The mighty Sub Pop may have released Seattle's two most talked-about records this year (Fleet Foxes and Shabazz Palaces, if you live under a rock),

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Best Local Label

Hardly Art

The mighty Sub Pop may have released Seattle's two most talked-about records this year (Fleet Foxes and Shabazz Palaces, if you live under a rock), but SP's smaller sister imprint, Hardly Art, had a fruitful year of signing and releasing interesting records from acts previously unknown. And isn't that what indie labels are all about? Hardly Art's tongue-in-cheek slogan—"sometimes, we put out new records"—is hardly the truth. The label's always focused on local outfits like Unnatural Helpers and the Moondoggies, and this year they picked up one of the city's favorite dream-pop bands, Seapony, but they also expanded their reach in a big way by releasing rocking records from San Francisco's Hunx and His Punx, Vivian Girl Katy Goodman's La Sera, and New York pop duo Fergus & Geronimo. Hardly Art's smart choices are keeping its roster fresh and ensuring that Seattle gets introduced to a lot of refreshingly new rock music. ERIN K. THOMPSON hardlyart.com

 
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