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.
As you, discerning, attentive music fan, have undoubtedly noticed, we’ve recently been giving ourselves some well-deserved, showy pats on the back by reissuing some stand-outs from the Sub Pop catalog. This is what I’m trying to show you about: Red Red Meat’s Bunny Gets Paid, The Vaselines’ Enter The Vaselines, and the all deluxed-up Superfuzz Bigmuff. We’ve decided to carpe some diem and reissue a few more of our past favorites. Just yesterday, we released remastered versions Sunny Day Real Estate’s Diary and LP2 on colored vinyl (digital download code included) and CD, both of which feature bonus tracks. And, on September 22nd we’re putting out remastered versions of Mudhoney’s Superfuzz Bigmuff, Mudhoney, and Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge, all on very colorful, very collectible colored vinyl (also with digital download codes). So carpe these records and we’ll carpe your money. Cool?
No, we’re not getting back into the self-congratulatory, aggrandization of last year’s birthday revelry but referring to the band who’s name sounds like the time-tested affirmation of aging. We’re as happy as a bucket of clams to announce that we’ll be putting out Happy Birthday’s first record on Sub Pop Records.
We learned about Happy Birthday by way of our obsession with one of 2008’s best records, King Tuff’s Was Dead. After meeting Kyle (aka King Tuff) early this year, we spent the better part of 2009 trying to squeeze Happy Birthday and/or King Tuff songs out of him—an effort that’s finally paid off in a record of near-perfectly constructed comic-book-pop gems. (We’re not quite sure what that means either, but we’re rolling with it.)
But enough of my blather, here’s what the band has to say about themselves:
Happy Birthday is Kyle Thomas (aka King Tuff), Chris Weisman, and Ruth Garbus. They formed in November 2008 to play one show at the punk-space “Tinderbox” (RIP), in their hometown Brattleboro, Vermont. Kyle needed a band to play his new pop songs because he was too scared to play by himself. They enjoyed playing with each other so much that they decided to keep doing it. They have now played a total of 5 shows.
Kyle sings and plays lead guitar. The songs are mostly his, but the band arranges and finishes them together. He is also a painter and drawer and loves top 40, shoes, texting, comic books, etc. Ruth Garbus plays drums and sings. She also makes her own music and art. Chris Weisman plays “inverted-tuning” guitar, bass, and sings. He makes 4-track songs, enjoys reading and writing, and is a guitar teacher.
We look forward to releasing Happy Birthday’s full length in early spring of next year.