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Girl Friday share “You’re Getting a Dog” a new track from their double A-side single available now at all DSPs from Hardly Art

WED, JUL 7, 2021

Today, Los Angeles’ Girl Friday released a new track “You’re Getting a Dog,” the second song from their forthcoming double A-side single release, available at all DSPs. 
Girl Friday’s Vera Ellen and Libby Hsieh shared their unique experience collaborating on the release:  “Ah, the bittersweet feeling of knowing someone you used to love is doing well, while you’re floating up shits creek without a paddle. The song is the soundtrack to that emotion. I think also, since we wrote it during quarantine, it has an undertone of nostalgia for parties and dancing and being physically close to someone. We hope you listen and find the gosh darn paddle.”

You can listen to “You’re Getting a Dog” and the latest video for “I’m Impossible”, which was directed by the band’s own Vera Ellen, by clicking here.

Marinero shares new single, “Last Chance” via Adult Swim’s 2021 Singles Series

FRI, JUL 16, 2021

Marinero has shared a new single entitled, “Last Chance” which is now available on all streaming services. Originally premiered via Adult Swim’s 2021 Singles series, this stand-alone single is an outlier from the group’s Hardly Art debut, Hella Love, released in May 2021. In creating this new single, Frontman Jess Sylvester shares, “I tried going for a Jorge or Carlos Santana thing while delving into a heavier topic lyrically. My mom even told me that she would have bought a 45 of this track and listened to it on repeat in the seventies.” Turn it up and tune in!

Hella Love is now available from Hardly Art. LP purchased through Hardly Art and select independent retailers in North Americain the U.K, and in Europe will receive the limited mustard yellow pan dulce (colored) vinyl (while supplies last).
What people are saying about Marinero:
“In him is the nostalgia in childhood of the era of “Penny Lane”, as if he was also squeezed from the same juices as Brian Wilson’s “Good Vibrations”.” - Marvin Magazine
“an album full of sublime sound spaces, where well-achieved instrumentations are mixed together with soft vocal arrangements. You know how to measure intensity and then you create a work that will not let your body free until it is finished.” [10/10] - Indie Rocks!
“The record is an ode to his hometown of San Francisco that he recently left for Los Angeles and is resplendent in groovy soft-rock sounds.” - Brooklyn Vegan
 “…heavily inspired by the stylings of grupos romanticas, electronica and a dream pop flair.”  [“Nuestra Victoria”] Remezcla 
“Whether it’s the psych-funk of ‘Beyond The Rainbow Tunnel’ of ‘Frisco Ball”s tears-at-the-disco vibe, the crate-digging eclecticism fused with personal stories is intoxicating and full of charm.” Shindig!
“A work that is as labyrinthine as it is digestible.” [10/10] - Indie Rocks!
“Through his anecdotes, the composer weaves a delicate and lush musical world which finds its source in the orchestral pop and soundtracks from the 60s and 70s, as well as in samba and tropicalia, or in the latin sounds of the Venezualian band Los Terricolas.” FiP

Hella Love

1. Fanfare
2. Through the Fog
3. Minuet for the Mission
4. Nuestra Victoria
5. Luz del Faro
6. Hella Love
7. Outerlands
8. Beyond the Rainbow Tunnel
9. Hella Love
10. Maritime
11. Isle of Alcatraz
12. Frisco Ball

Lala Lala Announces New Album, I Want The Door To Open, Out October 8th on Hardly Art; Watch the Video for “DIVER”

TUE, JUL 13, 2021

Lala Lala, project of Chicago-based musician Lillie West, announces her new album, I Want The Door To Open, out October 8th on Hardly Art, and presents its lead single/video, “DIVER.” Following 2018’s acclaimed The Lamb, West wanted to make something sonically bigger and thematically more outward-looking than anything she’d done before; a record that would be less a straightforward documentation of her own personal struggles and more like a poem or a puzzle box, with sonic and lyrical clues that would allow the listener to, as the title says, open the door to the greater meaning of those struggles. I Want The Door To Open is a musical quest undertaken with the knowledge that the titular door may never open; but it is through falling in love with the quest itself that one may find the next closest thing. It’s a bold exploration of persona and presence from an artist questioning how to be herself fully in a world where the self is in constant negotiation. 

Lala Lala’s first offering, “DIVER,” is “the thesis of the album.” It’s a pop song of Kate Bush-esque proportions, replete with layered synths and booming, wide-open drumming contributed by fellow Chicago musician Nnamdi Ogbonnaya, and West pushing her vocals to the ragged edge. To describe the theme of “DIVER,” West says “I want total freedom, total possibility, total acceptance. I want to fall in love with the rock.” The rock in question is a reference to Sisyphus, the mythical figure doomed by the gods to forever push a boulder up from the depths of hell. “I think it’s easy to feel like we keep making the same mistakes over and over again, that we’re Sisyphus. The key is falling in love with the labor of walking up the mountain.” The diver in the song references the character Anna Kerrigan in the book Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan, a woman who works at Brooklyn Naval Yard and becomes the first female diver sent down to repair ships. The accompanying video, directed by Brielle Brilliant & West, reflects this notion, as West approaches a giant block of ice in the middle of barren land to retrieve a frozen, encased set of keys. 

West co-produced I Want The Door To Open with Yoni Wolf of WHY?. In addition to Ogbonnaya, I Want The Door To Open features contributions from poet Kara Jackson, OHMME, Adam Schatz of Landlady, Sen Morimoto, Christian Lee Hutson, Kaina Castillo, Meg Duffy, Will Miller, Gia Margaret, Josiah Wolf, and former tourmate Ben Gibbard. 

Lala Lala will play a string of record-release shows in support of I Want The Door To Open in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Brooklyn. Tickets are on sale Friday, July 15th at 10am local time.

I Want The Door To Open Tracklist

1. Lava

2. Color of the Pool


4. Photo Photo feat. Ohmme

5. Prove it

6. Castle Life

7. Bliss Now!

8. Straight & Narrow  feat. Kara Jackson

9. Beautiful Directions

10. Plates feat. Ben Gibbard

11. Utopia Planet

Lala Lala Tour Dates

Fri. Oct. 8 - Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall *

Wed. Oct. 13 - Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room ^

Wed. Oct. 20 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg!

Thu. Jan. 27, 2022 - Amsterdam, NE @ Paradiso Noord

Fri. Jan. 28, 2022 - Groningen, NE @ Vera

Sat. Jan. 29, 2022 - Brugge, BE @ Cactus at Villa Bota

Sun. Jan. 30, 2022 - Brussels, BE @ Botanique (Rotonde)

Tue. Feb. 1, 2022 - Köln, DE @ Baumann & SOHN

Wed. Feb. 2, 2022 - Berlin, DE @ Kantine am Berghain

Thu. Feb. 3, 2022 - Hamburg, DE @ Molotow

Sat. Feb. 5, 2022 - Göteborg, SE @ Oceanen

Sun. Feb. 6, 2022 - Oslo, NO @ Internasjonalen

Mon. Feb. 7, 2022 - Stockholm, SE @ Hus 7

Tue. Feb. 8, 2022 - Malmö, SE @ Plan B

Wed. Feb. 9, 2022 - Copenhagen, DK @ Vega at Ideal Bar

Fri. Feb. 11, 2022 - Prague, CZ @ Underdogs’

Sat. Feb. 12, 2022 - Schorndorf, DE @ Club Manufaktur

Sun. Feb. 13, 2022 - Freiburg, DE @ Swamp

Mon. Feb. 14, 2022 - Yverdon-les-Bains, CH @L’Amalgame

Wed. Feb. 16, 2022 - Zürich, CH @ Rote Fabrik

Thu. Feb. 17, 2022 - Annecy, FR @ Festival Hors-Pistes

Fri. Feb. 18, 2022 - Metz, FR @ Aérogare

Sat. Feb. 19, 2022 - Lille, FR @ l’Aéronef

Sun. Feb. 20, 2022 - Brighton, UK @ Green Door Store

Mon. Feb. 21, 2022 - London, UK @ Moth Club

Wed. Feb. 23, 2022 - Leeds, UK @ Hyde Park Book Club

Thu. Feb. 24, 2022 - Glasgow, UK @ Nice N Sleazy

Fri. Feb. 25, 2022 - Manchester, UK @ YES

Sat. Feb. 26, 2022 - Bristol, UK @ Strange Brew

Mon. Feb. 28, 2022 - Paris, FR @ La Boule Noire

* = w/ Unannounced Special Guest & Kara Jackson

^ = Cryogeyser & Fashion Club

! = Salt Cathedral & Crosslegged 

Watch Colleen Green’s official video for “It’s Nice to Be Nice” from the forthcoming album, Cool, out 9/10 worldwide via Hardly Art

MON, JUL 19, 2021

Watch Colleen Green’s official video for “It’s Nice to Be Nice,” a new single from Cool, her forthcoming new album out on September 10th, 2021 worldwide from Hardly Art.  The visual was directed by Renee Lusano and shot on a boat off the coast of Los Angeles. Green calls it “A nice video for a nice song.”

Cool is Green’s first record since her acclaimed 2015 release I Want To Grow Up. It was produced by Gordon Raphael and Green, mixed by Brendan Eder, and recorded at Southern California studios comp-ny (Glendale), Tenement Yard (North Hollywood), and Cosmic Vinyl (Los Angeles), and was mastered by Frida Claeson Johansson at Svenska Grammofonstudion in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Cool features the aforementioned “It’s Nice to Be Nice,”  “Highway,” “Someone Else,” and “I Wanna Be a Dog,” the latter which sees Green celebrate the simplicity of a canine life and question why she’s still overcomplicating her own. The official video for “I Wanna Be a Dog” was shot in Los Angeles and directed by Steele O’ Neal.
The New York Times says that “I Wanna Be a Dog” is “a catchy, funny and straightforwardly earnest song about … how nice it would be to be a dog.” The song saw praise from The Fader (“20 Best Rock Songs Right Now”), Stereogum (“5 Best Songs of the Week”), Under the Radar (“10 Best Songs of the Week”), DIY, Brooklyn Vegan, SPIN, Our Culture, Closed Captioned, and more. The Wire, in its album review of Cool, had this to say, “Green commandeers her forces, keeps things simple, and makes irresistibly confident and sharp guitar pop. Addictive.”

Cool will be released on LP/CD/CS/DSPs, and is available for preorder now from Hardly Art. LPs preordered through Hardly Art Mini Martselect independent retailers in North Americathe UK, and EU will receive the vinyl on cool, cloudy smoke vinyl (while supplies last).

Colleen Green

1. Someone Else
2. I Wanna Be a Dog
3. Posi Vibes
4. Highway
5. Natural Chorus
6. You Don’t Exist
7. It’s Nice to Be Nice
8. How Much Should You Love a Husband?
9. I Believe in Love
10. Pressure to Cum

My Idea’s (Nate Amos and Lily Konigsberg) That’s My Idea EP, their Hardly Art debut, Available Today Worldwide on All Streaming Services

FRI, JUL 30, 2021

Credit: Photo credit: Michael Wolever

My Idea, the new pop duo comprised of musicians Nate Amos and Lily Konigsberg, are releasing That’s My Idea, their debut five-song effort worldwide today on Hardly Art.  The EP features their two-in-one official visual for singles “Stay Away Still” and “That’s My Idea,” along with “I Can’t Dance.” Watch the video and stream the EP here.
My Idea live performance schedule for 2021 includes two Brooklyn, New York shows: Sunday, August 22nd at The Broadway with Godcaster and Professor Caveman and Thursday, September 16th at Music Hall of Williamsburg supporting Wild Pink and The Ratboys. More live shows will be announced soon.

What People Are Saying About My Idea:
“Wonderfully alluring.” [“Stay Away Still” / “That’s My Idea.”] - Stereogum
“Underscored by a deadpan monotone (“Read a book… that’s really fucking weird”) that counters every sentiment of singer Lily Konigsberg’s with an eyerolling comeback, ‘Stay Away Still’ introduces My Idea as a band unafraid to have fun with the form. Hooked around a lo-fi, three chord swagger, there’s an easy, fuzzy charm to its bounce, but there’s also oodles of personality on show here to elevate the track above just another US indie export.” [“Stay Away Still”] -  DIY
“The couplet kicks off with the bouncy ‘Stay Away Still,’ a song the retains the joyful juvenescence of their best work, and even heightens it to a degree. Both Konigsberg and Amos have been creating songs practically since they could talk, and that wonderment comes through in the song’s sunshine swagger, full of various voices and laughter…’That’s My Idea’ gets a little overcast and emotional, but not without sacrificing the joyful atmosphere of two talented musicians jamming together, working through their worries in tight unison. A song of passive confrontation, it finds Konigsberg whisper-singing “that’s my idea” repeatedly until its threaded through your cortex irreversibly.” [“Stay Away Still” + “That’s My Idea.”] - Beats Per Minute

“Together the music they make is artfully delightful indie pop that you can only fall for as soon as you hear it” - Closed Captioned
“The debut single from prolific Brooklyn musicians Lily Konigsberg of Palberta and Nate Amos of Water From Your Eyes captures the juxtaposition of returning to a new life transitioning out of pandemic isolation. Konigsberg’s feathery lyrics pack a punch describing the whirl of thoughts surrounding being judged out in public again while Amos’ guitar brings a lively playfulness to the track.” [“Stay Away Still”] - Ears to Feed
“‘Stay Away Still’ delivers darkly tongue-in-cheek lines like “depression’s a conspiracy theory” over jittery rhythms, twitchy guitars, while Lily Konigsberg’s sardonic vocal hooks push and pull. It’s infectious art-pop that winds up like a spinning top, oscillating joyously in the rough proximity of the dexterous songwriting of Breeders or the inner dialogues of The Mouldy Peaches. While the drum machine clicks and hushed delivery of ‘That’s My Idea’ has an alt-country flecked beguiling more meditative charm.” [“Stay Away Still” +  “That’s My Idea” / Video of the Week] - God Is In The TV
“Spunky and fun” [“Stay Away Still”] - NPR Music
“‘Stay Away Still’ builds gradually, with new layers being introduced throughout. Finally, it swells to a big bouncy climax that comes to an abrupt stop leaving you eager for more and grateful that this song has dropped as part of My Idea’s special two-in-one release.”  [“Stay Away Still” / “Track of the Day”] - Get In Her Ears
About My Idea:
For My Idea, music has always been the plan. “I wrote a song in a pool in Florida when I was two,” explains Konigsberg, humming the melody over video chat, and Amos nods in agreement, “When I was four I wrote one called “like a cat” about how my girlfriend sleeps at the foot of the bed like a cat.” Though they’ve both been pulled toward songwriting since a young age, it’s a miracle they ever ended up doing it together.
While Konigsberg is a Brooklyn lifer, Amos’ family bounced around from Colorado to Pennsylvania and eventually Vermont. At some point, he up and left to Chicago, looking for a change of scenery. “I was just bored, I still am,” he says of the decision, which might also explain the immense volume of recording projects (roughly 250) that he worked on during his four year stint there. Eventually he ended up in New York to start the avant pop band Water From Your Eyes, and before long, had crossed paths with Lily.
After years performing with her experimental punk group Palberta, Konigsberg was beginning to carve out a solo career, and thought Amos could be a potential producer. What began as a trial session for her debut album quickly evolved into a songwriting competition, with the two churning out dozens of tracks over the Fall of 2020. “Lily became the lyric supervisor and I became the music supervisor,” explains Amos, “the roles emerged.” With such undeniable chemistry, it was only logical that they form a band, the hilarious and perfectly named My Idea.
On their debut EP, the duo pack their immense personalities into bite sized pop experiments. “Stay Away Still” delivers tongue-in-cheek lines like “depression’s a conspiracy theory” over tightly wound indie rock, while “Birthday” immediately pivots into icy glitchiness, pitting pulsing drum & bass against glossy vocals. There’s an economy to their songwriting, every production choice and lyric pulling you into their world without ever becoming overwhelming. Lyrics like “God is great and music’s better” feel like a revelation on “I Can’t Dance”, and the piano arpeggios on “Keep Lying To Me” build the tension to a boiling point before erupting into autotuned euphoria.
Their union has been described by friends as “watching two planets collide”, and their 13-minute debut feels like watching a universe only begin to expand.

My Idea
That’s My Idea

1. I Can’t Dance
2. Birthday
3. Keep Lying To Me
4. Stay Away Still
5. That’s My Idea

La Luz share the official video for “Watching Cartoons,” a new single off their forthcoming self-titled album available October 22nd worldwide from Hardly Art

WED, JUL 21, 2021

La Luz has always been a band with a vision. Their discography is a study in balancing both heavenly and haunting sounds for a lush style of rock music that’s all their own. On their self-titled fourth album, La Luz fearlessly launch themselves into a new realm of emotional intimacy with a collection of songs steeped in the mysteries of the natural world and the magic of human chemistry that has found manifestation in the musical ESP between guitarist and songwriter Shana Cleveland, bassist Lena Simon, and keyboardist Alice Sandahl.  

To help shape La Luz, the band found a kindred spirit in producer Adrian Younge. Primarily known for working with hip-hop, soul, and jazz acts, Younge saw in La Luz a musical kinship that transcended genre. “We both create music with the same attitude, and that’s what I love about them,” he says. “They are never afraid to be risky and their style is captivating. I don’t work with many bands, but I love taking chances on people that share the same vision. We both love to be ourselves, and it was an honor to work with them.” The album was recorded at Linear Labs Studio in Los Angeles.
On the heels of La Luz’s previously launched single “In the Country,” the group is sharing a new video for “Watching Cartoons,” directed by Nathan Castiel.
This mixed media adventure follows the band as they spend the day watching cartoons but it becomes clear that something is not quite right! After being gifted a mysterious TV, the band starts getting sucked into their favorite cartoons. Will Shana save Alice and Lena before it’s too late? Tune in to “Watching Cartoons” and find out by clicking here.

La Luz recently announced a 34-date world tour with North American shows in 2021 and European dates following in April and May 2022. See below for a full list of shows. 
Fall 2021

Sept. 11 - Sacramento, CA - The Red Museum (RedEx)
Sep. 24 - Dana Point, CA - Ohana Fest
Oct. 29 - Austin, TX -Cheer Up Charlies (Levitation Fest)
Nov. 6 - Mexico City, MX - Festival Hipnosis
Nov. 11 - San Diego, CA - Music Box * 
Nov. 13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Regent Theater * 
Nov. 14 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel *
Nov. 15 - Sacramento, CA - Harlow’s *
Nov. 16 - Santa Cruz, CA - Moe’s Alley *
Nov. 18 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom *
Nov. 19 - Seattle, WA - The Neptune Theatre *

Spring 2022
Apr. 22 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
Apr. 23 - Dublin, IE - The Grand Social  
Apr. 25 - Glasgow, UK - Stereo
Apr. 26 - Manchester, UK - Band On The Wall
Apr. 27 - Nottingham, UK - The Bodega
Apr. 28 - London, UK - Scala
Apr. 29 - Bristol, UK - Thekla
Apr. 30 - Brighton, UK - CHALK
May 02 - Paris, FR - La Boule Noire
May 03 - Brussels, BE - Grand Salon (le Nuits Botanique)
May 04 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso Upstairs  
May 06 - Göteborg, SE - Oceanen
May 07 - Stockholm, SE - Hus 7
May 08 - Oslo, NO - Krosset
May 09 - Copenhagen, DK - Hotel Cecil  
May 11 - Hamburg, DE - Molotow
May 12 - Berlin, DE - Frannz Club
May 13 - Schorndorf, DE - Club Manufaktur
May 14 - Munich, DE - Feierwerk
May 16 - Luxembourg, LU - Rotondes
May 17 - Vevey, CH - Rocking Chair    
May 19 - Barcelona, ES - Upload
May 20 - Madrid, ES - Tomavistas Festival
May 21 - San Sebastian, ES - Dabadaba
* w/ Tropa Magica 

La Luz’s self-titled album is now available for preorder on CD/LP/CS/DSPs from Hardly Art. Preorders of the LP from the Hardly Art minimart, and select independent retailers in North America will receive the LP on transparent dark orange vinyl (while supplies last). Preorders of the LP in the U.K, and Europe will receive the LP on an eco-friendly recycled vinyl mystery color (while supplies last).

La Luz
1. In The Country
2. The Pines
3. Watching Cartoons
4. Oh, Blue
5. Goodbye Ghost
6. Yuba Rot
7. Metal Man
8. Lazy Eyes and Dune
9. Down the Street
10. I Won’t Hesitate
11. Here On Earth
12. Spider House