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!
Label boss Stefan Breuer did a nice, lengthy interview (in Dutch) with WoNoBloG, about money, business, and important stuff like the Why of releases, art and music. Read it HERE!
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:
️️️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].
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:
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:
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!
Great interview with Moon Moon Moon on WoNoBloG. Read it HERE!
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:
The year is almost over. Time for a Tiny Room recap of 2017!
I guess this was the busiest and coolest year so far. More releases, more shows, failed and successful experiments. Let’s take a second to realize what awesome stuff we released:
1. Moon Moon Moon‘s label debut. A great, addictive album that’s right up our alley. Yes, I grew up with Sparklehorse, Grandaddy et al, and this is just as good. Great guys, they keep playing better and better shows, and songwriter Mark keeps knocking them out of the park with new ways to approach writing songs (journal entries, the one-song-a-day-December-mo
2&3. The World Of Dust released Golden Moon, a CD with lo-fi experiments and a collage book. I knew this wasn’t gonna do much, but it sure was more a ‘niche market’ product. Maybe that’s why the Popronde adventures weren’t really, eh, adventures. Cool stuff, for the few interested.
4. Sven Agaath‘s End of Latin. Superbe college rock, fun grunge. VERY nice release party in dB’s, with so many friends playing. Limited cassette + bag run. Not sold out, but because of the releaseshow, a cool video and some nice media attention this was definitely a satisfying release.
5. The re-release of Bhava by The World of Dust, a co-release with Snowstar Records, where it was released as a book+cd in 2013. Now only a CD, it’s a great album to have in the catalogue for anyone who likes their prog gritty and their grit poppy.
6&7. Babalong released a single, Longer, and a full length album called Greatest Hits. Different stuff than we’d done before. Really good. Yeah, I was hoping for a miracle, and that it would have a radio hit, become a hype, do something. That didn’t happen. I learned not to go for miracles, but next time just make it happen by working harder.
8. Donkey Shot, the last album by Lost Bear for the moment. Another slab of vinyl with 11 postpunky indie rock. A great release party, a great last show (hiatus), a great year for the bears all around.
9. garciaphone‘s Dreameater was released in collaboration with Microcultures. The Frenchmen played the Le Mini Who? festival on a mini Dutch tour and the album is a stunning piece of work for slowcore / indie folk aficionados.
And that’s only the stuff we released! We organized the release shows for Lost Bear, Moon Moon Moon, The World of Dust, Garciaphone and Sven Agaath. We did label nights, or shows with more than one Tiny Room band, in Utrecht, Maastricht, Amsterdam. We were there on the Onafhankelijke Label Markt. We booked a tour for Queen of the Meadow. We worked on the Howart LP sleeve. We organized small underground shows in Studio Patrick. We made artwork, videos, wrote bios, and promoted real music. Many thanks to anyone supporting us by buying records, writing about it, talking to me about it, releasing music on it, giving Tiny Room a reason to exist.