Well, so it's been almost exactly one year. I updated the blog. Check that out!

Posted by Serenity at 9:22 PM

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A Korean Photo Shoot

We did a photo shoot in Tapgol Park. You can read about our visit to the park here. You can see the photos here.

Posted by Serenity at 11:55 AM



We covered the Beach Boys' "Don't Worry, Baby" at a recent show. We are clever, so we changed the lyrics so Serenity could sing them. See how clever we are?

Click to watch!

Posted by Serenity at 9:09 AM



The Bell & the Hammer is being featured in an online Korean drama, entitled "Everyone Says I Love You". If you don't know, the drama (soap opera) is Korea's most popular film medium. They are a pervasive part of the culture. We're excited to see how this story unfolds (as interpreted for us by our Korean co-workers). In the first installment: boy meets girl, girl forgets book, boy tries to return book, bartender says she'll be back later, boy is bewildered, sage bartender discerns that boy cares more than he is letting on... And then you have to stay tuned!

Click to watch!

Everyone Says I Love You

Posted by Serenity at 12:24 AM

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Korean Homesick Blues Podcast

The Bell & the Hammer was featured on the latest installment of the Korean Homesick Blues Podcast.

Listen here!

Posted by Serenity at 10:20 AM

Thursday, September 23, 2010

New Song on Youtube

Since moving to Seoul, we've written a couple new songs. Our newest is now up on Youtube. It is called You Might Be, and it's about loneliness. Kind of sad, kind of sorry.

We've also made some minor changes to the site. Now you can watch all of our videos without going to Youtube. They are all right there in a handy player under the LYRICS section.

As we mentioned previously, we are running a special Facebook Friend offer on our album. If you friend us/like us/fan us on Facebook, you can download the album for only $5. I don't know if I'm qualified to make this claim, but I'm pretty sure the Bell & the Hammer is good winter music. Embrace sweater weather.

Posted by Serenity at 7:04 PM

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Get Our Album for $5 When You Friend Us on Facebook!

If you friend us/like us/fan us on Facebook, we can offer to you, for a limited time only (isn't that just the way?!), a download of our entire album for only $5. Hey, that's, like, half price. So go to Facebook and friend us/like us/fan us for details. Thanks, guys!

Posted by Serenity at 5:52 PM

Thursday, July 01, 2010

New Cover: The Swell Season's "Lies"

Before a nap on a hot summer Sunday, we covered "Lies" by the Swell Season, also from the movie Once. You can click here to see it on Youtube. I don't know why I am making those faces. I'll try not to next time.

Posted by Serenity at 11:42 PM

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Soul Underground Session on Youtube

Dan has been busy readying videos of our first Seoul show for Youtube consumption. Check our Youtube account over the next week as he gets them uploaded. Already available for viewing: Here It Is, When You Die, and the After.

Posted by Serenity at 7:21 AM

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Find Us Everywhere! iTunes, Amazon mp3, Grooveshark, eMusic

We've gone digital all over the internet. It's true. Find us on iTunes, Amazon mp3, Grooveshark, eMusic.

As always, our tracks are available to stream or purchase at Bandcamp, and you can still buy the physical album, while supplies last, directly from us through Paypal. These two options actually benefit us the most.

Do it all, you guys!

Posted by Serenity at 5:25 AM

Monday, January 11, 2010

Free Download

As a gift to fans and friends and everyone else on the internet, we are offering a free download of "When You Die (A Love Song)".

Click here to download!

Posted by Serenity at 6:11 AM

Saturday, January 9, 2010


The next three songs from our debut album, To Set Things Right, are available NOW for streaming or purchase. Please pass this along and please check out the songs if you get the chance. Thanks so much!

Click to listen and/or download (To Set) Things (Right)

Posted by Serenity at 9:52 PM

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


The next three songs from our debut album, To Set Things Right, are available NOW for streaming or purchase. Please pass this along and please check out the songs if you get the chance. Thanks so much!

Click to listen and/or download (To) Set (Things Right)

Posted by Serenity at 10:40 AM

Thursday, November 19, 2009


the Bell & the Hammer has the pleasure of playing December 5th with daniel martin moore (Sub-Pop Records). Our friends The Happy Maladies will be joining us!

You can purchase tickets in advance below. It's going to be a really incredible show!

Buy Tickets!

Posted by Serenity at 12:13 PM

Thursday, October 15, 2009


We’re recording/finishing our album in segments and in intervals. Our first thought was, why make people wait? There are so many options afforded by our fancy modern age to get the music we make into your hands quicker and easier. Why continue to subscribe to archaic conventions to your detriment? As such we are making the pieces of our album available as we finish them. More specifically, leading up to the release of our debut album, “To Set Things Right,” we will be releasing four 3-song EPs that, when assembled (or pieced together, if you will) will (nearly) culminate in the album itself.

Guess what?

We’ve already finished the first EP, and we are so proud of how it turned out.

If you pre-order the album, the included bonus loot is almost ridiculous!

For $12 you will get:
-A copy of our debut album “To Set Things Right” a week before it’s available otherwise (Shipping Included)
-A download code for EACH EP as it comes out (monthly)
-Each EP will feature different artwork
-A limited edition button to pin on a prized piece of fabric
-A sticker to place on your favorite non-porous surface

The album itself will feature a brand new track order (different from the EPs) and at least one unreleased song, unavailable otherwise. It will also feature the final version of the artwork, a culmination of the four EPs.When you pre-order the album, you will receive your code for the first EP within 24 hours of ordering.

Don’t feel like committing to the whole album just yet and want to try out an EP or two first? That works, too. Just check out our MERCH to the right of this page.

This experience is amazing, if not a bit costly. In the spirit of transparency, we want you to know that pre-ordering the album is a huge support to us and toward the completion of this album.

Thank you so much for being a part of this.
-Dan and Serenity (the Bell & the Hammer)

Posted by Serenity at 12:01 PM

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We took some new promo pictures this weekend in a big field at the dead end of our street. You can see them all by going to any one of our social networking profiles (Myspace, Facebook, or Flickr, the last of which can also be accessed by clicking on one of the pictures up there at the top of this site). Here are some outtakes.

We make the sweetest faces, he and me.

Our dog, Tater Dog, was there. He's a beagle-lab mix, and he is the world's best dog.

I think this picture is ridiculous. Dan thinks it's funny cause I look so short. I was fake laughing, Dan was real laughing, and he tried to guilt me into real laughing.

So then, to work up to laughing, I jogged in place and stuff, so I think I am real laughing here.

Turns out we are jumping failures. Even Tater has failed, and dogs love to jump.

Dan's actually pretty good here. My favorite part is how Tater is so glad to be running toward us. But why am I doing that with my hands?

And here Dan is giving a half thumbs-up. We suck.



Muncie's Not Just For Letter Men.

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Last night we drove to Muncie to play at the Ball State Campus House's Coffee Night. My best friend works there, so I will not negate any suspicions of nepotism. It was a fine October night with just a tiny chill in the air and even then not until after we returned home at 1:00 AM. We had Oreos and Hot or Not popcorn (hot with tobasco, yum). I discovered I was allergic to my new mascara, which is always a treat (knowledge is power). I discovered this after a protracted 12 hour battle with migraine and its aura. The migraine started at 2:30 PM and continued on through the drive so that by the time we arrived in Muncie, I felt high out of my mind on pain and the equivalent of four cups of coffee's worth of Excedrin Migraine. At least we were participating in a coffee house night, so everyone had some caffeine in them, even Dan, who recommended the iced chocolate mocha. I don't know its technical name. I'm pretty sure it was very similar to what celebrities buy their children at Starbucks.

But, you guys, I am not meaning to complain about inflamed blood vessels of the temple (I got really confused about this being the right word just now, like, I couldn't figure out why we have temples on our bodies), because the pain magically ceased its fire for the entirety of our time in Indiana, and I really enjoyed the popcorn and Oreos, and we even pre-sold a couple of albums (which you can do yourself by clicking here, which, I'm pretty sure, means that our album has gone tin foil, as far as metal-based signifiers of album sale success go. Tin foil is exceedingly useful, so we are quite glad at that.


Working On It.

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Dan and I are working toward this album goal. If we never write or record songs beyond the twelve we aim to put together at this time of our lives, the completion of this project will be enough for us. We have been trying to record for years, but we are definitely most equipped to do it now. We are recording three songs a month for the next four months, and Dan's cooked up a nice release/pre-order/download deal that, I guess, we will declare officially (in all its interwebular officialness) tomorrow. We spent some time last month working on our album cover(s). It was fun. There are buttons. I hope you like it when it comes out tomorrow.

I've got a tin full of buttons. They figure in prominently.

Dan in flannels.

Knitted letters.

We even worked some knitting needles in.

And this here acorn from our front yard.

Tater felt neglected, only because he so often experiences the extreme opposite.