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

Our 2017

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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.

THANK YOU!
Stefan

 

 

Le Mini Who? 2017 was a slamming success

Oh my oh my! Le Mini Who? has always been one of our favorite days of the year. This year we hosted a crowded and great show by Moon Moon Moon (these guys keep getting better!) and then the release show of French slowcore/indiefolk outfit garciaphone (SO GOOD!). It could not have been better.

Here are some photos from last Saturday. Thank you bands, thank you Stayokay Utrecht – Centrum, thank you Le Mini Who?!

Dreameater out today

Garciaphone’s Dreameater is officially released today! Listen to this slowcore/indiefolk gem now on our Bandcamp page:

The band will come over to the Netherlands this weekend to play two shows:

MINI DUTCH TOUR
NOV 11 – Utrecht: Le Mini Who? – Tiny Room presents Garciaphone & Moon Moon Moon
NOV 12 – Hengelo: Huiskamerconcert Garciaphone

Reviews of the album seem to agree about the awesomeness of the record:
Culturopoing: “a melancholy pop classic”
Indiepoprock: “melodic perfection, a disarming and overwhelming fragility”
Proglog Afterglow: “an album without weak spots”
WoNoBlog: “extreme, melancholy beauty”
In De Ban Van: “soothing melodies”