1 CD / Hardly Art / 2015-03-23Tracks: Drone; Trapped; Why Try; Cool Slut; On the Floor; Thing, The; Joke; Lydia; IDC; Time to Go Home
Artists: Chastity Belt
Audio Mixer: Matthew Simms.
Recording information: The Unknown, Anacortes, WA.
Photographer: Travis Baer.
Plenty of bands defy easy categorization, but very few offer the puzzling...continue...
1 CD / Hardly Art / 2015-02-24Tracks: I Want to Grow Up; Wild One; TV; Pay Attention; Deeper Than Love; Things That Are Bad for Me, Pt. 1; Things That Are Bad for Me, Pt. 2; Some People; Grind My Teeth; Whatever I Want
Artists: Colleen Green
Personnel: Colleen Green (vocals, guitar); Jake Orrall (harmonium, synthesizer); Casey Weissbuch (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Vance Powell .
Recording information: Sputnik Sound, Nashville...continue...
1 CD / Hardly Art / 2014-09-23Tracks: Losers; Like Gangbusters!; Vampires; (Guitar Solo); White House; Brunch; Remember Love; Tell Me; Muffin; Balderdash; Pacific; Let the Light In
Book-ended by the lines "this is how losers feel" and "let the light in," Cool Choices, the fourth long-player under the S moniker for Carissa's Wierd co-founder Jenn Ghetto, suggests a journey, and a...continue...
1 CD / Hardly Art / 2014-04-08Tracks: Maidenhead; Aint So Simple; Want Remover; Trust Me Billy; Pagans; What the Wall Said; Tarpeian Rock; Bad Advice; Son of Dis; Scum, Rise!; I Stare at Floors; Come & See; Violent; I'll Take That Applau...
Personnel: Joe Casey (vocals); Greg Ahee (guitar); Scott Davidson (bass guitar); Alex Leonard (drums).
Audio Mixer: Bill Skibbe.
Recording information: The Key Club, Benton Harbor, MI (0...continue...
1 CD / Hardly Art / 2014-02-25Tracks: You Never Came Back; Bridge to Hawaii; Crimson Wave; Stereogram; Pocket Full of Primrose; Psychedelic Quinceañera; Time Pirate; This Is Anarchy; Hey Girl; Party Trap; F.U. #8; Alien Girl; Snow D...
Recording information: Egg Studios.
A band named Tacocat can really only be one thing and that one thing is cute. The foursome from Seattle fit the bill right down to their polka dot dresses, a...continue...
1 CD / Hardly Art / 2014-01-28Tracks: [Nowhere]; First Weeks; Michael; Hypericum; Idea for Strings; Soft Season; QY2; Speech of Foxes; Braid; Marathon (In Roses); Polly
Artists: Gem Club
Personnel: Christopher Barnes (vocals, piano, synthesizer); Ieva Berberian (vocals, synthesizer, percussion); Kristen Drymala (cello).
Audio Mixer: James Riotto.
Recording information: Q...continue...
1 CD / Hardly Art / 2013-10-15Tracks: Sure as Spring; All the Time; Morning High; What Good Am I?; Sunstroke; It's Alive; Big Big Blood; Call Me in the Day; Pink Slime; Phantom Feelings; You Can Never Know
Artists: La Luz
Audio Mixers: Johnny Goss; La Luz.
Recording information: Dandelion Gold.
After years of hearing people describe indie rock and pop bands who drench their sound in reverb as "surf," it's...continue...
1 CD / Hardly Art / 2013-08-13Tracks: I'm a Ghost; Red Eye; Annie Turn Out the Lights; Midnight Owls; Pride; Lot to Give, A; Stop Signs; Start Me Over; One More Chance; Back to the Beginning; Don't Ask Why; Adiós I'm a Ghost
Artists: The Moondoggies
Personnel: Kevin Murphy (vocals, guitar, percussion); Caleb Quick (vocals, keyboards); Earl Dahlen (vocals, drums, percussion); Jon Pantrollo (guitar, percussion); Robert Terreberry (mandolin).
1 CD / Hardly Art / 2013-02-26Tracks: I; Over and Under Ground; Skulls; Slaughter; Count Cuts; Breeding; Pain Cycle; II; III; No Fear; Blood on the Face; Death March; Haunted; Hate Repeats; IV; Prostitution
Artists: Grave Babies
Personnel: Ryan P. Jakes (electronics).
Photographer: Angel Ceballas.
On Crusher, Grave Babies dig deeper into the scrawling lo-fi that caught the attention of Hardly Art. As the 2000s f...continue...
1 CD / Hardly Art / 2013-01-29Tracks: (Intro) Beat Goes On; Say No To Thugs; Buai Raskol; Don't Litter; Cold Cut Nature; Ex Tropical; Lose the Baby; Greylands; Old Lovers; Sundown
Artists: Lost Animal
Personnel: Lost Animal (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, keyboards, synthesizer, xylophone, percussion); John Lee (electric guitar, synthesizer, percussion, programming); Shags Chamberlain (s...continue...
1 CD / Hardly Art / 2012-10-09Tracks: Cruel Summer; MSQ No-Extra; Great Design, A; Different Arrangement, A; Limitations; Uk; Static; Pretender; Last; Safe Minds; Unrelated
Artists: Black Marble
Audio Mixer: Chris Moore .
Black Marble's debut album A Different Arrangement should make any fan of early synth pop pioneers like OMD or Soft Cell very happy. Or as happy as an exceedingly glo...continue...
1 CD / Hardly Art / 2012-09-11Tracks: Outside; Tell Me So; What You Wanted; Follow; Be Alone; No One Will; Never Be; Sunlight; Prove to Me; Fall Apart; See Me Cry; Nothing Left
Audio Mixer: Bob Schwenkler.
Photographer: Angel Ceballos.
The release of Seapony's debut album Go with Me established the Seattle trio as proud torch bearers for both the fizzy pop soun...continue...
1 CD / Hardly Art / 2012-07-10Tracks: Bermuda Triangle; Sgt. Sierra; Coleman; Clouds; Homebody; Gilligan; Gold Rush; Marathon; Horse
Artists: Deep Time
Before changing their name from Deep Time due to legal conflict, Austin, Texas' minimal pop duo Yellow Fever lingered in a nebulous area of obscurity. They toured constantly and captured the attention...continue...
1 CD / Hardly Art / 2012-06-12Tracks: Ruler of the Night; Torture; Invisible at Midnight; Sunny; Next to Nothing; Melodies; Angel Dust; Ruby; Same People; Weird Memory; I Say Your Name; [Untitled Hidden Track]
Artists: Magic Trick
Recording information: The Treehouse, San Francisco, CA (2011).
Earlier this year, Ethiopian-Finnish singer/songwriter Mirel Wagner celebrated the beauty of the dark side of life with her desir...continue...
1 CD / Hardly Art / 2012-05-29Tracks: Drown; Coming Down; Orange Blossom Stains; Yanka Dyagileva; Underground; Thread to Connect; Paranoid; River Under the River; Chantal Seder; When You Said
Artists: Broken Water
Audio Mixer: Stan Wright.
Recording information: Buzz Or Howl.
Photographer: Jessica Orr.
In the romantic Shakespeare play The Tempest, subservient island dweller Caliban explains...continue...
1 CD / Hardly Art / 2011-10-24Tracks: You Don't Want Kids to Be Dead; Now I Live; Preso Voy; Let Clock Work; Doing as I Do; Wipe It Off; Eat No Dick 3; Without You; As the World; I Don't Know; I Think I Might Have Built a Horse; Friends ...
Artists: The Beets
Recording information: Marlborough Farms, Brooklyn, NY.
Barely nine months after the release of playfully primitive Stay Home, the Beets are back with another full-length, and their Hardly Art ...continue...
1 CD / Hardly Art / 2011-09-27Tracks: Twins; Breakers; Lands; Red Arrow (John); I Heard the Party; Black Ships; Tanager; 252; In Wavelengths
Artists: Gem Club
Personnel: Christopher Barnes (vocals, piano); Kristen Drymala (cello, bells).
Audio Mixer: Rafi Sofer.
Continuing in the tradition of artists like Sigur Rós and Phil Elverum, Bosto...continue...
1 CD / Hardly Art / 2011-09-13Tracks: Believe; I'm Gonna Try; No One; East Van Girls; Into the Sea; Nervous Breakdown; Privilege; Sun's Going Down; Sabians; Dancing to Music I Hate; I Don't Wanna Know; Other Girls; Did I Lose You; Walk A...
Artists: Shimmering Stars
Personnel: Rory McClure (vocals, guitar); Andrew Dergousoff (vocals, drums); Brent Sasaki (vocals).
Audio Mixer: Felix Fung.
Recording information: The Garage Mahal, Kamloops, BC.
1 CD / Hardly Art / 2011-08-16Tracks: Silver Lining, The; Ornament, The; Endless Dope; Hanging Window; Cruel/Kind; Honeymoon; Companion, The; Hard Feelings; Futures
Artists: Gold Leaves
Personnel: Jason Quever (guitar, cello, Mellotron, keyboards, percussion); Ben McConnell (drums, percussion).
Audio Mixer: Jason Quever.
Recording information: The Hangar/Pan American Re...continue...
1 CD / Hardly Art / 2011-05-31Tracks: Dreaming; I Never Would; Blue Star; Into the Sea; I Really Do; Go Away; Always; So Low; What You See; Nobody Knows; Where We Go; With You
Photographers: Danny Rowland; Jen Weidl.
Seapony's debut album Go with Me is a charmingly low-key affair built around simple but hooky songs, sticky sweet vocals, and chiming guitars. Pitched i...continue...
1 CD / Hardly Art / 2011-02-15Tracks: Beating Heart; Never Come Around; You're Going to Cry; Sleeptalking; I Promise You; Left This World; Hold; Under the Trees; Devil's Hearts Grow Gold; Dove into Love; Been Here Before; Lift Off
Artists: La Sera
Personnel: Katy Goodman (vocals).
Recording information: Brady Hall's House, Seattle, WA.
Photographer: Katy Goodman.
Taking time off from her regular gig with Vivian Girls to put...continue...
1 CD / Hardly Art / 2010-10-12Tracks: It's a Shame, It's a Pity; Tidelands; What Took so Long; Uncertain; Empress of the North; Lead Me On; Down the Well; Can't Be in the Middle; We Can't All Be Blessed; Lot of People on My Mind, A
Artists: The Moondoggies
Personnel: Kevin Murphy (vocals, guitar); Caleb Quick (vocals, keyboards); Carl Dahlen (vocals, drums); Bob Tereberry (vocals); Chris Zasche (steel guitar); Seth Warren (violin); Peter Lynch (trumpet)...continue...
1 CD / Hardly Art / 2010-07-13Tracks: Low Budget Slow Motion Soundtrack Song for the Leaving Scene; Die; Color That Your Eyes Changed with the Color of Your Hair, The; One Night Stand; You Should Be Hated Here; Drunk w/ the Only Saints I...
Artists: Carissa's Wierd
Personnel: Jenn Ghetto, Mat Brooke (vocals, guitar); Ben Bridwell (vocals, drums); Sarah Standard (violin); Jeff Hellis (accordion, piano); Gilden Tunador (keyboards); Robin Peringer, Sera Cahoone (dr...continue...
1 CD / Hardly Art / 2010-03-02Tracks: Cinco de Mayo; Blood and Arrow; Neon Noose; I Want to Know; Jellyroll; Death to Fame; Rollercoaster; Eyes to See; Melting Wall, The; Jinx; Arson Wells
Artists: Golden Triangle
Personnel: Vashti Windish (vocals, maracas, tambourine); Carly Rabalais (vocals, tambourine); OJ San Felipe (guitar, background vocals); Cameron Michel (guitar); Jay High (drums).
1 CD / Hardly Art / 2009-10-06Tracks: Hands; Scorpio; Let It Die; Living This Life Makes It Hard; Sunrise/Sunset; Never Had a Chance; I Don't Feel Anything; New Shadow; When You Leave My Arms; River, The
Artists: The Dutchess & the Duke
Personnel: Greg Ashley (keyboards, percussion); Donnie Hilstad (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Greg Ashley.
Kimberly Morrison and Jesse Lortz, better known as the Dutchess & the Duke, have op...continue...
1 CD / Hardly Art / 2009-09-22Tracks: Saddle Mountain; Beach Town; Grow; Morning Song; Family; Forgive Me; Go East; Golden Bell; Sherpa; Neahkahnie; Celebration, A
Artists: Le Loup
Audio Mixer: J. Robbins.
A few things have changed since The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations' Millennium General Assembly's release, not the least of which is the addition of four new...continue...
1 CD / Hardly Art / 2008-10-07Tracks: Piranha; Tora Tora Tora; Pixies; Peekaboo; Nuts and Bolts; Hideaway Tokyo; Grab Your Nets; Solar Energy; Gypsy; Wandering Eye
Artists: Pretty & Nice
Boston's Pretty & Nice have a coy name that suits a sound at once hyperactive and flirty. The seriously askew New Wave songcraft on display here spikes Elvis Costello and Squeeze with manic sugar high...continue...
1 CD / Hardly Art / 2008-08-19Tracks: Aint No Lord; Black Shoe; 'Ol Blackbird; Save My Soul; Changing; Night and Day; Undertaker; Jesus on the Mainline; Long Time Coming; Old Hound; Make It Easy; Bogachiel Rain Blues; I Want You to Know
Artists: The Moondoggies
The Moondoggies: Carl Dahlen, Caleb Quick, Robert Terreberry, Kevin Murphy .
Personnel: Nick Davis (vocals).
Audio Mixer: Erik Blood.
Recording information: Mysterious Red X.
1 CD / Hardly Art / 2008-07-08Tracks: Reservoir Park; Out of Time; Ship Made of Stone; Strangers; Prisoner, The; Back to Me; Mary; You Can Tell the Truth Now; I Am Just a Ghost; Armageddon Song
Artists: The Dutchess & the Duke
Personnel: Jesse Lortz (guitar); Karen Mitchell , Kimberly Morrison (flute); Donnie Hilstad (percussion).
Recording information: Magical Basement Studios, West Seattle, WA.
The duo known...continue...
1 CD / Hardly Art / 2007-09-11Tracks: Canto I; Planes Like Vultures; Outside of This Car, The End of the World!; To the Stars! To the Night!; (Storm); We Are Gods! We Are Wolves!; Breathing Rapture; Look to the West; (Howl); Loup, Le (Fe...
Artists: Le Loup
Created during a time of personal crisis, "The Throne" is a cataclysm, an escape, and a journey. Inspired largely by Dante's "Inferno", the complex themes...continue...
Recording information: Alexandria, VA.
Although The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations' Millennium General Assembly is billed as Le Loup's debut, it's technically a solo effort by frontm...continue...
1 CD / Hardly Art / 2007-06-19Tracks: Absurd Heroes Manifestos; Come to View (Song For Neil Young); There Are Too Many Birds; Afterglow; Flashing the Lobby Lights; 1000 Words; Lion's Mouth; Ghost of Old Bull Lee, The; Half Years; Black B...
Artists: Arthur & Yu
This Seattle duo made an album with soft, layered vocals that float over textural acoustics, "In Camera" is an audible effigy of a time past,...continue...
Arthur & Yu: Sonya Westcott, Grant Olsen (vocals).
The phrase "in camera" is sometimes used to describe movie visual effects (such as fades, dissolves, or wipes) that are done on the cheap duri...continue...