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Lala Lala
The Lamb

Unfortunately (or fortunately) nothing to do with La La Land, The Lamb is in fact the sophomore LP from Chicago-based singer-songwriter Lillie West’s Lala Lala project. West and her group do that sort of post-Deerhunter lo-fi grunge thing that the likes of Waxahat...view item »

Ian Sweet
Crush Crusher

Ian Sweet, AKA Berklee College of Music-educated Jilian Medford makes experimental but accessible indie rock. Her second album, Crush Crusher was recorded with Gabe Wax at Rare Book Room studios in Greenpoint, Brooklyn - a place that has seen Bjork, Dirty Projectors...view item »

La Luz
Floating Features

Fuzz pop daydreamers La Luz do their quartet rock for a month down the line with more sun (we hope) than this one. Floating Features sees them churn out some of their most lyrically aspirational work yet, doubling down on the hooks and harmonies that make them so good. Will most likely rule....view item »

Jenn Champion
Single Rider

In the press release for Single Rider, Jenn Champion threatens a record that is a cross between Drake and Billy Joel. On both counts, she delivers. And you know what? It’s bloody good fun. The artist formerly known as S has crafted some sexy lights-low pop jams th...view item »

Protomartyr
Under Color of Official Right

This is the second album from Detroit's post-punky indie rockers Protomartyr and their first on Hardly Art. A few friends of mine have already been making excited noises about this so my expectations are high. On my first listen I was struck by how conventional it was, I think I was expecting something more strikingly weird given the rabid early...view item »

Protomartyr
The Agent Intellect

‘The Agent Intellect’ is the third release from Detroit post-punk band Protomartyr (featuring Joe Casey on vocals, Greg Ahee on guitar, Alex Leonard on drums and Scott Davidson on bass guitar). Frontman Joe Casey describes the sample track ‘Why Does It Shake?’ as a "back-handed ode to humanity's resilient self regard in t...view item »

The Moondoggies
A Love Sleeps Deep

It's been five long years since Washington natives The Moondoggies released a record, and we're gagging at their return. 'A Love Sleeps Deep' is classic rock of the highest order, with a gentle dusting of woodsy folk for good measure. Expect heart-on-sleeve songwriting and riff-heavy future classics....view item »

Dick Stusso
In Heaven

Given that most of the original tapes for Dick Stusso’s sophomore LP were lost after his house was burgled, it’s a miracle that In Heaven has seen the light of day at all. However, after that misfortune the Oakland raconteur rolled up his sleeves and redid the LP. Now the wrong side of 30, Stusso’s lyr...view item »

La Luz
Weirdo Shrine

Recorded by Ty Segall in a makeshift surf shop studio, ‘Weirdo Shrine’ is doom surf band La Luz’s follow up LP to their 2013 debut ‘It’s Alive’. With songs about loneliness, infatuation, obsession and death, ‘Weirdo Shrine’ is eleven tracks of bittersweet, garage/sixties girl group inspired dark su...view item »

Chastity Belt
I Used To Spend So Much Time Alone

I Used To Spend So Much Time Alone is the third release from Chastity Belt. The full length brings together indie-rock and alternative rock like very few bands manage. A great example of how a big group of musicians can work together to make great songs, from the laidback female...view item »

Various
Hardly Released: Bedroom Recordings, Demos, Rarities, Unreleased, and Widely Ignored Material

As a sub-label to Sub Pop, Hardly Art became more of a partner - specialising in finding and releasing undiscovered emerging artists, and pushing out their unreleased, and often unpolished material. Finding those rough gems for polishing later. This single cassette tracks through the labels history with choice cuts from Protomartyr...view item »
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Dude York
Sincerely

Seattle label Hardly Art have been killing it since day now, and their career-long purple patch continues with new signing Dude York. Producer John Goodmanson (Bikini Kill, Sleater Kinney) coaxes the raditude out in spades here - opener ‘Black Jack’ is a pleasin...view item »

The Moondoggies
Don't Be a Stranger

To celebrate a full decade of Moondoggies activity, the band are reissuing their debut album Don’t Be A Stranger, through the Hardly Art label. Proper American rocking. This the first time that Don’t Be A Stranger has been released on vinyl, and to make this reissue even more special, five unrelease...view item »

Ian Sweet
Shapeshifter

Ian Sweet (which is a band by the way, not an individual man) release their full-length debut in the form of Shapeshifter. Brooklyn-based Jilian Medford drives the group with her self-inquisitive lyrics and unusual singing style, with the rest of the Sweet outfit weaving strange instrum...view item »

The Julie Ruin
Hit Reset

Second studio recording from chief Bikini Killer Kathleen Hanna's current ensemble. The Julie Ruin were formed in 2010 and released their debut album 'Run Fast' in September 2013. This new offering expands on that sound, and brings something moodier yet more upbeat, and altogether more personal lyric-wise. Available to pre-order on white or norm...view item »

Tacocat
Lost Time

Album the third from Tacocat, a group who spit intelligent fire about a few of the bullshit aspects of society: sexism and disrespect for service industry workers for starters. The songs are propelled with a beautiful pop-punk sound, bright melodies and thrashed guitars. Lost Time...view item »

Gazebos
Die Alone

Debut full-length from Gazebos, a band made up of members of other bands, including Butts, Spurm, and Bread & Butter. As well as their own indie-garage-pop originals, the band also cover a track by Suburban Lawns and a song from the Grease soundtrac...view item »

Shannon and The Clams
Gone By The Dawn

Shannon and The Clams specialise in short-but-sweet ornate rock tunes, and Gone By The Dawn has a full complement of such numbers. This record is, on the surface, relatively straightforward, but the production and aspects of the instrumentation are subtly quite weird. Out on the the Hardly Art label....view item »

Grave Babies
Holographic Violence

Grave Babies present a record all about the possibility that humanity is a doomed species, a proposition explored through drum machines and an hard-rock-in-the-1980s guitar sound. Holographic Violence is an odd-sounding album that is hard to pin down, something that works quite well. On the Hardly Art label....view item »

Colleen Green
I Want To Grow Up

A minefield exploration of what it means to be loved and what it means to be an adult from Colleen Green. A major departure from her previous album, Green has reached out and asked for collaborators in the form of Jake Orrall and Casey Weissbuch. Indie pop at its finest from LA. Vinyl and CD on Hardly Art....view item »

Protomartyr / R. Ring
A Half of Seven

‘A Half Of Seven’ is a split 7’’ recorded in 2014 at Candyland in Cincinnati by R. Ring’s Mike Montgomery. Protomartyr’s A side ‘Blues Festival’ is a relentless, angry rant about being in a band sung by Joe Casey with backing vocals from Kelley Deal (The Breeders, R. Ring). Duo R. Ring also contrib...view item »
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Gem Club
In Roses

It's a somewhat arduous week for reviews this week, since I seem to have been given a lot of records which are either somnolent ambient tracts or over-sentimental polished indie sadness. This Gem Club CD falls in the latter camp, it's minimal piano-led pop with highly emotive, quite high pitched vocals and a few grandiose studio flourishes, whic...view item »
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Grave Babies
Pleasures

This is gothy shoegaze that sounds like it was recorded really loud. On 'Pleasures' the drum machine beats are distorted to fuck as a wash of guitar and synth bleats out a repetitive melody. It's actually got a really uplifting vanishing-into-the-sunset feel about it. On the flip the drum...view item »
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Golden Triangle / The Fresh & Onlys
Split

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Chastity Belt
Time To Go Home

Gloomy, echo-laden US post-punkers Chastity Belt present their second LP of melancholy doom-pop and funereal fun. Reminiscent as much of Walkmen forerunners Jonathan Fire*Eater as 50s/60s influenced contemporaries such as Dum Dum Girls and September Girls, ...view item »

S (Jenn Ghetto)
Cool Choices

The all-too-simply named S is the project of Jenn Ghetto, who makes slow-moving bedroom pop on guitar and records it to four-track. Her sparse arrangements, accompanied by her calmly devastating voals, recall Lotte Kestner in her Trespassers William incarnation. 'Cool Choices' is pretty ironically named for a record this downbeat and scathing, b...view item »

Childhood
Lacuna

South-London indie band Childhood's debut album Lacuna is a chilled out, melodic record. Featuring the singles “As I Am” and “Falls Away”. Lacuna was produced by Dan Carey (Steve Mason, Toy). This is an indies-only vinyl version including a bonus 7” fea...view item »

La Sera
Hour Of The Dawn

On the newest La Sera album, the former Vivian Girl who's not a Baby, Katy Goodman, heads into a harder-edged full-band territory than her previous bedroom efforts. She talks in the press release about being influenced by The Pretenders and The Sm...view item »

Tacocat
NVM

The latest signing to Hardly Art are quirky bubblegum power-poppers Tacocat, who peddle a chunky pop-punk sound with plenty of teenage-angst sentimentality and the occasional blast of trumpet giving them a slight mariachi/ska flavour at various points. I think it's fair to say that if you're the type of person who'll be put off by their ridiculo...view item »
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La Luz
It's Alive

I’ve been enjoying this album ever since the promo arrived in our office a few weeks ago. La Luz are playing the kind of blurry, wistful ‘60s inspired pop that you’re used to hearing from your Beach Houses and your Best Coasts ...view item »

The Beets
Play Silver Nickels & Golden Dimes

Garage rock savants The Beets are back once again this week with another 7”. You probably already know what to expect here; snotty and shambolic pop songs with reverby guitars like a particularly naive and raucous take on the whole Nuggets/Pebbles a...view item »
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Jacuzzi Boys
Jacuzzi Boys

Here’s the third album from Jacuzzi Boys, and they’ve decided to go self-titled this time. Their ‘Live At Third Man’ LP resulted in probably my favourite review in Norman history from the much-missed Dave (f'realzies. Look it up), but what’s in store this time round? Well, it&rsquo...view item »

The Moondoggies
Adios I'm A Ghost

Moondoggies are a band with a countrified vision of indie rock, all big Fleet Foxes/Mumford harmonies on bouncy mid-paced indie rock with twangy guitars and epic production touches. One of the bad things about this job is that we have to review reco...view item »
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Hausu
Total

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Hunx & His Punx
Street Punk

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Jacuzzi Boys
Double Vision

Floridians Jacuzzi Boys are prepping a new LP and offer this two-tracker by way of preview. Y’all know what you are getting by now and you know it will be good. One rocker here, perfect for single-format consumption. A slow jam on the flip. And you got yourself a perfect 7”. Another trusty Hardly Art release....view item »
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Colleen Green
Sock it to Me

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Grave Babies
Crusher

This album looks a bit intimidating. Judging by the pig’s head on a makeshift sacrificial altar which adorns the front cover and the spidery black metal font which renders the tracklist borderline-illegible, I assumed I was probably in for some kind of atonal noise rock ordeal, but actually that’s not what this is at all....view item »
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Black Marble
A Different Arrangement

I'm supposed to be reviewing other shit and doing a million different things right now but currently I'm at home, this is my time and place and I just accidentally put this odd little CD in I really wanted to listen to again, for about the fourth time. So let me talk enthusiastically abo...view item »
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Unnatural Helpers
Land Grab

Here’s a band I’ve never heard of before, Unnatural Helpers, knocking out a brand of indie rock that sounds ever so familiar already. They’re the kind of band that was ten a penny in the post-grunge era, with spiky mid-paced pop...view item »

Seapony
Falling

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Fergus & Geronimo
Funky Was the State of Affairs

From the off  I fell in love with this album, basically because it sounds more like classic late 70’s Brit post-punk ala The Monochrome Set or some crazy alien-obsessed band unearthed on the Messthetics comps rather than a modern day band from Texas and when...view item »
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Deep Time
Deep Time

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Magic Trick
Ruler of the Night

Magic Trick is Tim Cohen’s (of Fresh And Onlys fame) little bit on the side. Something to amuse him in be...view item »
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Broken Water
Tempest

Jesus, this album often resembles Bardo Pond getting the Swirlies trashed in a squat, like proper primal, druggy and possessed indie rock but with this untamed demented tremelo'd pop sensibility driving through its veins. The ...view item »
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La Sera
Sees the Light

Second solo album from La Sera (of Vivian Girls fame) and it's choc full of vibrant summery pop tunes  that each last 3 minutes or less and have lots of fuzzy guitars on them. On first listen none of the songs stick out ...view item »
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K-Holes
Dismania

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Hunx
Hairdresser Blues

Here is the solo release of Hunx (Hunx & The Punx fame) on the Hardly Art label. I can't remember much about the last album aside from the fact that I wasn't mad keen on it. On this album Hunx (Seth Bogart) played all the instruments except the drums which he had to draft some other du...view item »
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The Beets
Let the Poison Out

I like this. It had me from “Eat No Dick 3”, which has to be one of the best titles I've heard since bluesman Crick Mcatherty's seminal album 'My Love is a Prick (On A Tudor Rose)'. This is The Beets third album, and I reckon its their best...since the last one. They have featu...view item »
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Gem Club
Breakers

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Jacuzzi Boys
Glazin

It's a bizarre time to be getting into music at the moment as absolutely every genre of music ever and it's subsequent splinter styles seems to be 'in fashion" again. Jacuzzi Boys do that whole Only Ones/Buzzcocks brittle melodic power pop thing with a slacker garage/college twist. Thing ...view item »
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Hunx & His Punx
Too Young To Be In Love

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La Sera
La Sera

Le Sera is a new project from Vivian Girls bass player Katy Goodman. They've been doing pretty damn good off the back of The Vivian Girls hype but take a listen to either of their previous 7" outings and it's obvious that it's totally justified. I'd go as far as to say I prefer La Sera's calculated indie pop style over The Vivian Girls scuzzier ...view item »
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Fergus & Geronimo
Unlearn

Couple of observations before I get going with this one. Fergus & Geronimo are pretty funny lads. For example; the CD face of this disc has no info or artwork just a well observed statement that reads 'You Still Buy CD's?'. They have a real fan club like bands used to have in the old days before the internet went and fucked the whole thing u...view item »
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The Moondoggies
Tidelands

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Golden Triangle
Double Jointer

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