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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!


“The Process” Digital Split Single by Chastity Belt and Loose Tooth Out Now

FRI, JAN 31, 2020

Chastity Belt and Melbourne band Loose Tooth have shared a “digital split single” today featuring new material from both acts: Chastity Belt’s A Side “The Process” and Loose Tooth’s B side “Lonely.” Both tracks are available to download or stream worldwide from Hardly Art records and Milk! Records in Australia/New Zealand.  Fifty percent of Bandcamp sales for either track will benefit Australian wildfire relief efforts, specifically the Fire Relief Fund for First Nations Communities and the Country Fire Authority.

Additionally, Chastity Belt and Loose Tooth hit the road together for a run of North American shows starting Tuesday, February 4th . Click here for a full list of dates. 

Of “The Process,” Chastity Belt songwriter Lydia Lund explains, “The lyrics came later and are a sort of reminder of the way self-criticism can compound. When I’m in that critical state of mind, I try to suspend judgement for that current state and I find it reassuring to remember that it’s temporary - a process.”

As for “Lonely.” Loose Tooth says, “We wrote ‘Lonely’ at the end of 2019. It is about an experience we witnessed when we were teenagers. #MeToo brought up a lot of realizations for many people, and for us; thinking back to us as young and vulnerable women, finishing high school and feeling invincible; we didn’t realize that we could be taken advantage of by predatory and powerful men. ‘Lonely’ is about the power dynamics and manipulation of these relationships, and the lasting cycle of trauma that they can bring.”

Lala Lala Shares New Single “Legs, Run”

TUE, JAN 21, 2020

Fresh off a sold-out performance at the Tomorrow Never Knows festival in her native Chicago, Lala Lala aka Lillie West has shared a new digital single, “Legs, Run,” available to stream or download worldwide today. The song was written and performed by West, with production by Yoni Wolf of WHY?. Additionally, Lala Lala has debuted an accompanying music video from production house Weird Life that homages a familiar late ’90s favorite. 

Stay tuned for more exciting things from Lala Lala in the very near future!


Announcing Whitmer Thomas’ Debut Album Songs From the Golden One

THU, JAN 9, 2020

Hardly Art is pleased to announce its first release of 2020: Whitmer ThomasSongs from The Golden One.  This debut album from the Los Angeles comedian/performer includes studio versions of songs featured in his upcoming HBO COMEDY® special “Whitmer Thomas: The Golden One,” debuting Saturday, Feb. 22 (10:00-11:05 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

Songs from The Golden One releases digitally on Friday, February 21st and the HBO special airs Saturday, February 22nd. The record will be available on CD and “Golden One yellow” vinyl on Friday, April 3rd. You can hear leadoff single “Partied to Death” above. The song–about his mother’s premature death due to substance abuse–is pure Whitmer: blunt, confessional, hilarious, sad, and somehow insanely catchy.

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. 

Pre-orders for Songs from The Golden One are available now.  

Hardly Art’s Secular Sales Jamboree Starts This Friday, November 29th

TUE, NOV 26, 2019

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It’s that special time of year again, and we here at Hardly Art would like to reward all our fans and customers with a holiday sale we really think will roast your chestnuts. Here’s the deal: starting on Black Friday and on through to the end of 2019, we’re offering 20% off of orders totaling $25 or more (heck, that’s like one t-shirt and one cassette). In addition, we’re waiving shipping fees for orders of $100 or more. What are you waiting for? Perhaps you missed out on one of our 2019 titles or would like to share one with a friend or loved one. Perhaps you’re in need of a knit cap to keep warm this winter. Or maybe it’s about time you upgraded your tote or coffee mug situation. We don’t know, we’re not psychic, but we do know from deals. All orders placed by December 17th are guaranteed to ship out before we close up shop for the year, so get your orders in early and often. Related to this impending warehouse closure, any orders placed between December 18th and January 5th will not ship out until after we are back in action on January 6th, 2020.

Happy Hardlydays and happy shopping! 

Chastity Belt’s New Self-Titled Fourth Album Out Now!

FRI, SEP 20, 2019

Acclaimed Seattle band Chastity Belt have returned with their first new music since 2017. This heartfelt new record, simply titled Chastity Belt, is out today on LP, CD, digital, and cassette from Hardly Art records and Milk! records (Australia and New Zealand). Chastity Belt was co-produced by the band and Melina Duterte aka Jay Som. 

Today, the band has shared a music video for “It Takes Time” from directors Claire Buss and Nick Shively. In the spirit of earlier music videos like “Different Now” and “Cool Slut,” this new clip finds the band flexing their comedic chops, with members Gretchen Grimm, Lydia Lund, Julia Shapiro, and Annie Truscott inhabiting multiple roles, including a nightclub lounge act. As Grimm explains, “We had the idea for a video set in a jazz lounge for a little while and we’re very grateful to Weird Dog for helping us bring it to life. We’re all huge fans of jazz and pasta. We have a special pasta dish that we cook when we’re together called La Vasta. It’s our famous dish, we’ve been making it since college and have shared many fond memories slurping it down together. Before we dig in we join hands in the prayer: When you’re here, you’re family.”

Chastity Belt will be touring extensively this fall in Europe and North America in support of the record, and just announced a new run of North American tour dates for February 2020. Click here for a full list of upcoming performances.

You can purchase your copy of Chastity Belt today from our Mini Mart