Strange Prison out now

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Meet Astral Swans, the king of sarcastic and sad lo-fi folkiness. His new LP ‘Strange Prison’ is released today on Tiny Room Records (in collaboration with Saved By Vinyl in Canada and Moorworks in Japan).

Check it out here:

Independent Label Market

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Yes, we will be present on the Independent Label Market in Brussels this weekend. We have all our stock + related stuff with us, including last copies of Lost Bear’s Monkey Pop cassette, Todd Tobias’ Impossible Cities 2 cd-r and even a very rare out-of-print I Am Oak release (the Skulk EP). Of course there are some second hand CDs and vinyl too, but that’s not what this is about. Come and say hi to us, we’ll tell you everything about our releases and of course we’ll bring an iPod to listen to them. Every purchase is celebrated like a birthday present. In fact, it’s label owner Stefan’s birthday tomorrow, so no better way to celebrate than to buy something from us! Also: on Sunday, The World of Dust is playing a showcase, at 14.00 o’clock. Too much fun. FB Event here!

Combo Qasam and The DIY Fun Movement

For the latest release by American producer/musician Todd Tobias (Massabu Evening Entertainments), we did something special. A mysterious band is credited on the sleeve of the album, Combo Qasam. This band did not exist. A couple of Lost Bear and Rogue Minor band members then decided to bring this band to life and play the songs from the album.

Todd Tobias also wrote a pamphlet, talking about a DIY Fun Movement: get away from your screens and out of prefab discos, and create your own fun. The music and the pamphlet did create a special DIY Fun vibe on the three shows Combo Qasam played, in OCCII (Amsterdam), Worm (Rotterdam) and Studio Patrick (Utrecht). On the last night (the most successful expression of DIY Fun), there was a reviewer of 3voor12/Utrecht who wrote a very thoughtful piece with some beautiful photos. Read it here: https://bit.ly/2pSZaJb.

We also shot video material of the show. Get a sense of what was going on here:

Massabu Evening Entertainments out now

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Today, we’re celebrating the release of Massabu Evening Entertainments by Todd Tobias and Combo Qasam! ️️

You can listen to the album and order a copy of the cd or cassette on our Bandcamp page.

Yesterday, the first ever performance of Combo Qasam, providers of the DIY Fun Movement, took place in Amsterdam and it was a blast. Tonight it’s party time again in Rotterdam: Yugofuturism #5 Gillespie [KS], Flowers [NL] & Combo Qasam [NL].

Astral Swans’ Strange Prison out May 18

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We are delighted to add Canadian artist Astral Swans to our roster! We have been fans since his wonderful debut All My Favourite Singers Are Willie Nelson came out on Dan Mangan’s Madic Records. Matthew Swann (the artist behind Astral Swans) is the nicest guy you’ll ever meet too. His new album Strange Prison will be released on May 18, 2018 through Tiny Room Records (in collaboration with Saved By Vinyl in Canada and Moorworks in Japan). The album is produced by Preoccupations’ Scott Munro, Dan Mangan and Paul Chirka and is Matthew’s most sonically exploratory and emotionally resonant release to date.     

First single What Are You Gonna Do With Yourself is out now, and there’s a lovely psychedelic cat video for it. The song is a soothing yet tongue-in-cheek meditation on aging artists’ fears of being left behind. Watch it here:

Also up are the pre-orders of this vinyl-only release, right here on our Bandcamp page:
https://tinyroomrecords.bandcamp.com/album/strange-prison

Combo Qasam

On the latest album by Todd Tobias (coming out March 23), Combo Qasam is a fictional band from Massabu. But in the meantime, Hanad (electric guitar, rebab, kaban), Soofe (flute, farfisa organ, rababah), Maax (bass guitar, boxes) and Doog (spoons), along with dancers and actors, got ready to perform their weirdness on stage in this visible universe.

During three Dutch shows, Combo Qasam (in which we recognize members of Lost Bear and Rogue Minor) will play the songs from Massabu Evening Entertainments. They will bring their DIY Fun Movement to these towns, supporting Gillespie from Kosovo on every night:

March 22: OCCII, Amsterdam
March 23: Worm, Rotterdam
March 25: Studio Patrick, Utrecht (private event, drop us a line)

Massabu Evening Entertainments pre-order

Next month, we will release Massabu Evening Entertainments by Todd Tobias. The album, to be released on cd and cassette, is a rollicking 14-track set of Middle-Eastern flavored psychedelica. Tobias creates an image of an exotic sea port town, Massabu. In this city, there’s a night club grotto called The Blind Baboon, filled with wild dancers and intoxicating fumes. House band Combo Qasam plays their provocative rhythms every night until their fingers bleed.

Also on the album is Italian vocalist Pat Moonchy (Faust, Sothiac), who lends her playful, otherworldly touch on three tracks, as well as Chloë March and Tim Tobias.

Listen now to Do The Massabu and Yogi vs. Yeti and pre-order the CD or cassette!

Year-End Lists

Two of our albums made it to the non-prog top 5 of ProgLog Afterglow: Moon Moon Moon‘s Help! Help!, and garciaphone‘s Dreameater. http://bit.ly/2lSITCf

The NBTMusic Radio Station also put Moon Moon Moon in their top 200: http://bit.ly/2lRiPaj

Then there are 3 mentions of Lost Bear‘s Donkey Shot and 1 mention of The World Of Dust‘s Golden Moon by the 3voor12 Utrecht team: http://bit.ly/2CK4iV7

If we missed something, please let us know. We are too busy making new plans and working on new records. Roaming the internet for mentions of Tiny Room related artists is on our to-do list, but unfortunately not at the top.

And this is our own Top 10 of 2017, excluding the Tiny Room albums:

1. Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked At Me
2. Julien Pras – Wintershed
3. Guided By Voices – August By Cake
4. Tobin Sprout – The Universe And Me
5. Palehound – At Night I’m Alright With You
6. Aldous Harding – Party
7. Phoebe Bridgers – Stranger In The Alps
8. (Sandy) Alex G – Rocket
9. Jane Weaver – Modern Kosmology
10. Joan of Arc – He’s Got The Whole This Land Is Your Land In His Hands