Hello all and welcome to this month’s edition of Hardly News.
Well, the big big news at Hardly Art is that today is the day the new Le Loup record, Family, is released into the wild (so to speak). You can read a little more about the record (and snag a couple of free mp3s) right over here. If you are interested in hearing the whole record, it is streaming (for one week only) over at Spinner. Family was also featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered yesterday, which we think is the bees knees. Le Loup is heading out on tour in a couple of weeks (with Portland’s Nurses) and will likely be playing in your town — you can find out for sure at our tour page.
You may not believe it, but the releases don’t stop with Le Loup. In just two weeks (October 6th to be precise) Sunset / Sunrise_, the new record from Seattle’s beloved Dutchess & the Duke, will be available far and wide. We know you are excited about this record, and we recently made lead track “Hands” available for you, for free — find it hereduke.html. Like Le Loup, the Dutchess & the Duke are heading out for some extensive touring following the release of their record. For details on that, I once more refer you to the tour page.
Every bit as exciting as these releases, say I, is the recent expansion of the Hardly Art team to include the one and only Ruben Mendez (please see above photo of Ruben and new Hardly Art mascot Chuy). Seattle music fans will likely recognize him from his days spent working at Sonic Boom records and his nights spent partying with the Coconut Coolouts. Ruben is now working full time here at Hardly Art, and we couldn’t be happier to have him.
Lastly, you likely saw a post earlier today on this very blog regarding the Sub Pop/Hardly Art showcase at this year’s CMJ festival? Yes? Okay? Then I trust there is no need for me to bore you with the details.
That is it for now, friends. Until next time.