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Hardly Art

Hardly Art is an independent record label based in Seattle, WA. Founded in early 2007 by Sub Pop Records, Hardly Art is run by two full-time employees and is distributed by the Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA) and Sub Pop. The label's name comes from a lyric the song "No Culture Icons" by [ex-Sub Pop band] the Thermals [who are in town], and the unofficial motto for the label is: Quality records for quality people since very recently. [Wikipedia]
The Hardly Art roster is now up to nine bands, the latest addition to which is Brooklyn Band Golden Triangle.

Golden Triangle @ NYU Strawberry Festival 2009 (more by Lauren Monaco)
Golden Triangle

Golden Triangle's upcoming shows include a gig on Saturday, May 9th at Rubulad with the Homosexuals. The band then plays a free show on Tuesday, May 12th at Southpaw with the Phenomenal Handclap Band. They're also scheduled to perform June 12th as part of the Northside Festival (again with The Homosexuals). All tour dates below.

Earlier this year when Golden Triangle were still unsigned, the group won the Dickies Battle of the Bands down at SXSW. The judges for that included Black Bubblegum, GZA, and Randy & Dean of No Age (who, being signed to Sub Pop, are now label cousins with the winning band).

Hardly Art intends to release Golden Triangle's debut full-length in early 2010. Other new signings by Hardly Art include Seattle bands Talbot Tagora and Unnatural Helpers.

Unnatural Helpers are a pretty righteous Seattle punk band with two former members of The Catheters, an ex-Sub Pop band of which I was especially fond and whose presence on the musical scene I miss dearly. Unnatural Helpers is ex-Catheters guitarists Brian Standeford (also of Idle Times and Tall Birds) and Leo Gephardt (Tall Birds), The Dutchess and the Duke's Kimberley Morrison on bass, though the band is the brain child of Dean Whitmore, who drums and sings. [Seattle Weekly]
A new track by Talbot Tagora (who named themselves after a type of car), "Internet Fixture," is currently posted at The Fader (and above). Their album Lessons in the Woods or a City will be released July 21st on CD and LP. From the label's more established acts, new discs are also planned for Le Loup and the Dutchess & the Duke by the end of this year.

Only one other Hardly Art band has an NYC date coming up: indie-pop trio Pretty & Nice play Union Hall on May 14th with the Dig and Middle Distance Runner. Tickets are on sale.

All upcoming Hardly Art tour dates below...

Arthur & Yu - 2009 Tour Dates
05.23.09 - George, WA - Sasquatch Festival at The Gorge ^
06.23.09 - Seattle, WA - The Triple Door *
^ - w/ Grizzly Bear, Blitzen Trapper, BMSR, etc.
* - w/ Rodriguez

The Dutchess & the Duke - 2009 Tour Dates
05.11.09 - San Francisco, CA - Bimbo's 365 Club #
05.13.09 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge #
05.25.09 - George, WA - Sasquatch Festival at The Gorge ^
07.18.09 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Fest
07.24.09 - Seattle, WA - Capitol Hill Block Party (Main Stage)
# - w/ The Vaselines (!!!!!)
^ - w/ Grizzly Bear, Blitzen Trapper, BMSR, etc.

Golden Triangle - 2009 Tour Dates
05.09.09 - Brooklyn, NY - Rubulad *
05.12.09 - Brooklyn, NY - Southpaw %
06.12.09 - Brooklyn, NY - Northside Festival *#
06.18.09 - Montreal, QC - TBA
06.19.09 - Toronto, ON - NXNE Velvet Underground
06.20.09 - Toronto, ON - NXNE Yonge Dondas Square
06.20.09 - Toronto, ON - NXNE Silver Dollar
07.15.09 - Brooklyn, NY - Cameo Gallery
07.25.09 - New York, NY - Death of Live Fast Die @ Soto Velez Center
* - w/ The Homosexuals
% - w/ Phenomenal Handclap Band
# - w/ The Homosexuals, Pterodactyl, Sightings, etc.

The Moondoggies - 2009 Tour Dates
05.09.09 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile *
05.30.09 - Spokane, WA - ELKFEST +
06.27.09 - Portland, OR - Lola's Room +
07.25.09 - Seattle, WA - Capitol Hill Block Party (Main Stage)
* - w/ Widower
+ - w/ The Maldives

The Pica Beats - 2009 Tour Dates
05.25.09 - George, WA - Sasquatch Festival at The Gorge *
06.13.09 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey %
07.25.09 - Seattle, WA - Capitol Hill Block Party (Vera Stage)
* - w/ Grizzly Bear, Blitzen Trapper, BMSR, etc.
% - Noise for the Needy benefit

Pretty & Nice - 2009 Tour Dates
05.05.09 - Tampa, FL - Crowbar
05.06.09 - Orlando, FL - Backbooth
05.08.09 - West Palm Beach, FL - Propaganda
05.09.09 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn *
05.10.09 - Charlotte, NC - Milestone
05.11.09 - Columbia, SC - New Brookland
05.12.09 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
05.13.09 - Wilmington, NC - Soapbox Laundro Lounge
05.14.09 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Hall
05.15.09 - Philadelphia, PA - M Room
05.16.09 - Washington, DC - Rock N Roll Hotel
06.05.09 - Boston, MA - TT the Bears $
07.03.09 - Boston, MA - Harpers Ferry ^
* - w/ Wye Oak, The Pomegranites
$ - w/ Middle Distance Runner, Reports, Big Big Bucks
^ - w/ Jay Reatard

Unnatural Helpers - 2009 Tour Dates
05.16.09 - Seattle, WA - Neumos *
06.20.09 - Seattle, WA - Underground Events Center ^
08.22.09 - Seattle, WA - Funhouse #
* - w/ Obits, The Lights
^ - w/ Fresh & Onlys
# - w/ Box Elders

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Comments (5)

How much are Hardly Art t-shirts?

Posted by Randy Sexhauser | May 8, 2009 3:25 PM

golden triangle has songs and recordings? seriously?

that band is pretty much just dancing girls and sweat

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2009 3:58 PM

Golden Triangle smells like pizza and foot fetishes.

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2009 6:19 PM

hardly art, hardly starving!

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2009 6:40 PM

hardly art, hardly garbage!

pretty & Nice are fucking rad.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2009 8:17 PM

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