Hello all and welcome to this month’s edition of Hardly News.
As always, there is a lot happening in the world of Hardly Art. As readers of fashionable music blogs will know, just yesterday we made available the first mp3 from the new Le Loup record (Family_, due September 22nd), a lovely little jam we like to call “Beach Town”. Please, listenBeachTown.mp3.
It’s good, right? We thought you might think so, and we have accordingly made the new record available for pre-order over at our website. In addition to releasing this wonderful new record, Le Loup will be crisscrossing this great nation of ours in October—check out tour dates right over here and find the one closest to your house/apartment.
In Hardly Art Bands Touring with Someone Massive News (pt 1), the Dutchess & the Duke will be heading out on a brief tour of Canada and the Midwest next week with none other than indie institution (ind-stitution?) Modest Mouse. Check out details on that mind-blowing tour right here. In addition to spreading their campfire punk to the masses, this tour will be an early chance for loyal Dutchess & the Duke fans to hear some material from their upcoming record Sunset / Sunrise, due October 6th on (of course) Hardly Art.
In Hardly Art Bands Touring with Someone Massive News (pt 2), Boston spazz-punks Pretty & Nice will be hitting the road in September with recently reunited emo-stalwarts the Get Up Kids. Check out that sweet sweet action over here.
If you (like us) are local to Seattle you very probably (like us) love both the Moondoggies and KEXP. Well Seattle friends, you are in luck! On Friday August 21st the Moondoggies will be playing a free show at the Seattle Center, the final installment of KEXP’s Concerts at the Mural Series. Also playing are Sub Pop’s Fruit Bats and Johnny & the Moon —good stuff all around.
And finally, Tony and I wore the exact same shirt today (see above).
That’s it for now! Tune in next month!
Yesterday the temperature rose to a sweltering 102 degrees in Seattle. Just last summer, we were calling June “Junuary” and cursing the gods/goddesses for our cold, rainy existence. Although most have been complaining of the excessive heat (me included), it’s not incredibly bad. We actually get to indulge in a few rare opportunities because of this weather. We can go night swimming! We can eat at the few restaurants here that have outdoor patios! We can leave our sweaters/jackets at home when we go out at night! We can drink iced coffee!
We can also go to outdoor festivals and shows without fear of rain, which brings me to the topic at hand. Seattlites, I urge you to embrace this South Georgia weather, and celebrate by attending the KEXP Mural Concert Series this weekend! Our boys, Blitzen Trapper will be performing on Friday 7/31 along with Throw Me the Statue and DJ EL Toro.
Fruit Bats (new album out on 8/4!) will be playing Friday 8/21, with our good friends The Moondoggies (Hardly Art!), Johnny and the Moon, and DJ Hannah Levin.
This concert is the first in a series curated by KEXP, all of which are FREE and all ages. There will be a concert every Friday from July 31 to August 21, from 5 PM to 8 PM on the lawn of the Seattle Center Mural Amphitheatre. The annual KEXP Barbeque is part of the series, and will take place on Saturday August 8, 2 PM to 9 PM.
Mural Concert Series and KEXP BBQ Lineup:
Friday 7/31, 5-8pm
KEXP DJ El Toro
Throw Me the Statue
Friday 8/7, 5-8pm
KEXP DJ Chilly
Saturday 8/8, 7th Annual KEXP BBQ! 2-9pm
KEXP DJ John Richards
Cymbals Eat Guitars
Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Friday 8/14, 5-8pm
KEXP DJ Troy Nelson
Friday 8/21, 5-8pm
KEXP DJ Hannah Levin
Johnny and the Moon
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109
What a lucky gal, I am. I get to head over to KEXP for the second time this week! Wednesday, the Vaselines played a fabulous live set of all their hits. Go here for some really cute pictures of Frances and Eugene.
On Saturday, Obits will be performing a live in-studio at 3 PM PST before their show at Neumos. If for some reason you won’t be able to come to the show or if you’re just a super fan (and that’s alright!), tune in here.
One of the ways our friends at KEXP raise money to keep on keepin’ on is through the sale of their series of Live at KEXP compilations. These CDs feature KEXP’s exclusive, live in-studio recordings and recordings from live remote broadcasts across the country. And, Volume 4 is coming out on September 16th! This new installment includes several artists whose recordings are generally available on the Sub Pop label. Specifically, these artists…
The Helio Sequence, who perform the song “Can’t Say No” from their album Keep Your Eyes Ahead
Fleet Foxes with the song “Oliver James” from their self-titled album.
Plus! This volume also includes the song “Lion’s Mouth” from Hardly Artists Arthur & Yu.
Live at KEXP – Volume 4 is evidently available exclusively through Insound and you can (and should) pre-order it now!
Tiny Vipers will doing a live in studio performance on KEXP at noon. Wanna listen? Good. Just click your way on over to www.kexp.org and follow the “listen live” link with your favorite flavor of stream. Or if you’re old fashioned and you live in the greater Seattle area, you can just tune in on your FM receiver to 90.3.
Also of note to Seattlites: Tiny Vipers will be performing a live in-store at 7 pm this evening at the Capitol Hill Sonic Boom. We suggest you attend.