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:
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:
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:
A new video for the opening track of Lost Bear’s latest album Donkey Shot, an energetic and powerful song called Carnivorous Plankton. Filmed in Rabarber (Utrecht) by Yorke Mulder-Bhangoo, starring Deesje en Else. And the band, eating peppers.
Never Mind The Hype premiered it on their website.
The World of Dust made a new video for his song Endless Dreams, taken from his latest album Golden Moon.
This is what The World of Dust has to say about the video:
“When I was a kid, I loved to dance and participate in school musicals. I even played Ciske in our groep 8 Ciske de Rat musical. There was a lot of dancing going around me, actually. I compiled a new video from dancing footage my mom recorded back in the days, for my song Endless Dreams.”
The Daily Indie was so kind to premiere the video on their awesome website.
Babalong is the experimental studio project of Dave Mollen (Utrecht) and Willem Waterschoot (The Hague). Their debut album ‘Greatest Hits’ will be released next week, August 25. Stay tuned for more POP MUSIC!
Bhava, the debut album by The World of Dust (Stefan Breuer), was released on Snowstar Records as a book + cd in 2013. The beautiful 44-page collage book, with a cd containing 13 tracks of ‘lo-fi progrock’, quickly sold out. With this new cd reissue (a collaboration between Snowstar Records and Tiny Room Records), the music is finally available again. Essential for all adventurous music lovers out there.
On the album you find a mixture of bedroom pop, lo-fi folk, lush orchestrations, weird brass experiments, short cosmic space songs, and one epic 13-minute track about the history of the universe. The album contains guest appearances by Thijs Kuijken (I Am Oak), Aino Vehmasto (The Secret Love Parade) and Olivier Perez (Garciaphone). For fans of Robert Wyatt, Sparklehorse and Mount Eerie. Bhava means rebirth, and marked a new beginning for Stefan Breuer in his solo ventures, combining soothing acoustic sounds with esoteric visuals.
Sometimes we are so busy with all the things surrounding an upcoming release that we forget there are more artists in a label roster. Heerhugowaiian pride Moon Moon Moon for instance, who seems to write more songs for breakfast than most of us do in a year. And THEY’RE ALL GOOD. It doesn’t mean, with all the limited resources we have, that we can release everything this young fellow does in his bedroom (for instance: if you want a label to release A LOT, including sleep, or a dream, or weird stuff like that, go to Smikkelbaard or Shaky Maracas) on our label. But we sure as hell can share it! Fans among each other: watch this:
Or this one:
There is more on his Youtube channel. Oh yeah, he also self-released a new album called Oohohoo on his Bandcamp page, as well as written/recorded the first part of a series of journal entries – this one being about visiting the Popronde Pre-Party and feeling awkward.
3voor12 Utrecht wrote a review of Not Another Festival in dB’s, where the release party of Sven Agaath also took place. Read it here. Of course we have some live footage too, of this first show with a bass player. Rock out below:
The World of Dust played a release show in Rabarber (Utrecht), and later this month in De Ruimte at de Verkeerstoren (Amsterdam). Watch some live footage here:
Also, The Next Gig wrote a few (very nice) words about the show on the Melodica Groningen festival. Thanks! The World of Dust was selected for the Popronde Nederland this year, so prepare for him taking his esoteric experience to your local town soon.