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-month).
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.