perfect union — beyond one person, party, or side. Our mission is to realize this promise of the United States Constitution for all and expand the reach of its guarantees.

Alki Community Council

The Alki Community Council is a neighborhood, residential group organized to promote the orderly and comprehensive enhancement, preservation and improvement of our neighborhood and beach.

American Diabetes Foundation

Improving the lives of all people with diabetes while moving us closer toward a cure.

Arts Corps

Arts Corps revolutionizes arts education by igniting the creative power of young people through culturally engaging learning experiences.

Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County

The core activists and organizers of BLM Seattle-King County is a group of Black and other people of color focused on dismantling anti-black systems and policies of oppression.

Black Prisoners’ Caucus

The BPC fosters respect, responsibility, self-worth and unity. The organization stands as a testimony to the potential of the African American community to create a healthier future for ourselves. The BPC promotes cultural growth and provides incarcerated men and women the tools and platform to confront social issues that perpetuate discrimination, inequality and oppression among prisoners and poor communities of color.

Cascade Bicycle Club / Major Taylor Project

Named after African-American world champion cyclist Marshall “Major” Taylor, the Major Taylor Project (MTP) empowers youth through bicycling. In after-school bicycling clubs MTP students explore their communities, build confidence and leadership skills, and discover their power to effect change.

CCAN Climate

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) is the first grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to fighting global warming in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

Community Enterprise Foundation - Bendigo AUS

At Community Enterprise Foundation™ we offer communities and not-for-profit organisations across Australia the opportunity to raise and distribute tax-effective donations to benefit their own communities.

Forterra

Forterra is a Washington-based nonprofit that enhances, supports and stewards the region’s most precious resources- its communities and its ecosystems

Hedgebrook

A literary nonprofit, our mission is to support visionary women writers whose stories and ideas shape our culture now and for generations

HoC Foundation  (Hospice of Chattanooga)

Compassion, Accountability, Communication, Enthusiasm, Excellence. We at Hospice of Chattanooga will take the time to listen, honor your choices, and walk with you through life’s journey.

KEXP

KEXP’s mission is to enrich your life by championing music and discovery. KEXP is a nonprofit arts organization serving music lovers through in-person, broadcast and online programming.

Lambert House

Lambert House is an international leader in LGBTQ youth community building – the primary prevention strategy for the constellation of risks that disproportionately affects all LGBTQ youth.

Langston Seattle

LANGSTON guides generative programs and community partnerships that center Black art, artists and audiences and honor the ongoing legacy of Seattle’s Black Central Area. We support a variety of enriching programs, across multiple disciplines, rooted in our mission and values.

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is at the forefront of the fight to cure cancer. We are the largest nonprofit dedicated to creating a world without blood cancers.

Mary’s Place

Mary’s Place is a nonprofit organization in Seattle that provides safe, inclusive shelter and services for women, children and families on their journey out of homelessness.

Musicares

MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares’ services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality.

NRDC

NRDC works to safeguard the earth—its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends.

NW Parkinson’s Foundation

Our mission is to transform the way people live with Parkinson’s through awareness, education, advocacy, and care.

Preservation Hall Foundation

The Preservation Hall Foundation’s primary activity is to serve the next generation of New Orleans musicians and listeners through our education and community engagement programs.

Plymouth Housing

Plymouth Housing works to eliminate homelessness and address its causes by preserving, developing and operating safe, quality, supportive housing and by providing adults experiencing homelessness with opportunities to stabilize and improve their lives.

Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation

We provide hope, care and cures to help every child live the healthiest and most fulfilling life possible.

Seattle King County NAACP

The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.

Share It Music

Support independent musical artists and advance community organizations by merging music and social causes. 

SMooCH

Seattle Musicians in support of uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Social Justice Fund NW

Social Justice Fund NW is a foundation working at the frontlines of social change

The Solutions Project

Committing 100% to racial and gender justice by supporting frontline leaders making 100% clean energy for all, happen. 100.org

Sweet Relief

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians and music industry workers who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems.

The Pablove Foundation

The Pablove foundation is a US pediatric cancer nonprofit organization. At the Pablove Foundation, we approach pediatric cancer at the intersection of art and science.

The Painted Turtle

To provide a year-round, life-changing environment and authentic camp experience for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses.

Totem Star

Totem Star supports a diverse community of young recording artists learning music and life skills through mentorship and meaningful relationships. Our work in the studio and on the stage fosters growth in collaboration, leadership, and self-identity.

Vera Project

Vera strives to fulfill its mission to foster a participatory creative culture through popular music concerts, arts programs, experiential learning and volunteer opportunities for all ages, especially young people.

The Village of Hope Seattle

The Village of Hope is rooted in an African/African American experience, and we are committed to a powerful and unified community. We welcome and embrace all people who are in the struggle to end racism and usher in justice.

Youthcare

YouthCare works to end youth homelessness and to ensure that young people are valued for who they are and empowered to achieve their potential.

We’re also fortunate to have been afforded the opportunity to organize volunteer efforts during work hours. Here are some of the organizations and causes we’ve supported in that way:

Bike Everywhere Day (Cascade Bicycle Club)

Black Prisoners’ Caucus

Bloodworks Northwest

Bureau of Fearless Ideas

Chicken Soup Brigade

Forterra

Mary’s Place

Motley Zoo Animal Rescue

National Voter Registration Day + The Washington Bus

NW Harvest

NW Parkinson’s Foundation

Operation Sack Lunch

Plymouth Housing Group

Planned Parenthood

Pike Place Market Foundation

Puget Soundkeeper

Rain City Rock Camp for Girls

Rainier Beach HS: Building Leaders of Change (BLOC Party)

Safe Consumption Sites

Salvation Army

Save the Showbox

Skate Like A Girl

South Park Info & Resource Center

Totem Star

UW Arboretum

The Vera Project

Veteran’s Affairs (The VA)

The Village of Hope Seattle

WA Trail Association

WA Talking Book and Braille Library

Washington Ceasefire

West Seattle Helpline

Youngstown Cultural Arts Center / Delridge Neighborhood Development Association (DNDA)

YouthCare

Girl Friday’s Androgynous Mary Out 8/21/20; Watch Their New Music Video For “Amber’s Knees: A Matter of Concern”

TUE, MAY 19, 2020

Hardly Art is pleased to announce the release of LA band Girl Friday’s debut full-length Androgynous Mary, out worldwide on LP, CD, and digital Friday, August 21st. Today, The FADER premiered the music video for the band’s lead-off single “Amber’s Knees: A Matter of Concern.”  The track is a propulsive, evolving  example of Girl Friday’s penchant for air-tight harmonies, rock-along choruses, and unpredictable song structures. The video, directed by the band, pays winking homage to the band’s reality TV guilty pleasure go-to Rock of Love starring Bret Michaels, and was embellished with primitive throwback CGI during a feverish editing spree under quarantine. 


Of the song, Girl Friday say, “‘Amber’s Knees’ came together lyrically from bits and pieces that we’d all written over a long period of time. It’s the first song we wrote for the album. It has to do with the borders of culturally sanctioned dissociation and the willful ignorance we often employ to keep things functioning, which manifests differently for everyone. We wanted the video to be an extreme example of this, so naturally we turned to reality TV for inspiration. However, that initial idea festered into a visual fever dream fueled by our increasingly dystopian waking reality. As life seems to spiral ever further out of our control, we keep ourselves grounded dancing above a greenscreen sea.”

Pre-orders for Androgynous Mary on translucent purple vinyl are available now. In the UK, exclusive LP versions of the record will be available on pink marbled vinyl with an obi strip and autographed photos of the band at select retailers via Dink’d.


Watch Whitmer Thomas’ New Music Video for “Partied to Death”

FRI, FEB 28, 2020

Musician, comedian, and actor Whitmer Thomas has shared a new music video for his single “Partied to Death” off of his debut album Songs from The Golden One.  Click here or the links above to watch the video from director Kailee McGee., which hilariously places Whitmer’s synth-pop mediation on his mother’s untimely passing in the context of a first date at a karaoke bar. Songs from The Golden One features music from Whitmer’s HBO Comedy special “Whitmer Thomas: The Golden One,” which premiered over the weekend to rave reviews. It is available now to stream or download, and CD and LP pre-orders for it’s April 3rd physical release are live . 

Songs from The Golden One features two exclusive tracks not included in his HBO special (“The Codependent Enabler” and “Dancing With My Dad”) and was recorded in Los Angeles with production by Jona Bechtolt and Rob Kieswetter of electro-pop band YACHT. Whitmer was recently named one of the “Best New Up-and-coming Comedians to Watch” by Vulture and has previously appeared in GLOW, The Good Place, and more.  Whitmer also has upcoming Spring tour dates, see below for more. 

Whitmer Thomas’ Songs From The Golden One Out Now on Digital

FRI, FEB 21, 2020

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Happy (digital) release day to comedian and musician Whitmer Thomas , whose debut album Songs from The Golden One is out now today and coming to CD and “Golden One yellow” vinyl on Friday, April 3rd.  Songs from The Golden One includes studio versions of songs featured in his HBO COMEDY® special “Whitmer Thomas: The Golden One,” which premieres tomorrow, Feb. 22nd at 10:00-11:05 p.m. ET/PT, exclusively on HBO.

Songs from The Golden One is available now to stream or download, and CD and LP pre-orders are also available. 

Songs from The Golden One features two exclusive tracks (“The Codependent Enabler” and “Dancing With My Dad”) and was recorded in Los Angeles with production by Jona Bechtolt and Rob Kieswetter of electro-pop band YACHT. Whitmer was recently named one of the “Best New Up-and-coming Comedians to Watch” by Vulture and has previously appeared in GLOW, The Good Place, and more.  Whitmer also has upcoming Spring tour dates, click here for more. 

Whitmer Thomas Shares Lyric Video For New Single “Dumb In Love”

FRI, FEB 14, 2020

Happy Valentine’s Day, one and all! In honor of the occasion, comedian and musician Whitmer Thomas has shared “Dumb In Love,” the second pre-release single from his forthcoming debut album Songs from The Golden One, out Friday, February 21st on digital and Friday, April 3rd on CD and LP.  Songs from The Golden One includes studio versions of songs featured in his upcoming HBO COMEDY® special “Whitmer Thomas: The Golden One,” which premieres Saturday, Feb. 22nd at 10:00-11:05 p.m. ET/PT, exclusively on HBO.

First pressings of the record will be available on CD and “Golden One yellow” vinyl and are available for pre-order now. 

Songs from The Golden One features two exclusive tracks (“The Codependent Enabler” and “Dancing With My Dad”) and was recorded in Los Angeles with production by Jona Bechtolt and Rob Kieswetter of electro-pop band YACHT. Whitmer was recently named one of the “Best New Up-and-coming Comedians to Watch” by Vulture and has previously appeared in GLOW, The Good Place, and more.  Whitmer has also announced new Spring tour dates, click here for more. 

Lala Lala & Grapetooth Share Surprise Collaborations “Fantasy Movie” and “Valentine,” Available Now From Hardly Art and Polyvinyl Record Co.

WED, FEB 12, 2020

Lillie West of Lala Lala has collaborated on two new songs with fellow Chicagoans Grapetooth. The swooning, romantic “Fantasy Movie” and “Valentine” are available digitally worldwide today from Hardly Art and Polyvinyl. Of the tracks, Grapetooth’s Chris Bailoni explains, “I wanted [“Fantasy Movie”] to be filled with lots of layers of wobbly detuned organs and synths with a similar timbre that constantly cut in and out throughout the arrangement. [On “Valentine”] Lillie and Clay [Frankel] sang beautifully for hours and left the session file with almost 100 tracks on it - organizing and then mixing that song was a wild maneuver but I’m super happy with how the songs came out. I love making music with these two pals.” 

Stream or download Fantasy Movie today from whichever Digital Service Provider you desire, and have a Happy Valentine’s Day!