Hardly Art

Announcing The Julie Ruin’s Hit Reset, out July 8, 2016

MON, APR 11, 2016

Credit: Shervin Lainez

Hardly Art is incredibly proud to announce its latest signing: The Julie Ruin. Set for release on LP, CD, digital, and cassette formats on Friday, July 8th, Hit Reset – which finds the band operating at the peak of their considerable talents – is The Julie Ruin’s first full-length since 2013’s Run Fast and the release of the biographical documentary The Punk Singer (which charts Kathleen Hanna’s career from the founding of Bikini Kill through to this latest iteration of The Julie Ruin). Leadoff single “I Decide” premiered this morning via Pitchfork, and was heard last night on Henry Rollins’ KCRW radio program. It’s yours to stream here or via the embed below. The band has also shared a lyric video for the song, starring Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield as she listens to the song for the first time at SXSW, which you can watch below.

Of Hit Reset’s subject matter, Kathleen Hanna says, “I was way more honest lyrically on this record because we’d been on the road together and I felt more confident taking risks in front of my bandmates,” adding “I’ve written about my personal bouts with illness, abuse, sexism and how hard it is for me to walk away from people even when they are toxic Tasmanian Devils before, but not in this way.”

Hit Reset is now available in our shop for preorder on all formats, with the first press of LPs on white vinyl.

Lost Time out today! Watch Tacocat’s “Dana Katherine Scully” music video

FRI, APR 1, 2016

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Lost Time, the highly-anticipated new record from Seattle band Tacocat is finally out today on CD, LP, cassette, and digital formats. Rookie Magazine has your first look at “Dana Katherine Scully,” the group’s new self-made music video for Lost Time’s opening track. Watch that by clicking here or the .gif above. The Powerpuff Girls, for which Tacocat performed the theme song ”Who’s Got the Power?”, premieres on Cartoon Network this Monday. 

On the tour front, the band recently opened for Senator Bernie Sanders’ Seattle campaign rally at Safeco Field, to a crowd of thousands. They tour the U.S. and Europe starting tomorrow, and just announced a slew of West Coast and Southwest U.S. dates for this July. See the tour page for a full list of upcoming Tacocat performances, and find copies of Lost Time on all formats (LPs on colored vinyl!) in the shop.

La Luz kick off epic tour, issue Damp Face EP on 10”

FRI, APR 22, 2016

Credit: Andrew Imanaka

Let it never be said that La Luz are disinclined to hard work. The tour-happy four-piece returns to the road today with a show in Claremont, California that kicks off a three-month North American tour which includes appearances at the Levitation, Sasquatch!, and Pickathon music festivals. Additionally, Hardly Art is pleased to announce that La Luz’s breakthrough debut EP Damp Face is now available on vinyl for the first time ever. This 10” release an be purchased exclusively through our webstore, in record shops, or at the band’s merch table on any given stop of their ambitious Spring/Summer tour.

See below (or the tour page) for a full list of upcoming tour dates.

04.22.16 - Claremont, CA - Kohoutek Music and Arts Festival
04.27.16 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress *
04.29.16 - Austin, TX - Levitation Fest at Carson Creek Ranch !
04.30.16 - San Marcos, TX - Texas State University’s MR Fest
05.01.16 - New Orleans, LA - Siberia *
05.03.16 - Tallahassee, FL - Warhorse Whiskey *
05.04.16 - Miami, FL - Gramps Bar *
05.05.16 - Jacksonville, FL - Burro Bar *
05.06.16 - Atlanta, GA - Aisle 5 *
05.07.16 - Nashville, TN - The High Watt *
05.09.16 - Raleigh, NC - Kings Barcade @
05.10.16 - Baltimore, MD - The WindUp Space @
05.11.16 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East Upstairs @
05.12.16 - Brooklyn, NY - Market Hotel @
05.17.16 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern @
05.18.16 - Detroit, MI - Marble Bar @
05.20.16 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean %
05.21.16 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue and 7th Street Entry %
05.22.16 - Fargo, MD - The Aquarium (Dempsey’s Upstairs) %
05.24.16 - Missoula, MT - Stage 112 %
05.25.16 - Calgary, AB - Palomino Social Club %
05.27.16 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret %
05.28.16 - George, WA - Sasquatch! Music Festival
05.31.16 - Pendleton, OR - Great Pacific %
06.01.16 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios %
06.02.16 - Arcata, CA - Richard’s Goat %
06.04.16 - Santa Rosa, CA - Arlene Francis Center %
06.05.16 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Theater %
08.05-07.16 - Happy Valley, OR - Pickathon $

* - w/ Massenger
@ - w/ Las Rosas
% - w/ Sick Sad World
! - w/ Animal Collective, Caribou, Slowdive, Ty Segall, more
$ - w/ Protomartyr, Julia Holter, Ty Segall, more

Tacocat share new music video for “Talk”

FRI, APR 29, 2016

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Credit: Directed by Marcy Stone-Francois

Sunday evening in Manchester, Tacocat’s Lost Time overseas tour begins with a set at the Sounds From the Other City Festival. In honor of the band’s long-awaited return to Europe, we’ve shared their sparkling new ultraviolet music video for moody single”Talk,” which premiered earlier today via NYLON. Head there to watch the video (and read the band’s Top 5 Life Lessons they learned from Dana Katherine Scully), or check it out by clicking the image above. For a full list of European tour dates, see below, or scope them on our ever-convenient tour page.

05.01.16 - Machester, UK - Sounds From the Other City Festival (tix)
05.02.16 - Nottingham, UK - JT Soar (tix)
05.03.16 - Edinburgh, UK - Electric Circus (tix)
05.04.16 - Glasgow, UK - Broadcast (tix)
05.05.16 - Cardiff, UK - The Moon Club (tix)
05.06.16 - Brighton, UK - Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
05.07.16 - London, UK - The Lexington (tix)
05.09.16 - Paris, FR - Le Mecanique Ondulature
05.10.16 - Lyon, FR - Le Periscope
05.11.16 - Luzern, CH - Schüür (tix)
05.12.16 - Geneva, CH - Kalvingrad L’Usine
05.13.16 - Schorndorf, DE - Manufaktur (tix)
05.14.16 - Tilburg, NE - Extase
05.15.16 - Hamburg, DE - Aalhaus (tix)
05.18.16 - Stockholm, SE - Lilla Hotelbarren
05.19.16 - Oslo, NO - Internasjonalen (tix)
05.20.16 - Lund, SE - Mejereit (tix)
05.21.16 - Copenhagen, DK - Huset
05.22.16 - Berlin, DE - Westgermany (tix)
05.23.16 - Gent, BE - Cafe Video (tix)
05.27.16 - 05.30.16 - George, WA - Sasquatch Music Festival
07.15.16 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill (tix)
07.16.16 - Santa Barbara, CA - Velvet Jones
07.19.16 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo (tix)
07.20.16 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar (tix)
07.21.16 - Tucscon, AZ - Club Congress (tix)
07.22.16 - Phoneix, AZ - Valley Bar (tix)
07.23.16 - Sante Fe, NM - Meow Wolf